On Monday 21st January over 120 Year 8 pupils were an audience for Forest Forge Theatre Company who are based in Ringwood. This is the second year that the company have performed at BSG in our excellent D1 space. The play was called ‘Midnight is a Place’ and was thoroughly enjoyed by all members of the audience. The play was comic, full of music and some very talented acting which was much appreciated by the students. We are hoping to repeat this wonderful opportunity of live theatre again next year.
Recently some year 12 students have started to attend French conferences taking place in St. Andrew’s United Reformed Church as an active way of developing their knowledge. The widespread variety of topics included French literature and how to be polite and impolite in France. This provided us with a great insight into French culture, such as how to lay the table for a dinner party, French mannerisms and even French gallantry. We also had the opportunity to mingle with people fluent in the language who are familiar with the culture, having already lived in France – the perfect way to put skills learned in class into practice. Listening to speech at a higher level of French and a faster speed stretches your vocabulary and improves your listening skills far beyond any listening exercise in lessons. We look forward to attending future conferences on fashion, which complements A Level topics.
Debating and Public Speaking
This has been a busy half term for our public speakers and debaters.
BSG hosted the Bournemouth Primary Schools High Five Netball Competition on the 6th February. Twenty one young leaders from Years 8 and 9 helped officiate the matches, after participating in an intensive mentoring programme leading up to the event. The girls displayed excellent control over some very closely contested matches and many comments were made by the Primary School teachers as to their impressive level of officiating whilst maintaining their general enthusiastic, friendly manner. The tournament involved eighteen local schools with the final being contested between Epiphany School and St Lukes. Two periods of extra time and the excitement of a ‘golden goal’ were necessary to establish the final placings with Epiphany School taking the trophy.
Badminton team reach finals
Congratulations to our badminton teams who won the county round of the National Schools Badminton Championships on Monday 4th February. Both teams will now progress on to the Regional finals in Exeter on March 14th.
Shopping for School Uniform
Our school outfitter Barretts has now been taken over by another specialist uniform supplier.
Stevensons is a long established school uniform and sportswear retailer supplying over 250 schools. After acquiring Barretts in Bournemouth in Oct 2012 Stevensons operates the existing Barretts shop in Southbourne with all the same staff, providing the traditional service our customers have come to expect. We have also introduced an online shopping facility for the convenience of parents.
You can now shop online at http://www.stevensons.co.uk/School/BournemouthSchoolforGirls,Bournemouth/Browse
Their standard service is despatch within 24 hours for in stock items and they are offering free delivery on all orders until 17th March.
Christmas at BSG
It was lovely to see so many parents and friends at our Carol Service, held again this year at St. Francis of Assisi Church. A selection of readings and musical items from our choirs and instrumental groups provided a memorable start to the Christmas season.
It was good to welcome older friends of the school to our annual tea party organised by members of the sixth form. They then joined our year 7-9 pupils for their carol service. We were pleased, too, to welcome Mr and Mrs Begley of the Salvation Army at Boscombe. The senior team also organised a collection of soup tins for the Salvation Army. Over 500 tins were donated.
Founders’ day celebrations
Founders’ Day was again an opportunity to celebrate and share in the successes of so many of our pupils in academic work and the wider life of the school. This year the prizes and certificates were awarded by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth and Lucy Macgregor, former pupil of the school who competed in the Olympics at Weymouth this summer. We also saw the presentation of certificates to the pupils who have completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at school. Congratulations to all girls who participated in any way to make this such a memorable occasion.
Film making success
Ellie Cook (Year 13) has been shortlisted for a national competition organised by ITV. ‘Nativity Factor’ asks for short films of the nativity story to be made and uploaded onto www.nativityfactor.com, where all entries are then subject to a public vote. The most popular entries make a shortlist for a panel of judges to decide upon a winner, to be announced on 17th December. Prizes include £5000, and a tour of the ITV studios. Ellie’s film, Playmobil nativity, is a ‘stop motion’ film accompanied by music written and performed by two other BSG students, Lily and Violet Adams. Ellie has made a number of films, including some philosophical ones as part of her studies in A level Religious Studies, which have been very well received by her class, and she is planning to study film making and production at degree level.
