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Biology Week 2019

The Biology Department has been celebrating the RSB’s annual Biology Week. Year 12 students, Hope, Astrid and Gemma organised a series of events to celebrate all things Biological. The Year 7 and 8 girls started with a lunchtime lab, where they were able to extract their own DNA  to put into a glass vial that could be worn as a necklace.

Tuesday brought the Great Biology Bake Off! Everyone was bowled over by the effort that students went to in bringing their fabulously imaginative creations into school and were astounded by the extremely high quality of all of the entries. There were red velvet brains, chocolate hearts, fondant creatures, delicious DNA and cupcake clones galore! After the seriously difficult task of judging was over, the Y12s worked hard to sell the cakes at break and lunchtime and were delighted that the combined effort of the saleswomen and bakers raised £248 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (chosen because this is the current focus of the Year 12 curriculum). The winners of the Bake Off will be announced in assembly, but well done to everyone who took part – you were all Star Bakers!

Throughout the week there has been a daily display of the Department’s favourite Biology books – and our stories about why we love them. We hope we have inspired some of you to pick up some ‘oldies but goodies’. Wednesday and Thursday brought the final events: the ‘Nostalgia Cinema’ showing of the Year 7 classic ‘Body Worlds:Teen Dreams’ was enjoyed by the Year 10-13 girls, who fondly remember watching it with wide-eyed wonder as 11 year olds, and finally many of our older students went off to New Scientist Live to see the many amazing displays, experiments and exhibitions on show, hopefully gathering ideas for Biology Week 2020!

Mrs Donald, Biology Teacher