Nexus

Superstar Crest Award

By on Jan 6, 2020 in Blog |

Enthusiastic primary school students have been attending the Nexus Gifted STEM club every Tuesday after school. Students have been learning through a wide variety of real-world STEM activities from making toothpaste, building bridges to rocket science. Well done to students from semester one who have already completed the activities required to achieve their nationally recognised Superstar Crest award! Students currently attending the semester two workshops are working impressively towards completing their awards; crafty rafts, recycling paper and surprising stains coming up...

Christmas Lunch and Lecture at Nexus

By on Dec 13, 2019 in Blog |

On Thursday 12th December the students at Nexus had their Christmas lunch. Roast Turkey with all the trimmings followed by Christmas Pudding or Chocolate Cake was on the menu. The students got into the festive spirit by wearing their Christmas hats, pulling crackers and singing Christmas songs. In the afternoon students attended the Christmas lecture where Mr Chapman completed a range of experiments which included The screaming jelly baby The oscillating clock A custard factory fire A potassium dichromate volcano The students who attended thoroughly enjoyed the...

Primary STEM Workshop

By on Dec 13, 2019 in Blog |

On Friday 13th December students from Trevithick Learning Academy came to Nexus to complete a workshop on the solar system The inflatable planetarium The students made planets out of salt dough and put them in the correct order of the solar system. The children got into groups to learn about how the earth rotates and the fact it can be day and night at the same time at different points on earth. The students used a torch as the sun and they stuck two sticky notes with a picture of a stick man on the globe. One at the top and one at the bottom. They would spin the globe and shine the torch at the same time to visually see the difference. The students then went into the inflatable planetarium where they could see all the planets around them and Mrs Gourley explained the different properties of each planet and different interesting facts. As the children came out they said “ That was so...

Bronze Crest Award

By on Dec 12, 2019 in Blog |

The Bronze Crest Award introduces students to project work empowering them to work like real scientists, technologists, engineers or mathematicians. Students choose their own topic and methodologies, giving them complete freedom over their work. Students work independently or in groups to plan and run a project addressing a real-world STEM problem.  We have a group of students at the moment enrolled on the Bronze Crest Award on a Wednesday afterschool with Ms Hall. The students are currently in the making stage of their project. The students are completing a variety of STEM based projects which include edible bath bombs, designing and creating their own fizzy drinks and investigating medical conditions. One student in particular has completed additional work in his own time to create this car. He is looking at how increasing the aerodynamics of the outer body can increase the...

Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad at Nexus – February 2020

By on Dec 11, 2019 in Blog |

Nexus and CSIA are excited to announce the date of the second Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad – Primary. This event is for Year 5 and 6 pupils and will be held at Nexus on Wednesday 12th February 2020. The event is a one day celebration of Mathematics and will include workshops, talks and an exciting competition.  The aim of the Olympiad is to provide a competitive and exciting environment for the young mathematicians of Cornwall to share their love of the subject.  The competition itself will take place in the afternoon having been preceded by talks by Nexus’ passionate and enthusiastic team and workshops run by some of CSIA’s fantastic Mathematics department. Here are some of the highlights from last year’s event: Learning about cyphers and code breaking with Alison Eves from the Royal Institute. Students hard at work in the competition. The winners receive their...

Semester 2 co-curricular Nexus

By on Dec 10, 2019 in Blog |

Students have started their second semester of activities at Nexus. The students are enrolled in a nine – week block of activities. Some of the co – curricular activities from Semester 1 have continued and the students are in the process of completing their projects. Here is the overview of activities on offer for Semester 2. Engineering Club on a Wednesday afterschool with Ms Ward Student completing research on the Ipads Robotics Club A Year 7 student programming her creation in Robotics...

James Scourse – Antarctica: the front line in climate change

By on Dec 4, 2019 in Blog |

James Scourse attended Nexus and CSMS on Monday 2nd December to deliver a lecture to our students on Antarctica and climate change. James is currently investigating the impact of physical disturbances arising from climate-warming induced deglaciation on benthic communities around the West Antarctic Peninsula. James is due to go on the RRS James Clarke Ross ship on the 29th December 2019 to continue with his investigation. The students were all engaged in the lecture and asked some really interesting questions. James showed a variety of images to show the impact of global warming and climate change in Antarctica.  We would like to thank James for attending our school to deliver this fascinating...

