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Alumni News

We are delighted to hear that our former Head Girl (2015-16) has graduated in Medicine with a First Class Honours Degree – a fantastic achievement for a remarkable student.  Her Year 7 Form Tutor has a clear memory of a PSHE lesson when Lois shared her career aspiration:  “I want to be a doctor!”  And now, 12 years later, a doctor she has become!  Congratulations Dr Lois Guy-Hickson!  We are all very proud of you! We wish her well as she embarks on the next stage of her career.

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Great Minds Tour Bus

The Staffordshire University Great Minds Tour Bus has visited our Year 7 pupils at Barr Beacon today. Pupils have watched a film in the on-board cinema, showcasing all the exciting courses you can study at university. On the top deck, pupils had a taste of the E-Sports course offered at Staffordshire. 

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Golf Championship

J Donoghue in Year 10 has been selected to represent Barr Beacon and Staffordshire in the English Schools Boys Under 16 Golf Championship. 

It is a huge achievement to be selected to play as it is an England Golf National Competition and the Handicap requirement was very low.

The championship was held at Walsall Golf Club and J. Donoghue made the top 15 in the ESGA Under 16 Boys’ Championship 2021 on Monday 19th July 2021, White Tees, Walsall Golf Club. An excellent achievement.

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Prom 2021

Although Covid restrictions did not allow us to have our Year 11 prom off site we were able to quickly rearrange everything to have it at school instead. The event was very enjoyable with a range of food, entertainment, awards and dancing until late into the night. The evening ended with a bang with a firework display lighting up the school site.

A big thank you to all those who helped make the evening a success for our Year 11 cohort. Check back soon for a highlights video of the event.

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Year 7 Wild Reading Challenge

  • Are you joining us in Year 7 in September 2021? This summer, take a photo of yourself reading in the weirdest and wildest location you can.​
  • Wherever you travel, take your book with you!​
  • We want to see pictures of you and your book out in the wild.​
  • Prizes to be won for the best three photographs!​

Send your pictures in to readingchallenge @barrbeaconschool.co.uk by September 10th to be entered​.

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Read around the world

Books can take you anywhere…

This summer, read a book that is set somewhere far away. It could be another country, at the seaside, or even on another planet! Fill out a postcard all about where your book took you and enter a prize draw to get a £10 book voucher!

Download a postcard template HERE. Send your completed postcards to readingchallenge@barrbeaconschool.co.uk by September 10th to be in the prize draw!

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Sports Fixtures Return!

On 16th June, the Year 7 girls football team played a home fixture against Bloxwich. It was a very warm afternoon but a fantastic setting for having lots of fun! The girls split into four teams and played four games in total. There were wins, losses, draws and even a penalty shoot-out. 

The first Beacon Team finished in 2nd place whilst the other finished in 3rd. A very enjoyable afternoon again and another opportunity for the girls to play – many of these girls had never played before! 

Report from pupil C. Nephawe: “This game was great. We had 6-a-side for each game (4 games). The goal keepers did really well. We had at least a couple of star players. I really enjoyed playing”

A huge thank you to the staff that came to support (Mrs Brazier, Mr Brennan, Mr Phillips, Mrs Gwatkin, Mr Murphy and Miss Poynton). The girls loved seeing their teachers cheer them on. 

Please congratulate the year 7 girls on their efforts:

R Pickford 
L Hindson 
K Bridgewater 
T Ryan 
S Jagpal
I Rodgers
I Stokes
B Taylor
E Gabitas
C Elley 
C Nephawe
T Devany
D Nwkocha
R Chigwedere
A Odeewu
E Fellows
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Scouts Gold Award

D Coleman in Year 9 has achieved his Chief Scout Gold Award. This would be an impressive achievement ordinarily but this is particularly impressive because he had to adapt his approach due to lockdown restrictions, overcoming additional barriers. To earn the Award, David had to organise meetings with other scouts and plan expeditions. He has been scouting from a young age and loves getting involved in things. In school, he is now a Cadet AND completing Duke of Edinburgh!

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What does climate action ask of me?

Written By A.Bromwich Head Girl

The global momentum for action on climate change has been difficult to ignore. The younger generations are fighting for their future and making their voices heard but, at times, it is difficult for us to know how to join in or what real difference our actions can make.

Later this year the UN’s Climate Change Conference is being held a 5 hour car journey away from you in Glasgow. Bringing together world leaders and communities with the 4 main aims: to stay within a 1.5°C temperature rise, to help protect communities and natural habitats, to mobilise climate finance and to finalise the Paris rulebook. From the words of COP26 President Alok Sharma “If we choose to act, there is another future possible.”

Globally, we all have dreams and aspirations for our futures but, for this, we need a future that supports people and the planet. Climate change hasn’t yet caused catastrophic harm in the UK or hampered people’s access to basic human rights, including clean water.  Yet.

The most valuable thing you can do is let your voices be heard and act because, contrary to what people like to say, young people are at the front of almost every major change.

I want to suggest some small things that we could be doing especially during the countdown to the COP26 summit.

  1. https://together-for-our-planet.ukcop26.org/ Read about the COP26 summit and other organisations that are making changes in mitigating the climate crisis. It’s always good to know the information behind something you’re supporting.
  1. Follow accounts on social media that are sharing information and work they are doing with the climate crisis such as https://www.instagram.com/earthrise.studio/?hl=en
  1. Help the environment on a small scale such as litter picking when walking in your local area.
  1. Ask the question “Do I really need this?” when buying your ‘summer’ wardrobe to reduce your consumption of fast fashion.
  1. If you think something could be changed to be more climate friendly or sustainable don’t be afraid to speak up about it.

Just remember that actions do not need to be perfect or elaborate to make a difference. Like the story of the starfish on the beach, the young girl could not save all the starfish but she was able to make a difference to just one.

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Bag 2 School

Help us raise money for the NSPCC by donating your unwanted clothes! 

All of Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils have been given a bag2school bag for this collection but you can use any bag you have!

Send them in to Barr Beacon reception before 22nd June 2021.

The more bags we have, the more money we raise for charity. Let’s show the Beacon Value of consideration for others by cleaning out our closets!

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