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Primary Gifted STEM Club have a smashing time

By on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog |

Pupils from the Gifted STEM Club at Nexus had a smashing time today as they prepared a capsule to protect their ‘cargo’ that was dropped from the balcony. Designs ranged from polystyrene boxes to the very minimalist ‘cradle and parachute’ design. The winning team was Thea and Melissa – despite an accidental breakage during the making of the capsule, their egg was the only one to survive the drop from a great height. If you are interested in your child attending Gifted STEM Club and your child is in Year 4 or 5, please contact Nexus reception on...

We’re in Cornwall Today!

By on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog |

If you take a look at the March edition of Cornwall Today, you may see some familiar faces. We are delighted to have been featured, with several of our students being interviewed for the article. We’re looking forward to the next half term, which will see us begin to expand into the old Grammar School building, the Bloodhound racing here at Nexus and the interviews for the new Nexus VI intake. Exciting...

Singapore exchange nearly over ….until next year!

By on Feb 11, 2017 in Blog |

It’s the last full day of the exchange with National Junior College Singapore. The students have had a fantastic time, learned such a lot and made friends for...

Chinese New Year Celebrations Come to Nexus

By on Feb 10, 2017 in Blog |

Today at Nexus the Mandarin class took over and held a celebration for the Chinese New Year.   Decorations appeared, sky lanterns were lit and fortune cookies were scoffed. The Mandarin class were proud of their calligraphy as they filled their classroom with traditional Chinese prayer lanterns and messages of good fortune and prosperity for the year ahead....

Nexus VI data collection continues

By on Feb 8, 2017 in Blog |

Nexus VI are in their third day of project work at National Junior College in Singapore. The Biologists are now able to identify a wide range of Singaporean butterflies and have conducted several surveys. Jodie scored full marks on the Singaporean butterfly identification test after completing an e-learning module from the Singapore National Parks Department. Look closely at the picture below and you can see Kat, Jodie, Meghan, Mrs. Dower and their Singaporean buddies Myint zu and Naz surveying in the NJC garden. This picture is of a Lime butterfly, found today in the grounds of NJC.   The Physicists have found that there are much lower levels of alpha radiation here in Singapore compared to Cornwall – and they can tell you why when they return! Here are Jonny and Jenson taking a sample of the radiation level in the NJC canteen. Mia, meanwhile, is busily writing up her part...

Homemade microscope is a hit at Nexus

By on Feb 7, 2017 in Blog |

Nexus 7 student Ben wowed his colleagues today with a homemade microscope that was able to zoom in on plant cells. Ben made his microscope using clear perspex as the stage which could be raised and lowered to change the focus using bolts and washers. The objective lens was created by repurposing a focusing lens from a laser pen and the light source and optical lens were both provided by mobile phones. The other Nexus students were all suitably impressed with Ben’s...

Happy Birthday Kat!

By on Feb 7, 2017 in Blog |

Meanwhile, in other International news, one of our Nexus VI students, Kathryn, had a 17th Birthday yesterday that she’ll never forget. She started the day addressing the whole of National Junior College (over 2000 students and staff), had cake, gifts and a ‘Singapore-style’ rendition of Happy Birthday in the school canteen at lunchtime, and then finished the day off with very special ‘chicken rice’ at the famous Boon Tong Kee restaurant. Happy Birthday...

More Science in Singapore

By on Feb 7, 2017 in Blog |

The student collaboration projects are now well under way, with the Physicists mapping the background radiation around the school site, while the Biologists are determining whether the school Campus at NJC is acting as a habitat island for important butterfly species in...