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Amrita Dasgupta from Wellington College receives award for top result in Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2012
Amrita Dasgupta from Wellington College has received an award to acknowledge her outstanding performance, achieving one of the highest marks in a new competition called the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, which was taken by 4300 students in 300 schools across the country this year. Amrita was amongst 39 students who achieved the highest marks in the Challenge. All award winners were rewarded with a crystal trophy depicting the electron density of an excited hydrogen atom at a ceremony at the Royal Institution in Piccadilly, London. Supported by the University of Cambridge Chemistry Department, Cambridge International Examinations and OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations), the competition, which was taken by 30% more students than in its first year in 2011, aims to stretch and challenge budding chemists. The 90 minute written paper designed by experienced teachers and lecturers, takes Year 12 students in the UK significantly beyond the Chemistry syllabus, and encourages them to think about science in the way they would at university.
Dr Peter Wothers said: “It is encouraging to see this competition strike a chord with so many students. The competition allows students to apply knowledge of other subjects, think creatively and take their knowledge to the next level – these are exactly the kind of skills which are needed for university. It is therefore useful for students wanting to go on to study chemistry at undergraduate level because it gives them that outstanding flair!”
Ann Puntis, Chief Executive of Cambridge International Examinations said: “It’s fantastic to see the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, now in its second year, going from strength to strength. More students across the country are seeing the benefits of a competition, which stretches their knowledge and prepares them for the challenges of university and beyond.”
The Cambridge Chemistry Challenge will continue into 2013 due to popular demand from students and teachers. There will be new monthly competitions from November 2012 to June 2013. If you would like to find out more visit www.c3l6.org.
CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD SUCCESS
Well done to all those who took part in the Royal Society of Chemistry's 2015 Olympiad. Every year we enter our top Sixth Form students into this very tough competition, which goes well beyond A level or IB syllabuses. This year 13 Upper Sixth and 13 Lower Sixth students plus one 5th Former decided to have a go. Sadly no Gold awards this year, but a record number of Silver awards. Special congratulations go to the 6 Lower Sixth students who were awarded silver and bronze and 5th Former Dominic Atherton who gained a silver this time. Some golds next year? We hope so!
Will Beedham (Pn), Maria Chukanova (Ap), Matteo Fumagalli (Bn), Alex Guzelkececiyan (Bd), Harry Thomas (Hg) and Zigan Zhen (Hg) in the Upper Sixth; Dominic Allen (M) and Jonathan Lei (T) in the Lower Sixth, plus Dominic Atherton (Pn) in the Fifth Form.
Sasha Bailey (O), Heidi Barrow (W), Elliot Glover (L) and Kate Millikan-Smith (C) in the Upper Sixth plus David Kim (M), Imogen Livingstone (A), Hamish Morton (S) and Nick Walton (Bl) in the Lower Sixth.
|PARTICIPATION||Luke Lau (M), Sean Montanana (T), Max Webster (R), Matthew Bailey (Bl), Clemmie Blaker (O), Edward Caffyn-Parsons (Bd), Abhiram Magesh (Hl), Eloise Rimmer (W), Justin Wilson (Hl) and Lauren Woodburn (W)|
Fifth Form (Dominic Atherton)
More information on the competition can be found on the RSC Website here.
|GOLD||Thomas Surrall (Pn) Upper Sixth|
Karen Lai (Ap), Joyce Lee (Ap) and Harry Lei (T) in the Upper Sixth plus Maria Chukanova (Ap), Alex Guzelkececiyan (Bd), Rufus Lawrence (M) and Marcus Yu (Hg) in the Lower Sixth.
Matthew O'Hare (T), Anna Sayers (W) and Michael Wright (T) in the Upper Sixth plus Sasha Bailey (O) in the Lower Sixth
|PARTICIPATION||Michael Ahomka-Lindsay (Hg), Issy Allison (C), Elliott Glover (L), Harriet Enevoldsen (Ap) and Luke Lau (M) in the Lower Sixth|
Lower Sixth Silver and Bronze awards
THREE Gold awards this year is a record that is unbeaten so far.
|GOLD||Amrita Dasgupta (W), James Chapman (R) & JJ Dewes (Hl) in the Upper Sixth|
Fred Noble (Hl) in the Upper Sixth & Karen Lai (Ap) in the Lower Sixth
Sam Snelling (Hl) in the Upper Sixth & Wai-Kin Tsui (Hg), Joyce Lee (Ap) & Michael Wright (T) in the Lower Sixth
|PARTICIPATION||Harry Lei (T) & Anna Sayers (W) in the Lower Sixth|
Lower Sixth Silver and Bronze awards
In 2012 we had our largest number of participants (20) including 9 from the Lower Sixth. 13 of them gained awards.
Simon Erridge (Hg) & Akash Jain (M) in the Upper Sixth
Jamie Allum (T), Colin Fung (Hg), Alex Galliano (M), Farhad Jokhi (Hg), Tom MacKinnon (L), Alex Morley (Bn), Leo Sutton (R) and Michael Yu (M) in the Upper Sixth
Upper Sixth (Alex Morley and Leo Sutton absent)
In the 2011 Olympiad we had a record number of awards, equalling those of 2006, and our first Gold since 2007.
|GOLD||Toba Fatimilehin (M)|
Ryan Wield (Hg) : Ollie Ralph (Bd) : Lizzie Robinson (O)
Tom Roberts (Bd) : Leke Akerele (M) : Colman Chiu (Bl)
CHEMISTRY - THE UNIVERSITY 'FACILITATOR'
The Russell group of Universities has just published a list of 'facilitating' subjects that give students the most options. Here's what they said:
What subjects can give me the most options?
|Subjects that can be viewed as ‘facilitating’ subjects are:
• Mathematics and Further Maths
• Languages (Classical and Modern)