Biology Week, October 2016

10th to 14th October.

What happened and were you there?

Great Biology Bake Off

Biology Week - Bake-offOn Monday 11 cakes were entered in this year’s competition – ranging from whole animals (a pig, an octopus), organs (eyes,

hearts, fingers and brains), cells and even a bubbling conical flask. The judges had a tough job to pick between them…even after tasting!!

Congratulations to:

1st place: The Eye – Faye and Isabelle from 7-7

2nd place: Brian The Brain – Areesha Qureshi from 7-7

3rd place: Dissect the Cupcake – Sarah Jilani, Zara Hussain and Aaliyah Mahmood from 8-7

Thank you to everyone who entered – they were all fantastic!

Faye and Isabelle will receive their prize after half term.

Biology Quiz

On Tuesday the Sixth Form Science Society ran a tricky biology quiz for some of our younger pupils, testing them on everything from why fish float to how much DNA we share with bananas!

Fly Lab

Biology Week Fly Lab

After school on Tuesday 37 girls stayed behind to participate in three workshops run by Manchester University’s Fly Lab. They learnt how different mutations in fruit flies contributed to our understanding of genetic inheritance, how the age of a fruit fly affects its ability to climb and how mutant flies can be temporarily paralysed by temperature and shaking, providing useful models for epilepsy studies.

You Are What You Eat
Biology Week - Professor Ian Roberts

On Wednesday Professor Roberts gave a fascinating lunchtime lecture on gut bacteria and the human diet. He explained how the variety of gut flora changes very quickly if our diet changes and how certain bacteria may even contribute to obesity.

Skype a Zoologist

Biology Week - Skype a Zooologist

On Thursday we linked up with London Zoo for a lunchtime Q&A session with Dr Monika Bohm. She discussed her own research and the conservation work of the zoo, trying to preserve endangered species from around the world.

Dissection Masterclass

After school on Thursday we ran the ever-popular dissection masterclass. Students learnt dissection skills and were able to see the internal organs of a rat and how intricately they fit together.

STEM Treasure Hunt

Biology Week - treasure hunt

On Friday 14 teams of intrepid treasure hunters ran around school trying to spot the hidden goat pictures. Each picture had an amazing animal fact on it and the girls had to match this to the animal on their quiz sheet. Congratulations to Amalie, Rabiah, Amira and Alekhya from 7-3, Libby from 7-5 and Nrishi and Aveesha from 7-7 who spotted the most goats around school!

Photography Competition

Gabrielle H, 10-5 - WinnerThe theme of our photography competition this year was Nature Up Close and the standard was really high. After a lot of debate the winning entry was awarded to Gabrielle H from 10-5.

Close runners-up included Mariam S from 10-5, Tabitha H from 10-2 and Sudiksha D from 12-5.

Look out for prints of all the pictures appearing in biology labs over the next few weeks!

Working collaboratively, using your imagination and taking some risks..

Today my year 7 class had to work together to create unusual, whacky plant forms.

They were given a piece of A5 paper and folded it into three sections. The first person had to draw half a flower head or plant, then pass it along. The second person drew the other half of the plant and the third did the stalk, stem or grasses.

The results were fantastic. Creative, fun and it helped each student push their ideas that little bit further by having someone else’s ideas and inspiration integrated into their work. They had to think quickly and take risks, not being too precious about their drawing.

They will now be painted using watercolour.

Here are some results…

MUNCH 2016



On the 8th and 9th of October 2016, some girls from our school went to MUNCH, a Model United Nations conference at Cheadle Hulme School. I for one had a great time, and there was a lot of great debate across a wide range of topics.

I was in the DISEC 2 committee, which is basically talking about disarmament and preventing conflict. We may not quite have secured World Peace, but we did have some rather heated discussions regarding piracy at sea, state-sponsored militias and space arms.

My favourite moment in my committee had to be the resolution to solve all world problems by turning the moon into a death star run by Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump. I can’t see any issues with that at all…

Overall, I really enjoyed MUNCH, as did many of my friends who also came. We had a great time, enjoying some ‘lively’ debate coupled with rap battles and just a general level of friendliness within the committees. Despite the fact that I hardly knew anyone there, I’ve made some friends that I hope to run into at another conference in the future. It was a brilliant weekend, and I can’t wait for the next one!



The devilsdale was full of happy hockey players on Wednesday after school.

An U16/U15 combined team were playing against Rishworth School from Wesr Yorkshire. With one minute to go the score was 2-2. Scarlett had offered to play centre striker, a position she does not normally play. She was in the circle with her stick on the ground when the ball came to her and she hit it hard against the back board, winning us the match 3-2. Well done Scarlett.

The year 7 teams were also busy playing against Lymm High School. The ‘A’ team won 10-0 and the ‘B’ team won 6-1. The ‘B’ team win was particularly pleasing as it was made up of girls who had not yet played on the school team.

Well done to everyone who played.

PwC Open Day

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Careers Open Day – PwC multi-national professional services company offering extensive career options , including accountancy and audit.

School & College Leaver Open AfternoonManchester Office                                                                                                                                  

Date: 28/10/2016

Start Time: 14:00

End Time: 17:00

Attending this day you can pick up lots of information about our work and decide which of our career options interests you most on this highly interactive day.

You’ll spend a day in one of our offices across the UK, discovering what we do, how, why and where we do it, and who we do it for. You’ll find out where a career with PwC can take you – and how far you could go – and you’ll be able to ask us questions face-to-face and get a better grasp of our business.

It’s a good place to start whatever your plans. In fact, many of the people who join our school & college leaver programmes, have taken part in one of our career open days.

Take the opportunity of a lifetime!

Venue: PwC Manchester 101 Barbirolli Square Manchester M2 3PW

Eligible Candidates: All students in year 12 or year 13

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