Reverse Advent Calendar 2021

BHGS pupils and staff donate 624kg of food and hygiene products for Hatfield Food Bank

For the 4th year running, pupils and staff at BHGS took part in the Reverse Advent Calendar project to donate much needed food and hygiene products to local families in need through The Hatfield Foodbank.

Pupils and staff were encouraged to donate a non-perishable item every day from the 9th November until the 6th December and decorate the boxes used for the food to be later delivered to the Foodbank.

Once again, the pupils and their families made us very proud and supported this amazing cause. On Tuesday 7th December, all the beautifully decorated boxes were brought down to the canteen and laid out for judging in Year Group tables. Mrs Hughes had a very difficult job but in the end, she decided that 7Au, 8Pa, 9Pa, 10Fr and 11Pa were the deserving winners of the decorating competition.

After the judging was over, Mr Underwood and I began the process of filling the minibus with all the (very) heavy boxes before Mrs Ruffhead drove the minibus down to the Foodbank accompanied by Dr Venz, Mrs Fautrero-Sayer and me.

We 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 staggering 623.95 kg of goods for local families in need. 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

Willow Carol Concert 2021

Bishop’s Choir sings again in the Willow Carol Concert 2021

 

A truly magical introduction to Christmas  – Mrs Wilde

It was the bleak midwinter, but nobody made moan! The choir rehearsed diligently at school with Miss Punchard and ate their packed teas before the annual trip to St Albans Cathedral for the Willow Carol Concert. Pupils and staff were welcomed by Bob and Megs Wilson, the Willow Foundation Co-Founders and Life Presidents, whose daughter, Anna, attended Bishop’s. She was described by her mum as quite a ‘naughty’ girl, but one with a passion for life. Unfortunately she died of cancer and it is in her memory that the Wilsons began Special Days for young adults, like Anna.

With lots of new choir members (as well as a year without a live concert) nerves were present but so was the support of the Willow family. Miss Morgan was there to photograph the rehearsal. After Hertfordshire Chorus’ wonderful renditions of: In Dulci Jubilo, Joy To The World and Here We Come, our choir was on. You could have heard a pin drop when they finished their melodious performances of ‘Like It’s Christmas’ and ‘Something About December’ before the audience broke into rapturous applause. Watching the Wilsons’ faces said it all to me.

Added to this was the honour that was bestowed on one of our 6th formers, Hannah Fitton. She was asked to participate in the Willow Tree procession and represented Willow School Supporters by hanging a bauble on the tree.

It was a truly magical night and one that the Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School Choir should treasure. The concert also raised an incredible £13,135 for the Willow Foundation!

Mrs Wilde

 

Willows carol Concert 2021 – Hannah Fitton, Year 12.

Last week, the Bishops Hatfield Choir performed at the annual Willows Foundation carol concert alongside the renowned Hertfordshire Chorus, led by David Temple, who we have had the pleasure of performing with at various events, in the past. The Bishop’s Choir attends the concert every year due to the Willow’s Life Presidents’ daughter once being a student at Bishop’s herself.

Performing at the St Alban’s Abbey is always an amazing experience, and this year was no different. It was lovely to be back since last year had to be virtual, due to Covid restrictions. We were able to perform two songs for the packed audience and Bob and Megs Wilson, the co-founders of Willows. This year, in particular, I personally was able to be a part of the bauble ceremony which in itself is a lovely tribute to all those who support the Willow Foundation and its amazing mission to help seriously ill young adults and their families. I was really proud to be able to represent our school and its choir.

Our Bishop’s choir, that meets every Thursday, had practiced for several weeks for the event. As we have a number of new participants, it was a first-time experience for many of the students in the choir. Ms Punchard selected the songs, ‘Like its Christmas’ and ‘Something about December’ which were a great mix with the traditional carols that featured in the rest of the service, specifically those sung by the Hertfordshire Chorus.

