A record eight students from Notre Dame were able to celebrate receiving an award in the 2015 University of Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. The competition, launched in 2011, aims to stretch and challenge AS Level Chemistry students interested in pursuing science courses at university. Set by an experienced team of teachers and university chemists, it is designed to be accessible to Year 12 students but will take them significantly beyond the syllabus. All participating students take part in a monthly online quiz and sit an exam paper in June.
This year, our students performed brilliantly, with seven achieving the ‘copper’ award and one student being awarded ‘silver’. Such is the challenging nature of the exam that only 60% of candidates receive an award
The “copper” award winners were Alexander Bold, Mehnoor Bashir, Ashleigh Ruane, Nandana Syam, Harry Wilson, Joseph Perry and William Collumb. Adam Jakubas scored high enough to win the prestigious ‘silver’ award.
An awards ceremony was held on Wednesday for the successful students, with certificates presented by our principal, Terry Coen. He also accepted a trophy on behalf of the college awarded by St Catharine’s College in Cambridge, for Notre Dame’s continued support of the challenge.
Pictured (l-r) are Menoa Bashir, Nandana Syam, Alexander Bald, Terry Coen, Ashley Ruane, Harry Wilson and Joseph Perry.