Mr. Fairclough’s Half Term Question

This is the last week to answer the question…

Christmas Half Term Question

You can do this by going to ‘my learning portfolio’ then to the ‘science’ area and ‘science thunk wall’. Don’t forget that the best 3 answers will be selected to win a prize as well as have their answers shared with the rest of the school.

Year 9 Physics Olympics

On Wednesday 27th February, four Year 9 students went to Bolton School to take part in the Physics Olympics organised by the Ogden Trust and the Institute of Physics.  They were up against 24 other teams from around the North West and were the only school representing Yorkshire.  They took part in six different events and were judged on how well they did:

  • Marble Madness:  The students had to get a marble from the top of a ramp to the bottom by taking the longest time possible.  They also had to make the marble turn one light on and another off.
  • Generation X:  They had to design a wind turbine and build it.  They then tested it to see how much energy it could produce.
  • Topsy Towers:  Build a tower to support a hard boiled egg using only jelly babies and dry spaghetti.  The winners were who could support the egg the highest.
  • Up, Up and Away:  This was building a paper rocket to be launched via a foot pump and copper piping, through a hula hoop and then land on a target.  A lot harder than it sounds.
  • Sink or Swim:  Using only two plastic wallets and two pieces of card they had to build a ‘raft’ to support as many marbles as possible.  They managed to achieve nearly 1kg which was very impressive.
  • Fermi Quiz:  AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE.  The school finished 2nd (only behind the host school) in what Mr Little described as ‘The Hardest Quiz in the history of Quizzes!’.  The questions included ‘How many seconds have passed since Newton was hit on the head by an apple?’, ‘How many £20 notes would fit in the main hall at the school?’ and estimating how many Emperor Penguins were in an aerial photo (200,000 apparently).

The students were a credit to the school, and the host school and other members of staff commented on the politeness and work ethic of them all.  The students involved were:

Clarence Antonino, Caitlin Cole, Megan Parker and Sam Kettlewell.  They all received medals for their achievements.

Science Programmes W/C 05/11/12

Please click the link below to be directed to a website that lists the TV/Radio programmes that are on this week.  They are grouped into Key Stage and subject.  I hope you find it useful.  Also, please visit the BBC iPlayer to watch the documentary ‘Sky Dive’ which is about the record breaking Red Bull jump from 24 miles above Earth.  It really needs to been seen to be believed….and how it almost never happened!!!

BTEC Science after-school ‘Merit Club’ to restart

The BTEC Science ‘Merit Club’ will be open to all Year 10 – and especially Year 11 pupils, in order for pupils to catch up on old assignments or work towards the Merit award on existing assignments. The club will be run by Mrs Parsan and Mrs Hodson on a Wednesday evening (3.30 – 4.20pm) in M11 for any BTEC Science student who wants to ensure they achieve their target, or if they want to push themselves to aim for the merit award.

Please see either teacher for a letter to take home for parent/carer permission to stay after school.

Morrisons Let’s Grow Vouchers

Here at St John Fisher Catholic High School we are once again collecting the Morrisons Let’s Grow vouchers. The vouchers in previous years have allowed us as a school to obtain additional gardening and cooking equipment which in turn have been used by the Technology Faculty extra-curricular gardening and cookery clubs.

Examples of kit that can be obtained using the vouchers this year are –

  • Baking kit only 4529 vouchers.
  • Cooking kit only 7641 vouchers.
  • Indoor growing kit only 2767 vouchers.
  • Computerised weather station only 2667 vouchers.

All vouchers need to be handed in to Mrs Campbell-McDaid who is based in classroom M12 by November 15th 2012.