Year 12 lawyers get creative

In A-Level Law, Year 12 have been writing legal leaflets and practising negotiation techniques

Year 12 Law students have been busy this half term, learning about law making and delegated legislation. This is the way that many of the Covid 19 laws have been made. They each made a leaflet explaining the different types of delegated legislation and why Parliament uses it. They have also been researching alternatives to taking cases to court. Two students took on roles negotiating for fictional pharmaceutical companies who both needed five ‘magic’ oranges to use in a (non Covid-related) vaccine. It was a tense negotiation but a compromise was reached. Meanwhile, Year 13 finished the term with a Zoom call with a senior lecturer at the University of Surrey, who gave them some advice on technique in legal exams for the forthcoming mocks.

Hedgehog homes hidden around Bishop’s

Green Club place their decorated hedgehog houses around school to shelter local wildlife during the winter

As part of Biology week, Green Club students decorated their own hedgehog houses which had been constructed by Mr Underwood. This week, students then placed the houses around the school for local wildlife to use as shelters over the winter. These houses will be monitored by the Green club to see if any hibernating animals have used them and they will make sure they stay safe throughout the winter months.

Advent Wreaths Galore!

Year 7 provided the largest quantity of entries ever in this annual House competition!

This year, once again, the Languages Faculty ran the Year 7 German Advent Wreath House competition and we were overwhelmed with the array of creations of all sizes, colours, traditional and innovative, inspired by the German tradition of creating a horizonal wreath with four candles to mark the four Sundays in the run up to Christmas. In total 21 were entered, some of which can be seen in the photos. The competition was judged by Mrs Hughes and indeed it was a very hard task, such was the quality of the entries and were all on display in the Library last week. After much consideration the following positions were given:

• 1st Place – 100 House Point – 7Parr – Bianka McCombe – original, imaginative wreath with lots of beautiful colours • 2nd Place – 50 House Points – 7Austen – Mia Canter – Beautiful, traditional wreath, clearly lots of effort made • 3rd Place – 25 House Point – 7 Parr – Lily-Jade Tennyson home made candles, original presentation. • 4th Place – 10 House Points – 7 Seacole – Grace Mitchell – the most gorgeous wreath, beautifully presented • 5th Place – 10 House Points – 7 Hadid – Creative Team effort with authentic materials – Emma, Zoe W, Shayla, Poppy & Ileri

Mr Taylor

Topical Decorations

Creative Covid particles form part of the Christmas decorations at Bishop’s.

The Creative Covid Particule competition launched during Biology Week saw lots of imaginative ways of representing the virus of 2020. These can now be seen hanging from the beams and provide an unusual but topical twist to Bishop’s Christmas decorations.

Letters to the German Christmas Angel

Year 7 Pupils join in with the annual German tradition of writing wish letters to Das Christkind

Once again this year, over 120 Year 7 pupils joined in with thousands of German children in producing handwritten decorated letters in German to Das Christkind, represented as a Christmas Angel, who brings the gifts on Christmas Day.

The letters were posted to the small town of Engelskirchen, near Cologne, where the special Christmas Post Office is set up. As this is being written replies are being received back from Germany (See the images shown here).

If you would like to know more about the history of this tradition, you can visit the following site: and click “Geschichte” (auto translate)

There is also a little video of this annual event:

A Virtual Willow Foundation Christmas Carol Concert

BHGS Choir sings virtually in the Willow Foundation Carol Concert 2020

Every year, our Bishop’s Choir takes great pride in performing in The Willow Foundation Christmas Carol Concert, held in St Albans’ Cathedral with the prestigious Herts Chorus and many other artists. In 2020 however, the Coronavirus pandemic forced the charity to suspend the Special Days that it offers to seriously ill 16 to 40 year old adults. Its legendary concert couldn’t take place either. Instead, an online concert replaced it on 4th December. An audience of over 700 people still registered to watch the event. Due to the virtual nature of the concert, a professionally pre-recorded soundtrack of our choir in the school hall was used. Their voices still sounded heavenly and for those who missed the concert, a YouTube link is available until the end of December.

Willow Virtual Carol Concert 2020 – YouTube

Although there was no fee for the online concert, The Willow Foundation raised just over £9,000 and if you would like to support the future of Willow Foundation’s Special Days, you can still make a donation via their website.

Congratulations to our talented pupils and to Ms Punchard for bringing the best out of them. Thank you for warming our hearts with Christmas cheer and the hearts of seriously ill young adults who will hopefully soon be able to enjoy Willows Special Days again.

Y11 Festive Bakes

Year 11 produced some appetising coursework

In preparation for their non-exam assessment 2 coursework task, Year 11 had to make a picnic or brunch product. Pupils came up with some very creative concepts and baked these beautiful flavoured breads which are ideal for sharing during the festive season. This task will be completed with a practical exam in 2021.

Reverse Advent Calendar 2020

The Christmas spirit and generosity of the Bishop’s community shone through in our 3rd Reverse Calendar Project

For the 3rd year running, all the pupils and staff at BHGS took part in the Reverse Advent Calendar project to donate much needed food and hygiene products to The Hatfield Foodbank.

Pupils and staff were encouraged to donate a non-perishable item every day in November and decorate the boxes used to carry down the food to the foodbank.

Once again, the pupils and their families made us very proud and supported this amazing cause. On Wednesday 2nd December, all the beautifully decorated boxes were brought down to the canteen and laid out for judging in Year Group tables. Mr Wood had a very difficult job, but in the end he decided that 7Parr, 8Parr, 9Parr, 10Parr and 11Parr were the deserving winners of the decorating competition.

After the judging was over, Mrs Jackson and Mrs Martin began the process of filling the minibus with all the heavy boxes. It turned out, the minibus was not big enough to accommodate all the boxes and so Mrs Redpath and Mrs Durrant had to fill their cars too!

I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in donating the food stuff, decorating the boxes and helping with the transportation – this year we surpassed all our hopes for the collection and we donated a huge 701kg. This has been a tough year for everyone, but yet again the spirit and generosity of the Bishop’s community shone through.

Thank you and I hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas.

Mrs Martin

Y7 Science Poetry Competition

Where English Poetry meets Biology and Art

As part of Biology Week 2020, Year 7 pupils created a nature themed poem during their English lessons. They used their impressive vocabulary, biology knowledge and craft skills to design a wide variety of poems exploring many aspects of nature, from the life of a Covid virus through to a day in the life of a rabbit!

Mehenu Ahmed (7 Hadid) won first place for the vocabulary choices she made and her artistic layout. Jolana Hewitt (7 Seacole) came second for her artistic use of 3D and clear reference to the life cycle of a flowering plant. Aila Hebblethwaite (7 Parr) won third place for her clear poem structure and her interesting biology reference.

Well done to all the students who took part. Choosing only three winners was incredibly hard!

Ms Bune & Ms Watts