Boston Grammar School Team Challenge Winners
On Wednesday 19th March, two teams of four Year 10 pupils competed in the Region Year 10 Team Maths Challenge organised by the Further Maths Support Programme. The event, at Cherry Willingham School in Lincoln, was highly competitive with schools from around the region competing against each other. After a shaky start, Team 1 excelled in the following rounds and clinched first place against some strong competition. They now go onto represent the region at the final on the 2nd April at Loughborough University. Team 2 performed well also coming a respectable 7th out of 15 teams. Well done to all those involved.
On the 14th March, James Worthington, Neelay Sant, Dominic Wilson and Dawid Przytula represented the school in the Junior Team Maths Challenge at the Priory LSST Academy in Lincoln. After an excellent start the boys managed to come 10th out of 35 teams from the region. Well done boys!
In the picture to the right is the winning team of: Back: Matthew Wearden and Bradley White
Front: Bradley Knight and Luke Cocks.
Intermediate Maths Challenge Results:
Best in School: Ryan Skinner
Best in Year 11: Mihir Rao
Best in Year 10: Luke Cocks
Best in Year 9: Ryan Skinner
Gold Certificates: Ryan Skinner
Silver Certificates: Bradley White
Bronze Certificates: Michael Flynn
Ryan Skinner qualified for the Cayley Olympiad. Mihir Rao and Luke Cocks qualified for the Pink Kangaroo. We are currently awaiting the results from these invitation only rounds.
On Friday the 21st March the weather was very kind to us!
Each Year group walked twice around the school field to complete the Sport Relief Mile.
We raised over £800 from the event and would like to thank all those involved, especially the prefect for their help marshalling the route.
Thinking Big for the Future
Students from 9 schools from around the East Midlands attended O2 Think Big School events on the 25 and 26th March.
The events hosted by Young Enterprise and supported by Donington Park were held at the Launch Pad at Donington Park Racing Circuit.
Close to 300 students practiced creative thinking and business skills with the teams invited to think about everyday challenges or issues they face - coming up with creative products or services to address them. The students were encouraged to assess their ideas and build a business case to demonstrate how they would benefit the community.
The students were introduced to app development software from Appshed and experimented with creating apps, discovering and creating real digital content for their products, bringing their ideas to life. Students were then invited to present their best ideas to their peers and business people.
“Think Big School is an inspiring programme contributing to the development of relevant employability skills and attitudes including teamwork, problem solving, communication,
confidence, risk taking, organisation, creativity, self management, leadership and digital confidence.” said Paul Thompson, Area Manger for Young Enterprise.
He added “Holding the events at Donington Park with the links to 2 of the areas key market sectors in hospitality/visitor economy and high tech engineering with motorsport and Formula E demonstrates to the students where the future employability opportunities are and the dynamism of the East Midlands.”
The pupils created some wonderful apps and developed their presentation skills too. Two of our teams made it into the final four, a real achievement!
Year 8 Science visit to Magna
On Friday 21st March 2014 Mr Graham and 5 other staff took 73 BGS year 8 students to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.
Magna is situated in the old Templeborough steel works. The steel works had 11 open-hearth furnaces, and 3 more were added later. Templeborough’s 14 chimneys became known as the Fourteen Sisters, a famous Rotherham landmark. It was the largest open-hearth melting shop in Europe. Being so vast, it stretched for a mile on both sides of the road site, navigation was by landmarks. The steelmaking process started at the ‘Sheffield End’ and the finishing took place at the ‘Rotherham End’.
Electric Arc Furnaces were introduced in the early 1960s to replace the open-hearth furnaces that were both lower in efficiency and productivity. At one time the steelworks produced almost 25% of the UK’s electrically melted steel and was the world’s largest steel plant. The new electric furnaces could produce 110 tons of steel in 3 hours and 20 minutes instead of the 10 -12 hours taken in the old furnaces.
In 1993 due to a poor market, and high raw material and power costs the works ceased production.
In 2001 Magna opened to the public celebrating science, technology and the arts, which are interwoven in the fabric of the site’s heritage.
Magna developed from an idea in the early 1990s to establish a steel heritage centre alongside a working steelworks as a way of bringing investment and employment to the region. Closure of the Templeborough Melting Shop in 1993 and the
loss of thousands of jobs provided impetus for itsdevelopment. The concept of Magna as an interactive science centre evolved and Magna Science Adventure Centre opened in April 2001.
During the visit the year 8 students were able to visit the four interactive pavilions:
• Air - a translucent airship.
• Earth - hidden underground.
• Fire - a dramatic tornado.
• Water - a magnificent steel wave.
To experience The Big Melt - a spectacular multimedia show recounting
the life of ‘E’ furnace, one of Templeborough‘s electric arcs and to have fun in
Sci-Tek - the ‘hi-tech’ adventure playground.
Taylor Marshall of 8C gives his experience of the day as follows:
‘At Magna I enjoyed everything. My favourite part of this trip was the fire tornado where they created a whirlwind of flame which dissolved into smoke. My second favourite was the water pavilion where you walked down a corridor with astonishing waterfalls and pools. They had sprinklers that came on when you walked past. Another good thing about Magna was the show. An intelligent man did the experiments. He used a lot of different chemicals, like methanol and vinegar. This show was very impressive and it used a funny experiment with Coca Cola and Mentos, which was very interesting.’
