27th November 2017

Students take part in Computational Thinking Challenge!

The students of DAOS undertook an exciting competition in November in the form of the BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge. It was a series of questions which made them think out of the box and use logical thinking processes. As a school we did fantastically well and we are hoping that a number of our students will rank in the top 10% of the country and be able to represent the school in the next round in March! Congratulations to:

Year 7 –  Rufus Jasko who scored 194 (the highest in Hertfordshire) and Luca Adams, Sonia Speight & Rio Starling who scored 160 and above.
Year 8 –  Pieter Biela Silva, Natalie Kuper, Maria He, Aaron Patel & Andrew Lockett who scored over 150.
Year 9 –  Guilietta Alvis, Simone Balakrishna & Oliver Crofts for the highest scores in Year 9.

Year 12 French Students Exchange to Vannes!

Thanks to Mrs Gillingham and Aminata Sy, our French assistant who accompanied Mrs Gillingham, for organising the annual French Exchange trip to our partner school, Lycée Saint Paul at Vannes for our Year 12 A level students studying French.

The students stayed with their French correspondents and followed lessons at the school. They experienced school life and early starts, with lessons starting at 8am in the morning and finishing at 5.40pm in the evening! Students also had the opportunity to visit the historic town of Nantes, together with a visit to the lovely town of Vannes.  We know these experiences are hugely beneficial to students’ language skills and cultural appreciation.

We would also like to thank Mr Adant the exchange co-ordinator from Lycée Saint Paul, for his help in organising this successful  trip.

Peter Tatchell gives lunchtime lecture!

On Friday 24th November we were extremely lucky to host a guest lecture by Peter Tatchell who has been one of the leading lights in the struggle for gay rights and human rights both here in Britain and worldwide. The talk was organised by the LGBT History Society which is an organisation run entirely by students who meet every week to look at History from new perspectives as well as to provide a safe space for LGBT students. We are hugely grateful to them for organising the talk.

The talk itself was incredibly inspiring as Peter Tatchell regaled the the audience with stories from his time on the front lines as a protestor for gay rights as well as sharing the amazing stories of when he tried, twice, to perform citizen’s arrests on Robert Mugabe! After the lecture he was kind enough to stay and talk to the members of the LGBT History society and offer them words of advice on how to help bring about change. Countless students commented on how they found the talk both captivating and inspiring. The talk served as a powerful reminder that we all have a duty to challenge and call out homophobia or prejudice of any kind.