Alone

Alone

Alone – A Poem influenced by Romantic Poetry and William Wordsworth

A great isolation enveloped me within its powerful tendrils;

I tried to ease myself from its grasp, I tried to be careful;

And yet, once I found the grip loosen, once more would it hold on;

And so I found myself within a loop from dusk till dawn.

My head bent, I did not see the sun peaking out from behind;

Tall monuments of bark proudly standing, branches intertwined;

A lone lotus opening to the world and drifting in the air, one leaf;

My loneliness immediately shattered when I at last looked upon these.

The trees, their arms outstretched eternally, accepting all into their embrace;

The river hurrying down to meet new friends at its base;

The lotus blooming into the world from muddy waters below;

And the leaf floating upon the wind searching for someone new to know.

Who could be solitary still in the presence of such a welcome?

Who could be solitary still when nature itself to them beckons?

Who could be solitary still when in such joyous company?

Who could be solitary still in the presence of this symphony?

From time to time I look back and remember that very day,

The gentle greeting from the world, the clearing of the gray;

Whenever I lay, bored or dismayed, my heart returns to that time;

And my soul joins the trees and the plants and then begins to shine.

By Saanya Verma

UKMT IMO 2017

UKMT IMO 2017

UKMT Achievement 2017

The Intermediate Maths Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below in England and Wales, Year 12 or below in Northern Ireland and S4 or below in Scotland. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions.

High performers

The top 40% of students nationally receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3. Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers: Cayley, Hamilton and Maclaurin for year 9, 10 and 11 and equivalent.

Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad

Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers.

England and Wales Scotland Northern Ireland
Cayley Year 9 or below S2 or below Year 10 or below
Hamilton Year 10 S3 Year 11
Maclaurin Year 11 S4 Year 12

All invited participants receive a UKMT keyfob and a Certificate of Qualification, Merit or Distinction depending on performance.

The top 100 students in each paper receive medals; coloured bronze for Cayley, silver for Hamilton and gold for Maclaurin.

Book prizes are awarded to the top 50 students in each paper. The titles vary from year to year.

Non-invited entrants i.e. those entered as discretionary candidates by their teachers, are entitled to all awards apart from Certificates of Qualification.

Well done Saanya for being awarded a Gold Certificate in IMC, qualifying for the IMO, awarded a Certificate of Distinction, Bronze Medal and Book Prize for the Cayley Olympiad.

Hearty Congratulations and Best Wishes Saanya Verma.

UKMT- IMO, Regional Finals Team Maths Challenge & Story Writing

UKMT- IMO, Regional Finals Team Maths Challenge & Story Writing

A happy moment….

Well done Saanya for the Triple Wins and being awarded in the School “Cups & Colours Assembly”.

Keep it up!

Winner of the “Ancient Roman Mythology Story Writing Competition” (enjoy your book award)

Certificate for the “UK Intermediate Maths Challenge” – “Best in Year”

Certificate for being part of the winning Team of 4 in the Team Maths Challenge in the Regional Finals at UKMT”.

 

A New Experience

A New Experience

A New Experience –

Visit to Parliament & Meeting Mr Sharma the honourable Member of Parliament

As said by Albert Einstein, “The only source of knowledge is experience”; and this experience was brimming with it. A couple of weeks back my family and I were invited to go to the Houses of Parliament by Mr Virendra Sharma, a Labour MP who I met previously at a TV interview and who I hold in high esteem. The date was set for the 19th December and soon enough it arrived. We came in the tube all the way to Portcullis House (one of the entrances to the Parliament), Central London. There, we were greeted by the Senior Parliamentary assistant who then toured us all around the place.
Needless to say, it was extremely interesting and he was incredibly knowledgeable. He showed us various rooms, all with their own historical importance, including: Westminster Hall (which is the only original part of the Westminster palace that didn’t burn down in 1834. St Stephen’s Chapel (a beautiful chamber lined with paintings and the very place that Charles 1st had burst in, demanding to arrest 5 of the MPs).
Now, after this, he took us down to the large room between the House of Lords and the House of Commons. It was quite the revelation to know that the Prime Minister herself was speaking in the room right next to us (although this did mean that we couldn’t enter the House of Commons due to the long queue).  We did, on the other hand, get the opportunity to enter the House of Lords. While in the House of Commons, everything including the seats was green, in the House of Lords everything was red. It was quite fascinating to see how everything worked. A couple of speakers proposed their motion while a couple opposed it. There was a lord speaker who chaired the business there, a leader of the House of Lords who had several roles including giving advice at times, and a clerk of the Parliaments who again had several jobs, which included announcing business.
After some time, we left the chamber and were led to meet Mr Sharma. We first bid goodbye to our tour guide and acquaintance and then went to a café (one which was inside the Parliament). We settled down, took off our coats, and had a cup of tea. While we did so, we also held some very interesting conversations ranging from my future prospects and possibilities to Mr Sharma’s inspirational 40 years of Parliamentary work. Finally, we waved goodbye to him and our day came to an end at last.
The experience was probably one of the best that I have undergone thus far. In fact, now I look back, it was the perfect timing for our visit, as the parliament will be closing soon for refurbishment. From the whole visit, I learnt many a thing, however not only was it enlightening but also inspirational. I did pick up a lot of historical and political facts, but I was also filled with determination to be like Mr Sharma, and fight through all the hardships. And this, I will make sure to do.

Saanya Verma