Cornish children dazzle in first Maths Olympiad

By on Jan 25, 2019 in Blog |

There was incredible energy in the air as students awaited the result of the first ever Cornish maths Olympiad, held at Nexus today. The morning had seen the best primary mathematicians in Cornwall decode cyphers with the Royal Institution, discover Pi and use their superpowers to get into space. This afternoon the students participated in two tense, exciting rounds of very challenging maths, where they collaborated, computed and calculated their way to the answers. The children, teachers and parents who attended were buzzing about the day: “All 4 pupils have thoroughly engaged with the day. Their enthusiasm has shone from their faces throughout and seeing them be stretched in their ability has been a pleasure.”  Hannah, St Erth Parent “The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the day. They have been engaged by all activities especially the competition.” – Maureen...

Inaugural Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad ready to go!

By on Jan 24, 2019 in Blog |

Tomorrow 100 Year 5 and 6 pupils from schools across Cornwall will be waking up, getting ready and coming to Nexus to compete against their peers, learn new things and revel in their enjoyment of Mathematics in the inaugural Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad for Primary schools. The Maths team at CSIA and Nexus have been working hard to prepare for the event with workshops written, the competition questions finalised, pencils sharpened and trophies polished to a gleaming shine. We are so excited for the day and cannot wait to welcome the teams. Good luck to all competitors. We’ll be updating our Facebook page throughout the day, so follow us there to keep up with the...

Royal Institution teams up with Nexus with one week to go to the Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad

By on Jan 22, 2019 in Blog |

We are excited to announce that, as we enter the final week before the very first Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad, Ms. Alison Eves from the Royal Institute will be joining forces with Nexus and CSIA staff to help deliver the mathematical workshops as part of the Olympiad. The Royal Institution has a long history of promoting excellence in the fields of Mathematics and Science since it began in the 1700s. It is this passion for Mathematics and inspiring young minds that makes this collaboration so exciting and we are delighted that they are able to join us for this celebration of young Cornish Mathematicians and the Mathematics they are so fanatical about. The very final details of the day, including parking and timings, have been emailed out to attending Primary schools. We look forward to welcoming all of the students attending on...

The Hall for Cornwall comes to Nexus

By on Jan 22, 2019 in Blog |

On Friday 18th January, 7PPE were given an exciting opportunity to learn about characterisation from an actor and director from The Hall for Cornwall. As part of our study of A Christmas Carol, the class took part in a drama workshop where they learned to apply dramatic techniques when exploring character and viewpoint in the novel. The class discussed their recent trip to watch the highly acclaimed screening of Simon Callow’s one-man reading of the cherished tale and were able to adopt some of the techniques he used when creating the colourful characters in A Christmas Carol. It was a unique occasion to respond practically to the text and explore Dickens’ viewpoint in a different way. Students embraced the workshop and there was some promising acting on display. It was a fabulous and creative way to spend a Friday morning and to benefit from the experience of some lively and...

Nexus begins the quest for a Poet Laureate

By on Jan 16, 2019 in Blog |

We are delighted to announce that our search for the Nexus Poet Laureate has commenced. Students have been invited to put pen to paper and craft a poem about the local area or an aspect of Cornish history in a bid to become CSIA’s first Poet Laureate. The successful wordsmith will work with a member of the Sixth Form to write about significant school occasions, national events and notable matters of cultural and social importance. This is a great opportunity for students to make their voices heard and express ideas in this most powerful and distilled mode of writing. Students wishing to be considered for this exciting and creative role can submit their poem to Dr McGovern by Wednesday 6th February. The name of our first ever Poet Laureate will be revealed on Wednesday 13th February. Good luck to our prospective poets – we look forward to being inspired by your...

Mining for a Greener Future with Dr Holly Elliot

By on Jan 15, 2019 in Blog |

Yesterday we were delighted to host Dr Holly Elliot from the University of Exeter at Nexus for a lecture on how efforts to improve the ecological impact of mining on the environment have led to massive changes in the way exhausted mines are shut down. Holly shared her work on planning how mines can be reclaimed by the environment once the metal ores have been extracted. She gave a number of examples of situations where the local habitats and environments were actually improved by the reclamation of the area after a mine had been built. The audience were very engaged and there were lots of questions for Holly to answer. She was very impressed with the Nexus students and we would like to thank her for her time and effort in giving our first academic lecture of 2019. If you would like more details about the remaining lectures this year, please visit our lecture...