Finally, congratulations to Thomas Holden who won Mr Graham’s Magna Quiz and received an Easter Egg as his prize.
BGS Host STEM Careers Showcase
On Wednesday 5th March, a number of businesses from around the Boston area took part in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Careers Showcase organised by Boston Grammar School (BGS). The aim of the event was to raise the profile of the STEM subjects within the school and to increase students’ knowledge of the career paths which are possible through studying these subjects. Hundreds of students from years 7 to 13 were able to visit the displays and gain an insight into the range of opportunities which will be available to them when they complete their formal education. The event was particularly important for the year 9 and 11 students who are currently making their option choices of subjects to study in the next stage of their education. Students interested in joining the BGS sixth form were also encouraged to attend the event. Exhibitors included BAE Systems, Bakkavor, The Burden Group Ltd, CITB, Cummins Generator Technologies, Datcom, Guttridge Limited, Mastenbroek and RAF Careers.
Sally Taylor, Assistant Head with responsibility for STEM at the school, said “The response from local companies has been very impressive and we’re really pleased that the students have had the opportunity to talk with representatives from such prestigious companies. We hope the STEM Careers Showcase will raise student aspirations and encourage them to become the STEM workforce of the future. We also hope that this will become an annual event at the school.”
Year 9 student comments: I think this opportunity was very good and I learnt a lot about STEM companies and this was very beneficial to me. If this chance came again I would definitely go for it.
It was very interesting and it helped me to learn more about what I want to do when I choose my career. I also enjoyed talking to people about other types of careers.
I thought the visit to the STEM displays was very interesting and it enlightened me on many very sophisticated careers and I would like to have work experience at one of them. I enjoyed talking to the very nice people.
On Monday 30th September William Hussey came into school to talk to year 7 & 8 about his new book ‘Haunted’.
It is about a young boy called Henry who is urged on by his best friend to break into ‘Funland’, a derelict theme park. He has to run the ‘Funland Gauntlet’ and return with the head of a mannequin from the abandoned park’s ghost train. There is only one catch: Funland is rumoured to be haunted.
William Hussey went on to give a fascinating short history of supernatural fiction, from Greek myth and the legend of Faust to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Then year 7 & 8 took part in the Dracula v Van Helsing Quiz. Edward Buckley played Count Dracula and Kirils Mustermans played the heroic Professor Van Helsing. The audience was then split into Team Drac and Team Van Helsing where the final battle between Good and Evil took place. It ended as a draw with both teams getting all their answers correct.
The afternoon finished with several boys having their William Hussey books signed.
Sixth Form Admissions 2014
It’s time for Year 11 students across the land to be thinking of their next two years of study. For many of you, this will mean looking for courses that can take you to where you would like to go next in your career progression.
If you are thinking that you might like to go to university, or to study on A Level courses in the traditional facilitating subjects to keep your career options open, then you should come and see what is on offer at BGS at our Open Evening on Thursday November 14th.
To download a copy of the 2014-15 Sixth Form Prospectus, click here.
For details of the Open Evening, click here.
Application for Sixth Form Entry 2014 Form
Welcome to Boston Grammar School
It can be difficult, in a few short lines, to encapsulate the distinctive ethos and aims of a school, and we would encourage all parents considering this school for their child's education to visit us and see the school in action for themselves.
What we believe you will see is a selective school dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, within the context of a small, friendly and caring community. With able and motivated pupils, and a dedicated team of staff, this school encourages all talents, creates a purposeful environment in which to learn, and provides opportunities for the spiritual,
moral, cultural and social development of all of its young people.
In the setting of our fine historical buildings, we prepare our pupils to take their place in the wider community, equipping them to compete in the future job market and take their place at the forefront of society.
We are proud of our traditions, and we have a clear vision of the future. We hope that you share in our aspirations for your children.
“Boston Grammar School is a good school”, say Ofsted Inspectors.
In their recent visit to the school, inspectors found that our pupils are making better progress than is found nationally, that the teaching in the large majority of lessons is good or better, that the sixth form is good, and that students’ behaviour is outstanding.
If you would like to know more, the report for the Ofsted inspection of 22nd to 23rd May 2013 can be found here.
Young Enterprise win for BGS
Boston Grammar School’s three Young Enterprise companies: Infinity, Velocity and Vertigo took part in the Boston & Spalding Area Final held at Spalding High School on Tuesday 19th March, competing with companies from Boston and Spalding schools. They had to demonstrate their products by constructing a trade stand, present a 4 minute summary of their findings to an audience and were quizzed by three judges about how they had run their companies since September. Velocity, led by Adam Bevan, won the competition as best company, beating strong competition from across the area, along with trophies for best presentation and financial management. Vertigo won a trophy for best teamwork and Infinity won a trophy for the best marketing. The Velocity company now goes on to represent Boston and Spalding at the County final at RAF Cranwell in May. Congratulations to all participants and to Mr Woodcock, their co-ordinator.
Things are looking up!
We’d like to thank those of you who took the time and trouble to complete our parent survey this year. The 27.9% return was significantly higher than the return of 2010 (17.7%) and gave us a good insight into the things that you like about the school and the things you want for your children.
Particularly pleasing were the responses to the headline questions, as shown in percentage form here:
For an overview of the full survey outcomes, click here.