After planting a tree as part of the Boarding Orchard ceremony, our prefects sat down to lunch with the Director of the Boarding Schools’ Association and visiting head boy and head girl and their deputies from Tenbury High Ormiston Academy. Head Boy Vinnie B. of Saint Michael’s said: “The main purpose of the visit…Details
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Table Tennis Competition
Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2017
Congratulations to Nelson Chan, Stan Huang and Alex Wang who all received a Copper award from the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. (pictured here with Headteacher, Mrs Nicola Walker)
At the end of the summer term some of the A1 Chemistry group took part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2017
In the same week that they were relaxing after AS module examinations and preparing for the summer holiday, they sat a very difficult examination designed to test both knowledge and problem solving skills. The chemistry questions were based on topical issues.
The Cambridge Chemistry Challenge is set by St Catharine’s College of Cambridge University; to be taken by the most talented Chemistry students from across the country The questions are designed to be more challenging than AS papers . Some of the questions are on familiar topics but most is completely new to AS students and requires them to use all their scientific skills and to work through the problems logically. Those setting the questions repeated in their feedback to schools that “problem-solving skills are essential for the study of science at university and in industry” “The ‘resilience’ of A level students and the importance of students keeping going with questions even in the face of difficulty, is still much talked about and is highly desirable by Universities.” .
Over 7000 students from 500 different schools across the country took the challenge. From Saint Michael’s College, five students took the challenge.
The scores are given levels; Copper, Silver, Gold and Roentgenium; (less than 9% of all the entries gained over 50% in the Challenge) The organisers felt that a mark at 33% and above represented a very good achievement on this paper and showed the students were able to think their way successfully through unfamiliar material.
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On 8th November the first MSC quiz took place in the common room. It was an inter-house competition, in which Elgar House won. The quiz itself contained 40 -something questions covering a range of topics such as science, history, etc. After the winner was announced Mr. Higgins treated us to some school-made pizza and ice-cream. …Details
The committee consists of a small circle of people, as it is important that some matters are kept private and not discussed by all the students. The students trust us so it is important we are discreet with their problems. The people involved are the heads of each residence: Alan from China for Orchard, Vasilisa…Details
Cookery is an extracurricular activity which we have on Tuesdays from 18.30 – 19.30. Our chef instructor works in the school dining room serving food to pupils. We have already cooked a great variety of dishes such as: soup, chocolate cupcakes, bread, chocolate bread, quiche and granola. All of the food cooked can be eaten…Details
What made you choose this school? It is closer to my family. How do you feel about the pupils here? The pupils here are positive, friendly and polite. Why did you become a teacher? Being a teacher has given me the opportunity to work in different countries and for many different organizations. I also enjoy…Details
“it was tough because we had some new players and we had to collaborate with them to get the team working.” –Boril – Vice Captain (pictured right) By Ivan K. (featured left) As the academic year started as the captain I faced a challenge: I had to pick a brand new team, and train it…Details
When I first came to SMC I felt homesick. Most students in Boarding schools sometimes feel the same and we all know how hard it is. I stopped feeling homesick in a very short time, thanks to my new friends and my understanding teachers. However not everybody can get rid of it and in the…Details
September 29th saw our common room transformed into University Open Day. Pupils from GCSE1 to A Level 2 and Foundation had been prepared in advance by their teachers to make the most of this afternoon. Questions were to be asked and feedback to teachers the next day was to be given. Over to Jessica A.…Details
On the last Wednesday 23rd September two representatives of ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales) paid a visit to our school. The aim of the visit was to get A1, A2 and Foundation students who do Business or Economics to participate in a game simulating the BASE competition, widely known by…Details
Well, Katie this is an important day. It is the first afternoon of sports this term and in 20 minutes’ time the classes will end and pupils will file out to change to do their chosen sport. “Well, I hope it’s going to go OK. Ask me tomorrow. If my hair’s still on my head…Details