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Birkdale Senior School News

S1 Crepe Making Competition

1 week ago
S1 French students have been studying food and drink. Over Easter, they were invited to test an original crêpe recipe with their own choice of topping. Kitchens across Sheffield were transformed into French style crêperie's as the boys competed to produce the ultimate crêpe. Congratulations to all entrants and to the joint winners, Samuel Richards and Luke Offer.
15 May 2017

Rugby Trio Promotion

2 weeks ago
Rugby goes from strength to strength at Birkdale, which is no surprise when you consider their outstanding team of coaches. The trio, which includes Adam Byron as Director of Rugby at Birkdale School is also Head Coach at the recently promoted Sheffield RUFC. They achieved promotion to National 2, which is the fourth tier of England rugby and are now looking forward to next season playing at a higher level.
10 May 2017

S3 Visit Imperial War Museum

2 weeks ago
The History Department took the S3 year group on a visit to the Imperial War Museum in Salford Quays Manchester. As well as finding out all about warfare in the iconic museum the pupils also explored the Industrial History of the area and the History of Television as Salford Quays is the new home of the BBC and the Coronation Street studios.
09 May 2017

Archaeology is Rubbish!

2 weeks ago
As part of their study of the Roman occupation of Britain in their Latin course S2 visited the museum at Doncaster. Doncaster was a vital Roman garrison in the North when the Romans invaded and the museum has a considerable collection of finds from Bronze Age and Roman Britain.
08 May 2017

U13/U14 Barcelona Football Tour

3 weeks ago
30 boys from S2 and S3 enjoyed five action packed days in Barcelona recently. On the first evening they went to watch Espanyol v Real Betis and celebrated with the home fans when Espanyol scored a 92nd minute winning goal. There were two excellent training sessions with Espanyol coaches at their impressive coaching facility, some time on the beach, and an insightful tour of Barcelona`s 99,000 capacity Nou Camp stadium. The boys also played four fixtures against local Barcelona teams - Esparreguera and Almeda.
04 May 2017

Old Birkdalians Football Victory

3 weeks ago
The Old Birkdalians Football Match took place at Castle Dyke on Saturday. It was great to see some of the 6th formers who left Birkdale over the last couple of years. The Old Birkdalians put a strong team together and it was a very competitive game played in good spirit with a friendly atmosphere. The Old Boys eventually won 6-4 in an entertaining match. The Old Boys had to resist a current 1st XI comeback in the second half and cameo appearances from Mr Julian and Mr Morton.
02 May 2017

Stateside Adventure

3 weeks ago
A party of twenty-five Birkdale students travelled to New York and Washington over the Easter holiday. The trip was focused on introducing students to American culture - whilst also focusing on historical and art insights. Over the first three days a full programme was undertaken in New York City and on the fourth day the group travelled by interstate coach to Washington. This was a simply fantastic trip and much enjoyed by everyone on it. The hope will be to repeat this Stateside venture in the future. Click on the title to read a full review. 
02 May 2017

Marathon Achievement

4 weeks ago
Birkdale student, Lucy da Costa completed the London Marathon on Sunday, raising over £2,500 in the process.  She was running in support of CLIC Sargent – a charity important to Lucy’s family. Well done Lucy from everyone at Birkdale. If you would like to donate, please go to Lucy’s Just Giving page via the link here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lucy-da-Costa
27 Apr 2017

'Better a witty fool than a foolish wit'

4 weeks ago
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.
26 Apr 2017

Obituary for Donald Holt

4 weeks ago
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.
24 Apr 2017

Learning to do Business in China and Hong Kong

4 weeks ago
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.
24 Apr 2017

RAF Fun with Flight

2 months ago
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!
29 Mar 2017

U18 Football Tour to Liverpool

2 months ago
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.
27 Mar 2017

History Society Lecture

2 months ago
The History Society’s twentieth Annual Lecture took place today. Headmaster of Ryde School Mark Waldron who wrote the textbook which our A-level students are using addressed students and teachers on “understanding the Gilded Age”.  This topic is particularly pertinent to Sixth Form History students whose course includes American history from 1865 to 1975. 
27 Mar 2017

Democracy Rules Past and Present - The Suppliant Woman

2 months ago
On Thursday 16 March the sixth form Classics students were fortunate to see a production of a Greek tragedy at Manchester Royal Exchange theatre based on The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus. The production was innovative, vibrant and ultimately absorbing. It featured some traditions of Greek drama such as a chorus, pouring libations to the god Dionysus and authentic instruments like the aulos.
20 Mar 2017

European Youth Parliament Competition Success!

