Information and Schedule

ISMTF Middle School Mathematics Competition

Toulouse, March 27 - 29, 2015

We are looking forward to welcoming you all in March!


  • This competition will involve 117 students between the ages of 11 and 14 in two competitions.
  • The International School of Toulouse has also entered teams and will provide substitutes for any absentees from other schools.
  • Students come from International schools in Europe and beyond.
  • Students will stay with host families from the International School of Toulouse and Coaches will stay in a hotel in Toulouse.
  • The first competition on Saturday takes place in teams of three where students will represent the school they come from.
  • The second competition on Sunday involves students competing in teams of 6 where students will be mixed in teams with students from different schools.
  • On the Saturday afternoon, there will be an excursion to the Airbus A380 final assembly line and the Aeroscopia aviation museum.
  • We are delighted to welcome author Simon Singh as a guest speaker on Saturday where he will talk about his book, Fermat's last Theorem, which is a story of great local significance.


The following is a provisional Schedule for the weekend including information you may find helpful

Friday 27th March

  • We are expecting teams to arrive throughout the day on the Friday*.
  • On arrival you will be met by a member of staff from the school.
  • You will be escorted via minibus from the airport/train station** to the coaches hotel in central Toulouse.
  • Another member of staff will be at the coaches hotel to meet you, pass on information and help you check in.
  • Team members can deposit their bags in the hotel rooms of their teachers.
  • We have organised an activity around Toulouse to introduce you to the town for the afternoon. (Obviously depending on your arrival time). You can depart on foot from the hotel.
  • Return to the hotel by 16h
  • ​at 16.15, all teams, teachers and students will be transported to the school for registration by coach, from the hotel.
  • When you arrive at the school, you will be given further instructions about where to register and wait for host families.
  • Between 17.00 and 18.00, students will be collected by their host families***. Dinner will be provided by the host families.
  • at 18h30 or before if we are ready, 1 coach will take visiting teachers back to the coaches hotel where the coaches dinner is being held.
  • 19h the evening begins with an aperitif and is followed by the coaches dinner in the hotel.

*Please ensure that you have sent accurate travel details. No lunch is provided on Friday.

**We anticipate most teams arriving at the airport, but will accommodate any arrival point in Toulouse, provided we know in advance.

*** If students are not stying with host families then they will follow alternative arrangements made by their teams. If they are staying at the coaches hotel, they will return on the bus with their teachers.

Saturday 28th March

  • Students are brought to the school by host families by 8.30 at the latest. They should find their teams and make their way to the main hall where they will be guided to their team table.
  • Competition begins at 9.00 and runs through until 12.15. There will be a break.
  • A separate rota for the teachers will be provided for this period.
  • Lunch is in the school canteen from 12.30
  • AT 13.30 There will be a talk from our guest speaker SImon Singh about his book 'Fermat's Last Theorem' 
  • At 14.15, teachers and students should assemble in the main school reception ready for the afternoon excursion.
  • At 14h30, Coaches(buses) will depart the school for the afternoon excursion, returning around 17h45.
  • ​At 18h students are collected by their host families.
  • At 18h30, teachers are returned to the coaches hotel.
  • We have arranged a night out in Toulouse for those who want to join us. Details have been sent

Sunday 29th March

  • Students are brought to the school by host families by 8.30 at the latest. They will make their way to the Sunday chase room.
  • The Sunday chase will begin as soon as everyone is here or at 9.00, which ever comes first.
  • Students will be in teams of 6 mixed up from different schools.
  • The Sunday chase will be based around the design and test of small car propelled by elastic bands. Students will be given some raw materials to work with, but will earn more by correctly answering more mathematics problems. Winners will be decided on the performance of the car.
  • This competition will be finished by 11.15
  • At 11.30, there will be a short awards ceremony.
  • Competition closes at 12h and participants begin the journey home.

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