From the sixth form office
The sixth form staff and tutors are just emerging from the deluge of UCAS (university) application forms that have been handed in during November and December. To date we have processed 113 applications for degrees in everything from Architecture to Zoology. It is an exciting time for the students, many of whom quickly receive offers from university. We are especially delighted that seven girls have this year received offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
The Amnesty Group has organized one of our most successful Christmas events ever, raising £165.09! Many thanks to Lottie, Nawshin, Tash, Olivia, Emily and Liz who masterminded the event. We are now in the process of sending a cheque for £300 to Amnesty for their appeal for Syria.
Year 12 AS Art Visit to Cornwall
Art students recently travelled to Penzance & St Ives and had the chance to experience a vast changing landscape. It was an artist’s paradise. They all had experience of working in the great Cornish outdoors, constantly battling with the elements. They also visited a variety of galleries and museums and were exposed to a range of unusual but thought provoking artwork. Throughout the trip girls collaborated as a group to produce developments and experiments which pushed their creative boundaries and together they stepped out of their comfort zones to produce more sophisticated work. A jam-packed and rewarding trip!
Parents and Pupils put to the test
We have been running evening classes for the Microsoft Office Specialist course this term, allowing adults to share in the successes achieved by BSG students in the past year.
Rossetti show support for injured veterans
Last year Rossetti house supported the DMRC Headley Court charity. Headley is a military rehabilitation centre which aims to rehabilitate and support injured soldiers. The most common injuries are single or double amputations and abdominal injuries, thus the patients require 24hr medical supervision and support. Because Headley is not well known, the money it receives in comparison to other charities is minimal. Sixth former Kayleigh went to Headley Court to present our cheque for £625 which has gone towards the Patient Welfare Fund, helping improve the quality of life of the residents living there.
Top Sunday Times school for second year running
According to the latest Sunday Times 2012 Parentpower survey, Bournemouth School for Girls is for the second year running, top performing state school in Dorset and Hampshire. Based on both A level and GCSE results achieved in the summer BSG is ranked 95th in the country. Parkstone Grammar School is the only other local state school to make it in to the top 100, reaching 98th. Alistair Brien, Headteacher at BSG said: ‘It’s great to have this further accolade following on from our Outstanding OFSTED inspection visit in October.’
Sixth formers go to Parliament
Sixth form politics students had the chance to look around the Houses of Parliament and meet with our MP Tobias Ellwood on a recent visit to London. A surprise encounter with Ed Milliband , leader of the opposition, helped make for a highly informative and interesting visit!
Sixth form applications 2013
It was great to see so many prospective sixth form students at our recent open evening when there was the chance to hear about the fantastic offer we have in the sixth form together with the opportunity to find out more about the subjects available. If you missed the evening don’t worry! We will be visiting local schools in the coming weeks to talk to you and also inviting you to come to a taster morning at our school to meet students and try out a typical sixth form lesson. Ask your careers staff or head of year to find out if we are coming to your school soon.
You can see our sixth form prospectus online. Application forms are available to download from our sixth form website or by phoning the school. You should return your application form after you have done your mock exams, no later than 31st January 2013. This is so that we can invite you in to look around, talk to sixth formers and for us to discuss your subject choices with you.
In the meantime if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us either by phone on 01202 526289 or by email to email@example.com.
Top Marks for BSG
Bournemouth School for Girls has won the highest praise from OFSTED inspectors following their recent visit. Inspectors working under a new much tougher inspection framework rated the school ‘outstanding’ in all four categories in which judgments are made leading to an overall verdict of ‘outstanding’.
Alistair Brien, Headteacher since 2004, commented on the report:
To view the BSG 2012 OFSTED report please click here
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Latest BSG acting success
Fans of the latest ITV series The Bletchley Circle will have spotted ex - BSG pupil actress Sophie Rundle as Lucy, one of the amateur sleuths in this thriller set in the 1950s. Sophie left BSG in 2006 and went on to study at RADA. Previous roles have included Great Expectations and the mini-series Titanic.
It was good to welcome 30 girls from our partner school St Angela Schule in Koenigstein, Germany last week. The partnership has been in existence for many years and we are delighted to have been able to reinstigate our exchange between the two schools. As well as going to lessons and experience life in an English family the girls were able to visit Salisbury and London . We look forward to taking our own group of year 11 students in October to Germany.
Girls crowded the hall recently to find out the wide range of clubs and activities available to them at lunchtimes and after school at our annual Activities Fair. With over 50 activities there is something for everyone. As well as regular firm favourites such as sports teams, music groups, drama club , science club, Amnesty International and creative writing club there are some new activities this year including manga club, animation club and even belly dancing! For a full programme of activities click here.
