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Educational Visits

 

We provide a wide range of educational visits for every year group including Drama and social visits to Theatre productions, Science events at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, student events at local Universities, Art students to Galleries, Business students to local companies and Graphics students to the Didcot Railway Centre. To view details of this year's visits please click here

 Here is a highlight of our trips over recent years. For futher details click on the visit name and it will take you to more information:

Visit Name Curriculum Link Where Year Group
Zimbardo Conference Psychology London Year 12 & 13
Particle Physics Show Science Oxford University Year 9
Big Bang Science Fair Science Birmingham NEC Year 8
RPO with John Lill Music Reading Hexagon Years 7-10
RE Day RE Oxford & Reading Year 10
Russell Group visit Brasenose Education progression Oxford Year 12
Oxford Courts Citizenship Oxford Year 10
Woman in Black Drama London Year 10 & 11
Chemistry & Art Workshop Science Oxford Year 9
Houses of Parliament Citizenship London Year 11
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Dance London Year 12 & 13
The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe English Oxford Year 7
Top of The Bench Science Oxford Year 9 & 10
Can Machines Think? Science Oxford Year 9
Maths Alive! Maths London Years 9 & 10
Maths Inspiration Maths Reading  Years 11 & 12
Choir perform at Civic Hall Music Didcot Years 7 & 8
Sweeney Todd Music Oxford Years 9 -12
Remembrance Sunday Citizenship Didcot Year 11
China Visit 2013 MFL Beijing and Xi'an Years 10, 11, 13
Ulysses Group Pedagogy Didcot Year 10
Houses of Parliament Citizenship London Year 10
Computing Museum Visit ICT/Computing London Year 12 & 13
Yenworthy Art visit Art Devon Year 11, 12 & 13
Field trip to south coast GCSE Geography Studland Bay and Swanage Year 10
Galleries of Justice GCSE History Nottingham Year 10
Salters' Festival of Chemistry Science Oxford Years 7 & 8
Salamanca MFL Spain Years 9 and 10
PGL Osmington Bay ICT Weymouth Year 8
Moroccan Magic! Enrichment Morocco Year 11
KS3 Science Day at RAL Science Harwell Year 7
Matilda the Musical Enrichment London Year 11
Partnership with Germany MFL Oxford Year 9
Changsha and Beijing MFL China Year 9 & 10
Ghost Trail Enrichment Oxford Year 10 & 11
Rambert Dance Dance London Years 9 - 13
Blood Brothers Drama Milton Keynes Year 10
Complex Numbers Maths Oxford Year 12
Paralympics PE London Years 8 - 12
Festival of Chemistry Science Oxford Year 8
PGL Residential ICT Osmington Bay Year 8
French Chateau MFL Northern France Year 7
Women in Computer Science ICT Oxford Year 10
Munga Debate Enrichment Didcot Year 12
The Crowstarver Drama Oxford Years 9-13
German Christmas Markets MFL Munich Year 8-11
Paris Homestay MFL Paris Years 8, 9 & 10
National Science Fair Science London Year 8
Rapunzel by Creation Theatre English Oxford Year 7
Houses of Parliament Citizenship London Year 11
Rhythm Force Music Kneller Hall Mixed
GCSE Fieldwork Geography Swanage and Studland Year 9 & 11
Summer Concert Music Cornerstone, Didcot Mixed
Black Country Museum History Dudley Year 7
PGL Residential ICT Lancashire Year 8
Madrid Languages & Art Spain Year 8
Galleries of Justice History Nottingham Year 9 & 10
Beijing Languages China Years 8 & 12

 

 


Zimbardo Conference – 25th March 2014

On March 25th a group of current AS and A2 level students went to the Emmanuel Centre in London to experience a conference between several colleges and a number of famous psychologists; including the ‘legendary teacher’ Dr Zimbardo. The trip started with a very early start at 7.30 am before reaching Emmanuel Centre at 10.30 am.

Zimbardo 1The conference began with a talk from Phil Banyard, the former Chief Examiner with OCR. He entertained the audience with a clever insight into his chosen topic of ‘Who am I?’ by combining his knowledge on the subject with comedic commentary. The conference continued with a talk from the host, a widely published author of A level Psychology books, Clara Flanagan, who spoke about Ecological Validity and how she has looked at the idea in-depth. This proved to be very beneficial to all the students as validity is a major factor within our studies and this gave us an expert’s opinion on how validity should be studied. An excellent talk on ’saving face through murder’ was then given from Professor David Wilson. He involved all of the students by passing round microphones and letting them give an answer to any questions he would throw at us about his chosen topic, resulting in a fascinating and intellectual discussion between him and the audience.

After a short break we then received the much anticipated talk from the brilliant Dr Zimbardo. He spoke about his experience within the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment as well as touching on Milgram’s research into obedience. Zimbardo’s discussion was interesting and intellectual while also being charming and funny as he struggled with the technology and wore a t-shirt with his face on the front! Dr Zimbardo then introduced his wife, Professor Christina Maslach, who spoke about her experience into heroism within the Stanford Prison Experiment and also her own research into ‘burn out’. The trip ended with Zimbardo introducing us to his new scheme, the ‘Heroic Imagination Project’ and giving each school a signed picture of himself (ours will be framed very soon).

The trip was very beneficial in understanding details within the studies and also entertaining to see famous psychologists speak about something they are so passionate about. This inspired us, as students, to continue in our studies to one day reach the level these Psychologists are working at.

Amy Ballantyne 12JMP

 


Particle Physics Show

On Thursday 20th March, 31 Triple Science students made their way to Didcot train station to catch the 8:55am train to Oxford, to visit Oxford University's Department of Physics...

"As we arrived at the Department of Physics, we were shown the way to our seats in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, on the way passing some impressive scientific apparatus. As we walked in to the lecture theatre, music was playing and the students performing the show were just setting up the last few pieces of equipment. We had time to take a few 'selfies' before - Show PP Show 6Time! Throughout the show, special effects and fantastic scientific models led us through the 'whys' 'whats' and 'hows' of the fundamental particles of life. We learnt about the structure of the atom, the charges on different particles and how all these were discovered. The show was comical, full of science and really engaging. After the finale (which involved a human model of particles in an accelerator and the formation of a Higg's Boson particle), we gave a huge round of applause, thanked the students for a great show and made our way back to the train station ready for our last lessons of the day!"

The students were impeccably behaved and learnt a great deal of fundamental science. As staff, we were proud to have them representing Didcot Girls' School.

Miss Painting


The Big Bang Science Fair 2014

Eighty-five very excited YeaBigBang_3r 8 students travelled to the NEC Birmingham on March 14th to experience the biggest single celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the UK: the Big Bang Science Fair. The girls made the most of the vast range of activities, shows and exhibits on offer, from the Science of Dr Who to studying optical illusions; Gastronaut Extreme to engineering with white chocolate; how fireworks are made to making your own slime.

As well as enjoying "all the fun of the fair" the girls learned of the wealth of exciting opportunities available to young people through STEM subjects, both in education and beyond into the world of work. Perhaps some will be inspired to become the scientists and engineers we need to address the challenges of the future.

Dr Nickerson


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – 18th March 2014

On March 18th a group of current and future GCSE Music students met up at Didcot train station to go to the Hexagon in Reading to hear a concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO).

After taking the train to Reading and then a short walk we arrived at the Hexagon.  Our seats were right above the orchestra in RPO 18 March 2the Balcony.  The performance, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, began with Brahms’ Tragic Overture, which was a large orchestral piece that we all loved. The next piece was Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3; a piece that is known to be extremely difficult to play. This Concerto was played by John Lill. The speed and accuracy of his playing mesmerised us especially since he had no music in front of him and it was a very long piece. Even more amazing is that John Lill is 70 this year!

After the interval, a pot of ice cream and a tragic spider incident the performance continued. The final piece that was played by the whole Orchestra was Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, with its many tricky solos from the flute and piano. This piece is incredibly difficult but sounded effortless.  After the amazing performance and yet another even more tragic spider incident we left for the train station to make our way home at 11pm. Although we came into school like zombies the next day due to the late night, we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening and would love to do it all again but maybe without the spider joining us!

The next trip will be on the 6th June to hear the RPO performing with the guitarist John Williams.  It is well worth attending a live performance.

Laurel Platt 9SJG

 


Year 10 RE Day January 2014

YRE1ear 10 spent a memorable day as 'Religious Detectives' accomplishing numerous missions as they visited different places of religious worship in Oxford and Reading on Thursday 30th January. The theme for the day was on World Religions where our pupils immersed themselves in the religious life of the 6 'big' religions for a morning. Each one of the 6 groups visited a different place of worship for a tour and talk, this included a Mosque, Vihara, Gurdwara, Cathedral, Temple and a Synagogue. In the afternoon it was back to base to produce an exhibition of their learning. A great day for Year 10 who did themselves proud and fedback that it was: 'Awesome', 'Inspiring', Interesting' and that 'I had fun and learnt a lot'

Mr George


 

Russell Group go to Brasenose College

On the 22nd of January this year 35 of the Russell group students had a trip to visit the Oxford University College of Brasenose to have a preview of what life in Oxford would have in store for them should they choose to apply to this University. I think that it will prove to be a very useful experience when we will potentially be making a hard decision of what university to chose and aided us in possibly swaying our indecision over weather Oxford would be the place for us or not.
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The trip was primarily useful due to the fact that it disproved many deterring misconceptions about Oxford University as a place where people live in dusty libraries mulling over large Shakespearian texts all in robes and the main thought of it being an institution for elitists only. The truth of it is that actually the general idea they are advised to follow is “8 hours work, eight hours sleep and eight hours play… not weekend inclusive” this can go to show how Oxford is actually a more relaxed environment with good work ethic but also with a high standard of relaxing and taking part in extra curricular activities. Another surprising statistic that we learned was the fact that 70% of Oxford students are actually from state school and so therefore outnumber the people from private school backgrounds by over double.
 

Mr Lawton


 

 Oxford Courts – January 2014

Law visit 2014Citizenship pupils saw the Criminal Justice System close up and in action recently during a visit which took in both the Magistrates and Crown Court. We spent a fascinating morning sitting in on actual court cases and observing Magistrates, Judges, Jurys and Lawyers going about their daily basis. It was fascinating to watch the workings of a court and of course to discover the misdemeanour (or 'alleged' misdemeanours) that some people had been getting up to. It was also very thought provoking to realise how much damage drink and drugs do in our society and in relationships, as many cases were linked to them. All in all though, it was a memorable day.

