Boston Grammar School Team Crowned UK Champions in Space Design CompetitionBoston Grammar school students travelled to Imperial College London this weekend to compete in the UK Final of the Space Design competition. The BGS team won their place in the final having beaten all other schools in their regional heats. The team of students from years 11, 12 and 13 were grouped together with other regional winners to form a company with the aim of designing an off-world settlement that could support human habitation.
Sponsored by the UK Space Agency, Rolls Royce and Imperial College London, the competition seeks to simulate life in industry and to encourage students to explore the opportunities available through future study or a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). In the UK Space Design Competition, participants are no longer just students – they are engineers, scientists, business people, managers and designers who work entirely independently without direction from teachers.
After an intense 24 hours developing a proposal to present to the judges, the company including the BGS students was confirmed as the winner. Twelve students from the winning company will now be selected to represent the UK at the International Space Settlement Design Competition at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre.
Speaking after the presentation of the winners medals Emma Winter, Assistant Headteacher said ‘I am so proud of the work ethic, resilience and commitment shown by these students. Even when they were tired and faced with new information to assimilate into their proposal they kept on working. I am delighted that their excellent work has been recognised and that Boston Grammar School is bringing back the UK title to Lincolnshire’.
John McHenry, Headteacher of BGS, commented ‘We work hard with our students at Boston Grammar School to live our values of CARE – Care, Achievement, Respect and Excellence. Our winning team certainly demonstrated all of these in their work for the Space Design Challenge and I am immensely proud of them. I am also tremendously grateful to their teachers not only for the excellent teaching which has laid the groundwork for this success but also for consistently giving up their time to make these opportunities available to our students’.
Top of The BenchEnthusing and exciting children with chemistry and encouraging them to consider further education and careers with chemistry is key to our efforts of securing the next generation of talented chemical scientists. The Top of the Bench competition is one of our longest-standing activities for school children. Each year, teams of four 13- to 16-year-old students compete for the Top of the Bench trophy. The competition starts with regional heats, which are organised by our Local Sections. Each Local Section committee decides the format of the regional heat, and they take on various forms, including quizzes, presentations and practical experiments. The regional winners then have a chance to compete against each other in the UK final in spring.
This year BGS took 4 pupils namely
The boys had to work as individuals and as part of a team to answer 60 Chemistry questions. The questions were all above their level at school and needed a good level of chemistry understanding in order to be answered. The boys were victorious beating 5 local schools and were clear winners by 7 points. They will now be attending the national finals in London in March.
Boston Grammar Students qualify for BAE Systems Make It ChallengeOn Thursday 28th November seven of year 9's finest STEM students were selected to represent the school at the BAE Systems Make It Challenge. The challenge saw the students compete against seven other schools from the around the county to design an unmanned emergency access vehicle for use by either the emergency services or the military. After a very intense day that required the students to work as a team to not only design and build the vehicle, but also consider the marketing, promotion and financial cost of designing it, the group pitched their design to 'The Dragons'. They held their cool, delivered a great pitch and had fantastic answers to what were some tricky questions. This helped them secure second place and will see them represent the school in the regional finals in the summer of 2020. Huge congratulations to the seven boys that represented the school - Femmi Kisanji, Kacper Twardowski, Ben Prutton, Vidur Motkur, Jamie Smith, Laimutis Eidrigevicius and Aayan Sarwar.
Boston Grammar Students qualify for UK Space Design finalsTwo groups of students from Boston Grammar school have travelled to Cambridge University and Derby University to compete in the Regional Finals of the UK Space Design Competition. Fifteen students, selected from years 11, 12 and 13, have now qualified for a place at the finals by beating all their competitors in the regional heats. The regional competitions have taken place on Saturdays, with a 6am start from Boston. The students attend briefings on different aspects of engineering and management techniques, and then commence their designs in their designated companies followed by presentations and judging – Emma Winter, Assistant Headteacher said ‘this is a competition that requires dedication, resilience and teamwork - The competition is a fast-paced, high-pressure environment; students are encouraged to explore the boundaries of their knowledge and abilities, and break through them. There is a focus on building real-world competencies such as teamwork, leadership, problem solving and presentation skills. The students have already benefited hugely from the opportunity to participate in the regional heats of a national competition working with industry experts and academic leaders that they would not otherwise have access to. We are so proud of their hard work and commitment and I am personally very grateful to work with dedicated colleagues who are prepared to give up their weekend to allow the boys to access these opportunities.”
