Maths triumph for Foveran schoolboy

P6 Donald Pirie from Foveran School who has won a top maths award
P6 Donald Pirie from Foveran School who has won a top maths award
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A notoriously challenging maths competition has seen a local schoolboy pick up a significant award.

Donald Pirie, from Foveran School recently scooped a gold certificate from the University of Aberdeen Maths challenge, gaining full marks across the contest.

Donald Pirie with Head teacher David Williams

Donald Pirie with Head teacher David Williams

Donald, who said maths is his favourite subject at school, told the Times he was very pleased to win.

He said: “I usually do the competition every year but I have never won before.

“I was very happy when I won and my mum and dad are really proud of me.”

The talented pupil went on to explain that he has a range of ambitions for the future.

He added: “I would like to be an athlete, scientist, drummer or mathematician when I am older.”

Head teacher, David Williams said: “The pupils and staff of Foveran School are extremely proud of Donald for achieving such a prestigious award.

“We are extremely happy for him to be recognised for his outstanding abilities in mathematics.

“We are always looking to raise standards at Foveran School and Donald has demonstrated just what our pupils can be capable of.”

Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the Aberdeen University, Helen Martin said: “The Scottish Mathematical Challenge was originally set up in 1976 by Professor Edward Patterson.

“It involves a series of problem solving questions designed to promote interest and a sense of pleasurable achievement in tackling these kinds of mathematical problems.

“In the North of Scotland we had over 400 pupils take part this year.

“Our congratulations to Donald Pirie of Foveran Primary School who achieved full marks across all 12 problems.”