Building a Growth Mindset



At this week’s assembly, the Science Department introduced the importance of having a growth mindset to the Senior School. The key aspects of having a growth mindset such as focusing on effort, deliberate practice, responding positively to feedback and embracing challenges were explained. In addition, the neuroscience of the brain underpinning growth mindset was also presented.

To give a more visual demonstration of a growth mindset in action, 16 volunteers from across all grade levels were invited to the stage and attempted the learn to juggle challenge. There were many different starting levels and many balls were dropped!

The students will have 7 weeks to practice and refine their juggling skills through a growth mindset approach before they return to the assembly stage to show off their newly acquired circus skills!

The Biology of B-Movie Monsters- importance of surface area to volume ratios


From todays lesson, you can see how important surface area to volume ratios are in determining the size of cells and whether an organism needs a specialised transport system.

This website looks ( ) at B-movie monsters and explains why these beasts of geometry could not exist in reality.

Subscribe to class page on Nature Scitable


I have made a class page on Nature Scitable. Follow the link below, join the class. You will find some extra reading and revision resources on Genetics.


Nuclear Energy Debate


Listen to TED debate on does the world need Nuclear energy?

Research some of the arguments/viewpoints and include them in your one world essay.


Up to date news to consider for your one world safety of nuclear power essay


Monitoring radiation levels outside the damaged nuclear reactoy

Nuclear is the safest form of power, says top UK scientist


Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor


China forges ahead with nuclear energy


Radioactivity spreads in Japan

Search engines to look for reliable sources for your One World Essays.


Google Scholar – This Google search engine makes it easy to search for papers, abstracts, citations and other scholarly literature.

iSEEK – Designed specifically for students and educators, iSEEK is a non-commercial search engine. It delivers results from universities, government sites and other noncommercial providers.

OJOSE – The Online JOurnal Search Engine (OJOSE) searches online journals and books. This search engine is best for students who are looking for scientific materials.

Scirus – This search engine claims to have the most comprehensive scientific search engine on the web. More than 450 million scientific items are included in Scirus’ index.


Radiation and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident


An aerial View of the the Fukushima Reactor

An interesting article trign to explain what may have happened to the Reactors after the earthquake and tsunami

Also, this infographic gives you an idea of the relative doses of radiation released from the reactor and into the surrounding area.

Spring Excursion Task 2011


Go to
1. Click on the request to join wiki link on the left sidebar. You will have to register an account if you have not done so already.
2. Choose a sensible username that enables fellow students and teachers to recognise you.
3. Click on your form link. Eg Sec 1 Pearl.
4. Assign your group to an empty wiki space page eg Group P1.
5. Your group most complete the 4 wikispace page tasks based on your trip to Hangzhou. This is a collaborative effort, all students in your group must contribute to the development of your wikispace site.

Using Sweet Search for reliable sources and references online


There is a wealth of information online which you should make the most of for your own personal research as well as for referencing IB assignments. However, due to the sheer scale of information available there is ften a lack of quality control.

This search engine returns results/websites have been evaluated by other teachers and research experts as being reliable.

You can use this search engine to find references for IB assignments in all of your  subjects.

Use the link above or the sweet search option on the side bar of the blog.

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