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Summer Term 2020
Friday 3 July 2020

A Virtual trip to Geneva

Last week, our sixth form physicists had the opportunity to join a live virtual tour and question webcast from CERN - the Centre of European Nuclear Research and home to their Large Hadron Collider. The group should have been visiting the centre in Geneva, for an actual tour of the centre but unfortunately, like all other trips, this was unable to go ahead. The Year 12 and 13 students, and their teachers, watched the webcast, led by retired CERN scientist, Mick Storr, who still lives in France. The centre’s work actually has nothing to do with nuclear research, the development of nuclear power or weapons, but actually particle physics and the origins of the universe.
A Virtual trip to Geneva
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets, built 100m underground, spanning the French-Swiss border. Inside the accelerator, two high-energy particle beams travel at close to the speed of light before they are made to collide. The beams travel in opposite directions A Virtual trip to Genevain separate beam pipes – these two tubes are kept at ultrahigh vacuum, a lower pressure than in outer space. They are guided around the accelerator ring by a strong magnetic field, maintained by superconducting electromagnets. The electromagnets are built from coils of special electric cable that operate in a superconducting state, efficiently conducting electricity without resistance or loss of energy. This requires chilling the magnets to minus 271.3°C – a temperature colder than outer space. During their hour long ‘tour’, our A-Level students and science teachers learnt about the research that the centre is doing, and their scientific breakthroughs, but they all wish they could have seen it all in person!

'Call to Arms' Poetry

Last week, our English team invited Year 7 and Year 8 students to write a 'call to arms' poem, on a subject of their choice. The extension task followed the study of a 'Call to Arms' poem about the equality of women, during their live lesson. The only stipulation was that they had to write about a subject they are passionate about, asking others to join them in their passion. Despite the fact that this was an optional task, our English teachers were astounded, not only by the response, but also by the quality of the students’ poems. Miss Morgan commented, “It was very tough for us to choose stand-out poems, as the standard of work across the board was phenomenal. It is inspiring to see the very worthy causes the students have chosen to stand up for.” Well done to all our budding poets!
Year 7: Theo Vine, Sam O’Brien, Harry Hepburn and Lydia Jay, including standout poems from Eloise Carter and Martha Hillier.
Year 8: Alicia McManigan, Stevie Lea Balcombe O’Connell, Zi Yu Dong, Sophie Newton, Chenai Gillmore, Ellie Paine, Cady Ransley, Georgia Blunden and Tallulah-Belle Pridmore, including standout poems from Maisie Moseley and Cassidy Bullman

Feminism – by Cassidy Bullman – Year 8
(she wrote 7 poems in total, this was our favourite):

Enough of the laughter holding back my tears,
Enough of my mother pushing my hair behind my ears.
Enough of the rain,
Enough of this pain.
Enough of this struggle,
There's nothing more that I can juggle.
Enough of the jewellery hanging over my summer dress,
Enough of the clearing up of someone else's mess.
Enough of the high heels
Enough of this cooking, making everyone's meals.
Enough of the washing, the baby and this home,
Enough of my hair, with no time to comb.
Enough of the cleaning up,
Not 1950’s in a cup.
Enough of coming home late,
Please don't discriminate.
The women of this land,
Are an army hand in hand,
We will fight for this on the sand.
We no longer need a man!

Read all of the standout poems here.....