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Convent at BioTech Workshop in Chinhoyi

Five of our Lower six Biology learners participated in a Biotechnology workshop on the 6th of November 2019. The workshop was hosted by Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) and facilitated by Dr Peter Chimpkete from De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester. Participants at the workshop included Biology students from the Dominican Convent and Lomagundi College, as well as  2nd and 3rd year DMU and CUT students.

The High school Learners interacted with CUT and DMU students through group presentations, group discussions, practical work, as well as question and answer sessions. Topics and techniques discussed and practicals done focused on Urinalysis, Dipsticks, Blood and blood examination, ABO Blood grouping, Full blood count (FBC), Flow cytometry, Malaria, Sickle cell anaemia, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA analysis.

Learners were able to:

  1. Identify and name all the different blood cell types from photomicrographs and using the microscope and a slide.
  2. Name and identify three different species of Plasmodium from a blood smear using the microscope and a slide.
  3. Explain the importance of blood groups.
  4. Carry out a blood grouping exercise.
  5. Describe the structure of DNA, inheritance of sickle cell anaemia and ABO blood groups.
  6. Identify sickle shaped red blood cells from a blood smear using a microscope.
  7. Carry out in vitro DNA amplification using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using Taq polymerase.

Learners immensely benefited from the workshop as they got an opportunity to articulate scientific concepts at a higher level and to rub shoulders, at the intellectual level, with international university students.

The Concepts and skills covered during the workshop are relevant to the AS and A-level CIE syllabus and to life as well. The workshop also afforded our students an opportunity to be at the frontier of biotechnology and biomedical sciences in three dimensions; theoretically, practically and professionally. It was exhilarating.

In addition, the Convent ladies participated in a Quiz competition, where they scored the highest mark and scooped the first prize. Well done to our ladies!!

As the Convent Science Club, we encourage CUT, DMU and Dominican Convent High school and other like-minded organisations e.g. African Biomedical Institute and Flow Cytometry Laboratory to broaden and deepen their level of cooperation for the development of Science teaching and learning. This will provide exposure to the Biomedical sciences, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmarcogenetics, Drug development, Immunology, Haematology and many other areas which are potentially beneficial to humanity. We dearly uphold that this vision can fully be realised through continuous collaboration and interaction between partners and also through deliberate unimpeded efforts which incorporate young girls in all facets of sciences at all levels and at all times.

 Convent Biology Team

Our Mission

The Dominican Convent, following a tradition that dates back to St Dominic, who desired the salvation of all people, is committed to the education and development of the whole person, spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, morally and socially.

Our Vision

To be the leading multi-cultural Catholic Girls’ school in the region that offers a sound holistic education and a first-rate operational climate for pupils, staff and parents in an environmentally friendly atmosphere.