5K run for MIND – over £1,500 raised

Thank you to all the sixth formers and supporters who braved the cold weather on Friday 3rd February for a 5K run in Wimbledon Park to support the charity MIND.

Our fundraising page is still open if you would like to donate www.justgiving.com/fundraising/StCecilias5KMindCharityRun

Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem and hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

DSC_0023A level success!

Saint Cecilia’s sixth formers have excelled in their 2016 A level results with 25% of students gaining A* – A grades. A high percentage of leavers have secured places at prestigious Russell Group universities and are now looking forward to studying a variety of subjects.

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Two of our sixth formers joined over 50 students from all over Europe for Picture2a one-week Physics Masterclass at the National Laboratory of Frascati of the Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, a world renowned research centre in Frascati, Italy.

The students were involved in lectures on Modern Physics and its applications in Society and in laboratories activities.

They commented: “We engaged in a number of activities, including a tour of the particle accelerator and an experiment based on Gravitational waves. It was a really unique and exciting trip and has really expanded our interest in physics. Thanks to the staff and lecturers at the National Laboratory of Frascati for making this fantastic opportunity happen.“

Raising money for great causes…

Every year Saint Cecilia’s organises a number of charity events in school. In 2015, we were one of the top 5% Just Giving fundraisers and in 2016, we raised over £4,000 for various charities, including MS Society, Sports Relief and CRY.

Operation Wallacea – students invited to the National History Museum

As part of the Operation Wallacea, a group of sixth formers travelled to Dominica in the Caribbean in 2015. Students took part in many exciting projects concerning the monitoring of a variety of habitats and were able to work with Erica McAlister from the Natural History Museum.

The same group have been recently invited to the museum itself to see the specimens collected during the trip. Georgina Bolam, former Year 13 student, commented: “This invigorating visit not only allowed us to see how our efforts in Dominica contributed to the work life scientists are doing at the NHM but also allowed us to reminisce on such a fantastic and memorable trip.”

A trip Mexico is due to take place in the summer of 2017. Year 13 students will be helping with a major biodiversity survey of the Lowland Forest in Calakmul Biosphere Reserve.

Please read a blog connected with the article here

British values

During our recent Citizenship day, sixth formers had the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips including a visit to Law Courts, Supreme Court, talks and a documentary on Capital Punishment. Well done to Umar for winning the EU knowledge competition at the Europe House.

TEDxWndsPrint183Solomon shines at TEDx

Solomon Sangala, in Year 13, was recently invited to TEDx Wandsworth conference, together with other 15 speakers across the borough to address the theme ‘Be the Change’. Solomon, who is currently preparing for his A-levels and is also the founder of AttireX, a growing clothing enterprise, was voted the best speaker of the day. He received a standing ovation after delivering an inspirational speech entitled “The perfect imperfection”. He said: “I have learnt a lot from the experience and discussions are now commencing for me to do another talk of a similar calibre next summer at TEDx London.”

Wallacea Honduras 12Conservation project linked to Nature report

The conservation project Sixth Formers were involved at Cusuco National Park in 2013 (Operation Wallacea, Honduras) has recently been used as part of a study in the prestigious Nature journal. The data students collected on the carbon, biodiversity and community benefits of the forest were a valuable contribution to the report which estimates the number of trees on the planet. You can view the report here.