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OLD GRIFFINIAN NEWSLETTER

Christmas Edition - December 2016

Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to the Christmas Edition of the Old Griffinian Newsletter.

Christmas

Christmas is always a magical time at Beech Hall as the pupils gaze in awe at what appears to be the biggest Christmas tree in the world in the Front Hall.  It does put the Norwegian Tree in Trafalgar Square to shame in our opinion, but then, of course, we are biased!

The BHPA has held two exceptional events this term, with an amazing Firework Display and Bonfire on Friday 4th November, followed by a magical Outdoor Christmas Market on Friday 25th November, with an abundance of external stallholders, our own Enterprise Stall, Tombolas and Basket Bashes, and the pupils' favourite, Sponge the Teacher - no idea why?

Busy, busy, busy Michaelmas Term

The Michaelmas Term is always a whirlwind of activities, events, sport and, of course, education, and this year has been no exception.  We have seen the official opening by Sam Carle, Head Chef at Mottram Hall Hotel, of the new Food Technology Room who put both Lower V pupils and parents through their culinary paces; School trips; prize givings; parents' evenings; Charity coffee mornings; Harvest Festivals; Zumba glow and the list goes on.

To find out more about goings on at Beech Hall, please take a moment to view the latest edition of the Griffin Extra.

Enrichment Week

Beech Hall this year broke with tradition and had a two week October half term, with the first week being an optional Enrichment Week.  This enabled pupils to participate in a variety of extra curricular activities or simply take the time revising for their forthcoming GCSEs.  Activities included baking, craft, pumpkin carving, French story telling, Forest School, mountain biking, a First Aid Course and a visit into Manchester to join in the celebrations welcoming home the 2016 Rio heroes at the Olympic & Paralympic Parade.
Some of the things our pupils (and staff) got up to during Enrichment Week.

Memoirs

We were delighted to welcome Mr Myles Griffiths back to Beech Hall for a visit.  Mr Griffiths was a pupil from 1952 to 1957 before moving onto Bromsgrove School.  We spent a fascinating couple of hours going through Mr Griffiths' memories of the School whilst touring the School, which he recalled with immense clarity and detail.  Mr Griffiths has very kindly written his memoirs of the School in the 1950s (“warts and all!” - his words, not ours!) and we are delighted to be able to share these with you, please click here to read them.

If anyone else would like to let us know about any activities, events or memories that stick in their minds about their time at Beech Hall as a pupil, parent or member of staff, we would love to hear from you, please email us.

Mr Griffiths also recalled about the various teachers and the pets that were kept at School, a tradition that appears to be being rekindled.

Growing Numbers at Beech Hall

We have welcomed a number of new pupils throughout the School during the Michaelmas Term as Beech Hall's reputation continues to grow within the local communities, particularly amongst those parents looking for a unique School environment which nurtures the individual and with smaller class sizes for their children.
We have also been increasing numbers in other areas.  Not content with a brood of hens and a couple of cats, Mr Allen asked the pupils to vote on what animal(s) they would like to have in School in order to increase the size of the School’s menagerie.  Candidates included a snake, rabbit, fish, a bearded dragon and pigs, amongst others.   Despite a spoiled vote by the Llama Independence Party, the pigs won.  As Mr Allen ponders on how the School will accommodate the pigs, a second placed bearded dragon was acquired affectionately named by the children as “Billy Toothless”! The children have really taken a shine to the beautiful reptile and it is not uncommon to find them handling the lizard and stroking it reminiscent of Blofeld stroking his cat in a James Bond movie.

Online Questionnaire

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our online questionnaire, the results of which can be view here.  We will contacting all those who expressed an interest with helping out with the Alumni early in the New Year to set up a meeting to plan the way forward and some events for 2017.

Looking forward to 2017 ...

As 2016 draws to a close, we reflect on a year at Beech Hall filled with celebration - 90 events for 90 years.  As we enter our 91st year, we hope to expand further on making our Alumni not just part of our past, but part of the future of Beech Hall School too, and we hope to welcome you to the School in some Alumni specific events we are planning, please see below for dates.

Wishing everyone a restful and peaceful Christmas and our very best wishes for 2017 from everyone at Beech Hall.

Save the Dates:

Saturday 28 January 2017 - BHPA Burns Night Dinner
Saturday 20 May 2017 - Alumni Open Day with Afternoon Tea on the Lawn
Saturday 7 October 2017 - Alumni Dinner
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