Birchwood Update 25/06/2018

Birchwood Update week Commencing 25/6/18

 

Man of Steel George joins Team UK

 

George in 10JJ, has featured previously in our update as our ‘Man of Steel’ competing successfully in obstacle course racing in Canada where he received three well deserved medals and was ranked 21st in the world for sprint distance 

 

George has just received news from Obstacle Course Racing HQ that he has qualified to represent Team UK at the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships 2018, which takes place in October.

 

Well done George, we wish you lots of success and look forward to hearing all about it.

 

 

 

Tj wins double gold at Karate

 

Tj in 7DC, had something to celebrate last week when he won, not one, but two gold medals in a karate competition.

 

Tj attends a karate club in Irlam and has been practicing karate for just six months. He is already at his orange belt and intends to be graded shortly to progress to green.

 

Tj won gold for both sparring and Kata, which involves detailed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs. He loves karate and is incredibly proud of his achievements. He said, “When I started Karate, I never thought that in 6 months, I’d be winning two medals.”

 

Well done Tj, we are very proud of you.

 

Let a little birdy help with your career advice

 

We are happy to announce the launch of our career guidance twitter feed, which you can find here 

 

Mrs Morris will be tweeting about everything to do with careers. Parents and learners from any year group will benefit from this opportunity to keep up to date with what is available out there in the world of work.

 

 

APP points, use them don’t lose them!

 

The final date for purchasing items with APPs points from the online school shop (via My Stickers) is Friday 7 July. (This is to allow time for orders to be processed and distributed before the end of term).

 

Please remember, points gained cannot be carried forward from year to year and so any points not spent will be lost.

 

You can still log APPs until 9.00am on Wednesday 18 July. Prizes will then be awarded in the final assembly for the top three learners for most APPs logged.

Whole school reward trip to Alton Towers

 

As a reward for our learners, we have arranged a day out to Alton Towers on Monday 16 July 2018

 

Your child brought a letter home last week with the details of this trip and how to book, but in brief the entrance fee, combined with coach fare and insurance is £32.00 with a concession for pupil premium learners.

 

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Payments should be made using Parentpay, the school’s online payment website.

 

Please make your payment and return your reply slip to the School Office by Friday 6 July 2018.

 

For a copy of the letter see here

Year 10 take pride in working with the community

 

On Thursday 22 June, ten of our Year 10 learners went to Locking Stumps primary school to help with KS1 and KS2 sports day.

 

For Zak and Philip it was an opportunity to catch up with all their previous teachers, and to try the canteen food once again.

 

Mr Vermiglio, the Headteacher, described our learners as confident and polite. He said, “They behaved fantastically and set a really strong example to our pupils. They all looked very smart in the uniform too”.

 

We have been invited back next year, as the event was such a success.

 

Thanks goes to Locking Stumps Primary for letting us be part of their day.

 

 

 

Birchwood KS3 Drama Club proudly presents Peter Pan

 

 

On Tuesday 17 July at 7pm, our Key Stage 3 Drama Club will be presenting Birchwood’s version of Peter Pan. The show has been adapted and re-written to include the vast array of talented actors that we have at school. Learners have been working hard with Miss Senior and it should be a great show, so put the date in your diary.

 

Tickets are available from the school office from today, Adults - £5, children and concessions £3

 

 

 

Keeping your child safe

 

This week we are looking at safe rail travel. Many of our learners travel to school by train and it is important that they travel safely. For tips for your child on how to complete their journey safely, see here

 

 

Support PRIDE at BCHS

 

To celebrate the end of PRIDE month, all learners in Years 7 to 10 are welcome to our Pride Pizza Party in the college on Thursday 5 July from 3pm to 4.30pm. 

 

There will be lots of fun, games, sweets, cakes, music and of course PIZZA. It would be fantastic to see as many people there as possible.

