Computing Team News

By Mr Smith

It has been a very busy term in the Computing Department. We’d like to celebrate several successful endeavours that our Year 8 and 9 students have taken on since September.

Both Year 8 and 9 have been working towards the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (IDEA). This is an international award winning programme which helps people to develop and demonstrate their digital, enterprise and employability skills through a series of badges.

Each badge focuses on a different aspect of digital and tech skills used in industry, providing our students with a record of achievement that they can highlight in future education, careers and work experience. Several students have recently gained their Bronze and Silver awards – congratulations to them and for the hard work they have put into achieving this!

Year 9 have also taken on the International Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge this term, which runs for a fortnight each November. Students are presented with a series of logic puzzles, graded into categories of difficulty, to solve as many as they can within 40 minutes.

Points are awarded based on difficulty, correct and incorrect answers. From the 209,722 students nationally who took part in their age category we had 10 gold award students who were placed in the top 10% in the country! 180 took part, 88 achieved a participation award, 46 achieved a Merit Award (top 50% in school) and 46 achieved a Distinction Award (top 25% in school). Our top 10 students are shown here. Well done everyone!

We have also had a team of 10 Year 8 girls take on the CyberFirst girls competition, which aims to inspire girls interested in technology to pursue a career in cyber security. They formed teams to tackle challenges from cryptography and logic to artificial intelligence and networking for the chance to be crowned cyber security champions. We are super proud of their efforts and the way that they tackled some quite difficult tasks.

Mia T
Gloria F
Rosie R
Annie M
Sophie C
Maisy H
Mia M
Sophie L
Daisy MM
Daisy A

A note for parents:

Parent Zone’s Everyday Digital provides a good guide to understanding the digital world your children are growing up in. It offers advice on how to foster healthy online habits, understand safety and use technology positively. From managing screen time to addressing cyberbullying

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