Science Live Trip
In January the science department took approximately 30 students to the ‘Science Live’ event held in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
This is an event especially designed for students of around GCSE age where five world-renowned scientists give captivating, informative and inspiring presentations about the works that they are involved in.
This year we were lucky enough to hear from Professor Alice Roberts, the famous anatomist and biological anthropologist on evolution-without the fossils, Professor Andrea Sella on ‘strange ice’, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock on the wonders of space, Professor Jim Al-Khalili on time travel and Professor Mark Miodownik on ‘Stuff matters’ a particularly thought provoking presentation on the changes to the material world that are coming our way.
Young Engineers attend Central Regional Final
A focus of the Young Engineers club this year has been to develop a radio controlled off road vehicle and design portfolio for the Jaguar Land Rover 4x4 in schools’ challenge. Sponsorship for the challenge has been provided by G Bryan Jones who have provided us with the financial means to undertake the challenge. We have also been supported by an engineering mentor from Jaguar Land Rover who has been offering advice and insight into off road vehicle design as well as supporting the team with the development of their design portfolio.
The team, which is made up of Sam Austin, Harri Shone, Alfie Green, Cieran Jones, Nath Jones, Henry Griffiths and Dylan Moore recently attended the Central Regional Final which was held in the West Midlands. The team successfully negotiated judges scrutineering used to ensure the car met all the relevant rules and regulations. Two highly technical test tracks were completed and the students were also judged on the quality of their design portfolio, pit display and verbal presentation in which they were quizzed on the ins and outs of their vehicle design. Unfortunately, the team did not win any awards at the event but enjoyed themselves and certainly represented the college in a positive manner.
We would like to thank our sponsor and our engineering mentor for their support which has been critical to our successful participation in the 4x4 in schools’ challenge.
Mr A McMahon, Design & Technology
Woman In Black
On Thursday 9th February 2017 the year 11 GCSE drama class went to The Courtyard theatre in Hereford to watch Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman in Black’. This was a fantastic play for year 11 to see in preparation for their written exam in May. Here is what some of the year 11’s had to say after the show: “It was a perfect combination of jumps, scares and comedy”; “nail bitingly tense”; “it was exhilarating and kept us on the edge of our seat”.
It was certainly not a ‘Silent Night’ on 9th December in St John’s Church, Bishops Castle as musicians from Years 7 – 10 performed to a packed church. From a Samba Band to a violin solo, from Away in a Manger to The Fairy Tale of New York, modern and traditional Christmas songs and carols could be heard, very ably played by many talented and enthusiastic musicians.
A wide variety of solos and duets including electric guitar, violin, piano, trumpet, clarinet and voice performed, ringing out the bells for Christmas. A brass and wind quartet, ‘Tentet, Samba Band, College Singers ,Orchestra and Junior Rock Band all played and sang a glorious collection of Christmas pieces including Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, Pachelbel’s Christmas, Walking in the Air and the grand finale- Jingle Bell Rock involving over 30 musicians.
It was a fantastic night of Christmas celebrations. A massive well done to everyone involved!