The Birkenhead Park School News ‘Discover Birkenhead’ in authentic event at Wirral School<p>The school once again organised and hosted &lsquo;Discover Birkenhead&rsquo; where Year 5 pupils became investigators and learnt about the history of the school as well as Birkenhead and its community.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Actors assisted staff dressed in authentic costumes to give the children realistic snippets of history from historical figures such as John Laird and Andrew Irvine, to a ghost from the war.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The children were given four investigations focussing on finding out about Birkenhead Park, the impact of World Wars I and II, famous people of the local area and the history of The Birkenhead Park School itself. In groups they created timelines to preserve the history for future generations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Year 5 pupil Andrew from Devonshire Park Primary said: &ldquo;I learnt loads about the area I have grown up in which I never knew. It makes you realise how inspiring the history of Birkenhead is.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The event is organised by the Year 7 team as part of the school&rsquo;s Primary Liaison work. Head of Year 7 Mrs Kirwan said: &ldquo;We put a lot of time into ensuring this event is both fun and educational for the children. The feedback is always fantastic from both staff and pupils who attend and it is great to see them learning about the history of the school and of the local area of Birkenhead.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Green room technology was also used to take pictures of the pupils in costumes onto historic backdrops - something to give them a lasting memento from the day.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Layla from Portland Primary said: &ldquo;It has been really interesting and I have learnt a lot about the war and its impact on ordinary people.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Macy from Woodlands Primary said: &ldquo;I have had a really good time. The actors were really funny and I have learnt a lot. I really enjoyed the green screen and seeing everyone dressed up.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Twelve schools took part in &lsquo;Discover Birkenhead&rsquo; at The Birkenhead Park School over a four day period.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mrs Cannell, who is a former student of the school and now teaches at Devonshire Park School said: &ldquo;It was lovely to be back in the school. Happy memories came flooding back and it has been fantastic seeing the children smiling and enjoying themselves so much.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Birkenhead Park School is a forward thinking school with a focus on high academic standards and traditional values and is very proud of its historical roots.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The &lsquo;Discover Birkenhead&rsquo; event was hosted in the Year 7 base which is a &lsquo;school within a school&rsquo; that gives the younger students the best possible start to their secondary education by easing the transition from primary to secondary school.</p>, 20 Jun 2017 11:24:57 GMTEat Well Wirral<p>Students representing The Birkenhead Park School as part of this panel were provided with information about the hidden amounts of fats, sugars and salts in some takeaway meals and drinks.</p> <p>The workshop was a part of the Eatwell Wirral Project, which is an award scheme that has been developed to support local takeaway food businesses offering advice to them on how to prepare and cook some foods to make them healthier options. &nbsp;They do this by using healthier cooking oils, reducing salt, offering reduced fat cheese as well as increasing the amount of fruit, vegetables and salads that they offer.</p> <p>All the children who attended the pupil panel were asked to complete a short questionnaire to find out more about their consumption of takeaway foods, fruit, vegetables, breakfast and sugary drinks. At the end of the session they were all asked what they had learned from the workshop and if they planned to make changes as a result of attending and if so how they could share what they had learned with their school, family and friends.</p> <p>After their session, The Birkenhead Park students on the panel identified what things they currently do in school which promotes a healthy lifestyle. Some of the things to be highlighted by the students were the after school and lunchtime clubs such as Football, Zumba, Running and Rugby, as well as facilities they can use in school, such as the gym which encourages all students to keep active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. &nbsp;</p> <p>Philip Rhodes, Senior Health and Well-being Advisor from the 0-19 Health Promotion Team said &ldquo;Thank you to all of the schools that sent representatives, all students were a credit to their school and behaved impeccably. All students enjoyed the day and contributed enthusiastically to the discussions.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>, 13 Jun 2017 12:12:33 GMTYear 8 student shortlisted for ‘Wicked’ national writing award<p>A student at The Birkenhead Park School has beaten thousands of applicants from across the country to be shortlisted for a national writing award from the long-running West End musical, &lsquo;Wicked&rsquo;.</p> <p>Abigail, who is in Year 8, has reached the final 20 of the country-wide &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Wicked Young Writer Award</a>&rsquo; in the age 11-14 category, after standing out to the judges from over 4,000 applications.</p> <p>Competition entrants had to submit a piece of creative writing of no more than 750 words, and their submissions have been scrutinised by a judging panel led by children&rsquo;s author, <a href="" target="_blank">Cressida Cowell</a>, who is best known for her novel series &lsquo;How to Train Your Dragon&rsquo;. The competition aims to award excellence in writing and using &lsquo;creativity to look at life a little differently&rsquo;.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong><em>&quot;I feel very proud that I have been selected from such a wide range of young people and I am really excited for my trip to London!&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><strong>Abigail, Year 8 student</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Reaching the final means that Abigail heads to London&rsquo;s Apollo Victoria Theatre on 23rd June for a special awards ceremony run by &lsquo;Wicked&rsquo; and The Literacy Trust, where there will be a range of special guests and performances, along with Q&amp;A sessions and readings of submissions by leading &lsquo;Wicked&rsquo; cast members.</p> <p>Abigail&rsquo;s shortlisted story, &lsquo;An Invisible Friendship&rsquo;, draws upon personal experience to reflect on the theme of coming of age and some of the changes that take place during the transition to adulthood.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/wicked-young-writer-awards-facebook-share.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 210px;" /></p> <p>Abigail said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about a boy who&rsquo;s grown up with an invisible friend that he made up, but as he moves on through school and goes to college, his friend starts to fade away because he&rsquo;s forgotten about. I used to have invisible friends that I&rsquo;d talk to at night if I couldn&rsquo;t sleep. I don&rsquo;t think about them anymore, which I think is part and parcel of growing up, so the idea for the story came from that and I went from there.&rdquo;</p> <p>She continued: &ldquo;I have always enjoyed writing&nbsp;from a very early age. I feel very proud that I have been selected from such a wide range of young people and I am really excited for my trip to London!&rdquo;</p> <p>The final winners for the 11-14 category receive a selection of prizes, including a &pound;50 book token, &pound;100&rsquo;s worth of books for their school&rsquo;s library and a bespoke &lsquo;Wicked&rsquo; workshop for their school too.</p> <p>Head of English at The Birkenhead Park School, Ms Franklin, said: &ldquo;Abigail is exceptionally gifted at writing; her ideas are interesting and often show a completely different angle on a given task. Her written work is a pleasure to mark! We are extremely proud of her achievement in such a wide-ranging and prestigious competition.&rdquo;</p>, 25 May 2017 14:11:45 GMTFormer Head Girl is an inspiration to all<p>Crina, who was part of the school&rsquo;s Class of 2016 that left last year, was recently awarded the honour of becoming a Student Ambassador for the College. Her ambassadorial work involves supporting others, as well as attending events to give guidance and advice to prospective and existing students. Now in the shortlisting for one of two Head Student positions, Crina is looking to add another impressive achievement to her already burgeoning CV.</p> <p>Currently sitting exams in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Spanish at the end of her first year at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, multilingual Crina also studies Mandarin Chinese in her spare time. Her energy, drive and passion truly make her a role model for others,&nbsp; and those qualities also mean that she is in pursuit of a place at one of the UK&rsquo;s top universities, Cambridge, where she hopes to study Natural Sciences.</p> <p>The former Birkenhead Park School student chose to join Birkenhead Sixth Form College after her GCSEs with the help and guidance from her teachers, who were always encouraging her to fulfil her considerable academic potential.</p> <p>Crina said: &ldquo;The Birkenhead Park School taught me a real passion for the subjects I enjoyed, and Miss Galer&nbsp;always supported me, especially during my exams. She would give me help and advice and always taught me to keep pushing myself.&rdquo;</p> <p>Assistant Head of Years 9 &amp; 10 at The Birkenhead Park School, Miss Galer, said: &ldquo;Crina is an exemplary student who has a fantastic work ethic in life. She was a pleasure to teach and is a real role model for others.</p> <p>&ldquo;Her enthusiasm and love for what she does, and the resilience that she&rsquo;s shown to keep pushing herself to achieve her dreams is both inspirational and aspirational, and she is a credit to both The Birkenhead Park School and Birkenhead Sixth Form College.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>, 23 May 2017 15:23:19 GMTFormer student David returns to tell students about life in the Royal Navy<p>The Royal Navy visited the Birkenhead Park School to speak to students today, and brought with them a special guest who is no stranger to the hallways of the school.</p> <p>David Smith left the school four years ago and has since joined the Navy, working his way up to his exciting imminent placement aboard military submarines.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong><em>&quot;We want our students to have high expectations, high aspirations and to face challenges head-on, and David&rsquo;s a shining example of that.&quot;</em></strong></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><strong>Miss Gidman, Head of Year 9 &amp; 10</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Now known as AB Smith, or Able Seaman Smith, David was joined by Chief Petty Officer Jayne Stroh, and the pair gave an enlightening talk to students about the reality of a life and <a href="" target="_blank">career in the Navy</a>.</p> <p>David said: &ldquo;I feel like it&#39;s changed my life around. I&rsquo;ve become more disciplined and calm now. I&rsquo;ve grown up a lot.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/In_Story.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><small>AB David Smith</small></strong></p> <p>David explained how his choice of career path was ideally suited to him, and outlined some of the benefits that current students could look forward to if they choose to join the armed forces.</p> <p>David, who is now a qualified professional chef since joining the Navy,&nbsp;said: &ldquo;You start on a good salary for a young person and you get a pay rise every year, a good pension, and you can gain qualification while you&rsquo;re being paid rather than being sat at home. There are great sporting opportunities too; I&rsquo;ve actually done boxing whilst in the Navy. Overall, it can be a lot of fun as well!&rdquo;</p> <p>Head of Years 9 &amp; 10, Miss&nbsp;Gidman, said: &ldquo;We wanted the current students to learn from David&rsquo;s success, and see just how resilient he&rsquo;s been. We want our students to have high expectations, high aspirations and to face challenges head-on, and he&rsquo;s a shining example of that. His is a story of tenacity and resilience and he can be a real role model to those here now that are younger than him.</p> <p>&ldquo;The students were mesmerised talking to him. For them to see someone who was recently in their position, and is now very successful in what he does, really helps to make a connection and has a massive impact.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have a number of students who are in the Cadets and we very much value the skills that they learn there and then bring back into school.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Navy were visiting the school after speaking to a number of our students who expressed an interest in their line of work at a <a href="" target="_blank">Wirral Young Chamber of Commerce</a> event.</p>, 19 May 2017 11:09:32 GMTStudents from Denmark are given a warm welcome by The Birkenhead Park School.<p>The students spent two days cooking up a storm in Food and Technology and honing their jumping skills on the trampolines during PE. They were given a Birkenhead Park School buddy who looked after them and showed them around, making them feel welcome and answering all their questions about life in a British school.</p> <p>As part of The Birkenhead Park School&rsquo;s international exchange programme, the two sets of students came together to share experiences and for the Kontiki school students it gave them a chance to study in another country and environment.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><em>&ldquo;I have really enjoyed my time in the UK and at this school. I made some new friends and have learnt more about the history and culture. This is something I will never forget.&rdquo;</em> <strong>Alexander, Kontiki school student&nbsp;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The group of 35 students and three staff were welcomed by Headteacher Helen Johnson, before being buddied up with students at the school.</p> <p>They experienced life at the school and they also visited local attractions in Liverpool as part of their visit.</p> <blockquote> <p><em>&ldquo;It is such a pleasure to welcome these students from Denmark back to The Birkenhead Park School and I know they will gain a lot from the experience. Staff at the school have worked hard to build up and maintain our international links, of which we are very proud. Both sets of students enjoy learning about a different culture and seeing it in practice opens up new opportunities for them all.&rdquo; <strong>Mrs Johnson, Headteacher&nbsp;</strong></em></p> </blockquote> <p>The Birkenhead Park School is also linked with schools in Germany and Denmark as part of our exchange programme.</p> <p>During Cookery lessons, students worked together in making Frikadellers, the Danish meatball, and then shared these over lunch whilst getting to know one another.