The UK Space Design Competition is a science and engineering competition designed as a simulation of life in industry. The UKSDC aims to enable students to experience the vast potential and valuable opportunities available through future study, or even a career, in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
The sponsors and organisers of the competition say that “Students in the Space Design Competition will become your best employees in the future, make no mistake the students expand their horizons at the SDC. They become excited about working as a team, seeing how companies and industry work, learn about Gantt Charts and costing. And they do it all on their own. Adults don’t teach but facilitate the students to learn. They learn something that is all too rare in industry – critical thinking. Thinking outside the box, and coming up with creative solutions. As the students graduate, enter university, take internships, academia or help build companies that really work in the modern world, they will never forget the people they meet; the friends they make or the companies that helped them in their early life. The UKSDC is the cornerstone event of the Space Science and Engineering Foundation. Student teams take on the exciting mission of imagining a space settlement in accordance with a design brief, covering all aspects of a settlement design: structure, power generation, human habitation, operations, and robotics. Students lead their own teams, and race against the clock to bring their proposals to life in the form of a detailed brief presented to the judges.”
Boston Grammar School students will now join only 250 competitors chosen from all of the regional heats to go forward to the March Finals at Imperial College London where the competition spans an entire weekend. The winning company at the UK final is awarded places at The International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC), held at a NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the USA.
BGS drama club perform 'Private Peaceful'We would like to commend the talents and efforts of our BGS drama club who performed 'Private Peaceful' a World War One play to a captive Year 7 audience last Friday.
Kacper Majewski, Year 13, directed the play with members from Year 7, 8, and 9 committing their time and dedication to deepen the audience's cultural awareness of the horrors of trench warfare and mark remembrance for the fallen and the men shot for cowardice.
Lighting and sound effects were coordinated by a Year 9 team and the cast sourced and made their own costumes and props. Year 7 pupil Alekss Meedveckis said: 'it was very emotional,' and Jack Nixon said: 'it made me think of how many people sacrificed their lives for their country.'
We warmly thank the whole BGS drama team for their inaugural performance.
Kacper Majewski- Year 13 (director)
Luke Foster - Year 8 (lead role)
William Andrew - Year 9 (2nd lead)
Mathew Green - Year 8
Ryan Eastwick -Year 7
Richard Putans - Year 7
Tomasz Tokarz- Year 7
Michael Rafaj - Year 8
Ahmed Zaidi -Year 8
Jack Peall - Year 8
Lewis McManus - Year 8
Riyadh Abrahim - Year 9 (lighting)
Ted Hardy- Year 9 (sound)
Luke Anderson- Year 9 (stage hand)
Xavier Maddison - Year 9
Jenson Innes - Year 9 (sound)
Mason Carr - (camera)
BGS KS4 students succeed in the Lincolnshire School Poetry Competition 2019We are delighted to announce that two of our Year 10 pupils have achieved success in the county wide Lincolnshire School Poetry Competition 2019. Pupils were asked to write poetry on the theme of ‘Truth’ and our boys produced thoughtful current affairs based poetry which challenged them to think critically about the world around them.
Sam Feary came 2nd and Suwaid Ahmad came 3rd in the KS4 category
For two of our boys to place in the top three out of the Lincolnshire schools is amazing. They both win a cash prize (£20) and they have been invited to attend a prize giving ceremony with the Stamford Poet Laureate where they are asked to read out their poem to an audience in celebration of their success.
We are very proud of their achievements.
Somewhere in the world, a man returns from his office job,
Bringing gifts for his child, his heart beatin’ his love, with a throb.
He has a big house, a healthy child and a full fridge,
All of this, along with a happy marriage.
Somewhere in the world, a man returns from his small field,
His forehead sweaty, despite the day’s low yield.
He has a straw house, and a severely underweight child,
But is still content, living in the African wild.
Somewhere in the world, a woman returns from a large factory,
She rents a small flat and eats meals full of calories.
This woman may be overweight and may live in a rough neighbourhood,
But to her, life is still good.
You see, the truth is it doesn’t matter about the colour of your skin,
Where you live, what job you have or who’s your kin.
The truth is we are all humans, all one big family,
So we should all accept each other’s gender and sexuality.
So please, try to welcome each other as brothers and sisters in arms,
For the truth is, there’s a bigger opponent then each other that causes harm.
If we all come together, we can stop climate change and send it to its grave,
The truth is, we need to act now, else there won't be much left to save.
Kashmir is burning
No-one is learning
Curfew for 46 days
Let me rephrase
The Indian government is slaying
The innocent people of Kashmir
Narendra Modi lies
As the little baby cries
People fight for freedom
And end up getting beaten
People give their thoughts and prayers
But no-one really cares
About the state of affairs
But everyone proceeds
And the people of Kashmir are forgotten
A big welcome to our new Y7 students!
Diabetes Awareness at BGS
On Monday, 16th September Dr Bhasha Mukherjee (Miss England 2019) delivered an assembly to students in years 7, 8 and 9. The topic was type 2 diabetes. Dr Mukherjee examined the causes and consequences of type 2 diabetes and offered advice on how it might be avoided. Students were able to ask questions and offered numerous insights. Old boy, Dr Rizwan Qadir accompanied Dr Mukherjee and introduced her to the audience. Both Dr Qadir and Dr Mukherjee are currently working at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital. The assembly was excellent and was warmly received by students and staff alike. It was successful in raising awareness of the condition and the dangers of diabetes.
