A group of S3/S4 pupils welcomed Dr. Bjoern Seitz from Glasgow University. Dr Seitz spoke to pupils about nuclear physics and described his experiences as a nuclear physicist. Pupils then improved their debating skills with help from Angeli Mehte and Suzanne Ensom from the English Speaking Union. Pupils then trialled their new skills debating the benefits of nuclear energy compared to renewable energy.
A group of S3/S4 pupils visited the Hunterston Nuclear Power Station on the 4th March. The trip was organised by the Engineering Development Trust, http://www.etrust.org.uk/, and provided the pupils with an excellent experience. All pupils have studied nuclear fission and nuclear reactors as part of their physics course and are now able to link what they have learned in the classroom to real life. The staff and pupils would like to thank the staff from EDF Energy for providing such an excellent tour of the power station.
All physics preliminary examinations (Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher) will take place on Thursday 6 February 2014 at 9.00am in the main hall.
Pupils are reminded that it is essential to bring a pencil, eraser, ruler and scientific calculator to their physics examination. Higher candidates should also bring a protractor to answer scale drawing questions.
No mobile phones are allowed into any examination room. All mobile phones should be left at home or in lockers. There is no secure storage available.
Both Advanced Higher classes are now working their way through Unit 2 and will be given a selection of past paper questions to finish over the Christmas holidays.
Both Mr Honeyman and Mr Worton are busy marking first drafts of investigation reports and pupils should be prepared to receive these back after the holidays, ready for them to prepare their final draft!
Have a good Christmas!
All S4 Int 2 physics classes are currently working through the final unit of work (Radioactivity) and have been issued with a past paper exercise to be completed over the Christmas holiday period. This should be handed in to the relevant class teacher on Monday 6th January. Please note that pupils are encouraged to use the SQA solutions (available through the GLOW page or SQA website) and come to class having identified specific areas of difficulty for discussion with class teachers.
All Higher Classes have now finished Unit 2 (2/3rds of the course now completed). They should be sitting their end of unit test and NAB this week or the first week back after the holidays. All Higher classes have been given a homework exercise that should be handed in on the 6th January.
Thank you to the parents who came along on Thursday evening. Hopefully you found all sessions informative. As mentioned at the Physics presentation please feel free to contact Mr Ferns (Principal Teacher) should you require any additional information.
Good luck to all of the pupils sitting their Physics exam on Monday. As you are aware Monday is a holiday but Physics staff will be available for last minute questions.
Please remember to bring pencil, pen, calculator(s), ruler etc. with you on the day.
Oh – and remember UNITS!
All the very best to each of you.
The Physics staff
Can advanced higher physics pupils please note that the first test covering everything up to and including gravity will be on the 20th Sept. Please ensure all tutorials and Scholar tests are completed.
Well done to those pupils who have been asking questions on the GLOW discussion boards. I have been on Rothesay with S3 pupils doing D of E but I see Mr Worton has been working working through the night answering questions. All of the Physics teachers will be available on Monday morning to help with last minute questions. If your Physics teacher is teaching please feel free to ask one of the others. We are there to help EVERYONE.