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><em>&ldquo;It was lovely to see the Danish students assisting our students making the Frikadellers, it was a real combination of cultures&rdquo; </em><strong>Mrs Redmond, Technology and Food Teacher </strong></p> </blockquote> <p>All students were an example to their schools and the programme was a huge success. The Birkenhead Park School look forward to welcoming other schools as part of their exchange programme soon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 09 May 2017 10:01:51 GMT'BePART' life-skills programme praised in BBC documentary<p>The unique scheme, which stands for being Positive, Ambitious, Resilient and Thoughtful, was devised by Psychology experts within the College staff and aims to help the mental health and wellbeing of their students through scientifically-proven methods and techniques.</p> <p>The BBC&rsquo;s &lsquo;Health: Truth or Scare&rsquo; programme, hosted by Angela Rippon and Kevin Duala, investigated the growing concerns over teenage stress and some of the devastating health impacts that affect young people facing studying and exam pressure.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>It actually changed a lot in my life. I know now that if I&rsquo;m stressed that I can go and calm myself down and then get back into the swing of things. It works at home but it&rsquo;s the same with revision and exams too.&quot;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p align="right"><strong>Ben Harding, first year</strong></p> <p>The College&rsquo;s scheme was highlighted as &lsquo;BePART&rsquo; is at the forefront of addressing stress-related problems at source and equipping the A Level students with tools to cope with the demands of both academic and home life.</p> <p>The six-week programme, which has also been delivered&nbsp;to students at The Birkenhead Park School,&nbsp;includes sessions on using gratitude to build resilience, the importance of sleep and diet, and meditative relaxation techniques to help with calmness and focus.</p> <p>Reporting from Birkenhead Sixth Form College after interviewing students, BBC presenter, Kevin Duala, said: &ldquo;It was so lovely to meet the students and so refreshing to see their approach to exam pressure and for them to be so determined for it not to get the better of them.</p> <p>&quot;The College&rsquo;s programme is clearly working.&quot;</p> <p>Liverpool John Moores University&rsquo;s Faculty of Education has been helping the College to analyse the results of the programme and give verified feedback to help the scheme evolve.</p> <p>The LJMU report, led by Professor David Putwain, said: &ldquo;BePART is an effective inclusive programme for supporting the emotional and physical wellbeing of students. Following participation in the programme students reported themselves to be more ready for the rigours of their academic studies, to deal with setbacks in a positive and constructive fashion, and able to effectively cope with the demands placed on them.&rdquo;</p> <p>First year, Ben Harding, 17,&nbsp;is among the A Level students reporting tangibly positive results from undertaking the programme and was interviewed by the BBC.</p> <p>After initially being sceptical about taking part in a holistic scheme like &lsquo;BePART&rsquo;, Ben said: &ldquo;It actually changed a lot in my life. I know now that if I&rsquo;m stressed that I can go and calm myself down and then get back into the swing of things. It works at home but it&rsquo;s the same with revision and exams too.&rdquo;</p>, 08 May 2017 11:58:37 GMTMost words read<p align="center">Katie, Year 7, read a fantastic 2,618,205 words from September 2016 to April 2017.</p> <p align="center">She was presented with her certificate last week and a &pound;10 gift voucher to be used at the school&rsquo;s book fair. The book fair has been on from 24<sup>th</sup> April to 5<sup>th</sup> May, with students having the opportunity to purchase their favourite titles during break and after school, with all the money being put back into the library.</p> <p align="center">To win her award, Katie had to read a book and then take a quiz on that story. The Accelerated Reader programme then added up the number of words read to give a total for each student.</p> <p align="center">Head of English, Mrs Franklin, said: &ldquo;Katie is very caring, hard-working and an avid reader. She has read a massive number of words for a Year 7, and both of our school librarians commented on how she is never seen without a book! She reads a wide variety of literature-we are very proud of her.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>, 03 May 2017 15:36:30 GMTMaths Challenge<p>The UK Mathematics Trust Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers designed to stimulate students&rsquo; current interest in Maths.</p> <p>The school has entered students from both Year 7 and Year 8 who show an interest and engagement within the subject to further excel themselves. The Maths Challenge papers will be taken into school and returned to the UKMT for marking. After the results of these multiple choice questions, the most successful students will be invited to enter follow up rounds, which will require full written answers.&nbsp;</p> <p>As part of the Challenge, students needed to be able to recognise cross-curricular links with Mathematics skills.</p> <p>Miss Clarke, Acting Second in Mathematics, said: &ldquo; The UKMT Maths Challenge is a great way for students to push themselves further. It helps them to really engage with the subject and recognise their own potential.&rdquo;</p> <p>Aaron, Year 7, said: &ldquo;I really enjoyed taking part in the Challenge. Maths is my favourite subject at school I really enjoy problem solving.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>, 02 May 2017 15:01:38 GMTStudents take part in cycle safety training<p>Year 7 students at The Birkenhead Park School have this morning taken part in a two-and-a-half hour Bikeability level 3 cycle training course.</p> <p>Bikeability is provided as part of Merseyside&rsquo;s TravelWise campaign - the new Cycling Proficiency for the 21st century. It&rsquo;s designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today&#39;s roads. Children are taught to ride a bike to National Standards and are introduced to cycling as a fun concept and everyday activity, and as an alternative, low cost mode of transport. Level 3 training enables children to ride on busy roads more safely and opens up their options for travel.</p> <p>The scheme is government recognised and is underpinned by national standards to ensure the children are given the highest standards in the training.</p> <p>&nbsp;In fact, when officially polled, 92% of parents said they saw a significant increase in their child&rsquo;s safety when cycling on the road after taking part in a&nbsp;Bikeability&nbsp;training course.</p> <p>As well as learning safety skills, the course encourages the students to have fun whilst riding, so that they continue to benefit from using their bikes as a form of transport.</p> <p>Year 7 student, Aron said &ldquo;today has been great, the instructors really looked after us and made sure we felt confident when on our bikes&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 26 Apr 2017 15:26:21 GMT Touring the world with Google<p>Geography students at The Birkenhead Park School have been lucky enough to try their hand at 3D goggles with Google Expeditions.</p> <p>Linking in with their curriculum and understanding of natural hazards and coastal erosion, the Google 3D goggles allowed the students to visit locations around the world including Victoria Falls andthe Amazonian rainforest, plus they even went underwater with a great white shark and got a glimpse into outer space.</p> <p>The sessions were delivered to enable students to get a more vivid and true-to-life view of the locations in question to help visualise them and help with their work.</p> <p>With Google Expeditions, students can take field trips from the safety of their classroom. Led by their teacher as a guide, through collections of 360 degree and 3D images, they can point out interesting sights all along the way. The virtual reality exploration is run through an app which can be downloaded to bring lessons to life.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Teacher of Humanities, Miss Ryan said <em>&quot;It was amazing to watch the locations and topics from our lessons come to life, and the students absolutely loved it. It was a perfect revision tool for the Year 11s who were able to visit locations suffering from natural hazards and coastal erosion.&quot;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Some lucky students even got to take the goggles home to use the app with their families and show them what they had been learning about in lessons.</p> <p>Year 8 student, Liam, said &quot;Thanks for giving me the opportunity to visit places around the world I would never get a chance to see.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 25 Apr 2017 11:54:17 GMTStudent leaders at a Wirral secondary school run their first ‘Change 4 Life’ festival!<p>Pupils from the three schools got involved with a range of different activities from frisbee throwing to target practice. The games were designed to give pupils an understanding of the benefits that participation and engagement with sporting activity has and how they work in bringing people together.</p> <p>Kios, from Sandbrook Primary School, said: &ldquo;The leaders have really looked after us today, making sure we understood every activity, showing us what to do. I have enjoyed taking part in all of the games and especially enjoyed the target practice.&rdquo;</p> <p>Student leaders from The Birkenhead Park School supported the pupils with their learning and helped them with each activity.</p> <p>Year 7 student leader, Harry, said: &ldquo;I really loved to see the pupils interacting with each activity and having fun at the same time.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mrs Barnes, School Games Organiser said &ldquo;The Change 4 Life festival creates an exciting and inspirational environment for the pupils to engage in school sport, to give them a sense of belonging and today&rsquo;s event has gone really well. The student leaders have been a credit to our school.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>, 19 Apr 2017 15:39:09 GMTLove to Dance primary school festival is a great success after an evening of performance at a new venue.<p>The evening consisted of different performances chosen, choreographed and performed by teachers and pupils from each of the primary schools. This included an &lsquo;Alice in Wonderland&rsquo; themed dance and a &lsquo;Fresh Prince of Bel Air&rsquo; style performance.</p> <p>The Love to Dance festivall has found a new venue from which to exhibit the performances. The technical facilities on offer in the hall and the size and suitability of the room and stage, plus being in a central location to all of the primary schools taking part, meant The Birkenhead Park School was the perfect choice in which to showcase pupils&rsquo; talents.</p> <p>Mrs Houghton, Associate Assistant Headteacher at The Birkenhead Park School, said: &ldquo;The evening was a great success with amazing feedback from all those involved. The pupils worked well together as a team and really encouraged and supported each other whilst performing - they were all a real pleasure to work with. The teachers enjoyed working with our year 7 student compares and the evening was very successful and professional thanks to the technical lighting and sound and the dedication of all students and staff involved.&rdquo;</p> <p>Speaking after the show, Mr Brady, Headteacher at Bidston Avenue Primary School, said: &ldquo;Thank you to staff and students at The Birkenhead Park School for hosting the evening. They all did a fantastic job of looking after pupils and guests and we look forward to another successful event in 2018.&rdquo;</p> <p>After the great feedback from this year&rsquo;s event, students and teachers are looking forward to welcoming back the Love to Dance Festival next year.&nbsp;</p>, 18 Apr 2017 14:30:08 GMTStudents go the extra mile with History homework!<p>When set their weekly homework to draw and design medieval instruments for battle, students took it upon themselves to get stuck in at home and not only come up with the design but physically make the weapons out of everyday household objects.</p> <p>These ideas included a catapult created from wood and string, a morning star made from gaffer tape and a war hammer made from a spade and tinfoil.</p> <p>Teacher of Humanities, Mrs Ryan, said &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to see our students go above and beyond with their homework They were only asked to draw and design medieval weapons and I was blown away by their efforts. It is outstanding and so nice to see our students engaging with classwork and homework, enjoying themselves and including the whole family in their learning.&rdquo;</p> <p>One of the pupils, Conrad, said: &ldquo;My Dad and I built the catapult at home together. I really enjoyed seeing my idea being created.&rdquo;</p>, 29 Mar 2017 09:50:00 GMT Students visit one of Wirral’s leading employers for a ‘Behind the Scenes’ inspiration tour organised by Wirral Young Chamber of Commerce.<p>Unilever are suppliers of more than 400 brands in the marketplace currently and as such offer a range of fantastic career pathways including internships, apprenticeships, graduate opportunities and jobs to progress in. They also have a range of sectors to suit individual interests including Engineering, Manufacturing and Business Development.</p> <p>The day involved a tour of the Engineering plant where students were shown demonstrations and had the chance to talk to current apprentices and ask questions. They then visited the IT Department were the CEO came to speak to students and talked to them about his journey within the company. Finally, students visited the production line and watched how they make the bottles and again had the opportunity to speak to current graduates about their career journeys and how the company supports their own individual progression.</p> <p><strong><em>&ldquo;It was amazing. I was so impressed by how well Unilever look after their employees and it was brilliant to see all the different things that go on which you don&rsquo;t realise happen right on our doorstep&rdquo; Michael &ndash; Year 11 Student</em></strong></p> <p>The main purpose of the visit was so that students could recognise how a large company can offer different career progression opportunities and to hear from current apprentices and graduates so they could reflect on different progression avenues. It also gave them an insight into different roles within a company and how they all offer different skill sets and opportunity.</p> <p>Assistant Head of Year 11 Mr Huyton said<em> &ldquo;Unilever is the 4<sup>th</sup> largest company in the world and this was a fantastic opportunity for students to see how a local company can build itself up to be a successful global business. It also allowed them to recognise that a company such as this is on their doorstep and can offer a fantastic range of careers and progression to suit everyone&rsquo;s interests&rdquo; </em></p> <p>It was good for these students to speak to people who have gone through different avenues to progress their individual careers and to see the different sectors that make up a successful business such as Unilever.</p> <p>The trip was organised by The Young Chamber of Commerce, whom the school are proud to be a member of. Connecting students with local businesses and giving opportunities to learn about the exciting world of work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 15 Mar 2017 13:47:49 GMTBe PART at The Birkenhead Park School<p>The six-week programme focuses on the mental health and wellbeing of students and includes sessions on challenging negative thoughts, the importance of sleep and diet and using gratitude to build resilience.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The scheme, which was created by Psychology teachers, Roy Owen and Amanda Hoey of Birkenhead Sixth Form College, consists of six 45-minute sessions, each specifically designed to assist students in coping with the daily demands of life in a fast evolving world.