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- December 19, 2018, 2:56 pm

The buckets are filling up nicely but which House will win Penny Wars.....?
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- December 19, 2018, 12:09 pm

Our lovely Sixth Form students are off to Broome End care home with all the presents they have collected.
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- December 19, 2018, 11:56 am

The fundraising continues at a pace. A brilliant turn out for Christmas Jumper Day.
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- December 19, 2018, 10:59 am

Christmas was delivered to Birchwood Young Carers by Waitrose. Tracy Whitfield, Community marketing champion from t…
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- December 18, 2018, 4:05 pm

The Sixth Form House team held it's Sixth Form Revue. There was plenty of audience participation, pies in faces and…
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Sparkle Malawi

We would like to wish Sparkle Malawi a very Happy Christmas. This is one of our chosen House Charities this year, we are working in conjunction with The Cornelius Group to raise money and awareness of this charity. Sparkle the Unicorn is travelling around the UK with her passport, visiting various
companies who are supporting this charity this year. Sparkle Malawi's founder Sarah Brooke’s story is quite incredible. Whilst having a gap year from University and travelling through Malawi, she became seriously ill. She was rushed to one of the few hospitals in Malawi and given life-saving treatment because she had insurance and could afford to pay. While she was there, she saw children and adults receive inadequate medical treatment and often die as a result. This inspired her to set up Sparkle Malawi. Since 2015, Sparkle Malawi has helped educate 800 children, make 4700 medical interventions and serve 66,000 meals.



Inter form

Inter Form Christmas Decoration Competition

The winners of this year’s inter form Christmas Decoration Competition are 7MCN who excelled themselves with the
Christmas theme including paperchains, snowflakes, festive log burning powerpoints, Christmas songs and festive scents! 8MCX came a close
second with a very impressive door decoration of Father Christmas. Well Done to all the forms who put the time and effort into entering the competition.


Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

Melodious voices filled St Michael’s Church for our annual Carols by Candlelight service. Birchwood’s Vocialise and Chamber Choir were in excellent voice filling St Michael’s with seasonal cheer with many traditional carols, including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. Lucy Sherwood gave a wonderful solo rendition of “Once in Royal David City”, whilst Elizabeth Vandoorn sang “In the Bleak Mid Winter” accompanied by Vocalise. The carols were accompanied by readings from Mr Gilbank, Eve Bailey, Milla Sweett-Heals and Miss Payne and prayers by Rev D Williams. Special thanks goes to Mr David Pickthall MBE, our organist for the evening and Rev D Williams for inviting us to take part in this wonderful evening.



Storm Aviation

Dr Allen and Mr Chumbley accompanied fourteen of our Maths students from Years 10 to 12 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 included 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 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.



Christmas was delivered to Birchwood Young Carers by Waitrose.

Christmas was delivered to Birchwood Young Carers by Waitrose. Tracy Whitfield, Community marketing champion from the Bishop’s Stortford branch came to school loaded with hampers for our Young Carers and food and drink to get the party started. The Young Carers enjoyed the celebrations, pulled crackers and partied with their friends. We’d like to thank Tracy for taking the time and preparing such amazing hampers and making Christmas time special for our young carers.

Alfie Snook

British Cycling Award for Young Volunteers

Congratulations to Alfie Snook, for completing his British Cycling Award for Young Volunteers (CAYV) programme. This combines an introductory workshop at the Olympic Velodrome, which covers the fundamentals of cycle sport and volunteering roles, with practical placements with our Go-Ride Clubs. He has worked towards a Bronze (12 hours) and Silver (24 hours) award completing both qualifications during this summer and autumn terms. Gaining branded volunteer clothing, certificates, memberships and his help and guidance offered to others has been appreciated as he is one of only three in the Eastern Region Silver young volunteers. Well Done Alfie!