The Willow Foundation provides special days out for young people living with a life-threatening illness. We heard from a young woman who had suffered from cancer in her early twenties and was so grateful to the charity for funding a day in a recording studio, where she produced some beautiful songs – which she shared during the evening. This is such a wonderful charity for Bishop’s to support and despite being a sad cause, the whole evening was happy and joyful. The service made the choir feel ready for Christmas, especially as they were giving mince pies on the way out!

 

Photos: Danny Loo & Liz Morgan

District Cross County 2021

Fantastic Cross Country performances from Bishop’s!

On Tuesday 8th November, Miss Cameron and Miss Esterhuizen took 24 girls to represent Bishop’s at the District Cross Country competition at Queenswood School. There were teams in Years 7,8 and 9 and a Senior team (mixed Year 10 and 11) with 6 girls per age group.

The weather was sunny, albeit cold, and for pupils in Years 7 and 8 this was the first time they had attended the District Cross Country competition as it did not run last year.

Weather conditions held steady throughout the competition which made for some very exciting races and excellent performances from all teams.

BHGS District Cross Country teams – Year 7 – Miruna B, Hurinatu K, Ruby L, Georgia W, Violet B and Zahra L. Year 8 – Erin W, Sophie B, Ella H, Mia J, Cecile R and Jackie R. Year 9- Ruby S, Erin M, Libby P, Anna S, Jess H and Chloe A. Senior Team – Daniella S, Amelie R, Amelie H, Roxy M, Millie R and Katelin R.

A particular well done to the following girls who came in the top 10 for their age group – * Miruna B who came 8th in the Year 7 race, * Erin W who came 10th in the Year 8 race, * Ruby S and Anna S who came 3rd and 9th place respectively in the Year 9 race and * Daniella S, Amelie H, Amelie R and Roxy M who finished in 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th place respectively in the Senior race.

Each team competed separately against other schools in the District and finished in the following places overall – * Year 7 team finished 3rd out of 9 schools, * Year 8 team finished 4th out of 10 schools * Years 9 and 10 both finished 2nd out of 8 schools.

This resulted in BHGS finishing in 3rd place out of the girls schools and 5th place overall (even more impressive when you consider this is boys and girls results combined and we have no boys to enter!) A brilliant effort from everyone – well done girls!

The next round of the Cross Country season is the County Cross Competition which takes place on Saturday 5th February 2022 at Westminster Lodge in St Albans. This is an individual not a team event so girls will be selected to take part and informed via letter if they are successful.

German Cultural Week

Germanic Cultural Week culminates in the Year 7 Advent Wreath Competition

Many of the Christmas traditions in the UK have their roots in German traditions and with this in mind, to mark Germanic Cultural Week, Year 7 pupils took part in an Advent Wreath building House competition.

The wreaths were displayed in the library and the winners were: 1.Eleanor Pendrey 7Se 2.Marianne Zayed – 7Au 3.Lilyanna Moroney – 7Fr 4 Kanisha Jashani – 7 Pa 5 Amelie A / Riah J / Indie T / Zara M / Scarlett R – 7Ha

All Year 7 pupils also had the opportunity to write a letter to das Christkind, represented by a Christmas angel, who brings the gifts on Christmas Eve. The small town of Engliskirchen in Germany, annually receives hundreds of thousands of letters from children and a dedicated team of volunteer “angels” sends replies to them all. Hopefully our Year 7 pupils will get theirs back before the end of term. If you would like to know more, click here. https://www.deutschepost.de/de/w/weihnachtspost/weihnachtsmann-christkind/engelskirchen.html The Anglican tradition of Christingle services for children is also linked to this.

Frohe Weihnachten! Happy Christmas!

Maths Week England

November saw the return of another successful Maths Week England at Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School

November saw the return of another successful Maths Week England at Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School. Pupils from years 7 to 9 were tasked with researching famous Female Mathematicians and took a closer look at some of the most inspirational figures from recent times.

Year 7s enjoyed discovering how Ada Lovelace contributed to the earliest concepts of what we know as a modern computer (the ‘Cogwheel Calculating Machine’). They then participated in a codebreaking activity in which the girls used their analytical and Mathematical abilities to crack a code in order to solve the heinous hotel crime!

