Ciceron Secondary School engaged in several activities for Mathematics Month under the theme “Mathematics Unites.” Activities included: Mathematics challenges, quizzes, dress down, poster in house competition and a national Mathematics Competition. The National Mathematics Competition spear headed by the Ciceron Secondary School was opened to infant, primary and Secondary Schools Island wide. This was the school’s second year running the national competition and they wanted this year to be bigger and better with key sponsors on board.
The competition was based on creating your own video, song, poem, or poster based on the theme: “Mathematics Unites.” The competition served to change the perception of the youths’ attitudes towards Mathematics by tapping into their interest with exciting challenges especially after this pandemic. Mathematics is a major problem island wide and even regionally with examination results showing a decline in performances.
“This is a major concern to the mathematics department at the school. Only when students see the true value of Mathematics in a different light and start practicing meaningfully, then we will all start seeing better results,” echoed the department.
The mathematics theme “Mathematics Unites” fits nicely with the department’s objectives where students can see Mathematics in a different light integrated into everyday life and various subject areas. The school will be producing an educational video from the competition showing how Mathematics unites various subject areas and is integrated in everyday life. This educational video will be shared to all schools’ islandwide.
The members of the Mathematics department thank the sponsors so far who have given various prizes including scholarships: Food Centre, Carro’s Kitchen, Auntie Pam’s Boutique, Essence Boutique, St Lucia Distillers, Suzie’s Beauty Salon, JOIE Innovative Learning Solutions, Caribbean Cinemas St. Lucia, Massy Stores, Courts St. Lucia, Blue Lotus Spa, Evos Boutique, Windward Island Gases, LubsEdutime.com, NCF (National Community Foundation), Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and the Hon. Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre.
A big thank you to the esteem judges; Rochelle Jn Baptiste- Collymore, Numeracy Support/Coordinator District 3; Lydia Justin, Numeracy support teacher District 4 and Nitha Mauricette-Phillip, Research assistant at the Caribbean Research Centre at the University of the West Indies, Cavehill.
Winners of the competition are as follows; Infant school winners- 1st place: Bocage Combined. – 2nd place: Tristan Barthelmy from Bishop Charles Gachet R.C. Primary School (Previously Marchand Combine) – 3rd place: Bocage Combined.
Primary School winners – 1st place: Shofar Fletcher from Augier Combined