STEM Learning to work with Nexus

By on Jan 11, 2019 in Blog |

Yesterday we were delighted to host a visit from Will Rogers, the Regional Network Lead from STEM Learning, the UK provider of education and careers support in STEM. STEM Learning is supported by a the Government, charitable trusts and employers, and is dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM subjects and careers. As a result of the remarkable work going on at Camborne Science and International Academy, STEM Learning are looking to see what lessons can be learnt so that students across the UK can benefit from the aspects of our programme that makes Nexus so successful. Will was blown away by the quantity and quality of opportunities to engage in the STEM field, both inside and outside the classroom at Nexus and CSIA more widely. We are looking forward to working closely with STEM Learning to share our expertise with teachers and leaders from other schools...

Dates Announced for Year 4 and 5 STEM Easter Camp 2019

By on Jan 9, 2019 in Blog |

Following the huge success of last year’s Year 5 STEM Camp, we will be running a Year 4 & 5 STEM Easter camp for the 2018/2019 academic year. The camp will run at our Nexus Campus over the Easter Holidays from Monday 8th April – Wednesday 10th April 2019 inclusive and will be open to both boys and girls currently in Year 4 or 5.  The camp will start at 9.30am daily and finish at 3.30pm.  On the final day of the camp parents will be able to join us for a presentation at 2.15pm. We are planning a really exciting programme of experiments and experiences for the children who attend this camp. From 3D printing, Coding Challenges and Escape Rooms, we’ve got everything here to keep your science-mad child entertained! The cost of the camp will be £70 for the full three days.  Unfortunately we are unable to accept bookings for individual days.  Refunds will only be given in exceptional...

Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad less than 3 weeks away!

By on Jan 9, 2019 in Blog |

As Friday 25th January rapidly approaches the final preparations for the Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad have taken place and full details of the day are heading out to attendees this week. There are only a few spaces remaining for the Olympiad which are still open to schools from around Cornwall but now also open to those schools who would like to send a second team. For more information please contact As a taster here is another teaser...

CSMS Students Shine at Asia-Pacific Conference for Young Scientists

By on Jan 9, 2019 in Blog |

In December, CSIA were invited to take part in the 7th Asia Pacific Conference for Young Scientists (APCYS) and 2nd Invitational Science Fair (ISF) hosted by Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (KVIS) Thailand. A school that we have developed close links with through our International programme. KVIS is a full boarding School that offers a specialised STEM curriculum for high ability students on three year scholarship programmes. It is situated within a Research and Education Park, comprising of VISTEC Research University and the Wang Chan Forest project. Two students from CSMS (Alfie B and Sarah P) were selected to attend this prestigious event and were required to complete a research project that would be presented during the conference to a series of professors, external specialists and peers. As part of the CSMS programme and in collaboration with Dr Gower, the students have been...

Entry to Nexus Gifted Programmes for September 2019

By on Jan 8, 2019 in Blog |

If you have a Y6 child who will be sitting the Nexus Assessment for September 2019 entry to the Gifted Programme, then as you pin your new 2019 calendar to your kitchen wall, make sure you pencil this date in!  The Nexus Assessment will take place on Saturday 23rd March at the CSIA main campus, with Interviews held on 26th and 26th April. Full information about the assessment can be found here, but to register your interest in the Nexus Assessment at this stage, please contact An information letter about the Assessment will be sent out with the CSIA Welcome Pack at the start of...

Welcome back to Nexus!

By on Jan 7, 2019 in Blog |

It was dark outside but light in our hearts as we arrived back at Nexus this morning. With such a lot to look forward to this term we’ve hit the ground running with our new co-curricular activities. This term we’re adding to the after-school enrichment offer with a number of exciting new experiences for the students. As well as firm favourites like the Escape Room, Mandarin, the Greenpower Car and the Lecture series, students can also get involved in Debating, have a Court Room Experience or learn how to make and operate an Amateur Radio. We’re also offering Advanced 3D Printing for those who want to take their CAD/CAM skills one step further. As well as all the opportunities after school, we have a number of big events coming up in the Nexus Calendar. The Cornwall Maths Olympiad will be held on the Nexus Campus on 25th January. Teams of talented Year 5 and 6...

Term Draws to a Close With A Flourish At Nexus

By on Dec 18, 2018 in Blog |

The last day of term is tomorrow, Wednesday 19th December, and all students will be on main campus for activities with their Tutor groups. What a term it’s been! Well done in particular to all our Nexus 7 students, who, alongside settling into their new school this term, performed so brilliantly in the Showcase last week. As promised, here are some pictures of our brilliant students and also pictures of our Nexus Prizewinners. Have a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing New Year, with best wishes from all the staff and students at Nexus. 7PPE Award Winners 7STEM Award Winners 8STEM Award Winners 9STEM Award Winners...

