*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!

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

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