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School’s just math-a-magic

A north Belfast school showed it is math-a-magic when it won the World Maths Day 2010 competition last week.

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Park Lodge, on the Antrim Road saw off competition from 38,000 schools from around the world to claim the prize.

The school won the classes category for pupils aged five to eight.

Principal Ciaran O’Grady said: “We are absolutely delighted. The commitment and effort of the pupils was fantastic and so was the parents that helped them.

“The pupils are really proud and delighted. They worked really hard for it, working during their breaks, lunch and even at home.

“They answered nearly a quarter of a million questions in two and a half days, which is some achievement.

“We are very proud and pleased to be the best school for maths in the world,” he added.

North Belfast Alban Maginness MLA congratulated the school on its success.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted by the achievement of the pupils of the Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School. Over 38,000 schools from around the world, including a number of schools for gifted children, took part in the competition yet the children of Our Lady of Lourdes emerged victorious.

“When you realise that 1,133,246 students, from 56,082 schools in 235 countries took part, answering a total of 479,732,613 questions, it shows what a significant achievement this really was.

“These children, their parents and their teachers, deserve an enormous amount of respect and our full congratulations.

“I have been in contact with the principal of the school, who is understandably delighted with this result, to personally congratulate the school on this magnificent achievement.”

North Belfast Councillor Patrick Convery said: “The children of Our Lady of Lourdes are to be commended for this outstanding achievement and it is my hope that they will be recognised by the city of Belfast for what they have done.”

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