Nexus

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...

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...