09:31AM, Saturday 30 March 2013
Primary school children in Maidenhead have been battling it out to become 'mathemagician' champions in a Rotary club challenge.
The Rotary Club of Maidenhead Thames said it was so overwhelmed with entries it had to stage two separate maths challenges for children in different age groups.
Both challenges were staged at the Holiday Inn in Manor Road, Maidenhead this month.
The brainy children had to complete maths conundrums in teams in two 10 minute sessions.
The first contest for children aged nine to 11 was won by White Waltham School on Monday, March 4.
Oakfield First School in WIndsor triumphed in the second challenge for seven and eight year olds on Monday.
They solved the challenges wearing free T-shirts that read 'I am a Mathemagician.'
Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Colin Rayner, and his wife Samantha presented prizes to the winning teams on Monday.
The Oakfield school team received gold medals, a shield, and £200 for their school.
There were also prizes of £100 and £75 for the second and third placed teams.
Tony Peperell, from the Rotary club, said: "We have been overwhelmed by the interest there has been in this competition.
"It has been an amazing challenge that was both highly competitive and very exciting."
Tony also thanked Shelley Duffy, from the Royal Borough's education and childcare advisory service, for her help organising the events.
The maths challenge was supported by the Maidenhead Advertiser and the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust.
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