 

 

Change of Uniform Supplier

 

We consulted you in 2017 about changing our school uniform and you told us you wanted a local retail offer to go alongside our existing online supplier. We are pleased to announce that we have arranged for two local retailers to take over supply of our uniform. Both suppliers are already fully stocked can already take orders. We hope this change will give parents and carers a better service.

 

Touchline UK

Unit 2 Kerfoot Street

Warrington

WA2 8NU

Online Shop

 

 

Warrington Schoolwear

50-54 Buttermarket St

Warrington

WA1 2NN

Online Shop

 

Please remember to give your feedback on Parent View

 

Just a reminder that if you have a spare ten minutes in your day please complete the Ofsted survey about our school. Your views are important to us.

 

All you need to do is log on here then click on “Give your views” on the top tab and register. It will take about 10 minutes of your time but it will support us to give an accurate picture of our school at our next OFSTED visit and will also allow us to see more of your feedback.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

The KS3 Maths Problem Solving Challenge

 

There was no winner last week, so the question carries over this week and Mr Ashcroft has promised that the prize will be Chocolate!

 

 

 

 

 

Years 8 - 12, Ski residential trip to France, Friday 15 February – Friday 22 February 2019

 

For your information, the remaining balance for this trip must be paid by 23 November. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Active at BCHS

 

At BCHS we aim to offer a full range of extra-curricular activities which will appeal to a wide spectrum of interests, both before and after school and also at lunchtimes.  For a full timetable of all the activities available, please see the timetables below:-

 

  • Extra-curricular timetable, Summer 2018 - here.
     

  • For a list of clubs that your child can now take part of at lunchtime see below

 

Year 7 

 

Don’t miss out on a Fantastic chance for your child to take part in our Year 8 French Residential

 

It is with great pleasure we are able to inform our Year 7 learners of the wonderful opportunity to travel to France in March 2019. The trip includes:

  • A visit to a chocolate factory

  • A visit to a French bakery workshop

  • A visit to a goat farm

  • A visit to a French hypermarket

  • Day pass entry to Euro Disney

 

All information will go out shortly in a letter but this update is to inform parents and carers that deposits, and all subsequent payments for the trip must be made via ParentPay.

 

If you do not have your child’s ParentPay details, and you would like your child to go on the trip, you need to confirm these with the School Office.

 

This is always a very popular trip and places are limited. The trip is not yet live on ParentPay so deposits are not yet being taken. When the trip is live, learners will receive a letter in their form box and places for the trip will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. So if you are intending to send your child on this trip please set up your ParentPay account now.

 

Year 8

 

A date for your diary

 

End of Key Stage 3 Celebration Evening for Year 8 – Tuesday 10 July.

 

Come and join us to celebrate the end of this stage in your child’s education with presentations from our year 8 learners and subject and achievement awards.

Invitations will be posted out to you soon. We hope you will join us

 

 

Year 9

 

Looking forward to Lockerbie, 11 July – 13 July

 

It is not long now until our Year 9 and 10 learners will be setting off for their residential trip to Lockerbie Manor in Scotland. Your child should have brought home a booklet with everything you need to know in preparation for the trip. For a copy of the booklet see here

Hermione sings for success

 

Hermione from 9WG recently sat her grade 5 singing exam achieving fantastic results. She got 85 out of 100 which is a merit.

Well done Hermione, we are very proud of you.

 

 

A date for your diary

 

End of Key Stage 3 Celebration Evening for Year 9 – Wednesday 18 July.

 

Come and join us to celebrate the end of this stage in your child’s education with presentations from our year 9 learners and subject and achievement awards.

