When the BA launched its Sir Walter Bodmer Award for Volunteers, it did not expect an entire science club to nominate its teachers, but that’s just what happened.
At St Mary’s Primary School, Bridgend, over 100 pupils stay every Tuesday for Science Club, which has been running for over 12 years now. The club is run by a group of staff and parents, headed by Jackie Phillips.
“Everyone loves the science club,” said Thomas Burke aged 11, one of the pupils who nominated the teachers. “The hard work of our teachers has shown us how much fun science can be and we do lots of different things. Last year we dressed up as housewives and produced a drama to explain the science of cleaning!”
The school also recently opened a tuck shop. The school children wondered whether the sweets they were buying was boosting their sugar levels and thus improving their brain power. What better way to investigate this than through their science club?
“Science is seen as a fun, hands-on subject at our school,” says Jackie. “The subjects the children investigate are as challenging for the staff as well as the pupils. To celebrate our success and thank our children, we’ve arranged a buffet and science show with Gary the Clown, which our local Education Business Partnership has sponsored.”