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The St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Math Contest

Mildred Chabassol, CND

Mathematics is the language of the universe. It is then fitting that, as we celebrate the 400th anniversary of our foundress Marguerite Bourgeoys, we joined with the grade five and six students of the Catholic School board of Kingston for their first math contest. Mr. Henry Santos, a passionate math teacher, and former student of the CNDs, contacted us asking if our 400th celebration and their contest might link-up. He wanted the Kingston sisters to name the contest, and to choose a name and design for the new trophy that would be passed on to the winning school each year. There was much enthusiastic discussion around these topics until we came to the consensus of “The St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Math Contest,” and “St. Marguerite Bourgeoys trophy,” with the design of the official picture we received of Marguerite.

Rosemary and myself were the delegates representing the Kingston sisters. We were amazed at the enthusiasm of the children as they were challenged in math and the knowledge they exemplified was astounding. We were also overwhelmed by the size of the trophy. Since we couldn’t carry up the Raptors trophy, we were content to carry our own.


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