Superstar!

This young man has been making great choices and he is working hard towards all of his targets! A great example of a Birkwood Superstar!

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Autumn Fruit Picking

After School Gardening Club have been very busy picking apples from our tree in the Community Garden. They were incredibly juicy and we even managed to save some of the seeds so we can grow our very own apple trees.

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VIP Brass Stars

Our amazing brass musicians have  been invited to perform in a VERY SPECIAL invitation-only concert, celebrating the centenary of our friends, Grimethorpe Colliery Band. We are honoured to take part in this prestigious concert at Elsecar Heritage Centre on 20th October. Today, the invitations for families and special visitors were delivered, by hand, to school!

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Stars of the Future

The Woodpeckers have only had five lessons with Mr. Dodd and we are already spotting a few stars of the future. One of these stars is already playing duets with Mr. Dodd!

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Father David’s 60th Birthday

During our Friday Special Assembly, we celebrated a significant milestone for Father David – his 60th birthday! We enjoyed watching Father David blow out the special (and musical) candles on his cake, watching him open his presents from the children and staff, and singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him. We hope he had a wonderful time celebrating!

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Superstar!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week has been chosen because she is always doing the right thing, she tries her best and she is a wonderful role model to the other children. Furthermore, she is very kind and thoughtful and always uses her manners. Well done!

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Stupendous Sunflowers!

Just look how tall our beautiful sunflowers have grown in the Community Garden! They look amazing and really brighten up our school grounds.

 

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Silver Gilt at the Barnsley in Bloom Awards

Our school was represented at Barnsley Town Hall by  our gardeners, Miss Greenwood, Miss Betts, Mr. Froggatt and Mrs. Allen. We were delighted to receive the Silver Gilt Award.  Congratulations to all of our gardeners and thank you for help given by our friends at Robert Street Allotments.

Thank you to Miss Greenwood and Miss Betts for ensuring all of our children get the chance to #GrowIt and well done on winning a Barnsley in Bloom Award for the second year running.

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National Cleaning Team of the Year

Congratulations to Birkwood Primary School’s Cleaning Team who attended the Awards Ceremony at Norse in Norwich on Friday evening.  Lisa, Gill, Kerry, Claire, Kerbie and Gill were delighted to be awarded the ‘National Cleaning Team of the Year’. They all take great pride in how clean our school is each and every day – thank you ladies. 

Everyone at Birkwood is so proud and the award is extremely well deserved.

 

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Superstar!

This young man is a little superstar. He was new to our school and has settled so well. He is polite all of the time, he follows all of our rules and he is such a kind little boy with a great sense of humour! 

 

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Impressing Mr Dodd! 

 

This member of #TeamDodd has earned the upmost respect from her teacher and fellow musicians alike! It has only been a couple of weeks since she was introduced to this tricky piece of music and she is already hitting the high notes! Keep up the excellent work.

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Great Glissandi Girls! 

Birkwood Brass are preparing for their latest appearance with Grimethorpe Colliery Band on 20th October. This piece showcases our two new trombonists – we are SO proud of their rapid progress!

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Fantastic Progress

After 4 weeks of brass lessons, this pair have shown excellent commitment to their brass lessons.  Keep up the great work – there are places available in Birkwood Brass soon!

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Parents’ Evening Letters…

 

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Here’s our Community Café advertisement.

On Thursday 28th September, the Woodpeckers and the Kingfishers will be working in the famous Birkwood Café. All of the money raised will go to the fantastic charity, Macmillan. The café is open throughout the day for pupils (don’t forget your 50p) and the whole school community after school.

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Girl Power

Our recently employed trombone section are mastering the art of glissandi (sliding notes) ready for our concert with Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Well done ladies, your hard work is paying off!

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One Moment in Time!

This amazing musician has waited for today to come… His dedication to music lessons, Birkwood brass, his band mates and Mr. Dodd have earned him the opportunity to move from baritone to EUPHONIUM! Keep up the good work young man; your school and family are very proud.

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Poor Bob!

Bob the Artist was our story stimulus for philosophy. The children selected a question which stirred up discussion, disagreement and experiences of name calling.

 

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Superstar!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week for having a super attitude in and around school.

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Music Matters

Pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 sampled the positives of singing in our choir. We all had a great time!

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Visit to Robert Street Allotments.

A big thank you to Morgan Hides Nannan, Kathryn, and Mick and Lynne White for showing some of our children around their wonderful allotments! We had a great time with Mrs. Allen and Miss Greenwood searching for all the fruits and vegetables and saying hello to the chickens and Bobby the rabbit.

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Music To Our Ears

This year, we have more musicians in school than EVER! Here are two of our newest learners from Year 2 and Year 3.

 

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 Brass is Back!

It was great to welcome Mr. Dodd  into school this afternoon. The Year 3 Woodpeckers were given their new instruments and impressed Mr. Dodd with their ‘buzzing’ mouthpieces and excellent listening skills!

Next, Mr. Dodd met with the experienced Year 6 Birkwood Brass musicians. He congratulated the children on their ABRSM results and discussed plans for a VIP concert opportunity to take place on 20th October. Team Dodd showed a real commitment to their teacher, school  and peers!
Two of our talented brass players have taken up the challenge of learning the tuba. Thanks to their parents for accepting a new (rather large) instrument into their families!

 

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Stay Safe Online

Remember to work as part of a TEAM when discussing e-safety at home:

Talk to your child regularly about what they are doing online;

  • Exploretheir favourite sites together;
  • Agreerules about what’s OK and what’s not;
  • Manage technology and use safety settings and controls.

 

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Birkwood 2016-2017

 

From fantastic performances, to trips to the seaside, to buses as libraries, to Mrs. Allen’s M.B.E., it has been another outstanding year at Birkwood Primary School. Relive some of our highlights in this video.

Thank you to everyone for their hard work throughout the year and to our #incrediblecommunity for their continued support.

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End of Year Assembly 2016-17

 

What a brilliant assembly! We enjoyed celebrating the achievements of all of our children. Well done to the Year 6 children who received special awards and to all the other children throughout school.

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their support.

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A Fantastic Donation to Little Princess Trust

One of our amazing Year 5 pupils came up with a tremendous idea. She decided to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust. Our #incrediblecommunity are so proud of her!

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End of Year Production – Oliver!

What an amazing performance! They Year 6 children, along with members of Birkwood Choir, dazzled a number of audiences with tremendous acting, fantastic singing and brilliant dance routines. Everybody who went to watch was left wanting MORE!

Thank you to Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Sutton, Miss Hayward and Mrs. Birch for their help in the build-up to these shows and during each performance.

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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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