Woodhouse College
Alica Derome Rebecca Saul

Chemistry students win Ag and CuSn

Dated: 2 May 2019

Our A level scientists have been at it again - bagging medals at Olympiads - and this time it is the turn of our chemistry students (although there are a few familiar faces from the Physics Olympiad reported here recently…)
Upper sixth Woodhouse students Wumni Olatidoye, David Irvine, Sayeed Ahmed and Gil Wright (not in photo) all won silver medals in the test.
Chemistry teacher Sandra Knight said “It really is a very hard test for our students. Even the Head of Chemistry here struggled with some of the test. Our students have done really well to earn a medal. The test is aimed at upper sixth (year 13) students but we decided to let some of our lower sixth students try it too with surprising success.”
Bassil Alaeddin, Rohin Nayar, Shane Emmanuel, Adam Khan-Cheema and Esah Hyat (pictured L -R) all achieved bronze medals in the Olympiad. Congratulations to all of our students who took part.
The Chemistry Olympiad is the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the UK. Run annually, the Olympiad is an opportunity for teachers to challenge their chemistry students, helping them to develop creative thinking, and apply their existing knowledge in new and interesting contexts.
The competition is made up of three stages, but the majority of students only compete in the first stage. The first challenge for successful entrants is a written test of their chemical knowledge, based on real-world chemistry problems. This round takes place at college and takes two hours. Test questions often stimulate a lot of debate, raising awareness of what chemistry is all about. It is a great opportunity for students to develop and showcase some of the skills they’ll need at university and beyond.
Round two is a demanding long weekend hosted by the University of Cambridge. Up to 30 of the highest-scoring students from round one experience lessons and demonstrations on new topics from respected academics, teachers and technicians, followed by theoretical and practical tests. Four students from round two go on to the final round and represent the United Kingdom in the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad – hosted in Paris.

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