Science Live Science Live

On Friday 2 February, students from Years 9 and 10 attended a Science Live event at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Biologist Lord Robert Winston opened the event with his lecture about fertility and fertilization, followed by Geneticist Steve Jones talking about DNA and genes, and Astronomer Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocockspoke about stars and the new ELT (Extremely Large Telescope). The day ended with a lecture about ‘strange ice’ by Physicist Andrea Sella. One student who attended said it was “fantastic and very inspiring to hear about the different areas of science”.

The students who attended would like to thank Mrs Ryan for organising a great day out and hope to have the opportunity to attend more Science Live events in the future.

Storm Aviation Storm Aviation

Dr Allen and Mr McGrath accompanied 19 of our A level Maths students to Storm Aviation at Stansted Airport. Storm Aviation is keen to forge links with Birchwood and for our students to have an idea of the opportunities available to them with south-east based companies. We were given a fascinating tour of the company’s facilities which include a maintenance hangar and a teaching room – in which we learned about some of the applications of Mathematics in flight as well as aircraft maintenance and engineering. The chief pilot of EasyJet also gave a very informative and engaging talk about the careers available with commercial air travel companies. The students were enthusiastic and fully engaged throughout the day, asking many intelligent questions and came away with a sound knowledge of the opportunities available to them in the aviation industry.

Pen Challenge Pen Challenge

Birchwood Students Rise to Pen Challenge:

For the second year running, students and staff at Birchwood contributed to the 'Pen Challenge' which was launched by Mrs de Graaf. The aim was to collect as many pens as possibleto send to a rural school in Kenya where children would not be receiving Christmas presents.

This was linked with educating our students to value what they have and to appreciate the fantastic facilities that we have at Birchwood. Over 2,000 pens, pencils and other items of stationery were collected. Thanks to everyone who made this challenge a reality.

9CPD are to be congratulated as they went a step further and contributed used football kits which were given to Kenyan children.

Many thanks to the students, staff and parents who contributed to the challenge.

Look out for this years' challenge which we hope will be even bigger.

Paper chain Paper chain

Students of 10THS took the form room decoration competition a little bit further this year and attempted to break the world record of longest paper chain. As you can see they came very close.

Christmas Cards Christmas Cards

Well done to all those students who took part in the Christmas card competition. The overall winner had her design printed for the School Christmas card this year. She received some printed cards and a £30.00 Amazon voucher.

Merry Christmas Merry Christmas

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. School will reopen to students on Friday 5 January.

Kazakhstan Kazakhstan

Our Kazakhstan visitors have been enjoying their trip. So far they have been to London, experienced life at Birchwood and taken part in debates with the school council. Today they are baking traditional Scottish shortbread and trying their skills at kickboxing.

Year 11 chemistry revision classes Year 11 chemistry revision classes

Friday Chemistry classes for Year 11 start 19 January 2018. The classes will run from 3:30pm – 4:30pm and the pupils will be provided with any necessary resources on the day. The pupils will cover topics specific to triple Chemistry in these revision sessions and we will use exam paper practice to help support their revision.





3:30 – 4:30

Titrations and calculations


3:30 – 4:30



3:30 – 4:30

Organic Chemistry


3:30 – 4:30



3:30 – 4:30

Positive and negative ions


3:30 – 4:30

Trends in the periodic table


3:30 – 4:30

Bonding & structure

Annie Annie

This year’s fabulous Christmas musical production, Annie was a huge success. Fifty students ranging from Year 8 to Year 13 worked tirelessly to produce the show, spending evenings, weekends, lunch and break times to master their songs and dance routines. As ever, the cast have become a close knit family, looking out for each other and performing as a cohesive ensemble. Tiered seating and a spectacular set gave the whole production that extra professional edge. The Drama and Music departments would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff members involved as events such as this really are such a team effort. We have had a professional company filming the show so those that didn’t manage to secure tickets, DVDs will be on sale after Christmas. For further details please contact HNE Media Productions, Tel: 01279 883270.