Zizipho, an 8th grade student, displays her Pi Day poster.

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Anders Kelto

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Yesterday was Pi Day, when nerds around the world celebrate the ratio of a circleโs circumference to its diameter. (Pi, of course, begins with 3.14, hence 3/14 is Pi Day.)

On Wednesday, students at COSAT created posters to honor that most famous of non-repeating, irrational numbers, and hung the posters around the school. This, no doubt, further solidified the schoolโs standing as Khayelitshaโs top geek haven.

Then, yesterday afternoon, the school held a contest to see who could recite the most digits of pi from memory. Iโm told that the contest spilled over into today (perhaps because the students were reciting for hours?), so Iโm still awaiting word of a winner and a final tally.

The students were clearly excited about Pi Day. But they were even more excited about Pi Day being โpie day.โ The school splurged on some meat pies โ chicken and mushroom, steak and kidney, and cheeseburger โ enough for every student to have some. The flaky, stuffed treats can be found at just about every corner store and gas station in the country, usually for about \$1.25, and Iโve yet to meet a South African who doesnโt love them.

Pies and pi โ basically, it was a COSAT studentโs dream day.

Now if only theyโd finish reciting, and tell me who won!

• COSAT students celebrated Pi Day by drawing posters honoring the famed irrational number. (Photo: Anders Kelto)

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Anders Kelto

• Students celebrated Pi Day with actual pies, too. The steak and kidney, chicken and mushroom variety. (Photo: Anders Kelto)

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Anders Kelto

• 9th grader Nkosinathi Nkosia holds up his trophy -- a pie plate. (Photo: Anders Kelto)

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Anders Kelto

• Buhle, an 8th grader, was rather proud of his Pi Day poster. (Photo: Anders Kelto)

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Anders Kelto