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Why do we laugh? What is Biomimicry? Can we colonise Mars? How do bees make honey? These are some of the questions asked - and answered - by pupils in Years 7 to 10, who presented their research projects at St Benedict's this week.

Academic Challenge at St Benedict's - research and presentation skills

Over the Easter holiday, many pupils from Year 7 to Year 10 conducted research on a subject of their choice – ranging from the Trojan War to the Watergate Scandal - and produced research posters to illustrate their findings. Colourful, creative posters were on display in the Cloisters this week for everyone to enjoy, and each pupil presented their research on a huge variety of fascinating topics to their peers.

Academic Challenge at St Benedict's - research and presentation skills

St Benedict’s pupils of all ages are encouraged to be intellectually curious and to ask questions. They are taught how to research topics in depth and to present their research, so that others can share in their knowledge and enthusiasm. This begins in the Junior School with the School Challenge Quest, an optional, after-school activity in which pupils aged 7 to 11 put together presentations on a chosen subject. In the Senior School, the Helicon Centre – a learning hub where talks, faculty cafés, societies and workshops take place each week – facilitates research projects.

Academic Challenge at St Benedict's - research and presentation skills

All of which gives pupils an excellent foundation for the more formal Extended Project Qualification: written projects, research journals and presentations equivalent to half a GCSE (level 2) and half an A level (level 3).

Academic Challenge at St Benedict's - research and presentation skills

The Topics

​    ​    Presentations

Year 7

Luca Cheshire: Should heading in football be banned for U18s?

Arthur Hair: Biomimicry

Riya Kantamaneni: What created the universe?

Felix Kloetgen: What effect does architecture have on the brain?

James Marlow: The Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Rule

Alice Moore: The psychology of eating disorders

Nicholas O'Sullivan: The changing of Ancient China

Helena Ramsden: The Psychology of the teenage brain

James Reiss: The history of St Benedict's School

Alex Sastri: Antibiotics

Lily Thornton: Why be vegetarian?

George Toynton: Why were GB so successful at the Rio Olympics?

Giovanni Vecchi: The Moon and tides

Basile Benezeth: Black Holes

Alfie Lewis: All about that bass

Paul Benson: Sully – an extraordinary pilot

Jamie Wilson: Surgery

Michael Stavrinidis: The London Underground Trains

Gabriel Suarrez: Queen

Matthew Curtis: Autonomous vehicles

Dylan Patel: Photography

Janusa Vimalan: Pompeii

Academic Challenge at St Benedict's - research and presentation skills

Year 8

Asad Asghar: The history of Braille

William Bedwin: Can we colonise Mars?

Callum Chadwick: Dubai

Ohanna Awolio Guede: How do thoughts and emotions effect physical health?

Marriam Hussein: How do we age?

Zach Khan: Unsolved mysteries

Sebastian Lawson: The effects of space

James Morgan: Paracetemol

Tyler Offiah: What is laughter?

George Simpson: What causes us to yawn?

Adam Spencer-Lane: The Atomic Bomb

Aaron Unas: Black Holes

Kit Wheldon: Here be dragons

Ned Watts: Why has knife crime risen in England & Wales?

Amirreza Kebryai: Brexit - what is it?

Danny Parry: K2 the killer of the Himalayas

Maddy Constable: Infinity

Christine Roth: Politics in the UK

Benge Thornton: The Bacteriophage

Ali Hussain: Origami


Holy Drake: Leatherback turtles

Gabriel Dryden: What are the benefits of sport?

Riobaurd Flanagan: The Irish Potato famine

Academic Challenge at St Benedict's - research and presentation skills

Year 9

Arusun Aravinth: Autonomous cars

Eleanor Bowden: The battle of Mortimer's Cross

Cameron Hughes: Guns in America

Robert Jeffries: Pascal's Triangle

Gabriela Makarewicz: China's hidden Uighur camps

Sebastian Norman: Have aliens visited us?

Benedict Rimmer: The Dive Reflex

Grace Rodericks: How do the beef and dairy industries negatively impact on the environment?

Philippe Seidenberg: Is buying organic produce really worth it?

Eleanor Sharpe: Sleep

Sophie Tripp: Dreams

Laura Wijesinghe: How do we decide which species are endangered?

Max Worrall: Why do we feel fear?

Rami AHMAD: The history of space travel

Natalia MCFADZEAN: Psychology: Eating Behaviour

Edie BRIGHT: How does Amnesia inform us about how memory works?

Sophia SANDELSON: Memory

Christopher Vaughan: How have UK conservation efforts helped the rhino in Africa and Asia?

Thomas Gordon: Future uses of the sun

Rosaleen O'Haire: The growth of renewable energy in Britain

Lea Kassouf: How did the California wildfires really start?

Katriona Reynolds-Iman: The effects of pollution on Human Health

Olakanpo Hadassah: What is the Met Gala?

Academic Challenge at St Benedict's - research and presentation skills

Year 10

Joshua Bignell: The Ukraine Plane Crash 2014

Isabella Ciavola Mooney: Aurora (Northern and Southern lights)

Roque de Monte Furtado: The Medicis

Shania Debough: Psychosis

Charles Harte: Should tackling be banned in school rugby

Lucas Holmes: How effective is medical marijuana in treating chronic diseases

Angelica Lawson: The Trojan War

Thierry Roy: Real Zombies

Benjamin Walker: Zwillinge - experiments by Mengele

Barnaby Watts: The Watergate scandal

Niall Wynne: Fission, Fusion and the future

James Hunter: Sleepwalking

Jem Mawer: Music and productivity

Ayotenu Dosumu: The underground war

Amy Slaughter: Climate change crisis

Caitlin MacGregor: The Death Penalty

Ryan Garvie: What is the difference between turtles, terrapins and tortoises?

Alex Mills: Plate Tectonics

Aaron Yuan: The first black image - was Einstein right?

Catriona Edwards: Bees


Jin Tao Wang: Evolution of video games

Grace Walker: Zwillinge - experiments by Mengele

Blanca Azipilicueta: Music as a drug




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