Ukraine Fundraiser

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Pupils called for us to take action in support of other young people facing unbelievable hardships. As a school we responded, led by the Beacon Values representatives who came up with a fantastic programme of fundraising activities, designed to ensure that as many people as possible could get involved. 

Following a brilliant assembly in which Beacon Values Representatives articulated what young people in Ukraine were going through, pupils were enabled to take part in a multitude of ways. 

Everyone involved: Consideration for others     

All form groups created sunflowers, the national symbol of Ukraine and our hope for their brighter future. Pupils wrote messages of solidarity to the young people of Ukraine. 

All form groups were tasked to collect small change in bottles! The form raising the most will receive a prize, but all of our pupils must be commended on their generosity and thoughtfulness. They have done us proud! 

Pupils also had the chance to take part in a ‘Guess how many sweets in the jar’ competition. The proud winner will soon be announced, but this raised a whooping £76.45.

Participation to support UNICEF 

As well as the opportunities above, some pupils elected to take part in some fundraising activities including a large scale art installation, human sized sunflowers, a swimming gala and a walk around the school field.  

This also raised well over £100 to add to our grand total. 


Colour Run – Charity Event

On Wednesday 30th March, the bitter wind, downpours of rain and hail showers did not deter some of our Year 12 and Year 13 students who took part in the Colour Fun Run.  They thoroughly enjoyed the event that was organised to raise money for the three charities that Sixth Form are supporting this year:  Young Minds, Barnados and the RSPCA.

Here are some comments from students after the event:-

“I loved it!  It was great fun for a Wednesday afternoon.  I think the weather made it better!  Thank you for organising it”

“Thank you so much for organising the colour run.  It was so much fun even though my ears are still a little bit blue!”

“Thank you for organising the colour run this afternoon.  I really enjoyed it,”


Donations for Great Barr Food Bank

Two of our Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh pupils, shocked at how low supplies were at a local food bank, decided to organise a whole school collection.

The school community has been donating much needed items including UHT milk, teabags, sugar and tinned fruit.  Lots more has also been collected.

Year 12 students have been working hard, collecting items from classrooms and packing them up ready for delivery.  Well done to all volunteers for their hard work!

We would like to extend a huge thank you to pupils, students, staff and their families for all donations.  The generosity shown is going to make a massive difference to people in the local community.


The best of new British art

Year 10 art pupils visited Wolverhampton Art Gallery for the ‘British Art Show’, a landmark touring exhibition that celebrates the vitality of recent art made in Britain. Organised every five years by Hayward Gallery Touring the exhibition brings the work of artists defining new directions in contemporary art to four cities across the UK.

You can find out more about the show here:


Inspired by Floella Benjamin

Year 10 drama pupils were starstruck after their excursion to see the premiere of a brand new play based on the inspiring life of Floella Benjamin turned into a life coaching session from Baroness Benjamin herself!
Coming To England had its world premiere at the Birmingham Rep on Thursday 31st March. It is based on the children’s book by Floella Benjamin and illustrated by Walsall-born Diane Ewen.
The book tells the story of how Floella came to England from Trinidad as a child. Floella is best known to many as the presenter of children’s programmes such as Play School, Play Away and Fast Forward and she is also an accomplished actress, singer, author, businesswoman, and politician.

After the play, our pupils met up with Baroness Benjamin and she talked with them for some time, sharing with them her advice for life. All pupils – and their teachers – were completely hooked and inspired.


Ski Trip Loon and Canyon

Small number of places still available!

Ski USA 2023 was opened up to Year 7 pupils this term meaning that a lucky 46 pupils will get the chance to travel to USA in February half term 2023. These pupils will be able to have expert ski tuition every day as well as a one night stop in New York. We look forward to hearing about their adventures in the 2023!

We still have room for about 3 pupils to join the trip. Please contact as soon as possible via if you are interested.


Samosa Sale

During Break time on Thursday 7th April 2022 our Sixth Formers will be selling Samosa for charity. They will be available for 50p each, please bring cash on the day if you would like to buy one.


Dance visit to De Montfort University

14 of our pupils from Year 9 and Year 10 were selected to visit De Montfort University to have an insight into the Dance BA (Hons) course. The pupils participated in a three hour practical session, where they explored a variety of contemporary dance techniques with university lecturers and students. They were challenged with a choreography task to allow them to understand new ways of devising content. 

The pupils were also given a tour around campus by third year students who were able to answer questions that our pupils had about the course and university life.

All pupils enjoyed their visit with many commenting on how much they had gained from the experience. 


‘Try a new Language’ Masterclass

Year 10 have made such a fantastic start to their languages GCSE courses, with over 80% of the year studying a language. 44 of our pupils who have really impressed this year were nominated by their teachers to take part in a masterclass organised by the University of Birmingham to take part in a taster session. 

Our pupils were able to listen to a talk about languages courses and combinations at the University followed by a taster session. The languages on offer included Russian, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese, as well as the two workshops our pupils took part in – Italian and Portuguese. 

Pupils enjoyed the speaking practice in the new languages, with Italian being the most popular by far! They also had a brief walk through the main campus in the sunshine. 

A ‘bom día’ (good day) for Barr Beacon’s linguists! 


Big Quizzes at Birmingham University

Selected Year 10 pupils have so far attended three Big Quiz events at Birmingham University for Mathematics, Physics and Biology. Our Year 10 pupils have scooped numerous awards and plaudits during these events and have received lectures from leading experts in these academic fields.

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