Nexus Students Receive Awards to Celebrate Success this Term

By on Dec 13, 2018 in Blog |

Last night we celebrated the successes of our Nexus students by awarding our prestigious Academic, Values and Star awards to deserving members of each year group. Official photos will be released soon. Nexus Academic Awards This award is based on academic performance this term. Students in receipt of this award make the most of their talents, working hard and always doing their best. Award Winners: Nexus 10: Joe Lessiter Nexus 9: James Belshaw Nexus 8: Ben McGuire Nexus 7 PPE: Josie Welch Nexus 7 STEM: Isabel Danson Nexus Values Awards These students consistently show the Nexus Values in all that they do; expecting the best of themselves, taking responsibility for their own actions; being proactive in their learning; being productive and persisting when things are difficult. Award Winners: Nexus 10: Erin Williams Nexus 9: George Bolt Nexus 8: Ruby McAlpine Nexus 7 PPE: Jacob Necke...

Nexus Year 7 Showcase a Huge Success

By on Dec 13, 2018 in Blog |

The annual Nexus 7 Christmas Showcase was a rip-roaring success last night with students from both the PPE and STEM Programmes coming together to present some of the amazing things they have learnt about this year. We had presentations on topics as diverse as the Nexus Greenpower car to the unpredictability of earthquakes from Nexus STEM students while the Nexus PPE students presented on topics such as the poetry of World War One and the importance of stories to the development of human culture. The students have worked exceptionally hard this term: settling into a new school, making new friends, finding their way around two campuses, and getting to grips with secondary school subjects. On top of this they have thrown themselves into the Nexus Co-curricular programme with activities ranging from Mandarin to 3D Printing, and from Drone Programming to Bookworms (our reading club). The...

A Christmas Carol For Nexus PPE

By on Dec 11, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus PPE students had the exciting opportunity to watch a live screening of A Christmas Carol as part of their English study on viewpoint in Dickens’ writing.  Based on Charles Dickens’ own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director Tom Cairns created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive storytelling. It was both heartwarming and deeply moving. The students also heard a fascinating Q&A session with Dame Rosemary Squire DBE, and Hall For Cornwall’s CEO & Creative Director, Julien Boast in which the messages and themes of the novel were discussed. It was clear that Dickens’ special message still resonates today; that if we can be kind to each other at Christmas we should be kind to each other all the time. It also speaks to us of the importance of Christmas not just for having fun, but thinking of others. In the words of Tiny Tim “A Merry Christmas to us...

Nexus Students Learn About Disaster Relief Efforts

By on Dec 10, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus and CSMS students were given an inspirational lecture today by Tom Henderson, an expert in disaster relief with decades of experience in zones of natural and man-made disaster. Our students gained an insight into how living conditions for the displaced population can change radically from the initial post-crisis phase to the long term redevelopment phase. Mr Henderson explained how aid agencies work to establish emergency shelters for people caught in disaster zones before moving through a number of development stages using natural resources to build transitional shelters before national infrastructure can be rebuilt. The lecture was a fascinating insight into disaster relief efforts and we are very grateful to Tom for giving up his time today.  

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!

Shake, Rattle and Slide with Professor Alan Champneys

By on Nov 26, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus and CSMS were delighted to host a fascinating lecture on the importance of Mathematics in the field of Engineering this week. Professor Champneys visited from Bristol university’s faculty of Engineering Mathematics where he lectures on everything from engineering applications on aircraft and structural dynamics, power electronics and fluid-structure interaction. The talk was based around the understanding of how complicated dynamics (e.g. chaos) in physical systems governed by ordinary or partial differential equations can be used to model some very interesting real-life engineering problems such as why does a tennis ball bounce so high when dropped touching a basketball? Professor Champneys also spoke about the importance of mathematical modelling in industry and how he works with some of the world’s leading engineering and design companies on complex but crucial problems....

Nexus takes delivery of CAD PCs

By on Nov 20, 2018 in Blog |

We were delighted today to take delivery of two specialist computers which are designed to carry out complex 3D computer aided design tasks. These new machines will allow students to use much more powerful design software to model their ideas before using the Nexus 3D printer to bring their designs to life. The PCs have been funded by Cornwall Manufacturers Group as part of the STEM discovery initiative.