BCAs Reading Challenge

BCA Reading Challenge

BCAs Reading ChallengeThis year our year 7 students have shown dedication and readiness to read for pleasure and have signed up to The Reading Challenge.

The Reading Challenge will see students reading 10 books before Christmas; it will inspire them to broaden their horizons and raise their reading profile. Each student will have to track the books that they have read in their reading log and once they have read a book, they will be able to get their log stamped off our very own librarian, Mrs Minshull.

Students who manage to complete the challenge will receive Waterstones vouchers and will be able to go and pick their own books at their own leisure.

Reading improves lives, let’s all read!

Mrs S Hutchinson

Leader of Literacy

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Year 11 Rose speaks at the House of Commons

Year 11 student and Warrington Member of Youth Parliament Rose Warburton was extremely pleased to be selected to represent Warrington and the North West at the Youth Parliament annual sitting on the 14th November.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARose, who was elected as the Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) in June this year submitted her entry for consideration to speak at the House of Commons whilst on holiday in Rhodes. There are over 100 Members of Youth Parliament in the North West, so when Rose was notified that she had been selected to represent the region she was over the moon.

On the day Rose set her alarm for a 5.30am start to ensure she was on her 7.00am train from Bank Quay station to London, accompanied by her chaperone for the day Ian Probert from IMPACT.

Following the 2 hour train journey down to London Rose took breakfast in Westminster Hall before being kitted out with her Youth Parliament badge, House of Commons lanyard and visitors pass.

Prior to being led into the chamber Rose and her fellow MYP’s  were introduced to Rt. Honourable John Bercow (Speaker) and Leader of the House and MP William Hague and Chair of the Back Bench Business Committee Natacsha Engel MP.

Rose was seated on the front bench, very close to the speaker for the debate in the chamber at the House of Commons. At 29 minutes and 56 seconds into the debate Rose was invited up to speak at the dispatch box, where Labour leader Ed Miliband usually takes the stand.

The event can be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04ph3sl/uk-youth-parliament-debates-2014-14112014

Rose - HoCRose had prepared a speech on World War One to commemorate the centenary year, she was the only speaker to run through her speech without the aid of notes as she had practiced it many, many times.

Of her experience Rose said “It was an honour to go to the House of Commons and represent so many young people from Warrington and the North West. It was important to me to deliver the World War One speech to make sure we don’t forget the people that fought for us in World War One.”

Rose described her visit to the House of Commons as the hi-light of her time as Warrington MYP so far. As ever Rose was keen to thank her parents, teachers at Beamont Collegiate Academy, her school friends and her colleagues from Local Youth Council – IMPACT for their continued support.

Upon completion of her studies at Beamont Collegiate Academy next year, Rose, who is aiming for top marks across the board in her upcoming GCSEs does not, in fact, have her sights set on a career in politics, but in actual fact is looking forward to following a career in medicine, more specifically as a Paediatrician. However there is a link between the role Rose is fulfilling now and her intended career in medicine as Rose’s main objective is consistently that of wanting to help people in any way possible. Rose intends to attend the UTC Liverpool from September to study Life Sciences.

Rose will now focus on the issues voted as the important to the young people of Warrington which increasing the living wage to £7.55 and mental health awareness. Rose said “Going forward I will be campaigning to raise awareness of mental health issues and the living wage. I can’t wait to meet new people and discover their views on national campaigns, whilst not forgetting my education.”

The staff at Beamont Collegiate Academy are extremely proud of Rose for all of her achievements to date and will continue to support her in her role as Member of Youth Parliament for Warrington. A spokesperson from the school said “What Rose has achieved is extraordinary, she is a great ambassador for not only our students at Beamont Collegiate Academy, but for young people across Warrington and beyond.”

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BCA Excellent Work Awards

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These students, photographed with Vice Principal Heather Clifford, were this week’s recipients of the BCA Excellent work award.  They were nominated by departments for excellent work and effort recently. The students were; Sam Gleave, Josh Palmer-Hewitt, Sami Wright, Owen Dean, Brittany Hall and Pawel Chilkiewicz, with the robot he has been programming in ICT. Well done to all students.

