Marcus du Sautoy OBE is a Professor of Maths at Oxford University known for his work popularising mathematics. He has appeared on numerous BBC radio and television programmes and is a well known figure in the UK.
All children and adults filled the hall while Marcus gave a captivating maths talk to the children. The talk involved all 533 children joining in a massive game of rock/paper/scissors. This was followed by an activity where all the children filled in a lottery slip and the probability of winning the lotto was demonstrated. After this, Marcus demonstrated the probability of rolling different numbers on a set of dice using a giant monopoly game.
He finished up with a times table/pattern game where the loser that played against him had to bite a raw chilli!
The children (and the adults!) were engaged throughout.
After the talk, Marcus presented medals to the children who had received over 100 points during the challenge. He also presented a trophy to the school. The trophy was accepted on behalf of the school by Kevin Hannon of 6th Class, who was our top points scorer.
Marcus was accompanied on his visit by Jenny Storey (Mangahigh), Eoin Gill (Maths Week) and Sheila Donegan (Maths Week).
It was a wonderful day for the whole school.
Slideshow of photos below: