Selfie Review

Whether you’re a believer, a sceptic, or haven’t got round to seeing what all the fuss was about, the first play to wet the stage at David Game College’s new site in Jewry street by the Drama Society had pretty much been a miracle – essential viewing. The manipulative power of rhetoric and its ability to incite indignation at the everyday issues faced by young people had been at the heart of the comedy play Selfie, by Bradley Hayward.

It follows a group of eight late teens over their final year GCSE and the problems are mounting as they prepare for the future. Facing bullies, parents, pressure, sickness and their own self-judgment, the characters search for ways to stand out. As they document their year, one click at a time, they come to realise life is not about what other people see – it’s about the pictures they have of themselves.

Nicole, the good girl turned rebel, played by Hoorain, and Tyler, the bad boy turned good, played by Innocent, had been two robust, convincing leads. The rendering of Jessie by Anita and Laura by Haya has been as if reality was repeating itself on stage, two besties with the “most amazing hair”. Kaitlin, played by Nilgun, and Morgan, played by Michael were stars in their own right. Last, but not the least, Ed, who played Sam and was the understudy for Zack, interjected some meta-humour into the mix.

A happy-ever-after ending for the unlikely pair Zack and Kaitlin, so too for the cast’s mettle in making history on stage!

Written by Alexandra Raen
Head of GCSE English & Drama

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Book Reviews

I have recently finished two excellent books:

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1. Not in God’s Name – confronting religious violence: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
2. A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam: H.R.H. Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad
In the first book Jonathan Sacks explores the roots of violence and its relationship with religion. In a clear analysis, the author draws upon a wide range of compelling evidence from evolutionary psychology, theology, ethics, philosophy and game theory. The book is a rebuke to all those who kill in the name of God and a convincing antidote to hate. Students will get a fresh and clear perspective about the dangers of hate in the name of religion and identity politics.
The second book was also a fascinating and extremely informative (and balanced) view on how Islam has become hijacked by a tiny minority and its messages distorted and twisted. In essence, the book spells out what Islam is, and logically, what it is not, with significant evidence that concisely explains what true Islam stands for. I particularly liked the information on why Daesh is simply nothing to do with Islam, but rather a perverted and nasty mutation of it. The author is an authority on Islam and serves Chief Religious Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs to H.M. King Abdullah of Jordan.
I thoroughly recommend both books to all our students.
John Dalton
Vice Principal

UCAS Seminar

applying for university

Please sign up for a seminar and get prepared for your UCAS application.  Topics covered will be:

  • how the application process works
  • Making the right university choices
  • understanding entrance tests
  • Oxford and Cambridge, Medical and Dentistry applications – how are they different
  • start preparing your Personal Statement

Seminars will be run by Rachel in the library at 5pm – 6pm

Please choose a date and sign up on the sheets on Rachel’s door (D20).

  • Thursday 27th April
  • Friday 28th April
  • Monday 1st May
  • Tuesday 2nd May
  • Friday 5th May

Max 15 students per group.

More dates can be organised after this depending on numbers.

Our New Iconic Location

We had the chance on a beautiful spring morning to take some drone images of our new iconic Tower Hill location. We had to share this London skyline image with you. If you would like to visit our new building, arrange a visit with us here; goo.gl/nJ8RUx

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Selfie

Be the first to come and see our new theatre’s opening play, the chucklesome Selfie, at 31 Jewry Street! Not to be missed, the Selfie photographic exhibition too! Who knows, you might find it an all(awe)-inspiring experience to take more and better selfies!

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Environmental (eDNA)

What is eDNA?

The term environmental DNA or eDNA refers to traces of DNA left behind within a habitat by living organisms that can sampled and analysed in order to obtain a better picture of biodiversity.  Terrestrial and aquatic organisms are constantly shedding their skins, hair, body fluids and scales; they also constantly die, and this leaves a huge amount of DNA within any environment.  Simply sampling soil, water or sediment reveals the genetic material (DNA sequences) that is left behind, which can be amplified by polymerise chain reaction (PCR) and analysed to determine the species it belongs to.  The identification of species depends on reliable reference to DNA sequences, especially sequences from mitochondrial, chloroplasts and rRNA genes.

One issue that eDNA can monitor is the important impact of non-native or invasive species are having on local habitat or ecosystem.  Eventually the idea is to progress the technology so that metagenomics surveys of complete ecosystems can be analysed, providing information on how changes are occurring over time. The process of eDNA sampling has proved particularly effective in aquatic environments and was used to collect samples for the monitoring of the Great Crested Newt – Triturus cristatus  – in the UK.

The technique has various advantages over traditional sampling techniques in that it is potentially cheaper, more efficient and can more easily identify rare or cryptic species, as opposed to actually finding them. It also has drawbacks, namely, it can produce false positives from sequences of DNA that may have been dragged into an area by other organisms, and it does not allow you to tell how many species are dead or alive, or their development stage and cannot be precise about the numbers of organisms present, unlike more physical forms of sampling.

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John Dalton

Head of Science

ULAS | Easter Apprenticeship Conference 2017

ULAS invites you to the London live Easter Apprenticeship Conference 2017. Join leading employers across industries and discover what life is like in the world of work.

The event will reveal the exciting world of enterprise through hands-on learning with industry professionals. Experts in the field will lead panel discussions and practical workshops – instructing on preparation for their specific programmes and providing tips and advice on entering the business as a whole.

This insight event is designed to give you real contact time with employers – throughout the course of the day, you’ll have the exclusive chance to meet and network directly with the specialists. They will be looking to hire apprentices from those they meet on the day! This will be an interactive opportunity to strengthen your career prospects by gaining invaluable industry knowledge and experience.

The day includes:

  • A keynote welcome and address from ULAS and industry professionals;
  • Information on industry specific post-18 programmes and their recruitment processes;
  • Advice and insight from current apprentices on their journey so far;
  • Employability workshops and discussion groups including:- How to impress in interview: tips & skills
  • – How to make your CV stand out from the crowd
  • – How to master the art of networking
  • Plenty of opportunities to ask questions throughout the day.

NOTE: Check this space for more information to come on how to sign up for the Employability workshops. Make sure you sign up, as spaces for workshops are limited.

This is a free event, open to all Year 12, 13 and Level 3 students. There are limited places for this event so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible.
DRESS CODE: Smart / Smart Casual (no jeans!)
What to bring? Your current CV

*Important Note – Please Read*

For students to attend any of the ULAS Industry Insight Events your school/college must be signed up to ULAS (totally free to sign up) – if your school/college is not signed up please inform the person in charge of careers provision to email us at info@ulas.co.uk and we’ll take it from there.

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