We have had a busy few weeks in the department. Firstly, lots of girls had a taste of ‘hacking’ and solving riddles with competitions run by the National Cyber Security Centre. Year 8 had the annual ‘Girls Cyber Security Challenge’ where twenty-two students entered in teams of up to 4 girls. Another annual competition saw the GCSE Computer Science students competing in the warm-up round for Cyber Discovery competition with 7 making it through to the next round. It was challenging but everyone involved has learnt something out of competing and improved their problem-solving skills.
Also as part of the GCSE and AS level, we had an afterschool session to take apart some old machines to see if we could find some key components. Girls armed with screwdrivers, wire cutters and lots of determination stripped a range of laptops and desktops, which will definitely now no longer work! We shall be recycling some of the gathered components into an art piece for display in the department – so watch this space.
Finally, a few of the Digital Leaders: Kashuf, Phoebe and Suki took the short trip down to the Prep School to present an interactive assembly with Year 5 & 6 girls, for Safer Internet Day 2019.
Unfortunately, a few things happened that meant that we had little time to practice but they all managed to present in an effective and lively way. The Digital Leaders will be running other e-safety events throughout the school over the next year. If you would like more information about using the Internet safely with your child then please visit www.saferinternet.org.uk.