Birchwood Update - Monday 9 October 2017

 

 

We would like to hear your views about our school so we can share these with OFSTED

 

We are asking for your support so that we are aware of your views about our school. It will also help us to prepare for our next OFSTED visit which is due this academic year. Please read and fill in the online form below.

Parent View is an online facility launched by Ofsted in October 2011 that allows parents and carers to give their views about their child’s school at any time of the school year. The questionnaire is also the main mechanism for parents to give their views to inspectors about their child’s school at the time of a school inspection. If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school, you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

Birchwood College Open Evening

 

Thank you to all the visitors who came to our Birchwood College Open Evening last Thursday. Feedback was excellent, all visitors really enjoying the evening. A huge thanks to our present students who were on hand to speak to prospective students and parents/carers. Visitors were impressed at our confident, articulate learners who are obviously proud to be part of our College.

Also many thanks to our committed staff who have worked so hard to make the event a success.

 

 

 

 

 

Birchwood learners aiming high at the University and Degree Apprenticeship Fair

A group of 40 Year 11, 12 and 13 learners went on a visit to the Etihad Stadium on Thursday 5 Oct to find out more about post 18 options. We were given the chance to attend seminars on: applying to Oxford and Cambridge, Russell Group Universities, student finance and higher/degree apprenticeships. It was great to find out about the exciting opportunities available to us after college and to start planning for the future. What was interesting was the large number of companies offering degree apprenticeships e.g. IBM, PWC and Kier. On a degree apprenticeship the company pays for your degree whilst you earn a wage, this enables you to gain invaluable work experience, a degree and no student debt! The event was extremely busy with schools/colleges attending from all over the North West. We returned with lots of information as well as the usual freebies e.g. pens, sweets and even footballs – well we were at the Etihad after all, much to Mr Hamilton’s dismay!

 

Harvest Festival Assembly, donations for Warrington Foodbank

 

 

Once again, at our Harvest Festival Assembly at the end of this half term we will prepare food parcels in support of the Warrington Foodbank. Learners, students and staff have been asked to donate an item to support the foodbank. Form tutors will go through the list of items needed by the Foodbank. This can also be found on the link below. At present they have a good supply of pasta, soup, beans, breakfast cereals, teabags, sweet biscuits, and tinned sweetcorn and other pulses. so it would be helpful if learners could avoid these items. Urgent items include UHT milk, coffee, tinned desserts and meats.  They are also desperate for toiletries and cleaning products.

We do hope that you will support this worthy cause.

Warrington Foodbank - Items Needed

 

School Show Rehearsal Schedule, Week beginning 9th October 

 

 

Monday 9th October - 3 degrees if possible

Tuesday 10th October - NO AFTER SCHOOL REHEARSAL

Lunch rehearsal – dentist and dentist girls- pa2/dance studio

Wednesday 11th October

3 degrees Audrey Seymour- lunch HS

Run act one (OFF SCRIPT)

Whole cast rehearsal- pa2- 3-5.50pm

Thursday 12th October

Orin, Seymour, Audrey, Mushnik, dentist girls - pa2 HS+ KM 3-4.pm

Friday 13th October

HB- dance rehearsals- “Ya never know”

Closed for renovations-

 actors and dancers.

 

Year 7

 

Final deadline to order school photographs

 

We are doing a final collection of orders for school photographs taken by our school photographer.

Any orders must be with the school office before Friday 13 October when they will be collected by Kittle. Any orders received after this date cannot be fulfilled.

 

Year 7 Parents’ opportunity to meet with form tutors – Thursday 19 October, 3.30 – 6.30pm

 

Your child has now been at Birchwood Community High School for almost half a term and we would like to invite you into school to give you a clearer picture of how they have settled in. This will give you the opportunity to meet your child’s form tutor again and to receive up to date information on your child’s progress.

Your child will bring home a letter with regard to making an appointment for this event. The letter can also be accessed here

Please return all reply slips to the school office no later than Monday 17 October so that appointments can be allocated. Thank you.

 

 

Year 7 Residential Trip to Conwy Centre, Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 April 2018

 

For your information, a letter regarding the details of this trip can be found here

Payment instalments are due on the following dates:

Date

7 November 2017

6 February 2018

6 March 2018

3 April 2018

Year 8 – No specific Information

Year 9

 

Getting Ready for KS4 Residential Trip to Lockerbie Manor, 11 -13 July 2018.

