Devon County Swimming Championships

At this years Devon County Swimming Championships, 9 Churston pupils represented Paignton Swimming Club over 4 weekends in January and February. 
Medallists were Junior Club Captain Nathan Apps with 7 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze from 17 finals, Junior Club Captain Flo Hadley with 4 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze from 13 finals, Club Captain Harry Joiner with 1 silver and 2 bronze from 5 finals, Club Captain Isobel Brown with 1 gold from a total of 4 finals, Ed Brown with 1 gold and 1 bronze from 8 finals, Amy Best with 1 bronze from 2 finals and Alice Brown with 1 gold from a total of 3 finals. 
The following swimmers also produced excellent swims including Personal Bests and swims in finals: Finnegan Hadley and Izzy Dover. Many of these swimmers will now be going forward to the South West Regional Championships to be held in Plymouth, in Bristol and at Millfield School during April and May. 

Longitude Explorer

Three teams of Y10s from Churston recently flew to London to take part in NESTA’s Longitude Explorer Prize semi final event.  

The challenge is to create or improve a product, app or service that uses AI technology to make the world a better place.  Based on the premise that we would all like to live in a world where people can live longer, live better, live together, and live greener, and that technology has a positive part to play in this optimistic future.

The event was held at the Olympic Park in East London where the students attended a series of workshops run by industry leading experts.  Topics such as pitching and presenting, robotics, app development, ethical issues, security concerns and the potential of AI were covered in a series of inspiring inputs.

The students have now developed their ideas based on their experiences at the event and have a nervous wait until the end of March when the finalists will be announced.  Churston have had at least one team in every national final so far and their ideas were warmly received by staff from NESTA. The finalists get to pitch their idea at the Dragon’s Den studio in Manchester in July, with the prospect of a £25,000 prize on offer, watch this space!

Gold Medal For Jaimee

In July Jaimee Luscombe (10T) attended the British Transplant Games in Newport and represented Bristol Children’s Hospital, Jaimee won a Gold medal in her 3km Cycling Time Trial and Bronze Medals in Ball Throw, Long Jump and Table Tennis. Following her results from last Years Games she has been selected to represent Team GB & NI in the World Transplant Games in Newcastle in August. Jaimee did extremely well winning a Gold Medal in her 5km Time Trial with a time of 14.08 mins in difficult weather conditions, Gold in Long Jump with her longest jump at 3.49m and a Gold Medal in Ball Throw. Congratulations Jaimee!

Team GB Medal For Year 13

Tom Nuttall has returned from the World Age Group Underwater Hockey Championships with a Silver Medal!

The U19 GB team played 2 International matches a day for 6 days during the round robin stage of the competition, finishing 2nd in the league table. 

Then onto the knock-out stages and Team GB beat Canada comfortably to go on to face South Africa in the semi-finals. 

The team achieved a significant victory over South Africa. The game finished 5-4 after GB were 2 down at half time and Tom scored the decisive goal with only a minute to spare!

This then led to a final against the favourites New Zealand.  Despite fighting hard, Team GB were unable to beat the New Zealand side who had been dominant throughout the competition and Tom and the rest of the team brought home a Silver medal. 

A phenomenal experience for all competitors and supporters. 

Year 8 Artwork For Zoo Exhibition

Over the last few months year 8 students Maliha Khan, Nina Keen and India Wyman along with the Art department have been working during lunchtimes on this piece of art to be exhibited in the Paignton Zoo exhibition ‘Making The Right Choices’. This exhibition is about promoting the use of sustainable palm oil. Well done to India, Nina and Maliha for their outstanding commitment and brilliant painting skills and for coming 3rd in the Competition. The canvas will be on display in the indoor picnic area by the education center 22nd-30th August if you would like to see it.

Gardening Club

Well done to our year 7 gardening club for producing some fantastic crops. At the beginning of the summer term each form in year 7 was given an empty bed in the school garden. All students filled their area with a variety of wonderful fruit and vegetables, which they then used to cook up some fabulous dishes.

