Fourteen FOBISIA schools from across SE Asia joined us at Alice Smith for the Primary FOBISIA Maths 2014 in early March.
As Mrs Fuller mentioned a few weeks ago, this event was originally taking place at Bangkok Prep School in Thailand but due to the current unrest, Alice Smith offered to jointly co-host the event with Bangkok Prep here at the Primary Campus.
On Thursday 6th March, the participating schools arrived in Kuala Lumpur very excited for the competition to begin. The team from Alice Smith comprised: Sam Wake, Jung Fun Ip, Jake Mustard and James Chong who had been hard at work for months. The competition was launched with an opening dinner where Mrs Fuller welcomed all the teams to the city. The children were then presented with their competition t-shirt, cap, bag and a musical wooden frog.
On Friday morning, the children were very excited and eager for the competition to begin. They started with a fun morning at KLCC Park completing the maths trail. Students were split into mixed teams, which gave them the opportunity to make new friends, before making a start on the maths. We then returned to school where we had lunch and completed the written team challenge.
The afternoon consisted of team challenges. The Alice Smith team did us proud as they worked really hard as a team to achieve some good results in the written paper and then in the maths relay. Next they completed a computer task using Mathletics. This is a programme that all the children in KS2 use regularly so the Alice Smith Team were very excited. This was followed with an activity focussing on direction. Two of the teams had to tie their legs together and be blindfolded whilst the other two members of the team had to shout directions to them so that they could collect different balls.
On Friday evening the boys took Miss Silk, Mrs Lee and Mrs Grimshaw out for dim sum at Megamall to celebrate a successful day and managed to consume an insane amount of food before washing it all down with an ice-cream!
Saturday morning started with the children sitting their individual written papers then the rest of the day was full of fun practical activities; marble run, pipe fill, weight sort, estimate the perimeter and blindfolded shapes. The children’s faces were beaming as they moved from one practical to the next, particularly enjoying the water pipe challenge as they all managed to successfully soak themselves!
We then had lunch before beginning the big practical challenge. The challenge was to make a boat that could travel across the width of the swimming pool in the fastest time possible. One child was allowed to be in the water to flap the boat across but they were not allowed to touch it. They could do it three times and then work out the mean time. Our team worked hard on their boat design and construction but they realised very quickly when it entered the water that amendments needed to be made.
Finally, it was time for the awards ceremony to close the competition and then the celebration with a tasty BBQ and a pool party! Although we were not in the top three schools this year, the children worked together fantastically and were a pleasure to be with throughout the weekend of competitions. They represented the school well and showed what amazing mathematicians they are.
I would like to thank the Alice Smith FOBISIA team for their hard work leading up to the competition and their attitude and resilience shown during the event. I would also like to thank the team of staff from Alice Smith who worked tirelessly in the two weeks leading up to the competition to make sure the event runs smoothly. All the hard work paid off when we saw the 56 children’s faces during the competition and saw how much it meant to them to be taking part in the competition.
We now look forward to the 2015 competition in Shanghai!
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Key Stage Two Leader