Grade 7 pupils from Imperial Primary School, Grade 8 pupils from Spine Road High and Grade 9 pupils from Spine Road High took top honours when they represented the Metropole South Education District in a University of Cape Town (UCT) Bonds Bee Mathematics Competition.
The popular Bonds Bee mathematics competition, conceptualised by UCT’s Schools Development Unit, has just run in selected Metropole South Education District schools.
The competition requires pupils to use mental arithmetic skills to answer tough questions in a short space of time, without the use of calculators, pen or paper.
Twenty-three schools from the southern suburbs, Mitchell’s Plain, Philippi and Gugulethu competed over a period of two months.
The final competition was held at UCT on Saturday September 1. The Mitchell’s Plain schools swept the board.
Essa Booley and Ryan Elliot from Imperial Primary took first and second prize in the Grade 7 competition.
Tashreeq Hartogh and Rahul Walters from Spine Road High took first and second prize in the Grade 8 competition and Grade 9 competitors Uzair Jack, Lee Carlyle, Hanaan Omar and Ebrahim Da Costa from Spine Road took the top four positions.
UCT also runs the Bonds Bee competition in schools in Eden Karoo and Khayelitsha.
The Mitchell’s Plain schools which participated were AZ Berman, Imperial and Caradale primary schools, and Spine Road and Lentegeur high schools.