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Standing for Positivity, Ambition, Resilience and Thoughtfulness, BePART, aims to allow the students to learn different techniques for a mentally healthier and happier lifestyle, and is strongly grounded in scientific research and techniques.</p> <p>Year 7 student, Aron, said: &ldquo;Last week, we were asked to think about somebody who is important to us in our lives and write them a letter. I really enjoyed doing this as it made me think about how lucky I am in life.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Each class includes a task, such as writing a gratitude diary, as well as meditation at the beginning of the session to allow the students to relax and take the time to think about how they are feeling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Headteacher at The Birkenhead Park School, Helen Johnson, said: &ldquo;I am extremely proud that we are going to be able to offer our students this unique programme in addition to the academic and enrichment opportunities they already have. The welfare of our students is of the highest priority and, with BePART&rsquo;s grounding in proven science, I am confident that the programme will lead to improving the lives of our students both in their academic work and outside of school.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Liverpool John Moores University is also involved in the scheme, assisting in research and evaluation of the impact of &lsquo;BePART&rsquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Programme creator, Roy Owen, said &ldquo;The outcomes of the research mean that we can continue to evaluate the programme and evolve the concept to ensure we keep delivering techniques which help lead to positive and thriving lifestyles for our students. We want the students to be able to take what they have learnt from the sessions and use these skills to help them be successful in school and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 08 Mar 2017 15:22:15 GMTEGKA Karate Nationals<p>Charlie and Mark, took part in the Regional Championships last week at Woodchurch Sports Centre.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Charlie, Year 9, came 2<sup>nd</sup>&nbsp;in Kata, a performance of patterns, and 3<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;in fighting whilst Mark, Year 11, who was competing in his first ever competition, came 2<sup>nd</sup>&nbsp;in Kata and 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;in fighting.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Both Charlie and Mark will now head to Stratford Upon Avon in October to represent the North West and compete in the National Championships.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>EGKA Karate is dedicated to teaching the traditional Okinawan martial art of Go Ju &ndash; Ryu: a style focused on competition fighting and teaches strikes, throws, locks and ground grappling techniques. However, the true motivation of this sport is the benefit it gives to both mental and physical self-improvement, with the discipline seeing marked differences in individuals&rsquo; self-confidence, fitness and co-ordination, which is something that follows the boys into their academic lives.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mark, who was competing against a purple belt opponent which is four grades higher than his red belt, said after his win: &ldquo;I was nervous but had trained really hard, I am so pleased to have won. Learning a new discipline has taught me that dedication pays off which is something I now apply to my school work.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Birkenhead Karate Academy Sensei, Peter Galer, said: &ldquo;I am so proud of both boys. They are a credit to their school and to the karate academy. Mark is a natural and the dedication both boys show is outstanding; they practise outside no matter what the weather.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/FullSizeRender_(2).jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 214px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 07 Mar 2017 14:33:34 GMTNew Age Kurling<p>This sport has quickly grown in popularity, and participants, called Kurlers, are appearing all over from different age groups and various backgrounds. With one main difference from traditional curling, this sport is played indoors on a flat smooth service - no ice needed!</p> <p>Every Wednesday lunchtime students at The Birkenhead Park School have been getting active and taking part in their very own New Age Kurling Club. Last week they competed in their first ever competition and won so will now be representing Wirral in the county finals.</p> <p>New Age Kurling helps develop physical and team work skills, with each player delivering stones which are the same as their team colour, usually red or blue, towards the target at the opposite end of the court. The stones can be moved using any part of the body, providing the player is behind the line upon release of the stone. Each game consists of four or six ends; an end is completed when each team has thrown eight stones or the score has been decided. A team scores one point for each stone that is closer to the centre than any opposition stone. At the completion of four/six ends, the points scored on each end are added together, and the team with the highest total score wins.</p> <p>The aim of the sport is to encourage students to think tactically about how they manoeuvre the stone, can they set the right pace to put a blocker in front of a scoring stone to stop an opponent. They need to consider how much force they need to put behind a stone to get as close to the target as possible. As well as tactical thinking, the sport also encourages active movement to position the stone or it can be done using a pusher.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mrs Barnes, School Games Organiser said &ldquo;The students&nbsp;are really enjoying New Age Kurling. They learn about putting tactics into game playing. We are all delighted to be representing Wirral in the county finals. This is great for our students and we have done really well as this is a new club for the school&rdquo;</p> <p>Year 7 Pupil, Harry said &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an amazing game because it&rsquo;s enjoyable and fun&quot;</p> <p>Mrs Barnes is keen to put forward the school&rsquo;s Kurling Club for further competitions to develop their engagement and participation with other local schools and continue competing successfully.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 13 Feb 2017 12:13:03 GMTVocabulary Challenge<p>As part of the Year 7 Vocabulary Challenge, students at the School were asked to build on their own individual learning skills and put their English skills to the test. Students had to complete a series of tasks on their own initiative, aimed at developing their writing skills across the curriculum. The tasks included starting a sentence with an adverb, using three alternative words for &lsquo;and&rsquo;, and using the word &lsquo;until&rsquo; in a sentence. These tasks supported the students in understanding that English is a transferable skill which can be applied across all other subjects.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Challenge has a positive impact on the overall quality of students&rsquo; written work, which will support them in accessing higher grades in GCSE exams.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ola, who is originally from Poland and who has English as an additional language, excelled in the Challenge and picked up the trophy from Headteacher, Mrs Johnson, earlier this week.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mrs Kirwan, Head of Year 7, said <em>&ldquo;Ola&rsquo;s engagement, classwork and homework are all graded as good or outstanding and now she has won this award. Having come from St Werburgh&rsquo;s Primary School, Ola has made friends instantly due to her kind nature and fun personality, She is an enthusiastic and hardworking student.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ola said <em>&ldquo;I really enjoyed taking part in challenge and am so pleased I have won.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Real credit to Ola for completing the Challenge off her own bat and taking responsibility for her own learning skills.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Well done Ola!&nbsp;</p>, 08 Feb 2017 13:30:33 GMTTag You're It!<p>Year 5 pupils were welcomed by our Year 7 team and shown around our unique Year 7 Base which helps ease our younger students from primary to secondary education.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The children then took part in a game of Tag Rugby in which each player wears a belt that has two Velcro tags attached to it, whilst they dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball, other defenders attempt to prevent them scoring by &ldquo;tagging&rdquo; &ndash; pulling the velcro tags off them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the pupils said: &ldquo;It has been great; I&rsquo;ve had a fantastic morning&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/DSC_1224.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 199px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Head of Year 7 Pauline Kirwan said: The students were so well behaved and enthusiastic and I know they had a great morning with us. I look forward to their next visit and to welcoming some of the pupils to The Birkenhead Park School in September.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 07 Feb 2017 14:57:42 GMTSomewhere to go, something to do, someone to talk to<p align="center">Kev from The Hive team came into The Birkenhead Park School this week to talk to students about how they can get involved. He explained that the centre has been purpose built by young people as it&rsquo;s their youth zone to use and encouraged the students to get involved.</p> <p align="center">With a range of activities on offer including a sports hall, fitness centre, dance studio, rock climbing, media studio, music room and much more there&rsquo;s something for everyone to get involved with.</p> <p align="center">Remember the school disco on a Friday night? Looking forward to having somewhere to go with friends and let off some steam?</p> <p align="center">Well times have changed for students in Wirral, a new era has arrived and its Hive shaped!</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>, 18 Jan 2017 15:21:18 GMT Year 7 ‘KOOTH’ Assembly<p>XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults with KOOTH being one of their programmes.</p> <p>Sophie Carr from Kooth advised the students about ways in which they could use the website for advice and support. It is accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. Students can log in and chat to a counsellor, read support documents or speak to other young people. The site also provides access to forums, a journal for students to write their feelings in and an online magazine.</p> <p>The assembly took place as part of the school&rsquo;s commitment to ensuring all students continue feeling safe and supported.</p> <p>Head of Year 7 Mrs Kirwan said &ldquo;<em>KOOTH is an excellent resource for our students to use. KOOTH is also coming in to do some group work with some of our Year 7 students in the near future</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p>, 11 Jan 2017 13:05:27 GMTThe most wonderful time of the year<p>Here at The Birkenhead Park School staff and students have been busy getting into the Christmas spirit of things buying extra gifts to donate to those less fortunate.</p> <p>Working with Tranmere Rovers Football Club all the gifts were collected and stored under the Christmas tree in the main reception of school.</p> <p>Yesterday Emma Palios from Tranmere Rovers came along with special guest Rover the dog to pick up the gifts and were helped by some of our Year 7 students.</p> <p>The gifts are being stored at Prenton Park before being distributed to local charities Neo Cafe and Homestart who will ensure the donations go to families who need it most over the Christmas holiday.&nbsp;</p>, 21 Dec 2016 10:09:16 GMTTis the season for giving!<p align="center">However at&nbsp;Life Church in Bebington they embrace the Christmas spirit of giving by fundraising and collecting gifts for families in the local community.</p> <p align="center">Collecting between 75 and 80 hampers all containing seasonal gifts of food, toys and toiletries, these collections make the greatest gift to those in need.</p> <p align="center">Tracey McDonough school nurse at Birkenhead Park School said &ldquo;We are so grateful for the donations made as it makes a real difference to these families, which is what Christmas is all about&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> <img alt="" src="/images/DSC_0873.JPG" style="width: 301px; height: 200px;" /></p>, 20 Dec 2016 14:40:15 GMTArriba! Arriba!<p align="center">The students were given a choice of which two countries to choose from, after deciding on Mexico and Italy they then spent time researching the food, different tastes and culture surrounding the country&rsquo;s most popular dishes.</p> <p align="center">The menu consisted of tacos and nachos with salsa, a four season pizza with homemade dough and salad with dressing. Even the pasta was homemade with a tomato sauce accompanied by garlic bread and all finished off with a chocolate calzone for dessert.</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">Mrs Redmond said <em>&ldquo;I am so pleased with how well the students have worked together as a team to produce these amazing dishes&rdquo;</em></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">The food looked delicious; the kitchen was spotless and smelt great, a massive well done to all of the students involved.</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>, 14 Dec 2016 11:39:27 GMTSky Sports "Aim High" Initiative at Birkenhead Park School<p>The session was held by English boxer Courtney Fry, who started boxing at the age of 15 when his father recognised the need to channel Courtney&rsquo;s excess energy into something positive to avoid him getting into trouble.&nbsp;</p> <p>He passed on his experiences to the students, Ola said <em>&ldquo; I liked hearing Courtney&rsquo;s story about when he was younger and he was a boxer, it has inspired me to work hard in PE lessons&rdquo;</em><br /> <img alt="" src="/images/sky_2.jpg" style="width: 531px; height: 353px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 12 Dec 2016 15:07:07 GMTSnowdon in the Snow<p>Facing harsh weather conditions and battling snowy terrain to reach the summit, the team have raised &pound;312.20 so far for the &lsquo;Where there is a Will there is a way&rsquo; fundraiser, which is collecting money to help pay for innovative treatment for 14 year old Will who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour 12 months ago.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Well done to all the team!&nbsp;</p>, 07 Dec 2016 15:30:50 GMTUniversity of Liverpool Visit<p>This week our Year 8 students were treated to an engaging and interactive workshop from Liverpool University aimed at introducing students to the benefits of higher education.</p> <p>The session was held by Dean, one of the universities most experienced advocates, currently studying for his PhD.</p> <p>The workshop covered important aspects of University life, including study opportunities, student living and post graduate careers.</p>, 07 Dec 2016 13:43:40 GMTPortland Primary visit for a taste of Spain<p>Visitors from Portland Primary School&rsquo;s Year 5 spent the morning speaking Spanish and tasting tapas as they came to the Birkenhead Park School for a little sample of Spain&rsquo;s culture.