natmusomba - Posted Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 3:11:34 PM
Silverback Engineering's 2018-19 session and participation in the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe across July 1-5, 2019, was an utmost privilege and learning experience for all involved. While the competition's end-goal of setting a time (completing 11 laps of a pre-determined track on 250ml of fuel within 39 minutes) was not achieved, we passed the competition's technical and safety inspections - a commendable achievement given the significant changes to the team, workspace and car that had taken place this year.
While the car had reached London on the preceding Sunday with Mr Griffiths and Mr Dors, the team arrived in London early Monday morning (July 1st) and the engineering-wing immediately began work on the car and paddock to prepare it for the week to come. The public-relations wing promptly began documenting our progress, and the new, spacious venue (twenty minutes south of Heathrow - at the Brooklands Mercedes World), updating its social media outlets and website throughout.
Tuesday and Wednesday saw great challenges for both wings as the car had to overcome a number of challenges including circuitry flaws and imperfect hydraulic brakes in order to pass technical inspection. However, the subsequent teamwork that ensued saw us pass technical and safety inspections and immediately move onto making attempts for valid runs on the official track.
In total, the on-track team entered the pre-track 'fuelling hut' five times - and crossed the start-line twice - across the competition days of Wednesday to Friday. During each of these attempts, the off-track team spread out effectively across the sectors of the track and established an effective two-way filtered communication system through myself, next year's team leader and the driver. This ensured the car was always being monitored, and a line to the driver always present, in order to mitigate surprise risks posed by driving conditions on track and potential failures of the car itself.
However, there were no such incidents - the first attempt was brought to an end by a failure in fuel management, wherein the car finished ~6.5 of the 11 laps on 250ml of fuel. The second attempt, conducted on the Friday morning, looked promising, however on completion of the 7th lap a yellow flag (a sign to slow and maintain position in the sector) caused a sudden response by the engine and subsequently the chain (connecting the driveshaft to the rear-driven wheel of the car) to sever - ending the attempt.
Further issues with the starter-shaft of the engine and front tire pressure meant a final attempt could not be conducted in the last competition slot of the Friday. While the result of not setting a time was disappointing to the whole team, who fought valiantly to the last minute to return the car to the track, the general consensus, as with all years past, was that the event was a truly incredible experience. Meeting other teams, mostly from universities, and discussing the engineering behind their cars was among the highlights of the team in post-event reflection, as was the experience of working on our car through the year and being part of its ever-advancing evolution.
While yet to have a final team debrief meeting and official handover to next year's team leaders, next year's team is looking to see the car finally evolve from being gasoline-powered to battery-powered and compete in the battery-electric division of the Shell Eco-Marathon. While this still must be discussed and planned thoroughly, certain objectives and takeaways from this year's experience in both the engineering and PR wings are being discussed with next year's leaders to see a valid run be conducted in 2020, and the experience for all involved with Silverback Engineering continue to improve in the years to come.
Team Leader and Head of Engineering 2018-19,
natmusomba - Posted Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 3:09:03 PM
Last week we said goodbye to our guests from Project Rousseau (for more info: http://www.projectrousseau.
Seven students and their supervisors from Project Rousseau - New York stayed with us for five days. Both guest and host students had a wonderful time getting to know each other, ISH and The Hague.
Amongst others they visited the Peace Palace and the ICC, played laser game and went to the beach.
Special thanks to the host families: family Bosnyak, Farla and Griffiths who opened up their homes and made sure our guests had a great time!
Global Issues Network Coordinator
natmusomba - Posted Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 3:08:15 PM
Congratulations to the two groups of Yr 12 students that completed their Gold Final Journey in the highlands of Scotland. Both groups worked well together to face the challenges that the 4 days hiking and 3 nights of wild camping brought them. The groups have spent the last year planning and preparing for this part of their award and did us proud with their achievements. Thank you to the staff that helped support the groups throughout this journey. Below are some accounts of the student's experiences.
We had prepared for the journey months in advance, however, when you're there, everything changes and it still ends up being very challenging. Hiking on such tall and steep mountains is always different and difficult for us as we are all used to such flatlands. However, we still managed to successfully complete the journey. Waking up each morning to the amplified sounds of chirping birds and streaming rivers surrounding our tent was incredible. And the views and landscapes that the Scottish Highlands had to offer were breath-taking.
On day 4, we hiked up Ben Nevis to the North face of the mountain but not all the way to the summit. It was however still a long and arduous hike up in terrible weather, but looking back now, we are proud to have managed to finish the route we had planned beforehand. One of the biggest obstacles apart from the weather were the midges. They seemed to be everywhere as soon as there was no wind, usually surrounding us at our campsites. They make it hard to set up camp, cook, and eat, and even our midge nets proved ineffective since they were small enough to come through the net.
j.davis - Posted Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 11:32:05 AM
On Wednesday, June 5th 2019, ISH Music Department hosted the ISH Choir Extravaganza. This was a joint concert with all the choirs from Primary and Secondary and ISH staff choir, along with ISH staff band a.k.a TINT (Teachers In Need of Talent). They all showcased their musical talents in some spectacular performances. The event was supported by Musicians Without Borders, with the appearance of Ms Kort from the organization that evening.
We received a lot of donations from the audience in the event and the 140 Euros collected were donated to Musicians Without Borders and the ISH Music Department. Thank you to everyone who donated, it was very much appreciated. Furthermore, a huge thank you to all the performers, the audience, ISH ICT Department, the Concierge and Communication Team as well as Musicians Without Borders who all helped make this a wonderful concert.
Some appreciative feedback from performers at the event -
natmusomba - Posted Friday, Jul 5, 2019 3:09:04 PM
Y7 Mathematics classes have done a number of different projects for their last unit.
As you know mathematics, dimensions and arts all go hand-in-hand. There is magic between these two ancient studies and as the students transition to a more intensive curriculum, we would like to affirm that the wonder and joy of maths never ends.
Pictured is a class with their creative containers designed in various sizes to contain chocolates. Others have made modular origami.