Student Led Societies
We are immensely proud of the numerous student led societies that run at St. Olave’s.
Many students have also edited and contributed to the plethora of Academic Journals and publications too and as Year 13 come to the end of their time here, we are delighted, to highlight some of the work they have been doing during this last academic year:
The Medics Society
The Medics’ Society
Current president: Anupam Bandi with vice-presidents, Nikhil Doosa, Steven Coker, Bharathsri Sivasritharan, Jahnavi Singh.
The St. Olave’s Medics Society is a vibrant, dedicated and thriving community and the perfect place for like-minded individuals interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science to come together to hear students and prestigious external speakers alike give talks, learn more about the application process and support each other in their shared interest and love for the subject!
This year has been a successful one, with over 20 student talks on a huge range of topics from the ethics of designer babies to the evolution of the NHS, to a deep dive into sickle cell disease.
Beyond this, we have also had many engaging ethical debates regarding medical topics such as vaccine mandates, the privatisation of healthcare and abortion. As well as this, we collaborated with some of the other esteemed societies in our school, from PolEcon to FemSoc, to deliver joint talks on intersecting issues.
Students were also able to hear insights from expert external speakers, ranging from medical students offering insights on applying to university, to a senior member of St. Johns' Ambulance discussing first aid techniques.
Outside of society meetings, features such as Book of the Month and Article of the Week helped support the students with their wider reading, while the Medics Journal saw dozens of students contributing to a high-quality journal with well researched articles on a plethora of medical areas of interest.
Medics members have also had the chance to participate in university style PBL sessions run by Old Olavian medical students with professional experience in running these courses. All in all, despite the challenges faced during the year, Medics Society has had one of its best years yet with a strong outlook on the future!
Thank you to everyone involved with this Society, especially Dr Bradley for her invaluable work.
The Law Society
The Law Society whose presidents are Justin Adesina and Prajval Haldia. This year, they have engaged in a variety of presentations given by our Year 12 cohort. Topics have included: tax law, jury equity, and wrongful convictions amidst many others.
As well as presentations they have held intellectual debates on current legislation, such as the new policing bill, and hope to engage in more in the future.
They hope to compete in The Bar Mock Trial, a national competition that will see them competing against other schools in a mock trial, judged on their ability to run a trial rather than the verdict. As well as this, we organise an annual Law Journal, giving students the opportunity to explore any area of the law that they find particularly interesting.
As they approach the end of the academic year, the previous presidency team will return to provide a detailed account of their experiences in higher education studying law as well as some tips and tricks to help with the UCAS process alongside our current presidents.
The Physics and Engineering Society
Physics and Engineering Society.
Their President is Lara Tatli with Vice Presidents Caleb Lee and Jamie Perry. Physics and Engineering Society is run for physicists and engineers alike with an interest in understanding how and why our universe behaves the way that it does, and how we can apply this knowledge practically to shape our daily lives.
This year, they have hosted a huge variety of talks and quizzes within diverse areas of the subject, from fundamental physics topics such as the Standard Model of Particle Physics, through to applied engineering such as how musical instruments work.
Some highlights include a talk on ‘Chaos Theory’ and a simulation of the Lorenz Attractor by Moosa Saghir (Year 12), and a show-and-tell of some old engineering equipment by Vice President Jamie Perry (Year 13). Most recently, President Lara Tatli (Year 13) presented a talk on ‘The history of quantum mechanics’, which included solving the famous Dirac Equation and using it to prove the existence of antimatter.
Physics and Engineering Society runs every Friday at 1:00 pm in S7 for Years 12 and 13 and continues to be among the most popular societies at St. Olave’s with a fantastic weekly turnout and over 130 followers on Instagram.
Last summer, they also ran the society’s very first essay competition, and our winners were: Adrian Manickarajah (Year 13 – Photon counting CT scans), Rohan Selva-Radov (Year 12 - Superconductors) and Tony Ndukwu (Year 11 – Hydrogen fuel).
They are looking forward to publishing the next edition of the Physics and Engineering Journal and have received some fantastic articles.
The Mathematics Society
The Mathematics Society
Their president is Velian Velikov with Vice Presidents: Nandini Chanda and Zackary Welch.
