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The brain explained


Professor John Stein joined us for a packed Café Scientifique in November. Professor Stein is Chair and co-founder of The Dyslexia Research Trust and Emeritus Professor of Physiology at Oxford University’s Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. He spoke about how the brain works, the role of fish oils in brain development and how the brain is different in someone who has dyslexia. Cath Harding, Head of Science said: “It was a fascinating talk in which


Professor Stein was able to draw on his own research in explaining the role of colour filters (blue and yellow in particular) and why they are of benefit for people who have dyslexia.” The evening also marked the official unveiling of our newly refurbished science lab. “The refurbishment is part of our


on-going improvements to facilities here at Sibford,” said Cath. “The new lab has a thoroughly modern feel, fitting our high aspirations for our students, and all those who came to see the new facilities were very impressed.”


Top: Professor John Stein with science teacher John Charlesworth. Above: Cath Harding, Deborah Holroyd and V. Macaulay with visitors in the new lab.


Celebrating core values


Junior School pupils celebrated core values in September when they held a special apple extravaganza! Edward Rossiter, Head of Sibford Junior School


explained: “The children showed their initiative by using the bumper crop of apples from our orchard to create fund-raising events as part of our annual charity Apple Day. “They planned and ran their own stalls which ranged


from selling refreshments such as Toffee Apples and Apple Cake, through to games such as Apple Bobbing, Apple Bowling and even Apple Cricket! “Parents, together with pupils from our Senior School, came along to support the event and helped the children raise more than £400. “The pupils on our school council then met to decide which charities would benefit from the windfall and it was agreed to share it between World Horse Welfare, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and The British Red Cross.”


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