On Thursday 22nd June four Chapel-en-le-Frith High School students participated in a Chemquiz competition at the School of Chemistry, Manchester Metropolitan University for the first time. The competition was fierce; the fantastic four had to pit their wits against young chemistry talents from 38 Schools from across the North West. The day comprised of 3 fiendishly difficult chemistry challenges: a lengthy and complicated Cation and Anion testing experiment challenge, a confusing chemical clues challenge and a spectacular chemical demonstration section.
One of the students said “the chemical demonstrations were great! We saw hydrogen rockets being fired, eggs “cooked” in liquid nitrogen, a Foam of Death and even a bubble placed on someone’s head which was set alight without harming a hair on their head!
Miss Brooke said “We have had a brilliant experience; it is excellent to see our students competing alongside some of the best young chemists in the North West. The teamwork, determination and knowledge of our team was very impressive and I’m very proud of them”.
A group of year 7 and year 9 students from Chapel High School were encouraged to hone their verbal sparring during the Summer Debating Day held at school in June. They spent the morning learning the rules and regulations of a formal debate so that by the afternoon they were well equipped to participate in heated debates over some pretty serious topics - such as 'This House believes women have at least some responsibility to dress in a socially acceptable way to avoid sexual harassment' and 'This House would arm all British police', as well as some considerably less serious ones such as 'This House believes cats are better than dogs.'
Mrs Kate Wilson who worked with the children said "I was really impressed with the maturity with which the students approached some pretty weighty topics . They were articulate and opinionated - the perfect match". Chapel High School are hoping to make this an annual event in order to highlight the importance of students being able to vocalise their views on issues that are important to them.
Earlier this year in English Year 7 and 8 students were allowed to drop their pens and pick up their reading books for a week of intense reading for pleasure during lessons for the very worthy Readathon charity. Students raised well over £500 in total with Riio Longden , Chloe Jones and Harvey Roy leading the way with the greatest amounts of sponsorship money collected. Readathon is supported by some of the biggest names in the world of children's writing such as Julia Donaldson and the money raised by the charity buys books for schools and brings the power of stories to children in hospital via mobile bookcases and resident storytellers.
The Carnegie medal is awarded each year to an outstanding book written for young people. The members of our Carnegie book group enjoyed a visit to Kings School in Macclesfield where they had the opportunity to meet other students involved in the nationwide shadowing scheme. This gave them the chance to hear other perspectives and give their opinions and perspectives too before the winner of the award is announced on 19th June 2017.
In addition to this several members of our Carnegie book group volunteered to be group leaders supporting students from our Learning Support department to take part in the Kate Greenaway award.
The Kate Greenaway is awarded for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. Our students have been busy reading, discussing and voting for their favourites. It is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a nationwide shadowing scheme, get to know other students and take part in book related discussions and activities in a relaxed and supportive environment.
These activities help to promote a culture of reading amongst our students and gives students who enjoy reading a chance to get to get to know others who share their interests.