Mr George

 


A Thrilling Treat at the Theatre

A group of 48 GCSE Drama pupils enjoyed being frightened, on Tuesday 28th January at a matinee performance of ‘The Woman in Black’ at London’s Fortune Theatre. The girls loved this super-scary show, which is an exercise in pure gothic wib 1creepiness that saw them all hanging onto the edge of their seats and jumping at the slightest sound, which was made in the small venue.

‘The Woman in Black’ combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It gives audiences an unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world.

‘The Woman in Black’ is now celebrating 25 years in the West End. Over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged.

Many thanks to Mrs. Luke and Mrs. Hardiman for their support on another successful and enjoyable drama experience.

Mrs Parkington

 


Chemistry & Art Workshop: 14th January 2014

Oxford Uni CrestOn 14th January seven students from year 9 experienced an interdisciplinary day at Oxford University, learning about the insoluble coloured substances used to make paints: pigments.

The day began at the Ashmolean Museum where the girls examined some Renaissance paintings and learned about the various natural substances that were used to make paints at that time. Next the girls went to the Ruskin School of Art, to try preparing their own egg tempera paints using the same techniques as the Renaissance painters, but starting with both natural and synthetic pigments.

The group sampled lunch at Balliol College, in a dining hall which reminded some of Hogwarts. In the afternoon they headed to the Chemistry department where they used chemical reactions to make two different coloured pigments and then used these to prepare samples of paint.

Everyone enjoyed their day in Oxford, learning about chemistry, history, art and the connections between them as well as finding out more about Oxford University. Perhaps some of the group might study there themselves in the future.

Dr Nickerson


 

A Day at Houses of Parliament – January 2014

Hot on the heels of the recent Yr 10 trip, our Yr 11 Citizenship pupils did us proud at the Houses of Parliament. Participating on hopa tour and in a workshop we got to see a busy day in Parliament as our trip was on a Wednesday, which is Prime Minister's Questions Day. Ed Miliband walked past us and we found ourselves next to Eric Pickles, Andy Durnham and Sir Menzies Campbell at different points in our tour. Sitting later in the Houses of Lords public gallery to observe a debate we even saw Baroness Floella Benjamin who some of you older readers may remember from your childhood, presenting children television shows. We also spent time in the historic Westminster Hall hearing about trials of the past involving William Wallace and Guy Faulkes. It was another memorable and fascinating day at the heart of our democracy which we saw very much in action.

Mr George

 


Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” – January 2014

Swan LakeLast Tuesday evening the AS and A2 dance students went to London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre to watch Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan lake’, a contemporary dance adaptation of the classic ballet. Some students were surprised to see a chorus of male dancers in feathered hareem pants performing quirky bird like movements, in contrast to the traditional graceful female ballerinas. Hopefully this experience will give students insight into viewing the piece live when they come to write about it for their theory paper. Despite a late return all students were good company as ever and back in school dancing away in full force the next day!

Miss Wadge

 

 


Year 7 watch “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”

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On Wednesday 18th December 2014, nearly all of year 7 entered the magical land of Narnia for Creation Theatre Company’s production of The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe. We travelled by coach to the North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford and filled the auditorium with our very excited year 7s. The magic of Narnia was felt by all and Aslan’s arrival wowed the audience. In particular, the girls enjoyed the live music and impressive set design.

Miss Roberts would like to congratulate the year group for representing the school in such an impressive manner.


 

Top of the Bench

Top BenchWell done to the team of four students who represented DGS in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench Competition, held on December 12thin the Physical Chemistry Laboratory of Oxford University. The teams were challenged to design a device that would act as a timer to turn on a light after at least a five-minute delay, using only a strip of magnesium, a bulb, some wire, batteries and a selection of items that could be found in a supermarket, including vinegar and lemons. The DGS team of Ellie McRitchie, Robyn O’Neill, Chloe Tucker and Hannah Young built an ingenious device using the principle of electrolysis. Their timer had a consistent 20 minute delay, but unfortunately they were not able to start it until 10 minutes before judging, which meant that their light came on 10 minutes after the appointed time.

However, most teams were unable to complete the challenge by producing a working delay-switch and so the team were delighted to be awarded third place in a very tough competition. Well done girls!

Dr Nickerson


Can Machines Think?

Nineteen triple science students from year 9 went to Oxford University on 11th December to find out more about this thought provoking question. They enjoyed a fascinating lecture from Professor Peter Millican which explored what we mean by intelligence, the philosophy of computer science and included Lin Zimba up on stage in front of hundreds of students asking questions to three mystery individuals to see if they were human.

The girls then took part in hands-on workshops in either the physics or computing science Can Machine 4departments, where they had the opportunity to try some amazing activities with binary code, liquid nitrogen and magnetic levitation.

All the students who took part were enthusiastic participants throughout and were commended on their excellent attitude and behaviour by Professor Millican.