It was good to see so many parents and prospective pupils at our recent open evening. As well as a chance to find out more about the new admissions arrangements, there was the opportunity to look around the school accompanied by pupils keen to share their experiences and to get a taster of the rich and varied curriculum on offer at BSG.
This has been another fantastic year for us.
We are absolutely delighted by the results achieved by the girls which buck all national trends. Well over two thirds of girls passed at least 5 exams at grades A or A* with a quarter of all exams passed at A* - an increase of 3% on last year.
Congratulations to all our girls on their outstanding achievement.
A Level examination success
Congratulations to all our students who sat A levels this summer. We are proud of all our girls and their results which reflect a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication both by them and their teachers. The results achieved are amongst our very best ever with 72.18% of exams passed at A*, A or B grades and 99.28% of exams passed at A-E grades. The number of A and A* grades achieved is up on last year with 36 students gaining 3 or more A/A* grades at A level. All four students holding offers at Oxford or Cambridge secured their places as did all six girls wanting to study medicine. We wish all our students the very best as they move on to the next stage of their lives.
Year 12 students also achieved outstanding AS results. In all, 44 students obtained 3 or more A grades at AS level, with one third of all entries being awarded the top grade. Ten students distinguished themselves by achieving A grades in five or even six subjects (the study of four subjects being the national bench mark). Overall the A/B grade pass rate at AS level rose from 48% to 56%, bucking all national trends. Again warmest congratulations to all our year 12 students on their great achievement!
BSG Olympic Honour
Ten girls from BSG had the honour of bringing the Olympic torch in to Bournemouth as part of the national Torch Relay. We were one of only ten schools nationally to be chosen for this honour by LloydsTSB after taking part in National School Sport Week 2011. The girls were chosen not only because of their own personal sporting achievement at county, regional, national and even international levels but also for their contribution to sport in the wider community. The girls brought the torch along Boundary Road to the cheers of hundreds of well wishers lining the route. To see a short film about this fantastic event in the life of the school click here.
PSA Pedal Power
Following a request by the school council for extra cycle storage to encourage girls to pedal to school , the Parent School Association was pleased to fund the construction of an additional cycle shelter. This week saw the grand opening with Dr Bobbie King, Chair of the PSA, and Gemma Lawrence, chair of the school council, cutting the ribbon! The PSA, with its large and dedicated committee, raises around £20000 a year for the benefit of the pupils through its various events, including the annual craft fair, quiz nights and a sell-out trip to Thorpe Park.
Geographers Olympics bound!
In February, Year 12 AS Geographers enjoyed a three-day trip to London. Staying right by City Airport in the heart of the old docklands area, we visited Canary Wharf and Millwall to look at the varying effects of regeneration. We also visited Stratford to see the Olympic Park and, for purely geographical reasons, spent time exploring Westfield, Stratford City, Europe’s largest shopping mall. Hopping on and off the Light Docklands Railway and the Jubilee line, we also visited Covent Garden and the 02 Arena as part of an exhausting but rewarding trip. We were grateful to Bob Digby, Edexcel chief examiner and soon to be President of the Geographical Association, for leading our field work.
Give us a clue!
A-level English Language students had their first chance for two years to attend an excellent conference organised by the English and Media Centre in London on March 6th. The renowned (and very entertaining) linguist Professor David Crystal was the featured speaker, and our students were also fascinated by a talk on Forensic Linguistics given by Dr Tim Grant.
Girls go quackers for charity!
Jessica Stalley and Ruby Gore continue their fantastic fund raising for local charity, Home-Start.
Their efforts selling tickets for the Duck Race to BSG students and staff helped to raise over £1000 for this family support charity!
Congratulations to Rebekah Blinman, Sophie Males, Sophie Sawyer and Annabel Culling, our badminton team who came 4th in the national finals of the Schools Badminton Championships held at Nottingham.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award competition winner
Shannon Newton has been announced as one of the winners of a recent Duke of Edinburgh’s Award competition that was run in conjunction with Cotswold Outdoors. Shannon is seen here being presented with £100 of vouchers, together with staff from Cotswold Outdoors and her leaders Mrs Bryant and Miss Yendole.
