Students triumph in the South East Asian Mathematics Competition | The British School Manila

The British School Manila proved Mathematics is alive and kicking and in a very healthy state here in the Philippines. BSM students traveled to Jakarta for the South East Asia Mathematics Competition (SEAMC) and stunned everyone by dominating the Senior Competition, winning the team event and taking first place in the individual. 

SEAMC is the most prestigious international school mathematics competition (Maths as we say at BSM) in the region, and has historically been dominated by the very best, big schools from Singapore and Hong Kong. 

For the first time ever, The British School Manila took a team of Year 9 students (Dylan Yu, Sasha San Pedro and Min Yoo) and a group of Year 11 and Year 12 students for the SEAMC+. The BSM team joined more than 100 other teams to compete in individual and team events. Our Year 9 students had a great time and enjoyed the speakers, activities and competition, but our SEAMC+ team finished as overall winners and brought home the cup. This wonderful result was the work of Tiffany Ong who also won the individual plaque and team mates Julian Yu and Lanz Tan (who received a hat full of individual medals). 

To coin a boxing phrase, we punched well above our weight especially given that this was BSM's first ever SEAMC+. As our Head of School Simon Mann said, ‘This is a great achievement for these students, The British School Manila and the Philippines with us punching way above our weight against some very big prestigious school – does best in south East Asia mean best in the world when it comes to Maths?’

The whole team are looking forward defending their title next year when we are co-hosting next year's event along with Brent and can't wait to repeat our international success!