Earlier this term, Mrs Ruddick, our Assistant Director of Science, placed a bid to take the Academy’s AS chemistry (and selected BTEC Forensic pupils) students to work in the Chemistry labs at the University of Manchester. This week we have been informed that our bid was successful.
We will be attending on Thursday 26th June 2014.
Our students will take place in an all-day session covering some of the analytical concepts covered in both courses.
Students will work in pairs to convert benzophenone into diphenylmethanol using sodium borohydride reduction. This transformation illustrates a type of reaction covered at A-level, and gives students experience of magnetically stirred reactions, 4-figure balances, fumehoods, and UV-visualised TLC as a method of monitoring reactions.
Each student also records their own infra-red spectra of reactant ketone and product alcohol. This shows the transformation from double-bonded C=O to single-bonded C-O in the shift to lower frequency and the growth of the new OH vibration at high frequency.
These changes underline the basis of where vibrations appear in the IR spectrum. Students then tour around NMR, X-ray diffraction and Mass Spectrometry facilities. They use their samples as subjects where practicable before a brief round-up talk and careers talk.
Thank you, Mrs Ruddick for securing this opportunity for the students.
Coming soon to The Academy…
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme gives students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. The University of Manchester’s School of Chemistry hosts a Bruker Alpha FT-IR spectrometer with which University students deliver workshops in schools. As well as learning about spectroscopy a strong emphasis of informing students about life at university, studying chemistry and chemistry career opportunities is available. Spectroscopy in a Suitcase is fully funded by RSC.
The RSC’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme is an outreach activity which gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the techniques
Our massive thanks go to the highly talented theatre technician, Jono Tringham, who has recently provided our new theatre with a thorough inspection designed to propel it towards professional standards across all areas. Jono gives his time freely to the Academy and has just conditioned and rearranged our whole lighting rig to provide it with full coverage. Thank you, Jono.
Jono Tringham Lights
A small group of Y8 &9 girls have been working with Gill Potts and Pat Johnson from CWAC Young People’s services looking at raising self awareness, self esteem and developing the confidence to make decisions for themselves.
It has been a really successful project and all the girls have enjoyed the sessions which culminated in an end of project party today, making bead decorations and candy floss. There was a lovely smell on C floor this afternoon!
We hope to have Gill and Pat back in again in the new year with a new project and a new cohort.
During November we have had Anti-Bullying Month in Coaching time and Assemblies. We have re-launched the SHARP project which is an online reporting service where young people can report bullying anonymously or by giving their name and ask for help advice and support in dealing with an issue. Incidents can be logged using tablets, phones, consoles or any device with an internet connection.
The pupils took part in an Inter -House competition and we had a winning design and an ICT user winner. Both win a £10 voucher.
Louise Rawlinson 10 SCS Britten
Katie Parker 10 PFD Elgar
These winning designs will be displayed around school to promote the academy’s Anti-Bullying stance.
Each House also had a winner and these designs will be put up in Coaching Rooms. Winners will receive a £5 voucher.
Britten – Leah McNally
Elgar – Kelsie Maher
Purcell – Seren Hancox & Gabrielle Hill
Sullivan – Katie Foye
Individual winners and winning Forms will be awarded prizes in next week’s assemblies.
Thank you to all who took part in raising awareness.
The Academy welcomed Hatty Keane, an up and coming pop star, on Thursday who came into school to talk to Y7 -10 about issues relating to cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, and then performed a number of songs from her upcoming tour with JLS.
Hatty loved the school, was impressed by the facilities and was surprised by the number of tablets she could see the pupils using to film her in the audience! When we told her that all the Y7 & 8 pupils had been given one by the school to help with their learning she was even more shocked saying she has been into over 100 schools this year and had never seen that before. She said to a number of pupils that they should be grateful to the school for the opportunity and make sure they look after them.
Hatty and her manager said Winsford Academy was the best school they had been into, the children really joined in and had a good time.
They would love to come back and perform for us again.
Hatty stayed after school signing autographs and taking pictures.
There is a competition for all the schools she has visited and the school photo with the most likes on her Facebook page win another visit/ performance.
So get ‘liking’.