CERN Makes a Big Impact on Future Physicists
Visiting CERN was an awe-inspiring experience. The sprawling campus, home to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, exuded an atmosphere of innovation and discovery. CERN's contributions to A-level Physics became vividly apparent as I delved into the intricacies of particle interactions, the Higgs boson discovery, and the fundamental principles that underpin our understanding of the universe.
Visiting the United Nations headquarters was a profoundly impactful experience. Witnessing the commitment to inclusivity and the pursuit of justice on a global scale left me with a renewed sense of hope. The United Nations headquarters in Geneva stands as a beacon of hope for a more just and equitable future.
The Geneva-based Museum of Science History is an impressive showcase of scientific instruments that have evolved, as well as exhibits dedicated to star signs. Each exhibit on display highlights the interconnectedness of various scientific disciplines and their profound influence on shaping our understanding of the world.
Having the opportunity to discover new places, try various types of cuisine, and learn a lot at the United Nations, Jet d'Eau, CERN, and the Science History Museum was amazing. We were surprised at how much we were able to do and see in just three days. Exploring unfamiliar territory brought us all closer together, creating a lasting sense of connection. This was the trip of a lifetime and something that will stay with us forever.
Jenika Patel (year 13 physics student)
New Inspiriing Learning Podcast on Youth Participation in Politics with Alastair Campbell
https://www.youtube.com/@InspiringLearningPodcast - Launched by Imad Ahmer Year 13
In the ever-evolving landscape of digital media, a new podcast has emerged to ignite conversations and inspire change. The latest episode of the "Inspiring Learning" podcast delves deep into the topic of youth participation in politics, featuring an insightful interview with renowned political strategist and author, Alastair Campbell.
In a world where the voices of young people are increasingly vital, this episode sheds light on the power of youth engagement in shaping political discourse and driving societal progress. Hosted by passionate advocates for education and empowerment, the podcast aims to spark dialogue and foster a sense of agency among listeners, particularly the younger generation.
The interview with Alastair Campbell offers a compelling exploration of the intersection between politics and youth activism. Drawing from his extensive experience in government and his dedication to mental health advocacy, Campbell shares valuable insights into the importance of amplifying youth voices in the political arena. From the role of social media in mobilising young voters to the impact of grassroots movements on policy-making, Campbell provides a nuanced perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing young people today.
Moreover, the podcast delves into practical strategies for increasing youth engagement in politics, including the importance of education, mentorship, and community involvement. By highlighting success stories and inspiring initiatives worldwide, the episode offers listeners tangible examples of how young people can effect meaningful change in their communities and beyond.
As the conversation unfolds, listeners are encouraged to reflect on their own roles as active citizens and catalysts for positive change. Through thought-provoking discussions and empowering narratives, the podcast aims to cultivate a sense of agency and civic responsibility among its audience, empowering them to become informed, engaged participants in the democratic process.
In a time marked by political polarisation and societal challenges, the "Inspiring Learning" podcast serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration. By amplifying diverse voices and championing the power of youth activism, it underscores the transformative potential of collective action and solidarity. As listeners tune in to this thought-provoking episode, they are invited to join the conversation and embark on a journey of learning, growth, and meaningful impact.
Nurturing Future Innovators: A Glimpse into Bioengineering at Imperial College
On January 25th, ten gifted students from across the UK had the unique opportunity to explore the fascinating world of bioengineering at Imperial College's White City campus. These budding scientists, proficient in physics, maths, and biology, were invited to participate in a Bioengineering taster day that promised a blend of theoretical insights and hands-on experience.
The day commenced with an engaging taster lecture on the mechanics of the hand, shedding light on the intricate interplay of biological systems and engineering principles. Led by academic experts, the students delved into the biomechanics behind one of the most complex structures in the human body, setting the stage for an enlightening journey ahead.
Following the lecture, the students eagerly immersed themselves in two hands-on workshops, each designed to challenge their analytical skills and creativity. In the first workshop, they were tasked with designing a ventilator, drawing upon their knowledge of physics and maths to develop innovative solutions for respiratory support—an especially relevant topic in today's healthcare landscape.
The second workshop, focusing on backbone mechanics, provided a deeper dive into the biomechanical principles governing spinal health. Through collaborative problem-solving and experimentation, the students gained invaluable insights into the application of engineering principles to address medical challenges.
For students like Jenishan, Sara, Rajdeep, Yogesh, Gia, Roma, Mikael, Sara, Nilaya, and Sami, the taster day was more than just an educational experience—it was a glimpse into their potential future careers. By applying their existing STEM knowledge to real-world problems in health and medicine, they not only expanded their understanding of bioengineering but also gained a newfound appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of the field.
Inspiring the Next Generation: Insights from Dr. Ahmed's Talk to Aspiring Medics
On 31st January, students in Year 12 and 13 had the privilege of receiving invaluable insights from Dr. Ahmed, a respected General Practitioner and Chair of Governors. Dr. Ahmed, who also serves on interview panels for several prestigious London universities, shared her wealth of experience and expertise with our aspiring medics, leaving a lasting impression on all who attended.
