Teenagers show their maths skills in contest


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Millions of pets face an Unhappy Blue Year, says PDSA

Forget Blue Monday  millions of pets face a Blue Year unless their owners take steps to end their stress, obesity and loneliness, according to leading pet wellbeing charity PDSA.

The warning comes on Monday 15 January  hallmarked as Blue Monday  where short,  dark days, empty pockets and dwindling New Years resolutions all add up to create the most melancholic day of the year. But PDSA is urging pet owners to spare a thought for the pets who face another year of loneliness and boredom going far beyond the joyless January blues.

Pictured : Andra Petrov with her beagle, Elvis

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Pupils walk to school as part of Portsmouth council challenge

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SECONDARY school students are counting their success after taking home a raft of accolades from a maths challenge.

The teenagers from Henry Cort Community College, in Hillson Drive, Fareham, achieved one gold, four silvers, and 21 bronze certificates out of the 53 that took part in this year’s UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge.

More than 200,000 students from across the UK sat the Intermediate Maths Challenge with around six per cent receiving a gold certificate, 13 per cent silver and 21 per cent bronze.

Matthew Saunders, 14, was awarded a gold certificate along with a best in school award.

Harry Woolford, 14, Daniel Morris, 15, Ameila Bascombe, 14, and Morwenna Redwood, 15, were awarded silver.

The Intermediate Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and aimed at those in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Phil Munday, executive principal, said: ‘We are very proud of our students.

‘We are very excited by the success.’