Birchwood Update 18/12/17

 Birchwood Update week Commencing 18/12/17

 

 

Season’s Greetings from Mrs Bryan and staff at Birchwood Community High School. We wish parents, carers, learners and students a happy and restful Christmastime. We will return on January 8th when I hope you will be refreshed and ready for a successful 2018.

 

 

An important date for your diary

 

On Thursday 11 January (the first Thursday back of next term), school will close early to learners at 2pm for staff training as part of our School Improvement Plan. The school office will also close at 2pm on this day. College students may wish to stay in the college to work independently on their studies.

Your child should have brought home a letter with regard to this closure, which may also be found here

 

Christmas Theme Day, Friday 22 Dec

 

On Friday 22 December, our last day of term, we will be supporting St Rocco's Hospice by holding a Christmas Theme Day. Learners are invited to wear one piece of clothing that has a Christmas theme. This could be a Christmas inspired jumper or a red or green ribbons or Christmas socks. The rest of the uniform must be as normal. The suggested donation will be £1.  Please note: this is not a ‘fancy dress’ day i.e. no onesies, fancy dress costumes, or novelty headgear and there is no need to purchase a specific Christmas jumper, simply wearing something red or green for example, will be enough. We hope that your child will join us and help support this wonderful local charity

 

Christmas Assembly, Friday 22 December, 11.30am

 

Our whole school and college Christmas assembly will take place in the Sports Hall the last day of term. Parents, carers and friends of the school are very welcome to join us for this event. There will be a brunch break earlier in the morning and then school and college will close for the Christmas break after the assembly at 1pm. Please note that there will still be lessons in the morning of Friday 22 December so if learners have PE then they will still need to bring their PE kit.

 

School and College will re-open on Monday 8 January at 8.45am.

 

 

A great evening provided by our brilliant young performers

 

Last Wednesday our Year 12 & 13 students provided us with a great evening of entertainment when they performed their exam pieces for an audience who were really impressed and touched by the quality of their performance. The Year 13 piece covered the theme of terrorism and although it was very hard, hitting it was a relevant piece of theatre, in today’s society.

 

 

 

Come and join us again this Wednesday 20 December at 7.30pm for our Year 13 Musical showcase, which will be an evening of fantastic performances by our young music students in Birchwood College. Sets will include music from The Eagles, The Darkness, Duran Duran and Oasis.  Entry will be £3 and £2 for concessions, a snip for a great evening of entertainment!

 

 

Three of our Music student will go on to study at the best !

 

we are really proud to announce that 3 of our Year 13s have secured places to study at the highly prestigious Royal Northern College of Music which is a fantastic achievement . For the full story scroll down to our Birchwood College section.

Poppy in Year 10 gets a call up for The U15 England training camp

 

It was with great pride that we received the message that Poppy in Year 10 had been selected to take part in the England Under 15 training camp at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre last weekend.

Poppy who at present plays centre back for Manchester United was selected for this honour after being observed playing by undercover England scouts.

The training camp was second of two and overall 60 girls between 14 and 15 have taken part from all over the country.

 

During the camp, the girls had six 2-hour sessions where they were observed and recorded as they played plus a heavy  Educational element where the girls had work to do provided by school  so Poppy had Maths , English and PE work to complete.

There was time for fun though as the camp provided some fun festive entertainment too.

 

Out of the 60 girls taking part of the training camps, the head coach will now review their performance and 30 will be selected to take part in a 5-day camp in Switzerland at the beginning of February, where they will play fixtures against their counterparts on the Swiss team.

 

When Poppy received the email to say that she had won a place on the camp she thought it was an amazing opportunity and she was really excited and proud to wear the England Kit. She wasn’t disappointed and had a wonderful time where she gave it her all and hopes to have impressed the coaches.

She now awaits the email, hopefully to say she is off to Switzerland. Poppy said, “If they chose me it will be overwhelming. To make my first International debut at 14 would make me so proud. In addition, it would be great to get to go to Switzerland and play their under 15s. I will definitely look into the opposition if I get this great chance.”

 

Well done Poppy we are all rooting for you and so proud of your achievement so far!

 

 

 

 

 

Jess Bate makes us proud by becoming Cheshire Martial Art’s First Senior World Karate Champion.

 

Just as we love to share the success of our learners and it is equally nice to share the successes of ex-learners who have gone on to make a great impression in their field of expertise and it is with great pride that we learned of the success in Karate, of Jess Bate who joined us in 2007.

