Yoon-seo Jo (10AN)
They say it is often the things experienced at a young age that lasts the longest in life, which is why the Salters’ Institute, a charity which aims to “promote the appreciation of Chemistry and related Sciences amongst the young”, held one of the eighteenth annual Chemistry Camps this month at the University of Sussex. The residential camps invite sixty Year 10 students to participate in an engaging and surprisingly very fun course lasting for three days.
Upon arrival, we were hurriedly encouraged to get to know each other, using a clever warm-up game to get us shy teenagers socialising. My favourite icebreaker joke? I would have one, but all the good ones argon (awful, yes). Soon, we were escorted into the labs and thus our journey began…
The course consisted of four lab practicals, ranging from exploring chemiluminescence (when energy is given out in the form of light) to investigating ligands (ions or neutral molecules that bond to a central metal atom/ion). Also in the programme were three lectures on chemistry as a central aspect of our lives, not merely just a GCSE or A-level qualification.
For me, the most fascinating activity was making ‘cheaper’ Benzocaine, a surface anaesthetic often used together with other drugs that we usually take for granted. It gave us insight being put into the roles of someone working for a pharmaceutical company, and the idea that what happens in a little test tube may affect others’ well-being deepened our respect for the industry. Moreover, by combining some of the skills we already knew from school with off-curricular, undergraduate-style guidance, the course provided us with a challenging yet achievable outlook on further study in the field.
Daisy Newton (7BR) finished strongly in the Winter Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix Circuit in May to take Overall Runner Up in the Year 8 and under category, after competing in only three of the 5 grand prixs on offer. Daisy is to receive two hours free coaching from British seeded squash player Ben Coleman as her prize
Daisy also took part in the Essex Junior Squash Development Trials at Corporal Budd Gymnasium, Colchester Garrison, on Sunday 21st June. Daisy was put through her paces for agility, coordination, stamina and racket skills during the first half of the morning. During the second half, she was pitted against all the other players to enable the Essex Coaching Team to make their selections after seeing their technique during play. Daisy was selected to be a member of the Essex Junior Squash Girls Development Squad. Selection to these squads for Essex set children on the road to future greatness in the sport.
Tess Lovejoy (9BN) was awarded her Chief Scout Gold award on Sunday 15th June in Chelmsford, by the District Commissioner. She was one of two Scouts from 4th Brightlingsea to receive the award. Challenges included sleeping out for charity, organising and running an expedition with a younger Scout without adult supervision and a night-hike from Ipswich to Brightlingsea.
Mrs Marshall and Mrs Moss travelled to Cambridge to receive, on behalf of the school, a national award from the SSAT (Schools, Students and Teachers Network), in recognition of pupils’ academic success.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of the SSAT, said “Colchester County High School for Girls should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Colchester County High School for Girls.”
Thanks to parents, governors, students and staff for their loyalty, hard work and commitment to CCHS.
This prize is awarded annually to a Year 13 student and is in memory of Catherine Bullen, who was a student at CCHS. The prize is awarded on the basis of a link to Medicine (Catherine was a medical student at Bristol University) and also on the amount and nature of voluntary work undertaken by the student.
Roger and Linda Bullen (Catherine’s parents) have also set up The Catherine Bullen Foundation in her memory. Catherine died suddenly in August 1992 having contracted gastroenteritis while travelling in Namibia, prior to taking up an elective position in Tanzania. The Foundation raises money with the aim to relieve poverty in rural Namibia.
Kate Hann (13HG) is this year’s winner of the Catherine Bullen Memorial Prize.
Daria Skubich, a Year 12 student, recently entered the 50th Anniversary English Language blog competition organised by Essex University. We are delighted that Daria won the competition and enjoyed an interesting series of workshops about all aspects of English Language at the university as well as winning £100 for herself. As she is intending to study English Language at university, this success will enhance her personal statement for her UCAS form.
This March I had the pleasure of being the Vice President of the European Youth Parliament’s regional forum which took place at Newnham College Cambridge. Bethany Appleton (who was the journalist of the session) and I travelled to Cambridge the day before for an evening of team building at Kings College with the other officials. Having represented the school at past EYP events as a delegate it was extremely interesting to see the organisational side of the event and to play an important role in the running of the day.
The school’s year 12 team consisting of Tolu Ajala, Niamh O’Neill, Meray Alfhaily, Erin Leahy, Ines Boavida-Cawley, Lulu Payne, Bella Stevens, Sacha Pearey and Lizzie Waddilove attended the day as part of the competition. They represented the Committee on Human Rights and discussed how the EU should best provide for the refugees who are victims of Islamic State as well as providing valuable points to the other debates held over the day which included Education, Economics, Energy, Female Genital Mutilation and Freedom of the Press.
Mayor of Cambridge Gerri Bird and president of the session Martha Saunders both highlighted the importance of political engagement and Martha also gave an empowering speech about the importance of Newnham College in the History of Women’s education.
The day ended with the selection of teams to represent the region at the National Competition. The school’s delegation was praised for their teamwork and in depth research on the topics as well as extremely well delivered speeches and they have been selected to attend the National Session in Liverpool in July.
Scarlett Blacker (13KB)
On Thursday 16th April, Mary Beadles, an ex CCHS student who is now studying for her masters at Cambridge university, came to give a talk to about 30 students in years 11, 12 and 13 about comparative cognition, which compares the way animals and humans think. She talked about many things, such as how animals use tools to find food, for instance, in tests crows are able to use sticks of differing lengths in order to retrieve a piece of food from a container. She also showed us some fascinating videos of other animals and birds, including a video of Alex the parrot, who was able to identify various different objects and colours and even count the number of objects he was shown.
The talk was incredibly interesting and inspirational for anyone wishing to study biological sciences or animal behaviour at university.