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Sele Science Students experience Japan

Two sixth form students from the Sele school, accompanied by teacher, Robin Atkins, spent ten days during the summer taking part in a prestigious UK - Japan cultural and scientific exchange.  The school was selected for the second year running by the Clifton Scientific Trust in Bristol, as one of only six schools in the UK to be invited to the 2018 exchange.  After a rigorous selection process Victoria Lear and Jordan Russell were invited to represent the school in Japan.

This year the trip was centred in Sendai a city in the North of Japan at the renown Tōhoku University.  Here the students attended workshops where Victoria investigated cellular viability using fluorescent probe technique and Jordan researched and produced innovative science supported defence and avoidance strategies in the wake of natural disasters.  The science workshops culminated with each workshop presenting their findings to their peers, university professors and sponsors representatives including Tetsuya-Kodama, Chair of Barclays, Japan who addressed the presentation event.

The exchange also included a full cultural programme of visits and activities. There was a trip to Tsuruga Castle and visits several sites in near Sendai affected by the Tsunami caused by an earthquake of the Pacific coast in March 2011.

There were newly constructed Evacuation mounds 11 metres high as the tsunami of 2011 had reach a height of 8m and penetrated 5km inland.  Alongside the new defences was a memorial to those who had lost their lives in the tragedy.  At these Millennium Hope Hills Victoria Lear said, “I have felt inspired by how the Japanese work as a community to restore their lives and prevent future devastations.”  Adding “Japan is a very beautiful country and I have loved every second, so I am very grateful for this opportunity.” 

This part of the itinerary culminated at the Yuriage Junior High School where over 800 people sheltered from the tsunami on the top floor school roof. Whilst the first two floors were inundated by water and debris.

Having left Sendai on the Shinkansen “bullet” train the students travelled to Tokyo for an overnight stay and a day of sight-seeing.  Here the Sele students accompanied by teacher Mr Atkins visited the Tokyo Skytree, one of the world’s tallest buildings at 540m, the Pokemon Mega Centre in Sunshine City and a shrine dedicated to Benzaiten.

Reflecting on the trip Jordan Russell said “Japan is beautiful. That first bus journey was an awesome showcase of the natural beauty of Japan: green, glowing, healthy rice paddies as far as the eye could see. Meeting the Japanese students was nerve wracking but looking back the trip has been one of the most influential starting points for any event of my life so far.”  Neil Dunn the Head of The Sele School is confident that his students will once again be invited to participate in the 2019 exchange planned for at both the UK workshops in Cambridge University and the Japan workshops in Kyoto city, the ancient capital of Japan.

 

Sele Students visit the Big Bang Fair 

Recently Mrs Lee took a group of Year 8 and 9 students to The Big Bang Fair regional event held at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Big Bang is a UK-wide programme led by EngineeringUK to bring science and engineering to life for young people.

The students had a great day exploring science, technology, engineering and maths! They dipped into the Heavy Metal Mayhem of the Marine World in ‘The Blowfish’ seminar. They attended the ‘Night School’ presentation by Professor Richard Wiseman where they explored the new science of sleep and dreaming. In The National Space Academy lecture they explored the ideas and concepts of space and what it is like to be an astronaut. In the ‘From Cradle to Grave’ dynamic and interactive presentation, engineers showed how engineering improves our quality of life from before we are born!

Ivy Waring from 8 Shire said I really liked the Night School because it was talking about how your brain reacts to different things and we got to look at illusions and we learnt more about what happens in your brain when you’re asleep.

Eni Banjoko from 8 Shire said I found the Royal Veterinary School information station really interesting because I like how the people informed us about the different animal bones and organs. We held sheep’s brain, pig’s brain and giraffe toe! I also held a horse jaw! The station was fascinating and the Vet at the stall was telling us about her research. It was great.

Sele Students meet Prince Edward

There was delight and excitement when five students from The Sele School were invited to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award exhibition at the University of Hertfordshire, which took place in June. The event was run especially for Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, who was there to see the excellent work that schools from Hertfordshire are doing for the Award. 

The Prince, who has taken over as patron for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, took a keen interest in the students’ performance.  After watching The Sele School students perform a dance which was based on the values of the Award; challenge, teamwork and independence, he then spent a few minutes speaking with the dancers about their experiences of doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  

Frejya Coltman-West, one of the Sele dancers, said ”We had an amazing experience performing in front of the Prince; it was an occasion I will never forget”. Josh Mockridge, Brooke Mills- Ward, Teagan Fossey, Freyja Coltman-West and Daisy Corbett, who are all doing their Bronze award, produced a flawless dance routine, which they had spent many weeks preparing under the guidance of their dance teacher Erin O’ Dell and with the support of Richard Eversley, Design and Technology teacher and Duke of Edinburgh leader, Richard Eversley.

For more images of the Duke of Edinburgh Exhibition Event please go to Galleries. 

Sele Students head for Japan

We are delighted to announce that the School had been selected and invited by the Clifton Scientific Trust in Bristol to send two students to their 'Young Scientists Workshops' during the summer holidays. The Clifton Scientific Trust has been running these prestigious cultural and scientific events for UK and Japanese schools for over 20 years. 

The Head Teacher congratulates the two students who have been selected; Victoria Lear and  Jordan Russell. 

 

Jordan and Victoria are fund raising to pay for the trip and so far have organised several events and are on their way to the target.

If you would like to help please go to 

https://www.gofundme.com/uk-japan-young-scientist-2018-sele 

Sele Students in Regional Final of the UK Mathematical Trust Junior Team Challenge

Mrs Lee and a team of young mathematicians from The Sele School travelled to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, to take part in the Regional Final of the UK Mathematical Trust’s Junior Team Challenge.

Diogo Antunes (8S), Ivy Waring (8S), Bruno Antunes (9S) and Megan Shepherd (9S) represented the school superbly at this prestigious mathematical event.

The Challenge comprised of four rounds, the first of which required the four team members to work together strategically to answer as many of a set of 60 questions in 45 minutes as they could. In the second round, Cross Number, the team was split into two pairs with each pair only receiving half of the clues, the Across Clues or the Down Clues, with each pair passing their solution to the other pair through a supervisor in order to complete a Cross Number Grid again with a challenging time limit of just 45 minutes. 

The third round, Shuttle, again saw the team spilt into pairs, and this time, after an initial starting question, each pair could only answer their question once the other pair had correctly answered theirs. The day culminated in a Relay Round where the students, again in pairs, were alternately solving problems and then having to relay their answers to a supervising teacher, who then released the next problem for the team member to run over to the other pair, now located in a different area of the hall! It was great fun.

This annual event is very well attended and 30 schools took part at the regional final in Cambridge. The schools that take part are from both the independent and state sector and some of the competitors had even travelled from Europe to compete.

Unfortunately our students did not make it through to the National Final but they all really enjoyed the experience. Diogo said that he loved the day because the questions in the competition were very challenging and he loves being challenged. Ivy said that it was great fun because she was part of a large group of students all working on and enjoying Maths problems. Megan loved the atmosphere and the energy buzzing around the large hall at the superb venue. Bruno was our captain for the day and he said that that his team worked very hard and everyone was supporting each other to solve as many problems as they could; he was very proud of them. I echo that sentiment emphatically!

Mrs Lee - Mathematics Faculty