Paston takes Olympiad honours

Science students from North Walsham's Paston College, took gold, silver and bronze in the Science Olympiad organised by UEA. The competition, held at the university over two days, involved students of all ages.

Science students from North Walsham's Paston College, took gold, silver and bronze in the Science Olympiad organised by UEA.

The competition, held at the university over two days, involved students of all ages. The College entered three teams of four who had to pit their wits against students from 7 other Norfolk sixth forms..

The students had to solve a series of challenges using practical experiments in the lab, testing their skills and knowledge across the different branches of science. Activities included chemical testing, biological sampling and identification, conductivity measurements and some geology too. The students analysed water from different sources and matched them to possible places where the water samples came from.

The final of the competition took place in Lecture Theatre 1 at UEA watched by a large audience.


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Dr Stephen Whittleton, Head of Science at Paston College said ““Our students did us proud by not just winning but by coming in first, second and third and so bringing home the Olympiad trophy to Paston.”

As well as winning the Olympiad trophy, a very attractive brass pestle and mortar, the students were presented with medals.

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Gold (1st): Sam Royle, Ollie Rowe, Olexa Solomka and Ben Hodgkins

Silver(2nd) Laurence Grey, Robert Chappell, Will Cowburgh, and Jacob Butler

Bronze (3rd): Jamie Daniels, Ben Thwaites, Shaun Beecroft and David Read

In congratulating the teams College Principal, Peter Mayne said “the result was a fantastic achievement, more evidence of the renaissance which has taken place in Science at the Paston College recently. You have shown that you can compete successfully against sixth formers from schools across the whole county. Well done !”

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