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Autumn Days

1 day ago
Pre-Prep love to celebrate the changing of the seasons and Autumn is one of our favourites. The boys love collecting conkers and these have been used to inspire a range of learning experiences. The younger boys have been counting and sorting them according to their size. One boy has brought some amazing conker art into school; he created conker creatures which delighted his form.
16 Oct 2017

National Poetry Day

1 week ago
There was lots of literary fun in Pre-Prep last week. To mark National Poetry Day, nearly every boy and teacher brought a poem or rhyme in to share. Some of them had been memorised, one was written by a boy’s Mum, another a collaboration with Dad.
09 Oct 2017

Ciao Prep School

3 weeks ago
It was all about Italy last week as the boys celebrated European Day of Languages. Pre-Prep boys had fun making pizzas, designing their own flags, and trying to speak Italian. The Prep boys were also busy with an Italian themed day. They enjoyed opera in music, Italian in MFL, learnt about the Romans in history, found out about the Renaissance in art, in drama it was all about commedia dell’arte and in maths Fibonacci was the focus.
28 Sep 2017

'jSax Jazzing Pre-Prep

3 weeks ago
A group of boys in PP2 have enjoyed their first ‘jSax’ lesson today. Throughout the year all PP2 pupils will have the opportunity of 10 lessons of ‘jSax tuition as part of their music curriculum. The ‘jSax’; a starter instrument to give younger pupils the experience of learning the saxophone.
25 Sep 2017

Pre-Prep Love TrySports

4 weeks ago
All Pre-Prep boys have the opportunity to work with sports specialists for 6 sessions each year. Birkdale are very grateful to Jack Howieson and his team for the expertise they bring to school each week with TrySports. The sports sessions involve coaching a number of sport movement skills, which are transferable to most popular sports. The boys love the variety of games and activities, which are fun and keep them very active throughout the afternoon.
18 Sep 2017

Welcome to our new Birkdalians

1 month ago
The pouring rain didn’t put off our eager new Birkdalians as the new term commenced. We are delighted to welcome our new friends and hope they quickly feel at home.
11 Sep 2017

Fee, Fi, Fo Hmmmmm?

3 months ago
Yet again, the Pre-Prep boys have amazed, impressed and entertained us with their Summer Show. Written by Mrs Fletcher, with a little help from Stanley Leighton and George Mills in Prep 1, our very youngest boys told the story of a sadly maligned and misrepresented giant called Steve, a cow called Daisy, and eight enterprising brothers.
12 Jul 2017

National Champions

3 months ago
Birkdale Prep General Knowledge team have been crowned National Champions in the Quiz Club Championship. They travelled to Oxford Town Hall for the National final along with the Maths Quiz team who also made the finals last week. This also meant that Birkdale had become the only school in the country to reach the final of all three contests (Science included from earlier in the year), from well over 1000 entrants!
04 Jul 2017

Prep School Rock You!

4 months ago
Many congratulations to the 56 prep school pupils and many staff who took part in the two highly acclaimed performances of the musical 'We Will Rock You' last week. Performed in the senior school Heeley Hall nearly 300 guests attended the shows on Thursday and Friday nights. Based on the ever enduring music of Queen prep school pupils rocked the night away to resounding reviews from all those lucky enough to attend.
27 Jun 2017

Prep 3 Lake District Adventure

4 months ago
In early June, Prep 3 embarked on their now annual visit to the Lake District. Whilst the weather forecast for the week was not good at all, as always this trip was eagerly anticipated by Prep 3 pupils and staff. Indeed, for many of the boys this would be their first residential trip away from their parents and families!
21 Jun 2017

Sunny Sports Days

4 months ago
The Prep School boys enjoyed two Sports Day in perfect sunny conditions last week. We were delighted to see so many parents attending and cheering the boys on. Prep took part in eight Athletics events, competing in Houses and as individuals, with a possible 100 points available for each event. After two hours of grit and determination, it was Roberts House who would defend their title from Osborn, Westbury and Martin.
21 Jun 2017

From Birkdale to Boulogne

4 months ago
On Sunday 21 May the P4 trip departed for their base at Chateau Ebblingham. Situated just a short distance from the town of St. Omar, the Chateau is an ideal base for exploring the region and experiencing the history, culture and language of France. As well as for having great fun!
20 Jun 2017

Singing Stars

4 months ago
The Prep School was alive with the sound of music today as filming for an exciting IAPS project took place. IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) is a schools association with around 650 of the world's leading prep schools in membership. Birkdale was fortunate to be selected as one of only six schools in the country to participate in recording a celebratory song called “Our Future” and the accompanying music video, which celebrates 125 years of IAPS.
13 Jun 2017

Great North Swimmers

4 months ago
Ben Inman, Harrison Britt and Elliot Kelty took part in the Great North Swim in the Lake District on Saturday 10 June. They did a 250 metre open water swim on a typical cold and rainy day on Lake Windermere. All 3 boys finished in the top 40 out of 239 entrants. Well done on a fantastic achievement.
13 Jun 2017

Nayan in "The Northerlies"

4 months ago
Nayan Gupta (Prep 2), has been busy rehearsing with the National Children’s Orchestra’s Northern Regional orchestra. The “Northerlies”, as it is known, meets once a month at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Children, up to the age of 13, come from all over the north of England to make music together under distinguished conductors. Nayan was just 8 when he auditioned and has been learning the violin with Dr James since Pre-Prep 2. 
12 Jun 2017

Wish you were here?

4 months ago
PP1 had an important job to do last week. They walked along Clarkehouse Road to deliver the postcards they have made as part of their ‘People who help us’ topic. Earlier the boys enjoyed taking photographs from around Belmayne House, which they used to create their postcards. They carefully wrote their messages to their parents in their neatest handwriting.  During lessons they learnt about the journey letters and parcels take, from the Post box until it arrives safely at its destination.
12 Jun 2017

Prep School Gardening Club

5 months ago
The Prep boys are delighted by their new garden planters and greenhouse on the Clarke House grounds. They are enjoying developing their gardening skills and we are all looking forward to the fruits of their labour as their plants continue to flourish over the summer.
25 May 2017

Success in Violin

5 months ago
Birkdale boys gave prize-winning performances on the violin last Saturday at the Buxton Music and Drama Festival. Nayan Gupta, aged 9, won the Grade 3 and 4 violin class with an extremely high distinction mark, whilst Tammam Al-Bahri, Leo Kyeremateng and Sebastian Baldwin were all awarded prizes or medals in other classes. These included a chocolate medal for Sebastian who gave his first public performance in the preparatory class! All the boys learn the violin with Dr Lara James who was there to accompany them on the piano.
15 May 2017

Kids Under Canvas

5 months ago
Parents and pupils from the Prep School braved the weather on Friday night for the annual Kids Under Canvas event. The event, organised by Friends of Birkdale School attracted nearly 100 campers as 30 tents pitched at Castle Dyke. Everyone had a great time playing games and enjoying freshly made pizzas supplied by the mobile pizza oven from Proove.
15 May 2017

Prep Art Exhibition

5 months ago
As part of the Prep 3 Arts Award Explore Program, a showcase of their work was displayed in the School Hall. The canvas paintings that they produced during their Art lessons based on their dreams, the silent movies that they made in their drama lessons and the work from their music lessons based on "Mars" were all displayed for the parents to see.
11 May 2017

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