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Physics Trip to CERN 2019
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Equipped for Fitness
World Mental Health Day
Crime Scene Investigation
Who did it?
After a spate of mysterious crimes, our year 7 super sleuths were called into action to use their scientific know-how and critical thinking skills to find out who was the guilty party.
The year 7 science teams engaged in hands-on activities and applied their science learning to different unsolved crimes, as they questioned their biases by gathering evidence and analysing their data in the hope of finding the culprits.
In a fully immersive crime scene day, the investigators discovered how blood pattern analysis can be used to build up a picture of events. Using tyre track analysis and heart rate data, the pupils compiled evidence which could be used in court prosecutions and discussed the validity of their evidence. Pupils also put their mathematical and computational knowledge to the test in a cryptogaphic challenge. This interactive day gave plenty of opportunities for pupils to apply their analytical thinking skills to different scenarios and to effectively develop their team building skills as they moved from crime scene to crime scene.
Year 7 found the day fun, interesting and educational and declared it a huge success.
Sports' Day Success
Columbus triumphed over Gaudi, Darwin and Orwell at King's College, Alicante Sports' Day last week! Our eight buses set off for the Estadio Municipal de Atletismo Manolo Jaen in Elche with the pupils in fine voice, decked out in their house colours and with some sporting face paints.
After a full programme of field and track events, several school records fell and a number of pupils achieved a personal best. Mr Ross (Lead Practitioner for PE) said, "Students showed tremendous teamwork to work together and achieve success. Results overall were very even which demonstrates all of the students’ commitment to achieving excellence. Over 120 medals were awarded to our students on the day, making this the biggest sporting event in terms of participation numbers in the school’s history."
Mr Mellon kept up a running commentary on the microphone throughout the day, ensuring the races ran on time. The cheers from the stands kept the performers motivated and feeling competitive. Standout performers included Gael (Orwell), Marta (Gaudi) in year 7, Raquel (Darwin), Adam (Darwin) in year 8, Sara (Darwin), Juan ((Darwin) in year 9, Ricky (Orwell), Enrique (Columbus), Alba (Columbus) in year 10 and Archie (Darwin) and Teresa (Columbus) in year 11.
The most tense moment of the day came when the teachers faced the pupils in the relay. The teachers claimed it was a very close race, while the pupils maintained they beat the teachers by a clear margin!