At Beths Grammar we have plenty of good news that we wish to share with you. Below are some of the exciting things that have happened so far.
OAP Afternoon Tea
On Monday 10 December 2018, Beths hosted a community Christmas afternoon tea. Fifty six retired and semi-retired members of our local community came to enjoy some festive food, warm drinks and entertainment by our students. Mrs Marriott organised a fantastic array of musical performances; one by the percussion group, another by our acapella singers and the last by the Big Band.
Guests were delighted with their gifts of a homemade card, signed by Mr Blyghton and a little box of chocolate treats as well as conversation with our Year 10 helpers. Many also walked away with prizes – local businesses, really excited by the event, had donated towards a complimentary raffle. Prizes ranged from boxes of chocolates to meals in restaurants. Thank you to Sainsbury’s, Punjab Curry and Grill, Toby Carvery and The Jasmine in Bexleyheath and Melucci’s in Bexley for their very kind donations.
THANK YOU to everyone involved in making it such a success.
The next afternoon tea will be held on Monday 4 February and will be themed around Chinese New Year. We hope to see you there.
Please check out our social media pages for photographs of the event!
‘Boy of the Term’ and ‘General Excellence’ Awards for Year 10
In the Year 10 assembly on Wednesday 5th December we awarded certificates and prizes to our top students, in recognition of their outstanding attitude to learning and quality of homework in the recent reports.
In total, 26 students were awarded ‘General Excellence Awards’ for producing top quality reports which document their outstanding commitment to their studies since their return to school in September.
In addition to this, we also awarded the ‘Boy of the Term’ awards to three students who achieved all ‘1’ grades in every subject for attitude to learning and quality of homework – Outstanding in every single subject! Brilliant work this term and no doubt they will be working even harder to maintain these top position.
Conversation has already started about who will be receiving the next batch of Honours Ties – things are heating up!
The photo shows KJ, Musa and Adrian with their ‘Boy of the Term’ certificates. They clearly seemed delighted with their achievement - well done!
Operation Christmas Child Appeal
Well done to all the students and staff who managed to put together 74 shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas Child Appeal (Samaritans Purse International Charity). It is great to know that Beths Grammar School has played an important part in helping to bring happiness to those less fortunate across the world during this Christmas Season. This is a true reflection of our school values. Well done everyone!
Senior Mathematics Challenge
The results are in for the first round of the Senior Mathematics Challenge are in. We are extremely pleased to announce that six of the participants have made it through to the second round. To all the students that took part in the challenge we would like to say a massive well done! Further details on the next step of the challenge will be posted on social media and the website shortly.
Arkwright Engineering Scholarship 2018
We are pleased to announce that Nithila P has been awarded the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship 2018.
The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme is the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK with over 5,000 Scholarships awarded to date. Through our Arkwright Engineering Scholarships Programme we identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering, Computing and Technical (as opposed to aesthetic) Design. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are awarded through a rigorous selection process, to high-calibre students.
Our Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support students through their A Levels or Scottish Advanced Highers and encourage students to pursue Engineering, Computing or Technical Design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to pursue careers in the field.
Every Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is sponsored by an industrial company, university, charitable trust, trade association, professional institution, armed service, worshipful company, industry regulator or personal donor.
Well done to Nithila.
Young Leader’s Presentation at Lords written by O Meggs
On 8 October all of the young leaders who took part in the programme over the past year visited Lords, the most prestigious cricket ground in the world.
When we arrived we sat down in the presentation hall and waited for the proceedings to begin. We began by going on a tour around the ground. During the tour, we were shown round the Lords Museum of cricket. Within this museum was the Ashes, a trophy that is given to the winner of either England or Australia in the competition. We then travelled to the home side’s changing room, where many legends including, Jimmy Anderson and Ian Botham, have used. As the tour came to an end, our last stop was the media centre, which I was told had won an award for architecture in 2015.
When we finished the tour we all congregated in the hall and waited for the presentation to begin. It began with a Sky Sports presenter interviewing a few of us young leaders, which included some of our students from Beths. During our interview, we were asked questions like, how much did you raise, what courses did you complete and how have these helped you? After this the presenter got Kent cricketer Harry Podmore up on stage and held a question and answer with the Kent fast bowler. After this it was time for our awards. If we completed all of the courses we would all receive six certificates in total. We then found out who had raised the most money, the top three amounts of money raised were ALL Beths students. To round off the great evening there was a raffle and one of the great prizes was won by a Beths.
Following his outstanding work commitment during his work experience placement in July, Callan received the Capita Cup this morning during assembly.
Callan undertook a two week placement at ‘Unite the Union’ within the Legal Department. He helped produce a document which outlined the process the ‘Union’ will adopt under the new GAP regulations when they receive a request from a member to have their records deleted. This was a big project and Callan showed a good understanding of what needed to happen and was able to organise the various elements to produce the document. This document has now been adopted by the ‘Unite GDPR’ team and will be applied to all data erasure requests, going forward.
Callan made a very good impression during his placement with everyone who had contact with him, finding him very helpful, polite and wasn’t afraid to ask questions. He familiarised himself with his environment and worked on a variety of tasks, some of which involved using ‘Unite’s’ very complex membership system. Callan also attended Unite’s National Conference in Brighton and manned the Legal Stand which was one of the busiest in the exhibition hall. He performed this task diligently, being courteous to visitors and ensuring that the stand was tidy and well-stocked with literature. He was able to work unsupervised and showed initiative by undertaking work without being asked.
Well done to a well-deserved winner.
Senior School Boys receive Honours Ties
On the first Key Stage 4 Senior School assembly of this term we were delighted to award the first ever batch of “Honours Ties” to 31 boys in both Year 10 and Year 11. Honours Ties have been introduced as a new addition to our rewards policy. The Ties are awarded to boys who have demonstrated a sustained and significant commitment to serving the school and/or wider community. It is recognition of exceptional academic scholarship, outstanding contribution to the life of the school and clear endorsement of the school values.
At Beths Grammar School academic expectations are central to our purpose. We strive to ensure that talent is nurtured and learning is valued. At Beths, challenge is welcomed, participation is expected and achievement is prized and celebrated. We are committed to educating well-rounded individuals who embody our core values of Excellence, Community, Respect and Nurture. We are aware that a large number of our boys demonstrate not only exceptional behaviour in and outside of school but also exceptional attitude to their studies and the wider life of the school. We are also extremely proud of the natural leadership skills our boys develop as they move up through the school and subsequently become excellent role models and mentors for our younger students.
An Honours Tie is reserved for Senior School boys and it will replace the boy’s current house tie. The tie is navy and gold and is gifted to the student along with a certificate. Boys who are eligible for an Honours Tie will be determined by the awards panel which will be made up of Deputy Headteacher and the Head of Year. They will consider carefully that;
- The achievement reflects the long term commitment to and success of the students’ academic studies and wider school activities.
- The achievement brings honour to the school
- The student is abiding by the school rules and behaving in line with expectations.
The boys who received these ties were delighted with their achievement and it is safe to say that the new honours tie is the latest fashion statement every Beths boy wants to be seen wearing! We look forward to awarding more Honours Ties as the year progresses.