Anjelica 7M - For always pushing herself and being fully engaged in every lesson!
7C - Science
‘We don’t love ALL of the periodic table, just elements of it’
Everything on Earth is made from one or more of the 118 chemical elements in the periodic table. The version of the table we use today was first proposed in 1869 by the Russian chemist Dimitri Mendeleev, who wanted to illustrate recurring trends in the properties of the different elements. To do this, he put them into a systematic order. Knowing this order allows us to predict how elements will behave, and how they will interact with each other or possibly combine to make new substances.
After learning about the particle model in the Autumn term, 7C are now finding out about atoms, elements and compounds. They were challenged to produce a poster on an element of their choice that had to be informative and interesting. Here are some of the fascinating things they discovered:
Arsenic (As) - Although it’s a poison, we need a tiny amount. 0.00001% of our bodies is arsenic. (Eleanor)
Arsenic (As) earned its nickname ‘the silent killer’ as once dissolved, it is odourless, tasteless and colourless. (Kaila)
Beryllium (Be) - By weight, it has six times the specific stiffness of steel and is ⅔ the density of aluminium. (Charlotte)
Carbon (C) - Almost a fifth of your body is carbon (Imaan)
Chlorine (Cl) can remove essential oils from the skin, drying the skin and potentially causing blisters. (Violette)
Chlorine (Cl) makes up 1.9% of the mass of our oceans and seas. (Hamida)
Chlorine (Cl) was used as a chemical weapon in the First World War. (Delphia)
Gold (Au) - All the gold that has been mined would fit into a 23m x 23m x 23m cube. (Esme)
Gold (Au) - Nearly all the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 200 million years after it formed. (Zariya)
Iron (Fe) - It is believed that iron was first discovered by the Hittites of ancient Egypt in 5,000 - 3,000 BCE. (Katie)
Iron (Fe) - The surface of Mars gets its red colour from the compound iron oxide, which is also what rust is. (Ibtisam)
Krypton (Kr) is three times denser than air and is used in film projectors. (Bertina)
Krypton (Kr) was discovered almost accidentally, so it was named after the Greek word Krypto, meaning ‘hidden’. (Chloe)
Mercury (Hg) - The only metal that’s liquid at room temperature, Mercury was sometimes known as quicksilver. (Janet)
Molybdenum (Mo) is an essential, trace mineral found in green beans, green peas and cucumber, among other things. (Lyza)
Nickel (Ni) is used in batteries for hybrid vehicles, armour plating and coins. (Daphne)
Nitrogen (N) is essential for all living organisms as it’s needed to make proteins. (Kalae)
Nitrogen (N) - The atmosphere contains 4,000,000,000,000 tons of Nitrogen. (Grace)
Oxygen (O) - Its name comes from the Greek for ‘acid forming’. (Anais)
Oxygen (O) - The colour of oxygen is pale blue. (Kenya).
Phosphorus (P) was used in matches for around sixty years and resulted in a horrific disease called phossy jaw. (Lorea)
Potassium (K) burns with a lilac (yes, lilac) flame. (Vanessa)
Silicon (Si) is the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust and is used on electronic devices. (Michelle)
Silver (Ag) - It has the highest thermal conductivity of all the elements. (Amina)
Xenon (Xe) - Because it is denser than air, xenon can be used to produce a deep-sounding voice (the opposite of helium). (Eva).
Xenon (Xe) glows with a blue/lavender colour when electricity is passed through it. (Gabriel)
Zinc (Zn) - Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food. (Becky)
Lyna and Clementine discovered some lovely information on water, such as:
Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid.
Up to 60% of the human body is water.
We’ll end with a great joke from Kenya.
Did you hear that Oxygen and Magnesium hooked up last night? OMg!
Royal Institute of British Architecture Ambassador Programme
A small but committed group of Year 12 students has been taking part in a collaborative project with RIBA and architecture practice Haworth Tompkins as part of RIBA’s Architecture Ambassadors programme.
Our students were shown how architects communicate and develop ideas from initial concepts through to final designs through research, drawing and model making.
They then set us a brief to design a public pavilion for one of a choice of three local sites, St Luke's Church, Cantelowes Park or Granary Square.
Last week we went to the Haworth Tomkins to tour the studios and to present our ideas.
The group had developed a really wide range of ideas such as a community conservatory for the church; a sunken seating area with a green roof for Granary Square and sheltered, comfortable seating for Cantelowes Park.
Every student presented their ideas and architects Sophie, Alise, Sam and Laura gave in depth feedback.
They were really impressed with the variety of ideas and the quality of the presentations.
Great work from Alice, Bibi, Poppy, Rene, Thalia and Zena.
We are hosting The CSG Sixth Form Charity Bake Off in order to raise money for the two brilliant charities our sixth form students have voted for, Refugee Point and EndFGM European Network.
Refugee Point is a nonprofit organisation that assists refugees overlooked in humanitarian aid by providing long-term solutions for them to be reintroduced and sustained in society. They have currently successfully referred over 104,767 refugees to access resettlements, self-reliance, and other pathways to safety where they can rebuild their lives, giving them the hope and justice they deserve. The refugee crisis is a prominent issue facing the world today where individuals are unjustly displaced and it saddens us to see this issue continue.
The other charity we are supporting is the EndFGM European Network. EndFGM operates to sustain European action in ending female genital mutilation by connecting grassroots communities with non-government organisations. The End FGM European Network engages with on-the-ground activists who are fighting to stop FGM practices within their own communities and at European & International levels.
We believe these charities can help defeat these ongoing crises and we believe that you can help make this happen by donating to our fundraising.
The event will be held in the Main Hall on Tuesday 7 March from 5:00pm-7:00pm. There will be 12 contestants, who are pupils with a passion for baking, presenting their own cake for the judges to taste, the rest of the cake will be sold to the audience. We will also have a Prosecco bar for the parents.
We really hope you can come along, so we can really build a buzz around baking while making a real difference for the causes we believe in.
Many thanks and we hope to see you on Tuesday 7 March.
The Sixth Form Senior Prefect Team
The School Concert is next week on Thursday 9 March. The concert will include solo performances by the Year 13 Music and chamber ensembles.
Tickets are available to buy in advance on Parent Pay and on the evening.
Red Nose Day
In preparation for our usual escapades on Red Nose Day, 17 March, we have set up the link below.
All donations large and small are very much appreciated.