From 7 – 9 October most of Class 11 joined forces with the St Michael’s School (London) Class 11 to visit CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider and Higgs particle fame, in Geneva Switzerland. Although only two of our students had the opportunity to descend 100 metres underground to see the huge CMS detector, much learning took place from the lectures, demonstrations, and exhibits on offer. We also visited the University of Geneva for two workshops in Electricity/ Magnetism and Colour/ Environmental Chemistry and participated in the second annual Geneva treasure hunt, as well as enjoying a genuine Swiss fondue supper. This was our last possible visit to the detector area for the next 5 years or so as the proton beam is due to be switched on early next year.
Glenn Metzner, Physics teacher