Thought for the week:
Event: Good Friday Agreement, an agreement between the UK and Irish governments, and the main political parties in Northern Ireland is signed.
Quote: “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
Source: Albert Einstein 

Rubber Band Racer Competition

On Thursday 28th March 2013 We had a wonderful time creating Holgate’s first fastest rubber band racer. Mr Maxfield tried to beat the year 8 students by building his own, and whilst it looked very good, we found at the race it just didn’t have the speed! The students worked hard over Science week to build and test their rubber band racers, and we had an exciting race at lunch time.
We tested the racers in Nabbs well, and Mr Maxfield’s racer did well with the distance (over 10m) but the winners were Cory and William with a speed of 4.01m/s, who outraced the pack. Second place went to Joe with a speed of 2.45m/s.  

The Science Behind the Circus

The Science behind the circus came to Holgate on Tuesday 26th March 2013 for a very privileged set of Year 7,9 and 10 pupils. They were given a whistle stop tour of the main fundamentals of Physics whilst watching lots of juggling, ball spinning, skateboarding and unicycle riding! The students (and teachers) bravely took to the stage with James Stober to participate in some of these spectacular acts and they did Holgate proud.
A big thank you to James for taking time out of his busy schedule to bring Science to life at Holgate and to help us celebrate science week.

Photography at Nottingham Trent University

GCSE and A-level photography pupils had a fantastic day visiting Nottingham Trent University to look at tradition wet photographic processes. Pupils learnt how to develop their own negatives and print black and white photogram’s and photographs, some of which are shown here. Students also had the opportunity to look at the university photography department facilities. 
Wet process photography involves using a number of different chemicals to develop photographs in a dark room. This is now a very specialist art which our pupils have been very privileges to experience and will add to their understanding of the photographic processes that we take for granted as well as building on their exam coursework.