The RSC’s The Taming of the Shrew Screening – The RSC offers a fresh perspective on this controversial play to our students

By on Nov 29, 2019 in Blog |

Nexus Students as part of the workshop Nexus students from Year 9 and 10 attended a very special screening of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. With access to exclusive behind the stage footage and interviews with the main characters and director, the students were able to witness a Shakespeare play come alive on the stage. Students getting ready for the showing In this production, the RSC turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head but making this society a matriarchy instead of a patriarchy. This version of the play explores a world in which women ruled and men submitted to authority. This provides a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power. Students in the workshop In addition to the screening, our students were invited to attend a workshop in which the themes of the play were explored and...

Semester 1 co-curricular

By on Nov 25, 2019 in Blog |

This academic year has seen a significant change in the co – curricular programme at Nexus. Students are enrolling on a nine week block four times a year, which is run in line with the semesters at school. For semester 1 on a Monday the students have began their comprehensive development programme. Students have participated in a series of Lectures by the Seal Sanctuary and Professor Paul Russell. In addition the students have either started their 10 week block on First Aid or their Enquiries Based Project where they are learning about the research model as well undertaking their own research under the theme of ‘Mission to Mars’. Students in an academic lecture On a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there are a variety of activities for the students to sign up to. These range from Strategic Chess League in Association with Cornwall Chess, to Camborne Theatre Company in partnership with...

Nexus Open Evening 2019

By on Sep 12, 2019 in Blog |

Arrangements for Thursday 5th September

By on Sep 4, 2019 in Blog |

We will be updating our website and Facebook daily with where Nexus students need to be dropped off and picked up this week. All years are due in school on Thursday 5th September. Nexus 7 and 8: Arrive at the NEXUS CAMPUS between 8am and 8:20am. The day will end at 4:45pm at the Nexus campus. Nexus 9, 10 and 11: Arrive at the MAIN CAMPUS between 8am and 8:20am. You will be transported to Nexus at 10:30am from the VI FORM CENTRE. The day will end at 4:45pm at the Nexus campus. Year 12 and 13: Arrive at the MAIN CAMPUS between 8am and 8:20am. You will be transported to Nexus (depending on your timetable) at 10:15am from the VI Form Centre.

Arrangements for Wednesday 4th September

By on Aug 29, 2019 in Blog |

We hope everyone has had an excellent summer holiday and is looking forward to getting back to school next week. We will be updating our website and Facebook daily with where Nexus students need to be dropped off and picked up. The first day back for Year 7, 9, 11 and 12 is Wednesday 4th September. Nexus 7: Arrive at the NEXUS CAMPUS between 8am and 8:20am. The day will end at 4:45pm at the Nexus campus. Nexus 9 and 11: Arrive at the MAIN CAMPUS between 8am and 8:20am. You will be transported to Nexus at 2:45pm. The day will end at 4:45pm at the Nexus campus. Year 12 will be attending their induction day at Stithians, please be at the VI Form centre for 8am.

Cultural visit to our Capital

By on Jul 18, 2019 in Blog |

By Aaron Mitchell and Mia Salter Over 30 Nexus students took part in a trip to our capital city in July. The aim of the tour was to take in the sights of the city, visit some of London’s most significant museums, experience the theatre of the West End and develop an understanding of our democratic system through a tour and workshop at The Houses of Parliament. Students from Years 7-9 made the journey to London and enjoyed a wide range of activities and enjoyed 3 full days of fun. The London Eye The students enjoyed dinner out in The Big Smoke before walking to the London Eye to take in the views of the wonderful London skyline. Nexus students enjoyed the London Eye The Houses of Parliament This was the highlight and the primary focus of the trip and described by one student as a ‘once in a lifetime experience’. Students were invited to take a tour of The Houses of Parliament, which...

