Back to School at Nexus

By on Apr 18, 2017 in Blog |

Students and staff have arrived back at school today reinvigorated and ready for another exhilarating term.  All the Nexus students are involved in the UK Junior Maths Challenge next week, and on the same day we have two teams travelling to the Cornwall Regional Bloodhound Championships to race their cars against the best in the county. Jack, Ben, Jermaine, Finn, Corey and Gaby are fighting for a place in the National Finals in the Summer, with a chance to win a trip to South Africa to see the real Bloodhound Supersonic Car racing on the Hanskeen Pan. We have visitors from Internationally renowned Maths and Science School MWITs in Thailand visiting us to take part in a workshop next week. There’s a new co curricular activity available this term – Philosophy, as well as Astronomy, the Nobel Garden, Mandarin, the Big Bang Competition and Google Science Fair and our Scribblers...

Happy Easter from everyone at Nexus

By on Mar 31, 2017 in Blog |

Students at Nexus celebrated the end of another stellar term with a Chinese tea ceremony during their Mandarin lesson after school today. It’s been another very busy term with the Bloodhound car races, trips to Falmouth University, the Lego Robotics competition, Singapore, and a host of new co curricular activities from Coding to Scribblers, our new writing club. All this and amazing academic progress from the students too!  There’s lots to look forward to next term; we’ll begin to use the Old Grammar School building; we have a helicopter-based co-curricular activity planned with RNAS Culdrose; and of course the Cornwall Regional and then the national finals of the Bloodhound Rocket Car racing and the Big Bang Science Competition. Well done to all of you, and enjoy a well-deserved...

IRIS Amazing Atmospheres launch at Eden Project

By on Mar 29, 2017 in Blog |

Today three of our CSIA VI Formers attended the launch of the Amazing Atmospheres Launch at the Eden Project. The Institute for Research in Schools, of which Nexus is very proud to be a Partner School, were launching their new research project. Cameron, Jenna and Martha will be using data from the Trace Gas Orbiter, currently orbiting Mars. They will also use a carbon monoxide detector to investigate the carbon monoxide levels in our local environment. The students will prepare a paper to present at the Singapore International Science Fair in June this...

Nexus VI Attend an Oxbridge Information Day

By on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog |

After a busy day Nexus VI are straight back to work this morning attending an Oxford and Cambridge Information Day in Falmouth. The students will find out much more information about the Oxbridge admissions process, the admissions tests for different courses, how to write exceptional personal statements and also about the typical Oxbridge admissions interview. Two admissions tutors from Exeter College, Oxford and Downing College, Cambridge are also in attendance and will share their insider knowledge of the application process.

Professor Imre Leader lectures at Nexus on Ramsay Theory

By on Mar 22, 2017 in Blog |

While the Nexus 7 and 8 students were coding with Professor Simon Colton, the Nexus VI students were very fortunate to be attending a lecture delivered by a world-famous Mathematician from the University of Cambridge. Professor Imre Leader is an expert in Ramsay Theory, a very specialist branch of Mathematics. Professor Leader is also on the committee that writes the PISA Mathematics and Science tests that are used globally and is a well known academic on the world stage. After his lecture, Professsor Leader will be having an academic tutorial with Mia, one of our Nexus VI students who is hoping to study Mathematics at Cambridge University. All the Nexus VI students will then be going out for dinner with Professor Leader, Dr. Foster and Mr....

Professor Simon Colton codes with the next generation

By on Mar 22, 2017 in Blog |

We were delighted today to welcome back Professor Simon Colton and his team of lecturers from the Metamakers Institute at Falmouth University have visited Nexus for the final session of the Coding co-curricular activity. The students have been creating their own game using an App called ‘No Second Chance’. The App has been developed by Simon and his team and is part of a new breed of games where the game can be altered by the user to increase the skill needed to win. Professor Colton and his team judged the games that the students had programmed and awarded prizes to the ‘Most Promising Coders’. The winners of these awards were Peter Ashley, Emily Kershaw, Joshua Patterson and James Belshaw. Well done to all the young coders, and a huge thank you to Professor Colton and his team for the fantastic 6-week co-curricular programme that they have provided. We are...

Nexus joins the World in measuring the circumference of the Earth

By on Mar 21, 2017 in Blog |

Today Nexus students will be taking part in the global Eratosthenes Experiment, where students from all over the globe join together to share data that allows them to calculate the circumference of the Earth. We are the only school in the South West taking part, and one of only fifteen schools in the UK. Solar noon at our location is at exactly 12:28 and 34 seconds – conveniently during lunchbreak – so we will be measuring the shadow of a stick that is exactly one metre long, then using Pythagoras and trigonometry to calculate the angle of the Sun to our location. Combined with a measurement from another school in Palencia, Spain, we will be able to calculate the circumference of the Earth. Stay tuned for live updates later!...

Scribblers embark on a new chapter

By on Mar 14, 2017 in Blog |

Our new reading and writing group, the Scribblers, have embarked on a new book today. The group, which chooses a book to read and discuss, as well as producing their own original pieces of writing, meets each Tuesday at Nexus in the Hive. The book they have chosen this time is ‘A murder most Unladylike’ which, somewhat worryingly, is about the demise of a school science teacher and the subsequent investigation, led by a group of intelligent and cunning young detectives. An exciting read, and a story I can’t wait to hear more...