Noise, cheers, and panicked double checking – Mathex 2022

The event of the schools’ Mathematics calendar, Mathex, was back in full swing in 2022!

Mathex is a challenging and fast-paced mathematics contest where schools from across Auckland compete against each other in teams to answer questions as quickly as possible.

A fantastic turnout of the teams from schools across Auckland, from A to Z, filled the Barfoot and Thompson stadium in Kohimarama.

From Westlake Girls High School, two teams of Year 9 and two teams of Year 10 students were selected, trained and competed in the event with respectable scores.

Well done team!

  • Ms Kim

Nervous energy tinged with the whispers of excitement filled the stadium as over a hundred teams filed inside. We were the 400+ maths nerds who’d signed up voluntarily to do extra maths, and we had a few minutes to prepare ourselves for the annual Mathex competition. For our two Year 10 teams, this was the last year we could ever compete.

Mathex. A competition of brain power, speed, teamwork, and frantic scribbling that resembles maths equations, but frequently appears like strange symbols you might find on an alien spaceship. It’s an awesome experience to make friends and challenge yourself, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

The 30 minutes we had to answer as many questions as we could passed in a blur of noise, cheers, and panicked double checking. The rest of the stadium seemed to fade away into a chaotic haze, until it was just me and my team, working together to solve maths problems.

It is truly an awesome opportunity; I’d highly recommend joining a Mathex team in 2023!

  • Julia Wilkins 10AHW