William Tibbits, biology teacher, explained: “iGEM is an international competition set up for postgraduate research groups to carry out some synthetic biology to solve real world issues. Since then, it has grown and this year had 250 teams from about 50 countries competing. The City of London team was the only school entry from Europe. Everyone is judged according to the same criteria. The team also won the 'iGEMERS award' which was voted for by all of the participants. The really impressive thing, I think, is that the uni teams all have access to high tech labs, where as our lot were trying to do the same stuff in a school lab. It is also almost entirely student-led and so they deserve loads of praise.”View gallery
An iGEM of a project
Something afoot for anti-bullying week
On Friday 20 November, in honour of National Anti-Bullying Week, students and staff put their best sock forward for Odd Socks Day, designed to celebrate the uniqueness and individuality of humankind.
Netball News Roundup
The annual house netball tournaments for years 7 and 8 took place this week, with Ward and St. Bride respectively emerging victorious. Further up the school, meanwhile, one player has been selected to train with a netball academy.
Wings of Hope Award
Congratulations to year 12 Celine, who participated in the Wings of Hope Achievement Award. This is a programme which encourages students from years 9-13 to work in small teams to fundraise for the Wings of Hope Charity, which helps children in India and Malawi access free education.