Gaby Shows Off His “Happiness Project”

By on Oct 16, 2017 in Blog |

As part of their Philosophy and Ethics lessons at Nexus, the students in Nexus 8 were asked to produce something that represented what makes them happy. There were some exceptional projects handed in on Friday last week, not least this amazing 3D model of the Nexus logo from Gaby. Gaby said: “Being at Nexus makes me happy because I have such a good time. We get the opportunity to do so much here and I know I will have a really good career because of it!” Dr Foster, the Director of Nexus, commented: “We’ll be displaying Gaby’s glittery creation at Nexus where it’s a great reminder of what we are here for; happy students who love their time at school and excel at their...

Meteorites, Metals and the Earth’s Mantle at Nexus

By on Oct 11, 2017 in Blog |

Today we were lucky enough to host Dr Hannah Hughes from the University of Exeter who took a break from her own research at the world renowned Camborne School of Mines to deliver a Nexus lecture on “Precious Metals in the Deep Earth”. Dr Hughes explained the different ways Geologists can look deep into the Earth, including by looking at natural diamonds from the mantle. A truly fascinating lecture and we would like to thank Dr Hughes for her...

Outstanding Co-Curricular Programme Hits Its Stride

By on Oct 10, 2017 in Blog |

The co-curricular programme at Nexus has been running for 5 weeks now and the students have been getting stuck into lots of new and exciting activities. In Technology club the students are learning how to programme small computers so they can create LED displays. Last week in Maths Enrichment the students were learning how the stock market works by using real world data to predict the price of commodities as market conditions fluctuate. The Astronomy GCSE class are working with Dr and Mrs MacIntosh and are now being supported by Annabel, a STEM leader from Nexus VI. Beginners Mandarin students have been enjoying learning a totally new language while our more experienced Intermediate group are continuing to develop and extend their vocabulary. Their teacher, Mrs Fedorchenko, is also making sure they have plenty of opportunities to learn more about the chinese culture and way of life as...

Exoplanet Hunting At Nexus With The Institute Of Physics

By on Sep 29, 2017 in Blog |

We were delighted to host Elizabeth Matthews from the Institute of Physics and the University of Exeter at Nexus today. Elizabeth delivered a fascinating lecture on how physicists are hunting for exoplanets around stars in our galaxy. It was truly inspiring to hear how Elizabeth published her first paper using her doctoral research, which led to new exoplanet detections using data from cutting edge ground based space telescopes. The lecture was very well attended and Elizabeth fielded many questions from the audience about the work she is...

Nexus Open Evening the busiest yet!

By on Sep 26, 2017 in Blog |

It was a pleasure to meet so many parents, carers and children at the Nexus Open Evening last night. We had the biggest turnout ever and were delighted to be able to share information about Nexus and the Gifted STEM programme with parents of children in years 5 and 6, as well as parents of children already in secondary school considering whether a move to Nexus is the right choice for their son or daughter. Details were given about the Nexus Assessment dates for next year – we can only assess a child for the Nexus programme once they have a confirmed place at CSIA. The Assessment Day next year is on Saturday 24th March 2018. If you would like further details about the assessment process, or to order some sample assessment materials, please click here.  

Nexus-NJC Academic Exchange Ends … For Now

By on Sep 24, 2017 in Blog |

The first part of the NJC and Nexus collaborative research programme has ended today. Six students from Nexus VI have been working on high level academic research with students from the National Junior College in Singapore. The students worked in teams of four, with two Nexus students and two NJC students, to carry out a literature review into current research and to use their findings to decide on their own research question to investigate. During the week each group planned a methodology to collect data, carried out their plans and then used their findings to draw conclusions. On Friday afternoon the students presented their progress this week and outlined where their research will take them in November when the NJC students will come to Nexus for a futher week of international collaboration. Alongside the demanding scientific and mathematical research, the students were engaged in...

Chair of Education Committee at the Royal Society visits Nexus and CSIA

By on Sep 22, 2017 in Blog |

We have been delighted over the past two days to be hosting Professor Tom McLeish, A Professor of Physics from the University of Durham. Professor McLeish also chairs the Education Committee at the Royal Society. He has come to see the outstanding practice in research and STEM provision at the school. On Thursday afternoon he gave a fascinating lecture on the Medieval Science of Light to Nexus 7, 8 and 9. Max B from Nexus 7 commented “It was amazing to hear how well developed Science was in the Medieval period. I didn’t know they were so interested in Science back then!” Ben McG from Nexus 7 said “I was really intrigued by the lecture. I was stunned that the Professor’s team discovered that 800 years ago, someone understood about how three different colours of light could come together to form all the colours we can see.” Professor McLeish commented that he had given a similar lecture...

Nexus and NJC Begin 2017 Academic Exchange

By on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog |

Nexus VI have travelled to Singapore this week to begin their collaborative research projects. Ailsa, Alicia, Annabel, Kayleigh, Jools and Taylor will be working closely with students from the National Junior College on academic research which explores unknown and untested areas of Physics, Maths and Biology. They are being supported by teachers from CSIA and NJC. Ailsa and Annabel are working with Mr Wong and Mr Rees on the factors which influence the spread of flu by generating a mathematical model using large datasets. Taylor and Jools are working on establishing the aerodynamic properties of ionocraft lifters with Mr Chapman and Mr Teo. Kayleigh and Alicia are exploring the impact that environmental changes can have on threatened species living in so-called ‘island habitats’ with Dr Foster and Ms Wong. We have spent the first weekend exploring Singapore and its culture...