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Y9 and Y11 attend ‘Science Live’ at the Apollo Theatre as Science Week 2019 goes off with a bang

Science Week 2019 got off to a great start with Year 9 and Year 11 enjoying a trip to ‘Science Live’ at the Apollo Theatre today. They heard from Professor Steve Jones about the interaction between genes and the environment and from Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock about the Moon and it’s importance in everyday life.
Back at school, our Lower Years pupils enjoyed an enthralling assembly about sherbert and the science of taste and were invited to take part in a practical workshop about floating gardens and how to decrease food scarcity.

Director of Sport, Roy Headey, presented a fascinating Middle and Upper Years Assembly alongside Saudi Arabian oarsman Husein Alireza. Roy showed pupils a video of Husein’s progress tests at St Mary’s University in Twickenham where oxygen consumption, heart rate and lactate levels were all measured as Husein rowed set distances at varying rates of exertion. After the video the Middle and Upper Years pupils engaged in a Q&A session with Husein, his coach Bill Barry, and Lewis Sloan a Sports Scientist from St Mary’s University.

Dr Thomas McCarthy Ward and Abi Howard were joined by our science technicians Jonah and Helen as they took Science Week on the road. The Science team visited Weston Green school to present a ‘Magic of Science’ demonstration to Years 5 and 6. The children were enthralled as Thomas showed them how chemistry and physics can change their perceptions of heat, light and colour in a series of breathtaking experiments.

One of the highlights of Science Week is the annual, whole school photography competition. This year’s theme was ‘Local Nature’ and pupils were encouraged to take photographs and showcase local nature. To view all the entries and find out more about the photographs you can visit our Science Week photography pages