Headteacher’s Blog #28 04/05/2018
- Diary dates for next week
- Wednesday 09 May 9.00am Swimming Gala
- The Year 7 Parents’ Evening has been organised for Thursday 7 June from 4.15 until 7.15pm. Parents can book appointments using the online booking system:
- https://www.parents-booking.co.uk/downhammarket and your personal details. A letter with all the details was given to students in tutorial time today.
If you have any problems, please contact Mr Wilson or Miss Tilly who will be able to help.
- A reminder to parents/carers of students in Year 11, from 14 May the existing timetable will collapse so that students can attend specific revision sessions. There is also the opportunity for students to revise independently at home but we will need consent from parents/carers for students to leave the Academy site early – please return the consent form by next Wednesday (9th) to Mr Eastwood.
- Sixth Form
- Theresa Feltwell and Fran Short visited DMA Sixth Form on Wednesday to run a DNA sequencing workshop with Years 12 and 13 Biology, Chemistry and Physics students. The visiting Scientists from the Sanger Institute in Cambridge introduced students to ground breaking minION technology which has been used to sequence DNA in the rainforest, the Antarctic and even by Tim Peake on the International Space Station. Students extracted DNA from bacteria before sequencing their sample using the minION nanopore sequencer. The sample was then identified by “blasting” it against a database of known samples. The students found the session incredibly inspiring and engaged the Scientists in discussions about career opportunities within this area of Science. One student stated “I wish I could do this every day!”
- The new furniture has arrived! The students are very pleased with the brightly coloured soft seating which has been provided for the social space and Study Centre – phase two of the refurbishments is starting next week.
- Well done to the EPQ students who have handed in their final projects this week. Such a range of interesting topics – from gender roles in children’s literature to sea turtles; the research for which was carried out in Florida! We look forward to the current Year 12s EPQs; they are carrying out their research this term.
- Parents/carers are invited to take part in a homework strategy survey using link: