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Pupils attend ‘Top of the Bench’ chemistry competition

On Friday 11 January Mr Yeamen, Head of Chemistry, took four pupils out to the University of St Andrews to compete in the annual ‘Top of the Bench’ competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The pupils were Melissa F (Third Form Glenbrae), Katharine Higginbottom (Fourth Form Glenbrae), Conor C (Fourth Form Ruthven) and Nephi Brown (Fifth Form Nicol).

They were given a series of chemical problems and tasks that involved problem solving as well as general chemical knowledge. These tasks were not syllabus related and designed to extend and challenge the participants.

The pupils enjoyed the experience and represented the school well. Unfortunately, they did not make it into the final to be held later this month but will be working hard to prepare for the competition next year with the aim of qualifying for the final.