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Coders win South East final of the CyberFirst Girls Competition

Congratulations to Miranda, Lizzie, Jingwen and Emily in Year 8 who won the South East final of the CyberFirst Girls Competition in February.  Run by the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ), the competition attracted 6000 teams and aims to support and inspire girls interested in a career in cyber security. 

The TGS team competed for three hours answering questions on cyber security, coding, networking, cryptography and other specialist areas.  When first entering the competition, the team chose to encrypt their names into base 64. The CyberFirst team were suitability impressed although admitted “It took us a while to crack!”  Read more about the competition here

Last week the students attended a VIP Award Dinner in Bradford where they were awarded a trophy, certificate & £1000 for the School to spend on furthering their interests in cyber security. 

Before the dinner, the students enjoyed exploring an interactive cyber security exhibition, charting the history of code breaking from ancient times through GCHQ’s work at Bletchley Park and beyond. They were fascinated by the artistic installation printing ‘angry’ tweets in realtime! 

They met the trailblazing and inspirational Key Note speaker, Jane Frankland (CEO of KnewStart) who congratulated them personally on their tremendous achievement. 
CyberFirst are encouraging the students, as ambassadors of their schools, to get involved with and help the next cohort of Y8 girls to enter the CyberFirst Competition. If you would like more information please click here.  

Congratulations to the students – we look forward to them being ambassadors for cyber security within the School.

Mr Jardine-Viner, Deputy Head Teacher