Amazing STEAM Farmvention entires!

You may remember that in half term Junior School pupils took part in the Farmvention competition, having lots of fun with drones and polytunnels with their families.

Farmvention is a national competition that encourages pupils to think of innovative ideas to help farmers tackle the problems they encounter caused by climate change.

There are a range of challenges and for half term we chose:

What is the best material for a polytunnel?

What is the best shape for a drone?

The quality of the entries was fabulous, and it was great to see so many videos, drawings, models, photographs and booklets showing the fun that was had by all. It was also fantastic to see the research that went on, the results of the tests that were carried out, the scientific explanations and the STEAM skills in action.

Mrs Farrer will be showing a video montage of all of the winners in Celebration Assembly and those girls will be receiving a special “STEAM” prize. We will then be entering Wimbledon High’s submission to the Farmvention competition later in the year. Here are some photos of some of the amazing entries. We’re looking forward to hearing about (and tasting) some of the crops that grow!


Distinctions for our Primary Engineers!

Back in March many of our pupils raced to complete their entries for the Primary Engineer Competition, managing to finish them just before the school closed and moved to Guided Home Learning. The girls really enjoyed interviewing an engineer and coming up with imaginative ideas to answer the question “If You Were an Engineer, What Would You do?”. The standard of their entries was absolutely fantastic and we were delighted to hear that two girls in year 2 gained the prestigious category of Distinction and Distinction Shortlisted. Special congratulations go to Lidia and Freya, both now in 2K. We will be very much looking forward to seeing what all of our engineers in the making turn into reality in 15 or so years time!

Practical Action Off-Grid! Challenge winners

At the end of the summer term all of year 7 were involved in a cross disciplinary project which really tested their geography and science knowledge as well as their research, teamwork, design and communication skills. The project was set in rural Zimbabwe where few villages have access to mains electricity and the pupils were tasked with designing a way to utilise solar cells to improve lives in Gwanda. There was a particular focus on the UN Global Goal of Zero Hunger and all of the imaginative ideas were submitted to the Practical Action Off-Grid! Challenge. We were delighted to discover that Group 15 had won the competition and their prizes have just arrived! Thanks very much to Practical Action for the brilliant books and vouchers that each girl has won, as well as the TTS equipment received by the school. Congratulations to all of the girls for their fabulous work, and especially to Group 15!


Wimbledon High awarded Primary Science Quality Mark Outreach Award

We are absolutely thrilled that Wimbledon High has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Outreach Award. Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to 300 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools this September to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 3500 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark, with just a very few being awarded the Outreach level. This is only awarded when the impact of science leadership, teaching and learning can be demonstrated on other schools, both locally and nationally.

The Primary School Quality Mark programme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science teaching and leadership.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Mark is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

At Wimbledon High Madeleine Garczynski and Alex Farrer coordinated the school’s PSQM submission, but it has been very much a team effort that all of staff, pupils and parents should feel very proud to have been involved in.

Alex Farrer is also the Primary Science Quality Hub Leader running the SW London PSQM Hub from Wimbledon High. This year nine other local primary schools also gained their Primary Science Quality Marks as part of our hub, led by Alex, in her primary science professional development role. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with all nine schools and the science partnerships that have been fostered between schools this year will last for a very long time to come.

Congratulations to all schools gaining their Primary Science Quality Marks – what an amazing team effort it has been!



Fantastic news from The Physiological Society’s Mission to Mars competition

Just before the summer term ended the then year 2s had a fabulous session about space exploration and the difficulties that human bodies might encounter on Mars. Mrs Garczynski and Dr Seeta ran a fabulous session for the girls where they found out about the potential problems on Mars, thought creatively about ways to solve those problems and designed space suits to help cope with the demands. The girls came up with some really good ideas and their space suit designs looked terrific.

