TONBRIDGE SCIENCE CENTRE
Tonbridge School’s Barton Science Centre opened in January, with boys using its state-of-the-art facilities from the start of the Lent Term. Named after distinguished British organic chemist Sir Derek Barton, a former pupil of the school and a Nobel Prize winner 50 years ago, the spectacular three-storey building places science and technology at the very heart of school life.
It blends new classrooms, laboratories and latest technology (including an interactive periodic table and TV wall) with many of the architectural features from the original Victorian building.
The school is also running a programme of science activities, showcasing the potential of the new building. And between 18 and 22 March, Tonbridge will become the first school in the UK to host ‘Mission Discovery’, a week-long course in which teams of pupils from a range of schools design an experiment to be flown to, and tested at, the International Space Station by two NASA astronauts, rocket scientists and postgraduate students.
The centre will also enable the school to enhance its outreach programmes, such as the ‘Science for Schools’ days for local pupils, host public lectures, and become a regional hub for the whole community.
The official opening is on 23 March, when families can drop into the centre, hear a talk by the astronauts and take part in science and space-themed activities.
KENT SCHOOL NURTURES TV STARS
It’s been a great time for watching TV at Cobham Hall, the independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18, with both a current and former student appearing in ITV dramas.
A part in ITV drama Manhunt for Elder Jemima Woolnough was followed by a Year 7 pupil, Anya McKenna Bruce (pictured), starring in Cleaning Up as Lilly, the daughter of Sheridan Smith’s lead Sam.
This follows hot on the heels of Jemima appearing as a Gryffindor Girl in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald, and in the footsteps of regular on-screen Alumnae such as Mishal Hussain (BBC Correspondent) and Alex Crawford (Sky News).
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