The Chemistry department hosted the annual Rugby Group Chemistry Technicians’ Meeting, bringing together a wealth of ideas and experience. The Rugby Group includes 18 major boarding schools and the senior technicians discussed matters such as the implementation of the new A Level controlled practical work, best practice, and health and safety issues. In the afternoon, the technicians shared their top tips and tricks on how to create exciting ways of demonstrating reactions safely in the school environment. The group was treated to demonstrations of a thermite reaction, iron oxide reacting with aluminium to produce molten iron; Le Chatelier’s Principle; vigorous reactions of aluminium, and the preparation of nitrocellulose, originally known as gun cotton and used as a propellant or low-order explosive. It was a hugely interesting and valuable day that will further assist College in the delivery of outstanding teaching and learning.