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/Food.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 251px;" /></p> <p>The Birkenhead Park School Spanish teacher, Ms Pineau, helped the class learn in a food-themed session, with the Portland Primary students focusing on their Spanish speaking skills while taking up the role of ordering in a restaurant. The learning games encompassed a variety of words, including colours and verbs along with the numerous foods, and the students&rsquo; pronunciations and accents were extremely impressive.</p> <p>All their hard work was then rewarded with a feast of traditional Spanish tapas for lunch, with chorizo, olives, tortilla and Spanish meatballs all on the menu.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/Meatballs.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 210px;" /></p> <p>Ms Pineau visits Portland Primary School from the Birkenhead Park School each week to give students a head-start with their foreign language abilities, and the Year 5 trip to the School helped to bring all their learning to life before they soon make the step up to secondary school.</p>, 30 Nov 2016 12:58:07 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Congratulations to Alfie, Chelsea, Ellie, Ethan, Harvey, Kya, Matthew, Nicole, Owen, Rob and Taylor, who were the recipients of Mrs Johnson&#39;s Star of the Week awards. The School is immensely proud of each of their achievements and they all are very deserving of their recognitions.</p>, 30 Nov 2016 09:25:27 GMTFond farewells at GCSE Presentation Evening<div> <p>It was a fond farewell at the GCSE Presentation Evening as last summer&rsquo;s record-breaking students returned to the Birkenhead Park School for a night of celebration.</p> <p>Having gone on to pastures new after their time at the School, a huge number of familiar faces returned to the Assembly Hall for awards, speeches and a look back at some special memories.</p> <p>The Tranmere Rovers Executive Chairman took the time to visit and was special guest for the night, addressing the audience in a poignant speech about cherishing the past but concentrating on the future. With so many now former students having gone on to further study, apprenticeships and employment, Mr Palios&rsquo;s talk was an inspirational reminder that our Class of 2016 have just started out on their own exciting journeys through life, and that mirroring the hard work that they put into their studies at GCSE was a model on which to base their ethics for the rest of their careers.</p> <p>Mr Palios did also remind the year group that secured the School&rsquo;s best ever GCSE results in the summer to have fun too, and appreciate every moment: it&rsquo;s important to work hard but also enjoy everything that life throws at them.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">{youtube:k1Dl_71aspQ}</p> <p>Subject awards were presented to students who performed exceptionally while at the school, whether that was through academic ability or their determination and desire to achieve, with teachers from each department giving a short but touching reflection on why each student was receiving their accolade.</p> <p>The subject awards were followed by five special awards, celebrating students who had gone above and beyond the call of duty during their time at School. Lauren, Abdou, Crina, Daniel&nbsp;and Ethan were recipients of the honours, and each richly deserved the audience&rsquo;s warm applause.</p> <p>The grand finale was an amusing but emotional look back at pictures and memories from the students&rsquo; younger years &ndash; some fairly embarrassing but all good humoured, and some special cheers and laughs were reserved for the crowd&rsquo;s favourites.</p> <p>We wish each and every one of our Class of 2016 every success in their future endeavours, and we are proud of everything that they have achieved, which we are sure is just the start of their very happy and successful futures.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">{gallery:GCSE Presentation Evening 2016}</p> </div>, 25 Nov 2016 12:10:18 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Anna, Leo and Rob received their stars of&nbsp;the week awards and posed for their photo with Deputy Headteacher, Mr Mee. All three students worked exceptionally hard to achieve their well-deserved recognitions.</p>, 25 Nov 2016 12:02:30 GMTFun and fundraising for Will’s worthy cause<p>Our competitive members of staff donned their bibs and entered the netball court to play off against each other, all in the name of raising money for a cause very close to their hearts &ndash; &lsquo;Where There&rsquo;s a Will, There&rsquo;s a Way&rsquo;.</p> <p>Last year, 14-year-old Will Allen, the son of School support staff team member, Helen, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour that could not be operated upon. Although radiotherapy treatment initially shrank the tumour, further treatment hasn&rsquo;t been successful and Will&rsquo;s family are now trying to raise &pound;80,000 for him to travel to Bristol to undergo new innovative treatment that isn&rsquo;t available on the NHS at this point. The treatment will improve Will&rsquo;s life in the hope that he can return to school and have fun again.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/DSC_0746.JPG" style="width: 400px; height: 266px;" /></p> <p>Our willing teams of teachers and support staff stretched some aching (and ageing) bones and took to the netball court, all in the name of Will&rsquo;s cause. Between the fun sporting activity, a collection after the match, and our extremely game caretaker&rsquo;s stint in some alarming outfits (!), a generous sum of money has been gathered.</p> <p>The Birkenhead Park School have raised a brilliant total of &pound;1300 so far, but there&rsquo;s still a long way to go. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to visit <a href="" target="_blank">Will&rsquo;s JustGiving page</a> and donate to a tremendous cause for a very brave young man.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/DSC_0749.JPG" style="width: 400px; height: 357px;" /></p>, 22 Nov 2016 15:46:45 GMTMoving letter of thanks for Remembrance Day service praises everyone at BPS<p>November 11th can be an emotional day for many people, and the Birkenhead Park School always makes a special effort to remember those who have fallen in service of our country, not least those whose names adorn the walls of the school.</p> <p>After a lovely assembly and private ceremony for&nbsp;guests from affiliations with BPS along with Rock Ferry High School, one attendee took to writing to Mrs Johnson to thank everyone involved in&nbsp;the day.</p> <p>In the letter, the guest says how much of a privilege it was to be part of the service, and highlights the welcome he&nbsp;received, as well as the &#39;dignity and respect&#39; in which the service was carried out.&nbsp;</p> <p>The full letter can be read below. All credit goes to the students and their impeccable behaviour throughout a moving day.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/img307.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 990px;" /></p>, 17 Nov 2016 12:12:43 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Congratulations to our Stars of the Week - Aron, Ben, Freya, James, Jessica, Joshua, Katelyne, Louise, Megan, Owen &amp; Stevie - pictured here with Headteacher Mrs Johnson. Well done for all of your achievements!</p>, 25 Nov 2016 11:57:56 GMT'What Next Fair' lets students explore options after GCSEs<p>The Birkenhead Park School&rsquo;s &lsquo;What Next Fair&rsquo; 2016 saw a host of educational institutions, businesses and other organisations come to the school to talk to year 11 students about their next step after GCSEs.</p> <p>Visitors included Birkenhead Sixth Form College, where students can apply to take their A Levels next year, several Liverpool universities, the Armed Forces and a number of apprenticeships options within media, finance, sport and beauty therapy.</p> <p>Over 25 stands were available for the students to talk to specialists in their specific fields and explore their post-16 options.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/IMG_1724_(1024x683).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px;" /></p>, 16 Nov 2016 12:37:14 GMTThe Birkenhead Park School Remembers<p>Governors, students and staff at the school gathered to reflect upon the horrors of conflict and think about the global suffering caused by war.</p> <p>After the assembly, invited guests joined Headteacher Helen Johnson and Senior Prefects in a private ceremony at the honours board in the school reception area. The boards acknowledge and remember former Park High School and Rock Ferry High School students who gave their lives in the Second World War.</p> <p>Mrs Johnson said: &ldquo;This event is always very special and it is so important to us all that we remember those former students who gave their lives in war. We also take the time to go out to our memorial garden and acknowledge the tragic deaths of former students over the years and the service is always very moving. I know the event means a lot, particularly to our &lsquo;old boys and girls&rsquo;, and is a perfect time for them to get together and talk about their friends and memories of their time at the predecessor schools.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chair of Rock Ferry Old Boys Association George Benson said: &ldquo;This service means so much to us all as it remembers the actual pupils from here that gave their lives in war. It is absolutely fantastic the way the service is run as it is not the teachers that deliver it, it is the pupils, and there is no better way to learn than getting directly involved. I think the way the school goes about it is really something special and is certainly appreciated by everyone that attends.&rdquo;</p> <p>{gallery:Remembrance Service}</p>, 11 Nov 2016 11:58:11 GMTStudents to hear insightful talk from Baroness Newlove<p>The Baroness was appointed Victim&rsquo;s Commissioner in 2012, five years after her husband, Garry Newlove, was murdered in their home town of Warrington after confronting youths who were vandalising his car.</p> <p>In her talk she will share her experiences on the impacts of antisocial behaviour as part of a joint initiative between The Sixth Form College Birkenhead and Merseyside Police.</p> <p>Performing Arts students at the college are preparing for a new drama performance which will be shown in local secondary schools across Wirral to highlight the impact of antisocial behaviour.</p> <p>Since her husband&rsquo;s death, Baroness Newlove has worked extensively to confront antisocial behaviour thorough educating children, improving facilities and campaigning against drinking culture.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 09 Nov 2016 13:36:40 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Eve met and had her photograph taken with Headteacher Helen Johnson who congratulated her on her achievements.</p> <p>Eve was acknowledged for her attendance and behaviour.</p>, 08 Nov 2016 14:43:56 GMTPrimary pupils compete in Tag Rugby competition<p>As part of the schools outreach programme, teachers from BPS provide PE sessions and inputs to primary schools in the area.</p> <p>45 children from Bidston Avenue Primary, Townfield Primary and The Priory Primary took part in a total of 10 five minute games. They also got involved in throwing practice and drills while they were waiting for their matches.</p> <p>Certificates were given out to every child at the end of the afternoon and they all had a fantastic time.</p> <p>The event was organised by Subject Lead for PE, Miss Ponton, she said: &ldquo;It is always great to get the primary school children in and show them how much fun they can have with sport. They are always really excited to be in a bigger school and it&rsquo;s also a good way to show them what secondary school is like to ease the transition when they are older.&rdquo;</p>, 02 Nov 2016 15:19:52 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Megan and Caitlin (Year 7) and Louise and Allulah (Year 8) were celebrated as our latest &#39;Stars of the Week&#39; for their effort and attainment and for being outstanding ambassadors for the school.</p> <p>Well done to you all.</p>, 01 Nov 2016 14:26:53 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Eight of them have been photographed with Headteacher Helen Johnson who was so pleased to have so many &lsquo;Stars of the Week&rsquo;.</p> <p>She congratulated them on their hard work and for being excellent ambassadors for the school.</p>, 21 Oct 2016 11:56:17 GMTGeography trip to explore the impact of tourism<p>The 54 students went to Liverpool One in the morning and then to the Albert Docks for the afternoon. They spoke to a mixture of local people as well as tourists in order to get a broad range of views.</p> <p>The trip was&nbsp;part of their controlled assessment with the aim to look at whether the benefits of tourism outweigh the negatives. All the students&nbsp;worked really hard and everyone had a great day.</p> <p>{gallery:Geography trip to Liverpool}</p>, 21 Oct 2016 11:14:17 GMTGet fit for free this half term!<p>After the success of the last free swim offer the company has extended the offer to include access to all the facilities. This means you can enjoy free swimming, a fun packed timetable for children, access to the gym and free classes for adults.</p> <p>Over 300 families took advantage of the passes over the summer and they are hoping for a bigger turn out this half term to support the healthy lifestyles of Wirral children.</p> <p>Simply click on the link below to get your pass now.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>, 20 Oct 2016 12:21:21 GMTStudents take part in national ‘Restart a Heart Day’<p>Headteacher Helen Johnson said: &ldquo;We were really keen to be involved in such a fantastic and important campaign aimed at increasing the survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrests. I have seen first-hand how teaching our students first aid skills can save lives after one of our students assisted a member of the public who had collapsed in the street just days after receiving training from St John Ambulance earlier this year. It was great to see so many of our students eager to get involved in this event and although we hope they will never have to put these skills into action, it is reassuring that they will know what to do if the worst happens.&rdquo;</p> <p>Three one hour sessions were delivered throughout the day to students from Year 7, 8 and 9 who were taught how to deal with an unconscious patient and practiced CPR on dolls.&nbsp;Radio Merseyside also came to the event and interviewed some of our students to be&nbsp;broadcast throughout the day.</p> <p>If you suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving. The &lsquo;Restart a Heart Day&rsquo; campaign aims to change that by training as many people as possible to be potential life savers.</p>, 20 Oct 2016 11:50:07 GMTPrimary children cook up a storm<p>To support all the hard work they have been doing in school as part of their World War 1 project, they were set the task of cooking trench stew and shortbread.</p> <p>The children all had lots of fun and produced some impressive meals to take back with them.</p> <p>One of the Year 6 children said: &ldquo;My shortbread smells delicious and I can&rsquo;t wait to eat it. I am going to make this at home too!&rdquo;</p> <p>One of the teachers from Woodchurch Road Primary, Miss Russell was on her first visit to The Birkenhead Park School and was very impressed.</p> <p>We look forward to welcoming the pupils back again in the future for more events and activities.</p>, 20 Oct 2016 08:23:58 GMTColomendy trip a fantastic experience for all<p>Ninety students went on the trip and took part in a range of activities aimed at building resilience, develop organisational skills and team building.