Dr Nickerson and Mrs Norton


Friday 6th December – Maths Alive

On Friday 6th 25 students from Yr 9 and 10 travelled to the Institute of Education in London for a day of talks about Maths. We began with a talk from Maths In ActionSimon Singh, author of “Fermat’s Last Theorem” and “The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets”. Did you know the writers of the Simpsons are brilliant Mathematicians? They regularly sneak bits of brilliant Maths and amazing numbers into the episodes of the Simpsons and Fututrama. This was followed by Paul Sloane who encouraged us to think laterally to solve problems and caught a few of us out! Then Dr Emma McCoy showed us some amazing patterns in Pascal’s Triangle and how it is regularly used to solve problems with probability. Dr James Grime talked about code breaking, how it was used during the second world war with an enigma machine and how it we all use it now when sending a text or buying things online. Finally Dr Calvin Smith explained the maths of life and death, ending with a particularly worrying prediction of what would happen during a zombie apocalypse! A very enjoyable day was had by all.


Tuesday 3rd December – Maths Inspiration

On Tuesday 3rd 12 students from Yr 11 and 12 travelled to Reading to listen to speakers talk about the wider ranges and sometimes unexpected uses of Maths. For example, did you know a wheel doesn’t need to be circular for you to travel comfortably without bumping up and down in your car? Or that at the correct frequency a pendulum could stand vertically upwards unaided? Challenging topics can be proved with pizza? Or that musical chords and melodies are all mathematical sequences?! This is a fantastic trip every year which sparks the imagination of all present. Ever wondered about the creation of society? Have a look at John Conway’s Game of Life, an entertaining computer game which makes you wonder… who set the rules we live by?!


Choir Perform!

On Saturday 30th November we were invited to sing at Gift-Fest a craft fair in Didcot Civic Hall raising money for various Civic Hall 2charities.  Members of the Year 7 and 8 choirs gave up their Saturday morning to perform festive tunes from O Little Town of Bethlehem to Frosty the Snowman as well as a new song written by our Head of Music, Mr Blyth.

The performance was very encouraging, for some of them the first time they had performed in public and the girls did themselves proud.  A positive start as we go into a busy period for the choir.  Everyone is invited to our annual Christmas Concert on 17th December at 7pm in Cockcroft Hall.

 


Sweeney Todd Visit

Sweeney Todd 2On the 14th November a group of girls from Years 9-12 attended Oxford Playhouse to see an amazing version of ‘Sweeney Todd’.  It was a fabulous production with fantastic singing from the thirty five strong chorus and soloists: Oxford Operatic Society tackled the Sondheim score with professionalism and musical skill.

Sweeney Todd is a tale of a murderous barber and his accomplice, Mrs Lovett the pie maker.  Heart broken Mr Todd returns to London having been in exile in Australia. Hoping to rejoin his family Todd is told that his wife has committed suicide and his daughter has been adopted by the judge who caused him so much pain.  Feeling desolate, he meets Mrs Lovett, who returns his barber’s razor, takes him in and fuels his desire for revenge.  After being blackmailed, Todd kills his blackmailer and Mrs Lovett puts the body in her pies.  This leads to him evaluating and killing customers before murdering Judge Turpin and accidentally killing the Bird Lady - who turns out to be his wife. 

The journey home on the train was also a highlight of the evening with much singing of various show tunes - which Mr Blyth joined in with as well!

Sophie Curtis and Robyn Darby

 

 


 

Lest We Forget

Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day assigned every year to remember all those who have Remembrance Sunday 2013given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. Since the end of World War 1 people right across the Commonwealth take the opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by all of our brave Service men and women. 

It was very humbling to see so many people from the Didcot Girls' School community paying their respects and giving thanks to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, in giving their lives, so that we can enjoy ours.  Victoria Birch, Elinor Jones, Sarah Paley, Abbie Nosworthy, Amy Hollister, Ciara Westhead, Becci Humphries and Ella Walker accompanied Mr Botwe and Mr Fahey to lay a wreath in remembrance at the local Didcot service.  It was a poignant and moving parade and one we value being able to take part in annually, representing the wider school community of Didcot Girls School.

 

 


DGS in China!

This October fourteen Didcot Girls’ School Mandarin GCSE and A Level students were able to take part in a trip of a lifetime to China. As Mandarin is increasing in popularity as a GCSE option at Didcot Girls’ School, more and more students are also able to take this chance to experience the culture of the country and interact with Chinese people in their own language.

The girls travelled first to Beijing, the heart and capital of China, in which they were able to experience the rich culture the city possesses.  Diving deep into the country’s past, China 1 2013we visited cultural and historical landmarks such as the Forbidden City, where we were able to appreciate the elegant, regal designs of Chinese architecture along with the beautiful Imperial Gardens. The girls’ primary aim during the trip was to practise their Chinese; not a problem however, as opportunities to mix with the local population occurred very frequently due to the numerous amounts of people who stopped to ask for photos! The girls also visited sites such as Jin Shang Park, along with the infamous Tiananmen Square, where they had the privilege of watching the raising of the flag at dawn over the populous square. People congregated in crowds to proudly watch the nation’s flag being raised; however, by the end of the ceremony the flag had very little attention as the girls, yet again became a focus of interest to the Chinese people, thus leading to more pictures being taken! The girls also had the opportunity to appreciate some of the modern architecture that China offers, as they visited the site of the 2008 Olympic Games, the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube, in which China invested the equivalent of $423million.

