Every year the Royal Society of Chemistry runs a competition aimed at UK Year 13 students, to stretch and challenge their knowledge. It is an extremely hard exam paper really pushing the edg-es of their Chemistry knowledge, only 5389 students entered in the county! This year we had 5 Year 13 students enter but also had 2 Year 12 students give it a try as well.
The results were fantastic, 4 of the Year 13 students achieved a silver award putting them in the top third of students who entered. Even more amazing is the two Year 12 students who entered achieved a bronze (top two thirds) and silver award, a fantastic achievement entering a year early – I have high hopes for them in next year’s competition.
Congratulations go to:
Silver Awards: Fateen Maqbool, Jacob Piechota, Mia Cook, James Walton, Matthew Metcalf
Bronze Award: Nathan Schofield
Hearty congratulations to 'Qwest', this year's Young Enter-prise team, who were winners at the Nottingham Area Final as well as winning 'Best Financial Management'. They pro-gress to the County Final in May. Their success continues a decade long run of wins for our YE teams. Mr Whitmarsh will be needing a new trophy cabinet!
Report by Year 13 Student Christian Newman
The absolute success of last year’s Debate Week on the EU Referendum meant that attempting to follow it proved challenging. After a period of speculating on various topics of the Debate Week, these said topics were proposed to representatives from each year group via the School Council. From this, it was evident that the debate on animal testing was perfect in raising discussion and splitting the group.
The finalised title was decided: ‘Animal Testing cannot be justified and therefore should be banned’. The introduction of Morgan and Joe from Post 16, who were kind enough to volunteer themselves to front each side of the argument, meant the Debate Week soon gathered momentum.
There was thorough research for the differing sides to the debate. These arguments were then relayed to the four terrific volunteers from each year group to front the debate for their year. Everyone involved passionately and fluently put their side of the argument across in the debate within the series of assemblies throughout the week.
The debate after school on Wednesday was dramatic and well-argued. All of those in attendance, drawn from all levels of the school, contributed by making challenging points for those on the panel to respond to. In that position, it was truly uncertain which side was going to arise victorious from the whole school vote on the Friday. The final result, however, was clear: the whole school voted and by a clear margin the majority voted that animal testing should not be banned.
Comments from students:
“The results were quite shocking in that people agree to keep animal testing”
“I thought the assembly was really good because it shared different reasons why it should and should not be banned”
“An amazing experience for the school and the students who have strong opinions on this subject”
“I love the concept of Debate Week, and I was one of the proud people to take part in the assembly. I will probably volunteer again next year”
“On Friday 24 March, counting the votes was very intense. We counted flawlessly! It was a landslide win to keep animal testing”
Please click here if you would like to watch the assembly where two sides argue for and against animal testing being banned. The students would be very interested in what YOU think. If you would like to vote click here.
Friday 10th February saw the West Bridgford School invaded by aliens, space ships and a lot of glitter! Year 8 spent the day working in Art, Design and technology becoming designers and innovators of science fiction film production.
Pupils chose to work in a variety of workshops including – creating storyboards, set design, space vehicles, alien food, making trailers and costume design. The workshops were run by all the staff of the Art, Design and Technology Department. During the workshops points were awarded for creativity, organisation, problem solving, and outcomes. The form with the most points won and it was….. 8E!
Pupils spent the day being creative and inventive with materials and ideas, developing skills in problem solving and initiative; linked to the many industries within the creative sector such as illustration, 3D design, engineering, film, TV and advertising.
With the creative industries contributing an estimated £84.7 billion to the UK economy, 2.8 million jobs and exports of £17.9 billion these are certainly skills and professions pupils may well find them-selves using or working in, in the future.
The day was really positive and fun with pupils really engaging with all the tasks, coming together at the end of the day to present their tutor groups response to the design challenge to Mr Peacock - Head teacher. All the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. Click here to view the evidence!
Staff and pupils have been involved with a variety of activities to promote reading this week, as World Book Day was on the Thursday, 2nd March.
Many members of staff dressed up as their favourite literary figures and pupils were invited to guess who they were; doors around school were decorated in the theme of books, a book swap has been taking place in the Learning Centre and there are displays promoting reading.
There was a real buzz around school and it was great to see so many of the pupils getting involved!