TON­BRIDGE SCI­ENCE CEN­TRE

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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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