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- August 1, 2022, 6:50 am

Apologies - the link in the previous Tweet was not working. The latest Birchwood News - July 2022 - can be downloaded from the News page:
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- August 1, 2022, 6:43 am

@BaskalOzay Apologies. The July 2022 Birchwood News can be downloaded from the News page:
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- July 26, 2022, 9:58 am

We hope you have a restful summer. School resumes: Monday 5 September - Year 7 and Year 12 only Tuesday 6 September - Whole School
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- July 11, 2022, 8:27 am

Have you entered yet? 7 days to go .... Birchwood annual PSFA Big raffle is now live. Click on the link below and click the buy tickets box. Good Luck!
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- July 5, 2022, 2:58 pm

Year 10 took part in the Local to Global Project with Dr Rob Powers and Clarion Futures. They were given the task of setting up a community centred charity which campaigns for a social cause. Students were encouraged throughout by Dave Anderson, Bishop’s Stortford's Mayor.
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Bishop’s Stortford Car Boot Sale


Sunday 17 July 2022
Birchwood High School CM23 5BD
(weather dependent)
Pearse House playing field
Sellers: arrive from Dunmow Road entrance 10.30am
Public: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Public parking is in the school car park and pedestrian entrance to the car boot sale is in Parsonage Lane opposite the school
Sellers: please note payment is by card: Cars £12/Small vans £14/Large vans £16
Entry for buyers: £1 per adult, children are free
Toilets and refreshments

PSFA Big Summer Raffle is here!

PTA Big Summer Raffle – Once again we will be taking part in the Big PTA Summer Raffle. Tickets go on sale on Monday 23 May from
All proceeds raised will go towards the purchase of new saucepans for the food tech rooms. Each £3 ticket will provide 12 chances to win up to £5000.

Year 9 Football runners up at Districts

Year 9 Boys Football Team came runners up in the District Football tournament at Saffron Walden on Tuesday 22 February. They reached the semi-finals after five wins, two draws and one defeat before beating Boys High in the semi-final by 3 goals to 0. They then lost a competitive and close final 1-0 to Bishop’s Stortford College.

Year 9 visit the British Science Museum

Our entire year nine cohort were offered the opportunity to join the coach trip to the British Science Museum in London. Whilst being split across two visits, one for the X-side and one for the Y-side, uptake was fantastic, and the excitement in the morning between our students was evident as they boarded the coach to go.
On arrival, groups were each given a map and itinerary which were designed to ensure that they maximised their trip by visiting and experiencing as many of the displays and interactive exhibits as possible.
Some of the key attractions that we visited included;
The Flight zone - where overhead walkways allowed students to get up close to aeroplanes suspended in the air.
Students examined exhibits from the pioneer days of aviation, including the world’s most authentic Antoinette monoplane (1909), Amy Johnson’s Gipsy Moth and the Vickers Vimy, which first flew across the Atlantic in 1919.
The Engineer Your Future zone - An interactive exhibition to get students thinking about their futures, where challenges, games and films helped them to understand what engineers actually do.
A particular favourite was the Energy Hall zone, where students discovered how steam power shaped the modern world.
A wonderful day was had by everyone. The Science Faculty

Birchwood’s Young Musician 2022 Final

On Thursday 24 February Birchwood’s Young Musician 2022 Final was held in the school hall. The competition final, which is in its eighth year, was judged by Mr Peter Foster who is head of Bishop’s Stortford Music School. It was a wonderful evening of music and the performances were outstanding. The range of talent on display was inspiring and the final included solo performances on clarinet, flute, piano, saxophone, voice, cello, heavy metal guitar and drum kit. We would like to thank all students who entered the competition, the quality of entries made deciding on the overall finalists exceedingly difficult, and many thanks to Peter Foster for judging the final and Mr Stock for accompanying.

Just the ticket!

Students celebrated 25 years of World Book Day by finding Golden Tickets which had been hidden around the school site. The activity, which was based on Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was organised by English teachers Miss Long and Ms Cuddington and Librarian Mrs Gibson.
Mrs Gibson, who is a keen advocate of reading for pleasure in order to raise literacy standards among children and young adults said “The school ran a number of activities throughout the day but it was the Golden Ticket challenge which really got the students buzzing. They were extremely excited and eager to get involved. Students from all year groups took part and visited the library to exchange their ticket for a free book and chocolate. World Book Day 2022 will certainly be remembered for a long time to come by students and staff alike”.