Katherine Johnson (otherwise known as ‘The Human Computer’) was the figurehead studied by the year 8s who found out how she was instrumental to NASA and performed much of the Mathematical analysis completely by hand to calculate the trajectories that led to the Apollo moon landing. Pupils then applied their ability to solve a series of problems themselves, enabling them to solve a mystery of their own!

In year 9 – pupils found out about the exciting architecture produced by Zaha Hadid (who is actually the namesake of one of the Bishop’s ‘houses’). They explored some of the features which make a city attractive, and even produced their own mini cities incorporating key characteristics such as ‘order and variety’. On top of all of these, two competitions were run in which students explored their own ‘famous mathematicians’ performing research, culminating in a poster which explained their chosen mathematicians’ discoveries. A huge congratulations to Maisie Isbecque (7Fr), Libby Porter (9Au) and Lillia Rustem (8Fr) who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively and won both house points and a gift voucher. The second competition which was open to year 7s involved a fun logic-problem to see “Who Owned the Fish”. Well done to Gabrielle Kehagias who correctly identified the German as the owner of the aquatic creature.

A taste of University Life for Lawyers

Year 12 A Level Law students were given the opportunity to broaden their legal knowledge and consider career options on a trip to the Law School at the University of Hertfordshire.

On 25th November 2021, Year 12 students of A-Level Law visited the University of Hertfordshire to participate in sessions relating to higher education. They heard from current students about studying at university, in particular what it would be like to study law and criminology. Then the students enjoyed a sample lecture on murder and went on an interesting campus tour, giving an early insight into what life would be like at University.

A highlight of the trip was a mock sentencing hearing in the University’s replica Crown Court, in which a student was placed in the dock (temporarily!). A former Crown Court judge presided and an ex-student at BHGS, Julide Hasan, who is now studying Law at the University (here pictured in her wig and gown), played the part of the prosecuting barrister. It was inspiring to see how Julide’s experience in advocacy at University has enabled her to play the part of a confident legal professional. The trip ended with an informative session run by students at the University about police powers of stop and search.

Adventures at the Olympic Park

Year 10 Geographers investigated urban change in Newham

Intrepid Geographers in Year 10 set off for a day of fieldwork and research to investigate the impacts of urban redevelopment in Newham as part of their GCSE Urban Change topic. We arrived at the Olympic Park and were all impressed with the The Orbit sculpture, and then went on a self guided tour to consider how the area has changed in appearance in the decade since the Olympic Park was established. Pupils identified changes to the environment and built landscape, completing a variety of activities at different stations around the Park. We were particularly interested to notice how the concrete wall of the River Lea have been altered to encourage plant life, increasing biodiversity and adding to the visual appearance of the area. We even saw large birds perching to fish by the side of the river!

Following a rather chilly lunch break we moved on the Museum of London Docklands where we discovered more about how the East End changed as the Docks experienced the impacts of deindustrialisation. The Museum galleries were very interesting, and we were able to further develop our understanding of how the area has changed in the past 30 years by contrasting historic photos with the sights of the Olympic Park. It was interesting to contrast the Museum building itself, in one of the old wharfs, with the surrounding glass skyscrapers.

Animal Rights focus in Yr10 RE Conference

Year 10 students focus on learning about the rights of animals in annual RE Conference

The RE Conference on 6/12/21, was a great opportunity for Year 10 pupils to learn about Animal Rights. Religious teaching and laws about the welfare and value of animals affect attitudes to animal rights, and the thought-provoking topics included:– Is it morally right to have animals as pet?– Is it okay to use animals for experiments?– Is using animals for our own means every acceptable?The pupils looked at different religious viewpoints towards using animals as well as scientific, giving the students an overall understanding of how we should use animals.

Afterwards, the students had to create a presentation of all their findings and chosen groups in each form presented them to the whole year in the hall. Fantastic effort was put into these presentations and were really engaging for everyone listening. Well done Year 10!