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Cracking the Code

Published Tuesday 12th of November 2013 12:31:05 PM

120 Gifted and Talented Year 7 children from 12 schools around the South West visited Sherborne Girls and Sherborne School for the third annual Cracking the Code event.

The eleven and twelve year olds attended from schools near and far, including Sherborne Prep, Hazlegrove and Hanford, as well as schools in Exeter, Salisbury and Plymouth.

The pupils attended the two senior schools for the whole day and had the opportunity to use facilities at both campuses. Working in small, mixed groups, the activities incorporated Science, Mathematics, Modern Languages, History and Geography skills to enable them to 'Crack the Code'.

Deputy Head for External Affairs and co-organiser Fiona Clapp explained, 'The children had an extremely busy day in which they faced a diverse programme of academic activities. Some of the highlights included using algebra and angles to crack codes in Maths and extracting the DNA from a kiwi fruit in Science. In Humanities, the children enjoyed the challenge of spending £5 million improving a developing country's infrastructure while deciphering codes written in Swedish and Irish!'

She added, 'Hopefully it was an entertaining and an engaging day for everyone and we'd like to thank all of the schools for their attendance and commend the pupils for their excellent behaviour.'
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