2 months ago
On 17 March two teams from Birkdale took part in the Yorkshire and Humberside regional heats of the European Youth Parliament competition. The standard of debating was extremely high across all participating teams and it is very exciting that ENVI was selected to go forward to the National finals which will be held in Liverpool in September.
20 Mar 2017

Birkdale Staff Hockey Triumph

2 months ago
The staff team was ultimately triumphant in the fourth annual match against the Birkdale Ladies 1st XI. In the final game of a busy season, the staff were rampant after Mr Clifford opened the scoring in the eighth minute.
20 Mar 2017

Young Enterprise Success

2 months ago
L6 Young Enterprise team, represented by Elliott Brown, Hassan Khan, Lewis Chinchen and Henry Stevenson came runner-up at the recent Sheffield & Rotherham YE presentation final. The team, going by the name of Rebus, produced high quality school calendars, highlighting important dates for parents, as well as using images to show off a range of activities and successes at Birkdale. In addition to the runner-up trophy, they also won the award for Best Marketing. As a result, they now progress on to the South Yorkshire Final on 9th May.
15 Mar 2017

Birkdale Big Band Perform at Music For Youth Festival

2 months ago
On Tuesday 14 March our acclaimed Birkdale Big Band joined a number of other schools at the Sheffield University Octagon, for the first round of the national Music For Youth Festival. Over 50 days, all across the whole country, tens of thousands of young musicians will be taking part in similar regional rounds. If successful, groups would then be required to progress to the next round - national finals which will be held in Birmingham.
15 Mar 2017

Duke of Edinburgh – Gold Navigation Training

2 months ago
On a surprisingly temperate Sunday morning, preparation for the Summer 2017 practice Duke of Edinburgh expedition began in earnest, as forty L6 students and six Birkdale teachers boarded a coach and headed to Hayfield in the Sett Valley region of the Peak District.
13 Mar 2017

24 Hour Charity Football Raises £5k for Children’s Hospital

3 months ago
On Wednesday 1 March the school presented the Sheffield Children’s Hospital with a cheque for £5,000. This simply incredible fund raising effort was achieved by over 80 pupils taking part in a recent 24 hour football marathon.
01 Mar 2017

Westminster Work Experience

3 months ago
Lewis Chinchen (L6) had the unique and exciting opportunity of being able to undertake 3 days of insightful work experience in the office of Andrew Bingham MP at Westminster. Lewis provides his own account of the experience.
28 Feb 2017

Inspiring Study Visit to Berlin

3 months ago
Students in S4 and S5 recently headed east for an action-packed study visit to Berlin. During their time in the German capital, the boys acquainted themselves with some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building.
27 Feb 2017

Birkdale gets In2Hockey in a big way…

3 months ago
An enthusiastic coterie of S2 hockey players travelled to Hill House School in Doncaster for the annual In2Hockey U13 tournament. In2Hockey is a fundamental part of the English Hockey Board Junior Competitions framework for players aged between 10 and 14, with a wide range of competitions available including national competitions, school games related activities, and the development of school and club activity.
16 Feb 2017

Inspiring Day at Jodrell Bank

3 months ago
The U6 Physics students visited the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, home of the iconic Lovell Space Telescope. This mightily impressive structure is the third-largest steerable radio telescope in the world, rising 89m above the countryside and with a dish 76m in diameter. The students found out all about the history of the telescope, as well as the ground-breaking science that it still plays a lead role in to this day, such as the discovery of pulsars.
14 Feb 2017

Safe-Cracking National Finals

3 months ago
L6 Physics students Abu Al-Hasan, Robert Tomblin, Oliver Lanchberry, Harveer Narula and Thomas Doyle competed in the national finals of the prestigious Weizmann UK Safe-cracking tournament on Sunday 12 February.
14 Feb 2017

Art Department Annual Visit to London

3 months ago
The L6 and U6 students had a fantastic opportunity to not only go to London with their friends and teachers but also to meet with the Artist Brian Griffiths and the Creative director Alan Mackie who talked about various aspects of contemporary Art and Design with them. We visited five major galleries including the V&A and the National Gallery. 
13 Feb 2017

Chinese New Year Art Competition - Year of the Rooster

3 months ago
Well done to the all of the boys shortlisted in the Chinese New Year Art competition for schools. The artwork was on show at Sheffield City Hall as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations that took place this week. Read on for details...
08 Feb 2017

Politics Forum Debates Monarchy

3 months ago
Last Thursday, the Politics Forum hosted a debate between U6 students Harry Clay and Charles Gray as to whether we should abolish the monarchy. Both Harry and Charles did a 5-minute speech and offered rebuttals to each other's arguments before receiving questions from the floor.  Arguments from both financial and ideological perspectives were given. The turnout was exceptionally high and in the end the audience voted to keep the monarchy.
06 Feb 2017

Oxbridge Students Going Places!

4 months ago
Oxbridge success is built on more than academic results, as shown by several Birkdale students who have taken advantage of the many fantastic academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them.
02 Feb 2017

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