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Birkdale Senior School News

Cricket Success

2 days 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

S1 China Day

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

Mock Election Campaign

2 months ago
In support of the Birkdale citizenship programme, a Lower School Hustings took place as part of the Birkdale Mock Election campaign. The event was chaired by Harry Clay (U6) as Returning Officer. The candidates are: Sam Beahan (S4) Conservative; Joshua Watts (S2) Liberal Democrats; Ahmed Hussain (S3) Labour and Harry Burch (S2) Official Monster Raving Looney. All of the candidates gave a speech and then fielded questions from the audience.
07 Jun 2017

Old Birkdalians Receive D of E Gold Award

2 months ago
Old Birkdalians, Charlotte Kidd (left 2016) and Ben Horscraft (left 2011) were at Buckingham Palace on 24 May to receive their Gold Award. They enjoyed a great day and all three of the expected royals were there – the Duke of Edinburgh himself, Prince Philip and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie. They were presented their Award by Prince Edward and the celebrity Chris Mears, an Olympic gold medallist diver.
05 Jun 2017

St John Ambulance Achievement

3 months ago
Shahid Qadar (L6) has recently been nominated national youth representative for St John Ambulance, the nation's leading first aid charity. Shahid originally joined St John Ambulance through his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh voluntary work and loved it so much he carried on. He is currently officer at corporal level within his unit. Shahid also runs the popular First Aid Club in school and teaches first aid as part of enrichment and Duke of Edinburgh.
24 May 2017

S1 Visit to Warwick Castle and Bosworth Battlefield

3 months ago
S1 and their accompanying teachers were very fortunate to experience the delights of Warwick Castle and Bosworth Battlefield on a sunny day in an otherwise wet week.
23 May 2017

Politics Forum

3 months ago
The Lower Sixth Politics group took over the running of Politics Forum yesterday due to the imminent departure of the Upper Sixth. With the General Election on the June 8 fast approaching, the Lower Sixth wanted to take the opportunity to get involved by holding a parliamentary style hustings.
22 May 2017

Black Dyke Band raise the roof!

3 months ago
We were privileged to welcome the Black Dyke Band to Birkdale last week. Billed as the world's most famous brass band they did not disappoint. The calibre of performance in the Heeley Hall made for a very special occasion.
22 May 2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

3 months ago
Thirty-five S3 students and several members of staff from Birkdale Senior School sat enthralled, as this award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s seminal novel unfolded in the spacious yet somehow intimate environs of Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre.
22 May 2017

S1 Crepe Making Competition

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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!

3 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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 months 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:
27 Apr 2017

'Better a witty fool than a foolish wit'

4 months 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 months 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 months 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

5 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

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