As the session commenced, Dr. Ahmed wasted no time in delving into the heart of the matter: how to succeed as a future healthcare professional. Drawing from her own journey and years of experience, she emphasised the importance of confidence, highlighting simple yet powerful techniques such as smiling and maintaining eye contact. These subtle gestures, she explained, can make a world of difference in establishing rapport and conveying professionalism during interviews.
But Dr. Ahmed's guidance extended far beyond mere presentation skills. Throughout the session, she fielded a wide array of challenging questions from students, addressing topics ranging from medical apprenticeships to the nuances of NHS versus private healthcare. Her candid responses provided students with valuable insights into the complexities of the healthcare landscape, empowering them to make informed decisions about their future careers.
One particularly enlightening aspect of the discussion was Dr. Ahmed's perspective on studying abroad. With globalisation reshaping the field of medicine, many students were eager to explore opportunities beyond their home country. Dr. Ahmed offered practical advice and encouragement, highlighting the benefits of gaining international experience and the diverse opportunities available to those willing to venture beyond familiar shores.
The session was met with enthusiastic praise from students, particularly those in Year 13 who are currently navigating the daunting landscape of university interviews. Dr. Ahmed's guidance provided them with much-needed clarity and reassurance, equipping them with the confidence and knowledge to excel in their upcoming interviews and pursue their dreams of studying healthcare-related degrees.
As students left the session inspired and empowered, Dr. Ahmed's talk served as a powerful reminder of the transformative impact of mentorship and guidance. Through her generosity and expertise, she has not only imparted valuable lessons but also ignited a spark of inspiration in the hearts of our aspiring medics, propelling them forward on their journey towards fulfilling careers in healthcare.
Superb results and acheievemetns! The U16 girls team last week won 2-1 away against Avanti to reach the Harrow final.
U13 Basketball won the Harrow Cup vs Salvatorian
YR7 Boys won the Harrow Tournament at Whitmore
YR7 Boys and YR8 won the Harrow Indoor Athletics competition (through to the London Youth Games) - YR8 Girls came second
U14 Table Tennis won the Whitmore Tournament
YR11 netball won 20-1
YR10 won 23-1
Year 8 Girls V Hatch End- Won 17-0 Netball
Year 8 Girls V Rooks Heath- Won 20-0 Netball
Year 9 Girls V Hatch End- Won 24-1 Netball
Year 9 Girls V Rooks Heath- Won 28-0 Netball
Year 10 boys (and Girl) beat Claremont 1st round Middx Cup 8-1 Football
Year 10 Netball Borough Champions Netball
Year 8 boys won all 3 borough group games - in semi final Football
Year 8 boys won first 2 rounds of county cup - into last 16 Football
Year 8 basketball into borough semi final vs Rooks Basketball
Year 9 boys won all 3 group games in to semi final Football
6th form drew first game vs Avanti 5-5 - Darrell scored 4 Football
Navigating Pathways: Insights from a Careers Fair
Recently, students from across our community had the opportunity to explore a myriad of potential futures at our annual Careers Fair. Hosted within the bustling halls of our school, the event brought together a diverse array of professionals, companies, and educational institutions, offering invaluable insights and inspiration for our young learners.
The Careers Fair served as a vibrant hub of activity, with each booth representing a unique industry, profession, or academic path. From engineering firms to healthcare providers, universities to apprenticeship programs, the breadth of options was truly impressive. Students had the chance to engage in meaningful conversations with representatives, ask questions, and gain firsthand knowledge about various career pathways.
Beyond the immediate practical benefits, the Careers Fair fostered a spirit of aspiration and ambition among our students. As they interacted with professionals from diverse backgrounds and learned about the multitude of opportunities available to them, they were inspired to dream big and aim high. The event served as a reminder that no dream is too ambitious and no goal too lofty for those willing to pursue their passions with dedication and perseverance.
As the day drew to a close and students departed with newfound insights and aspirations, the impact of the Careers Fair continued to reverberate throughout our school community. For many, it was a pivotal moment in their academic journey—a moment of clarity, motivation, and empowerment that will shape their future trajectories for years to come
Checkmate: The Remarkable Journey of Our Chess Club
In the quiet corners of our school, amidst the whispers of strategy and the click-clack of moving pieces, a silent revolution is taking place. Our Chess Club, once a small gathering of enthusiasts, is now a thriving community of strategic thinkers and passionate players. With each passing week, our club is going from strength to strength, leaving an indelible mark on our school culture.
What started as a modest gathering of chess aficionados has blossomed into a vibrant hub of intellectual stimulation and friendly competition. Thanks to the dedication of our colleagues and the guidance of our experienced coaches, our club has evolved into a force to be reckoned with, attracting players of all skill levels and backgrounds.
One of the most remarkable aspects of our Chess Club's journey is its inclusive nature. Regardless of age, gender, or experience level, everyone is welcomed with open arms and encouraged to participate. Whether you're a seasoned grandmaster or a curious beginner, there's a place for you at our chessboard.