This year’s Prep School Charities Fair was a fabulous way to begin our school festivities. All proceeds, £1557.80 will go to our school Charity, the Children’s Hospital Charity. We would like to thank Mr Oakey for his hard work and the kind parents who helped to run many of the stalls. In a new initiative, Pre-Prep parents were invited to a ‘vintage’ café in Belmayne house where they could enjoy refreshments and cakes made by the Belmayne House staff before the fair. Mrs Tonks and Mrs Hobson made fabulous hosts and looked great in their Santa dresses.
The UCAS process is well underway and we are enjoying hearing of the university offers our students are receiving. Birkdale are highly successful in gaining some of the best university places for their students and this year is no exception. We currently have a large cohort selected for interview at either Oxford or Cambridge. This stems from a firm foundation of examination success. In 2017 55% of all GCSE results were A* or A grade and typically Birkdale achieves 100% pass rate at A level. Some of the best and sustained grades in the region.
Two teams from Birkdale Prep finished admirably in their first outing at the Sheffield Schools Cross Country League last weekend. The Birkdale boys joined many other schools from across the city. It was a chilly morning at Graves Park, but the boys got stuck in on the muddy course and all made it round to give Birkdale its first team points of the season in both the P1/2 and P3/4 age groups. The boys demonstrated excellent stamina and a team spirit.
London vicar and author, Dave Tomlinson visited the Senior School on Friday last week. He is most well-known for a game changing book of popular theology, ‘The Post Evangelical’, published in 1995. Now, a number of books later, including ‘How to be a Bad Christian (and a better human being)’, Dave is one of the Pause for Thought gurus on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show.
On 22 November Birkdale was visited by Katy Cawkwell, a professional storyteller. As part of their Classics course S1 and S2 were treated to the gripping story of the life of the Greek hero Perseus. The boys were spellbound as Katy unravelled various stories from Greek mythology and had many questions afterwards.
On Wednesday 22 November the Prep School hosted a wonderful solos concert, which followed on from the Festival of Music Week earlier in November. Over forty boys from P1 – P4 performed solo and ensemble music to a packed audience of family and friends. Everyone enjoyed a huge variety of styles ranging from Rock, Disney, Classical, Cuban, Folk Music and many more genres. It was apparent the boys have spent many hours of committed practice and lovely to see their blossoming talent.