Pupils have the right chemistry!
On Tuesday 14th
May 4 budding chemists from St David’s took part in the Salters’ festival of
chemistry at Liverpool John Moore University. The team were selected from Year 8 and consisted of Sam Holt, Alex
Rogowski, Matthew Gillett and Kiani Geldard. The main focus of the morning was
"The Salters' Challenge". This was a competitive, practical activity,
for which no advance preparation was required. The team was asked to solve a
murder using some chemical tests. The horrible headmaster had been killed and they
had to identify white powders found on the body and on the suspects to find out
who was the culprit. Watch out Mr Hay! In the afternoon students tackled "The
University Challenge", which was a practical investigation chosen by the
University. They had to change the timing of a chemical reaction so that it
changed colour at exactly 30 seconds. The team managed this really well and got
the reaction to change at 29 seconds. Unfortunately, when the judges were
watching it changed at 24! The team worked really well as a team,
demonstrated good skills but most of all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Unfortunately on this occasion they didn't pick up a prize, but they definitely
took something away from the day and learned some good Chemistry. Well done!
More sporting success from rising stars
Students of St David’s college experienced more success in and out of the pool recently as two of its brightest sporting stars competed in events. Mackenzie Best finished 7th in the Ruthin Sprint Triathlon. A great debut for the 12 year old in his first triathlon event. Mackenzie, whose success in the pool has been well publicised, has graduated to comepeting at a national level. Mackenzie has also made qualifying times for a national swimming meet in Sheffield in October.
Tom Rogowski, another one of St David’s rising stars, won gold at the Junior development meet in Llandudno swimming the 50m fly leg in the 11-12 age group relay. Both boys are showing great promise for the future, and are certainly ‘ones to watch’.
Tom and Mackenzie have more swimming events on the horizon and they can be sure St David’s will support them all the way.
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