Chemistry Olympiad Success 2014
- Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:28
In the recent first round of the UK Chemistry Olympiad, CRGS students did extremely well, amassing a haul of 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 1 Bronze Awards! The first-round test, lasting two hours, was time pressured and contained some ‘fiendishly’ difficult chemistry problems, requiring skill and chemical intuition to solve.
The top CRGS performer was Alex Yeung, 13Bd, with a score of 53.5 / 65 who finished in the top 25 out of a grand total of 5682 students who sat the test – a fantastic achievement! Alex now goes on to Round Two, a training weekend in Cambridge at the end of March, where he will sit both a written and a practical test – he has already been supplied with a very large textbook to study before the event. Should Alex be successful in this second round, there is a third round in Cheltenham in May, prior to further training in Cambridge for a week in July, with the UK team flying to Vietnam towards the end of July for the International Olympiad Competition.
Special congratulations should go to the two brave Year 12 entrants, who had not studied a lot of the material before.
Well done to everyone and good luck to Alex for Round Two!
If you are in Year 12 and interested in entering the Chemistry Olympiad, see Dr Jones in September when you start Year 13.
Victory in the Classical Association Schools Reading Competition
- Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 08:39
Congratulations to James Hutton, Luke Meade, Milo Mordaunt, Toby Mugford, Frankie Pain and Joshua Puckey, who have won joint first prize in the Greek chorus category of the Classical Association Schools Reading Competition at Queen's College School, London.
They performed a very difficult choral ode from Sophocles' Oedipus the King in the original Greek with great confidence, and clearly impressed the judges, Drs Armand D'Angour and Jonathan Katz of Oxford University. Congratulations too to Hannah Bowstead and George Hearn, who each gained second prize in their Latin verse recitals and read with impressive fluency and authenticity.
Caspar scoops best speaker prize
- Created on Saturday, 01 March 2014 19:22
The CRGS Senior Public Speaking team of Steph Ovenden, Caspar Everett and Toby Lehain was awarded second place in the Regional Final of the ESU competition, held at Magdalene College in Cambridge. In a very close competition CRGS just lost out on the judges' scorecards to the team from Haberdashers' Aske's but finished ahead of last year's winning team from Brentwood School as well as teams from Norfolk and Northampton. All the main speakers had to speak and answer questions on the same topic this year, Churchill's quotation, " the power of man has grown in every sphere except over himself", and CRGS speaker Caspar was judged the best speaker in the event. The judging panel included BBC Look East's Susie Fowler-Watt. Our thanks to the ESU for organizing the competition and to Professor James Raven, Fellow of Magdalene College for hosting a most enjoyable event.
Double Victory in the Oxford Schools Debating Competition - Regional Round
- Created on Friday, 28 February 2014 09:47
Congratulations to the two teams of Matt Burwood and Francis Newman, and Caspar Everett and Hugh Turner, who were victorious last night in the regional round of the Oxford Schools Debating Competition, debating the motions 'This House would lower university entry requirements for students from deprived backgrounds' and 'This House would allow gay rights groups to "out" public figures'. All four of them spoke confidently and persuasively and will now go through to the final in the Oxford Union on 15 March. This means that CRGS now has teams in both the Oxford and Cambridge finals - congratulations and good luck to all of them!
Four Forms of Entry
- Created on Saturday, 22 February 2014 22:08
CRGS is planning to expand to four forms of entry from September 2015 and admit 120 pupils into Year 7. This will give more children access to an education at CRGS at a time when pupil numbers are rising in the Colchester area. It will also put CRGS in line with KEGS of Chelmsford which currently admits 120 boys at Year 7 and bring it closer to the 140 places open to girls at 11+ at Colchester County High School.
To facilitate this move, the school has submitted a capital bid to the DfE for new science labs and classrooms and an extension to the gymnasium. We will learn in late April whether the bid has been successful. The Headmaster sees this development as an exciting opportunity and believes that it would strengthen the school’s standing in the years ahead. He hopes this news will be welcomed in the wider community and would be happy to receive views. If approved, the new science and classroom block would stand on the footprint of the old science labs in the centre of the main site and constitute a significant enhancement of the school premises.
- Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:01
This year's 40 Oxbridge offers sparked media interest as it was one of the highest number of offers achieved by any grammar school in the country.
This photo of some of the successful forty students, taken in the George Young Building, appeared in the local papers. Aoife O'Riordan, Lizzie Hill, Max Reid, Alex Yeung, Antony Fung and Anna Howes were unfortunately otherwise engaged on the day and could not appear on the group shot. Congratulations to all concerned.
Geneva exchange trip gives CRGS students fantastic experiences
- Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 08:14
Twenty-eight sixth formers return from Geneva today (14th February) after a week in the wonderful Swiss city of Geneva. Although the principal aim of the visit was to improve fluency in French, there were a number of other aspects to the trip which should make it a memorable educational experience. As well as learning about the manufacture of Swiss chocolate, we also had the privilege to visit the United Nations complex (just as the Syria peace talks were about to resume there), we visited the CERN facility and learned more about the Large Hadron Collider, we visited the centre of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne and much more besides. With their Swiss partners many students went up into the mountains at the weekend, and we all enjoyed a wonderful day by the lakeside in Montreux.
As we say in French, inoubliable ¦
Public speakers through to Cambridge final
- Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 22:03
The Year 10 and 11 public speakers emulated the success of their seniors and won the ESU competition in Chelmsford this week. They too now progress to a Cambridge final at Magdalene College in March. The CRGS team 1 of Samuel Willis, Sam Jebakumar and George Hearn won the competition with Sam J speaking eloquently on the topic of immigration. Sam W and George had to introduce and question the speaker from the Sandon school , Chelmsford, who was comparing the effects of Cosmo and FHM. The second CRGS team of George Sacre, Ashvin Prabaker and Jake Martin also performed exceptionally well and must have made it very difficult for the judges to choose a winning team on the evening. The Headmaster enjoyed the evening and thought both Ashvin and Sam spoke very convincingly on their topics. Ashvin explained why we have more to fear from Google than our government and Sam convinced us that immigration had benefited Britain in a variety of ways. This is a competition which puts all the team members on the spot and forces them to react spontaneously to the unpredictable. As such, it is a competition where students have to be poised, relaxed, flexible and confident and is a real test of nerve.