</p> <p>Head of Year 7 Mrs Kirwan said: &ldquo;It was worth all the planning and preparation to see all our Year 7&rsquo;s grow in confidence by attempting and achieving new challenges. They achieved so much and should be so proud of themselves.&rdquo;</p> <p>Activities included a 3G swing, caving, archery, a nature trail and raft building. The students were so happy to have achieved things they never thought they would:</p> <p>Lily said: &ldquo;It was absolutely amazing. The 3G swing was scary and so was the caving but I was so proud of myself for doing them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ola said: &ldquo;It was amazing! I was crying on the top of the Leap of Faith but with everyone shouting up at me &ldquo;you can do it&rdquo; I jumped off and reached the swing. I was so proud. I would love to go in year 8.&rdquo;</p> <p>Stan said: &ldquo;I loved building the raft. It took my breath away when I jumped off the raft into the freezing cold water.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ellie said &ldquo;I am really scared of heights but I did the 3G swing. It was all amazing and I would love to go again.&rdquo;</p> <p>The trip took place from Wednesday 12 October to Friday 14 October and is an annual event for our Year 7 students. It is another way for teachers and staff to ease the transition process from primary school to secondary and is an invaluable way for our new students to get to know their peers and teachers even better.</p> <p>{gallery:Colomendy 2016}</p>, 19 Oct 2016 12:31:29 GMTSporting success for students<p>Despite losing the game, the&nbsp;team showed fantastic respect and sportsmanship throughout the match and were a credit to our school.</p> <p>Headteacher Helen Johnson met the team to congratulate them on being such fantastic ambassadors for the school and wished them well in their next match.</p> <p>Other great results this week include our Year 11 boy&#39;s football team winning their first game in the Merseyside Cup against Bebington High Sports College. Our Year 9 netball team also won one match and drew the second against Weatherhead. Well done to all of you!</p>, 19 Oct 2016 09:22:44 GMTStudents set off to experience the great outdoors<p>The 90 children will take part in a variety of activities during the residential, from a giant zip wire to caving, archery, a nature trail and raft building.</p> <p>The trip is always enjoyed by all and a great way for the students to get to know their new friends and teachers even more.</p> <p>Head of Year 7 Mrs Kirwan said: &ldquo;Our students are always really excited to go on this trip and it is a fantastic way for them to develop their organisational skills, build resilience and work as part of a team without them even realising because they are having so much fun.</p> <p>&ldquo;There really is something for everyone to enjoy and so much going on all the time. They will certainly sleep well on Friday when they get home!&rdquo;</p>, 12 Oct 2016 09:25:22 GMTRugby Success for our Year 7 team!<p>The team played at Anselmians Rugby Club and put in some brilliant performances beating The&nbsp;Oldershaw Academy&nbsp;21-7, drawing with Bebington High Sports College 14-14 and beating St Mary&#39;s Catholoic College 42-0.</p> <p>All the boys really enjoyed the games and are looking forward to the next set of matches at New Brighton Rugby Club in November.</p>, 12 Oct 2016 08:47:03 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Mathieu (Year 8) was acknowledged for his effort in Geography and Maths and was photographed with Headteacher Helen Johnson who congratulated him on his achievement.</p> <p>Meredith (Year 8) received a postcard for her hard work in English and Geography. Well done to both of you!</p>, 11 Oct 2016 08:32:37 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Jasie (Year 9) and Eve (Year 10) were congratulated for their hard work by Headteacher Helen Johnson who always enjoys taking the short time out of her day to recognise the achievements of students.</p>, 04 Oct 2016 14:36:36 GMTUnique BePART Programme launched at The Birkenhead Park School<p>The ground-breaking BePART programme has been designed by The Sixth Form College Birkenhead and is being delivered to Year 7 and 8 students at BPS, before being rolled out across the school.</p> <p>The six week scheme has just been launched at the school and will include sessions on challenging negative thoughts, the importance of sleep and diet and using gratitude to build resilience.</p> <p>The &lsquo;BePART&rsquo; programme, which stands for being Positive, Ambitious, Resilient and Thoughtful, is borne out of scientific research, expert psychology and the practice of Mindfulness, which has been proven to improve academic performance and mental wellbeing in students across the country.</p> <p>Headteacher Helen Johnson said: &ldquo;I am extremely proud that through our Sponsor Wirral Academy Trust and our strong links with The Sixth Form College, we are going to be able to offer our students this unique programme in addition to the academic and enrichment opportunities they already have. The welfare of our students is of the highest priority and, with BePART&rsquo;s grounding in proven science, I am confident that the programme will lead to improving the lives of our students both in their academic work and outside of school.&rdquo;</p> <p>Liverpool John Moores University is also involved in the scheme, assisting in research and evaluation of the impact of &lsquo;BePART&rsquo;.</p> <p>Professor and psychologist, Dave Putwain, from the John Moores Faculty of Education said: &ldquo;I am delighted to be involved with the BePART programme. Birkenhead Sixth Form College has devised an innovative and forward-thinking approach, designed to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of students. My role will be to help the College use data to analyse the impact of the programme and how it can be improved in the future.&rdquo;</p>, 04 Oct 2016 14:05:38 GMTHillside Primary solve the crime<p>The CSI event has been extremely popular with our local primary schools and is a great way for the children to get a taste of secondary school life.</p> <p>The morning involved collaring scientific evidence such as fingerprints, footprints, blood and fibres, and testing them to find out which suspect committed the crime.</p> <p>One of the Year 6 pupils said: &ldquo;I have had so much fun doing the testing in a real science lab, I really enjoyed looking through the microscope and testing the blood. I wish we could come back tomorrow!&rdquo;</p> <p>At the end of the tasks all the children came together to solve the crime in a short assembly.</p> <p>{gallery:Hillside Primary CSI}</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 04 Oct 2016 08:54:58 GMTSenior Prefects chosen to represent school<p>Elizabeth and Edward are now the Head Girl and Boy, with Bethany and Lee taking on the roles of Deputy Head Girl and Boy.</p> <p>Kira, Chloe, Damien and Hamza were also named Senior Prefects to complete the team.</p> <p>The students will represent the school in a number of ways during events and assemblies and will continue to work hard as outstanding ambassadors.</p> <p>Headteacher, Helen Johnson said: &ldquo;It is always a delightful moment to meet our new Senior Prefect team and present them with their prefect badges. I hope their parents are very proud and we have no doubt they will represent the school in the impressive way they have throughout their time with us so far.&rdquo;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>{gallery:Senior Prefects}</td> </tr> <tr> </tr> </tbody> </table>\'s(1).jpgWed, 28 Sep 2016 10:25:26 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Four of them have been photographed with Helen Johnson who congratulated them all and encouraged them to keep up the fantastic work.</p> <p>George (Year 10), Guilleary (Year 10), Jessica (Year 10) and Jessica (Year 9) have been recognised for a range of subject work and behaviour.</p> <p>Lois (Year 8) also received a &#39;Headteacher Recognition&#39; postcard home but is not photographed above.</p>, 27 Sep 2016 14:44:49 GMTStudents raise money in charity coffee morning<p>Mark (Year 11), Charlie and Billy (Year 9) helped organise the Macmillan coffee morning at Birkenhead Karate Club.</p> <p>Assistant Head of Year Miss Galer also helped run the event with a fantastic turnout of over 120 people. The cake and coffee morning included raffles, games and prizes donated by local businesses and the community.</p> <p>Charlie from Year 9 said: &ldquo;We had a great day and raised so much money, the cakes were amazing!&rsquo;</p> <p>Miss Galer added: &ldquo;I am so pleased we managed to raise this money for such an important charity and I want to thank everyone who turned up to support us as without them we could never have achieved such a fantastic amount.&rdquo;</p>, 23 Sep 2016 10:03:08 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Megan has been recognised for her effort in Geography and attainment in History, while Chelsea was congratulated on being an ambassador for the school and for her effort in History as well.</p> <p>The two girls are the first &lsquo;Stars of the Week&rsquo; of the new academic year.</p>, 22 Sep 2016 14:43:33 GMTPrimary pupils solve murder mystery at The Birkenhead Park School<p>The CSI event involved the Year 6 children collating scientific evidence such as fingerprints, footprints, blood and fibres, and testing them to find out which suspect committed the crime.</p> <p>One child from Bidston Avenue Primary School said: &ldquo;The staff made us very welcome and it was great to use the science equipment that we don&rsquo;t have access to.&rdquo;</p> <p>Another child from Christ Church Primary School said: &ldquo;The best thing about The Birkenhead Park School is everything and the canteen is amazing.&rdquo;</p> <p>Five schools have enjoyed the event so far with pupils from Christ Church Primary, Cathcart Primary, Portland Primary, The Priory Primary and Bidston Avenue Primary all taking part.</p> <p>Head of Year 7 Mrs Kirwan said: &ldquo;The events have been a great success and are just another fun way for us to engage with younger pupils and ease the transition from primary school to secondary school. I think we may have some scientists in the making from some of the work we have seen.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the end of the tasks all the children came together to solve the crime in a short assembly and met Headteacher, Helen Johnson.</p> <p>Mrs Johnson said: &ldquo;It is always wonderful to welcome so many primary school children into our school and it gives them a really good opportunity to meet staff and students and get used to the change in environment. Moving to secondary school can be a very daunting experience and we do all we can to make the transition as smooth as possible and make sure they have a lot of fun!&rdquo;</p> <p>{gallery:Primary Liaison CSI Events}</p>, 22 Sep 2016 09:06:53 GMTSummer School a hit with students<p>The week long programme saw them taking part in fun activities such as circus skills and zumba climbing, as well as birds of prey and reptile sessions.</p> <p>They also had some class taster sessions in numeracy, literacy, PE, art, food technology and dance.</p> <p>A trip to Gulliver&rsquo;s world rounded off the fantastic week and certainly had them all eager to start their new school.</p> <p>Deputy Headteacher Peter Mee said: &ldquo;Our Summer School provides an excellent opportunity for our new students to get to know members of staff and familiarise themselves with the school, making the transition into secondary school easier. It gives them much more confidence about joining in September and was once again a great success.&rdquo;</p>, 12 Sep 2016 12:08:03 GMTStudent successes at The Birkenhead Park School<p>After only starting at The Birkenhead Park School in Year 11, Syrian born &nbsp;<strong>Abdou Jouma </strong>has proven what greatness can be achieved in the face of adversity with 10 fantastic GCSE&rsquo;s at A* to B.</p> <p>Abdou and his brother were welcomed to the school in September 2015. After already missing a year of GCSE studies, Abdou has worked tirelessly to accomplish his impressive results that make him one of the schools top performing students.</p> <p>Abdou&rsquo;s family life before coming to England is incomprehensible to most of us; he lived in Syria until he was 11 when he and his family fled to Romania due to the war. After they left his family home was destroyed in a bomb attack. In August 2015 they came to England and Abdou and his brother joined The Birkenhead Park School. &nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking of his life back then Abdou said: &ldquo;In 2011 all we wanted was freedom for our country but unfortunately there were people in Syria who wanted to kill my father so we had to leave. I was so happy to finally have peace but it was so hard to leave my relatives as I cannot see them anymore and it is very hard to keep in touch with them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Abdou has certainly not let his past impair his future and plans to go onto to study Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Computer Science. He aspires to be a Doctor like his father or a Computer Programmer.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;My time at The Birkenhead Park School has been a great experience, even though I have only been here for a year I have really enjoyed it. I got so much help and support but after just one year I felt I was ready for my exams and I am so happy with my results.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/Abdou_1.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 350px;" /></p> <p>Northern Athletics Champion <strong>Blake Brown </strong>has sprinted to success with nine GCSE&rsquo;s at A* to C including a distinction * in PE.</p> <p>Blake is the Northern 100m U17 Champion and has just recently retained his title. He also secured bronze at the England National Championships in the U17 Indoor 60m back in February.</p> <p>Speaking of his time at The Birkenhead Park School, Blake said it was actually a teacher at the school who noticed his talent: &ldquo;It was while doing PE in school that one of the teachers told me to try out for Wirral Athletics Club and after just three months of training I became the Merseyside champion. The school has been great and I have really enjoyed my time there.&rdquo;</p> <p>Blake is going to The Sixth Form College Birkenhead to study Sport, Biology and Spanish.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/Blake_3.jpg" style="width: 253px; height: 350px;" /></p> <p><strong>Head Girl Crina Pricop </strong>is celebrating today after achieving an impressive 11 GCSE&rsquo;s including five A*/A grades.</p> <p>Crina&rsquo;s fantastic achievement is even more inspiring given English is not her first language, having been born in Romania and living in Italy for a time before settling in Birkenhead. She is fluent in four languages and is currently teaching herself Mandarin.</p> <p>Crina is going to The Sixth Form College Birkenhead in September to study A-Levels and after that is looking to go to University to do a Chemical Engineering course or medicine.</p> <p>She said: &ldquo;I am so pleased that all my hard work has paid off and I am really looking forward to college. My time at The Birkenhead Park School has been such a unique experience. The school has very high expectations and standards for us but the teachers are very supportive and friendly, making me much more confident. I have been given so many opportunities at the school that my family could never have given me and I will always be very grateful for that.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/Crina_1.jpg" style="width: 258px; height: 350px;" /></p> <p><strong>Deputy Head Girl Lauren Leyland&rsquo;s </strong>hard work has certainly paid off securing her nine GCSE&rsquo;s, eight of which are A*/A grades.