For the first time this year, all students from Year 7 up to Year 10 took part in the worldwide BEBRAS competition organised by Oxford University and the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Last year 2.5 million students from 56 countries took part in the annual Bebras Challenge, including nearly a quarter of a million from the UK.
What is it about?
The Bebras Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students in a fun series of puzzles. Computing is all about problem solving and computational thinking and the students got a chance to try their hand at solving interesting problems online under timed conditions.
For example, a challenging problem for 16 to 18-year-olds could be based on recursion and fractals or coming up with logic rules for setting up a sensor for a farm for irrigation.
Winning joint prizes for Best in School were Year 10s Danny Cuthell and Daniel Fletcher who are studying GCSE Computer Science, followed closely by William Light.
An impressive 8 amazing students managed to get a Gold award which means they were in the top 10% of the UK. This also means they were invited to participate in the very prestigious Oxford University Computing Challenge, which takes place in February 2022. They were Daniel Fletcher, Daniel Cuthell, William Light, Olivia Reynolds, Rebecca Cuthell, Parker Ward, Chloe Habicher and Jenson Tinkler.
The top 25% participants in our school also received Distinction certificates and the top 50% got Merit certificates.
I am sure you will all join me in congratulating all the students who took part and wishing the 8 students who got into the Oxford University Computing Challenge good luck!
Mrs Roberts, Computing Department
Last week we opened our beautiful, new, state of the art Computer Lab. The Lab is part of the next phase of our site redevelopment and contains all brand new, high spec computers for our students. They’ve really enjoyed using the new space since it opened.
The Computer Lab follows the opening of our Creative Hub last year which is a bright, modern, flexible space for our students to use during practical subjects.
We are currently investing over £200,000 in our new Performing Arts Centre which is due to open to students before Christmas and will provide new changing rooms, toilets and practice spaces for dance, drama and music.
#living #loving #learning
Congratulations again to Mrs Dove.
Join us for the 2021 virtual SEND ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ fair
This year’s event will be held online from 18th to 22nd October
Preparing for adulthood can be an anxious time for families of young people with additional needs and disabilities. In order to help families plan and know what options and support are available, we are pleased to announce Cumbria’s popular ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ fair is back again this year!
Aimed at families of young people with SEND from age 13 to 25, we have a full programme of live webinars across the course of the week, all available on Microsoft Teams. The full list of webinars will be available on the SEND Local Offer website from Wednesday 13th October. Have a look at the webinar timetable and plan which webinars you would like to attend.
We have worked with parents/carers and young people to plan this year’s event. Each webinar will be presented by an expert in their field, who will explain all about their service, who it is for and how to access it. There are webinars on apprenticeships, interview skills, supported living options, day opportunities, health and mental health transition from child to adult services, continuing health care, social and sporting opportunities, as well as presentations with post 16 colleges, drop-in sessions with SEND Alliance Cumbria, the new parent carer forum, and much, much more.
The webinars are all ‘open access’, so you don’t need to register or put in any details. Just click the link for the webinar you want to go to at the appointed time and the link will take you straight there.
Also this year, we have an Information and Advice section packed full of resources for families to explore. Again we have worked with parents/carers and young people to plan what resources would be most helpful. There are lots of things, from details of support from disability associations, right through to information on mental capacity, guardianship and deputyship, alongside resources from all of our brilliant webinar presenters.
Please tell your colleagues, friends and family, and we hope to see you there for a very exciting and informative week!
The North West Festival of Women in Mathematics is open to all KS4 and KS5 students of Mathematics (some sessions are only open to KS5 due to their content) but we would particularly like to encourage female students who might be considering studying Mathematics or a STEM subject at A Level or University. There are a number of online workshops over three weeks given by research mathematicians at various career stages.
In all of the sessions the host will introduce herself and give a brief biography of her career and research and there will be time for questions and answers at the end of the session.
Here is a table of all of the sessions. You will need to register to attend any sessions individually
Teachers please sign up for the event (not students individually). We will then contact you with the Zoom webinar registration details before the event for you and your students to register
|Name||Title of Session||age group||Time||Event Number|
|Professor Rebecca Shipley||“Mathematics in Healthcare”||all ages||Wednesday 23rd June 1.30 – 2.30pm||8419|
|Eleanor Doman||“Similarities and Scalings in Nature: An Introduction to Mathematical Biology”||all ages||Tuesday 29th June 5.30 pm and Wednesday 30th June 2pm||8425
|Professor Louise Walker||“Origami and the mathematics of paper folding”||all ages||Monday 5th July 10am and Tuesday 6th July 5.30pm||8430
|Dr Demi Allen||“A formula inspired by mice brains and playing darts on fractals”||all ages||Thursday 1st July – 11am||8429|
|Dr Yang Han||Statistics and Data Analysis||all ages||Tuesday 29th June 10.30am||8421|
|Dr Anastasia Kisil||“Mathematics, Resonance and Metamaterials”||16+||Thursday 1st July 7pm||8408|
|Dr Vandita Patel||“Fermat’s Last Theorem and Beyond”||all ages||Thursday 24th June 10am||8420|
|Dr Vandita Patel||“Decoding Mathematics”||16+||Monday 28th June 7pm||8410|
|Eleanor Johnstone||“How to get to the edge of the atmosphere, the bottom of the ocean and everything else in between: using fluid dynamics to understand our world”||16+||Wednesday 7th July 1pm||8443|
|Guest Speaker plus a panel of female mathematicians||Final session plus Q&A||all||Wednesday 7th July 7pm||8432|
- Showcase successful women in mathematics and statistics at various stages of their careers
- Give participants an insight into the careers of female mathematicians, statisticians and operational researchers
- Enrich participants’ knowledge of several interesting topics from mathematics and statistics
Who will benefit from attending?
This session is only open to KS5 maths students (and teachers) due to the level of mathematics involved. We would particularly like to encourage female students who might be considering studying Mathematics or a STEM subject at University.
In this workshop, the goal is to work in a group and build a 3D mathematical object. However, the instructions are all muddled up and in code! Decode the instructions and piece together the 3D object.
Please bring along lots of paper (coloured if you have it), compass (can make one with string if there isn’t one to hand, I will show how to at the beginning of the session), ruler, scissors, glue, pens and pencils.
Please note that this session will be delivered via a zoom meeting and participants will need to work together as a group to decode the problems. This means they will need to be prepared to speak and get involved in the sessions.
I have registered our school for all the relevant sessions and an email with joining links have been sent out.