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Investors in Pupils
Beechcliffe School is currently working towards obtaining an Investors in Pupils Award.
Invests in Pupils is an accreditation that can empower all pupils, increase motivation and contribute to raising achievement throughout our whole school.
At Beechcliffe School we value all of our pupils and strive to make school life as enjoyable and meaningful as we can. Beechcliffe School is dedicated to this ethos and staff, caterers (kitchen staff), governors and AMEY staff are involved in ensuring this concept is maintained and adhered to.
Each class in school has regular targets, an Investors in Pupils board and a welcome booklet for new pupils and visitors. Targets for individuals and class are set by the pupils and can cover a variety of concepts; learning, behaviour, attendance or classroom management.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Anti-bullying week 18-22 November
Beechcliffe School are embracing Anti-Bullying Week with a range of activities led by Amy Waddington and her class. The theme of the week is ‘The Future is Ours – Safe, Fun and Connected’ with an emphasis on cyber-bullying. Activities will include making Bully Shields in Key Stage 3, doing a rap or song in Key Stage 4 and making computerised posters in Post 16. There will be a opportunity to ‘Talk to Pod’ on a Big Brother style video diary for pupils to share their anti-bullying ideas with friends and the whole week will end with an anti-bullying assembly on Friday.
Beechcliffe’s more hirsute staff members are doing Movember again this year in support of mens’ health – knowledge is power, prevention is everything, early detection is key. Following a very strict set of ‘tache’ growing guidelines they are growing moustaches. Male staff and pupils taking part are called Mo Bros and female supporters are called Mo Sistas. There is a charity collection box in reception and there will be fund raising activities in school towards the end of the month.
‘Transition’ is the term used in school when referring to planning and working towards what pupils will go on to do when they leave school. Transition is rightly viewed as a really important consideration of our older Post 16 pupils. This half term we have had lots of Transition activities taking place in school.
Firstly Marcia Campbell has produced a comprehensive Transitions display in our largest meeting room where many of our Annual Reviews take place. The display which includes photos of key individuals and support workers is intended to be a useful reference during discussions about Transition to identify the best options available to our school leavers.
On Tuesday 8th October Catherine Halliwell and Janet Knowles from Bradford’s Education, Employment and Enterprise came to speak to Post 16 about employment, interviews, health and safety and work experience. Catherine and Janet provided a great afternoon session full really interesting activities.
On Friday 11th October we hosted a Post 16 Ready to Work day. All the Post 16 pupils took turns in 6 different work based activities that included plastering, plumbing, electrical, joinery, baking and a craft project. Everyone had a really engaging morning with lots of ‘hands on’ experiences for all the pupils. Our special thanks must go to Tony Thompson and his team from In-Communities for the building trade activities and to Mike Armstrong from Sainsbury’s bakery, to Hannah Chesterman who is an art lecturer from Craven College and to Cameron Dale from the Education, Employment and Enterprise team.
Then on Monday 17th October a large group of Post 16 students visited the Skills Yorkshire and Humberside regional careers event held at Leeds United Football Club. This event was packed with colleges, employers and providers who all had exciting activities on offer for the delegates such as reading the weather live on TV, riding a mechanical racehorse and sparring in a boxing ring. The pupils had a great day and were left buzzing with ideas about the things they might do at college when the day for their Transition comes around. Added to the excitement was a quick stroll around the stadium, a look in the football club shop and finally a team photo in front of the Billy Bremner statue.
Wow! What a jam packed week – see the photos soon to be added to the site.
But don’t think that that’s the end of it! On Wednesday 6th November between 3.30-7.00pm we are holding a Transitions Event in conjunction with our Parents’ Consultation Evening. Fitted around your appointments with the teachers you will be able to meet representatives from many of the colleges, providers and others involved in the Transition process for our school. We think it is really useful for you to meet these people and to understand the Transition process even if you are not necessarily leaving at the end of this year. We hope you will join us.
Coffee cup full to the brim with donations for McMillan
Almost a week ago we held our first coffee morning of the new academic year raising funds for McMillan Cancer Support. Our “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” raised a superb £183.27 which will help McMillan Cancer in providing practical, medical and financial support for people affected by cancer. Classes baked a wide range of cakes and Marcia’s vocational group worked incredibly well in the café.
We would like to thank all family, friends, carers and all other visitors who attended the morning. We really appreciated all the support and we hope you can attend our next coffee morning on Thursday 7th November at 10am.
Clean Car Crew!
Beechcliffe’s very own car washers took to the car park today with one job in mind; to make the staff’s cars GLEAM! Students from Marcia’s class grabbed their buckets of soapy water & sponges and spent the morning cleaning cars until they looked as good as new. The Clean Car Crew are hoping to raise enough money to pay for an afternoon of ten-pin bowling. Best of luck everyone!
Phoenix and Friends visit Beechcliffe
A Birds of Prey display swooped into Beechcliffe School yesterday afternoon and a fantastic time was had by everyone who attended. Phoenix the Falcon, Bobby the Kestrel and Sable the Black Barn Owl, to name a few, all came to visit with Jean-Pierre from Whizoo Birds of Prey. Phoenix was arguably the star of the show after gliding above the audience high in the sky, going as far as Cliffe Castle, before returning to the amazed crowd in the school car park. All the children were incredibly well behaved and you could tell they enjoyed stroking and holding their feathered friends as their faces truly lit up.
Welcome to all our new pupils and their families and carers. Also welcome back to all our existing pupils.
Being the start of term we have other new faces too. Jason Watkins has joined us and will teach in Post 16. Also we have James Moorhouse who will be working in the school office.