Girls count themselves winners
By Judy Ngao
A team of gifted secondary school girls scored the best result ever for Hong Kong at the China Mathematical Olympiad for Girls in Xinjiang this month.
The team of eight took home one gold, one silver and six bronzes at the competition. This is the best result Hong Kong students have achieved since the city started taking part in the national competition four years ago. The previous record was three bronzes in a single attempt.
Anna Pun Ying, from Shun Tak Fraternal Association Leung Kau Kui College, took home the gold medal. Jennifer Yip Ling, from St Paul's Secondary School, grabbed silver.
Chan Fong-nei (Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School), Lai Tsz-kwan (Belilios Public School), Lam Hiu-yi (The Church of Christ in China Heep Woh College), Lee Ka-yee (TWGHs Lee Ching Dea Memorial College), Leung Wing-pan (Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School) and Wei Xiaoyao (Pui Ching Middle School), each took a bronze medal.
The Olympiad was hosted by the China Mathematical Society Olympiad Committee in Urumqi , Xinjiang, from August 7 to 11. It attracted 38 teams, comprising 142 maths whizzes from different provinces and cities.
The Olympiad aims to cultivate girls' interest in mathematics, as well as provide an arena for them to improve by competing and interacting with talented students.
The event also offered valuable opportunities for the Hong Kong contestants to get better acquainted with mainland peers from different provinces. These experiences aimed to help boost their sense of national identity.
The eight brainy Hong Kong students are members of the Support Measures for the Exceptionally Gifted Students Scheme, which was launched in early 2001 by the Education and Manpower Bureau. Since then, the scheme has provided enhancement programmes in mathematics, sciences, humanities and leadership. It helps students nurture their potential and personal development.
They all took part in a series of thematic mathematics training sessions organised by the scheme from April this year to enhance their competence and confidence before the Olympiad.