U6 students Sam Pickup and Tom Hodson spoke to an audience of students and senior academics at the University of Sheffield last week. The topic was whether ‘The 1918 extension of the franchise was the most significant moment in British democratic history’.
P1 have been having fun getting to grips (literally!) with 3-D skeletal frames in their maths lessons. Using art straws and Plasticine, the boys enjoyed constructing the frames, working out which 2D shapes were needed to create each face, and carefully counting the edges and vertices.
The seventy S2 boys and five staff who travelled to Stratford to see Twelfth Night were by turns enthralled and taken aback – the superb Michael Cochrane’s interpretation of the hopeless Sir Andrew Aguecheek was a highlight, whilst Orsino’s rather risqué court raised a few eyebrows.
PP3 had a mysterious visitor this week. A lady wearing clothes from the past, smelling of smoke and appearing terribly upset came to Belmayne House. The boys quickly established she was a survivor from the great fire of London, a time traveller! Mary Jane explained to the boys she was a candle maker and had escaped the fire and come to Sheffield to stay with family. The boys were very sympathetic and listened carefully to her story.
Birkdale Prep School have just completed a fabulous year of fund raising for Joseph's Goal, a tremendous charity based in Wigan, that promotes awareness of and funds research into a neural condition called Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia. The Prep School organised many activities during the year from cake sales and games in the playground to the Charities Fair and sponsored events. In fact one member of Staff walked the 100km long Race to the Stones!
Last Saturday, 6 A-level physicists were given an amazing opportunity to attend a lecture by former NASA Astronaut Bruce McCandless. The afternoon event was held in the West Yorkshire town of Pontefract and run by the Space Society. Upon entry we were presented with an array of various NASA merchandise, much of which was signed by astronauts including Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong!