Dedication to teach
Stonar's A-Level Physics pupils enjoyed two trips recently to learn about physics 'hands-on'; one to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for a Particle Physics Masterclass and then to Christ Church College in Oxford for an Olympic-inspired Physics Challenge.
Stonar aims to inspire all the girls to enjoy Physics and encourages them to develop a rigorous, questioning attitude to scientific issues; trips like this demonstrate physics in action.
At Christ Church College at Oxford University, Stonar competed against other schools in a series of rowing-themed challenges. Pupils were given a physics equation and had to design and conduct an experiment, using ergometers in a gym, to investigate the relationship between speed and power when rowing.
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The afternoon task was to design a trans-oceanic rowing boat and present the design to the other attending schools in the lecture theatre, as if it were a pitch for funding for the design. Having worked very competently as a team, Stonar's girls clinched second place in the competition overall – an excellent result.
Last week, the AS and A2 girls travelled to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire to take part in a Particle Physics Masterclass. Pupils enjoyed a lecture on Subatomic Particles and Particle Acceleration, and took part in an interactive computer session. Pupils were then given a tour of Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrotron
There were some interesting talks including one on Dark Matter and Dark Energy and a subsequent quiz ended the day at the Rutherford Appleton. "The physics we experienced is a big part of the A-Level syllabus and it was a very worthwhile outing where a great deal was learned," commented Boo Borsberry-Woods, a Sixth Former from Stonar.
Year 13 students are celebrating a crop of impressive university offers this term with many achieving offers on their first choice courses among the Russell Group universities.
Universities and employers around the country say that St Brendan's Sixth Form College students stand out from the crowd, not only because of their qualifications but also because of their skills, experience, hobbies and volunteering, gained outside and inside the classroom.
The International Baccalaureate qualification sees the first cohort of students preparing for their final exams in May. Currently an exhibition of the IB artwork is on display and all coursework and extended essays have been produced. It has been a brilliant two years for these students, hard work, challenging, sometimes emotional and also rewarding.
The teachers at St Brendan's have enjoyed delving into their subjects, not being restrained by regular exam practice and the students have in turn enjoyed their unrestricted learning.
St Brendan's has a very special ethos that is not only about gaining the best possible academic achievement but also providing an enriching experience that provides opportunities and support to give young people the best start in life. In a job market where that extra special edge is needed St Brendan's students can always shine.
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