It’s full STEM ahead for Rose Hill pupils as science learning is brought to life

BIRD BRAINS: Rose Hill students with the partridge chicks

Science Week 2023 at Rose Hill School embraced the issues of sustainability and conservation, with a number of special interactive activities. The Times finds out more about this year’s fun educational event…


Co-educational Rose Hill School hosted its annual Science Week recently, and for 2023 there was a firm focus on sustainability and conservation.

Throughout the week, teachers at the school, which is in Coniston Avenue in Tunbridge Wells and is one of the country’s oldest preps, provided students with cutting-edge scientific experiences in order to highlight the critical role of how science is instrumental in shaping the future.

“By exploring science through a different lens, the event emphasised that it extends hugely beyond laboratory coats and goggles,” a spokesperson for the school, which welcomes pupils aged 3-13, told
the Times.

“Witnessing the enthusiasm and scientific curiosity ignited in the students during the week of activities reaffirmed to us that science is always in style.”

The spokesperson went on to say that this year’s event was a “remarkable success”, which they attributed to the “valuable contributions” of parental guest speakers, who all volunteered their time and expertise.

“Mr Smith, a prominent expert in designing and constructing sustainable properties, captivated the students with his enlightening presentation on greener home practices,” the spokesperson explained.

“His empowering message emphasised the impact of small changes in our daily lives on the environment. The students were inspired by his can-do attitude, which left an indelible impression.”

Another contributor to the independent school’s Science Week was a Creative Director in the fashion industry, who specialises in sustainable product development and is also a lecturer at the University of Arts London.

“Mrs Wilson enthralled the audience with her captivating talks and workshops. She shed light on modern alternative product development, highlighting unconventional materials, such as spider silk, mushrooms, banana leaves, and orange pulp. The students were fascinated by the boundless possibilities in sustainable fashion.”

The spokesperson added that the pinnacle of the week’s events was ‘the unconventional catwalk’, where students had the opportunity to showcase their sustainable fashion designs.

“With exuberance and confidence, they strutted down the runway, presenting their creations to esteemed guest judges, the aforementioned Mrs Wilson and Victoria Genevieve, a local fashion stylist. The designs on display were nothing short of extraordinary, revealing the budding talents of future fashion luminaries within the Rose Hill School community.

“This year’s event was a truly remarkable success thanks to the valuable contributions of our parental voluntary guest speakers.”

In addition to the week’s interactive talks, the entire school participated in an event dubbed ‘Operation Partridge’ in an effort to promote the conservation of this once-common native bird.

“The students eagerly awaited the arrival of some endangered grey partridge eggs all week. They finally hatched on Thursday and with great joy, Rose Hill School welcomed 21 chicks into the world. Our pupils have affectionately given them names such as Bubbles, Pluto, Humphrey, Catherine Partridge, and Alan (Partridge).”

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