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Lotty gains highest Guide badge

My friend Megan and I from Wicklewood Guides went on a weekend away to Hunstanton YHA for two nights to complete the last part of our Baden Powell Badge – the highest badge you can work towards in Guiding.

The weekend was based around engineering – to show that girls too can be engineers! We had to build things out of spaghetti and marshmallows and then build a water run out of plastic bottles. We also had to cook, wash up and make our own pizzas. It was good fun. We even had to engineer something down on the beach – but we made time for an ice cream too.

I will be presented with my official badge at my next Young Leaders night. We have recently moved up to the senior section (Young Leaders) as we are now too old for Guides.

Eleanor (Lotty)
Year 10Lottie


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Year 9 tackle the Bronze Crest Award

Basic CMYKThe Science Department is pleased to announce that some of our most enthusiastic Year 9 scientists have begun work on the Bronze CREST Award. CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.
Current projects include:

  • How to steal the crown jewels – Exploring security science.
  • Starship design – Space science and exploration.
  • Becoming a superhero – Search and rescue technologies.
  • Charity concert planning – Investigating sensory science.
  • Winning a gold medal – Developments in racing wheelchair design.

This aim is achieved through nationally recognised CREST Award schemes (CREST Star 5-11 / CREST Awards 12-19), the National Science + Engineering Competition, support for STEM Clubs and collaborative events such as the Big Bang: UK Young Scientists’ and Engineers’ Fair and the British Science Festival. Find out more about CREST.

Our Year 9 pupils who have chosen to take on the challenge will be giving up their own time to work on creative science and engineering projects. Although they are working quite independently on the task set, they will meet once a week to discuss their findings and gain suggestions from the Science Department.

Participation in this award allows pupils to investigate all manner of science technology and engineering. It also provides an opportunity to develop their research skills and learn all about project planning.

Once completed we hope to host an evening where participants can present their findings to friends and family. If they produce a really good project we may even consider entering it into the Big Bang: UK Young Scientists’ and Engineers’ Fair.

We are always looking for ways to stretch our talented science students so we hope they enjoy this experience and gain a lot from it.

Miss Mann