Cracking Codes

The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition kicked off online at 4pm on Monday 18th January 2021 and Birkdale students were able to use Google Classroom to take part in the proceedings. It was good to see a number of returning code-breakers and even better to see several new S1 members of Cryptography Club. S1 and S3 students have the chance to apply th …

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Swimming Superstar

Despite the current restrictions placed upon many sports, we are delighted to report the impressive swimming achievements by Tom in S4. Before the latest lockdown, Swim England introduced a "Level X" national swim competition, where you compete in your home club but the results are compared on a national level. Tom swims at Ponds forge and they ha …

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Christmas Music Medley

Despite not being able to hold our usual Christmas Concert, we are delighted to share with you a musical medley of 15 performances by our talented senior school musicians from S1 to Upper Sixth. These were all performed in year group bubbles in smaller groups than usual. We hope you enjoy the videos as much as the pupils enjoyed making them. Also look o …

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The Greatest Story

We were delighted to share our pre-recorded Pre-Prep Christmas play with parents earlier this week. Our youngest pupils aged 4-7 performed The Greatest Story. It was the traditional Christmas story with a twist – it was recorded in numerous exciting locations around the Prep School. They even used Mr Burch’s office as Herod’s Palace! Everyone i …

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Politics Forum Brexit Talks

Politics forum met virtually last week. The host, Ahmed, gave an interesting talk on the talks about a deal for leaving the EU. The deadline for the transition period is due by the end of the month and he spoke about what a no deal Brexit might mean for Britain. He talked remotely in an U6 room to the L6 in their own room and so both years of the Sixth …

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History Society Balloon Debate

Overall the history society balloon debate was very successful. We had 5 people speaking at the event, with more people coming to observe. The subject was on 'The Greatest Briton'. Each person had 5 minutes to make their case on why the person they chose was the greatest Briton. The 5 contestants were: Josh arguing why Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the greates …

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Going For Gold in Computational Thinking

Congratulations are due to Ollie from S1 and Matthew in S5 who have both secured the best score in South Yorkshire in the recent Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. These boys were not alone in their success - Birkdale school managed a very impressive 23 Gold certificates in the competition - placing them in the top 10% of competitors for their res …

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House Rugby Competition

House rugby reached its climax last week with final rounds being played in all competitions for S1 – S4. Well done to everyone who took part, full results have been published on the school website. Congratulations to the winners and to every pupil for the effort and commitment they’ve shown to their house over the last 3 weeks S1: GRIFFITHS S2 …

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Bake-Off celebrates Advent!

Week six is the culmination of Birkdale’s very own domestic science jamboree, and has the inevitable Christmas season as its theme. The hale and hearty pastry manipulators flocked to the tent to display their festive wares, with Yule logs aplenty, some delectable fudge, mince pies, stollen, and petit fours amongst the goodies challenging for the final …

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Loving Language at Birkdale

A team of talented S4 linguists took part in the Business Language Champions competition last Friday. The event was linked to the work of the World Health Organisation where multilingual communication is crucial and a keynote speech was delivered by Alison Brunier, communications officer at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Working entirely in Spanish, th …

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