Food From Around The World Competition

Cooking In The School Canteen

Congratulations to the following students from Year 9D and 9C Food and Nutrition classes for winning ‘ The Food from Around the World Competition’ Rhianna Waller, Millie Feasey, Harry Morey, Isobel Brownen, Scarlett Shaw and Jess Mayoh. These students with the help of our chef Stephen Boxall and his team, had the chance to make their menu on a large scale in the school canteen and serve it to everyone.

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2019

2019 is the international year of the periodic table, celebrating 150 years since the publication of Dmitri Mendeleev’s ground breaking work. To mark the occasion, Cambridge University set a challenge to Year 12 students to decipher the Chemistry of some unusual elements, including indium which is used to manufacture touch screens for computers and smartphones.
Over 9000 of the best Chemistry students from across the UK entered the competition, which proved so difficult that certificates were only awarded to the top 63% of entrants. However, all 6 of our students were successful. Copper awards were achieved by Lenard Hernandez and Costanza Pennaforti. The top quarter of candidates received a silver certificate, including Charley Warren and Tara Fielden. Special congratulations go to Tom Nuttall and Jacob Lynn who were rewarded with gold certificates for being in the top 9% of students. Many congratulations to all the students for their fantastic performance.
Dr Hall

Meet Devon’s first Climate Change Teacher, accredited by the United Nations

Dr Ben King, a Geography teacher here at Churston for 19 years, is the first teacher in Devon to become a United Nations accredited Climate Change Teacher and one of 80 initially trained in the UK.  Dr King can now deliver up to date climate change lessons to his students at Churston Ferrers Grammar School. He used our recent Inset day to film a Masterclass on how to complete the United Nations Climate Change Lead Teachers’ (eduCCate) Course and this will be released soon.

Dr King, Teacher of Geography, Science and Business Studies at Churston Ferrers Grammar School, says, “I was very excited to see that this United Nations Certified course was being offered.  For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in environmental issues and my Environmental Science degree from the University of Stirling in the early 1990s really enhanced my understanding of Climate Change Science and related issues; I studied Physics alongside Environmental Science and then moved to Exeter University to pursue my Ph.D. research into soil erosion in agricultural catchments, focusing on the Exe Estuary near Starcross in South Devon. Following subsequent PGCE training at St. Luke’s in Exeter, I have since taught a variety of subject areas in both Plymouth and Torbay.  Throughout my 20 years of teaching, I have taught children about Climate Change from a variety of perspectives, from the ages of 11-18, and I have witnessed great advances in understanding of Climate Change Science and wider issues relating to different impacts around the World. I have really enjoyed learning the new content provided by this UN Climate Change course and I am very excited to begin disseminating this information to my students, via other staff in the school.

Please see to find out more about the FREE online United Nations course – open to all.

The UN Climate Change Teacher Academy is being delivered by Harwood Education, in partnership with the One United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) and sponsored by YPO. Not only will teachers be able to teach their pupils vital lessons about climate change but they will also earn CPD and certification from the United Nations.

The innovative programme was launched on April 22 is free for primary and secondary school teachers. All they need to do is log onto the Climate Change Teacher Academy to access the free lessons. Once teachers have completed the five units of the Climate Change Teacher Course, they will be accredited by UN CC:Learn to deliver climate change facts and mitigation best practices. They will be able to encourage and generate social innovation, and prepare today’s youth to protect the planet.

The online training for teachers in primary and secondary schools has been designed to equip educators with the knowledge and confidence to deliver lessons on the topic of climate change to their class and across the school curriculum.

A target of 80 schools are being urged to sign up to take part in an initial trial of the course, lasting around two months, which covers topics including climate change science, gender and environment, children and climate change, cities and climate change, and human health. The programme will then be made available to all schools across the UK with first lessons expected to be delivered in the classroom from the end of June.