For your information, a letter regarding the details of this trip can be found here

Payment installments are due on the following dates:

Date

7 November 2017

6 February 2018

6 March 2018

3 April 2018

Year 10

 

GCSE Spanish Linguastars, extra support sessions
 

As part of The MFL department’s commitment to your child’s progress, intervention sessions have been put in place to ensure that our learners meet their target GCSE grades. 

The department have arranged for extra support to be provided between 3 and 4 o’clock every Friday to help your child with either the completion of homework tasks or recapping the content of any lessons which they feel they may have found difficult.

Research shows that work outside of the classroom has a direct impact on how successful learners are in their final assessments. To book a place on these sessions ask your child to see Mr Farrell.

 

This Girl Can!

Birchwood Community High School are very proud to be supporting ‘This Girl Can’ which is a national pledge to try to encourage more girls to participate in sport. We want to offer year 10 girls the opportunity to try something new and have fun!

There will be one activity every half term for learners to sign up for and try. The first activity is Clubbercise on Wednesday 18 October from 3:15 – 4:15 in the Dance Studio. An external instructor who will provide the light, music and glow sticks will lead this.

The next session will be boxing in December; this will be based at a Warrington Boxing Club (transport will be provided). Other activities we are looking at for 2018 are a boot camp, cycling, rugby, martial arts, Ninja Warrior and an obstacle course.

 

Final deadline to order school photographs

We are doing a final collection of orders for school photographs taken by our school photographer.

Any orders must be with the school office before Friday 13 October when they will be collected by Kittle. Any orders received after this date cannot be fulfilled.

 

Year 10 – KS4 Residential Lockerbie Manor, 25 – 27 June 2018

For your information, a letter regarding the details of this trip can be found here

Payment installments are due on the following dates:

Date

7 November 2017

6 February 2018

6 March 2018

3 April 2018

Year 11

 

GCSE Spanish Linguastars, extra support sessions
 

As part of The MFL department’s commitment to your child’s progress, intervention sessions have been put in place to ensure that our learners meet their target GCSE grades. 

The department have arranged for extra support to be provided between 3 and 4 o’clock every Friday to help your child with either the completion of homework tasks or recapping the content of any lessons which they feel they may have found difficult.

Research shows that work outside of the classroom has a direct impact on how successful learners are in their final assessments. To book a place on these sessions ask your child to see Mr Farrell.

 

 

Welcome to Key Stage 5 Evening – Thursday 12 October at 5.00pm – 7.30pm in Birchwood College

On Thursday Birchwood College will host a Welcome to KS5 Evening.

The objectives of the evening are:

  • to provide a smooth transition from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5

  • to support you with vital information about Key Stage 5 and our expectations of Year 12 in particular

  • to strengthen the vital home/school working partnership

  • to help develop a supportive student/tutor bond

There will be two short presentations, at 5.30pm and 6.30pm, explaining the expectations we have of all Year 12 students as they begin Key Stage 5.  Appointments will run either side of the presentations; these can be made directly between the tutor and student during the college day.  For more information, see a letter here

 

Other School information:

 

View your child’s information on your mobile phone or tablet, a great new way to keep in touch.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new service to make communications between school and home quicker, easier and more effective.

You will be able to view information about your child or children securely on your mobile phone or tablet using the Groupcall Xpressions app.

Once you are set up you will be able to see information such as:

  • Free messages sent by the school delivered to the app

  • Attendance and absence information

  • Attitude to learning (“ATL”) scores for each lesson.

  • Daily/Weekly timetable information

The app is completely free of charge to you and supports Apple iOS and Android devices (with Windows mobile to follow).

In order to use the app school must have your correct mobile number and email address on our school system. Forms are available from the school office to check and update your details or you can simply email them to the school. You’ll need to make sure you keep these details up to date in future to maintain access to the service.

You can download the app by searching for “Xpressions” in the App Store or on Google Play. Once the app is downloaded, simply follow the on screen instructions.

We hope that you take advantage of this new service, which has replaced our ParentsLive system.  If you have any issues or need to know more please contact Mr O’Reilly here at school on aoreilly@birchwoodhigh.org

 

Children on site out of school hours

As a Community School, we welcome clubs and booked activities to use our facilities and school grounds outside the school day. We have become aware though that there are groups of both learners and ex learners on site in the evenings. Please make your child aware that learners are only allowed on site after the school day, if they are part of an organised and booked group. Thank you for your co-operation.

School Nurse: Please note that the school nurse comes into school every Wednesday from 12.15- 1.30pm and is available in the BSR Mentoring Room if any learners or students have any health related issues they would like to discuss.

 

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