Elena Edmondson (11RD)
I recently attended Salters’ Chemistry Camp at the University of Sussex from the 25th until the 27th of June. It was an absolutely amazing experience which I was so grateful to have taken part in. I acquired a range of new skills, including learning how to use advanced equipment in a laboratory and meeting new people. We spent nearly all day every day in the lab doing things like making painkillers and glow in the dark substances. These are things undergraduates do in their first year of university so it was very hard! I also learned a lot more about university life such as the halls of residence and the lecture theatres. I would like to thank Dr Parrott and Dr Gwyther for giving me this fantastic once in a lifetime opportunity which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Delfi Dorussen (11CB)
Last July I attended a Salters' Chemistry Camp at the University of Bath and I found the experience thoroughly enjoyable. The camp gave me an excellent opportunity to develop my Chemistry skills and it introduced me to a number of new concepts, experiments and chemistry equipment. The timetable for the days was largely organised around four practical activities: Clock Reactions and Oscillating Reactions, Stingcurb (making and purifying Benzocaine), Cold Light and Cyanotyping. Other than this there was a lecture on material science and a quiz.
I also met a group of new people who I will hopefully keep in contact with. Overall, I am very glad that I was given the chance to partake in this experience.
This summer holiday, Mr Barraclough was joined by Mrs Daniels, Mrs Lyon, Miss Bonner and Miss Cant and 41 students for a trip down the Ardeche river and a stop off on the Mediterranean Coast for a superb water-sports two centre adventure.
Despite an arduous coach journey of nearly 18 hours, once the party arrived in Domaine de Segries they were in high spirits (even if the lack of sleep was beginning to show). After settling in and meeting their instructors it was straight out to the Ardeche river for the first part of the descent.
After three days of kayaking it was off to the Mediterranean coast for sailing, wind-surfing, snorkelling and a whole host of other activities, allowing the students to learn much about themselves and each other, as well as picking up plenty of new skills.
It’s fair to say the trip was an excellent success and I would like to thank all the staff who accompanied me and all the students, who made this trip one to remember.
Emily Stephens (13BH)
This summer I undertook a four week research placement sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation. Each year the organisation provides over 1,000 students in year 12 studying science, technology, engineering and maths the opportunity to work alongside professionals across the UK, in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions. The placements allow the students a chance to develop their understanding about jobs in their chosen field, particularly in research.
A team of Year 12 students will represent the UK at the European Youth Parliament after winning a national competition. They beat 179 schools in the National Selection Conference after debating issues including franking, human trafficking and the energy market.
The winning team is Bethany Appleton, Hanna Banks, Scarlett Blacker, Ella Blaxill, Ellen Docherty, Ffion Davies, Serena Long, Charlotte Roberts and Millie Smith.
The girls will travel to Finland for the international session next July.
The following students in our Year 12 Art Group have been selected by the Dover Federation for the Arts to exhibit their work at the 12th National Students Art Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, under the patronage of the Royal Society of British Artists:
Hanna Banks (Swan Lake)
Abi Bartlett (At Rest)
Gabrielle Doughty (Sails in the Wind)
Bethany Francis (Tollesbury Shed)
Chloe Miles (In the Harbour)
Antonia Quashie (Alone Boat)
Jessica Underwood (Beach Huts)
Bethany Francis in Year 12 recently won the BBC One Show Art Competition. She was selected from many entries to have a painting exhibited in the Royal Academy of Arts this Summer. Bethany recently attended a private viewing of her work with her family.
A team of Year 11 Youth Health Champions have been working hard over the past year creating campaigns to deliver to the rest of the students at CCHS. Their first campaign was promoting healthy eating, more specifically, a healthy breakfast. They spent time with Year 8 and Year 9 students giving helpful sessions about risk awareness and body image. Their final campaign was on combating stress.
We thank all the students for their hard work and positive impact.
On Thursday 20th February a team of three students travelled to Queen Mary University in London to compete in the first round of Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst Competition.
The day comprised of several different experiments to test both practical ability and the students' ability to analyse results. The girls won the round and are waiting to take part in the National Final at the University of Central Lancashire in June.
We wish them every success.