Success in the Biology Olympiad

Year 13 students have achieved success in the British Biology Olympiad. This is an international competition, organised by The Royal Society of Biology, which challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates and medals.

Four ‘A’ level students were rewarded for their efforts: Olivia Lobue and Frankie Brown gained Bronze Awards and Jonny Light and Isobel Todd gained Gold Awards. Very well done to all those who participated!

Praise from the DfE

The Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb MP, has written to Beaumont to congratulate us on our 2018 GCSE results which place Beaumont in the top 4% of state-funded, mainstream schools, in terms of student progress. He went on to praise the school for enabling 87% of our students to enter the EBacc subjects which ‘provide a sound basis for careers beyond the age of 16 and can also enrich pupils’ studies, giving them a broad general knowledge that will enable them to participate in and contribute to society’.

Aqua-Fair for Water Aid

Students have worked with Dr Jones and Affinity Water to raise whole-school awareness of the need to use water responsibly, culminating in an “Aqua-Fair”, which raised over £1300 for Water Aid UK!

Royal Navy visit to Food Technology

Members of the Royal Navy Recruitment Logistics Team have paid a visit to a Year 9 Food Technology lesson to talk about careers in the Navy as well as providing a master class in cooking. The “omelette challenge” had students (and the teacher!) displaying their best culinary skills.

Planning for a Charity Colour Run

In September, we launched the Beaumont Leaders programme with Year 8 students. The idea behind the initiative is to develop leadership skills to provide students with work-related skills such as creativity, organisation and team-work, while also giving something back to the school community. Some of our Beaumont Leaders are working hard to organise a family Colour Run in aid of the Willow Foundation https://www.willowfoundation.org.uk/ which will be held on Saturday 8th June. More details to follow …

BSA Jazz & Swing Evening: 16.3.19

Jazz & Swing by the Music Department; catering and hosting by the BSA  –  a winning combination! Guests were treated to a fantastic evening, raising money for a new school performance space.

Whole School production of ‘Grimm Tales’

This year’s whole school production was the imaginative version of ‘Grimm Tales’ written by Philip Pullman. Full of deliciously dark twists and turns, the Tales came to life through a bunch of players waiting backstage for their performance. Using ropes, hatstands, umbrella’s and brooms the bright and magical cast performed familiar favourites – Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Hansel & Gretel – and some unexpected ones too, such as Hans-My-Hedgehog, Thousandfurs and The Donkey Cabbage. There was live modern music to add a twist to the stories; twinkly lights and much, much laughter from all. Well done to the cast and crew of ‘Grimm Tales’!

Music Tour to Paris

The Music Department took 63 students from Years 8-13 on a five day tour to Paris, during February Half Term. They performed three concerts; a sacred concert at L’églaise de la Madeleine in central Paris, a short set on the Videopolis stage at Disneyland Paris, and an extended concert at the Chapel of the Charles Foix Hospital, on the outskirts of Paris. As well as performing, the students enjoyed a boat trip on the Seine, at day at Disneyland, as well as sightseeing on the final day.
Evening entertainment included a quiz, with a variety of rounds provided by the staff, and an informal concert organised by the Sixth Form students. The students performed exceptionally well, and were a credit to the school throughout the trip.

‘Game Over’ – the first workshop of a newly commissioned play

With the help of National Lottery Funding, the Beaumont Drama Department has joined forces with playwright, Mark Wheeller and the Breck Foundation and commissioned Mark to write a play which will be performed later this year. It’s a true and thought-provoking story that we will be honoured to perform and it gives an important message to the Digital Generation to keep safe online.

Mark Wheeller joined students today to discuss his play with the students and staff who will be involved in the play’s premiere performance, later this year.

Find out more about the theme of the play at: http://www.breckfoundation.org/                     

Holocaust Memorial Day

In advance of Holocaust Memorial Day at the end of January, Ms Dickson gave an emotional assembly to Years 8-12, recounting the story of her grandfather’s escape from Nazi Germany, and that of the British man responsible for saving him, Frank Foley. A memorial has recently been unveiled to Frank Foley, who was a British spy in 1930s Berlin, who used his position to create false papers to allow about 10,000 Jewish Germans to leave the country illegally.

One of the families he helped was that of Ms Dickson’s grandfather, his brother and his parents.

As it says on Frank Foley’s memorial: “He who saves one, saves the world”.