Deya Ward Visited Year 5

Year 5 have been developing their presentation skills this week by researching notable female scientists and presenting their findings to their peers. One of the scientists that was researched was Jane Goodall, the famous Primatologist, who’s known for her 55 year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees.

Deya Ward, a zoologist and film maker, visited year 5 on Friday to talk about her work with orangutans. Since finishing a degree in Zoology, Deya has worked alongside Birute Galdikas, lived in Borneo for eight months and finished a Masters in film making at Bristol University. Deya showed the children some fantastic photos of the orangutans that she met over the eight months she was away, explaining that once you win over their trust, they become unbelievable companions. She told a funny story about when a mother orangutan popped a spot on her forehead for her! Deya explained to the children about how she found herself working with orangutans aged 24. She said she was always really interested in Biology at school, but was disheartened when her secondary school teacher told her she wasn’t strong enough at the subject to study it at university. Her message? “Follow your passion, because even if you’re not the strongest in that field, you will be the most passionate, and passion is what takes you places!”

Thank you Deya for popping into school. If you would like to check out her work, please check out her Instagram.