Just before the half term break, our students were given a rather mysterious assignment. Each person received a small coloured card with their name on it and an instruction to get it as far away from d’Overbroeck’s as they possibly could. However, they were not told who the cards were from, nor why they had been given this assignment (which, thankfully, did not self-destruct after 10 seconds!)
Setting the mystery aside for a moment, there was a tremendous response to this challenge, with cards making it all over the world. No fewer than 14 countries across 5 different continents were reached, including the USA, France, Italy, Egypt, Yemen, Vietnam and New Zealand. Even those that stayed closer to home managed to visit 3 of the 4 nations of the UK. Each pin in the map below represents the destination of one of the cards.
Overall, the distance travelled was a stunning 144909km, which is equivalent to 3.6 times around the World, or 38% of the distance to the Moon. d’Overbroeck’s really is an international school!
In Assembly on Monday, it was revealed that the Maths Department had set the challenge in order to demonstrate how resourceful our students can be and to emphasise the importance of problem-solving skills in our everyday lives, even if they don’t necessarily involve numbers, algebra or geometry. Our students came up with some very inventive ways of getting their cards to their destinations, including posting them, taking them on holiday, and even putting them on a drone! Of course, it’s also possible to be resourceful in other ways and make a “mock-up” of a photo in front of an international landmark too, but this too demonstrates a huge range of commitment and creativity. Well done to all students who took part. Some photos of our cards are shown in the gallery below.
With this in mind, our annual House Mathematics competition is now underway, and we encourage students to show a similar level of resilience, cooperation and resourcefulness as they solve puzzles to try and discover where in the school the coveted House Maths trophy has been hidden. This was a huge success last year, and we are confident that this year even more students will rise to the challenge, develop their problem-solving skills, and have a lot of fun in the process!