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Birkdale Senior School News

Historical Association Great Debate

1 day ago
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’.
20 Nov 2017

"Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage!"

6 days ago
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.
15 Nov 2017

Bruce McCandless Space Lecture

2 weeks ago
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!
06 Nov 2017

Politics Forum Debate

4 weeks ago
This week the Politics Forum held its first session of the academic year. The format for this session was a debate on 'whether the UK should introduce and employ a system of ethnic profiling.' This was a controversial issue to debate, clear from the  the vast number of questions asked by members of the audience. However, the debate was excellent and undertaken with high levels of passion and interest in the topic. Hamza Javed- Secretary of Politics Forum
25 Oct 2017

Classical Civilisation Trip to Lincoln Castle

4 weeks ago
On Saturday 21st October a party of boys from S2-S4 who are studying Classical Civilisation and/or Latin travelled to Lincoln Castle for a rendezvous with the Roman Army.
23 Oct 2017

Nepa18 Fundraising

1 month ago
With wonderful and enthusiastic support from Nepa17 and Nepa18 members, a cake sale was run over two breaks last week. On the second morning cakes were sold in true Nepalese style where haggling was the order of the day. The Pupils seemed to enjoy this change to the normal way of buying. Thanks go to all those who baked and bought! Everyone seemed to also enjoy the eating as well. A total of £222 was raised which will be put to good use in Nepal.
09 Oct 2017

Yorkshire Swimming Champ!

2 months ago
Tom Wilkinson (S1) competed in the Yorkshire Swimming Championships recently. He was crowned Yorkshire Champion when he won gold in 100 m breaststroke and 200 m individual medley. He also won silver in 100 m backstroke.Tom's 100 breaststroke time ranks him 2nd in the U.K. This is an outstanding achievement, congratulations from everyone at Birkdale!
02 Oct 2017

National Poetry Day the Classics Way

2 months ago
Birkdale Classics Department celebrated National Poetry Day 2017 with a lunchtime event on the theme of 'Freedom'. Pupils from all age groups gathered to listen to poems performed in Ancient Greek, Latin and English by students in S3-U6. They also enjoyed authentic Roman and Greek refreshments.
02 Oct 2017

European Day of Languages

2 months ago
Birkdale Modern Foreign Languages was delighted to welcome a very special guest speaker for the European Day of Languages assembly. Paul Hughes is an award winning keynote speaker and mentor who has inspired many thousands of pupils nationwide on the benefits of multilingualism. This was followed by a fiercely contested European 5 a side football competition.
27 Sep 2017

London Research Trip 2017 Presentation Evening

2 months ago
The six winners of Birkdale’s London Research Trip competition presented their findings and conclusions at the end of last week. This was the culmination of a research process which began in London back in June when the students spent two days studying in the capital’s libraries and archives, an opportunity they’d won by submitting the best of this year’s research proposals. 
25 Sep 2017

Birkdale Jazz Band Performs at Whirlow Hall Farm Fayre

2 months ago
Visitors to the Whirlow Hall Farm Fayre on Sunday 10 September were entertained by the Birkdale jazz band Octopus playing a variety of traditional and more modern pieces. The band has become an established feature at this annual event, held to raise funds which enable inner-city children to spend time in the countryside and develop their understanding of farming. The students made the most of this opportunity to perform to a large audience in a spacious arena.
25 Sep 2017

Engineering Excellence

2 months ago
Congratulations go to five L6 students: William Gray; Louis Thomas; Sushain Razdan; Omar Sorour and Aryan Akhgar who have secured the sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship. Birkdale have a record of accomplishment in achieving Arkwright scholars, but this year is a school record!
20 Sep 2017

European Youth Parliament UK Selection

2 months ago
Congratulations to U6 student Ellen Knight who has been selected to represent the European Youth Parliament UK (EYPUK) at a future conference, to be held in either Lithuania or Switzerland.
14 Sep 2017

U15 Cricket team become Yorkshire Champions!

2 months ago
Congratulations to the U15 cricket team who defeated The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) in the rearranged Yorkshire T20 Cup Final at Hunslet Neslon CC on Wednesday.
11 Sep 2017

EYP : Empowering Europeans: encouraging participation, cooperation and innovation

2 months ago
From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September 8 U6 pupils engaged in high-powered debating on a range of controversial topics relating to the EU in the national Finals of the European Youth Parliament competition.
11 Sep 2017

Summer Work Experience in France

3 months ago
Four Birkdale sixth-formers spent a week of their summer holidays undertaking work experience in St. Malo, France. They worked in a range of placements depending on their interests.
06 Sep 2017

Grant Awarded to Birkdale Classics Department

3 months ago
The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies considers applications from institutions and schools for grants to assist projects and events in the field of Hellenic Studies. The Birkdale Classics Department were delighted to be awarded a grant for a set of text books for Greek Club. 
05 Sep 2017

Top marks for Birkdale pupils as they celebrate GCSE success

3 months ago
Pupils at Birkdale School have, once again, achieved a series of exceptional GCSE results which recognise the years of hard work they have put into their studies.
24 Aug 2017

