Eleven students took part in Round 1 of the International Chemistry Olympiad in February. This year, there were six students from Lower Sixth and five students from the Upper Sixth.
The paper itself is based on the core of the chemistry A-level specifications, so that students taking any of the different exam board A-levels can compete fairly. The exam lasts two hours and is composed of a series of structured questions designed to stretch able students by making them apply the principles they have learnt to new and often more complex situations than they would meet in their A-level course. Thus, in order to score marks, it is essential to have a very sound base of knowledge and understanding, but also have the ability to think and reason - often "outside the box" - at a high level.
The students concerned had worked at this with a weekly session going back to the previous June. Initially taking the on-line LVI Chemistry Olympiad, and then beginning intensive preparation for the more demanding Olympiad itself. The results were pleasing: Three Silver Medals and Two Bronze Medals were awarded and the students can be very proud of their efforts and achievements, especially the Lower Sixth students.
Silver Medals were awarded to:
Lower Sixth: Anna Olerinyova (MSH) [one mark away from a Gold Medal!]
Upper Sixth: Stephen Li (Rt), Oliver Antcliff (M)
Bronze Medals were awarded to:
Lower Sixth: Ratanon Suemanothorn (G), Alex Norman (R)