Caerleon schoolboy maths whizz bags UK medal

GENIUS Caerleon Comprehensive Pupil Joris Josiek, age 13, who has been awarded amedal for his scoring highly in a nationwide maths Olympiad (7086797)

GENIUS Caerleon Comprehensive Pupil Joris Josiek, age 13, who has been awarded amedal for his scoring highly in a nationwide maths Olympiad (7086834)

GENIUS Caerleon Comprehensive Pupil Joris Josiek, age 13, who has been awarded amedal for his scoring highly in a nationwide maths Olympiad (7086876)

GENIUS Caerleon Comprehensive Pupil Joris Josiek, age 13, who has been awarded amedal for his scoring highly in a nationwide maths Olympiad (7087017)

GENIUS Caerleon Comprehensive Pupil Joris Josiek, age 13, who has been awarded amedal for his scoring highly in a nationwide maths Olympiad (7086956)

First published in Gwent news

A NEWPORT numbers whizz has taken home a medal from a national maths competition after answering university-style questions.

Thirteen-year-old Joris Josiek, who attends Caerleon Comprehensive School, entered the UK Maths Trust (UKMT) challenge along with everyone else in his year group, Year 9, as well as Years 10 and 11.

He scored so highly that he went on to enter the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad along with around 500 others.

Last year the junior exam, which is easier than the intermediate, featured questions like, “For how many three-digit positive integers does the product of the digits equal 20?”.

Another question was “I want to write a list of integers containing two square numbers, two prime numbers and two cube numbers. What is the smallest number of integers that could be in my list?”

Joris, who speaks multiple languages, tackled six questions over the course of two hours.

The questions were so open-ended in their style that they are comparable with the first year of a university maths degree, said maths challenge organiser at Caerleon, maths teacher Stephen Tull.

In this year’s intermediate test, Joris would have faced questions like this one: “The two-digit integer 19 is equal to the product of its digits plus the sum of its digits. Find all two-digit integers with this property”.

Another question was: “Rachel gave half of her money to Howard, then Howard gave a third of all his money to Rachel. They each ended up with the same amount of money. Find the ratio amount that Rachel started with versus the amount that Howard started with.”

“He has done really well,” said Mr Tull, who has been at Caerleon for two years.

“These questions are like nothing that’s on the curriculum, it’s such high-level thinking it’s almost impossible to gauge it.

“It’s almost like the first year of university maths, not necessarily in terms of difficulty but in terms of the open way the questions are written.

“Joris has been on our radar for a long time and he will probably sit his GCSE and A-level exams early,” he said.

If Joris had scored just a couple more points he would have been eligible for the competition’s top prize, the book prize, said Mr Tull.

High scorers are also sometimes invited to take part in in UKMT’s summer schools programme.

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5:02pm Fri 13 Jun 14

corpardguy says...

Well done lad, this doesn't only come from natural ability, although its a prime requirement, teaching also plays a big part.
My kids went to CComp and they have both ended up with good degrees and a masters in Bio-Chemo.
Fond and respectful memories of the late, hugely influential headmaster Clary Lapham. What a visionary he was.
Well done in carrying on the good work
Well done lad, this doesn't only come from natural ability, although its a prime requirement, teaching also plays a big part. My kids went to CComp and they have both ended up with good degrees and a masters in Bio-Chemo. Fond and respectful memories of the late, hugely influential headmaster Clary Lapham. What a visionary he was. Well done in carrying on the good work corpardguy
  • Score: 4

8:36pm Fri 13 Jun 14

beetee says...

i know nothing of CComp , ref the last comment , though i agree re crucial role of teachers , but i do note that "Joris.... speaks multiple languages " and so i am guessing his heritage is not ( yet ) welsh .
doesn't this show yet again (a) the benefits our society gains from incomers and (b) that speaking more than one language does not stop our children from excelling ? ,
i know nothing of CComp , ref the last comment , though i agree re crucial role of teachers , but i do note that "Joris.... speaks multiple languages " and so i am guessing his heritage is not ( yet ) welsh . doesn't this show yet again (a) the benefits our society gains from incomers and (b) that speaking more than one language does not stop our children from excelling ? , beetee
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5:51am Sun 15 Jun 14

charlie, newport says...

Well done to this lad. For (some of?) the rest of us, please could the Argus explain the maths question and ask Joris to explain to us the answer! (Glad I don't have to sit my A level maths again I would clearly struggle!!)
Well done to this lad. For (some of?) the rest of us, please could the Argus explain the maths question and ask Joris to explain to us the answer! (Glad I don't have to sit my A level maths again I would clearly struggle!!) charlie, newport
  • Score: 1

3:53pm Mon 16 Jun 14

randomkid123 says...

Genius?? Wouldn't go that far...
i am told aswell that some of the information in this article is incorrect.
firstly, not everyone took the challenge. Only a few students did it and most only got 1 hour to complete the paper yet Mr Josiek here got 2...also Everyone in caerleon comp set (best) r allowed to take maths early.

i wanted to write this so everyone's definally knows the true story...rather then the newspapers opinion. Which is what u get soooo often now adays.
Genius?? Wouldn't go that far... i am told aswell that some of the information in this article is incorrect. firstly, not everyone took the challenge. Only a few students did it and most only got 1 hour to complete the paper yet Mr Josiek here got 2...also Everyone in caerleon comp set (best) r allowed to take maths early. i wanted to write this so everyone's definally knows the true story...rather then the newspapers opinion. Which is what u get soooo often now adays. randomkid123
  • Score: 1

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