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Three Year 12 students have just competed in the National Finals of the Rotary Public Speaking Competition "Youth Speaks". Ella Blaxill was declared winner as the best National Chairperson and the whole team were awarded runner-up. The team were coached by Classics teacher Emily Clark.
By Bonnie Lewis, 9CN
On 27th February, the CCHS Under 14's football team played an exciting match against The Gilberd. It was a home match that ended in a 3-2 score to CCHS. The winning goal was scored by Laura Siever (9VC) after half time. In the first half, it looked promising after Georgie Morton (9AB) scored the first goal of the match, only to be equalised by The Gilberd by half time.
It was a relief when half time came, but the rain that had started during the break hindered the girls when they resumed the match. The wet ground and long grass affected the accuracy, as seen by Georgie Morton when she nearly scored, making it a nail-biting moment when it was curved away from the goal.
The Gilberd took the lead after scoring in the second half to make it 1-2. After the rain had stopped, Georgie Morton was able to make it a draw with another brilliant goal and equalise to The Gilberd. Many attacks were made to both goals and Laura Siever was able to break through The Gilberd’s defences and score a winning goal that was well deserved. The CCHS football team rejoiced when the whistle was finally blown and we knew that we had won!
Last term on Thursday 13th February, all Year 9 students participated in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) themed workshop. The stu-dents put to test their skills in a one-day challenge set by the educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust. The students worked on a project called the Wind Turbine Challenge, where they had to construct a wind turbine to produce the greatest amount of electricity. In small working groups the students had to design, build and market their wind turbine to the organisers. The project not only had time con-straints but also budgetary and aesthetic requirements.
Feedback from the day was overwhelmingly positive with almost 100% students rat-ing the day 8/10 or above. Students also gave more in-depth feedback about what they enjoyed most about the day, and quotes from this include:
‘I enjoyed learning about what engineers do’
‘My favourite part was designing and building our own piece of
‘I enjoyed working as a team with people I wouldn’t usually work with’
As part of National Science and Engineering Week 2014, on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st March, CCHS welcomed two Biomedical Scientists from the Microbiology Department at Colchester General Hospital. Years 7, 8 and 9 were invited to participate in Microbiology workshops that included three different case studies of infectious disease. Mr David Smith and Mr Paul Quinn designed and prepared engaging pictures and samples to provide students with an idea of what it is like to work in a diagnostic laboratory. The students had to diagnose the infection and determine which antibiotic was most appropriate for treatment.
We are very grateful to the Biomedical Scientists for their time and delivering the enrichment experience
Below are the names of our students who took part in the Olympiad and their medal status:
Duleni Herath Gold Nicola Oshisanwo Bronze
Madeleine Spence Silver Abigail Stubbs Gold
Ka Hin Karen Mak Silver Rhiannon Ware Silver
Laura Brown Silver Eilidh Mackenzie Gold
Beth Pasfield Silver Sian O’Shea Gold
Claire Pearce Silver Annabelle Ho Bronze
Megan Moore Highly Commended
Eleanor Barnes Highly Commended
Eleanor Tripp Highly Commended
Rachel Goddard Highly Commended
All the students did exceptionally well and Sian O’Shea and Abigail Stubbs are through to Round 2 of the Olympiad - being ranked in the top 160 of 5076 students. We wish them luck,
Dr I Martin