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    West Hatch High School students take part in Extended Research Project Regional Gala

    Three West Hatch High School students - Amelia Skipper, Maggie Ochieng and Emaad Khizer - represented the school at the first Extended Research Project Regional Gala.

    The event at Roding Valley High School was an opportunity to showcase projects of Year 8 and 9 students from West Hatch, Epping St Johns and Roding Valley schools.

    There was a vast range of projects and ideas including an anti-bullying quilt, a poem about butterflies, the wreck of the SV Strathmore and a project about astronomy which included a fully-working telescope made from drain pipes (which was the winning project).

    West Hatch offered an equally eclectic mix of well researched and thought-provoking projects.

    Maggie focused on conspiracy theories, Emaad examined the teenage brain and Amelia looked at Ben Wilson and chewing gum art.

    During the event the judges spoke with each student about their project and where they found their inspiration.

    They asked a number of questions about the topic and how the students put all their research together.

    The judges all agreed the calibre of the projects was very high and deciding on a regional winner was an incredibly difficult decision.

    This year West Hatch entered three projects in the Regional Gala however next year the school hopes to be able to enter more.

    While entries for 2014 have now closed this is the perfect time for any students in Years 7-8 to start thinking about possible topics for next year.

    West Hatch will launch the 2014-15 KS3 Extended Project Challenge in about November. Students need to think about a topic they would like to research - Find It, Research It, Create It!