On Saturday Arabella and Lucia, and their families, were invited to attend The Physiological Society’s annual President’s Lecture, held at the Royal Institution. They had an amazing time taking part in a range of hands on activities as well as listening to a talk given by former NASA astronaut and physiologist James Pawelczyk all about the human limits of space exploration. Both of the girls had been shortlisted in the 5-7 age range of the competition and Arabella’s design was chosen as the overall winner. Very many congratulations go to Arabella and to Lucia. Also very many congratulations to Ewan who was also shortlisted in the 5-7 age category and attends Burlington Infants School which is one of the schools we have been working with in our Primary Science Quality Mark hub this year. What a wonderful opportunity to spend the afternoon with an astronaut!

Great successes in Engineer Leaders Award 2019!

The Engineer Leaders Award is a fantastic scheme run in both primary and secondary schools across the country. It asks the question

If you were an engineer, what would you do?

and pupils are encouraged to think of innovative ways to solve problems in daily life. Part of the award involves meeting a visiting engineer. This year we carried out the award with all pupils in years 1, 5 and 6 and were lucky enough to meet Eleanor Mackle, a biomedical engineer from UCL and Robert Rayner a robotic engineer from Kingston University. The inventions that they girls came up with are fantastic. They drew pictures, wrote letters explaining their ideas, and carried out lots of research.

We were absolutely delighted that we have a trophy winner in each of the age categories and many girls received judges commendations and distinctions. When the certificates arrive these will be awarded in assembly. In the meantime our three very excited trophy winners will be going to an award ceremony at Kingston University. This is an amazing achievement as many thousands of entries were received from pupils all around the country. A very special well done to Ren, Beatrice and Keira. All of the entries will be on display in school on 28th June.

Ultimate STEM Challenge Success!

In May a team of year 8 girls were invited to the Science Museum to attend the final of the Ultimate STEM Challenge to show and celebrate the project they had been working on during the year. They displayed their “Teapods” innovation to the judges and were quizzed on their research, investigations and suggestions for improvements. The team had a fantastic day meeting students from other schools, talking to the judges, looking around the Science Museum and even receiving fantastic goody bags! Congratulations on such a fabulous project! More information about the Ultimate STEM Challenge can be found here.

TeenTech Award winners!

We were delighted to find out that four Wimbledon High teams were chosen  to attend the prestigious national TeenTech finals on 24th June. The event took place at the Institute for Engineering and Technology at Savoy Place in London, and our teams impressed the judges by explaining all of their innovative ideas to them. Aerotrans, Pen for the Blind, Stress-Less Desk and the Passenger Organisation Device were all carefully researched, and the prototypes have been thought through with the help from mentors at Thames Link, Kingston University and UCEM. On the day the VIP judges spent a great deal of time discussing the innovations with the teams and there was also an opportunity to meet lots of other pupils, hear about their ideas and also to meet Maggie Philbin!

When the winners were announced we were absolutely thrilled to discover that Team Aerotrans were winners in the Transport category. This was especially impressive as they were a year 7 team competing in the 11-16 age category. In the Spring term they will be going to Buckingham Palace to receive their award. Look out for Aerotrans – it may well be the way you will be travelling in the future!


Year 12 EES team triumphs!

We are very proud of  our Year 12 Engineering Education Scheme team who went to the ICBT STEM Festival at the BP Headquarters in Sunbury. They explained to the judges their design for an urban park structure, and all of the engineering considerations that they had made. They were delighted to be awarded  the “Contribution to Business Award 2019”. Huge thanks to their mentors at Ramboll and to Saranya for all the support, and to BP for hosting the event. It was all fantastic practice for our future engineers!


#700STEMChallenge Winners

Congratulations to everyone that took part in Sydenham High’s #700STEMChallenge. There were four winners from Wimbledon High! Many congratulations go to

Lara for ‘Wind Turbine rap’

Elena for ‘Journey of the number zero’

Julia for ‘The Periodic Table’

Samah for ‘Has the film industry accurately portrayed space?’

Read more about the competition here.