Invitations will be posted out to you soon. We hope you will join us

Year 10

 

Looking forward to Lockerbie, 11 July – 13 July

 

It is not long now till our Year 9 and 10 learners will be setting of for their residential trip to Lockerbie Manor in Scotland. Your child should have brought home a booklet with everything you need to know in preparation for the trip. For a copy of the booklet see here

Media Studies tour to Prague 14 - 17 February 2019 for current Year 10 learners

 

Please be aware that the final payment for this trip should be made before 7 December 2018

Year 11

 

Important dates for your Diary

 

Tuesday 26 June - Birchwood College Induction Day with ‘Total Wipeout’ inflatable games and BBQ (see below)

 

Thursday 5 July - Year 11 Prom at The Hallmark Hotel, Warrington

 

Thursday 23 August – GCSE Results Day

 

 Recycle Your Uniform – Donate it to the uniform shop

 

Our uniform recycle shop, here at school, would be very grateful if any current year 11 learners, once they finish schoolcould donate any of their uniform to us.  Any clean articles in reasonable condition should be brought to the school office. Thank You.

 

Birchwood College Induction Day 2017

 

On Tuesday 26 June, our year 11 learners will be invited into Birchwood College for our annual college Induction Day. This fun day will include presentations about college life and how to enrol, followed by our ‘Total Wipe Out’ team games and a barbecue.

 

Everyone attending should bring a change of clothes and towel, plus old trainers, as you may get wet!

 

 

Year 11 Prom, Thursday 5 July at the Hallmark Hotel, Warrington.

 

We do hope that your child will join us for what will be a fantastic final celebration of their time at BCHS.

 

The Prom will be at the Hallmark Hotel (formerly the Fir Grove) on Thursday 5 July. Learners will enjoy a mocktail on arrival, a three-course meal and then a disco. Return travel by coach from school is included in the price alongside a memento Year Book to keep and cherish.

 

You can find a copy of the letter here.

Important careers information and guidance for Year 11 learners

 

All Year 11 learners should now have made some plans for after year 11. According to the Government, young people must stay in education or training until at least the age of 18. See the information here

 

They must do one of the following:

  • stay in full-time education, for example at a college/6th form

  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship

  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training

 

It is possible to get financial help with education costs. In England, you can apply for a 16 to 19 Bursary Fund to help with education costs – this is means tested. Please see here

 

If you are eligible for Child benefit, this will continue if your child stays in education. You will need to inform the CBA about this.If your child starts an apprenticeship, then you will not be eligible for Child Benefit as they will receive a wage.

 

Apprenticeships

 

Waterside Training have the following Engineering and Manufacturing apprenticeships with top companies in the North West, offering high quality training and a good wage.

 

The deadline is 22 June.

 

AB World Foods, Leigh (4 x Manufacturing)

Aimia Foods, Haydock (2 x Engineering)

Chep, Manchester (2 x Engineering)

Diageo, Runcorn (1 x Engineering)

Emerald Kalama, Widnes (2 x Engineering and 2 x Manufacturing)

NGFE Europe (1 x Engineering and 2 x Manufacturing)

NSG Group (Pilkington) 3 x Engineering

Prinovis, Liverpool (2 x Engineering)

Saint Gobain, Rainford (1 x Engineering)

Seqirus, Speke (2 x Engineering and 2 x Manufacturing)

Stateside Foods, West Houghton (2 x Engineering)

 

 Please see Waterside Training’s website here for further information. 

 

 

Even if your child is keen to get an apprenticeship, it is still a good idea to apply for a college place as a back-up.

Birchwood College offers our Internship Placement Programme.  This is a specially tailored educational pathway, which allows the student to learn at college whilst completing a placement at a partner organisation, allowing a more hands-on learning experience. For more information, contact Mr Burrows, Head of College at cburrows@birchwoodhigh.org.

 

Warrington and Vale Royal College is also an option as they offer both apprenticeships and full time courses.

 

If your child requires any assistance with securing a place in education, training or an apprenticeship please get in touch with our Careers Adviser, Mrs R Morris rmorris@birchwoodhigh.org asap.

