Year 12 Physics trip to The Cavendish Laboratory

Seventeen extremely committed Year 12 Physicists got up incredibly early to travel to Cambridge University for a taster day in a joint initiative lead by Churston Ferrers with Torbay Academy and Torquay Girls Grammar.

On arrival to the University students were given a tour around Churchill College which was built to honour Winston Churchill and was inspired by the MIT in the USA.  Students were given a taste of University life and were able to see the halls of residence, lecture theatres and sports facilities.

Students then walked to the world famous Cavendish Laboratory which boasts 29 Nobel Laureates and many exciting developments in Science including evidence for the structure of the atom and the structure of DNA.

After a talk on what it is like to study Physics at University, the students were invited to complete an experiment using a pendulum to find local gravitational field strength.  Our students executed the experiment well and obtained very accurate results using a university technique known as the method of exact fractions.

All students were a credit to the school and coped very well with the early start and very late finish to the day.

The Physics department is looking forward to developing this trip and perhaps incorporating an overnight stay next year.

V. Fairchild

79th Torbay and Southwest Festival

Churston LAMDA students attended the 79th Torbay and Southwest Festival at the Palace Theatre in Paignton and were all placed very highly.
Jemima Horne placed first in her category of solo drama with Daisy Pulls It Off. Rufus placed first in his category for Shakespeare solo with his Hamlet monologue Jemima Horne and Tilly Croose placed first for their Shakespeare Duologue from Midsummer Toby Brooks And Merlo Lavender-Moser placed first for their Woman in Black Duologue and received the highest marks of the festival (90). Thea Harris Murphy and Amy McGuire also placed first with their musical theatre duo from Hamilton also achieving 90. And Marshall Roper-Lowe, Noah Blake and Daisy Little placed first with their group drama piece from Harry Potter with a score of 88.

Daisy Little, Thomas Fitzpatrick and Reuben Maloney (year 7) had their first festival experience Competition was high for the 12-13 years duologues and Thea Harris-Murphy and Tia Davies placed third with their scene from Little Women. Thea Harris-Murphy placed First in the solo musical theatre category with her song from Waitress, again achieving the highest marks of the day (90) Kayla Tummon Placed second with her song On My Own from Les Miserables. Amy McGuire and Georgina Archer both received distinctions for their songs.