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Dramatic explosions were part of the show


wo hundred schoolchildren aged between seven and 11, from seven primary schools in the Wrexham and Chester areas, were treated to an hour-long show by one of the stars of BBC One’s The One Show, Marty Jopson, as part of Wrexham’s Carnival Of Words festival at Techniquest Glyndwr. During their visit, the children spent an hour or two exploring the five zones of the centre with its 65 interactive science exhibits together with its outdoor Science Garden, before gathering together in the Catrin Finch Centre on the Wrexham Glyndwr University Campus to be part of the show.

As well as wowing the young audience with his engaging science experiments, Marty was in Wrexham to promote his recently published book, The Science Of Food. The One Show’s resident scientist took the children on a tour of food-related science, which entertainingly included several dramatic explosions. Exploring the science behind a typical meal containing a burger, salad and cake, Marty introduced all sorts of fascinating facts about how food is produced and explained how its production produces powerful greenhouse gases such as methane.



oreton Hall senior school student Zoe Tse placed second in the prestigious Shropshire Young Thinkers’ Competition after reading her letter to Charles Darwin for the judging panel. The Grand Final took place at the University Centre, Shrewsbury, where 500 students were tasked with writing letters to Darwin, inviting him on an imaginary journey to a location of their choice. Zoe’s letter took the reader on a journey that nobody would expect Darwin to be involved in: into space! ‘What intrigues me about space and what inspired me was that whenever I just lie on the grass and stare at the sky I remember that the stars that we see now have probably exploded and the light has only just reached

our eyes years later, and then I realise how big must space be?’ Zoe, 15, commented. ‘Zoe should be congratulated on achieving second place in the grand final,’ says Moreton Hall’s head of humanities, Simon Jones. ‘To gain second place out of nearly 500 entries is an exceptional achievement.’

Zoe Tse


Jenna Brook in action



swestry School swept to success at this year’s Oswestry Music Festival. Year 8 pupil Myles Wilkinson was one of the outstanding pupils in the competition, coming away as the overall winner of the 12 and under category and being named Young Performer of the Year. Myles has now been invited to perform as a guest artist at a concert given by the Scholars & Gentlemen, when he’ll join the older choir members for the demanding role of high treble in Allegri’s Miserere,


Myles Wilkinson

voted one of classical music’s most popular pieces ever. During the 12-minute performance of the 1638 composition, Myles will have to hit top C no fewer than five times. The piece was thought to be so special that the Vatican kept the music to itself for 150 years.

Jenna has more than a ou never know what decade of experience as a you’ll see while exploring Wrexham Glyndwr University, street performer, dancer, clown and a community drama as passersby discovered when practitioner – and continues they saw a fire-eating display to perform over the summer. on the Plas Coch campus. Theatre, television Being a part of the and performance ‘Jenna put performing arts scene while lecturer Jenna Brook on an eye- lecturing allows Jenna to give valuable knowledge put on the eyecatching and advice to her students. catching show for show’ ‘The students like to know students to film as part of their level that I’ve just come from 4 television assessment. She doing something,’ she says. ‘When they arrive in the first also told of her experiences in performing and teaching week of October they know I may have literally just that in an interview with creative weekend come out of a field media lecturer Graeme Park at the university’s TV studio. or a performance situation.’

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