</p> <p>She is off to The Sixth Form College Birkenhead to study Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and Fine Art with the aim to go onto a Russell Group university.</p> <p>Lauren said: &ldquo;My experience at The Birkenhead Park School was great and I was always pushed to get the best possible grades. The facilities are fantastic and no matter what subject you like you will enjoy your time at BPS and get the best support.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/Lauren_2.jpg" style="width: 215px; height: 350px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 25 Aug 2016 10:42:45 GMTWe're celebrating our best ever GCSE results<p>The school is celebrating some of the best results in its history with a 100% pass rate in Chemistry and a 93% pass rate in Spanish just some of the highlights. What&rsquo;s more the school is delighted that the number of students achieving the government gold standard EBAC qualification of traditionally difficult academic subjects has also increased significantly. The number of students securing A*- C grades in Maths and English is at an all-time high.</p> <p>Headteacher Helen Johnson said: &ldquo;I am so proud of the hard work and determination our Year 11 students have shown this year and it is wonderful to see their efforts rewarded with such fantastic results.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;These results are a testament to the team effort of staff and students and show The Birkenhead Park School continues to provide a high quality education and we value the support given to us by Wirral Academy Trust.&rdquo;</p> <p>The increase in the number of A* to C grades for Maths is particularly pleasing to see as staff continue to work closely with The Sixth Form College Birkenhead, on the five year &lsquo;Wirral Maths Project&rsquo; to implement best practice.</p> <p>The project was launched in September 2015 and already appears to be yielding results. It centres on repetition, creating schemes of work that focus on students constantly revisiting areas of work throughout the year in order to ensure they retain the knowledge.</p> <p>Headteacher Helen Johnson continued: &ldquo;We are committed to supporting our students in every way possible and where areas of best practice are highlighted, we work hard to ensure they are implemented across the school so that all our students benefit from the highest standards of education. The Wirral Maths project is still in its early stages but I am pleased to see it is already having an impact as our results today prove.&rdquo;</p>, 25 Aug 2016 08:41:58 GMTHeadteacher’s Award for Star Student<p>Imogen was given the Headteacher&rsquo;s Award in assembly after being nominated by her Head of Year and assistant Head of Year.</p> <p>Headteacher Helen Johnson said: &ldquo;Imogen is a fantastic student and ambassador for the school. She always gives everything 100% and I think it is really important to recognise and reward effort and achievement, which is something I do throughout the year with my &lsquo;Stars of the Week&rsquo;. This is an extra special award for someone who is consistently aspiring to achieve her very best and her parents should be extremely proud.&rdquo;</p>, 21 Jul 2016 11:42:40 GMTYear 8 student’s dream comes true<p>He worked really hard in his lessons to make sure he didn&rsquo;t miss his chance and he, along with seven other students were given the unique opportunity of a week-long visit to The La Saule Paquol, Hellz L &lsquo; eveque, Vitry-Le, Francois. They had use of a private lake and facilities to guarantee them one of the best fishing experiences there is.</p> <p>Alfie takes up the story: &ldquo;Finally the day came for us to set off. I could not sleep the night before as I was so excited, I had never been away from my family before. As we drove away from school I got a little worried but the staff and students were so kind and were always asking how I was.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;When we arrived at the lake I was shocked at how big it was and calm with no traffic, just us with our very own lake, it was my dream come true.&rdquo;</p> <p>Alfie was teamed up with Mason (Year 9) who had been on the trip before and was able to help him a lot and it wasn&rsquo;t long before they had a big catch and even went on to set a school record.</p> <p>Alfie continues: &ldquo;It was on our third day at about 6am when we caught our first fish, a 45 pound Carp! We decided to work together and share every fish we caught and this worked on great. On our fifth day we could not believe our eyes, it was 6.30am and we caught the biggest fish ever caught by our school, a 55 pound Carp! It took Mason a long time to bring it in but the staff on the lake helped him.&rdquo;</p> <p>The group also had some cultural visits to war memorials, local churches and museums, not to mention experiencing the local cuisine in the village of Vitryle.</p> <p>Assistant Head of Year 9 Mrs Diable has taken students on the trip for the last 8 years, she said: &ldquo;The trip has always been a great success and has lots of educational value for the students who are always really engaged. The experience results in visible personal development for many of the students who gain valuable life skills such as teamwork, communication and doing things for themselves. It also teaches them about the environment and gives them the chance to experience a different culture.&rdquo;</p> <p>For Alfie this trip was certainly something he will always remember. He said: &ldquo;It was the best trip I have ever been on in my life. I will never forget the feeling I got when I caught a fish, I got butterflies in my stomach and was jumping up and down. I ran so fast to tell Mrs Diable I could not speak!&rdquo;</p> <p>The group left school on Friday 8 July and returned on Saturday 16<sup>th</sup> July.</p>, 21 Jul 2016 10:17:34 GMTSports Day fun at Birkenhead Park<p>The day involved rounder&#39;s and football followed by athletics, running and throwing events.</p> <p>Despite the hot weather all our students gave 100% and really got into the spirit of the games.</p> <p>Subject Lead for PE Miss Ponton said: &ldquo;It was great to see all the students get involved, supporting their team mates and friends as well as doing their best when competing.</p> <p>&ldquo;The weather was on our side and it really was a fantastic afternoon so well done to all the students who took part.&rdquo;</p> <p>And the winners were:</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Event</p> </td> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Year 7</p> </td> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Year 8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>100m race</p> </td> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Alfie and Naomi</p> </td> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Harry</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>400m race</p> </td> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Alfie and Naomi</p> </td> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Leon</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Shot Put</p> </td> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Ben and Darcy</p> </td> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Jasie-Leigh</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Howler Throw</p> </td> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Brandon</p> </td> <td style="width:205px;"> <p>Ella</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 20 Jul 2016 08:34:26 GMTMake me employable event success<p>The careers event included sessions focussing on life skills, CV writing and post 16 opportunities. There was also a recruitment event as well as trips to the University of Liverpool and a vocational college.</p> <p>Head of Year 10 Mr Hughes said: &ldquo;Many students are not sure what they want to do at this age and so it is important that we do what we can to show them the variety of skills, experience and opportunities open to them as they continue with their studies.</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of students will be looking for employment to do alongside education so we work hard to make them feel comfortable in areas such as CV writing as well give them opportunities to meet local employers.&rdquo;</p> <p>The &lsquo;Make Me Employable&rsquo; event ran across 13, 14 and 15 July and students involved said it was really useful for them.</p>, 18 Jul 2016 11:52:06 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>One of them, Matthew (Year 7) has been photographed with Headteacher Helen Johnson who congratulated him on his award.</p> <p>Matthew and Allulah (Year 7) were recognised their hard work and achievements in Maths and Science, while Amy (Year 8) was rewarded for her work in languages and for being an outstanding ambassador for the school.</p> <p>Congratulations to our last &lsquo;Stars of the Week&rsquo; for the summer term!</p>, 18 Jul 2016 09:11:25 GMTStudents invited to special primary assembly<p>Woodchurch Road Primary visited BPS back in June where their&nbsp;Year 5 pupils took part in some food and art sessions. This involved making peppermint, orange and rosewater creams dipped in chocolate as well as decorating boxes for them. The activities were to support their chocolate topic in school.</p> <p>Four of our Year 7 students were then invited to Woodchurch Road recently to watch their Year 5 &lsquo;Chocolate Assembly&rsquo;.</p> <p>Former Woodchurch Road pupil Imogen, who is now in Year 7 at BPS said: &ldquo;The assembly was really good. I particularly enjoyed the Umper Lumpers and it was really nice to see all our primary school teachers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Head of Year 7, Mrs Kirwan, said: &ldquo;It was such a privilege to be invited to the Year 5 assembly and the performance was really enjoyable. It was obvious how much work had gone into it and there are some extremely talented singers, actors and dancers at Woodchurch Road Primary!&rsquo;</p> <p>The pupils&#39; decorated boxes were on sale after the performance.</p>, 13 Jul 2016 08:34:43 GMTStudents represent borough in Merseyside Athletics event<p>The event at Wavertree Athletics Centre involved 2000 children from across Merseyside. As well as competing in the sport, students from The Birkenhead Park School were also leaders and assisted in a mass warm up in the morning with School Games Organiser Mrs Corcoran.</p> <p>The students then went on to compete in the 100m sprint, 800m, Howler Vortex Throw and Long Jump.</p> <p>Subject Lead for PE Miss Ponton said: &ldquo;The students had a fantastic time and it was a great experience for them to be representing the borough in such a big event. I was very proud to take them and they were a credit to the school. &rdquo;</p>, 11 Jul 2016 10:41:24 GMTChinese students return to The Birkenhead Park School<p>The two schools signed a partnership in March 2014 to forge both cultural and educational links for students in both schools.</p> <p>Staff and students from The Birkenhead Park School travelled over to China earlier this year, and after visiting Birkenhead in November 2015, TEMS made a return trip to BPS in July 2016.</p> <p>Head of Performing Arts, ICT and PE, Mrs Houghton is one of the teachers who went to China back in March, she said: &ldquo;It was such an amazing trip and we are so glad they wanted to come back and see us as I think it is so important that we continue to develop our cultural partnership. Both parties get so much from the relationship and it is a unique opportunity that our students would otherwise never get.&rdquo;</p> <p>The group of 35 students and 3 staff were welcomed by Headteacher Helen Johnson, before being buddied up with students at the school.</p> <p>They visited lessons and experienced life at the school and also visited local attractions in Liverpool and Cheshire before ending their trip in London.</p> <p>Headteacher Helen Johnson said: &ldquo;It is such a pleasure to welcome our Chinese counterparts back to The Birkenhead Park School and I know they will gain a lot from the experience. Staff at the school have worked hard to build up and maintain our international links which we are very proud of. Both sets of students enjoy learning about a different culture and seeing it in practice and it opens up new opportunities for them all.</p> <p>Taicang is near the Chinese City of Shanghai, and is twinned with Wirral. The Birkenhead Park School is the first school in Wirral to have visited this area of China.</p> <p>The Birkenhead Park School is also linked with schools in Germany and Denmark</p>, 11 Jul 2016 09:34:06 GMTA cultural fishing trip for students<p>Eight students have been given the opportunity to be part of the week-long visit to The La Saule Paquol, Hellz L &lsquo; eveque, Vitry-Le, Francois, where they will have use of a private lake and facilities to guarantee them one of the best fishing experiences there is.</p> <p>Assistant Head of Year 9 Mrs Diable has taken students on the trip for the last 8 years, she said: &ldquo;The trip has always been a great success and has lots of educational value for the students who are always really engaged. The experience results in visible personal development for many of the students who gain valuable life skills such as teamwork, communication and doing things for themselves. It also teaches them about the environment and gives them the chance to experience a different culture.&rdquo;</p> <p>The group will also have some cultural visits to war memorials, local churches and museums, not to mention experiencing the local cuisine in the village of Vitryle.</p> <p>One of the students Owen from Year 9 said: &ldquo;I am really looking forward to the trip and catching a lot of big fish. I think it is great we have private use of the lake and can&rsquo;t wait to see what we get. I am also looking forward to seeing the area.&rdquo;</p> <p>The group leave school on Friday 8 July and return on Saturday 16<sup>th</sup> July.</p>, 11 Jul 2016 09:10:44 GMTStudent bravery acknowledged by Mayor of Wirral<p>Sophie (Year 7) had been part of a first aid session in school delivered by St John Ambulance just days before her skills had to be put into action in a real life situation.</p> <p>While walking to school Alex &nbsp;(Year 10) and another student, they saw a woman collapse and hit her head. She appeared to be fitting and they rushed over along with another member of the public.</p> <p>Their&nbsp;quick thinking and calm response impressed Wirral Mayor, Councillor Pat Hackett, who met with the two of them at the Town Hall to personally recognise their actions.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;I was so impressed to hear what the girls did and how brave they were. Their&nbsp;quick response undoubtedly made a big difference to the woman and I wanted to personally acknowledge their kindness. This incident highlights the importance of first aid skills and I think it is great the school gave the children the opportunity to lean vital skills that can ultimately save lives. &rdquo;</p> <p>While Alex called an Ambulance, Sophie instructed the others to turn the woman over to make sure she didn&rsquo;t choke. Sophie then started to talk to the woman to reassure her and keep her calm while they waited for the emergency services to arrive.</p> <p>Headteacher Helen Johnson said: &ldquo;We are so very proud of the quick thinking and calm response the students showed in a real life emergency situation. Although Sophie had first aid knowledge being a cadet for St John Ambulance, she said the session she had in school just days before was certainly fresh in her mind when the incident happened. I am so glad their compassion and kindness has now been recognised beyond school by the Mayor who has seen what wonderful ambassadors for the school the students are. &ldquo;</p> <p>Sophie and Alex were shown around the Town Hall and Committee Rooms by the Mayor as well as the Mayor&rsquo;s Chambers during their visit.