NSB made their second visit to the world's largest schoolboy rugby tournament last week, this time entering the Under 14s tournament. The boys joined 146 other teams from around the UK and beyond in trying to qualify for the finals day as one of the group winners or best two runners up.
Last week seven boys returned from a week living with their host families and attending lessons at the Institution Notre Dame in Chartres, on the second leg of the Senior School French Exchange.
The boys participated in some fascinating visits. A guided tour of the stunning Chartres Cathedral was complemented with a stained glass workshop where our boys and their French counterparts had a go at producing their own works of art. Boys also visited the beautiful Chateau de Maintenon, where they learnt about its history as the home of the secret wife of Louis XIV.
Spending the weekend with their families, the boys were all taken to Paris where they were shown some of the famous sights, before returning to the French school on the Monday, to attend lessons in French. The boys coped admirably with the challenges of science and maths lessons delivered in French, and were excellent ambassadors for NSB helping out in English lessons.
The boys taking part have returned with greatly improved comprehension and speaking skills, and a first-hand experience of living in another culture. An experience to be recommended to all aspiring linguists!
By Bayley C, Year 12
On 14th March a group the Year 12 Mathematicians, along with Year 11 students considering A Level Mathematics for next year, went to a very inspiring maths lecture at the Northern Stage in Newcastle.
The lecture was organised by Inspire Maths and we heard from three speakers from very different backgrounds. One of the speakers was a maths lecturer at Oxford University while another had graduated from the same university and busked on the streets to make a living! The lectures covered different topics that would be covered at A level and was an introduction to interesting problems, tricks and puzzles for all. The lectures covered the ideas of estimating, statistics and probability, engineering, physics and mechanics, with each speaker giving their own different way of working and viewing problems.
For me, one of the most inspiring points made in the lecture was that we are all mathematicians in our everyday lives and it is how we apply those skills and that knowledge to our work and studies that makes us successful.
The segments also included two musical interludes which were used to demonstrate the importance of wave mechanics and their application. There was a Q&A session at the end where the audience got to ask any questions about the lecture or maths in general. Some of the more memorable were, “What is your favourite mathematical equation and why?” and “What is the most important skill for a mathematician?”