Birkdale Prep School News

Success in Violin

1 week 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

1 week 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

2 weeks 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

Prep Make Quiz Club History

2 weeks ago
Following on from an incredible display in the local heats, for the first time in the competition’s history, Quiz Club invited two teams from the same school to the national semi-final as they’d be so impressed with the Birkdale scores from Round 1.
10 May 2017

Prep 2 in Castleton

2 weeks ago
Prep 2 enjoyed an exciting trip to Castleton last week. They took part in a range of thrilling activities across the two days, which included; the high ropes course, low ropes, team building, archery and zip wire. The various tasks both challenged and excited the boys. They also visited Treak Cliff Cavern and the Chestnut Centre where everyone was delighted to see the otters.
08 May 2017

Sheffield Young Artist of the Year Awards

3 weeks ago
Rowan Campbell-Pilling met with the Lord Mayor, Cllr Denise Fox, at Sheffield Town Hall recently. Rowan is one of 31 children across the city to have won an award at this year’s Sheffield Young Artist of the Year Awards. He was presented with his award on Friday at the Ponds Forge Exhibition. We are really proud of his achievement; well done, Rowan!
04 May 2017

Prep Charities Week A Great Success

2 months ago
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’.
27 Mar 2017

Knights, Castles, Arrows and Archery

2 months ago
This week, PP3 had a special visitor. Costard, a squire from Conisbrough Castle, came to our classrooms to ask for help. He wanted the boys to create Knights Handbooks for him to take back so that he could show the naughty pages and squires how to become knights. He hoped that this would help him to become a knight too. Of course, we agreed to help, as the PP3 boys are such great writers.
20 Mar 2017

National Quiz Success

2 months ago
For the sixth consecutive year, Birkdale entered two teams into the National Prep School General Knowledge Quiz competition and for the sixth consecutive year, one of our teams won the regional heat to progress to the National Semi-Finals. Even more impressively, in each of the last three years, the two Birkdale teams have finished 1st and 2nd in the regionals, defeating teams from all local schools.
13 Mar 2017

Creative Skills Workshop

2 months ago
On Tuesday 7 March, Steve Smallman, an author and illustrator from Staffordshire, spent the day in school working with our Prep pupils on their 'Twisted Tales' project.
13 Mar 2017

World Book Day

3 months ago
What a day! Firstly, we must congratulate the Birkdale boys for the dashing and daring efforts they made with their costumes. Amongst others, there were plenty of Harry Potters, Thing 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5! There was Captain Hook, The Big Bad Wolf and even The Boy in the Dress!
07 Mar 2017

Pop Maths Victory

3 months ago
On Saturday, twelve Prep 4 boys in two teams entered the Sheffield Hallam University Pop Maths Quiz and one team stole the show. With over 45 teams in attendance from South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, the team of Zach Thompson, Ben Inman, Joey Howard, Sam Gleadall, Simon Peng and Jacob Jordan performed out of their skins to score a perfect 20/20, two more than any other team, to win the huge trophy.
07 Mar 2017

P3 Trip to the Royal Armouries Leeds

3 months ago
As part of the P3 History project on the Tudors the boys travelled to the Royal Armouries in Leeds to participate in various workshops about Tudor Tournaments and armaments. After looking around relevant exhibits the boys had an opportunity to get a hands-on experience with some of the equipment used at the famous ‘Fields of cloth of Gold’. A major event in the life of Henry VIII. They also had a go at embossing their own armour designs.
13 Feb 2017

Young Entrepreneurs of the Future

4 months ago
This year’s Prep 4 are certainly an enterprising year group! Pupils have already had a great start raising money for our school charity, Joseph’s Goal.  Now with the New Year upon us, they have some fantastic new initiatives.
02 Feb 2017

Fairy Tale Magic in Belmayne House

4 months ago
There is a magical atmosphere around the Pre-Prep 3 classrooms. During their literacy lessons this term the boys are investigating Fairy tales. The story of Rumpelstiltskin is a firm favourite with our pupils. They have completed a variety of tasks relating to the story and their teachers have been delighted by the excellent creativity demonstrated in a number of written assignments.
30 Jan 2017

‘Babbling Vagabonds’ visit Pre-Prep

4 months ago
Pre-Prep really enjoyed spending time with William Grimm (otherwise known as Phil!) the story collector from The Babbling Vagabonds this week. We had been promised exciting and dramatic tales and enthusiastic story making, and we certainly were not let down!
24 Jan 2017

Developing Curious Minds at Prep

4 months ago
The Intellectual Curiosity club at the Prep School goes from strength to strength under the guidance of Deputy Head, Mr Leighton. The boys are encouraged to explore anything and everything, from the mundane to the preposterous, mathematical, scientific, artistic, philosophical or just topical. He recently wrote an article about the benefits of the club, which has been published in Prep School Magazine. If you are interested in reading the article, please click the link:
17 Jan 2017

Crucial Crew Life Skills Training Day

4 months ago
On Thursday 12 January Prep 4 went on their Crucial Crew Day at the ‘Lifewise’ Centre in Rotherham.  This is a personal safety educational programme delivered to all 10 and 11 year olds in South Yorkshire.
16 Jan 2017

Joyful Christmas at Prep School

5 months ago
Christmas at the Prep School is one of the highlights of the School year. This week has been filled with events celebrating this advent time. In Pre-Prep the boys have worked so hard to make the Christmas Nativity extra special this year. The singing was superb and all were entertained by joke telling Shepherds and marching soldiers, who sang a song alluding to the Proclaimers 500 miles! Of course the PP1 boys dressed as sheep, stars and angels brought a tear to all.
15 Dec 2016

Prep Christmas Charities Fair

5 months ago
Everyone looks forward to the annual Prep School Christmas Charities Fair.  This year there was a fabulous combination of a festive atmosphere, fierce competition and delicious treats. The Prep 4 boys have been very busy over this Autumn term preparing their enterprising ideas.  There were many exciting games and challenges which were very popular particularly with our Pre-Prep boys.
12 Dec 2016

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