Young Choreographer Young Choreographer

The first ever Young Choreographer winners are:-
Junior Winner – Ella Parkes
Senior Winner – Farrah Field
 
All the performances were fantastic and showed the great range of talent at Birchwood. It was a wonderful evening and hopefully the start of more to come.

Head Boy and Girl Team Head Boy and Girl Team

I am also pleased to announce the new Sixth Form Leadership Team as follows:

Head Boy – Taylor Alexander
Head Girl – Phoebe Butler
Deputy Head Boy – Thomas Davenport-Jones
Deputy Head Girl – Nancy Saunders
Head Prefect – Matthew Gleeson

Special thanks go to our outgoing Sixth Form Leadership Team who have done a brilliant job this year. We wish them well in their exams and their future careers.

Dr Ingate, Principal

Girls U16 District Champions Girls U16 District Champions

Congratulations to the Year 9 and 10 Girls Football team for becoming this year's District Champions.

Good Luck to all our Year 11 Good Luck to all our Year 11

Good Luck to all of our Year 11 students who start their exams on Monday. They enjoyed their celebrations this morning.

Disney Parade Disney Parade

GCSE Year 9 Dance students ran a ‘DISNEY PARADE’ workshop for primary schools in the local area. The girls planned, created and delivered an afternoon of fun for over 200 children! The afternoon ended with the children’s family and friends attending the parade, they were so amazed by the standard and commitment shown. The Year 9 students were absolutely fantastic with the children keeping them entertained throughout the day.

Dane wins House Cup Dane wins House Cup

Well Done to everyone who has taken part in the House events this year, gone the extra mile and received Vivo’s as a reward. Dane won the cup this year with an impressive 17,838 points, Stort came second, Hadham came third and Waytemore came fourth.

House raises £3803 for Gosh and Edie's Butterfly Appeal House raises £3803 for Gosh and Edie's Butterfly Appeal

GOSH has been our national charity this year and is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare. The hospital is dedicated to children’s healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses. Judy Kuhl, an ambassador of the charity, came into talk about the work they do and to accept a cheque from us. Thank you for coming in Judy!

Edie’s Butterfly Appeal was our local charity. They give Hope Through Research For All Children Fighting Ependymoma. Since Edie was diagnosed with ependymoma in 2011 they have been working tirelessly to raise awareness and much needed funds for their research.

Both charities received a cheque for £1,901.70.

 

Young Carers go to Vire Young Carers go to Vire

On Friday 23March, the Vire Zone in Bishop’s Stortford town centre opened its doors to a group of ten students aged between eleven to sixteen from Birchwood High School. The students, who are all young carers, took part in a range of activities including the Nuclear Launch Escape Room, virtual reality computer games and the Nerf Battle Arena. They all had a wonderful time, demonstrating great team work and resourcefulness. The idea behind the trip was to provide an opportunity for the students to enjoy themselves and bond as a group. Due to their home circumstances young carers may not have the chances to socialise and have fun that other students do. By the end of the hour and a half session, everyone had tried at least two activities, there were big smiles all round and the confidence of the group had visibly increased. Feedback from the students was that “everyone at the Vire Zone was really friendly. There was a lovely atmosphere and we felt welcomed as soon as we walked through the door.”

Kate Byers, Community Manager at Birchwood High School thanked Ian Cox, owner of the centre, and his staff for their time and generosity in making the afternoon possible.

Alumni Boys v 1st XV - Charity Rugby match Alumni Boys v 1st XV - Charity Rugby match

Alumni Boys v 1st XV - Charity Rugby match 
Next Tuesday as part of Feel Good Week, the senior rugby team have organised a match against the Birchwood Alumni boys during period 5. 
Tickets will be sold for £2 outside the Sixth Form centre at break and lunchtime this Thursday 22, Friday 23 and next Monday 26 March. 
If you are an Alumni student and wish to support the Alumni team please purchase your ticket from Visitors’ reception.

Birchwood through to the Final of Hertfordshire Maths Challenge Birchwood through to the Final of Hertfordshire Maths Challenge

Two teams of four Year 7 students travelled to Thomas Alleyne Academy in Stevenage to compete in the Year 7 Hertfordshire Maths Challenge where the students’ memory, maths, problem solving and estimating skills were all put to the test. The students have been attending weekly masterclasses since October half term to prepare for the event and their hard work paid off!

Birchwood B; Lauren Gore, Jessica, Newton, Lulia Popa and Lucy Robinson worked brilliantly and grabbed 4th place, only 4 points behind the team in 3rd!!

Birchwood A; Joseph Haslam, Gavin Gardner, William Gilbank and Jack Morris put in an amazing performance and placed 1st!!! Not only that but the competition has been held over three heats, with 31 teams entering in total and Birchwood A got the highest score of all three heats in
Hertfordshire!

Birchwood A are now automatically in the final as they came in a top 3 position and we are waiting to hear if Birchwood B get through as a high scoring 4th place team.

Mrs Cox, Maths Teacher