Exam Day!

Four of our talented brass musicians attended The Barnsley Music Hub’s ABRSM exam centre at the Civic. The children performed really well in their Grade 1 cornet and baritone exams. They made Mr. Dodd and Mrs. Sutton very proud – shining examples of hard work paying off. 

Somehow, we found ourselves in a lovely little cafe! Cafes do help musicians – fact!

 

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Celebrating Birkwood’s 60th Birthday 

What an exciting day! 

We began with a presentation, and sang Happy Birthday with a special cake to celebrate our school’s 60th birthday. Next, we heard about the fantastic career of our wonderful headteacher – Mrs. Allen M.B.E. After that, special visitors (there were lots of these!), the staff, children and our #incrediblecommunity were treated to a garden party with entertainment from all of our classes. All of the performances, from singing to recorders to song-and-dance routines to a flash-mob, were unique and outstanding. In the afternoon, the children had lots of fun on bouncy castles and got to meet Paw Patrol.

Thank you to all of our special visitors for attending and to our #incrediblecommunity for supporting our school in its 60th year.

What a phenomenal day, celebrating a phenomenal school and a phenomenal headteacher!

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Meet our Musicians 2016-2017

We’re so proud of our hardworking, fun-loving, musical pupils. They receive weekly tuition from Barnsley Music Hub’s excellent teachers. Enjoy your summer break, musicians!

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Making the Grade

Our musicians received fantastic reports from their Barnsley Music Hub peripatetic teachers. Here are just some of the 35 plus children who have weekly lessons in school. Well done to each of them – we know they’ll be focussing hard on their new targets for 2017-18!

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Pentathlon 2017

Our Pentathlon Morning was excellently supported by our #IncredibleCommunity and was filmed and photographed by Year 6 children! The children (from EYFS – Year 6) were absolutely brilliant and the Tuck Shop could hardly keep up with the customers! Many thanks to Mr. Campbell & Mrs. Porter for their organisation of the event as well as the children, staff & Governors helped with all of the events.

 

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Summer Fayre 2017

As always, Birkwood’s Community excelled at our Summer Fayre and what an afternoon! Despite the weather, several activities were on offer! Some amazing stalls were selling an incredible array of things: Miss Greenwood’s Plants were on show, Tombola, Oliver Merchandise, Mr Taylor’s magical balloons and teachers in the stocks were just a sample! Thanks to the ‘Friends of Birkwood’ for their fabulous work! An afternoon to remember! We managed an amazing £1,140 profit! #incrediblecommunity

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Emotional!

Today marked the final Birkwood Brass rehearsal for two of our talented and loyal Year 6 children. We enjoyed time together, eating chocolate bars and playing a few of our favourite songs. Mr. Dodd gave a moving tribute to a pair of outstanding pupils, who are almost ready to ‘leave their Birkwood nest’.

Mr. Dodd thanked each and every member of Birkwood Brass for their dedication and said how proud he was of them for achieving goals that he would never have believed primary school children could do. Mrs. S had something her eye :’) 

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That’s Show Business!

Our Oliver chorus is made up of superstars from Year 1 to Year 6. They are working so hard and enjoying it too!

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Lunchtime Musicians

This group of children requested some time to improvise on percussion. We had a great time working with simple rhythmic patterns, such as cold spaghetti and custard and cheese and pickle sandwiches! Perfect for lunchtime music making.

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A Big Thank You to Callum

During Creative Arts Week, the children heard from Callum who lives in Australia. We learned lots about his life in a different country. The children in Year 3/4 have created this video to say thank you and to tell Callum a little bit about Birkwood!

 

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Creative Arts Week 2017 – Australia

What a fantastic week! We have produced a number of outstanding pieces of work using a range of media, including watercolour, poster paint and cotton buds, as well as clay and tools. We have prepared and cooked lots of delicious food. Furthermore, we welcomed Jonny Cope who taught us about Australian culture and the didgeridoo (yirdaki) and Lorraine Theobald who taught us about native Australian dancing.

Thank you to Miss Betts for organising such a brilliant week; the children had a fantastic time.

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Team Earth’s Trip to Flamingo Land

Team Earth had a fantastic time at Flamingo Land. The victorious house enjoyed going on a range of different rides. Thank you to the governing body and Mrs. Allen for providing the children with this opportunity.

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Julie Allen M.B.E.

Birkwood welcomed a special visitor on Monday morning: ‘Our’ Carol, Mrs. Allen’s sister. Carol May announced that Mrs.  Allen is to receive an M.B.E. for Services to Education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List!

