CHEMISTRY pupils from Webster’s High School recently made the journey to London to compete in the nationwide ‘Top of the Bench’ competition.
Travelling down on the Friday gave the pupils plenty time to get settled in and relax before the big day with a trip on the London Eye in the evening.
The competition was held on Saturday, March 31 in the Sir Alexander Fleming Building at Imperial College with a whole day of challenges.
On the morning of the competition, each pupil took part in a written exam which tested their general chemistry knowledge. Then in the second stage in the afternoon, there was a practical team challenge where team members had to work together to come up with a solution to a chemistry problem.
The Webster’s team of four were up against 29 other regional winners from across Britain and the standard was high.
In fact, Webster’s were the only state school to qualify from Scotland so staff and pupils were very proud to have achieved this.
Unfortunately, Webster’s did not take away any prizes from the day as they came 13th overall but it was a magnificent achievement to reach this position out of 30 teams. However, they were second out of all the Scottish teams to enter.
The winner of the competition was Glasgow Academy.
On Saturday evening the pupils, had a fantastic time seeing some of the sights such as Trafalgar Square, Picadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
On Sunday, the pupils, along with teachers Dr McIntyre and Mrs Hobson visited the Science Museum before taking the long journey back home from King’s Cross.