Maths challenge success for St Joseph’s pupils

Two primary pupils in Helensburgh have raced to success in a maths challenge.

Emma Losekoot and Lewis Szeles (pictured) from St Joseph’s helped their team to second place in

the West Dunbartonshire Maths Challenge.

Held as part of Maths Week Scotland, it saw 10 teams of eight children go head to head to solve maths problems against the clock.

It included one team member running to give their answer to an organiser and collect the next question.  A total of 30 questions in all had to be answered.

Lewis and Emma’s team were out in front but they were pipped at the post to take second spot.

St Joseph’s headteacher Michelle Collins said: “Everything came down to the last challenge. Lewis and Emma’s table submitted their last correct answer milliseconds after another team, moving them into second place.

“However, with more than 80 pupils from primary six to S2 in the hall, this was still a glorious feat.

“Well done St Joseph’s – another competition success to add to the plethora of competition wins last session. Long may it continue.”

Policy lead for education Yvonne McNeilly said: “Congratulations to Emma, Lewis and St Joseph’s on their success.

“To come second, including against secondary school children, is very impressive. Our future is in good hands with bright young minds like these.”

It’s the latest in a string of successes for St Joseph’s pupils over the past few months, including a first place for Lucy Bowie in a young writers’ competition, first for Ava King and third for Soleece McKenzie in a Toyota Dream Car contest, and a team win for the school’s footballers in the Ardencaple Cup.

St Joseph’s was involved in the event at Clydebank Town Hall as it is a feeder school for Dumbarton secondary Our Lady and St Patrick’s, which some pupils attend after finishing at the primary school.