While Tuesday was just a normal day to most people, within the Mathematics faculty, there was an irrational sense of excitement as 'Pi Day' had arrived.
Pi Day, first celebrated in 1988, is celebrated on March 14 (3/14) in recognition of the constant ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter – called Pi.
Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point, but to 2 decimal places is approximately 3.14. Senior School celebrated Pi Day with the staff, sharing a morning tea consisting of pies: pumpkin pie, party pies, apple pies, gluten free, chocolate pies, fruit pies - as well as a variety of other circular food that closely resembled pies. Maths jokes were shared, with significant variation in the appreciation displayed by the Senior Staff.
The staff room noticeboard was duly decorated with content that only a true Maths nerd would appreciate. And it isn’t only the staff who have recognised this important day. The students have been competing in a House Group challenge where they have to apply their logical thinking and general knowledge to answer a set of ‘Number Phrases.’
Who knew that Maths could be so much fun? And it doesn’t stop here. The next big event on the calendar will be July 22, known as 'Pi Approximation Day'. The fraction 22/7 approximates Pi to 2 decimal places also, and has commonly been used throughout history since the time of Archimedes.
As we like to say in the Maths Faculty “Teaching Maths is quite divine, three point one four one five nine."
Head of Mathematics - Senior School