An enthusiastic coterie of S2 hockey players travelled to Hill House School in Doncaster for the annual In2Hockey U13 tournament. In2Hockey is a fundamental part of the English Hockey Board Junior Competitions framework for players aged between 10 and 14, with a wide range of competitions available including national competitions, school games related activities, and the development of school and club activity. Also this week, 28 members of S1 played in a short 9 a side tournament against Sheffield Girls' in pouring rain. Birkdale had three enthusiastic teams and great fun was had by all with the lads coming out on top in all three matches!
L6 Physics students Abu Al-Hasan, Robert Tomblin, Oliver Lanchberry, Harveer Narula and Thomas Doyle competed in the national finals of the prestigious Weizmann UK Safe-cracking tournament on Sunday 12 February. This followed several months of intensive work in the laboratory and workshop to devise and build a safe that required the potential cracker to solve two Physics based puzzles in order to break in. The Birkdale safe was called ‘Good Vibrations, Bad Vibrations’ and featured puzzles based on the concepts of Electromagnetic Induction, Resonance and Stationary Waves.
The U6 Physics students visited the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, home of the iconic Lovell Space Telescope. This mightily impressive structure is the third-largest steerable radio telescope in the world, rising 89m above the countryside and with a dish 76m in diameter. The students found out all about the history of the telescope, as well as the ground-breaking science that it still plays a lead role in to this day, such as the discovery of pulsars.
As part of the P3 History project on the Tudors the boys travelled to the Royal Armouries in Leeds to participate in various workshops about Tudor Tournaments and armaments. After looking around relevant exhibits the boys had an opportunity to get a hands-on experience with some of the equipment used at the famous ‘Fields of cloth of Gold’. A major event in the life of Henry VIII. They also had a go at embossing their own armour designs.
The L6 and U6 students had a fantastic opportunity to not only go to London with their friends and teachers but also to meet with the Artist Brian Griffiths and the Creative director Alan Mackie who talked about various aspects of contemporary Art and Design with them. We visited five major galleries including the V&A and the National Gallery.
Well done to the all of the boys shortlisted in the Chinese New Year Art competition for schools. The artwork was on show at Sheffield City Hall as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations that took place this week. Read on for details...