Birchwood College 

 

Our College Students have plenty to celebrate

 

Congratulations to Tori Stammers in year 13 who has gained a higher level solicitor apprenticeship with Eversheds Sutherland. Tori is the only student they are taking on in Manchester. We are sure that Tori will fit in well and we wish her every success. Tori has always showed real commitment to everything that she has done at Birchwood and we are sure that her positive, can-do attitude will make her a true asset to the company.

 

Congratulations also go to Tash Hill who has gained a higher level apprenticeship with Waites, again we are sur that Tash will become a valued member of their team.

 

We are also proud to announce ALL of our students who applied to university are have received, including 13 unconditional offers.

 

Well done to all students and our fabulous staff at Birchwood College.  We say that Birchwood College is the college “Where you matter”. This really is evidenced with these fabulous results, our students and staff really do work together to attain the best for each and every one whether it be an apprenticeship, university or in the workplace.

Year 13 Leavers’ Night – Friday 6 July 2018

 

We have also organised a year 13 Leavers' Night on Friday 6 July.  This will be a fantastic opportunity for your child to celebrate their education at Birchwood. The event is being held in a private room at Block One Nightclub (formally ‘The Apartment’) on Bold Street in Warrington.

 

The evening includes a buffet and Block One’s own in-house DJ.  The event starts at 7.30pm, and will finish around 12.30am. This venue is exclusively for the Birchwood College party until approx. 11.00pm, when it will then be open to the public. Students will need to travel to and from the party independently, as transport is not provided.

 

Students will need to bring their proof of age ID to the evening if they wish to purchase drinks at the bar. It is important to note that staff at Birchwood College will not be responsible for students who attempt to obtain alcohol if they are under 18 and we trust you will support this requirement. 

 

Students should arrive promptly on this day, and in the right frame of mind to enjoy a celebratory evening.  If over 18, they should refrain from over-indulgence of alcohol prior to, and during the event, as this will result in them being sent home.

The cost of this evening will be £10. To secure a place, please complete the reply slip attached to this letter making payment preferably via Parentpay or cash or cheque.

A Level Results Day – Thursday 16 August 2018

 

Results will be available in Birchwood College on the morning of Thursday 16 August 2018.  Senior staff will be available between 9.00am and 12.00pm to provide students with their examination results and offer guidance as required for university or career plans.  It is important that students are available to collect results in person on the day

 

Other School information:

 

Keeping in touch gets even easier with the introduction of the Xpressions website

 

We are pleased to announce that Groupcall Xpressions is now available to access on your computer via a website. The login page can be found here.

 

This gives you a further way, as well as accessing the APP on your mobile phone and tablet, to view information about your child

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

Xpressions is completely free of charge to you and supports Apple iOS, Android devices and now Windows operating system.

In order to use the Xpressions, 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 will need to make sure you keep these details up to date in future to maintain access to the service.

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

 

 

Mobile phone sanctions

 

We would like to remind parents and carers about the school rules on using mobile phones.

 

Learners must not use mobile phones between the 8.50am and 3.00pm on school days. Teachers will confiscate mobile phones where a learner breaks this rule. The only exception to this rule is when a member of staff asks learners to use their phones in a lesson to support their learning

Confiscated phone are taken to the school office and process below is followed:

 

First offence: The phone is locked in the school safe where it can be collected at the end of the day by the learner.

 

Second offence: As above but a Year Team Leader after school detention is issued and parents and carers are informed.

 

Third offence: The phone is confiscated and locked in the safe and school inform a parent or carer who are asked to collect the phone at the end of the school day. The learner will also receive an after school detention with a member of our Senior Leadership team.

 

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 to 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.

 

E-Safety update

 

As ever, BCHS are always looking out for your child’s safety whilst online. Please find the latest guide for parents and children with regard to safe use of live streaming Apps.

 

 As the guide says

“You can now broadcast from anywhere in the world, to anywhere in the world for free using the device in your pocket.”

 

So please read the guide found here, and keep your child safe

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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