Boston Grammar School head to France for the summer
Forty students from Y8 headed to France for a fantastic week away this summer. It started with a visit to a snail farm, seeing how they are farmed and tasting them - tastier than you might think! We also spent a thought-provoking day visiting La Coupole German WWII rocket museum and the Passchendaele WWI museum. These were followed by a visit to Tyne Cott Commonwealth cemetery where we laid a wreath on behalf of the school, before visiting Langemark German cemetery as well.
We then spent a sweltering day in the old town quarter of Boulogne on a town trail, after we had visited a sweet factory to see how sweets are made. Sampling the sweets was the best bit!
If all that wasn't enough, the next day we started on a reflective note, visiting Ypres and the Menin Gate, before heading for an afternoon of thrills at Bellewaerde theme park and animal park. Everyone loved getting soaked on the log flumes in the heat!
On our final day, we tried our hands at baking tarte au sucre, a custard tart, before climbing on the coach to head home.
Everyone found the battlefield days really thought-provoking, while lots of the students plucked up the courage to try out their French skills in the museums and shops. Bravo! They were all great ambassadors for the school and a credit to themselves - the only downside was that it was over all too quickly!
Impressive GCSE results at Boston Grammar School.
There has been a big increase in the number of top GCSE grades at Boston Grammar School. Students and staff have worked tirelessly to achieve excellent results once again. I'd like to thank everyone involved for their industry over the last two years. GCSEs are becoming more demanding with each year that passes and it's the combined efforts of students, teachers and parents which makes success possible.
This year there were many wonderful individual performances, especially in terms of the number of higher grades obtained by numerous students. Matthew Dickens ( 9 x 9, 1 x 8, 1 x 7), Ryan Carter (6 x 9, 2 x 8, 2 x 7), Adrian Dinulescu (5 x 9, 4 x 8, 2 x 7), Bilal Yahya (5 x 9, 4 x 8, 2 x 7), Shahmeer Khan (4 x 9, 7 x 8), Matthew Millington (4 x 9, 4 x 8, 1 x 7), Ibrahim Irfan (3 x 9, 3 x 8, 3 x 7), Cavan Chambers (3 x 9, 1 x 8, 2 x 7), Joel Wilson (6 x 8, 2 x 7), Fayzan Al-Qadir (5 x 8, 5 x 7), Matthew Hoyle (1 x 9, 2 x 8, 5 x 7), Daniel Joseph (1 x 9, 3 x 8, 4 x 7),
Ben-Nasser Kadar ( 5 x 8, 5 x 7), Aaron Shaju (4 x 8, 4 x 7) and Malachi Clegg (4 x 8, 3 x 7).
Behind every set of examination results there is a personal story of real graft, commitment and perseverance which we are keen to celebrate. Congratulations to everyone!
Excellent success at BGS – A level results, 2019
Boston Grammar School's students have achieved impressive A-level results in Biology, English, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Economics, French, History, PE, Polish, Spanish and the Extended Project Qualification.
The determined and conscientious efforts of students and staff have led to many excellent achievements, once again. At a time when examinations are becoming more and more challenging it is fantastic to see students reaping the rewards of their industry. The amount of work involved with increasingly difficult A-levels should not be underestimated. They provide opportunities for our students which allow them to make aspirational choices and to determine their own futures. We are all indebted to the unstinting support and inspiration of their teachers.
There have been many outstanding performances. Particularly impressive were Seth Greeves (A*A*A), Will Nuttell (A*AA), Will Balsom (AAAB) and Andrea Barnes (AABB). The Y13 cohort has been a pleasure to work with and we are delighted so many of our students achieved excellent grades and are now going on to some of the country’s top universities.
All of our students are to be congratulated on their success in achieving such superb grades. The partnership between students, teachers and parents has never been more important in helping to deliver such magnificent results. Well done to all Boston Grammar School A-level students.
Successful bid by BGS
7 wonderful pupils represented Boston Grammar School at Lourdes (France). They worked with people who physical or mental needs. Their role is to facilitate their needs. The girls are working incredibly hard and are a shining example of the school. The pilgrimage is visited by 200000 per week and it is great that Boston Grammar School is represented.
Successful bid by BGS
Boston Grammar School has been successful in its bid for funds from the Condition Improvement Fund. The bid related to further works on the school’s heating system as well as fire safety equipment. This will see approximately £300k (£220k on heating and £80k on fire safety) being spent on improving these parts of the school’s infrastructure. Work will be starting this term.
Boston Grammar School pupils deliver language lessons
Boston Grammar School pupils have recently visited Boston West Academy to deliver language lessons as part of the Language Leader Award. The Language Leader Award develops student leadership skills and linguistic skills. Learners of all abilities gain a tremendous amount of satisfaction and confidence from sharing what they know with others. It is also known that we retain the knowledge that we teach actively to others far more effectively than that which we take on board in a more passive way.