Jim Noble, renowned mathematician talking in his key lecture, ‘Mean Girls: Mathematics and the MEANing of Life’
Jerudong International School was buzzing with excitement recently in both the Senior and Junior School as the annual Maths weeks took place once again. The guest for the week was Jim Noble, a renowned mathematician who JIS and Shell Brunei brought into School. His key lecture ‘Mean Girls: Mathematics and the MEANing of Life’ was well received by students of all ages in the magnificent Arts Centre Auditorium. This sponsored event also included students from the International School Brunei, Chung Lian School, Seri Mulia Sarjana, St. Andrews School, STPRI School, SMJA and St. George’s School.
The new Head of the Maths Faculty, Rebecca Baker, an Oxford University Graduate who has worked in schools in the UK, Europe and Central America before joining JIS in August 2016, was delighted with the way students seized the opportunity to focus on Maths that week.
Jim Noble, who runs maths workshops, conferences and writes in two mathematics websites for teachers (www.teachmathematics.net and www.thinkib.net.mathstudies) was also very positive about his time in Brunei as evidenced in his tweets at @teachmaths.
Mr Noble spoke to JIS students as well as 7 invited schools in the Auditorium of the JIS Arts Centre
JIS Seniors participating in House Sprint Maths in Maths Week
A display of Geodesic Domes made by Year 10 students from the workshop with Mr Noble
Oxford graduate, Ms Rebecca Baker, the new Head of Maths at JIS Senior School
Throughout the week, the maths faculty held various maths workshops such as ‘The Exponential Experience’, where students modelled the spread of disease as a way of understanding exponential growth. The ‘Geodesic Domes’ workshop taught students to use rich and engaging maths to make impressive geodesic domes. ‘Code Breaking’ challenged students to try to break different types of codes for students using logic, reasoning and creativity. Sprint Maths competitions were held for different age groups of students at lunchtimes.
On Friday, the Mathematics faculty, joined by Maths teachers from ISB, had an enriching workshop with Maths Week guest speaker, Jim Noble, where they had the opportunity to exchange ideas about teaching mathematics. Maths Week at JIS has always been a popular event amongst the students & is one of the most anticipated in the academic calendar. It looks as though the week with Mr Noble will continue this tradition! Press release by JIS.