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Year 8 Creative Careers Trip

Miss A. Barnard, Subject Leader: Art, writes:

On Tuesday the 26th February, Year 8 students took a creative careers trip to Leavesden studios to visit The Making of Harry Potter. The students were also able to attend a private workshop looking at the endless possibilities within the creative industry and in particular, the character behind the costume! The workshop was geared to help students realise all of the different jobs within the film industry, as well as your graphic designers, costume designers and art directors, students were also told of the vacancies for scaffolders, plasterers, painters and electricians. From the costume design perspective, students were taught about the intense planning behind each character’s costume to tell a story about who they are; some costumes shown were valued at around £30,000. Students were then given the opportunity to design their own fictitious character using official Harry Potter fabric swatches! We then had a chance to complete the Harry Potter Tour with a new perspective and exclusive insight in to the making of the film. It was a fantastic day out exploring creative career paths in the film making industry.

“The experience was fun and a magical journey! I was surprised at how small models were in real life compared to the size and scale they appear in the movie. It was interesting to see how many different career paths make up just one movie!” Tom Paris 8S 

“I really enjoyed the trip and it made me think more about my future and the career paths that are available!” Alice Hawkins 8K




Parliament Visit 2019

Politics Students Visit Parliament

Thomas Gray,12A, writes:

London welcomed the Year 12 Government and Politics class on Friday 18th January 2019. After the eventful House of Commons votes earlier that week, everyone felt excited to get a tour of the battleground of British politics; the Houses of Parliament. The train and tube trip were navigated well, and everyone made it to Westminster tube station in time for some lunch. After a quick sandwich, the class made it through security and we met our tour guide. We first went to the central lobby, where Members of Parliament are often smothered by the press, fortunately there were no cameras there for us that day. We then were taken up to the viewing galleries of the House of Lords where unelected professionals make recommendations on policy making. A debate was taking place which was especially impressive as we were able to see the chamber in action, live! Then we were taken to the committee rooms where experts are chosen to scrutinise the government and to help with the making of any legislation. Then, we were led to the ‘other place’: The House of Commons. This was particularly exciting due to the two very important votes just days before however there were no debates taking place while we were there which meant that we were able to actually go into the chamber itself. It seemed strangely small although still very regal, filled with its green benches and gold ornaments. We even got to stand at the dispatch box, where Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn exchange arguments over issues such as Brexit.

After the tour, we met in the education centre for a workshop about select committees and we debated whether or not they were an effective method for scrutinising government policy. It started with a quiz and then we were told to research to prepare for the debate. We then met with Baroness Barker, who sits in the House Lords and is a former committee member; she was able to explain to us about what her job entails, how to address her (m’lady and then ma’am) and what she thinks, as a liberal democrat, about her role as an unelected representative.

Overall, the trip was very informative and enjoyable as we got to see the inner workings of how our country is run.

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Wellcome Genome Campus – Cambridge

Miss H. Spiller, Subject Leader: Biology, writes:

On Tuesday 20th November, Year 12 biologists visited the Wellcome Genome Institute in Hinxton.
At the campus they visited the Sanger Institute one of the foremost centres of genomics research and innovation in the world, carrying out leading-edge scientific research that uses genome sequences to understand the biology of humans and pathogens (organisms that cause diseases, such as bacteria and viruses).

They also spoke to researchers based at European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute which provides data services and training that help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in the biological sciences, paving the way for discoveries that benefit humankind.
Our students got to hear from researchers and scientists that currently work at the institute and are at the forefront of cutting edge research including work on malaria and cancer. They had the opportunity to hear from scientists which are part of the ‘Human Cell Atlas’ project and the ‘Earth Bio-genome project’ which is a global effort to sequence the genetic code, or genomes, of all 1.5 million known animal, plant, protozoan and fungal species on Earth.

The Year 12 students worked in groups to analyse DNA and proteins related to skin cancer and MRSA. The visit finished with a tour of the sequencing and data centre.

‘The buildings and architecture was very impressive and it was all really energy efficient.’ Lucy Thompson

‘It was amazing to see Chromosome 22 in book form.’ Allyna Farrell

‘The technology was incredible. The internet speed – you can now sequence a human genome in less than one hour, compared to 20 years ago when it took 13 years to sequence one human genome.’ Muskaan Ahmed

‘The fact they have only just found a brand new type of cell called Ionocytes in lung tissue that they think may be the cause of cystic fibrosis, is mind-blowing.’ Pia Joyce

‘It was great to be able to identify a mutation occurring in the DNA of a patient in the workshop run by the Institute.’ Harry Cross

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The UK’s Biggest Jobs and Careers Event

Mrs E Ahmad, Student Career and Enterprise Leader, writes:

Year 12 and 13 students visited Skills London 2019 which provided them with the opportunity to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and helped them visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career.

The visit was jam-packed and full of interactive, fun, inspiring and informative activities, features and hands-on demonstrations. Students were encouraged to try as many as possible and talk to the different organisations to find out more about what the future has to offer them.

Over 200 organisations were in attendance and all were eager to help students plan their future career path including employers, colleges, universities and training providers.

“Best experience, I am extremely satisfied with my visit.” Callie Burton 12B
“It was very interesting and was a great way to learn about some unique careers options. It also allowed us to gain more insight into university courses and Uni life.” Louise Avery 13B and Pia Joyce 12K

“We learnt about some new opportunities and we got a better understanding of businesses that exist and have improved our business awareness. We were all really interested.” Millie Jackson 12K and Martha Budge 12O

“There were lots of apprenticeship opportunities with helpful staff on hand to give advice. It was a really interesting and relevant day.” Arkadiusz Ochnio 12S

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Making the most of half term

Edgar Kager, 13H, writes:

During half term Joseph Lowton and I were given the fantastic opportunity to spend time gaining work experience from one of the school governors.

Jon Earnshaw, CTO of Pi Datametrics, was more than happy to take us on for four days at his London based cloud software consultancy office to learn the practicalities of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

However, during our four days we were not just limited to that.

One of the major contributions from our time there was digging through a recently conducted research paper on the state of voice search. This is because it is predicted by artificial intelligence experts that by 2020 half of search volume will be voice search.

Jon described our ability to carefully extract data and information from this research paper as extremely useful for shaping how he will approach clients of Pi Datametrics and as a knock on effect how companies will more accurately cater to consumers using voice chat.

We also aided in the creation of a more comprehensive questionnaire that would be used to develop a deeper understanding of the uses of voice chat in cooking, such as searching up recipes and news.
In between these times we were also educated in some of the common issues of SEO and the elaborate and complicated software that Pi Datametrics uses to reverse engineer Google and improve the competitive edge of their clients on the platform.

In between this we were invited into meetings that involved massive brands such as Dyson and Whitbread (they own both Costa Coffee and Premier Inns). Here we were given a taster into Earnshaw’s pitch and presentation style and the key issues present in these companies’ websites that was losing them visibility on the search engine Google.

On our final day we were challenged to create a similar pitch presentation for the rising online investment management company Nutmeg. All our hard work certainly paid off because at the end of the day when we showed Mr Earnshaw our presentation he said he would personally use it and that it was higher quality than some of the work by postgraduates for his company that he has seen before. Principles of SEO that took months for some of his employees to grasp was condensed and learnt swiftly within those four days by us.


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Year 12 Art Workshop