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Christmas Show 2014
As is now our tradition we ended the year with our Christmas Show. We put on three performances, one for other schools and two for parents and families. Each class contributed a musical performance either on their own or combined with another class. Every single pupil was involved in some capacity with most pupils performing on stage. As always the show was very warmly received by our audiences.
Christmas is coming.
Our thanks to Stephen H. Smith’s Garden Centre for supporting us with the donation of a lovely Christmas tree.
FAB up and running!
Friends at Beechcliffe was formally established this term as a ‘Friends Association’ by parents and staff at Beechcliffe School.
The purpose of the group is to raise funds for activities including holiday and out of school clubs, and equipment/resources for pupils at the school.
We will soon apply for charitable status, which will bring many benefits including gift aid, donations through company matched schemes, being able to apply to certain trusts who only give grants to registered charities.
All parents, carers, guardians, and staff automatically become a member of FAB and we’d love you to get involved in any way you can. You can help by:
- Attending one of our regular meetings to help plan and organise events or sharing your fund raising ideas
- Helping out at a fundraising event, running a stall, tidying up, setting up, publicity etc
Holding a sponsored event, donating goods for fairs, raffle prizes, collecting supermarket vouchers etc
Winter Fair 2014
Thursday 4th December at 1o.ooam is the date and time of this year’s Winter Fair which will be taking place in school – all are welcome. Pupils, staff, parents and governors are already hard at work gathering bric-a-brac , baking cakes, making cards and all kinds of other preparations ahead of this event. Beechcliffe’s new parent organisation ‘FAB’ – Friends at Beechcliffe are taking a lead in order to make this another special event. Please come and support us in the run up to Christmas. Contributions for any of our stalls are very welcome – please contact the school office.
For those about to rock we salute you!
On the evening of Weds 19th November Gail Rushton (teaching assistant & governor) organised a two hour rock fest at Beechcliffe School. She was joined by pupils, their parents, other governors and friends generally to perform, live, their favourite rock and pop classics. Our pupils have some fabulous musical talent and this evening, along with our other shows gives the pupils chance to perform, showcase their talent and build their confidence and self-esteem on stage. Added to this everyone had a great time and a big raffle plus donations raised another considerable sum of cash for the school. For those of you who rocked, we salute you.
Staff member Karen Town is running the Abbey Dash 10K run in Leeds on Sunday 16th November and is being sponsored for school funds. Doing the Abbey Dash is not a ‘flash in the pan’ where Karen is concerned because she has been training hard for several months building up her mileage pounding the streets in training. Once again donations in support of Karen’s run are very welcome. (Karen successfully completed the Abbey Dash in spite of not being too well on the big day. Our thanks to her for the effort she has made to raise funds for our school).
Intrepid Mo Bros and Mo Sistas stride forth!
As Movember approaches Beechcliffe staff are cultivating thoughts of what style of moustache they will grow throughout the next month in support of awareness and fund-raising for men’s health issues. Mick Hey as well as planning his top lip odyssey, has also arranged a sponsored walk for Saturday 15th Movember following an arduous 8 mile circular route around Sutton-in-Craven with a carefully selected finishing point at an establishment that will be able to provide nourishment for the weary walkers whose moustaches may be starting to droop. Funds raised will be split between school and the Movember charity so please contact school if you wish to either join the hike or contribute to the fund-raising. (Mick and his band of Bros and Sistas completed their hike despite some lousy weather. Hill fog and rain on the day meant we were lucky none of them got lost up on the wild and windy moors. Once again we appreciate our staff giving up their time for the combined benefit of the school and other good causes).
The colour pink has a lot of significance in school but never more than this week. Many of our pupils are used to having their work marked with comments written in pink ink which are used to identify things they need to do to make their work even better – Think Pink! Pupils also know that work marked with green ink highlights aspects of their work that they have done particularly well – Green is Good! However today, 23rd October on the last day before half-term, all our thoughts are on Pink Day as we dress up (in pink) and raise funds for Breast Cancer. A full day of exciting events are planned with a celebration assembly at the end of the day. As always Beechcliffe pupils will be ultra-enthusiastic in their efforts to raise money for charity and it is fantastic how they are all so good at thinking of others.
