Christmas Chemical Mix-Up at Super Saturday!

By on Dec 8, 2018 in Blog |

It was a Super Saturday at Nexus today, with a classful of Year 5 students enjoying a Chemistry workshop. A naughty elf had mixed up Mrs Claus’ cookie mixes and the children had to sort them out, as Santa can’t leave on Christmas Eve without first having his special Christmas biscuits. The investigation involved firstly achieving the coveted Bunsen burner licence, then testing five different white powders using flame tests, iodine, Benedicts’ solution and acetic acid.   At break time, lots of the children enjoyed a game of chess in the dining room at Nexus. Well done to all the groups, who worked out which was Mrs Claus’s real cookie mix. Christmas is...

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust Delivers A Sensational Workshop At Nexus

By on Dec 4, 2018 in Blog |

Today Sue Sayer from the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust came to talk to Nexus 8 about the work that goes into conserving and protecting Cornwall’s marine mammals. The CSGRT are an evidenced based charity who work to help survey and protect seals in their natural environment in Cornwall’s waters. Sue’s workshop was engaging and inspired our students to think about how they can help to protect these important and rare animals. We are really looking forward to working closely with the charity in the future to help safeguard the seal population in...

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

By on Dec 4, 2018 in Blog |

It’s beginning to feel Christmassy at Nexus. The Christmas trees and decorations are up in the OGS building and the Lower School building and the CSMS students are setting up the annual Chemis-tree. Even the 3D printed dinosaur is feeling festive. The CSIA Carol Concert is this week and Year 7 are working hard at perfecting their singing voices ready for the event. The annual Nexus Showcase Evening is on the 12th December and rehearsals are hotting up for Nexus 7. If you are a parent of a Nexus 7 student make sure you return the letter requesting tickets asap to avoid disappointment. Don’t forget that Wednesday 19th December is the last day of term and all students are spending the day on the main campus. There will be no co-curricular activities and the day will end at 12:25pm. Our last Nexus co-curricular day will be Tuesday 18th December and we are already planning a...

Nexus Gets Its Own Seismometer As Part Of The Raspberry Shake Project

By on Nov 29, 2018 in Blog |

The Geography, Nexus and CSMS teams were thrilled to host the launch of our Raspberry Shake seismometer this week with Lucy Cotton from United Downs Deep Geothermal Power (UDDGP) project and Professor Iain Stewart, UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society, and Professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University. The launch included a lecture given by Professor Iain Stewart on the ‘Science of Earthquakes’ and an overview of UDDGP from the Project Geologist Lucy Cotton. Students were fascinated to hear world renowned geographer, Professor Stewart, talk about the global issues that surround plate tectonics.  Harry J, Year 10, stated that “It was a brilliant lecture that highlighted elements of seismography that I will access at A-Level and beyond”.  Isla R and Nell C.R said that they were really interested to learn about the fault lines that cross Cornwall and how they are being...

Cornish Marine Mammals – More Than Meets The Eye?

By on Nov 28, 2018 in Blog |

Students at Nexus and CSMS were treated to a hands-on marine biology workshop this week by Miss Jade Aldridge, a graduate in Marine Biology from Plymouth University and currently a teacher at CSIA. Jade’s workshop gave students the chance to explore some of the impressive adaptations that we can find in marine organisms off the Cornish coast and to consider how these adaptations enable the creatures to survive and thrive in the environmental conditions. Student’s also learnt about the role of a Marine Biologist and discovered how important it is to raise awareness in the general public to the threats faced by these rare mammals. Giving our students the chance to put their learning into real life contexts is a fundamental aspect of the way we teach our students at Nexus. This approach gives students the opportunity to explore wider issues around the curriculum and to experience some of...

Calling all Aspiring Lawyers

By on Nov 26, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus will be bringing in the New Year with the launch of an exciting new co-curricular club for those students with a fervour for the legal world.  We will gather a keen and talented legal team of students and enter The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition. The trial itself will take place in March 2019. Our aspiring lawyer, barristers and judges will take on the various roles in a trial and try a case against another school with the assistance of real life magistrates, legal advisers, court staff and other legal professionals. The Competition will introduce the legal system in an engaging way that will have a lasting impact on all those involved. This is an exciting opportunity for those considering a career in law and those keen to understand more about our justice system. More details to be announced soon!