We were lucky enough to enlist the services of Dr M Pavlidou from the University of Birmingham School of Physics and Astronomy as one of our external judges at our very successful Lent term Science Fair. Dr Pavlidou was most impressed by the standard of the children’s science projects and was keen to forge links between the University and our school. The first step in creating these links was an invitation to nominate a child in Year 6 to enter The Ogden trust School Physicist of the Year competition. This competition was open to students from Year 6 to Year 10, with awards for each year group. Emma Burns had produced an excellent Science Fair project on electricity from fruit and vegetables. This project was judged ‘Highly Commended’ by the external adjudicators, not only for the standard of presentation, but for Emma’s ability to explain clearly her approach to her project. Emma was nominated to take part in the competition. We were asked to supply a short narrative on her project which would be read out should she be awarded a prize. It read: “Emma submitted a comprehensive research project on electricity from fruit and vegetables. Her independent work was thorough and followed a methodical scientific method. This was clear on the display she created and very apparent to the judges when questioned. She was highly commended by the judging panel. A splendid performance by a junior age child!”

To our great delight Emma was awarded the accolade of The Ogden Trust Year 6 School Physicist of the Year 2017/18. The ceremony took place at the University on Thursday 21st June and was very well attended. We are all extremely proud of her achievement.

Well done Emma!

Mr Isherwood