By Neneh

On the 14 of March Pi Day is celebrated globally, from Australia to South Africa to Canada and the list goes on. Of course, Brookes as an educational and international school wanted to celebrate this special day, especially as it is strong in mathematics. But let us first take look at what Pi actually is and why it is so important.

PI π

Pi is the number of the perimeter of a circle to its diameter. So, it is the circumference (perimeter) divided by the diameter aka 3.14159…. This is the number you’ll get the closest to every time you do this. Thus, if you walk in a circle with a diameter 100m, to work out the distance you walked you just multiply 100 by π. William Jones is the man who invented Pi. Pi is mostly celebrated all around the world by baking and eating lots of pies and pizzas since they have circular forms.

Now to how Brookes celebrated Pi Day.

Brookes celebration of Pi day

As usual Wednesdays at Brookes start off with assembly. On this occasion,  Mr Broom asked the question of what PI really is. A girl from year five answered the question and assembly continued on from there. The assembly wasn’t so much about Pi Day, but the rest of the day certainly was. A few teachers had printed out mathletics login and passwords. Each student got their own login to mathletics to complete challenges and compete against each other or against other classes. During the course of the day there were activities including Pi in each class. Some baked Pi cookies and other pupils and staff played games such as measuring bowls, cups, plates etc. There were some parents who came to the school to help with activities. The canteen gave out gingerbread cookies for snacks (which they don’t usually do), so the day was full, and tasks continued throughout the day and the only thing that could have made the experience better would be decorations otherwise I give this event 4.5 / 5 stars!

One comment

  1. Nice article and good photos, Neneh! I wonder if your readers will suggest ideas for next year’s Pi Day?


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