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Science National Challenge Success

This year marked an exciting new chapter for the science department as our pupils embarked on the inaugural Year 7 and 8 Science Challenge 2024, organised by the British Physics Olympiad. This competition was designed to spark curiosity and enthusiasm for physics among our younger pupils, and the results have been nothing short of impressive.

Our pupils rose to the occasion with remarkable achievements: 10 Gold awards, 62 Silver awards, 22 Bronze awards, and 4 Commendations. These results highlight not only the talent of our Bethany pupils but also their dedication and passion for learning.

The Year 7 and 8 Science Challenge was born from a desire to provide engaging opportunities for younger pupils. Their collective efforts of the pupils and their science teachers ensured that the challenge was both educational and enjoyable.

The primary aim of this competition was not to create another exam but to inspire pupils to view physics as an exciting and dynamic field. We wanted them to see physics not as a mere collection of formulas but as a way to understand and interpret the world around them. This initiative sought to cultivate an environment where participation and curiosity were the main objectives.

Although this is our first year participating in this competition, the results have has been promising. Pupils found the questions engaging and the experience rewarding. The spread of awards suggests that the competition was appropriately challenging, with a sensible distribution of marks.

The success of our pupils in the Year 7 and 8 Science Challenge 2024 is a testament to their hard work and enthusiasm. This competition has not only provided them with a platform to showcase their skills but also fostered a deeper appreciation for physics as well as competing at national level. We are proud of their achievements and look forward to continuing this journey of exploration and discovery.

This initiative marks the beginning of a new tradition at Bethany School, one where the wonders of physics are celebrated and young minds are encouraged to view the world through a scientific lens. Here’s to many more years of inspiring and challenging our pupils to reach for the stars!


Mr Thomas

Head of Science