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November 2018

  • Latest Dream catcher from Divyen Thakkar

    Published 25/11/18

    Wow! What an interesting assembly that was. We didn't realise how much work, effort and testing went  into the Job that Mr Thakkar does. We were every fortunate to have the latest Dream catcher  hosted by Divyen Thakkar , who works for Transport for London as a Senior Software Test analyst. Mr Thakkar told the children about how he has helped Transport for London develop test analysis software for the Oyster card system , which entails devising a test programme that checks what happens when an Oyster card is presented for payment at a machine. The software makes sure that people aren't charged too much for the journey that they have made and takes into account thousands of different combinations such as the distances travelled so that a cap is placed on the amount a person can be charged.

    Mr Thakkar talked about how as  a child growing up in India he dreamed of being a pilot but when he moved to England, he developed his skills in software analysis. On a typical day he would attend a variety of meetings about how the software programming for the system was working.  To be successful in his job, he said he had to study hard and he did Maths, Science and Computing. As his nugget of advice for the children , he said that to be successful you need to follow your dreams and do something in work that you enjoy. 

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  • Latest Dream catcher assembly

    Published 18/11/18

    This weeks Dream catcher assembly saw students from Thomas Alleynes showcase some of the work they have been doing in school and sharing the ambitions they have for the future. Each set of children presented learning they had worked on at school but it was obvious from their enthusiasm that these were areas that they had a real passion for ,as each of the children mentioned how they spent some of their own time out side of school continuing their interests in these subjects. 

    First up was Jack, who studies Biology, Psychology and Physics, and he talked about the psychology of sport and how that  in his spare time he does a lot of sport. He was then followed by Zander , who studies  Computer Science, Maths and Physics. He wowed the children with a robot that he made himself and he showed the children how he controlled it with coding using Python. In his spare time he mentioned that he  makes things using computer science. Finally it was Jemma and Lucy, who study Biology , Chemistry and Physics. They  showed the pupils how static electricity could help light a fluorescent tube bulb by flowing through it, as shown in the picture above. It was no surprise that in their spare time they enjoyed doing scientific experiments. Just before the end of the assembly the students provided their  nugget of wisdom, which was something that all of them agreed with  that, "If you want to do something don’t stop trying and do it." 


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