Today has been “Drop Everything And Read!” day for students in Years 7 to 10 – Year 11 students are busy revising for their Mocks! This year’s whole-school read has been George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and, as well as discussing the themes of the novella, students have been treated to an audio-book version, read by Beaumont staff, divided into seven parts – one for each lesson of the day.
Year 11 students have taken part in a Moving On Curriculum Enrichment Day where they participated in a range of workshops and activities to prepare them for their post 16 choices. They included students reviewing their skills for further and higher education, learning about applications to the Sixth Form, Apprenticeships or College and investigating the range of Careers Guidance resources and support available in school and online.
They also visited a “Careers, Education & Training Fair”, put on in school, with stalls and displays hosted by over 30 local and national employers, Apprenticeship providers, universities and colleges.
The Great Beaumont Inter-House Bake-Off has been one of the highlights of the House competition for several years. Students (with some help from home!) bake cakes based on their House names and colours. House points were awarded for the winning entries, judged by Mr Atkinson and members of the Technology Department; and all entries were sold off to raise money for the school and for charities too. This year, the nominated charity is Breast Cancer Awareness.
On Thursday 24th October, Beaumont School and Sir John Lawes School delivered a Zero Poverty Youth Forum to students from our schools as well as St Albans Girls’ School and Sandringham; the event was hosted at Beaumont. In the morning all attendees were welcomed by John McLaverty, Education and Youth coordinator for Oxfam GB with a motivating presentation about the importance of students taking action to make change in their world. Students from Beaumont and SJL led workshops that covered topics such as: issues of global inequality, the link between poverty and climate change and how to solve issues of poverty in the local area.
In the afternoon John McLaverty was joined by Daisy Cooper (St Albans Lib. Dem. parliamentary spokesperson) and Peter Cashman from Christian Aid who took part in a Question Time style debate, hosted by Beaumont Year 13 Government and Politics student Finlay Craigmyle , accepting challenging and thought provoking questions from the students.
Sixth Form students have presented Steve Lindsay, Prince’s Trust Ambassador, with a £1500 donation from the profits of this year’s Rob’s Festival. The festival, now in its 10th year, is run by a team of Sixth Form students, working with the BSA. Find out more about this annual fund-raising event here.
There was a warm welcome, good food and (a little!) drink at the BSA Year 7 Barbecue yesterday. Thank You to the parents, students and staff who made this annual event such a success – raising money for Beaumont.
Students and teachers are celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE results. Headteacher, Martin Atkinson said, ‘I am delighted that our students have maintained the high standards set by last year’s cohort, even surpassing them in the core subjects of English and Maths. We are looking forward to starting the new term with our largest and best qualified Sixth Form ever.’ Head of Year 11, Helen Wilson, added: ‘The members of this year group have excelled in extra-curricular activities, including sport, Music, Drama and the DofE Award and now they have reached the highest levels academically across all areas of the curriculum. I am immensely proud of this tremendous success, which is down to the hard work they have put into their studies, supported by a dedicated team of experienced and highly-qualified teachers and pastoral staff’.
Pictured with Ms Wilson are twins, Robert and Tomas Linzell, who secured 17 GCSEs at grade 8 or 9, along with top grades in Additional Maths.
Staff and students at Beaumont School are celebrating superb ‘A’ level results, which have led to record numbers of students achieving a place at a university of their choice. Headteacher, Martin Atkinson, praised students and staff for the hard work which contributed to this success: ‘We’ve had record numbers of Sixth Form students this year and I’m proud that they’ve been given the academic and pastoral support they have needed to achieve their goals’.
Among Beaumont’s high-achieving students is Solomon Gosine, who is co-leading an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Noah’s Ark children’s hospice before he starts his degree in Medicine at Newcastle University this September.
Performances have taken place of a new play, commissioned by Beaumont and funded by the National Lottery Community fund, called ‘Game Over’. Directed by Mrs Wallace, Head of Drama, Beaumont students premiered the work at the Trestle Arts Base, giving three performances over two days. Below are pictures taken during the rehearsal process.
This powerful drama explores issues relating to online grooming. Read more about the background to the play here.
On the evening of the first performance, the BBC early evening news carried a feature on the production ,featuring interviews with the cast and the play’s author, Mark Wheeller.
Ms Dickson and her team of staff and parent helpers have led a group of intrepid Year 11 students to complete their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition, braving 30 degree heat in the process!
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