Celebrating Chinese New Year in Art

Pupils at both the Prep and Senior Schools took up the challenge of the Chinese New Year Poster Competition run by Sheffield’s Confucius Institute. The winning entries will be on display in the Ball Room of Sheffield City Hall on Tuesday 20th February as part of the pre-show activities for the China New Year Show and the first prize-winners will re …

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Old Birkdalian vs 1st XI Football!

This annual fixture was almost cancelled due to the frozen pitches at Castle Dyke but despite the freezing wind and snow the game went ahead. The old boys started very well and gained an early two goal lead. Mr Morton made a brief cameo performance for the 1st XI - bending a free kick into the top corner. The superior fitness of the current 1st XI sh …

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Cyber Security Challenge

We hear about cyber security in the news on a regular basis and members of Birkdale’s Code Club, run by the Computing department, have been participating in the recent cyber security challenge "Capture the Flag" run by students from Sheffield Hallam University. This involved challenges testing cryptography, secure coding and on-line security. Merlin …

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Birkdale Economics Students Hit The Target

The team of Elliott Brown (Captain), Lewis Chinchen, Josh Michalowski and Anna Fardon won the Northern Schools’ Target 2.0 Interest Rate Competition, held at Greenhead College, Huddersfield last Wednesday. This competition pits the best Economics departments in the north of England against a panel of Bank of England judges and academics. The team fend …

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Weizmann UK Safe-cracking Tournament National Finals

10 of our L6 Physics students (Aryan Akhgar, Louis Thomas, Sushain Razdan, Mayuran Visakan, Rishin Madan, Rutvik Rele, Will Gray, Rucha Panchal, Jonathon Smith and Nitesh Das) made up two teams who competed in the national finals of the prestigious Weizmann UK Safe-cracking tournament on Sunday 12 February. This followed several months of intensive work …

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Physics trip to Jodrell Bank

The U6 Physics students visited the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, home of the iconic Lovell Space Telescope which can be seen from miles around in the surrounding Peak District. This awesome structure, built in 1956, is the third-largest steerable radio telescope in the world, towering 89m above the countryside and with a dish 76m in diameter. T …

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Computing Challenge finalist at the University of Oxford

Talented Birkdale student William Downes was invited to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford on Sunday 28 January as a finalist in a UK-wide computing competition – The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge. Reaching the final of the Senior age group is an impressive achievement, as 14,402 students entered the first r …

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24 Hour Football Challenge

On Friday 2 February over 70 Birkdale pupils from both senior and prep schools kicked-off their 24 Hour Football Challenge in support of our school Charity the Sheffield Children's Hospital. Beginning at 4pm on Friday afternoon, and rotating teams every half an hour, pupils and staff were so very pleased to be joined on Friday evening by professional …

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History Society Risk Competition

Over the course of a week, the History Society held its annual prize winning Risk competition, and as ever it was a highly popular event with attendance from students across year groups and subjects. However, apart from the usual nervous but exciting atmosphere caused by the game itself, the event was also made special by some of its attendees. For i …

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Spellbound by Wicked Musical

S4 and S5 GCSE Music students travelled to the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London to see the award-winning musical Wicked. Wicked re-imagines the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story of the Wizard of Oz. It follows the unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz Universi …

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