Students: Math Day rocks

‘Manage your money – do Math!’ was the theme of this year’s island-wide Annual Math Day.

Most activities were of a financial nature, with some schools taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge in this area to be found on the Island.

Heritage High School ran a power point presentation given to the school by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, showing many interesting facts about the coins and notes we use here at home, while John Gray High School had invited several guest speakers to make presentations to the students.

A representative from Sagicor spoke on the topic of insurance to a large group of students, and year 12 students were treated to an animated and entertaining assembly given by employees of the Monetary Authority, who demonstrated the necessity of being numerate if one wants to be successful at negotiating life and make a good living!

During break and lunch times, students were offered the opportunity to do some shopping. Foster’s Food Fair had provided the schools with fliers containing numerous special offers, and students were given a shopping list and required to calculate not only the bill, but also the savings. Needless to say, at Fosters

Students could also be found racing around armed with calculators, exchanging a variety of currencies from around the world into CI dollars. Many were heard to comment on how attractive some of the notes were, particularly those from African countries with pictures of elephants and leopards. There was also surprise expressed at some of the exchange rates – you can get 36,000 Zimbabwean dollars for one Cayman dollar.

First prize for this competition was a stunning 100,000 Vietnamese Dong. Well actually not that stunning – it’s about CI$5 to you and I.

Many other competitions, games and quizzes were held during the day with prizes a plenty. There was a treasure hunt held at John Gray which involved reading a map of the school, solving math problems and doing puzzles, and also a knock out game of Jeopardy, with pupils having so much fun it was difficult to decide on the winner. Posters and other colourful wall displays could be seen everywhere.

At PACE High School, student reporters Tinisha McLean and Laila Shim went out and about, interviewing teachers and fellow students. The comments they received from the students were very positive, with the general consensus being that ‘Math Day rocks’ and ‘it should last for more than one day!’

Congratulations were given to 7-year-old Yelena Rankine, a Year 3 student at East End Primary, who produced the winning design in the T-shirt competition. The T-shirts printed with her design were available for sale at all schools throughout the day.