Jess started karate aged four with Sensei Ian Barlow at Woolston Shukokai Karate Club then at ten made a full-time move to Cheshire Martial Arts Centres under Paul Graham achieving her Black Best 1st Dan at 11.

 

Having 1-2-1 sessions with Paul, who was also the Head Coach of the Shukokai Karate Union (SKU) England squad saw Jess competing with varying success in local domestic and national events.

 

 In 2009, Jess really shone at the SKU British Open taking 3 golds and 2 silvers, this was a turning point and Jess started to dominate in the cadet categories around the country. It was this success that led to Jess being selected to represent England with the SKU squad in Romania for the 1st WUKF Children’s European Championships and in 2010, Jess received her 2nd Dan.

 

By 2011, Jess was in her final year at  BCHS, studying for her GCSE’s, training 6 times a week with a competition every other weekend, all over the country and Europe, including a 4th place at the WUKF European event in Hungary. Our school supported Jess wholeheartedly and in 2012, Jess was awarded her full-colours and the Upper School Sports Personality award from BCHS. We are proud to display a shirt and medal of Jess’ in our Sport Café at school.

Jess became a well-respected member of the ‘circuit’ as she gained in confidence and her understanding of her karate abilities, plus her growth in College, where she also reached A* and three A’s in preparation for University.

 

In 2013, Jess did something unique in the karate fraternity; she gained her 3rd Dan in two different disciplines. Two different syllabuses, two very different gradings but Jess passed both with flying colours. A defining achievement as Jess went on to take a very well deserved bronze medal at the 4th WUKF European Championships that year. Being on the podium at this level just drove Jess’s ambitions higher. The medals just kept on coming, taking pride of place in the family home.

 

 In 2014, Jess started studying at Loughborough University.  It was more difficult for Jess to train and compete, but she still made the effort and went on to more success at the SKU British Open, winning five gold medals and one silver. However, this was to be completely overshadowed in 2016, after Jess was selected to represent England once again at the 8th WUKF European Championships in Italy. It was here that Jess won the junior category AND the prestigious senior category, also taking a bronze in the highly contested Open contest. Double European Champion, history was made for the SSKA.

 

2017, for Jess has, also been a truly remarkable year. She graduated from University with BSc Hons. Degree in Sports Science with Management, going straight into full-time work at a gym in Stockport and took Gold in the United World Karate (UWK) National Championships, then just one week later, Jess was awarded her 4th Dan by the Executive Committee of the SSKA, then one week after that Jess became a World Karate Champion.  Achieving 1st place in the 21-35 years Female Black Belt Rengokai (All-Styles) finals at the UWK World Championships held in Montecatini, Italy in December. The first ever Senior World Champion in the SSKA’s history.

 

It was fantastic to see Jess last week when she visited to show us her medals and chat to members of staff who were special to her. We are incredibly proud of her achievements and that she has grown into a confident and competent young lady and we look forward to following Jess’ achievements in the future.

 

 

 

 

Year 11 Mock examinations. Monday 11 – Friday 22 December 2017

 

Year 11 will be sitting mock examinations over the next two weeks. These examinations will be completed under exam conditions and are a good test to measure how much progress learners have made in preparation for their exams next summer. For a full timetable, see the year 11 section on this update. If your child has any concerns or needs assistance please ask them to speak to their teacher or Mrs Kinnaird, our exams officer.

 

Mock Results

 

Year 11 will receive their mock results in one go on Tuesday 16 January 2018. This will mimic GCSE Results Day, in effect giving learners a taste of what will happen in August when they receive their actual set of results.

 

 

A note from the PE Department regarding lessons during mock week

 

With the mock exams upon us, can parents and carers please remind learners that if they are doing PE and usually use the sports hall then they will need to bring outdoor kit, due to the Sports Hall being used for the exams. Please note that if your child is wearing leggings for PE, they should be regulation navy leggings rather than black (see the uniform guide here) . Thank you for your cooperation 

Whole School Christmas Celebration Trip; The afternoon of 20 December

 

This Wednesday afternoon those who have booked on our whole school Christmas celebration trip will visit to The Hive Retail Park in Widnes where learners have chosen to take part in either Silver Blades ice skating or Widnes Super Bowl bowling.

We will be leaving school at 12.15pm and will return for 4.30pm.

 

Learners can come in their own clothes on the day. Learners must also have a packed lunch. They may also bring spending money, as there are vending machines and a café.  

