Y10 Forensics Day

12th July 2017 – Last week a foul murder was committed in Loreto College.  The body of poor Mrs Jennings, a former teacher at the school, was found in the Workshop.  A crime scene was immediately established and our Y10 pupils set out to discover what had happened.  Overall, this event spanned three school days.  Chelsea Conceprio of 10Y tells us all about it …

The first day consisted of having an actual forensic scientist come in and give us a talk about how forensic science can be used in everyday situations. He explained how different situations such as thefts and robberies required different analytical methods to help the police find out exactly who committed said crimes. He also went through different crime scenes, evidence to look for, and even equipment which is used in real life, which our head of science, Mr Downes, modelled for everyone – looking very stylish!

The next day, the devastating news spread around Loreto that our old science teacher, Mrs Jennings, had been maliciously murdered inside our very own workshop. Who could have done such a thing? Of course, the only people qualified enough to take on such a demanding job were us year tens – what an fortunate coincidence that we had just received a talk on how to use evidence to solve crimes! (More …)

  

Split into a number of groups, some of us ran around Loreto interviewing teachers, whilst others gained an abundance of clues by testing ‘blood’, recreating blood splatters with murder weapons, testing hair samples, examining fingerprints, taking footprint casts, and even trying our hand at graphology. You would be surprised how easily a murder can bring students closer together – even if they’ve never spoken to each other before this day! Each group got to visit the ‘Crime Scene’, the ‘Forensic Laboratory’ and even dress up as legitimate forensic scientists. By the end of the day, each group came up with a suspect list and created a poster explaining their theory about which of our current teachers had savagely murdered the infamous, cat-obsessed teacher. (More …)

On the final day, the most successful groups presented their theories to the whole year group and were rewarded quite generously with chocolates. Mr Downes was very intimidating as he interviewed each suspect, interrogating anyone he deemed to be suspicious. Emotions were high and opinions clashed when it seemed that Mr Pimentao was responsible for the murder. Mr Downes couldn’t handle the stress, and made some harsh remarks before breaking down on the stage.

We all thought the murderer had been found, when all of a sudden, the quiet, sweet Mrs Sheehan stepped forward to break up the argument, claiming that it was in fact her who had killed Mrs Jennings! Even though a lot of the evidence collected at the crime scene pointed to Mrs Sheehan, many people were caught up in the crazy interviews they had taken and so neglected the pertinent, scientific evidence, which clearly exposed Mrs Sheehan’s role in the crime. Her jealousy that Mrs Jennings was opening a business whilst she remained stuck in her boring job as a secondary school science teacher had simply become too great. She then ran out in shame with Mr Van Rooyen in hot pursuit.

We haven’t seen her since, but we think it is safe to say justice has been served! (More …)

 

Without the participation of all the teachers in Loreto, the week would not have been nearly as exhilarating and intriguing as it was, and I know Y10 are incredibly grateful for all the effort put in to arrange the event. The main day was structured so that there was a wide range of activates available to participate in, which really emphasises the commitment the science department has to providing a fun and enjoyable atmosphere and an amazing few days.  I am positive a lot of pupils have now been inspired to consider more STEM related careers, and have been influenced to continue developing their scientific skills even further.

RIP Mrs Jennings – she will be missed dearly.