National Gallery Visit National Gallery Visit

Year 9 GCSE Art students recently visited the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square in London. The students participated in a talk with Museum Educators about specific artworks in the collections.
Afterwards there was time to explore the collection with a view to including the work in future projects. The highlight of the day for many was the opportunity to take photographs and create first hand drawings from observations in Trafalgar Square.

Le Touquet Year 9 Trip Le Touquet Year 9 Trip

Year 9 French students had a fantastic time visiting Le Touquet, France. They  went to Boulogne, Nausicáa Sea Life Centre, markets, Hélicea pool, Les Boves and Le Beffroi, Vimy Ridge, high ropes, snail farm, a boulangerie and a hypermarché. All students thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Dancing at Summercroft Dancing at Summercroft

Our talented Year 9 GCSE Dance students went to Summercroft Primary School to deliver a ‘Barn Dance’ workshop to 60 Year 1 students. Birchwood students planned and delivered a fantastic workshop that required a lot of time, energy and thought. The teachers at Summercroft were amazed by our students confidence and were impressed by the way they conducted themselves. The girls pitched the workshop perfectly, were fantastic role models and gave so much energy all afternoon! Miss Adams is so proud of all students involved. Well done girls.

Annual certificate presentation event Annual certificate presentation event

On Thursday 16 November we welcomed back all of our GCSE students to attend our annual certificate presentation event.   We are very proud to say they achieved our best ever set of results.  Paul Winspear, Editor of the newly formed Bishop’s Stortford Independent newspaper was our inspirational guest speaker.

History in the Baking! History in the Baking!

History students in Year 8 have been researching the French Revolution in class. We have been learning about the Estate System, King Louis XVI and the Storming of the Bastille.  As a Home Learning exercise students were asked to demonstrate how the French celebrate Bastille Day today. Students showed their findings in very imaginative ways! The cakes were absolutely delicious and were accompanied by entertaining word searches made by the students. 

Urban Legends Urban Legends

rban Legends
Emily Hanna from Tales From The Dragonfly came to Birchwood to deliver a storytelling session on Urban Legends. She spooked the students with tales of the Pied Piper, The Phantom Hitch Hiker and Slenderman. The students were then asked to create their own urban legend looking at story building and telling, tension and twist. At the end of the session they performed their stories. Everyone had a fantastic day and the legends they created were fabulous. Thank you Emily!

Autumn Concert Autumn Concert

The Birchwood Music Department filled the hall with music on Thursday 9November with our Autumn Concert.  Performances included pieces from our extra-curricular groups including Vocalise, Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Group, an excerpt from Annie plus solos and duets.  The vast range of talent and enthusiasm from across all year groups demonstrated by all our performers was inspirational.  The audience even got an opportunity to perform with a rousing rendition of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.  Mr Grogan and Mr Stock would like to thank all of the hugely talented students who were involved and we look forward to working with students again in future concerts over the next two terms.

Rotary Young Engineer Rotary Young Engineer

This week Bichwood hosted the annual Rotary Young Engineer competition. Three teams of Birchwood students competed against TBSHS, Leventhorpe, St Mary’s, Hockerill and the Bishop’s Stortford College in an engineering challenge. Students had limited time and resources to create an automated buggy to clear a blockage in an underground pipe. There was a fantastic buzz in the workshop with 60 students feverishly tackling this tricky problem developing their teamwork and innovation skills. It was a closely fought contest with the Birchwood team taking home first place for the foundation tier. The intermediate and advanced tiers were won by TBSHS and Hockerill respectively. A big well done to all those who took part and we are looking forward to next year’s challenge.

William Gilbank William Gilbank

Well Done to William Gilbank, who won gold at BJA Eastern Area Regional Championships in the over 46kg category at the weekend.

Youth Work Week Youth Work Week

A Youth Support Worker, from YC Hertfordshire, will be in school tomorrow lunchtime with a pop up stand on the Piazza (weather permitting) promoting the services and activities they provide for young people in Bishop’s Stortford. 

 Please encourage students to go and take a look!