Bebras is an international initiative aiming to promote Informatics and computational thinking among school students at all ages. The competition sees participants joining from over 50 countries around the world, and those children achieving a top 10% score in Round 1 are invited to participate in Round 2, which is part of the Oxford University Computational Challenge (OUCC) in which over 20,000 students compete.

We were thrilled that 14 of our Pennthorpe pupils were amongst the top 10% of scorers in Round 1, and therefore invited to participate in Round 2 of Bebras 2023! Huge kudos to Will C, Sam F, Felix K, Freddie C, Tristan, Noah, Patrick, Christopher, Niamh, Rosie, Henry, Osman, Knox and Vincent who formed Pennthorpe’s magnificent Round 2 team!

The challenges were no walk in the park. The tasks tested the children’s understanding of computational strings, loops, functions, arrays, mathematical and logical operators, and more, as well as their logical and algorithmic thinking, pattern identification, evaluation and de-bugging skills.

We are delighted to announce that Tristan and Christopher were both awarded a Merit in Round 2, and Vinnie and Noah achieved a Distinction! This is an awesome achievement, and we are incredibly proud of the whole team.

Vincent, who was place 8th nationally in the same competition in 2022, approached this year’s competition as would be expected from a superb computational thinker – his excellent strategic thinking and logical reasoning enabled him to process and solve all the problems set in a highly efficient and impressive manner. He aced Round 2 and has been invited back to participate in the final round in March. Can he beat last year’s performance?! We think he can! 👨‍💻🖥️🙌