Eleven students took part in Round 1 of the International Chemistry Olympiad in February. This year, there were six students from Lower Sixth and five students from the Upper Sixth.
The results were outstanding. We were delighted to hear that it is our best ever medal tally with every student obtaining one of the top three medals. Anna Oleryinova (MSH) had such a high score that she is now through to the second round and still has a chance to represent the UK at the International Final in Moscow this July.
This competition is designed to challenge and stimulate the most talented young chemists in the country, and is open to all post-16 students in the UK. There are three rounds to the competition, at the end of which the UK team is selected to train for, and compete in, the International Chemistry Olympiad. Further information is available on www.rsc.org/Education/events-and-competitions/Olympiad/.
The paper itself is based on the core of the chemistry A-level specifications, so that students taking any of the different exam board A-levels can compete fairly. The exam lasts two hours and is composed of a series of structured questions designed to stretch able students by making them apply the principles they have learnt to new and often more complex situations than they would meet in their A-level course. Thus, in order to score marks, it is essential to have a very sound base of knowledge and understanding, but also have the ability to think and reason - often "outside the box" - at a high level.
The students concerned had worked at this with a weekly session going back to the previous June. Initially taking the on-line LVI Chemistry Olympiad, and then beginning intensive preparation for the more demanding Olympiad itself.
Gold Medals were awarded to:
Anna Olerinyova (MSH UVI)
Ratanon Suemanothorn (G UVI)
Crystal Chan (MSH LVI) - an exceptional result for someone in the Lower Sixth.
Silver Medals were awarded to:
Clive Lam (O LVI)
Fiona Lau (MSH UVI)
Denton Lee (S LVI)
Edward Mallett (S UVI)
Jonathan Wu (S LVI)
Bronze Medals were awarded to:
Yee Lok (Michael) Cheng (I LVI)
Alun Vaughan-Jackson (Ch UVI)
Tai Yang (Rt, LVI)