At the recent University of Cape Town maths competition prize giving ceremony, Somerset College pupils Benedikt Blomendahl and Joshua Putterill, came second and first respectively in the Grade 12 category. More than 1 000 Grade 12
pupils took part in this competition, and Somerset College came sixth among the participating schools. Joshua won a bronze award in the 2017 UCT senior mathematics olympiad, coming 12th overall out of a total of 35 selected pupils who took part. Joshua then represented Western Province at the finals of the National Mintek Quiz, where he achieved the highest individual mark for the written part of the quiz. The Mintek Quiz is a competition for Grade 12 physical science and maths pupils.