The College is a popular Senior School and Sixth Form destination and we work very closely with a wide variety of prep schools. The annual prep school programme includes several events hosted at the College: wind band, string and choristers music days; hockey, football, cricket, tennis and netball tournaments under the supervision of our experienced sport staff; the Midwinter Swimming Gala; Explore Art workshops; and the French speaking competiton Concours d’Art Oratoire.
The programme also comprises a very popular Science Challenge, which was attended this year by over 130 pupils from 11 different schools from the widest ever range: beyond Portsmouth at West Hill Park, Cumnor House in Croydon and Surrey-based Duke of Kent School.
The girls and boys engaged enthusiastically with varied challenges in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in mixed teams, having to communicate and form alliances to achieve some excellent solutions. The best teams in the three disciplines received prizes.
After the challenges the pupils headed down to the theatre for a presentation from Dr Jen Gupta of Portsmouth University. Dr Gupta is an astrophysicist and science communicator, and a keen advocate for outreach by universities. Her presentation on ‘our universal address’ and the scale of the cosmos was detailed and highly engaging, and involved some wildly enthusiastic audience participation! Our sincere go to Dr Gupta for her wonderfully engaging presentation.
After Dr Gupta answered an ever-increasing number of questions from the floor, prizes for the three subjects’ winning teams were presented. The Lancing Challenge Shield was awarded to Sompting Abbotts for contributing the highest-scoring pupils across all the teams.
A very well done to all the pupils who took part in the Challenge. It was a pleasure to see so many budding scientists visit the College; many will return here in the Third Form to continue their journey and further develop their passion for scientific subjects.