The pupils were recently visited by local guide puppy dog walker Peter Lee with puppy Autumn and guide dog owner Helen Davies with guide dog Tasmin. They learnt about the invaluable work that the guide dogs do for and on behalf of blind and partially sighted people. Year 6 pupils made buns and small cakes to sell at break time. The pupils spent some of the money to buy more ingredients to make more goodies to sell and made a very good profit. The young entrepreneurs have already raised nearly £300 and will be hoping to increase this to £350 after half term. All monies raised will go to Guide dogs for the Blind.
The annual Spring Fair organised by the Parents Association was a huge success and raised an amazing amount of money of nearly £10,000. It was opened by our very own King Charles II (Mr Riley) as we are celebrating the 350th anniversary of the granting of the Charter. A Pageant of Junior School pupils transported him to school in a flotilla of ships to present the Charter to the Headmaster of 1662 Anthony Coates (Mr Gabriel). The Fair was and amazing array of stalls, raffles, games, assault courses and food. The event was sponsored by Farnell Land Rover. To see a selection of photographs from the day Click here.
Congratulations to Aliza Khaliq who aged just nine, has qualified at under-11 level for the English National Cadet Table Tennis Championships to be held in Birmingham in June. Aliza qualified at a tournament which took place at Leeds Table Tennis Centre and will now represent Yorkshire. Aliza plays table tennis for school, the Haworth Hawks and Oakbank Table Tennis Club.
This year’s ski trip was to Serre Chevalier and upon arriving in the resort the group received a warm welcome from the Hotel Frejus. It was superbly located, being just yards from the main slope and ski meeting place. The food was excellent and everyone was looked after all week by the Skibound team. There was plenty of room in the hotel for the children to relax and lots for the children to do. After plenty of skiing during the day the pupils were busy each evening with activities such as bowling, bum boarding, quizzes, discos, swimming and the like.
Pupils in Year Four worked in small teams to design an eco-home of the future. They organised themselves within their team to work to each members strengths. They all had architects, explainers and researchers. All the children in the year group produced very strong entries but only one team could go forward to represent the school. Well done to Emma Dewhirst, Amber Kenyon, Ben Grimmitt and Alex Flaherty whose entry was chosen and went on to win the national competition! Over 200,000 children and adults across the country took part in this year’s challenge. To see the winning house and find out more about the challenge Click Here
Paul Whittaker OBE from the charity Music and the Deaf visited Clock House on Monday 4 March. Paul has been deaf all his life, and he spoke to the children about his deafness, and how it affects his life. He explained how he senses vibrations from certain musical instruments, and he spoke about his charity and many of his life experiences. He also performed a piece of music on the piano and a signed song, during which pupils sat spellbound! In the afternoon, Paul taught the children several signed songs, one of which, ‘A Whole New World’ will be performed by all Clock House children in the forthcoming Spring Concert on Wednesday 20 March.
The annual Netball Parents’ Association Fashion Show was another huge success. The Fashion Show sees pupils model outfits from a number of local boutiques. Former BBC presenter John Thirwell and his daughter Emily Evans-Thirwell, a television assistant producer, compered the evening. Proceeds will be split between Yorkshire cancer charity Candlelighters and funds for the junior and senior school netball tours. To see all the photographs from the evening click here
Bradford Grammar School unveiled the new uniform at the annual charity fashion show. A group of pupils, staff and parents helped to choose the style and colours of the uniform, which also includes a new-look sports kit. They chose a Yorkshire supplier, Perry Uniform in Armley, Leeds and part of the clothing will be made using cloth produced in Bradford. The uniform will be rolled out in September. To see more photographs click here
The whole of the junior school took part in the annual House Cross Country run. Every pupil counted towards the final score for each House. There were some close and exciting races and the individual winners from each year group were Olly Sunderland, Neesha Khan, Amrit Sharma, Lizzie Lucas, Alex Flaherty, Findlay Holdwsorth and Daniel Grimmett. To see photographs from the day click here.
Congratulations to the under 11 girls and boys table tennis teams who took part in the Zone Finals of the English Schools Team Championships in January. The U11 girls were winners and are now one of the final sixteen teams in the country. The U11 boys played extremely well finishing in third place.
