Greetings, Fan of the Soroban
We are fresh off the plane from the land of sushi, samurai and soroban.
We had a wonderful time in Japan, where we learnt amazing new things about the wonderful gadget we all lovingly know as the abacus. We can’t wait to share those things with you!
But first, let’s chat about 30 September. As you know, we will be welcoming people from all over the country and the world, to join us for the international GAJSMA competition in Johannesburg. South Africans are nothing if not hospitable, so we hope to show the international competitors a good time before we kick their butts with the abacus!
Here are some important details around the competition:
08:30 We will be handing out Hall Passes for the registered contestants (competitors) at the OR Tambo Conference Centre at Birchwood Hotel.
08:55 We will settle the students with BrainGym so that they are ready to write their exams.
09:00 Exams begin promptly. At this point, we ask the parents to move away from the foyer so that there will be absolute silence in the hall. After the exam, parents (participants and guests) may enter the hall.
09:30 From about this time, we will provide entertainment in the form of an opening ceremony, as well as a video clip of SA, followed by a special guest speaker who is passionate about the abacus, and how he has used it to sharpen his genius mind, his school and his businesses.
12:00 We will break for lunch at this time.
13:00 The afternoon talent show and prize giving rounds out the rest of the day.
We know you will make us very proud as we tackle the task of showing off how much our brains have grown over the last year, and how our genius is blossoming this Spring. We look forward to seeing you all on the 30th.
Until then, soak up the gorgeous smells and sights, as we emerge from our wintry slumber!
The Abacus Maths Team