Specialism News

25 Genomes online event

The Sanger Institute is celebrating its 25th birthday by sequencing the genomes of 25 species native to the UK.  To mark the occasion, they ran an online event to allow students to vote for 5 of the species whose genomes they will sequence next year.  An application was made and we were lucky enough to be selected to take part and contribute to future science!

Pupils were able to learn about the different species, genetic sequencing and even take part in a live chat with wildlife enthusiasts, who were championing different species in a bid to win votes.  40 different species, which included the Scottish wildcat, the common starfish and the emperor dragonfly, competed against each other.  The leathery sea squirt and lion's mane jellyfish were popular contenders amongst our students.

Well done to the pupils below, who attended biology club and took part in the event.

 Year 9
Liam 9K
Milan 9S
Isadora 9S
Helen 9S 
Megan 9S
Gabriel 9X
Year 10
Zara 10K
Molly 10P
Michelle 10R
Fabiha 10R
Emma 10S
Sasha 10S 
Harry 10S
David 10X
Keshav 10L
Year 11
Grace 11K
Lola 11K
Liliana 11R
Keir 11R
Ella 11R
Alex 11P
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Y12 Biology Trip to the Barnet Environment Centre

The Barnet Environment Centre is set in a beautiful 7.5 acre nature reserve in High Barnet.

Year 12 Biology students, Ms Salih, Mr Groom and Ms Slingenbergh visited the centre to learn how to assess water quality and biodiversity through pond dipping. The students learnt how to collect samples and consider how a variety of factors affect the water quality and variety of life within the ponds. None of the students had ever pond dipped before, so it was a brand new experience for all. The students were astonished at the diversity of species they collected and enjoyed using a variety of resources to identify them. Our samples included newts, dragonfly nymphs, pond skaters, backswimmers and even leeches! It’s truly amazing what you can find in ponds!

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Outstanding achievement in national Biology competition

This week the final results were announced for the Royal Society of Biology’s national Biology Challenge competition. This highly respected and rigorous competition is difficult to perform well in, however this year over 100 of our Year 9 and 10 students did well enough to be awarded with a certificate, which is an outstanding achievement. Particular recognition goes to the students who received the Gold certificate, which places them in the top 5.4% of the country.

Students who received the Gold award were:

  • Jack Holladay
  • Gabriel Da Silva
  • Clem Marshall
  • Ted Proctor
  • Charlie Thomas

royal society of biology

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Spring chickens are hatching at APS

Susanne De Sena from year 12 writes...

After winning the Jack Petchey award, I decided to use the money given to us by the Jack Petchey foundation to fund a chicken project with the students at APS.  The project I chose was to incubate ten fertilised chicken eggs and I looked after the chicks for two weeks with the help of a group of animal lovers from key stage 3 and key stage 4.

After incubation, 8 of the eggs hatched perfectly healthily but one sadly died.  The other chick had to be removed from its shell by the talented technician, Mr. Davies and Ms. David, honorary midwifes, after some traumatic first moments of life.  We named him Rocky and he is now healthy and well integrated with the other chicks.

It was a very rewarding experience; bringing and looking after fluffy, chirping new life and seing how much joy it brought to the younger students, teachers and other people who wanted to see and hold the young chicks.

It was a great experience.  Thank you to the Jack Petchey foundation.

The entire hatching process was filmed over the course of a couple of days, and has been edited / condensed by our media technician Sam Redfearn.  Watch the hatching below.

 

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