The fifty-three S2 boys who travelled to Manchester to see Shakespeare's Twelfth Night were by turns enthralled and appalled – the ribald Sir Andrew Aguecheek uttering some subtly saucy lines. With Mina Anwar as a brilliant Maria, and Kate Kennedy striding the boards as a statuesque Countess Olivia, the boys were able to witness a scintillating and effervescent display of theatrical flair, and returned to school tired but replete.
We were sad to hear the news that former Birkdale teacher, Donald Holt had died peacefully on 27 March 2017. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Donald was very dedicated to his teaching. Through it, he was able to help so many people be successful. When Birkdale decided to set up a Sixth Form, Donald was one of a core of staff of the old 'Senior School' in the Oakholme Building who got things up to enough speed to make this possible. He was instrumental in establishing the Physics Department and was appointed Head of Science.
China is the fastest growing major economy in the world with a population of 1.38 billion and one which, despite its slowing of economic activity, is continuing to increase its GDP apace. It was therefore a fantastic opportunity during the Easter holidays for 14 Birkdale students to gain a unique insight into the Chinese business world, ranging from visiting state-owned companies, such as the Sanyuan Foods Co. Ltd. in Beijing and bartering in the free markets, to JLL, Real Estate Agents and Mike & Kremmel in Hong Kong.
The boys in S2 and S3 were treated to a fantastic Royal Air Force Roadshow on Wednesday morning, where they heard all about the science of flight. The presentation began in exciting fashion with a drone flying around Heeley Hall, and also included a very loud demonstration of some real jet engines. We were also lucky to be joined by a current serving officer, who spoke to the boys about the huge range of careers available in the RAF and answered their many questions. An exciting and informative morning for all involved!
On Friday 24 March Mr. Morton led a team of U18 footballers on a mini-tour to Liverpool. Over the two days competitive matches took place against Liverpool College and St. Margarets Academy - both results being narrow defeats for the Birkdale team in what were both highly competitive and closely fought matches.
Last week everyone at Prep School enjoyed money raising, treat filled break times.Delicious cakes and buns were available for sale and Mr Oakey was very busy at the end of lunch times, entertaining the boys with playground games. All money raised will go to help this year’s school charity. We very much want to send our thanks for all the kind donations made by parents. The week culminated with a non-uniform day, a favourite with the boys, to raise money for ‘Comic Relief’.