Charlotte awarded ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’

Student Charlotte Hollingworth has recently been awarded the ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ award for her contributions to Barnsley Council.

Charlotte, 17 from Barnsley, has been volunteering for the Dodworth Ward Alliance for the past 18 months. Her role involves the organisation of various events to promote the village and sitting on the panel made up of residents from the area, counsellors and business owners who meet for monthly meetings.

Marcia Cunningham, Community Development Officer for the Council, said:

“One of our priorities as a ward is to run events aimed at local young people. Charlotte is the youngest member of the alliance and it has been really useful to have her on board”.

One of the biggest projects, and Charlotte’s favourite, has been the organisation of the Dodworth Christmas Fair. For Charlotte, this involved organising street stalls, entertainment, the Santa’s grotto and more. The event was extremely well attended and Charlotte even helped out as a steward to ensure the safety of the public.

Charlotte’s volunteering endeavours don’t end there, as she also volunteers at her local Scouts group twice a week as a young leader.

Principal of Greenhead College, Simon Lett commented:

“It’s fantastic that Charlotte has won this award. For Charlotte to devote so much time to volunteering whilst working hard towards her A Levels is astounding. We really encourage our students to make their difference in the community through the ‘Greenhead Volunteering Scheme’. It’s a fantastic way for students to increase their employability skills and future prospects’.

Benji set to represent the UK in International Chemistry Olympiad

Greenhead College student Benji Rowlands is set to represent the UK at the International Finals of the Chemistry Olympiad following his success in the national finals.

Benji, along with 10 other Greenhead College students, participated in round 1 of the Olympiad back in January 2019 and was placed within the top 28 of all students nationally qualifying him to round 2 of the competition held in Cambridge at the end of March.

Round 2 consisted of a residential weekend at Cambridge University, where the competitors had to undertake a 4 hour practical exam and a 4 hour theoretical exam demonstrating their knowledge of highly advanced chemistry topics.

The students had the opportunity to socialise with the academics who make up the UK Olympiad committee which included dinners at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge and a trip to Pizza Express.

Once the marks were in it was announced that out of the 28 students who sat the exams, Benji had qualified to represent the UK at the 2019 Chemistry Olympiad International Finals, alongside 3 other students.

Max Hume, chemistry teacher at Greenhead College, commented on Benji’s success:

“We are immensely proud of Benji for making it to the International Finals of the Chemistry Olympiad. This places Benji in the top 4 chemistry students of his age group in the whole of the UK! He is the most able student I have taught in my 25 years of teaching and I wish him every success in the finals.”  

The finals will take place in Paris this July 2019. Good luck Benji!

Greenhead Engineers Win the Award for Best Project

Two teams of four Greenhead students took part in this year’s Engineering Education Scheme. The scheme, run by the Engineering Development Trust, is a national programme which enables sixth form students to work alongside professional engineers to tackle a real-world problem facing the engineer’s company.

This year’s projects were in collaboration with BorgWarner Turbosystems and hydraulic access platform manufacturer Niftylift. Students have spent the past 6 months working with their linked organisation solving various different engineering challenges. They also attended a workshop residential where there were facilities available to the students to manufacture their own prototypes and models.

The scheme concluded with a celebration and assessment day at Sheffield Hallam University where students from 12 different colleges had to produce a full technical and business report as well as a prototype to demonstrate their ideas.

Both teams’ projects were well-received by the judges and both sponsoring companies will looking to implement the students’ solutions.

The BorgWarner team won the People’s Choice Award voted for by the participants at the regional presentation and all members of each team graduated at Gold Level.

Mick Callaghan, Physics Teacher and Engineering Education Scheme Co-ordinator commented:

The scheme is a fantastic enrichment opportunity for those students interested in an engineering career. The students’ ability to tackle real-world engineering problems and provide such valuable solutions that both organisations are now looking to implement them has been astonishing. I am extremely proud of them all.

6 Students Grab the Gold at the British Chemistry Olympiad

This year, 11 students took part in the Chemistry Olympiad, the UK’s leading Chemistry competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The competition involved a 2 hour written test of the student’s chemical knowledge, based on real-world chemistry problems. It is a fantastic opportunity for student’s to develop some of the skills required at University and beyond.

6 students achieved the Gold Award, placing them in the top 10% of entries, 2 students achieved a Silver Award, 2 a Bronze Award and 1 award for participation.

This is an outstanding achievement for our budding Chemists and one they should all be extremely proud of.

Student Benji Rowlands did so well in the competition he was placed in the top 28 nationally and sailed through to the second round at Cambridge University to compete in a selection process for the International Finals. There will be updates on Benji’s progress very soon!

The full list of students who participated:

Gold Award: Benji Rowlands, Will Heeley, Joe Healey, Liz Torley, Alex Smith, Abigail Williams

Silver Award: Oliver Jones, Troy Moxon

Bronze Award: Chloe Haigh, Yusef Zaman

Participation Award: Heather Malcom. 

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