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Burford students win University of Oxford Oncology Competition

Burford students win University of Oxford Oncology Competition

Three students from Burford School have triumphed in a competition run by Oxford University’s Oncology Department.  Against fierce competition Martha Austin, a Year 12 student from Burford School, won first prize and George Genc and Maggie Boyd, also in Year 12, gained third prize.

All students entering the competition were invited, individually or in groups, to create two-minute videos to explain the work currently being undertaken in Oxford’s cancer research community. The challenge was to present the complex science research in terms understandable to a general audience.   The topics the students had to cover included: How cancer forms, How complex cancer can be and why treating them is so difficult, Metastasis, Cell signalling, and DNA mutations.

Entries were judged on both the science and the presentation.  The prize for the top three winning entries will be a tour of the Oncology Department Laboratories and an opportunity to see first-hand some on the research that is being undertaken.  All the winners will be attending a prize-giving in April 2015 where Martha Austin, the overall winner will also be receiving a trophy and Amazon vouchers.

Martha used the analogy of the body as a town and the arrival of cancer as a rather unpleasant and unwelcome neighbour, whilst George and Maggie produced a short animation with a voice over.  As scientists the students particularly enjoyed the research part of the task as it took them further into the topic of cancer than they would normally venture and proved to be an interesting extension of work they will cover within the curriculum.

Mrs Brown, Head of Science at Burford said; we regularly encourage our students to take part in competitions such as this.  They take science out of the confines of the classroom allowing them to see its real-life application and giving them a greater enthusiasm for the subject and its possibilities. All three students are now very excited about their trip to the Oncology Department at the University and to seeing their videos put to good use on their release.


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Once again Joe Craig treated our students to an inspirational talk on writing and creating characters.  This time it was the turn of the Year 8 students to enjoy this dynamic and adventurous speaker and at the end of the morning there was lots of enthusiasm for the book signing.

School musicians play alongside Royal College of Music students

Burford School musicians have been invited, by Mark Messenger, international soloist, conductor and chamber musician and Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music in London, to play alongside his students at the forthcoming Lenthall Concert on 14th January.  The Vasara Quartet, winners of the intercollegiate prize 2014 will be accompanied by students from the school’s Senior Strings Group for the Holberg Suite by Grieg.