The diversity and contrast of old and new in Beijing was made apparent as the girls could take a step right out of their hostelChina 2 2013  and be welcomed into the modern life of China’s capital city, or take a step left in which they would be plunged into the depths of Chinese history. In moments, they were in the Hu Tong alleyways, which offered traditional shops, houses and food (which the girls didn’t hesitate to try, causing them to consume some odd things, including scorpions!) However, the way in which to experience China’s past and present simultaneously is to visit the Great Wall of China, something the girls were lucky enough to experience. Leaving the hustle of the city, we travelled to a secluded, privately owned area of the Wall  which only Dragon Trip groups can visit. This sheltered, untouched area of the wall allowed the girls to appreciate China’s history, culture and its landscape; we visited the Wall at sunset and then at sunrise the following morning, an unforgettable experience. 

terracotta-army-pit1-lWe also experienced  a day in the life of a Chinese student at Beijing’s Number 14 Middle School. This was fascinating due to the contrast in school life between English and Chinese students; the girls were able to sit in a couple of classes and also interact with the other students at break and lunch time. Not only was this an opportunity to see how lessons were different in China, but the girls also were able to practise their Chinese with students their age.

Next, we visited the old, traditional city of Xi’an. Once in Xi’an we took part in many activities such as riding tandem bikes along the City Walls, this begun as a very wobbly experience but after we  found our  balance we were able to enjoy the beautiful city view. We were also able to visit the historic Terracotta Warriors, it was extremely interesting to see such a well known attraction in the flesh and learn a little about Chinese history. After Xi’an we caught the night train back to Beijing in order to, sadly, fly back home. All of the girls enjoyed the night train, even if it was scary sleeping in the top bunk with two others below you! All in all the trip was ahuge  success, the students were able to submerge themselves into a culture almost completely new, converse with native Chinese speakers and have an experience of a life time!

Miss Marsh, Mrs Dong and the DGS Chinese group


Year 10 Ulysses Group: News Engagement Project

Friday 8th November marked the start of an exciting project for 22 members of the year 10 Ulysses Group. After school, Bhaveet Radia and Marinella Capriati from Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford joiUlyssesned us to run a challenging project based around exploring the news and media in modern society. Having been charged with thinking about the very purpose of education, the girls worked creatively in groups to come up with story ideas for ‘The Daily Didcot’ newspaper. They were left with cameras to help them explore their stories in depth before the next session. Over the next three sessions, the girls will be working collaboratively before the project concludes with a presentation at Lady Margaret Hall itself. A challenging and prestigious project, we look forward to seeing what they come up with before Christmas!

Mrs.  Ashton, Leader of Pedagogy

 


Our Next Generation of Leaders?

P1000815Citizenship pupils got a taste of power and democracy in action in November.  30 pupils visited the Houses of Parliament to learn more about how our country is run.  Pupils had a fascinating tour of the home of our democracy visiting both the House of Commons and Lords, where they got to meet current Lords and MPs.  The tour was followed by an interactive workshop on ‘Making Laws’, then, after lunch in the famous, but drafty, Westminster Hall we witnessed the Speakers procession with John Bercow MP (this signals the opening of a parliamentary session for the day).  Before leaving we had time for a quick visit to the Public Gallery to sit in on an interesting debate led by Schools Minister David Laws on the controversial proposal for free school meals for all Key Stage 1 pupils. A short walk back to the coach took us past the amiable Lembit Opik who agreed to a quick photo with our group (you may know him for being a high profile ex-MP or for being in ‘I’m a Celebrity!’) and then before we knew it we were heading back to Didcot after a fascinating and unforgettable day.

 


Computer Science visit to London's Science Museum - October 2013

IMG_0633On 16 October 2013, the Computing and ICT Department took twelve upper and lower sixth form students to the London Science Museum. We went with a focus on the importance of Alan Turing and how his advanced computational thinking has affected the development of today's computers. 

This was a hardy group of technologists, who were not fazed by the hustle and bustle of rush hour London and we arrived at the Museum with wide-eyed expectation.   The Turing exhibition provided information on the life and times of Alan Turing, including an aircraft bombing mechanical computer and even his autopsy report.

Whilst examining the exhibits, students were able to appreciate the advancement of technology since the 1940s and were amazed at how Turing’s ideas are still relevant today.

After a hearty lunch at KFC (student choice!) and a good look around the M&M store in Piccadilly, we headed back to the Museum to investigate the Computer exhibition where we saw how immense early computers were, allowing us to compare them with today's technology processing power.

We then had time to investigate other areas of interest such as medicine and yet technology still raised its digital head!  We came to the conclusion that, like it or not, technology has made a large impact on our lives!  So thank you Mr Turing, it is sad that he died so young (aged 41) and did not live to see how special he actually was.

We arrived back at Didcot at 7.30pm and although we were weary, we were a happy band of technologists who did D6 proud!  Hopefully we have the next Turing in our midst - who knows?

