Trip to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
On Friday 26th of September a group of year 11 and 6th Form students visited Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. There we had a talk by one of the physicists working on the project. Here is some of what we learnt:
Nuclear Fusion is the joining of atoms to create molecules of greater mass. This process creates a lot of energy. In man-made attempts at fusion the most common atoms 'fused' are deuterium and tritium (these are the ones that have been used at Culham.)
An Inspiring Visit from Former Student
Former student Katherine Reggler returned to talk to some of our students. She is about to start the second year of her History degree at St John's College, Cambridge. Here is what some students had to say after her visit:
Molly and Flora - Year 8
Before Katherine came, we both wanted to go to Oxbridge but were unsure how we were going to get there. Katherine helped to show us that if we really wanted it and worked hard, then we too would be able to get there. She also helped us understand that whatever we wanted to do we could do. Although university is quite a long way away from us, we both have quite clear ideas of what we'd like to do when we get there.
Gifted debate workshop
Mr Fletcher, the man who led our workshop, is an English teacher at an international school. He runs teams for debating and was kind enough to help us get started with our debating. On the first morning, we learnt about the general format of a debate and then we put it into practice and debated the pros and cons of nuclear energy. At first each speaker struggled to get over the 2 minute mark but with a few more attempts we were comfortably between 3 and 5 minutes.
Gifted news article 2
Alongside the Enrichment Programme, each curriculum area identifies gifted and talented students using subject-specific criteria, and has in place a programme of provision to ensure that these students are fully challenged and achieve their potential.
For example, the mathematics department’s workshops for gifted mathematicians contributed to an impressive 16 students achieving Level 8 (the highest level) in the 2006 SATs. Students are also carefully prepared for the UK Mathematics Challenge. As a result, several students are invited to take part in the British Mathematical Olympiad and the International Intermediate Invitational Mathematics Challenge.
Gifted news article 1
Wallingford School strives to ensure the development of gifted and talented pupils to their full potential. In addition to enhancing the delivery of the curriculum for pupils on our gifted and talented register, we also ensure that they take full advantage of extra curricular activities provided both in school and by external organisations.
The school uses the national definitions of ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’ pupils. ‘Gifted’ refers to the top 5–10% of pupils in a school deemed to be academically able. ‘Talented’ refers to the top 5–10% of pupils in a school deemed to be able in the fields of Art, Music, Drama and Sport. Once students have been identified, the School involves itself fully in their application for NAGTY and offers whatever support it can to those who are applying.