</p>, 11 Jul 2016 08:50:49 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Brandon-Lee (Year 7) was recognised for outstanding attainment and for effort in English. His brother Lewis (Year 9) and Megan (Year 9) were recognised for their effort in History and for being an outstanding ambassadors for the school.</p> <p>They all received &lsquo;Headteacher Recognition&rsquo; postcards in the post over the weekend&nbsp; to acknowledge their hard work and success.</p>, 06 Jul 2016 11:57:15 GMTInternet safety sessions for students<p>With so many young people having social media profiles, discussions around the importance of privacy settings and not accepting friend requests from strangers were highlighted.</p> <p>Gaming was also raised as a potential route for young people to be targeted by groomers and case studies were used throughout the interactive session to show our students how to keep safe online.</p> <p>Spiritual, moral, social and cultural lead Miss Garnett said: &ldquo;The students were really engaged with all the sessions and it was shocking to find out just how many young people have no privacy settings on their social media accounts and accept friend requests from people they do not know. I hope they are now more aware of the dangers and what they can do to reduce the risks so they can still use the internet, but safely.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p>, 06 Jul 2016 10:03:32 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>The Year 7 students Bartosz, Imogen, Kelsie, Jack and Kian have all been sent Headteacher Recognition postcards over the weekend to acknowledge their effort and attainment or for being considered outstanding ambassadors for the school.</p> <p>Well done to all, keep up the good work.</p>, 28 Jun 2016 14:47:42 GMTStudents meet cricket legends<p>James, Josh, Owen, and James got to meet the players after the game between Oxton Cricket Club and The Lashings XI who tour the country.</p> <p>The Lashings squad are players who have previously played Test Match, One Day International and County Cricket and have some legendary names on their side.</p> <p>The students got photographs and autographs with the ex-stars including Gordon Greenidge (West Indies), Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa), ex England players Phillip Defreitas, Chris Schofield, Devon Malcolm, Graham Onions and many more.</p> <p>Josh said: &ldquo;Wow, I can&rsquo;t believe I managed to get everybody&rsquo;s autograph in the team.&rdquo; James added: &ldquo;We got the best view of the ground and were able to talk to the players which was great.&rdquo;</p> <p>The students were amazed at how fast the bowlers could bowl and how far and hard the batsman hit the ball. The four of them were selected to attend the event after participating in a cricket tournament for the first time a few weeks ago, where they represented The Birkenhead Park School.</p>, 28 Jun 2016 08:04:48 GMTRio Dance-a-thon gets students active<p>Students from Year 7 and 8 took part and raised money for charity, while children from Portland Primary and Well Lane Primary got involved to get active and warmed up for the Olympics.</p> <p>Nikiti from Portland Primary said: &ldquo;It has been so much fun learning new dances, I will definitely sleep tonight!&rdquo;</p> <p>Lacie from Well Lane Primary added: &ldquo;I like the fact we got to do more exercise and it was good fun learning the dance routines. It is very important for us to keep fit so we are healthy and I have really enjoyed it.&rdquo;</p> <p>The event was planned and delivered by The Birkenhead Park School Games Organiser Mrs Corcoran. She said: &ldquo;With the Olympics being held in Rio this year we thought that this would be a fantastic opportunity to theme our dance-a-thon on world cultural dance.</p> <p>&ldquo;All the children had a fantastic time and it was a great way to also raise money for a charity that has done a lot to support us in the past.&rdquo;</p> <p>Our students raised over &pound;500 for the Happy Days Children&rsquo;s Charity. The charity supports children and young people by giving them magical trips and experiences that they would not otherwise be able to have. It has supported the school with trips in the past so the Dance-a-thon was seen as a great opportunity to give something back.</p>, 27 Jun 2016 08:55:21 GMTPupil’s ‘Discover Birkenhead’ in authentic event at The Birkenhead Park School<p>The school once again organised and hosted &lsquo;Discover Birkenhead&rsquo; where Year 5 pupils became investigators and learnt about the history of the school as well as Birkenhead and its community.</p> <p>Actors assisted staff dressed in authentic costumes to give the children realistic snippets of history from historical figures such as John Laird and Andrew Irvine, to a ghost from the war.</p> <p>The children were given four investigations focussing on finding out about Birkenhead Park, the impact of World War I and II, famous people of the local area and the history of The Birkenhead Park School itself. In groups they created timelines to preserve the history for future generations.</p> <p>Year 5 pupil Harvey from Mersey Park Primary said: &ldquo;The event was really good because we learnt lots of facts about Birkenhead. It was fascinating to learn about the school and I am now thinking of coming to BPS.&rdquo;</p> <p>The event is organised by the Year 7 team as part of the schools Primary Liaison work. Head of Year 7 Miss Evans said: &ldquo;The children always have a fantastic time and we put a lot of preparation and effort into making it an exciting as well as educational morning for the children. They always leave with smiles on their faces and learn a lot from the visit which is great to see.&rdquo;</p> <p>Green room technology was also used to take pictures of the pupils in costumes onto historic backdrops, something to give them a lasting memento from the day.</p> <p>Nathan from Mersey Park Primary said: &ldquo;It has been really interesting and I have learnt all about the park and who created it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Macy from The Priory Primary said: &ldquo;I have had a really good time, the actors were really funny and I have learnt a lot. I really enjoyed the green screen and seeing everyone dressed up.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ten schools took part in &lsquo;Discover Birkenhead&rsquo; at The Birkenhead Park School over a four day period.</p> <p>Ms Sanders from Bedford Drive Primary said: &ldquo;What a fantastic learning opportunity for the children to find out about the history of their local area. The staff and students from The Birkenhead Park School were enthusiastic and charismatic and we all learnt a lot, thank you!&rdquo;</p> <p>The &lsquo;Discover Birkenhead&rsquo; event was hosted in the Year 7 base which is a &lsquo;school within a school&rsquo; that gives the younger students the best possible start to their secondary education by easing the transition from primary to secondary school.</p> <p><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Discover Birkenhead}</span></p>, 23 Jun 2016 09:50:02 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>The &lsquo;Stars of the Week&rsquo; all received Headteacher Recognition postcards at home prior to having their picture taken with Mrs Johnson</p> <p>Kathryn, Bartosz, Lois and Imogen (Year 7), Callum (Year 8), Chloe and Niall (Year 9) and Niamh (Year 10) have been acknowledged for subject work, behaviour and for being outstanding ambassadors for the school.</p>, 21 Jun 2016 14:44:58 GMTCelebration in Style<p>It was a fantastic celebration and special thanks must go to staff and students for their hard work over the last five years.</p> <p>Headteacher Helen Johnson said: &ldquo;The Prom is always such a poignant way to say farewell to our Year 11 students and it is great to see them having so much fun after the obvious stress of exams. I would like to wish all our Year 11 students the best of luck for results day and every success in the future.&rdquo;</p>, 20 Jun 2016 09:49:38 GMTPrimary pupils show off creativity<p>The 35 pupils were split into two groups and enjoyed making flavoured creams in Food Technology and sweet boxes in Art.</p> <p>Sophie from Year 5 said: &ldquo;I really enjoyed the food session, our flavoured creams smelt delicious&rdquo;.</p> <p>Molly from Year 5 added: &ldquo;It was lovely to visit BPS, I had a really great morning.&rdquo;</p> <p>They were welcomed by our Year 7 team and shown around our unique Year 7 Base which helps ease our younger students from primary to secondary education.</p> <p>Assistant Head of Year 7 Pauline Kirwan said: &ldquo;The children had a fantastic morning and were very well behaved and pleased to be here. We always enjoy putting taster sessions like this on as it gives us an opportunity to build relationships with children that could soon become our students. It is equally important for them as it makes that transition from primary to secondary school a lot less daunting.&rdquo;</p> <p>Another group of pupils from the school were treated to the same activities the very next day and also had lots of fun. One of the teachers from Woodchurch Road Primary School said: &quot;Both the children and the staff had a fantastic morning and were thoroughly engaged in all of the activities. The staff were great and made the whole experience really enjoyable. Thank you from Y5!&quot;</p>, 16 Jun 2016 15:23:48 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>This week six students were acknowledged and five of them are pictured with Headteacher Helen Johnson who congratulated them all.</p> <p>A-Jay and Gordon (Year 7), Joel (Year 8), Scott (Year 9) and Bethany (Year 10) were recognised for their hard work in various subjects as well as behaviour and attendance.</p>, 07 Jun 2016 15:28:56 GMTFree Uniform Initiative Needs Your Support<p>If you have any outgrown or redundant uniform or PE kits for any primary or secondary school on the borough please donate them for re-use or recycling at the Wirral FUSS donation drums and local hubs.</p> <p>Visit their website <a href=""></a> for locations and opening times.</p> <p>If you need uniform items get in touch with them by emailing <a href=""></a> or phoning 0151 632 6524</p>, 06 Jun 2016 10:10:33 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>He has been photographed with Headteacher Helen Johnson after receiving his postcard in the post over the weekend.</p> <p>Two other students were also sent Headteacher Recognition postcards and should be proud of their hard work and achievements.</p>, 24 May 2016 14:52:44 GMTStudents compete in Athletics Event<p>The 12 students took part in long jump, howler throw, 200m sprint and 50m sprint and put in great performances.</p> <p>The Year 8 girls were also leaders on the day and were extremely helpful and professional working with the other schools.</p> <p>Subject Lead for PE, Miss Ponton said: &ldquo;All the students were brilliant and were praised so much for their behaviour and effort, they made me really proud. We&rsquo;re still waiting to find out exact times and places for the events but most importantly they all enjoyed the day and were a credit to the school.&rdquo;</p>, 23 May 2016 13:15:37 GMTStudents benefit from ‘Unlocking Potential’ Programme<p>The &lsquo;Unlocking Potential&rsquo; programme for 14-17 year olds looks at a number of areas including mental toughness, how to manage stress and how to live a healthier lifestyle.</p> <p>A group of Year 10 students have recently completed the healthy lifestyle sessions which saw them identify the sugar content of various items and the impact sugar can have. The group tasted different types of food before being shown how they can make informed alternative choices in the future. They tried making some of the healthier options too.</p> <p>Ann Fabb is one of the trainers from Career Connect, she said: &ldquo;The aim of the programme is to focus students on their future, helping them to understand more about the options available to them when they leave school, and how making good choices now can pave the way for future success. The course gives young people valuable information about the skills they will need to secure employment and they will receive support&nbsp; to ensure they make a successful transition into Post 16 learning or work.&ldquo;</p>, 18 May 2016 09:52:45 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>This week three students were photographed with Headteacher Helen Johnson after receiving &lsquo;Headteacher Recognition&rsquo; postcards at home over the weekend making them our &lsquo;Stars of the Week&rsquo;.</p> <p>A-Jay and Lewis (Year 7) were rewarded for their work in Science and English, while Ryan from Year 11 was recognised for his impeccable behaviour and work in Music.</p>, 17 May 2016 15:20:10 GMTStudents take part in photography project for young artists<p>The SLiCE project includes a series of workshops involving different artists teaching the students how to use digital technology to create artistic photographs and develop them into a photo story.</p> <p>Three other Wirral Schools are part of the project and have been involved in two of the four workshops so far, covering how to make a photographic print in a traditional black and white darkroom followed by body sculpture, where the students made sculptures of their own body and then photographed them.</p> <p>The next two workshops later this month will look at digital manipulation and how to create a digital publication.</p> <p>At the end of the project a video will be produced showing the work achieved and will be screened at the gallery as well as uploaded onto social media.</p>, 17 May 2016 13:44:13 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>The &lsquo;Star of the Week&rsquo; this time round is Jasie from Year 8 who received a &lsquo;Headteacher Recognition&rsquo; postcard home over the weekend for her work in History and her outstanding behaviour.</p>, 10 May 2016 14:35:30 GMTStudent rushes to aid of woman collapsed in street<p>Sophie from Year 7 was part of a group of students who were taught vital life saving skills by a trainer from St John Ambulance.&nbsp;The session aimed to give students the confidence to act quickly and effectively if someone collapsed and that is exactly what she did.</p> <p>While walking to school a few days later Sophie and two of her friends saw a woman collapse and hit her head. She appeared to be fitting and they rushed over along with another member of the public.</p> <p>While one of the students called an Ambulance, Sophie instructed the others to turn the woman over to make sure she didn&rsquo;t choke. Sophie then started to talk to the woman to reassure her and keep her calm while they waited for the emergency services to arrive.</p> <p>Sophie said: &ldquo;It was quite scary but the information I had be given in school was still fresh in my mind as well as what I have been taught previously. I remembered the importance of talking to the person and making them comfortable which is what I did. I am glad I have learnt these skills and I am keen to continue to learn more.&rdquo;</p> <p>Paramedics and police soon arrived at the scene and after explaining what had happened, Sophie and her friends continued their walk to school.</p> <p>Headteacher Helen Johnson said: &ldquo;I am so proud of Sophie and her friends for their quick actions. This situation shows just how vital the skills that St John Ambulance can teach young people are and the confidence it gives them to be able to react quickly in situations like this.&rdquo;</p> <p>92 students took part in the sessions with St John Ambulance on Monday 25 April.</p>, 09 May 2016 11:03:20 GMTA Tall ship experience to remember for two students<p>Scott and Niall from Year 9 were nominated by the Safer School Police Officer, with the backing of school staff, to be part of the crew on a six day sail around the Scottish Islands, and both have got many great stories to tell.