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Year 7 Puzzle Day 2019

On Tuesday 16th July 2019, it was Puzzle Day for our Year 7 students.

The Year 7’s were set a variety of mathematical, logic and physical challenges to challenge their problem-solving abilities. Split up into House teams of up to 8 students, the teams competed against each other in their House to be crowned overall winners as well as competing to be the top House of the year, needing to use teamwork, organisational and communication skills to succeed.

The eight tasks are listed here and we will describe two of them in further detail below: Tantrix; Tie the Knot; Stepping Stones; Hula Hoop race; Build a Cube; Tower of Hanoi; The Acid River; Frogs on a Log.


One of the tasks was the Acid River, where students had to pick up an egg and spoon before carefully crossing a bench. If they dropped the egg or fell off the bench they had to return to the start to begin again. Only one student was allowed on a bench at once and they had to pick up the egg and spoon and couldn’t be handed it.

Another task was the Tower of Hanoi, where students had to move a stack of three tyres from largest to smallest across two spaces, stacked again largest to smallest. The challenge in this activity was that they could only move one tyre at a time and could only put a small tyre on top of a larger tyre, unable to place a large tyre on top of a smaller tyre.

The competition was incredibly tight, with only several points separating each of the teams. Well done to Ignis 5 for being the top team overall at Puzzle Day and Ignis for being the overall House winners.

Congratulations to each of the students who took part and thank you to the Year 9 helpers and the Year 10 prefects who assisted the Maths Faculty.

A gallery of photographs can be seen here...