Lord Lieutenant celebrates winners of numeracy competition

Lord Lieutenant celebrates winners of numeracy competition

His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst, has been visiting schools across Essex to celebrate the worthy winners of a numeracy competition aimed at children and young people.

Presenting certificates and book vouchers to each winner, The Lord Lieutenant and her deputies attended schools and colleges in Harlow, Basildon, Billericay and Waltham Abbey to recognise pupils for their creativity and innovative exploration of the role of numbers in everyday life.

The competition, organised as part of the Essex Year of Numbers initiative, invited children and young people to create 2D and 3D displays accompanied by short video presentations showcasing the unique ways numbers can influence our daily experiences.

From sports and games, to art and culinary creations, participants tackled the task in a wide variety of innovative ways proving just how much numbers impact children’s everyday lives.

Among the winners were entries from Essex schools, classes, individual pupils, and community groups, reflecting the broad reach and impact of the competition. The winning entries in each category will have their work featured on the Essex Year of Numbers App, ensuring the creativity and talent of the participants continue to inspire others.

The overall winner was the Holy Trinity School in Halstead who will be awarded a £125 book token. The school supplied a video for each year group and went above and beyond demonstrating how numbers are intrinsically linked with everyday life.

Mrs. Donna Raven, Assistant Headteacher and Maths Subject Leader at Holy Trinity School, Halstead said:  “The Lord Lieutenant’s competition generated a lot of excitement in our school! By encouraging creativity and a passion for numbers, pupils of all ages, from ages five right up to eleven delivered an array of wonderful and inspiring pieces. The children are so excited to have won the competition and we will continue to embrace the magic of maths across the school.”

The judging panel comprised of representatives from the Essex Year of Numbers team as well as the Lord Lieutenant and her deputies. The judges faced a challenging task of selecting the winners from the impressive array of entries from all age groups across Essex.

Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex, expressed her delight at the level of creativity and enthusiasm displayed by the entrants. “It is truly inspiring to witness the ingenuity and passion with which these young minds have explored the world of numbers.

“Numeracy skills are essential for success in today’s society, and initiatives like the Essex Year of Numbers play a vital role in fostering a love of numbers from an early age.”

Following the success of Essex Year of Reading, the Essex Year of Numbers programme was launched in September 2023. The £1.5M countywide scheme has been developed to close the numeracy gap and inspire a love of learning through a series of engaging events and activities. Essex Year of Numbers also provides children, teachers, parents and carers resources in order to improve their numeracy skills.

For more information about the Essex Year of Numbers and future events, please visit https://www.essex.gov.uk/news/essex-year-of-numbers.