Fifteen Clock House pupils have qualified for the National Schools Biathlon semi-final at Macclesfield this Sunday. Over 5000 pupils around the country entered the competition (Years 5-13) and all these pupils came in the top 70 on the rankings list in order to compete at this competition. They will each do a 1000m run and a 50m swim. The top six in each age category will qualify automatically for the National final to be held at Crystal Palace in March.
Pupils of Clock House were invited by the President of West Bradford Rotary Club to sing Christmas Carols on Thursday 13 December at Sandal Farm Restaurant. The children were brilliant and all present thoroughly enjoyed the concert. The pupils all received a selection box too.
Congratulations to Grace Lancaster who recently won a national short story competition run by GridClub and Chronicle books. Grace, Georgia Pope and Astrid Knox-McConnell all entered excellent stories of 600 words with a hero theme. The stories were judged by children’s author Annie Barrows. Grace did amazingly well to win the age 11 – 12 category. She has won her own collection of books, 25 books for the school library, a school Skype chat with author Annie Barrows, a one year membership for school to GridClub and a bag full of goodies. Georgia’s story was also shortlisted.
Huge congratulations to all the pupils who took part in the Yorkshire Accordian and Music Festival in November. In particular Syndy Cheung, Melody Seifzaden, Emelye Gill, Ella Stuttard and Hannah Crookes who all achieved first or second place in grade classes 1 to 3 with their piano recitals.
Roger Bowers recently visited Clock House to present Junior School pupils with a book to commemorate the school being one of the winners of the Little Diamonds competition. The competition was organised by the Lord Mayor’s office early this year. The book is a collection of all the entrants work and has also been presented to the Queen.
On Thursday 15th November, the students of J2 travelled to Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds, to discover why we remember Florence Nightingale as part of their historical studies. The group was transported back to 1854 to begin their training with Miss Nightingale herself. Once each newly recruited nurse or porter knew the importance of cleanliness they set off to the barrack hospital in Scutari to assist the injured Field Marshall Riley. To see photographs from the day click here
The school has launched a BGS Showcase app which is thought to be the first of its type in the UK. The app is interactive showing photo galleries, music pieces to listen to and slides highlighting the pupils and the school. It also includes films made with former pupils David Hockney, Adrian Moorhouse and the Brownlee brothers. Visit the Apple Store to download our free iPad prospectus app.
This year the team comprised of 14 J2 pupils who have been perfecting their routine with Head Coach Dawn Murray to compete in the KS1 Pom Dance Level 1 category. On the day they overcame their nerves to perform to a medley of music by the Tweenies combining dance, cheers and jumps in unison in order to please the judges. After a tense wait for the results - watching various other schools complete - the results were in!! The winning performance can be viewed on iPads by downloading the BGS Showcase app.
A huge congratulations to all the Junior School pupils involved in the end of year production Bugsy Malone. Everyone played their parts superbly. Those cast in the role of the main characters were Joe Qureshi as Bugsy, Maryam Nisa as Fat Sam, Talluah was played by Niamh Gregg and Blouncey by Esme Hanafin. Dandy Dan and Fizzy were played by Edmund Milwain and Ben Moon respectively. There was no sign of nerves as the young actors and actresses confidently entertained the appreciative audience.
On Sunday 17 June 2012 more than 100 pupils, teachers and parents from both the Junior and Senior School took part in the Race for Life event at Lister Park. This was the third year that BGS have entered a team and raised money for such a worthy cause. Click here for photographs of the day.
The Jubliee Celebrations were a great success and lots of fun! Teachers, pupils, parents, grandparents and friends of the Junior School all joined in a street party with many in fancy dress from the last sixty years. The day ended with a concert in the Price Hall and a rendition of Land of Hope and Glory and God Save the Queen. Click Here to see photographs from the day.
This year's biathlon was a great competition. It was run in conjunction with Pentathlon GB who helped organise and run the event. All pupils from the Junior School took part in four events; running, swimming, fencing and olympic team sports. Pupils competed in running and swimming with the winners from each year group receiving medals from Pentathlon GB. All pupils contributed to their Houses final scores.