Olympiad InformaticsOn the final teaching day of the Autumn Term, a number of LV and UV students took part in the annual British Informatics Olympiad (BIO). This is a national competition where students are faced with three, fiendishly difficult problem-solving challenges which they need to complete in less than three hours. The main marks are to be gained by the students programming their solutions and it was great to see the Computer Science students apply their programming knowledge to the challenges.

Whilst we are still not aware of how the girls performed nationally, internally we have picked the top three students: first and second places went to Lucy (UV) and Elisabeth (UV) and Belinda (LV) came third. Everyone who entered the competition will receive a certificate from the organisers and the top three students will receive a prize. If you think you can compete against their marks then do get involved; the question paper will soon appear on the website http://olympiad.org.uk/ and Mr Mason would love to hear how you get on! Alternatively have a look at the back catalogue of previous years’ questions if you fancy a challenge.