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New Science Laboratories opened by Kate Bellingham September 2013

Published Wednesday 2nd of October 2013 10:40:58 AM

Pupils and parents were recently invited to the grand opening of the newly-refurbished junior and senior science laboratories.

The laboratories were officially opened by special guest Kate Bellingham -engineer, TV and radio presenter and broadcaster. Many will remember Kate from the BBC programme 'Tomorrow's World' but she also has an outstanding background in science and engineering being awarded a 'Woman of Outstanding Achievement Award' in 2011. Her other projects include her work as the national STEM Careers Co-ordinator and she is currently Education Ambassador for the three-year Bloodhound Engineering Adventure Richard Noble's latest World Land Speed Record attempt aiming for 1000mph.

Kate gave an inspiring and thought-provoking speech challenging stereotypes and encouraging the studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She used her own life as an example and spoke about careers in these fields as well as the advantage of having three separate sciences as a learning platform. Parents, staff and pupils got involved in 'Match the inventor and invention' which proved interesting as well as very surprising. After her speech Kate cut the ceremonial ribbon and Mrs Whatmough, Headmistress, welcomed guests to tour the new facilities.

The science laboratories were completely refurbished over the summer holidays and now offer state of the art equipment and working space. Each laboratory provides a teaching area and separate practical zone in a bright and welcoming environment.
Mrs Moorby, Head of Science, said: 'I am sure that the exciting new work areas will aid the girls' practical work and make them more enthusiastic than ever.'
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