 


Yenworthy Art visit - July 2013

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Year 11, 12 and 13 Art students took advantage of excellent weather to draw and take part in adventure activities in Devon when they visited Yenworthy Lodge. Find out more about their visit by clicking here.

 

 


 Field trip to south coast - July 2013

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Year 10 GCSE Geography students combined fieldwork with eating ice creams when they visited the south coast in July. Read more by clicking here.

 

 

 


 Galleries of Justice - June 2013

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GCSE History students entered into the spirit of this visit with great enthusiasm when we visited the Galleries of Justice to find out more about the ways crime and punishment used to be handled. For more information please click here.

 

 

 

 


Salters' Festival of Chemistry - June 2013

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Four girls represented DGS at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry in Oxford by participating in challenges and experiments related to chemistry. For further information please click here.

 

  


 SalamancaSalamanca group - May 2013

 A group of year 9 and 10 students spent their half term holiday in sunny Salamanca. The girls stayed with host families and spent their days with DGS staff studying Spanish, visiting local places of interest, learning flamenco dancing and having a go at Spanish cookery. To find out more about their visit please click here.

 

  


PGL Osmington Bay - May 2013

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 A group of 80 girls from year 8 enjoyed a weekend on the south coast near Weymouth in glorious sunshine. Adventure activities included "The Big Swing" and  Zip Wire. The girls also worked on their IT skills including films and editing. To find out more please follow this link

 

 


 Year 11 Enrichment visit to Morocco - February 2013

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In February half term 20 girls from year 11 went on a fantastic trip to Morocco where they learnt about the different culture, sampled traditional food, rode camels, shopped in local markets and much more. To fin out more please click here http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/242/magical-morocco

 

 


 KS3 Science Day at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories January 2013

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 Girls from Year 7 represented the school at this event working in teams and enjoying a day full of activities. For more information please click here.

 

 

 


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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical captured the imagination of our Year 10 and 11 students yesterday evening during a packed performance at London’s Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden.  For more information please follow this link to our news page:

 


 

german visitorsInternational Links with Germany December 2012

Ten girls from year 9 hosted our German visitors around Oxford on a tour of the Caslte and Harry Potter tour of the city. For more information please follow the link below to our news page: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/220/international-links-strengthened  

  

 


Changsha and Beijing October & November 2012

At the end of October Miss Marsh and 10 students from Yr 9 and 10 spent two weeks in China. ThChina group 2012ey visited Changsha and Beijing whilst experiencing a variety of linguistic and cultural activities. It was an immensely rewarding adventure for all.

Betsy Brind 9SPP writes.......On Monday 22nd October we left for a trip of a lifetime…China! We were very excited and not the least bit tired even though we woke up at 2:15am. After a long journey to Changsha our first reaction was “ Wow! This is a very different scenery to the UK!” But while we were there it just got better and better. By the end of the trip we did not want to go home. We think the best bit of the trip was being able to get a feel for how other people live. I would most definitely recommend this trip.           

 


 

Ghost trail

 Ghost Trail in Oxford October 2012

Intrepid year 10s and 11s went on a ghost trail in Oxford to learn about the city's history...... for more information please follow this link to our news page: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/208/ghost-trail-terrifies-our-teens

 

 


 

 Rambert Dance in London October 2012

On Thursday 18th October, Dance students from Years 9-13 visited London to see Rambert, the national company for contemporary dance, renowned as being one of the most distinctive and the most creative companies working in Britain today.

Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, the Company has sustained her pioneering commitment to choreography and developing dan1097-3013-labyrinth_of_lovecers as artists, leading the way for over 85 years. The vision of this energetic Polish woman ensured that dance as an artform took root and blossomed in this country, and Rambert’s influence now extends across the world.

Bold, risk-taking, agile and beautiful, the dancers combined rigorous technique and artistry with an extraordinary ability to challenge and entertain – a real inspiration to our dancers, who picked up lots of tips for their own techniques and choreography.  The Company is also renowned for its use of live music and it is the only UK-based contemporary dance company always to tour with an orchestra. 


 

Blood BrothersBlood Brothers in Milton Keynes October 2012

Year 10 GCSE Drama students went to Milton Keyens for a brilliant production of one of their set texts "Blood Brothers". To read more please follow the link below: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/202/blood-brothers-musical-visit

 


 Complex Numbers Maths Visit September 2012

On Friday 21st SepteComplex numbersmber nine Yr 12 Further Maths students visited Oxford Spires Academy to take part in an afternoon of Complex Numbers. During the afternoon, students were taught about the imaginary number i (or j if you are an engineer) where it arises and how to use it. We were all able to take part in challenges using the new skills we had acquired. Our students are now able to solve any kind of quadratic equation, particularly equations that were previously unsolvable, plot imaginary numbers on Argand diagrams and find the argument of z. We had a lovely, if rather mind blowing, afternoon and some very nice doughnuts!