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BCA Radio is here!

Our very own radio is finally here! 

BCA Radio

Wipe away those cobwebs, clear those lungs and get ready for BCA radio.

Students at Beamont have been busy this week getting to grips with our very own, new-fangled radio equipment. Creating an engaging and stimulating environment for our students is of paramount importance and here at BCA we are doing our utmost to ensure that our student’s enjoy school life. The radio will give our students a chance to work on their communication skills, creating confident and self-assured public speakers who feel happy and captivated by a variety of learning experiences.

BCA radio will open doors for our students and give them an insight into a more vocational working experience.

Will your child be the next budding radio host?

Will you be the next radio star?

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The Pearl of Africa

The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir will be performing at Beamont Collegiate Academy on Thursday 23rd October 2014 at 18:30pm

(Supported by the BCA Choir and Performing Arts pupils)

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Tickets are on sale from the school shop, alternatively see Ms Gaunt

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Saturday Academy has a strong start!

IMG_9283Saturday Academy at Beamont Collegiate Academy started the new academic year with a bang! Lots of students, both current and those from local primary schools attended the first Saturday Academy of the year.

On Saturday 27th September Beamont Collegiate Academy hosted a Sports Club, Karate Club and a Performing Arts Club which all take place every term time Saturday at the school. Plus the school are proud to host the ever popular Warrington Coder Dojo sessions, which take place once every 4 weeks.

Coder Dojo hosted a Lego challenge and a Minecraft session, the @dojowarrington Twitter page even boasted that there was “no room left in the minecraft session”.

If you are interested in attending one of our future Saturday Academy sessions you can find further details here

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Rose & Luke make an IMPACT at Executive Directors briefing

IMG_9429Beamont Collegiate Academy students Rose Warburton and Luke Corbishley gave an exceptional presentation at the Executive Director’s briefing at Walton Hall on Thursday 25th September regarding IMPACT (Warrington youth council), the “Make your Mark” manifesto, what makes a good school and the role of the MYPs across the country.

Rose and Luke were accompanied by fellow members of IMPACT Rachel Davis and Liam Carberry.

Rose and Luke presented to around 80 head teachers from schools, colleges and sixth forms in Warrington alongside senior council representatives, including Councillor Jean Carter and Steve Reddy – executive director for the families and wellbeing directorate. The presentation was described as “superb” by Principal Mr Andrew Moorcroft.

The presentation will undoubtedly be influential when the local council consider strategic planning for young people in the borough, which is fantastic achievement for the determined pair.

Mr Moorcroft said “We are extremely proud of the work Rose and Luke are doing within IMPACT in championing the young people of Warrington.  It was an intimidating audience at the Executive Director’s briefing but they were not fazed; they spoke with passion and confidence and made a big impression on all attendees.  I know they will directly influence strategies within the council and in schools and we are delighted to have them as members of our school community.”

Additionally, Beamont Collegiate Academy received a Silver Youth Democracy Award for the number of the school’s students that have taken part in the “Make your Mark” vote.

Warrington Member of Youth Parliament, Rose said “I feel so privileged to have been able to give the presentation at the directors briefing, especially since it meant being in the company of so many wonderful role models who shape and educate the young people I am always so proud to represent.

I am constantly surprised at how willing Warrington’s decision makers, teachers and representatives are to listen to the voices of young people and act upon what they hear. The directors briefing was a prime example of how our schools are always trying to improve the environment in which we learn.”

Luke Corbishley added “I believe that the directors briefing really helped us get our views across especially as it was to lead decision makers in Warrington”

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Joel Mclong Thai Boxing

Joel McLongCongratulations to Joel McLong in year 9 has recently been rated 2nd in the UK for Thai Boxing

He was first introduced to the sport by a friend who asked him to attend training sessions at the  Warrington Thai Boxing Club.

Since starting the sport, Joel, who fights in the 52 – 54KG Category has travelled around the country taking part in numerous competitions winning 50 of his 60 competitive fights. Joel’s next major competition is in March at the European Championships in Thailand. An outstanding achievement that has been achieved through many hard hours in the gym.