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14th May 2018

DAOS students come 2nd at the Rotary Youth Speaks National Finals!

Last weekend, our Senior Team (consisting of Year 12 students Tara Daemi, Dorothy Burrowes and Thalia Witherford) travelled to Exmouth to take part in the National Finals of the Youth Speaks public speaking competition run by the Rotary club.

The team debated their topic ‘Why Slavery still exists in the UK’ and did amazingly well coming 2nd place out of 7 teams.

Congratulations to them and many thanks to Miss Lawson for organising our involvement in this competition!

Year 7 Race for The Line Rocket Car Challenge!

On Wednesday 9th May, The Computer Science & DT dept took the winning 2 teams of the Race for the Line competition to the Regional finals which were held at the RAF Henlow. The students had a fantastic time working as a team and racing their rocket car. We came 5th out of a total of 12 schools narrowly beaten by milliseconds.

The students were also able to see some of the Tiger Moths  1930’s biplane’s used as Training aircraft for the RAF until mid-1950’s) as well a number of mini demonstrations by the base commanders and polilce.

Award-winning Author visits Year 13 English Students!

We were delighted to have a visit from the author Francesca Segal who came talk to Year 13 English students about her book The Innocents, and how Edith Wharton’s book The Age Innocence had influenced her writing. The Innocents has won major book awards including the Costa Award for a first novel and the Betty Trask Award. The Innocents is a humorous re-working of The Age of Innocence set in the contemporary North London Jewish community and has many parallels with Edith Wharton’s novel.

Our students were able to discuss the themes in both books, and Francesca really helped them think about the character development in the Wharton story. One student said “she was very friendly and easy to relate to, and help to make the book more accessible”.

Many thanks to our Librarian, Mrs Compton, for organising this visit.