 

 

Be Active at BCHS

 

In a bid to offer learners some meaningful pastimes during lunchtimes in these cold months, staff have offered their lunchtime to provide a varied timetable of lunchtime clubs from music and relaxation to dodgeball. We hope that there will be something for everyone to take part in and that learners will benefit from having the opportunity to do something meaningful or learn something new during the school day.

 

For a full timetable of clubs see here 

 

 

 

 

Year 7  

 

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

 

 

Payment installments are due on the following dates:

 

7 November 2017

6 February 2018

6 March 2018

3 April 2018

 

Year 8 - No specific information

 

 

Year 9 

 

For Your information : Year 9 reports will be posted home on Friday 22 December

 

 

A massive well done to Hermione Holbrook, whose excellent singing voice was recognised and rewarded at her stage school awards night.

 

Each year the school presents awards to individual students who have excelled throughout the year for each category i.e. dancing drama. Hermione won the singing award against tough competition of some other fantastic voices.

Mr McCabe said “Hermione is really is growing into such an excellent young performer and I’m so proud of her excellent attitude towards her performances.”

 

Hermione will perform in the Year 9 Achievement Assembly this week.

 

 

 

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

 

Payment instalments are due on the following dates:

 

6 February 2018

6 March 2018

3 April 2018

 

 

 

Year 10

 

A message from our English Department

 

York notes revision guides will be available to purchase through the school shop on the school’s website, here, from Monday 4th December. All guides are priced at £2.40 each and learners will be able to collect the revision guides from their English teachers.

For Year 10 classes the guides required are:

A Christmas Carol

Blood Brothers

Macbeth

 

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

 

Payment instalments are due on the following dates:

 

6 February 2018

6 March 2018

3 April 2018

Year 11

 

Mock Results

 

Year 11 will receive their mock results in one go on Tuesday 16 January 2018. This will mimic GCSE Results Day, in effect giving learners a taste of what will happen in August when they receive their actual set of results.

 

A message from our English Department

 

York notes revision guides will be available to purchase through the school shop on the school’s website, here, from Monday 4th December. All guides are priced at £2.40 each and learners will be able to collect the revision guides from their English teachers.

For Year 10 classes the guides required are:

A Christmas Carol

Blood Brothers

Romeo and Juliet

 

 

 

Year 11 Mock Examinations. Monday 11 – Friday 22 December 2017

 

 

 

Birchwood College -

 

Three of our Music student will go on to study at the best !

 

we are really proud to announce that 3 of our Year 13s have secured places to study at the highly prestigious Royal Northern College of Music which is a fantastic achievement .

 

A very well done to goes Hayden Astley, James Harper and Nathan Peers who have all gained a coveted place to study  B Mus (Hons) in Popular Music. The course is four years with the final year being on placement with music professionals from all over the world. Each student has their own specialist  area of study. Hayden will study guitar, James bass and Nathan drums.

 

Carol Walsh, Head of Performing Arts said of the boys success " This is a stunning achievement given the fierce competition that the boys faced during the application and audition process. To get one student in the Royal Northern College of Music would have been fantastic but to have all three students successfully gain a place is absolutely phenomenal. In the whole of my career I can't remember being so proud. all three students have worked incredibly hard and thoroughly deserve their success."

 

All three boys, when asked how they felt about their success said that they were incredibly excited to start on their course but would be so sorry to leave Birchwood College as without the college and the help and support of both Ms Walsh and Mr McCabe none of this would have been possible. They are so grateful to the college for launching them on this wonderful road to success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Other School information:

 

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. Thank you t

o all parents and carers who have already filled the online form in. We have had 18 responses so far and all parents have said that their children feel safe and happy at school. We would love more views though! 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 here

 

 

Admissions Consultation

 

We are consulting on our admissions arrangements for academic year 2019-20. Our proposal is to maintain the existing arrangements with the exception of a change to the Published Admission Number (PAN). The PAN is currently 210 across Year 7 to Year 11 at the school and our intention is to reduce this to 170 for Year 7 for academic year 2019/2020 and for all subsequent years.

 

The consultation runs from Friday 10 November 2017 to Friday 22 December 2017.

 

If you would like to send a response or make a comment please either email or write to the addresses below:

 

Email: Consultation@birchwoodhigh.org

Write to: Admissions Consultation

Birchwood Community High School

 

Brock Road, Birchwood

Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 7PT.

 

 Visit here where you will find our draft admissions policy. Alternatively, you can contact the school office who can supply a paper copy of the draft policy.

 

 

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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