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  • UKMT Maths Team Challenge

    Published 13/06/18

    Earlier this term, four of our students were selected to compete in the UKMT Maths Team Challenge against other schools in the region. The Maths Team Challenge is always an exciting and highly competitive event, and this was no exception, with students solving a variety of intricate mathematical problems and puzzles. Our four students, Mia Palmer (Year 9), Alex Flann (Year 9), Jess Peck (Year 8) and Matthew Steele (Year 8), demonstrated fantastic team work.

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  • Spanish Exchange2018

    Published 05/06/18

     

    On April the 17th two groups of ten students went on the Spanish Exchange. The trip was very enjoyable as it didn’t just help us improve our speaking of the language but it also allowed us to experience the culture and compare our different lifestyles.

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  • Year 7 Scholars Maths Quiz

    Published 25/05/18

    Two of our Year 7 students, Thomas and Amelia, represented the Piggott School in the Year 7 Mathematics Quiz competition held at Shiplake College on 22nd of March.

    The team achieved 4th position, competing against 13 other teams from independent or grammar schools.

    They showed brilliant team work and amazing clarity of thought under pressure.

    These were Thomas’ thoughts about the Quiz evening:

    “I liked how the quiz was organised because of the interesting way the questions were presented. The quiz involved me thinking ‘outside the box’. Also the competitive side made it enjoyable.

    My favourite round was the relay as it involved quick thinking and teamwork.

    The refreshments being particularly good too!”

     

    Well done Amelia and Thomas.

     

    Mrs Kashyap, Mathematics Department

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  • 2018 Mathematics Masterclasses

    Published 21/05/18

     

    Two of our Year 9 students, Mia Palmer and Alec Oliver, have recently had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Mathematics Masterclasses, organised on behalf of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

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  • PSA Quiz Night

    Published 27/04/18

    Please find below all you need to book your team table for the PSA quiz, to be held in the main school hall on Friday 27th April from 7pm. 

     

    This year we are limited to 20 teams so do make sure you get in early!  Please send your requests to Caroline Jamieson, Chair of the PSA, via email to psa@piggottschool.org

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  • Piggott School Girls Win National Cyber Security Competition

    Published 22/03/18

    A team of four Year 8 girls have won a national competition, organised by the government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to encourage girls to consider a career in cyber security. Over 1,200 teams took part in the online round of the 2018 CyberFirst Girls Competition at the end of January, and the top 10 teams were invited to the Grand Final in Manchester on 19 March.

    Initially 18 girls made up 5 teams for the online round, solving taxing technical puzzles and challenges set by the NCSC.  The top Piggott team The Computifuls (Jess Peck, Megan Pickup, Zara Pristov-King and Callena Wylie) qualified for the final, having shown great dedication and a very mature understanding of when to work individually and when to collaborate.  Not satisfied with being in the top 1% of participants, they set about researching topics which would give them the best chance in the final, and so were very well prepared.

     

     

    The all-day final involved teams taking the part of computer network security professionals at a company which was the victim of a ransomware attack.  Each team had to use all their skills to identify the source and nature of the attack, and to recover from it.  They also had to make a presentation to the company directors to share their findings and to make recommendations for avoiding similar attacks in future.

     

    As winners of the final, the Piggott girls won individual prizes as well as £1,000 for the school to spend on computer equipment.

    Mr Rimmer who was the coordinator of Piggott's CyberFirst entries, said,

    “We are all absolutely thrilled for the girls.  They have been so determined to do their best, and having had 15 years’ professional experience as a software developer, I can assure anyone that the level of skill and understanding which they have demonstrated is extraordinary.

    “The result is also a great demonstration of the strength of our Computer Science department under the leadership of Mrs Bhattacharya.

    “Any of the girls around the UK who scored well in the online round can be confident of their ability to have a good career in the computer industry, and I hope that the competition has encouraged them to consider that option.”

    NCSC have written an article about the competition and the Piggott girls' success at the link below.

    https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/uks-most-cyber-savvy-girls-crowned-after-codebreaking-competition-finale

     

    Photos provided by the NCSC

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/

     

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  • British Army ‘Year of Engineering’ Trip

    Published 16/03/18

    As part of our partnership with Wellington College we were fortunate enough to be able to send some of our Year 10 students to the British Army Year of Engineering launch event, a practical day designed to give students an insight into engineering and how it is used in the army.  

    One of our students has provided this account:

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  • BBC School Report

    Published 15/03/18

    Year 9 students from The Piggott School will be making the news for real on 15 March 2018 as they take part in BBC News School Report.

    We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.
     

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  • Year 8 Girls Cyber Security Success!

    Published 14/03/18

    This year, The Piggott School gave Year 8 girls the opportunity to take part in the CyberFirst Girls Competition, organised by the government’s National Cyber Security Centre. 

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  • Severe Winter Weather Procedures

    Published 28/02/18

    It is widely expected that towards the end of this week, we will continue to have very cold weather and possibly disruptive snow.  As ever our principle is to remain open as usual and all is in place to grit and make the site as safe as possible.  Should there be a need to consider any changes to this, we will communicate using the procedure linked below.  In preparation for the cold weather please would you ensure your son or daughter wears footwear that is appropriate for the conditions.

     

    The decision for closure before school opens will be made as early as possible. If the decision is made to close the site during the school day, this will be communicated using the same process. If you are unable to collect your child during the school day or they are unable to travel home independently, please prepare an alternative plan with an agreed place that they can stay until you are able to meet them.  This will ensure that your child is able to leave the site promptly for their own safety.

     

    In conclusion, please assume that the school is open unless communication is received regarding a planned closure.

     

    Thank you for your continuing support.

     

    The Piggott School

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  • World War 1 Commemoration Event

    Published 06/02/18

    At the end of January members of the school choir were honoured to be asked to take part in the ‘Never Such Innocence’ World War I commemoration event at Commonwealth War Graves Commission Head Office in Maidenhead. Some of the special guests who attended the service were Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Air Vice Marshal Mike Wigston and the Prime Minister, Theresa May. 

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