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Biology Challenge (Y9 and Y10 pupils)

Impressive results from Y10 and Y9 Biologists 

Congratulations to Reading School's  Y10 and Y9 Biologists who achieved an impressive 28 Gold, 39 Silver and 44 Bronze awards in the 2018 Biology Challenge run by the Royal Society of Biology.  43,000 students across the country took part including all Reading school Y10 students as well as some Year 9s, to achieve a Gold award, a score of 110 out of 139 was required. 

The top achieving Y10 students in the School were Edward Reeves (10S), Eugene Lin and Arkin Fernandes (10E).

The top achieving Y9 students who also received Gold awards were Shaunak Satish, Archie Thorpe, Dinindu Witharan and Rovindu Hettiarachchi.

The Biology Challenge stimulates students’ curiosity for the natural world and encourages them to take an interest in biology outside of school.  The competition consisted of two, twenty-five-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. Questions were set on the school curriculum and the competition also rewards those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes, taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest, and are generally aware of our natural flora and fauna.

BioNet membership

All students who have taken part in this year’s competition are also eligible to a free year of BioNet membership, which provides them with electronic subscription to The Biologist magazine and e-newsletters featuring bioscience-related news and events. Students can claim their free membership by first registering for a mySociety account and then clicking Join now link on the left-hand-side of the webpage. They will need to choose the BioNet membership grade and enter the discount code CHALLENGE18 when prompted. Please get in touch with the RSB’s membership team if you encounter any issues.

Mr A M Robson (Headmaster) said:

“A superb achievement from all our Y10 biologists and those Y9’s that have aspired to this challenge, being awarded 28 Gold, 39 Silver and 44 Bronze awards after competing with a record 43,000 pupils nationally.  We are incredibly proud of the excellence displayed by our pupils in achieving these awards. Opportunities like these are an exceptional way to allow our pupils to extend their curiosity in biology as well as to extend their talents.  A special thankyou to the Biology Department for inspiring our pupils and their continued support and we are grateful to BBSRC for its continued support of Biology Challenge”

Photograph back row: right to left - Arkin, Max, Aditya, Eugene, Edward, Henry, Aporv, James
Photograph front row: right to left -Reuben, Shaunak (Y9), Dinindu (Y9), Jonathan, Daniel, Sanskar, Faiq, Rovindu (Y9)