 


 

ParalympicsDSCF4182[1] September 2012

In September four groups from DGS visited the Paralympics in London - a once in a lifetime opportunity for many - read Jessica Cooke's account of her visit at: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/195/dgs-visits-the-paralympics

 

 


 

 Festival of Chemistry June 2012

On June 19th Festival of Chemistryfour girls from year 8 represnted DGS at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry which was held in the teaching labs at Oxford University. The girls spent the morning using chemistry to solve a crime: they identified a mystery ink using chromatography and worked out the identity of a white powder using a series of chemical reactions and then combined their results with other evidence to deduce the identity of the criminal.After lunch they returned to the lab to tackle a difficult chemical challenge set by the scientists from Oxford. The day concluded with a "chemical magic" demonstration lecture which included some very loud bangs and setting a j-cloth on fire without burning it!
 
Dr Nickerson

 

 


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Year 8 ICT residential to PGL Centre at Osmington Bay June 2012

On Friday 1st June, 52 Year 8 pupils started their half term holiday by setting off on their annual residential visit to Osmington Bay, near Weymouth, to learn how technology and physical education can go hand in hand! Find out more at: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/169/year-8-ictpe-residential-osmington-bay


French Chateau April 2012

ChateauOn Friday 26th April 2012 81 year 7s travelled to France, destination the small French town of Rue to stay in a beutiful converted French Chateau. The sun shone on the white cliffs of Dover as we left England and on the Normandy beaches as we arrived in France. The weekend's programme included making croissant and pain au chocolat, visiting a snail farm where we learnt all about looking after these delightful creatures.  Many girls were brave and let a snail nestle in their hand. before tasting delicacies such as snail jam and snail pâté. We then visited a goat farm and learnt all about making goat's cheese and had the chance to try some.One morning was spent in the Battlefields on the Somme brigning to life the hash reality of WW1, followed by a visit to a cave system used from Medieval times. Evening activities included treasure hunts and team games. A wonderful time was had by all!

 


lungcomputermodelWomen in Computer Science March 2012

Tracking badgers, making autonomous helicopters, the philosophy of robots, improving language translation and hiding secret informatio in pictures were some of the fascinating topics covered at the Women in Computer Science Day on Wednesday 21st March. Read more at:   http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/145/women-in-computer-science

 

 


 

Didcot Sixth Form students experience "MUNGA"! March 2012

Barely 10 mMungainutes had passed, and Russia was already being described as “poker-faced” by the Nepalese. China offended the German delegates by invoking the Nazis. Greenpeace handed out flowers to everyone present. In the meantime, the UK tried to call for calm. The location for these international shenanigans? find out at: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/138/didcot-sixth-form-students-experience-munga
 
 

 

CrowstarverThe Crowstarver February 2012

Tuesday 28th February 2012 saw Miss Robertson, Miss Davis and Miss Woods take pupils from years 9-13 to visit the Oxford Playhouse to watch the gripping and moving story, The Crowstarver, set in a close-knit rural community in the early days of the Second World War. Read more at: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/134/the-crowstarver-conjures-up-compassion-for-students

 
 


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German Christmas Markets December 2011

Twenty nine Didcot girls from Years 8-11 had a busy four days making new friends with pupils from our Partner School Feodor-Lynen-Gymnasium in Planegg. Frau Gabi Munz, Head of English at FLG, and all the pupils and teachers made us feel very welcome at the school.

For more information please follow this link to our News Page: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/112/munich-christmas-market-trip-1st-to-4th-december-2011

 


 Paris Homestay 6th-11th March 2011

 Paris
Unlike a lot of trips abroad, this is not a residential trip; the girls stay in pairs with host families. This year we stayed in the Eaubonne region of Paris and all the families were warm, welcoming and caring.  In the morning the girls had 3 hours of French lessons with a native French teacher, we then went to central Paris for the afternoon to look at various sites: Musée du Louvre, Sacré-Coeur, Place du Tertre, Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe, Château de  Versailles, Notre-Dame, Paris Story, and in the evening the girls returned to their host families.  Taking a group of year 8, 9 and 10 girls really worked well as they all got on excellently. The girls' behaviour was brilliant and they represented DGS really well. For me, one of the highlights of the trip was going up the Eiffel tower to the top level on a beautifully clear day to see the stunning view of the city and not to mention some of the girls overcoming their fear of heights.
 
Mr Harvey
 

 


 

Big Bang National Science Fair - March 2011
 National science fair
Jordan Cripps, Robyn Darby and Charlotte Morris (Year 8) have done an outstanding job of presenting their science project “How Fast Do Things Decompose?” at the National Science Fair which was held from 10 – 12 March at the ExCel Centre in London. The girls did their initial research from April to June last year and presented their results at Reading University in July when their project was selected to represent our region at the national event. The girls worked for months after school and at lunchtimes to do further experiments and to prepare a display and presentation about their project, which they were able to share with over 25,000 visitors to the exhibition.
 
During their three days in London they were also able to take part in hands-on activities and workshops, hear from scientists and engineers including Kate Bellingham and Professor Brian Cox, see Brainiac Live, Bang Goes the Theory Live and meet other young scientists from all over the UK.
 
 Well done team – you were amazing!
 
                                                                    Dr Nickerson
 


 
Year 7 English visit to see “Rapunzel and the Magic Pig” by Creation Theatre
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The annual English Year 7 Theatre trip is a wonderful opportunity for students to enjoy wider cultural experiences within the local community by experiencing a professional theatre production. The trip tends to run in either December or January and encourages students to appreciate theatrical and staging techniques and the shaping of narrative on stage. In recent years, students have enjoyed mesmerising productions by Oxford’s Creation Theatre Company and this year was no exception with the dazzling production of Rapunzel in January engrossing the students throughout. With superb, dynamic acting and captivating stage effects it was a winter treat for all!
 