Nexus to launch UKMT mentoring

By on Jul 9, 2019 in Blog |

Starting in September, Nexus students will be offered mentoring in Mathematical problems solving by Nexus’ UKMT mentor Mr Rees. The mentoring scheme provides sets of challenging and engaging problems each month to help young people develop their problem solving skill and is open to students in Years 7, 8 and 9. The programme lasts throughout the year with new challenges each month and is open to any student who is keen to improve their problem solving and mathematical reasoning skills. Each month students will receive a sheet containing a range of maths problems tackling as many of the problems as they can over the course of the following three weeks, consulting with their mentor as they wish for advice and hints. At the end of the three weeks students will submit their written answers and will meet in a group with their mentor to discuss strategies and learned skills. The aims of this...

Nexus sweeps the board with three awards at Greenpower

By on Jul 8, 2019 in Blog |

Yesterday a team of 10 Nexus students from Years 7 to 9 travelled to Predannack airfield near Mullion to compete in the Greenpower Regional Heats. Taking their electric car “Nexus One” out onto the track for the very first time against schools from all over the South West region, our team exceeded the high expectations we all had of them. The Nexus team were taking part in the F24 Kit Car category for 11-16 year olds, all driving cars made from a ‘rolling-chassis’ kit. They would be driving at the same time as the F24 Scratch cars (built from scratch including the chassis) but not competing directly against them. The day started early, leaving Nexus at 7am to arrive at Predannack in time to unload and prepare the car for a rigorous scrutineering which checked every aspect of the vehicle and drivers for safety. A team briefing followed where the racing and track rules were laid out for...

Professor Richer’s Star Formation Lecture

By on Jul 1, 2019 in Blog |

We were delighted to host John Richer at Nexus for a lecture last week who is a Professor of Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. Professor Richer enthralled the students with stories about his research into star formation. He talked the students through one of the biggest problems to face astrophysicists which is that if you want to get more and more accurate images of distant stars and galaxies you need larger and larger telescopes. In fact to get the most detailed images you would need a telescope 12 kilometers wide! He also explained how physicists have managed to solve this problem by using lots of smaller telescopes working together. The audience asked lots of questions of Professor Richer and he has no doubt inspired many of the students to find out more about this amazing field.

Conservation Science and Tropical Islands

By on Jun 18, 2019 in Blog |

We were delighted to welcome Dr Chris Kaiser-Bunbury to Nexus this week to give a lecture on his research into biodiversity and conservation science on tropical islands. Dr Kaiser-Bunbury spends a lot of time on the Seychelles, specially working on the Aldabra Atoll, the second largest coral atoll in the world. He inspired our students with images and stories of the wonderful ecology of this fragile ecosystem and shared some of his extensive research into how to keep these places safeguarded for the future. We would like to sincerely thank Dr Kaiser-Bunbury for his excellent lecture, and for answering so many questions from the audience.

A life in a multinational – careers and opportunities working as an actuary

By on Jun 18, 2019 in Blog |

What is an actuary? What do they do? Who are KPMG? What is it like working for a large multinational company? These are just some of the questions answered in the recent lecture by Eoin Seager, Senior Actuarial Manager at KPMG. The talk started with background into the world of actuarial sciences and included an engaging demonstration  of pensions calculations and lifelong planning with one of our own students; we learned how saving a little now can have a massive impact on our future financial health. Eoin also spoke of his journey into actuarial sciences and his training with KPMG and shared the experiences he has had throughout his career and the benefits of working for such companies. We are very hopeful that some of our own students may consider following in Eoin’s footsteps and joining the world of actuarial and finance and as part of the school’s enterprise links we are looking...

Nexus Greenpower Racers Learn The Secrets Of Aston Martin

By on Jun 13, 2019 in Blog |

On Wednesday 12th June 10 students from Nexus travelled up to the Aston Martin Factory. The students who were selected are part of the Nexus Greenpower Racing Team who are due to race their car in the Greenpower Championships on the 4th July. When we arrived the students were greeted in reception by Nick who showed them three fantastic brand new Aston Martins. The students were able to sit in them which they all thoroughly enjoyed. We then went through the history and development of the Aston Martin showing a car which was made in 1920 through to Daniel Craig’s James Bond car in Spectre. The students then moved onto the factory floor where they gained an insight into the manufacturing and designing of these fantastic cars. We watched a variety of different stations which included leather printing, sewing the leather together for the interior, a tour of the different engines, looking at...