Enthusiastic mathematicians gather once a week to share and discuss interesting areas of mathematics, whether it be recreational, cultural, or just outside the school
syllabus. Some of the aspects they have looked at are:
- Why is ‘e’ so Interesting?’ - An introduction to the purpose behind the number e, giving motivation behind its frequent use in higher mathematics and showcasing some of its most surprising facts.
- ‘The Importance of Nothing’ - How and why the number 0 came to be in modern mathematics, and just how much depends on it; can animals recognise nothing?
- ‘Maths in the Simpsons’ - A display of just how frequently the Simpsons writers loved slipping in maths jokes, puzzles, or theorems.
- ‘The Maths Behind Maths’ - A talk on what assumptions hold up mathematics, getting down to the very basics of proof-based mathematics.
- ‘P vs NP’ - A joint collaboration with Computer Science Society to explain and discuss one of the most famous unsolved problems with $1million attached to it.
The Literature Society
The Literature Society
Their presidents are Martha Hodgson, Elise Stringfellow, and Crystal Nettey. They have had a year full of wonderful pieces of literature, and the wonderful people who engage with them.
Talks ranging from Detective Fiction to Nonsense Literature and The Marquis de Sade to the Gothic.
They have been diverse and numerous, each enlightening and intriguing; helping to broaden students’ literary horizons and allowing speakers to be enthusiastic about the subjects they love in a society where this is not just appreciated but encouraged. Quizzes and Topical debate sessions, this society has something for everyone. Helping show just how important literature is to every field of study, even in the most unexpected spaces, like our collaboration with Space Society on Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
They have run poetry workshops, many of those produced featured in our Society Journals, and creative writing. Giving members the opportunity to chase their own interests and think imaginatively, without borders or limitations of the curriculum of checklist criteria.
As a society, they appreciate the many different forms of literature and the many different ways in which people can engage with it. Producing their Literature Journal and Blog, filled with writing by their members, the ways in which their members can contribute their own work is numerable; there is no one way to be a lover of literature, and as a society, we seek to foster these personal discoveries.
“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” ― Maya Angelou – America poet.
The Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Society
Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Society.
Their presidents are Navaneeth Madhavan and Rupankar Majumdar. In recent years, the usage of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies has become more and more prevalent.
The nature of transactions and money itself is changing rapidly. However, there are many misconceptions amongst the public regarding what this technology is and why it is so important. To address this, over the past academic year, there have been a multitude of talks at Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Society discussing the underpinnings of how cryptocurrencies operate and the economics behind them.
Students go along to the Society to learn how to separate Bitcoins from Blockchains and really understand what this new, disruptive technology is all about.
The Philosophy and Politics Society
Philosophy and Politics Society.
The president of this Society in Laura Gander. Across the academic year there has been a broad spectrum of student led talks, many examining the role of the state, including its duty to different groups within society and balancing the relationship between religion and government.
This has been coupled with debates about the best ethical ideologies to use as a framework for governing, considering the merits of utilitarianism, deontology and different thought experiments such as ‘the trolley problem’ of utilitarianism which arise when such theories are implemented on a wide scale.
Other students have led discussions which have examined more niche philosophical schools of thought such as anarchism and egoism and their influence on human nature. Human nature has also been explored in discussions about the morality of crime and the ethics of protesting, which proved extremely topical in the wake of climate change protests.
More contemporary ethical discussions have also been held,
such as who deserves rights in a society, spanning from criminals to robots to plants, to the influence on social media on the idea of human free will.
Talks have also been given about the merit of philosophy itself, exploring its importance in comparison to science, and its role when helping people understand and appreciate art.
Overall in this academic year, a wide range of topics have been rigorously examined in Philosophy and Politics Society.
The Space Society
The Space Society
The presidents of this Society are Tausif Samad and James Perry. This year Space Society has seen a broad spread of enthusiastic talks from students, with a dual focus on astronomy and rocketry.
Topics have ranged from the Artemis moon missions to components of Alien life and medicine in Space to the Roswell Incident. They also had collaborations with Computer Science Society, where they discussed the intricacies of flight avionics, and Literature Society, who taught them all about the scientific aspect to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
It has been really enjoyable to follow along with the massive advancements in space exploration made this year, including watching the SLS static fire and Starship prototype test flights live!
No other Society is quite as explosive…