Mrs Ashton
 
 
  

 


 

  

HOP2Citizenship Visit to Houses of Parliament – December 2010
 
On this annual trip pupils have a tour of the House of Commons and Lords and later sit in the famous Public Gallery and watch Prime Minsters question time.  They usually meet local MP Ed Vaizey to lobby, and try to gain support and advice for their coursework campaigns.
 
Mr George

 


 
 
Picture Rhythm Force stage 3Music Department to “Rhythm Force” – September 2010
 
In September a group of Gifted and Talented Musicians from Didcot Girls' School were amongst 2000 people attending Rhythm Force at Kneller Hall.  This was an outdoor gig  provided by the Army which included music from various Army military bands, rock bands, heavy metal bands and was headlined by the nations favourite Status Quo.  All those that went were treated to some amazing acts and all came away wanting to go again.
 
Mr Blyth
 
 

 

GCSE Geography Field Trip to Studland Bay and Swanage - September 2010

In July 2011 GCSE Geographers went to Studland Bay and Swanage as Studland bay Old Harry
part of their unit of work on “coasts”.  We looked at the management techniques being used at Studland Bay and collected data to use in the fieldwork controlled assessment.  We walked across the headland from Studland to Swanage and were able to see Old Harry Rocks an impressive chalk stack at the end of the headland.  It was extremely windy and we were frozen by the time we got off the cliffs and started walking down to Swanage. 
 
At Swanage we looked at the groynes and discussed mangement of the beach there which is susceptible to erosion.  Then we headed into town for a fish and chip dinner before getting the coach back home to Didcot.  It was a long but enjoyable day!
 
Mrs Oscroft

 


 
DGS Summer Concert – July 2010Summer Concert Cello playing Mathilda Woodhill
 
In July the Music Department held their annual Summer Festival at Cornerstone in Didcot.  Over 100 girls were involved in this from all year groups, singing, playing instruments and dancing.  A mixture of musical styles were performed from Classical to Pop by the School Orchestra, Choirs, small ensembles and soloists.  The audience left saying that it was the best concert they had been to for a long time and that it was great to see so much talent on show at Didcot Girls' School.
 
Mr Blyth
 
 
 
 
    


 

rolfestreet Black Country Museum – Year 7 - July 2010

At the end of Y7 students are studying the Industrial Revolution and this visit helps them to get a much more accurate picture of what life was like in the late Victorian period. The museum allows people to go back in time and students get to visit a variety of shops (although the sweet shop seems to be the most popular!), a school, a mine, workshops, houses and even an old-fashioned fair. Students are able to see the different living conditions of the poor and those who are wealthier as well as seeing how industry affected the working lives of everyone. The museum provides expert guides and students are encouraged to ask questions and investigate the whole site.
 
Miss Street
 


 

PGL ICT residential June 2010 canoesICT Residential @ PGL – June 2010

The ICT department run an annual trip with the help of the fantastic PGL staff!  Last year we visited Winmarleigh Hall in Lancashire and this year we will be going to Osmington Bay in Bournemouth.  As well as a whole host of exciting and breathtaking team building and physical activities, the girls also complete fun and challenging ICT tasks.
The aims of this trip are:
  • to inspire students and build their independence in the use of ICT
  • to give students the chance to link practical activities back to ICT work in the classroom
  • to prepare students for OCR Nationals course in year 9
  • to enable pupils to build good working relationships and develop friendships
 
 
                                                                                      Miss Woods

 


 

Madrid 2010 Retiro park Madrid - June 2010

In June, thirty Year 8 students and three teachers escaped a drizzly Britain for the bustling, cosmopolitan capital of Spain, Madrid. The combined languages and art trip takes place every two years, during which students have a chance to not only see the stunning architecture and visit art galleries and museums, but also to practise their language skills in real contexts, such as buying a postcard and ordering in a restaurant. Of course, there’s some time also for relaxing in one of the beautiful parks, sunbathing and enjoying an ice cream! 
 
Miss Marsh

 


 

 Year 9 History to the Galleries of Justice leaflet - March 2010

This trip to the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham links with Units 1 and 3 of the GCSE course; it covers the topics of crime, punishment, policing and protest. Students have the chance to take part in a mock trial in a real court room. There is also a tour of prison cells from different eras where students can see how prisons were designed and used from the 1700s onwards. Students are also able to take part in an object-handling exercise where they have to work out what certain objects were originally used for. This trip is a very hands-on experience and students gain a lot from the experience.
 
Miss Street
 
 
  

 


 

China 2009 food smChina - July 2009
 
Eight students and one teacher were lucky enough to accompany the British Council on their three week immersion course in Beijing in July 2009. The students received 20 hours of language lessons and many more of guided sightseeing and took part in cultural activities such as painting, dancing, singing, viewing acrobatic and dance performances. Opportunities to sample the delicious (and sometimes unusual) cuisine were many!
 
Miss Marsh