Header image
Header image overlay text


Main body content

04 March 2018

A-Level   /   News

CERN Trip 26th-28th February 2018

Thirteen students from the Science department of Chelsea Independent College had an inspiring visit to CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. They were accompanied by Dr Andrew Miller, Mr Cesar Gonsalez and Ms Natasha Ketter.

Write up by student Leopold Schlemmer

When asked what CERN means and what it represents, many people would tell you that it is a centre of research, a place that is filled with scientists knowing a lot about new particles and how the universe around us works. However, upon our arrival at the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN), all of our views on physics, as a group in general, changed. The truth is we have just started exploring how our universe works and even the best physicists are sometimes wrong about the fundamental theories making up our universe. This is what we got told the moment we arrived at CERN and entered the ‘Globe’, a museum of all accomplishments made by CERN. “For thousands of years mankind has been wondering about the most important questions”, the speaker inside the Globe Museum made clear. CERN was built to change the way we look at the universe, in order to answer these questions.

Later on we were allowed to enter the ATLAS building, which was one of the seven big experiments conducted at CERN. Our guide, a scientist from the site, told us various things about the working of the particle accelerator and the discovery of various particle species. In order to make these particles collide with each other, a lot of money had to be spent, and 26 member states had to work together. CERN is not only important for science but also for diplomacy! Standing next to such a huge project made the whole group feel small and proud of politics, countries and scientists. In 2012 one major particle was discovered by CERN: the Higgs Boson, which had already been theorised by Higgs and a few other scientists in 1964. In my opinion, CERN will bring us much closer to the fundamental questions of the universe and bind us together as mankind, because we will only find these answers if we work together.

Although it was freezing cold in Geneva, the home of CERN, our whole group enjoyed the trip.

As well as the intellectual enlightenment, we also had a full day of sight-seeing and shopping in the scenic city of Geneva.

A-Level   /   News

  • Cookery Club at CIC
    23 January 2020

    Cookery Club at CIC

    The new term has brought a lot of developments to our co-curricular provision. At the beginning of the academic year, we introduced a new system of ...

  • End of the Term and Christmas Celebrations 2019
    16 December 2019

    End of the Term and Christmas Celebrations 2019

    Christmas festivities at Chelsea independent College kicked off on Friday 6th December in the school canteen. Our amazing caterers prepared a very s...

  • Food Bank Collection Points at CIC
    13 December 2019

    Food Bank Collection Points at CIC

    Christmas time is commonly associated with spending time with loved ones, great food and gift giving. Unfortunately, not everyone has the means to e...

  • 17 Senior Maths Challenge Medal Winners
    22 November 2019

    17 Senior Maths Challenge Medal Winners

    It has come to the time of the year when more than 9 000 students UK-wide participate at the Senior Mathematics Challenge, a mathematical problem-so...

  • Bush Tucker Trial at Chelsea
    20 November 2019

    Bush Tucker Trial at Chelsea

    Inspired by an Australian reality TV series, our fantastic caterers from Holroyd Howe prepared a lunch activity our canteen has never experienced befo...

  • Y10 and Y12 Art Students Visiting National Galleries
    15 November 2019

    Y10 and Y12 Art Students Visiting National Galleries

    On Wednesday, the 13th of November, Art and Design students from Year 10 and Year 12 went on a gallery trip to the National Gallery and the National P...

  • CIC Awards and Nominations, Autumn 2019
    08 November 2019

    CIC Awards and Nominations, Autumn 2019

    Chelsea Independent College has experienced a very successful month. Not only have we been shortlisted for the NCUK Partner Awards 2019 for Digital ...

  • Chelsea Independent College Underwent ISI Inspection
    17 October 2019

    Chelsea Independent College Underwent ISI Inspection

    Chelsea Independent College underwent an Independent School Inspectorate inspection in September this year, and we are delighted to share with you the...

  • Y12 and 13 Economics Students Visit Bank of England Museum
    07 October 2019

    Y12 and 13 Economics Students Visit Bank of England Museum

    On Thursday 3rd October, Year 12 and 13 Economics students visited the Bank of England Museum which is specially designed to engage and stimulate yo...

  • CIC Students Discover Architectural Beauties of London
    04 October 2019

    CIC Students Discover Architectural Beauties of London

    As part of our new co-curricular programme, students who signed up for the London Architecture & Design Club have an amazing opportunity to expl...

  • CIC Reduces Plastic Use
    26 September 2019

    CIC Reduces Plastic Use

    It does not have to be said that single-use plastics are one of the biggest environmental issues of the contemporary world. Every day, we come acros...

  • 27 June 2019

    CIC Students Achieved Fairtrade FairAware School Award

    Congratulations to the 2019 student leadership team on doing a great job achieving the Fairtrade FairAware School Award. The leadership team raise...

  • 25 June 2019

    CIC Science Department Visits the Natural History Museum

    Report by Ryan Giblin, Biology Teacher Recently the science department organised two excursions to the Natural History Museum to help enrich the sci...

  • 21 June 2019

    School Prom 2019

    The night everyone at CIC was looking forward to. Strict dress code, Oscars ceremony, DJ and friends - an event no one will forget.

  • 18 June 2019

    Y12 Biology Field Trip to Kew Gardens: Biodiversity in English Weather!

    Y12 Biology students discovered that plants are not boring!

  • 17 June 2019

    CIC Art & Design Exhibition 2019

    Report by Marina De Stacpoole, Head of Creative Arts & Art Teacher On Wednesday 12th June Chelsea Independent College had its annual art exhibit...

  • 02 June 2019

    Boarders Amazed by The Lion King Musical

    Last month, our borders had the opportunity to see one of the most successful stage shows of all time. The Lion King, a multi-award winning musical,...

  • 22 May 2019

    A-Level Geography Field Trip

    On Thursday 16th May, Year 12 A-Level Geography students enjoyed conducting physical fieldwork investigations along the Kent coastline. This include...

  • 20 May 2019

    Meet Our Student Council

    A few weeks prior to the biggest event of the academic year organised by the Student Council, the Leavers Prom 2019, we met the core members of the ...

  • 15 May 2019

    School Awards Ceremony 2019

    Report by Stuart Humphreys, Head of Science & IT, Chemistry Teacher The highly anticipated CIC Annual Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday 1s...

Click here to view our news archive

Enquire now about Easter Revision courses

Course Information Make an Enquiry