Maths Week 2016

maths-week1by Thomas Franklin

Maths Week began on October 17th this year and there was some activity in Glenstal Abbey School to celebrate the week. All students from 1st to 5th year were given access to Mangahigh which is a website with Maths games, challenges and activities. Access to the web resource is granted to all schools during Maths week and we hope we can maintain some limited access to Mangahigh afterward also. The students find the website enjoyable and it’s an innovative way to practice their mathematics.

On Monday evening, the 1st years participated in a quiz with challenging maths problems, brain teasers and puzzles to be solved. There were 3 rounds of 15 questions witmaths-week3-copyh multiple choice answers. The boys were split into teams of 3 and had to work under a time limit to solve as many problems as possible. After the scores were added up, it was the team comprising of James Devine, Daniel Kennedy and Cian O’Brien which emerged victorious. In 2nd place were Tadhg Magner and Peter
Queally while in 3rd place were Nyoleme Agbanobi, Aboudi Al-Helaissi and Matt Hegarty.

On Tuesday evening, it was the turn of the transition year students to participate. The Maths Week Activity: Simultaneous Equations was conducted across the country and our boys performed very well in the activity. Well done to Lucas Bachmann who edged out stiff competition to win the activity. Noteworthy performers were Seán Gilbride, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Niall Queally, Michael Gilbride, Marcus Esmonde and Alfie Hales.

On Thursday evening, Junior and Senior Prism were provided for the students. More information on these competitions can be found here: This was a new activity for our students with all participating students completing a one hour pmaths-week2-copyaper with a variety of problems. The difficulty of the questions increases quickly and ranges from primary school questions to very high order questions similar to higher leaving certificate thinking. We had a very wide range of participants and due to popular demand, it had to be run on Friday evening also! The following students are applauded for their participation in the activity;


Adam Byrne
Aidan Booth
Alex Acheson
Art Keane
Ben Gambs
Clovis Hanbury-Tenison
Dan Hyde
Daniel Kennedy
Daragh Butler
Donagh Hyland
Hugo McElligott
Ian Larkin
James Hales
Joe Gilbride
Luke Nicholas
Mark Ryan
Matthew Cannon
Max Downing
Robert McAleese
Seán Carey
Uiseann Cooke
Will Twomey
Alfie Hales
Lucas Bachmann
Seán Gilbride


The top 3 performers in Junior and Senior Cycle are listed below. Well done to Hugo McElligott and Lucas Bachmann who received certificates for their achievements.


Junior Cycle

1 Hugo McElligott 3rd year 12
2 Art Keane 3rd year 11
Alex Acheson 2nd year 11
3 Luke Nicholas 1st year 10
Mark Ryan 3rd year 10

Senior Cycle

1 Lucas Bachmann 4th year 17
2 Seán Gilbride 4th year 16
3 Alfie Hales 4th year 14