Cricket Success

3 months ago
Cricket finished with a series of resounding successes as the U12, U14 and U15 teams all ended up as Sheffield champions in their respective cup finals at the Abbeydale Sports ground.
17 Aug 2017

Class of 2017 A Level Results

3 months ago
Birkdale School achieved a fine set of results at A level across the full range of subjects in 2017 in the first year of the new linear courses.  There are a large number of particularly notable achievements:
17 Aug 2017

S1 China Day

4 months ago
S1 enjoyed a Chinese-themed day at school on Thursday 6 July. They participated in a carousel of six workshops led by teachers from the Sheffield Confucius Institute. Pupils explored aspects of culture from Chinese folk dance to kung fu and calligraphy.  They also enjoyed a taster lesson in Mandarin as well as a delicious Chinese themed lunch. All the boys had an enjoyable day and we look forward to relaunching our extra-curricular activities in Mandarin from September.
12 Jul 2017

Sam's Fundraising Success

4 months ago
Sam Richards (S1) participated in the Sheffield Student Colour Run recently. He was running to raise money for Weston Park Cancer Charity and his team has just reached their £1000 target! Sam managed to outstrip his team mates with his brilliant fundraising. He ran in the number 1 bib and his trusty goggles. Sam was determined to keep up with the 3 university student pacesetters - he not only managed this, but overtook one and so was placed third overall. Well done Sam!
11 Jul 2017

Big Band Perform at Music For Youth National Finals

4 months ago
On Friday 7 July our acclaimed Big Band travelled to Birmingham to perform at the National Finals of the Music For Youth Festival. After regional heats over 8,000 of the very finest young musicians from across the whole country once again took over Birmingham's Town Hall and Symphony Hall for this 5 day of musical extravaganza.
11 Jul 2017

Quarry Bank Mill

4 months ago
The History department organised a trip to Quarry Bank Mill for Enrichment Day last Thursday. Here is an account of the day written by an S2 student "On Thursday 6 July, we went on a fantastic trip to Quarry Bank Mill near Manchester airport, where we learned about the awful lives of children during the industrial revolution. We were shown how raw cotton was turned into string and then to cloth using a variety of spinning and weaving machines, each invention being more efficient than the last.
10 Jul 2017

Visit to the Houses of Parliament

5 months ago
L6 Business, Economics and Politics students visited London recently. Here is an account from one of the students about their day.  "This year’s trip to London for the L6 proved to be another enthralling experience. After arriving at St Pancras, with many of us feeling the pressures of a 6am start, we headed to our first destination: the Houses of Parliament. On our guided tour of the parliamentary estate, the House of Lords proved to be particularly impressive in terms of its grandness.
05 Jul 2017

International Space Challenge Winners

5 months ago
Congratulations to the S4 team which won the prestigious International Space Challenge at RAF Waddington this week. The boys were faced with the task of designing a space hotel using science and engineering skills allied to marketing and language knowledge. Against stiff competition from all over England, the Birkdale boys came up with the innovative idea of a space hospital, taking advantage of low gravity to speed the recovery of spinal injury patients.
28 Jun 2017

Know Your Neighbour

5 months ago
Birkdale pupil Benul Rathnam (S2) pledged his support for the Sheffield Star’s Know Your Neighbour initiative, by helping to prepare and serve food to elderly people who visit the Park library café, Duke Street, Park Hill. He featured in a Sheffield Star article about the initiative on Tuesday 27 June.
27 Jun 2017

Onatti Theatre Company Visit

5 months ago
The Onatti Theatre Company paid their annual visit to Birkdale on 16 June, performing their play “Le Café” to S1 and S2 pupils in the Heeley Hall. The play, which was performed by two native French actors, focused on the similarities and differences of the two languages both in terms of vocabulary and pronunciation. The pupils had spent time in French lessons studying the plot, characters and key vocabulary and so had no difficulty in understanding the play even though it was all in French!
26 Jun 2017

Lower School in London

5 months ago
S1 and S2 had a fantastic time in London last weekend. The boys were asked to write an account of the trip for homework. Here is one pupils account of the trip: "On Sunday the 11th of June Birkdale school were heading to London. After a long time of hugs and waves goodbye the coach of 11 and 12 year olds was off. Shortly after we were put into travel groups. Mr Low, Mrs Birtles, Mrs Stolz and Mr Pietrck. I can’t lie that a few people were scared to be with Mr Pietrek but he turned out to be so nice...
22 Jun 2017

FOBs Ball Raises £6,000 for Children's Hospital Charity

5 months ago
On Saturday 17 June the Friends of Birkdale school (FoBs) hosted their annual Ball at Baldwins Omega. Over 150 guests were welcomed to the ball by the school's acclaimed jazz band Octopus. This year there was a very special welcome as Theo the Bear, the Children's Hospital Charity mascot, was on hand to also shake hands with all guests as they arrived for this prestigious event.
20 Jun 2017

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