Each year, the Year 7 Science Club gets to explore some amazing chemical reactions to make a range of colours for the Science Department’s “Chemist-tree”.
The majority of authors who visit Beaumont come to meet and address Years 7 and 8, so it is with great pleasure that welcomed writer Tom Pollock to the school on Thursday 6th December to talk exclusively to our Year 9 students. Tom has written four books for young adults and read from his most recently published novel, White Rabbit, Red Wolf.
The White Rabbit character of the title is Peter Blankman, a teenage Maths genius battling with paranoia and severe anxiety issues. The story ignites when Peter’s mother, a top genetic scientist, is stabbed and his beloved twin sister Bel disappears without a trace. The plot twists and turns breathlessly as Peter finds himself caught up in a web of intrigue, espionage and violence that will test his courage and sanity to the limit. Can Peter’s logical mind and obsession with Maths help him discover the truth?
White Rabbit, Red Wolf is a highly original, fast-paced and often brutal thriller that grabs the reader and throws them into the heart of the action. We were delighted to hear Tom Pollock discuss the book with our Year 9 students.
In spite of grey skies and the threat of rain, parents, students and staff started off the Beaumont Christmas season with the BSA Christmas Fair. This event raises money to support the school through a range of stalls and activities. As well as putting the “fun” in fundraising, the students’ stalls also earn House points for their respective Houses. This event is one of the main ways in which the BSA raises money for the school each year and it shows the Beaumont community at its best
The Hall was filled with eager “taste-testers” at the 2018 Great Beaumont Inter-House Bake-Off. With the new arrival of Butler House, there were even more culinary delights on offer in a rainbow of colours. The team of judges, led by Mr Atkinson, considered the decorative, design and (of course) taste qualities of the seven House stalls, with the academic year’s first House Points at stake.
The Year 13 students who formed the 2018 Rob’s Festival Committee, alongside the Chair of the BSA, Wendy Cooper, have presented Steve Lindsay from the Prince’s Trust with a donation from the proceeds of this year’s festival. This is the ninth year that Beaumont has put on a festival of music and sport, dedicated to our former student Rob Williams. Read more about this event here.
Beaumont PE has got off to an excellent start to the new academic year, with numerous victories across a range of sports, including, Year 11 girls’ netball,U13 boys’ football. Year 7 boys have already made their mark in both rugby and football.
Penny Joelson, author of our “whole school read”, I Have No Secrets, has visited the school to discuss her writing with students from Years 8 – 11 and to talk to individuals as part of a book-signing in the school Library. The Library team has also arranged a visit by Susin Nielsen, who gave a reading from her recent novel No Fixed Address to Year 8 and also talked to students in the Library afterwards.
The BSA and Year 10 Mentor Team welcomed new Year 7 families to the Beaumont community at a barbecue today. While Year 7 students made use of the all-weather pitches, their parents got to know each other over a top quality burger and a drink (or two …).
Students and teachers are celebrating outstanding GCSE results. Mr Atkinson said, ‘I am delighted that our students and their teachers have risen to the challenge of the demanding new GCSE courses. We are looking forward to starting the new term with our largest and best qualified Sixth Form ever.’ Head of Year 11, Miss Cleverly, added: ‘Many students have reached the new highest standard of Grade 9 across a range of subjects and this tremendous success is down to the hard work they have put into their studies, supported by a dedicated team of experienced and highly-qualified teachers’.
Mr Atkinson, congratulated jubilant students and staff who are celebrating another year of record ‘A’ level results for Beaumont. ‘It’s particularly rewarding that so many students have reached or surpassed their aspirations, with our highest ever number of top grades and a record average points score per student’. Head of Sixth Form, Mr de Kort, praised the hard work of this year’s cohort who are the first to tackle the challenging new ‘A’ level structure. ‘Many students achieved straight A or A* grades, earning them places at a wide range of prestigious universities on highly competitive courses’.
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