News from the Senior Department
Update from Mrs Wright
This week in the Senior Department, we are busy preparing for an exciting end of term and the school is buzzing with preparations for the Christmas Festive Fayre. Despite having been hit with a nasty bout of coughs and colds, the Seniors are all very excited that we have now – finally – reached the month of December!
This time of year is the perfect opportunity to give thanks for those who are part of our Beechwood community, and to channel our festive cheer into contributing to a positive environment full of thought and goodwill.
Staff in school have signed up to be Advent Angels to one another, which involves performing a random act of kindness each school day towards another member of staff. It could be making them a cup of tea; covering a duty; or even a class spontaneously breaking into a Christmas carol – orchestrated by the Advent Angel – although I have not yet seen this, I think it would be wonderful! What is so heart-warming is the thought and effort that goes into each gesture. It encourages us to find out a little more about that person and create imaginative ways to brighten their day.
It’s also a lovely way to model thoughtfulness and appreciation to our classes. They get to share in the positivity of goodwill and thought in an upbeat atmosphere. The thing I love most about it is that it reminds me how fortunate I am to be part of the Beechwood community.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and that I see you at the Christmas Festive Fayre.
Head of Senior Department
PS This week in Maths we have enjoyed opening the doors of our interactive Maths advent calendar. Days 1 and 2 have proven to be very popular (even more than chocolate!) so we thought we would share the link with you so that you can find out what is behind days 3 and 4 from the comfort of your own homes this weekend. Simply click on the link here
We recognise that, on some occasions, pupils will arrive in school a little early. We would like any pupils arriving before 0800 – who do not have a music commitment – to wait at Front Desk until it is time to go their lockers/form room and prepare for the day. Please ensure you have your reading books!
Ask your form teacher if you have any questions.
Additional Date for Open Swim Session
Due to a number of children being unable to attend the open swim session this Friday we will be holding another session next Friday 9th December between 1645 to 1735 for all pupils in Year 5 to Top Form. Anyone wishing to get timed in order to get into our Year 5 IAPS swim team is welcome to attend.
This is an Oil Pastel drawing by Charlotte R in Top Form.
She has been working hard on it for several weeks in Extra Art, and has practiced blending and proportion in the process. Such a cheerful and colourful piece – well done Charlotte!
Thumbs up all round for Flo C’s brilliant oil pastel jungle picture!
So much time and patience went into producing this, fantastic work.
Google Doodle – Celebrating Jerry Lawson
These images used by Google to celebrate lives or special events, are called Google Doodle and there have been many fantastic examples over the past few years. However, today, the 1st December 2022, would have been the 82nd birthday of Gerald ‘Jerry’ Lawson, and as the pupils of Beechwood Park discovered today, his birthday is a day that deserves a Google Doodle of such brilliance that it truly reflects the achievements of this inspirational man.
As a child of the 1940’s, Jerry was inspired to tinker, to break-and-repair, and to build his own electronics projects. As an African-American, he faced many challenges, but he was inspired by inventor George Washington Carver to develop his own projects that ultimately led to him pursuing a career in electronics.
He developed the very first cartridge-based Fairchild Channel F computer game system (the ‘F’ stood for ‘Fun’!), the sort of which many of you may have played as a child, which was the precursor to the mega-game systems that are now so commonplace in homes today.
All Beechwood’s computing pupils – from Year 4 to Year 7 – today temporarily set aside the other topics they have been studying in order to learn more about this great man and his legacy, by using today’s fantastic Google Doodle to build their own 8-bit computer mini-games, and to share them in the same spirit of enjoyment and FUN that Jerry espoused throughout his life. One Year 7 pupil said: “I am so glad I learned about Jerry, because now I know that someone from the same heritage as my family helped to develop the computer games that have become the incredible ones that we play today. Without people like Jerry, of African heritage, some of these developments would never have existed”. Another said, “Would a brilliant day – learning about a computer genius and making games like him by stepping in his footsteps’.
Oh, and if you are feeling nostalgic, then why not have a go at it yourself?
Director of Digital Learning
New Head of Boarding at Beechwood
In January, Rachel Harris will be joining Beechwood at Head of Boarding and Head of Geography. Parents will have a chance to meet her before the end of term, but in the meantime, here is a short video introduction: