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- December 3, 2021, 4:20 pm

We are currently advertising for an Assistant SENCO. For further information, please see https://t.co/a28eEtn4b6 #EmploymentOpportunities
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- December 2, 2021, 10:55 am

Christmas Tree from Folies Folies (formerly Squires) of Stansted located at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, CM24 8GE are running their Christmas Tree scheme again this year. If you mention Birchwood when buying a tree, they will kindly donate £5 to the PSFA. https://t.co/QeYEndwn8l
h J R
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- December 2, 2021, 7:51 am

We are currently advertising for a Learning Support Assistant - interviews in January for a start soon after. Please see: https://t.co/a28eEtn4b6 #EmploymentOpportunities
h J R
@BirchwoodStort

- November 25, 2021, 2:23 pm

Is your child feeling cold? Have they lost their coat? Reception have a large pile of unclaimed coats waiting for collection.
h J R
@BirchwoodStort

- November 25, 2021, 11:55 am

It's time to order your child's Christmas Lunch! Year 7 only – 15 December Year 8, 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form – 16 December Please order on ParentPay before Monday 6 December. Only £4.00!
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Head Boy and Girl cycle, run, walk challenge…

To keep the Birchwood community physically and mentally healthy during lockdown our Head Boy and Head Girl have launched two challenges, one for the walkers and runners, covering the distance of 1400km for Lands End to John O’Groats and for the cyclists, to cover the distance of the Transcontinental race a total of 4000km.
Already a number of students, parents and staff have signed up and are using the challenge to beat the January blues and the lockdown lows. As a school, Birchwood is always looking at ways in which to
engage the community in offering as much sport and physical activity as possible. So if you have an idea of how we could support a local club, group or individuals in meeting their New Year fitness goals or supporting their club to develop or enhance their offer please contact community@birchwoodhigh.org.uk.

We would love to hear how we can support you.


Winter House photographic competition

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Winter House photographic competition, we had some superb entries. We are very lucky to live in this area and it can make such a difference to our wellbeing to get outside and see what is all around us.
The winners are as follows:
1st place, Brian Hormbrey, Year 12
Hadham House (500 House points)
2nd place, Cameron Neary, Year 7
Dane House (250 House points)
3rd place, Samantha Utley, Year 8
Waytemore house (150 House points)


LGBT+ History month

February is LGBT+ History month in the UK - an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. In 2005,
educators and activists Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick organised LGBT+ History Month as part of a Schools Out UK project, a programme that aims to educate young people about the issues members of the LGBT+ community face and to make schools feel inclusive for everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. The event was first held in February to coincide with the abolition of
Section 28, a hugely controversial piece of Conservative government legislation which banned local
authorities and schools from “promoting” homosexuality. After widespread opposition and condemnation, Section 28 was abolished in 2003. Alas, due to the ongoing pandemic, we will not be able to celebrate the month in the usual way at school. However, we will hopefully be able to run various events later in the year to ensure that acceptance without exception remains a central part of our school community. Please also check out Fusion groups Twitter page - @fusion_bwood - to read up on profiles of famous LGBT+ figures - past and present -  as well as information, talks and resources on all things LGBT+.


PE Challenges

Each week, the PE department has been setting three different forms of exercises. They have been setting the challenges every Monday, Wednesday and Friday via Year Group Teams channel. So far various challenges have included Yoga, Alphabet Challenge, Heads or Tails, Boxing and much more.
Exercise is not only good for your heart and body, it really helps your mind as well!
So remember keeping active is good for your and good for your learning!

 


Virtual Valentine’s Balloon Race

Join our Virtual Valentine's Balloon Race and win £75! Surprise your Valentine with a heart shaped balloon and take part in our race. As we are unable to arrange fundraising events at the moment, the PSFA have arranged a Virtual Valentine's Balloon Race. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a virtual balloon race works in the same way as a helium balloon race but the balloons fly around their own virtual world rather than in the atmosphere, making it much more environmentally friendly. Each balloon costs £3 and the winner will receive £75!
Please go to https://www.balloonrace.com/BirchwoodPSFA where you can choose your heart shaped balloon, perhaps for your Valentine and even add your own personal message on the tag. On Sunday 14 February, at
midday, the balloons will be released to float around their virtual world using a specially designed algorithm, which ensures a random pattern, with no clear leader emerging. Every hour each balloon travels between 1km and 20km. You can follow your balloon throughout the race and see where you are on the race leaderboard. At the end of the race at midday on Friday 19 February the balloon which has travelled the furthest wins a £75 cash prize. You can buy as many balloons as you like, for friends as well as family. Please share this as entry is open to everyone.


Christmas Wreath Making

The PSFA are disappointed they unable to run their Christmas wreath making workshops because of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. However, Wendy Gordon
of Well Bean Gardening has come up with the brilliant idea of wreath making kits with step-by-step instructions. She is also selling beautiful ready-made wreaths and has generously offered to make a donation to the PSFA for every kit or wreath sold, if Birchwood High School is mentioned at the point of ordering.
https://www.facebook.com/wellbeangardening