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STEM Day

Fifteen Year 11 students went with Ms Whitehead to Brompton Barracks, home of the Royal Engineers, on 21 November. We had a warm welcome from our guide, Tony, who looked after us during the day, directed us to our activities, showed us where to find lunch and answered our questions.

We visited a wide range of stands in which we learnt about the different ways that the Army uses STEM subjects in their everyday work. We heard from Bomb Disposal about how they prepare to defuse bombs and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), the importance of testing the fuels that are used in aeroplanes, tanks and trucks, the teams who look after the buildings and put up tiles and lay bricks, those that design walls from composite materials to check that walls are blast-proof, designers of airbases to make sure that the fuel dumps are well away from the residential quarters, how to assess the ground to ensure that the buildings have the correct foundations. We also had a chance to look round a Terrier tank and to try on protective equipment.

We took part in three challenges during the day; designing and building a bridge which was tested to see how strong it was, design and build a rocket and finally to build the tallest structure using wooden strips and small bulldog clips. In these challenges we were competing against the other 300 students from 7 schools who were also attending the event. I am very pleased and proud to say that Stocky came out as the winning team!

I would like to pay tribute to all the students who came on the trip; everyone took part in the challenges, listened to the various presentations and were the first school to become quiet when the introductory and concluding talks were being given.

Even though it was a cold day and we spent the majority of the day outside all the students remained cheerful and enthusiastic, and it was an absolute joy to spend the day with the Stocky team.

We featured on the Army Snapchat story as the winning team, and we were included in the local ITV news that evening.

Thanks go to Mr. Tillott who drove the minibus for us.

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.

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St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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