Transition Evening 22nd October.
On the evening of the 22nd October we held a Transition event alongside our autumn Parents’ Consultation Evening. So, as well as being able to meet the teachers, mums, dads and carers were also able to meet a wide selection of the providers who work with our older pupils when they leave school. On the night we had Bradford Careers, Bradford College, Craven College, HFT, Home from Home Care, Keighley & Craven People First, Leeds City College (Keighley), Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team (NEET), Shipley College, Waddiloves Healthcare and the Transition Social Workers from the Community Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities (CTLD). Hopefully this allowed some useful discussions and information gathering to take place.
Eden Camp visit.
“It’s a long way to Eden Camp, it’s a long way to go.” This is what our Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils sang on the coach during their long journey to Eden Camp military museum near Pickering on their recent visit. The visit was made in support of their work on World War II. It was well worth it though as the pupils got to see an iconic Spitfire as well as tanks, and trenches and air-raid shelters and such a lot of exciting stuff. It was a super-effective way of learning about history and the whole day out was a memorable experience for staff and pupils.
Michelle Nichols writes:
“On Thursday the 16th of October 4 KS3/4 classes visited Eden Camp near Pickering. The visit was made to support pupil’s history work relating to World War II. After a long and noisy 2 hour drive the pupils arrived in time for lunch in the mess hut. The grated cheese sandwiches certainly made a mess!!!!
By far, the Blitz hut was the favourite, when inside the hut pupils got to experience a bombing raid on London at night. It was very dark and the noise of the drones and bombs gave pupils the opportunity to discover what life was really like for children in World War II. Some pupils visited this hut several times throughout the day. Pupils also had the chance to go inside an Anderson shelter, into a German submarine, in the gun turret of a plane during a bombing raid and also into the trenches of World War 1.
Throughout the day the pupil’s behaviour was brilliant and all were a credit to the school and their parents.
Although it was a very long day pupil’s enjoyed all aspects of it and talked enthusiastically about the experience upon their return to school.
The return journey was a quiet one with many pupils (and a couple of staff) sleeping. The ones who were not sleeping were making very good use of Hannah’s supply of plastic bags!!!!”
Skills Yorkshire – the biggest skills event in the region.
On 15th October a group of Post 16 students visited Elland Road, Leeds for Skills Yorkshire which is the biggest skills and careers event in Yorkshire and Humberside. The event provided lots of opportunities to try interactive activities and gather information from companies, industries, training and educational organisations. The day provided a very useful insight into the World of Work as well as being a source of information about some opportunities available to our students. It was also attended by a vast number of young people from all sorts of schools and this made the day a valuable social experience too.
Parents’ Consultation & Transition Evening.
Wednesday 22nd October from 3.30 to 7.00 is the first of our Consultation Evenings for parents. Letters will be sent home soon for you to book appointments with your child’s teacher to discuss how they have settled in at the start of the new school year. As we have done for several years now we are also making this evening a Transition event at which parents can gather information and meet staff from providers and colleges who cater for our pupils once they leave Beechcliffe School. The ‘exhibitors’ at this evening will be up and down our corridors outside the classrooms so that you can access them either before or after your appointments with the teachers.
Welcome back to the new school year and in particular we welcome all our new pupils and their parents and carers. We are also pleased to have Louise Marsh join our teaching staff and she will be working in Post 16. We are looking forward to a year filled with exciting times for our pupils and regular events and opportunities for families to join us in school. We have scheduled regular Coffee Mornings throughout the year and our first Parents’ Consultation and Transition Evening is on Wednesday 22nd October. This event will be attended by colleges, service and support providers, careers, health and Social Services – all of whom may be involved in planning for pupils who will be leaving school this year.