</p> <p>They were part of a group of around 40 students across the Wirral who set sail on the Stavros Niarchos from Greenock in Glasgow.</p> <p>Scott was initially apprehensive about the trip due to his fear of heights.&nbsp; During the course of the sail he conquered his fears and pushed himself further every day. By the end of the trip he was able to go to the topmost part of the mast and touched the flag.</p> <p>Scott said: &ldquo;At first I was a bit nervous as I had never done anything like this before; I had never been on a long ship journey or such a big ship.&nbsp; They taught us everything we needed to know and the whole experience has really built up my confidence as I was quite a nervous person but got to meet lots of new people.&rdquo;</p> <p>Scott&rsquo;s hard work and achievement led to him getting an award for being the most improved member of his team.</p> <p>The students were divided into Watches on the ship and had to keep the vessel manned for 24 hours a day. Scott and Niall both experienced steering the vessel, setting the sails and adjusting them by hauling on ropes as a team, standing watch looking out for other ships, and even helping with the vessel leaving and entering port.</p> <p>Niall said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve gained so much self-confidence from the trip and got over my fear of drowning. I met a lot of new people and have become so much more sociable. Scott and I were in different Watches so we had to mix with the other students and we learnt so much, we were shown how to do everything like setting the sails and tying the knots.&rdquo;</p> <p>Niall&rsquo;s favourite part of the experience was the climbing and this showed with him being awarded Best Climber for White Watch.</p> <p>The experience was offered by Wirral Safer Schools, supported by The Tall Ships Youth Trust and the Malcolm Eglin Trust. It aimed to deliver an increase in self-esteem and confidence, an ability to overcome mental and physical challenges, a healthier and more active lifestyle, and a willingness to take on more responsibilities.</p> <p>Scott and Niall both take away new friends, increased confidence and teambuilding skills, as well as memories for life. Niall said: &ldquo;The waking up time was really hard and so was pulling the ropes which involved a lot of us working together. I am so happy I got this opportunity and can&rsquo;t believe some of the things I did, we all achieved so much. Before this I had only ever been on the ferry. The Stavros was huge, there was so much on it I&rsquo;m not even sure I saw it all. At the end of the trip they asked us to go back as volunteers when we are 16 which I would love to do.&rdquo;</p> <p>The students went on the Stavros voyage around Scotland from 10 to 16 April 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Tall Ship Adventure}</span></p>, 04 May 2016 09:33:21 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Six students in total received a &lsquo;Headteacher Recognition&rsquo; postcard at home over the weekend for their work and being outstanding ambassadors for the school.</p> <p>Liam and Sophie (Year 7) and Kya (Year 9) were personally congratulated on being the &lsquo;Stars of the Week&rsquo; by Mrs Johnson.</p>, 03 May 2016 14:27:14 GMTA Danish visit to The Birkenhead Park School<p>Four teachers and 22 students from Kontiki School in Hillerod were keen to include a two day visit to BPS as part of their trip to the North West. Hillerod is a city of 30,000 people situated around 20 miles from the Danish capital Copenhagen. Education in Denmark is very highly regarded, with single school education up until the age of 16.</p> <p>Subject Lead for Geography Mrs Kaye said: &ldquo;This is our second visit from Kontiki School and once again it has been a great success. The education system is Denmark is completely different to the UK so relationships like this are a great way for us to build up our integration of different cultures, with staff and students from both schools learning a lot from the experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Danish students were given a buddy from The Birkenhead Park School who they went to lessons with. On their first day they took part in cookery where they cooked Frikadeller (Danish meatballs). Day two saw them try out some rock climbing, table tennis and circuit training sessions, as well as a question and answer session with BPS students as part of a project they are working on.</p> <p>Henriette is the Head of English at the Kontiki School and believes the visit is a key part of their visit, she said: &ldquo;This is the most important part of our trip. Going to an English School and seeing the system, lessons, how the kids interact with each other, their uniforms, everything that is different from our school system and there is a lot of differences. It has been so interesting for us all and everyone has made us feel so welcome which is very heart-warming.&rdquo;</p> <p>The group will spend the rest of their visit to England visiting tourist attractions in Liverpool such as The Beatles Museum and Liverpool Football Club.</p> <p>Frida, aged 15, said she had really enjoyed seeing such a different educational culture: &ldquo;It is very different from our school so it has been very exciting to see how you do things here. Talking to the students and seeing the school has been very interesting, everything is very organised whereas our school is so small in comparison and we work very differently in the classroom.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Birkenhead Park School was just recently awarded a British Council International School Award in recognition of its continued and growing international links.</p>, 27 Apr 2016 14:53:07 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p>Abigail and Abbie (Year 7), Scott and Niall (Year 9) and Luke (Year 10) have all been recognised for being outstanding ambassadors to the school.</p> <p>They have been sent postcards home and photographed with Headteacher Helen Johnson.</p>, 26 Apr 2016 14:53:03 GMTVital first aid training for students<p>Research from the charity shows that seven out of 10 students wouldn&rsquo;t know what to do if someone was hurt, however the majority say they would like to learn first aid.</p> <p>The 92 students took part in the sessions which covered CPR as well as defibrillator training.</p> <p>Mr Gauntlett said: &ldquo;After St John&rsquo;s Ambulance delivered an assembly to students last term many of them were keen to learn more. These sessions aim to teach them the vital skills that will give them the confidence to act quickly and effectively if someone suffered a cardiac arrest.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every second counts and the response time can literally be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. I thinks it&rsquo;s great that so many students wanted to learn these skills, which of course we hope they never have to use, but they can feel reassured that they will know what to do.&rdquo;</p> <p>A&nbsp;cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, and a person&#39;s chance of survival falls by about 10% for each minute that passes without defibrillation.</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:St John Ambulance First Aid Training}</span></p>, 26 Apr 2016 08:06:28 GMTShakespeare Celebrations at Williamson Art Gallery<p>After studying A Midsummer Night&rsquo;s Dream the students explored Shakespeare&rsquo;s language in the session by creating posters and exploring the world of theatre skills to predict and interpret images.</p> <p>Year 7 student Imogen said: &ldquo;It was a lot of fun and it teaches you a lot about Shakespeare. I particularly liked learning how much he introduced to the English Language that we still use today.&rdquo;</p> <p>The students were praised by staff at the gallery who made contact with the school after they had left to acknowledge their work and behaviour.</p> <p>Teaching Assistant Mrs Chong said: It was a fantastic morning, the children were so engaged. They were a credit to the school and the gallery staff even commented how much they enjoyed working with them.&rdquo;</p>, 25 Apr 2016 13:58:58 GMTInternational School Award success<p>The school has been awarded Intermediate level of the British Council&rsquo;s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world to the classroom.</p> <p>The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council&rsquo;s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today&rsquo;s world.</p> <p>The Birkenhead Park School impressed assessors with the range of activities across the school. Staff have worked hard to embed a global dimension in the school, providing students with a knowledge and appreciation of other cultures, something which is considered essential in the 21<sup>st</sup> century.</p> <p>With another group of students and staff from BPS recently back from China where they visited their partner school in the twinned city of Taicang, the school is now preparing to welcome staff and students from Denmark next week who are coming back to visit Birkenhead.</p> <p>Headteacher Helen Johnson said: &ldquo;Our students are always very keen to celebrate and be part of our international links at the school and benefit greatly from the variety of activities we offer. We now have a well-developed relationship with our partner school in China and I believe both schools have learnt so much from each other. Opportunities like this linking into activities in our learning programme mean our students get a unique insight into the variety of cultures across the globe, as well as the opportunities open to them.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to teaching Spanish, German and French, The Birkenhead Park School has also offered Mandarin Chinese as an enrichment opportunity. Projects across the curriculum link to international activity including identity and belonging, equality and fairness, conflict and peace, and science and religion.</p> <p>The school has celebrated all the main festivals of studied countries, and students and staff attended the Chinese New Year performance at the Liverpool Confucius institute.</p> <p>Stephen Hull, Senior Project Manager at the British Council, said: &ldquo;The Birkenhead Park School&rsquo;s international work has earned the school well-deserved recognition in the form of the British Council International School Award - Intermediate Certificate.</p> <p>&ldquo;The school&rsquo;s dedication to internationalism is enriching education for its pupils: the collaborative projects with partner schools abroad bring an essential global dimension to learning and encourage the development of skills children need to be global citizens of the future. Teachers at The Birkenhead Park School have been linking up with colleagues overseas to share successful classroom practice and resources to make this all happen.</p> <p>&ldquo;Embedding an international ethos across a school can lead to full International School Award accreditation and schools looking to join this supporting and engaging network should contact us at the British Council&rdquo;.</p> <p>The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.</p> <p>The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:</p> <ul> <li>An international ethos embedded throughout the school</li> <li>A whole school approach to international work</li> <li>Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools</li> <li>Year-round international activity</li> <li>Involvement of the wider community</li> </ul>, 20 Apr 2016 11:58:30 GMTHeadteacher's stars of the week<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 11.25pt; line-height: 15.75pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 15.75pt;">Blake (Year 8), Shaun (Year 10), Jasie (Year 8) and Dylan (Year 10) were recognised for Science, China and being outstanding ambassadors for the school.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 11.25pt; line-height: 15.75pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>, 19 Apr 2016 15:00:28 GMTCharity cake sales for Claire House<p>As part of their Pixl Edge project, which is about developing character, the students had to organise an event and decided they wanted to make it a fundraising venture.</p> <p>They chose to raise the money for Claire House as a local charity that helps care for children who will not survive into adulthood and support their families.</p> <p>Halle from Year 8 said: &ldquo;My little brother went to Claire House for treatment before he died so it is a charity that is very close to my heart and needs our support. I am glad we have been able to do our bit to help them carry on the brilliant work they do.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Wirral Community Fundraiser for Claire House, Avril Parr, came down for the first event, along with a special guest appearance from &lsquo;Claire Bear&rsquo;. Avril said: &ldquo;It is amazing that the children are all supporting their local children&rsquo;s hospice as without their support we could not do the vital work we do at Claire House.&rdquo;</p> <p>All the students baked the cakes and biscuits themselves in Food Technology and held a total of three cakes sales over a two week period.</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:Charity cake sale for Claire House}</span></p>, 19 Apr 2016 11:40:55 GMTStudents amazed by trip to China<p>Their 10-day trip involved visiting our&nbsp;partner school in Shanghai, The Taicang Experimental Middle School (TEMS), where they were given a warm welcome. The students attended lessons and took part in a football match, which BPS won despite the heat. They also went to a Performing Arts Festival where three of the students performed to represent our school.</p> <p>All the students had a Chinese buddy for their time in the school. Sean from Year 10 said: &ldquo;I really enjoyed going into the school and meeting students of my age living on the other side of the world. The communication was difficult at first; we attended lessons and lunch with the Chinese students. The way of teaching is really different and that was interesting.&rdquo;</p> <p>After leaving the school the group visited many cultural landmarks within and around Shanghai. They went to Suzhou where they enjoyed a river cruise and spent time at the Pan Water Gate. They also visited temples and of course got a great taste of the local food.</p> <p>Blake from Year 8 said: &ldquo;I really enjoyed every part of the trip and saw some amazing things. The boat trip through the water village was really good and we all bought hats to have our photo taken. The Pearl Tower in Shanghai was a real wow! We stood on a clear glass floor and looked all the way down to the ground. We went back to the Bund at night to watch a light display on the buildings which was a great finish to the trip.&rdquo;</p> <p>The trip was the second visit the school has made to TEMS after signing a partnership in March 2014 to forge both cultural and educational links for students in both schools. Staff and students from the Chinese School are due to return to The Birkenhead Park School in July.</p> <p>Head of Performing Arts, ICT and PE, Mrs Houghton was one of the teachers on the trip, she said: &ldquo;What an amazing experience for me and the students who were great company, impeccably behaved and a credit to the school and their families. I really enjoyed the school visit and observing lessons at the school was a real honour. Our partner school really value our friendship and the sharing of educational ideas, a partnership which will hopefully last a long time. We look forward to their visit to us in the summer and to making their experience of England the best that we can&rdquo;.</p> <p>Taicang is near the Chinese City of Shanghai, and is twinned with Wirral. The Birkenhead Park School is the first school in Wirral to have visited this area of China.</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:China }</span></p>, 31 Mar 2016 14:14:37 GMT