Last term, RGS students from Year 6 right the way through to Upper Sixth participated in the annual Bebras Challenge, with four students achieving the best scores in Tyne and Wear.
Bebras is an international initiative aiming to promote Informatics (Computer Science, or Computing) and computational thinking among school students at all ages. This year, there were over 124,000 entrants across the country.
Logical reasoning and computational thinking are encouraged through our computing curriculum, and it is great to see so many of our students performing achieving the top award.
We had 507 students enter this year, with 149 achieving the Gold standard. This means 30% of our students ranked in the top 10% of all participants in the challenge. This included 14 from our Junior School.
Luke Cadamy and Solomon McLean (both Year 7) were best in the county in the Junior category, David Baker (Year 8) top scored in the Intermediate category and Weiming Xu (Year 10) in the Seniors category. David and Weiming were both just one correct answer away from placing in the top 60 participants nationally.
All 149 students who achieved the gold standard have been invited by Oxford University to participate in their computing challenge which is scheduled to take place in February.