Government league tables just published highlight the outstanding results achieved by girls at both GCSE and A level last year. GCSE results placed us 45th nationally in a ranking of all state schools. In another listing combining state and independent school performance, we were ranked 54th, beating Eton!
‘We are delighted at this great news. Even within the context of being a grammar school, to be ranked 45th nationally is a tremendous achievement of which pupils, staff and parents can be very proud. And yet even league tables cannot fully tell the story of the top class educational opportunities we have to offer to girls, both at GCSE and in the sixth form.’
We recently welcomed a group of 29 year 9 and 10 French students from College Jean Zay , Niort to stay with their English penfriends. The exchange partnership was set up last April and since then a group of students have been corresponding by letter and e-mail. Both sets of students were excited but also nervous at meeting face to face for the first time, but once they had had a chance to catch up on some sleep they have been taking every opportunity to practise their English as well as visit some of the tourist sites in the surrounding area. Their first trip was to Charmouth where they studied the Jurassic Coastline and hunted for fossils. They have also been to London and Beaulieu. Having the opportunity to stay with a host family is a fantastic way to learn and improve your skills in another language.
“ I think that both sets of students have realised that you just have to have a go if you are going to get better at speaking a different language.” Said Madame Gaudin, the French teacher responsible for the French side of the exchange.
We were pleased to receive a visit from OFSTED this term to inspect our RE provision as part of a national survey of the subject. You can read the full report by visiting www.ofsted.gov.uk .
Here are just some of the key findings though:
- The quality of the curriculum in RE is outstanding.
- Throughout the school, standards are well above national averages and at Key Stages 3 and 4 achievement is outstanding, as seen in the high proportion of A* and A grades at GCSE.
- Teachers give very high quality feedback to students and identify general misconceptions for clarification with the whole class. Students take an active part in their and each other's assessment and target setting, and they are very clear about what they have to do to improve.
- The department provides a good range of enrichment opportunities, including visits to places of worship and talks by visiting speakers.
Congratulations to Ashleigh Stock who has been selected to play for the U17 England team in the Netball Europe competition in 2012.
Founders’ Day celebrations
Pupils past and present joined together on Tuesday to celebrate the annual Founders’ Day celebrations of Bournemouth School for Girls. This year there has been much to celebrate with record examination results at both GCSE and A level. BSG was the only local school to appear in the national Sunday Times Top 100 Schools list for A level results. As well as the presentation of certificates by the Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth, pupils also listened to former pupil Dr Tamsin Radford share her memories of school life. Tamsin is now a consultant working in the West Midlands as a consultant in occupational health. She urged pupils to take full advantage of the opportunities available to them, a point echoed by Headteacher Alistair Brien. In his speech he said, ‘ There is no doubt that BSG provides the best possible teaching and chances of success for girls as they plan for higher education and the world of work beyond.’
Operation Christmas Child
A big THANK YOU to all girls who provided or contributed to a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. At last count there were a staggering 563 shoeboxes filled with gifts which will go to children who would otherwise not receive any Christmas presents this year.
BSG has hit the national and local press again for the excellence of our exam results achieved this summer.
According to The Sunday Times Annual Parent Power Survey of Top Schools BSG was ranked 85th nationally in their list of top performing state schools. It was also rated the top performing school across Poole and Bournemouth and the only state school locally to hit the top 100 for A level success.
Students from Bournemouth School for Girls joined in the fun, raising much needed money for Home-Start South East Dorset.
Teaming together with GAP at Castlepoint on Saturday 29th October for an event to raise awareness for this family support charity.
Every year Home-Start South East Dorset helps families in their local community by offering support and friendship to parents through home visiting, family groups and social events.
To find out more please visit www.homestartsoutheastdorset.org.uk
Twenty four year 11 pupils recently braved heavy downpours to complete the expedition section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award. They walked twenty miles over a wet weekend, camping out overnight on the Isle of Purbeck. Over fifty girls are currently involved in the Award scheme at Bronze level and many sixth formers have also started their Gold award.
Pupils were recently able to find out what extra- curricular activities are on offer at our Activities Fair. We have over fifty clubs and activities taking place at lunchtimes and after school, many of them run by sixth form students.
Congratulations to former pupil Lucy Macgregor on being selected for the GB sailing team at next year's Olympics. Together with team mates sister Kate and Annie Lush, Lucy will compete in the Elliott 6m Women's Match Racing event. We wish them all the very best!
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