Over the Autumn and Spring terms there has been a very dedicated team of young scientists and engineers working on the Bloodhound ‘Race for the Line’ rocket car competition. Last year we made the National finals and this year the team were more determined than ever to repeat that success. This seasons competition was even tougher with the introduction of regional finals and many more schools taking part but over the Easter break we were confirmed winners of both the primary and secondary school categories for the Kent area race hub (beating off 17 Kent primary and secondary schools including TOGS and TWBGS). On Wednesday 3rd May fourteen very excited pupils and two equally excited teachers attended the Regional Final at 103 Battalion REME HQ. We were pitted against 31 other school teams from across the South East and SE London. The teams had just 1 ½ hours to design and build a new rocket car. Following an engineering drawing, the pupils cut, sanded and fettled their cars to meet the exacting specifications (two teams had to glue extra bits on as they were 2 mm too narrow). Come race time four cars from other schools were disqualified as they didn’t follow the drawings precisely enough, but all five Rose Hill cars made it through scrutineering.
One of Bloodhounds actual engineers explained how we were to race so as to keep all the control variables the same and get reliable data. All the primary cars ran along one track and all secondary ran along the second track. We were kept in suspense for the results and after a promising first half for the secondary cars it was unfortunate that we fell outside the top three in the end. The primary cars had a much better result by winning the top three slots, so we will be racing in the National Final at Santa Pod in June.
James(Y7), explains it well: ‘It was a great experience! There was around 30-40 groups, each modifying their own rocket car. We all had one and a half hours to shave off as much of our cars as allowed, smooth the jagged edges with sand paper and cut the wheels into a more aerodynamic design. All five of the Rose Hill groups worked together, sharing ideas and tips.’
Seth (Y8) ‘My highlight of the rocket car day was getting to see our team’s car race. This is because I enjoy coming up with an idea, developing it and then watching it fly down the track. Unfortunately, our team didn't quite make the top three but we all loved the day!
Year 8 trip to Rockley Watersports Activity Centre
12 July 2018
On Monday we got onto the minibus and set out on a 4-hour drive to Rockley Watersports Activity Centre.
Rose Hill School Motorsport @ Ford Dunton Technical Centre
10 July 2018
On Saturday 30 June six Y5 Goblin drivers and five Y7/8 F24 drivers raced their respective cars at the iconic Dunton Technical Centre. The F24 car raced on the banked high speed test track and the Goblins used the manager’s car park.
Rose Hill attends the national finals at RAF Wittering
09 July 2018
A very early start saw Abi, Rufus and Sam head off to RAF Wittering with Mr Izzard and Mr Mansfield.
Rose Hill School pupils 'Fly to the Line'
06 July 2018
At 5.30am on Wednesday 27th June, 4 eager children and 2 tired teachers, set off for RAF Cosford for the national ‘Fly to the Line’ competition.
Pupils step up to the next level
28 April 2017
A number of our pupils have been selected for a variety of Kent County squads this term. Such selection is a fantastic achievement with Kent being a large and competitive sporting county.
Y5 Learning about the Tudors
28 April 2017
Year 5 have been on two History trips this term in connection with the Tudors.
Danson Dazzles Pupils
16 March 2017
The pupils of Rose Hill School were joined by Alex Danson MBE, GB Women’s Hockey gold medallist at Rio 2016 this week.
Senior’s Start Season in Style
03 March 2017
The U13 boys hockey have been in action in recent weeks, taking part in two tournaments.