Special visitors, including family, governors and Mr. Wood, all helped the children and staff to celebrate this very prestigious award. Mrs. Allen will visit Buckingham Palace, with her family, in the near future to receive the M.B.E. and meet Her Majesty the Queen (remember to curtsey Mrs Allen.)

All of the staff, children and members of our #incrediblecommunity are all very proud of your award Mrs. Allen; you truly deserve it!

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 Cudworth Academic and Achievement Awards at the Town Hall 

We had a really special evening with our friends from Cherrydale and Churchfield. We were so very proud of our children who won awards. Thank you to the Cudworth Ward Alliance for once again recognising the hard work of the teachers and especially the children in our community.

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Music Man

Birkwood’s very own Music Maestro is polishing his performance for his Grade 2 Rock School exam.

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Awesome Audition Opportunity

Our ‘musicals star’ has worked really hard to prepare a monologue and acapella song for an audition. We wish her all the very best with her first step on, what we know will be, a very exciting future on the stage!

 

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After School Clubs Summer (2) 2017

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Another year, another incredible night!

We hosted our annual talent festival in front of a very supportive audience. A wonderful evening saw dance, song, live music and karate entertain our #IncredibleCommunity. Many thanks to all of the staff involved, especially Mrs Porter, Mrs Sutton and Mr Sandwith and to our wonderful judges Father David, Liz and Dave Martin (Mrs Allen’s children) and of course to all of the amazing performers. A truly memorable occasion. Enjoy some spectacular highlights here:

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Fun with Friends

 

It was great fun to enjoy time with friends this evening. Mr. and Mrs. White arranged a cake stall, hot dogs, games and some fantastic DISCO tunes!

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The History of the Bus

 

Thank you Joel Musgreave for looking into the history of the Birkwood Reading Bus. The information included in this poster is fascinating!

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Flute Update

This woodwind duo are working hard for their teacher. Watch out for a performance at BGT 2017…

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Thanks to our #Incrediblecommunity

Our bake sale, to raise money for the crisis in East Africa, was given outstanding support from our families. We are delighted to announce that £200 is on its way to Oxfam

 

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Lovely Lunchtimes

 

It’s great to spend time with children at lunchtime. They really enjoy exploring, inventing, making, pretending, laughing, socialising, helping and having lots of fun!

 

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Making the Grade

 

Congratulations to our Year 6 musicians. They worked really hard to achieve ABRSM Grade 3 and 4 baritone. Really well done to both of them and many thanks to Mr Dodd.

 

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Girl Power

These two girls have ‘upgraded’ to brand new instruments. These beautiful instruments were gifted to our school by Professor Webster and Besson. Our girls have impressed Mr Dodd and are continuing their studies on Bb tuba & tenor horn. Watch this space!

 

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Birkwood Brass in Concert with Grimethorpe Colliery Band!

 

Friend of our school, Professor Roger Webster, is a great supporter of Birkwood Brass. When he visited our school recently, he invited the children to perform alongside the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band at the Mayor’s charity concert. We were delighted to accept.

The evening was amazing. Our children opened the concert and received applause and loud cheers too. Grimethorpe Colliery Band kept all of us thoroughly entertained with a wide variety of musical styles. They really are THE BEST!

We were also treated to a virtuosic solo by Professor Webster-The children were VERY impressed.

What a night to remember for the rest of our lives! We were pleased that Barnsley’s dementia charities will benefit financially from the concert too.

 

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Birkwood Brass

Here are a few photos of our band #BirkwoodBrass performing on Monday night with Grimethorpe Colliery Band at the Mayor’s Fundraising Concert.

Thank you to the band’s professional photographer, David Nichols, for sharing these fantastic photographs with us.

A full video will be uploaded to the website soon…

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Thank You for the Music!

Our brass group were visited by WORLD FAMOUS cornet player Professor Roger Webster. He was extremely complementary about their playing. Roger (along with instrument makers Besson) have supported our brass projects from day 1. Our children were keen to ‘catch up’ with Roger – they asked for his autograph and played some of the gifted instruments for the very first time.

 
Watch this space for more brass news very soon!
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We are NOT ‘Brassed Off’!

 
We are delighted to receive these wonderful brass instruments through the world famous cornet player, Dr. Roger Webster and his sponsor, Besson. Dr Webster has supported our brass project and links with the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band from day one! Our children are very excited about playing their new instruments. 
 
Your dedication and kindness really matters to us, Dr. Webster and Besson.
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EGG-CELLENT Easter DISCO

 

Mr and Mrs White’s efforts to plan and deliver a fantastic end of term disco paid off! The children had a great time relaxing, dancing & eating hot dogs. Our incredible community went to EGG- streme lengths to design and make Easter bonnets. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful staff too after a long day at school. 

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