Thinking through morality – Gifted PPE Club

By on Jun 13, 2019 in Blog |

Nexus was abuzz with moral questions and dilemmas at the latest Gifted Primary PPE session. The children engaged with ethical quandaries – from what they would do if they witnessed a grandparent bumping another car to how they would react if they were given too much change in a shop. We then used our powers of deduction to identify the moral message of the fable of The Sun and The Wind. The children completed this fascinating session with the creation of their own fable, complete with moral message. The children exhibited great thinking and reasoning skills in a session crammed full with their imaginative...

CSMS Student Wins Kelvin Science Prize

By on Jun 11, 2019 in Blog |

Sarah Pengelly, a Year 12 student at Cornwall School of Mathematics and Science has beaten over 200 other students to become one of the winners of this year’s Kelvin Science Prize, a prestigious essay writing competition organised by the University of Cambridge. Sarah, whose essay explored the role of Einstein’s Gravitational Constant on our everyday lives, was delighted to be invited to a winners event at Peterhouse College later this month. She said: “This essay was really fun to write. I had to carefully research the Gravitational Constant and think about the different ways it impacts on our lives without us even realising!” Mr Chapman, Deputy Director of CSMS, said: “Sarah’s hard work and effort has paid off. She really deserves this award and it is great to see our students really showcasing their abilities.” The judges of the award said:...

Cricket-powered energy to help save the planet

By on Jun 7, 2019 in Blog |

Nexus students are really fired up to help to reduce the impact of climate change. As part of their recent homework, students have been asked to come up with some practical solutions to solve the problems of overpopulation and climate change. Archie and Jack have been investigating alternative sources of protein to reduce the climate impacts of farming for meat. They came across a company, ‘Eat Grub’ that promotes the use of insect protein as a more sustainable food source. The company sent through three boxes of their ‘cricket bars’ for the Nexus students to sample. We can’t wait to try them! Well done to Archie and Jack for their brilliant engagement with this project. And look out for Eat Grub bars coming to a store near you. Apparently they taste delicious (and you can’t taste the...

Nexus Success in Mathematics Challenge

By on May 24, 2019 in Blog |

Camborne students from both Nexus and the main campus recently took part in the prestigious UKMT Mathematics Challenge at Junior level and we are pleased to announce another year of record breaking results. The students have outdone themselves once again and received the highest number of certificates in the school’s history.  This set of outstanding results is testament to the drive, passion and determination for Mathematical problem solving shown by our excellent students. The competition is entered by students from top Mathematics classes from across the country and is a chance for the most mathematically able to pit their skills against other excellent mathematicians in Years 7 and 8. In Year 7 eight students achieved a Bronze award and two achieved Gold; in Year 8 twenty achieved Bronze, fifteen achieved Silver and six achieved Gold. Below is a table showing...

Is There Science In Art? The Difficult Question Explored In Lt Cdr Fuller’s Lecture

By on May 21, 2019 in Blog |

Can art be scientific? Is there some underlying logic to what we find beautiful? Steve Fuller, a member of the Royal Naval Reserve at RNAS Culdrose and committed artist, certainly thinks so. From the Golden Ratio to the use of mathematical shapes in paintings, Lt Cdr Fuller gave an impassioned argument that art can be inspired by, and improved with an eye on the scientific method. Our students were taken through numerous examples of where science and art meet and Lt Cdr Fuller showed some of his own works where his clever use of maths and science had led to successful pieces. We would like to thank Steve for his time and effort delivering this exceptional lecture to our students. Hopefully a number were inspired to pick up a paint brush and have a go at creating their own science-based masterpieces.

Greenpower car off the starting blocks!

By on May 21, 2019 in Blog |

This week saw our Greenpower team start their driver training and car testing in earnest. Although the team still have to finish off making and fitting the foam nose cone, you can see from the picture the car is now mechanically completed and sporting its school colours. We are incredibly proud of everything our students have achieved in bringing the project to this point, not only the final ten students who have been selected for the racing team, but also the almost thirty other students who have given their all throughout the year to ensure we have as good a chance as possible in this, our first Nexus Greenpower race! We have only six more sessions before the race heats on Thursday 4th of July at Predannack airfield just south of Mullion, and we have a packed schedule of training to get through but we are confident that our amazing students will deliver, as always. It is our great...