Doha College, one of the oldest international schools in Qatar, has a long tradition of outstanding achievements in mathematics and the academic year that was just concluded was no different as it yielded many honours for many of its students.

First up was the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Intermediate Challenge. Years 7 to 9 students achieved nine gold, 30 silver, and 27 bronze certificates, with Efe Nazlim, Jianne Lee and Erin Kim claiming the ‘Best in Year’ awards. Years 10 and 11 students bagged nine gold, 19 silver, and 21 bronze certificates, with Annaika Manu, Sendhur Muthukumar and Bradley Wong getting the ‘Best in Year’ awards. Senior students in Years 12 and 13 also secured four gold, nine silver and 12 bronze certificates, with Mathula Muhundan and Ailsa Cameron clinching the ‘Best in Year’ awards.

A staggering 18 students from Years 7 to 11 and four from Years 12 and 13 also qualified for the invitation-only UKMT Junior and Senior competition, respectively. Additionally, Erin Kim and Ryaan Khan, both in Year 8, qualified for the British Junior Mathematical Olympiad. These competitions encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

Six students from Year 11 achieved Certificates of Distinction, ranking within the top 25% in the world in the University of Waterloo CEMC CAYLEY contest. Five students from Year 12 also achieved Certificates of Distinction in the CEMC FERMAT contest and seven students from Year 13 achieved Certificates of Distinction in the CEMC EUCLID contest. The highest Doha College scorers in each of these competitions who were rewarded with medals by the University of Waterloo were Rayhaan Moideen (Year 11), Arunima Srivastav (Year 12) and Noureldin Ali (Year 13).

Noureldin Ali
Arunima Srivastav
Arunima Srivastav

At the local level, Nevio Carta, Salma Haba, Annaika Manu and Nithukshan Thirugnanasambanthar participated in the Qatar Mathematics Network Year 9 Inter-School Competition. The team battled four other schools in the region and placed first in the one-hour, three-round contest. Salma achieved the highest score and distinguished herself, particularly in the mental mathematics round.

Doha College Enrichment Coordinator for Mathematics Shabih Bashir, who shared his thoughts on these fantastic highlights, said it is incredibly gratifying to observe the students excel beyond the school’s very high expectations of them.

Bashir said that despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, they facilitated over 20 competitions and events for the students this year, and both students and teachers have shown an immense amount of enthusiasm towards the opportunities.

Not only are our students ultra-successful, but they are also kind and supportive of each other; with spontaneous bursts of applause and praise-giving being the norm. When I joined this school, I was told that it was cool to be a mathematician here and I am very proud to be involved in continuing this wonderful legacy.

Doha College Principal Dr Steffen Sommer emphasised the importance of the subject. He said that mathematics being the mother of all disciplines, the root of logic and the driver of exploratory thinking, they are exceptionally proud of the school’s mathematicians who, with their top places in the competition, have shown how the consistent development of High-Performance Learning skills at Doha College encourages divergent thinking and with it, stimulates and expands the students’ minds.

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