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ZAINAB TAKES FIRST PLACE IN THE ARETÉ MATHS CHALLENGE

15 July 2021  |  G Denison

The results of the 2021 Areté Challenges were announced last week.

The Areté Challenges are competitions in a number of different subjects, open to students attending the schools in the Areté Learning Trust – Richmond School, Stokesley School and Northallerton School.

They are inspired by the many and varied competitions that universities have for A level students and came about when staff were thinking about how to provide opportunities to challenge and inspire students during lockdown 1. Originally, the challenges were open to students in years 10 to 13 with prizes for KS4 and 5 but we had so many younger students asking to enter that we have added a KS3 category!

This year, there were challenges in six subjects – biology, drama, English, food, maths and physics.

The biology challenge was sponsored by Brasenose College, Oxford. Owen Lewis, Professor of Ecology at the University of Oxford said, ‘We are delighted to be able to support this event and, like last year, the standard of the winning entries is very good.”

The English challenge was judged by Bob Beagrie, poet, playwright and senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University. His comment on the shortlisted poems was, “Some very moving poetry here and good personal expression of feelings in response to Keats.”

Year 10 student Zainab took first place in the maths challenge, she said, ‘I am proud to have been able to represent the school in the challenge.’

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