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West Buckland COVID-19 updates

With the end of term approaching, we turn our attention to September and what we are expecting to be a full return to lessons.  For information on what we have achieved and what how we are planning for September, please click here.

As a BSA school we have signed up to their COVID-Safe Charter, available here.  In addition, and to endorse our commitment to ensuring the safety of our students and staff, we have created our own WBS Hygiene Charter.

For our new and returning international students, our Frequently Asked Questions document will provide useful information and reassurances. Please view it here.

Across the entire school, we have been using various techniques in Biology to investigate various plant and animal matter. Here are some examples of what we’ve been up to:

Year 7 have been dissecting owl pellets to discover what an owl likes to eat. They saved their findings onto paper and identified body parts such as the jaw of a shrew.

Year 12 biologists dissected fish gills and a pluck, which is the heart, lungs and trachea.

 

 

Prep 6 paid a visit to the Biology lab to take part in a microbiology experiment. They were fascinated and horrified to discover what bacteria was lurking in their own pencil cases.

 

 

 

Last week, year 13 biologists spent time inserting a pGLO gene from jellyfish into E.coli bacteria. The picture shows the genetically modified bacterial colonies and a control plate which didn’t take up the gene. The gene is for green fluorescent protein (GFP) which glows under UV light.