Every year the college organises Maths Fairs for students in Years 7&8. The days are run by specialist companies with the aim of getting everyone involved in fun activities with maths at the heart of the activities.
This year the Year 7 groups took part in activities organised by the Puzzle Company. The first activity was against the clock and involved balancing plastic penguins on a wobbley iceberg. The groups then had to solve a number of other puzzles, including a road building exercise and designing a mosaic of tiles where no tiles of the same colour could touch.
Year 8 Math's Fair was called the Hands on Risk and Probability Show. The whole year spent the first period looking at the odds of certain events happening such as having two players on a football pitch with the same birthday. They also learnt how maths can help prevent you getting ripped off by scams that make out they can accurately predict sporting results when in fact they are relaying on probabilities.
Later on tutor groups were divided into groups of six to play a mathematical version of who wants to be a Millionaire complete with interactive handsets for logging their answers. All twelve questions could be answered by using mathematical knowledge and teams were encouraged to work together to get the best possible results.