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Auction of Promises

Auction of Promises

1 (16)Our Auction of Promises on Wednesday evening was a tremendous success and due to some fierce bidding on a wide range of desirable Lots, raised £3424 towards our Australia 2016 Sports Tour.

The Australia Tour is a once in a lifetime trip for some of our students.  Open to those in years 10  and 11, we organise football and netball matches against teams from a variety of schools around Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.  The money raised from the auction will enable the students to enjoy a range of cultural experiences whilst they are away, including an outstanding ‘whale watching trip.’

We would like to thank all those who provided us with such a varied range of promises, those who attended and made the evening a success, the PTA, who provided cooling and much needed drinks during the interval, and our auctioneer, Peter Kirby, who worked tirelessly throughout the evening.


Mama Mia – an outstanding trip

Mamma Mia 2015Mr Frankcom, Head of Music, organised a hugely enjoyable evening for Sixth Form and Year 11 students to see the musical Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre, London on Tuesday 23 June. The costumes, songs and characters from this hit musical  are so familiar and iconic, it would be easy for the hit score to appear lacklustre but the current show and cast certainly does not disappoint on any level.  With a winning plot, a simple set and clever lighting the Greek island setting is completely evoked. We were all there – transported!


A packed audience managed to hold off their urge to sing and dance along until the final three numbers, which included the inevitable rendition of ‘Waterloo’ by lead character  Donna, (Dianne Pilkington), ably supported by terrific performances from her best buddies Tanya (Mazz Murray) and Rosie(Jo Nepthine). All three shimmered in the Abba trademark bellbottoms and the largest platforms outside of Paddington station.  It goes without saying that the Burford students thoroughly enjoyed this musical homage to the wonderful ABBA and continued to sing most of the way home!



Lower School Prizegiving

Burford-Logo_blue Pse use thisCongratulations to all the students who received awards at the Lower School Prize Giving on 18th June. It was another excellent evening that celebrated the achievements of over 130 students, and demonstrated the enormous range of activities in and out of the classroom that the students enjoy . Mr Stuart Norridge was our guest speaker, who regaled the prize winners and their families with stories from his time at Burford as a student, teacher and governor. As ever, there were some outstanding musical pieces and our TedEd presentations were food for thought.

Year 2 ‘Olympics’

Our CSLA Sixth Form students organised a morning of ‘Olympics’  for the Year 2 pupils from our partnership primary schools yesterday.  Despite a rather chilly wind everyone took part very enthusiastically. The children were put into teams with those from other primaries, giving them the opportunity to meet new friends, and each group was led by a sixth form student.


Balls flew through the air, children hopped and jumped and alongside all the activities the CSLA students were assessed for their Sports Leadership Awards. A great morning with a successful outcome all round.





Successful Year for Young Enterprise Team

Vivify TeamVivify – Burford School’s 2014-2015 Young Enterprise team – have had an enjoyable and successful year selling health and leisure equipment, including headphones, bags, laces, thermals and water bottles. The company formed in September 2014 when the group of twenty Year 12 students, who would all become shareholders in Vivify, met for the first time. No-one in this group had any formal business experience and they didn’t quite know what to expect, so it might have come as a surprise when they realised they would be running an actual company. They had to do everything a real business would, from production and finance to marketing and sales – they even had to pay tax!
By November, just six weeks after their formation, Vivify was completely up-and-running, selling products at events around the school, to sports clubs such as Bampton Tennis Club and further afield at Young Enterprise trade fairs where they won awards for their customer service and trade stand. Vivify also gave a presentation to over 60 business representatives at the Burford School ‘Business Breakfast’, with the Mayor of Burford describing them asa really great initiative and an asset to Burford’s businesses”.


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Vivify’s next test was at the Area Finals in April 2015 where they competed against other Young Enterprise teams in North and West Oxfordshire for a place at the Oxfordshire Finals. A panel of independent judges from local businesses judged them based on a company report, their trade stand and a four minute presentation of their journey. Vivify won awards for ‘best presentation’ and ‘best financial management’, ultimately coming 2nd in the Area – and getting through to the Oxfordshire Finals.



Regional Finals

The Oxfordshire Finals were held in May 2015. The same judging criteria were used, however this time they were up against the best in the county. Vivify were one of the few state schools in attendance and despite a brilliant presentation, they did not secure a place at the National Finals. They did, however, win an award for ‘best marketing’ – in the county!


Vivify: A Great Year

With their year as a Young Enterprise company finished, Vivify was dissolved in June 2015. As well as walking away with a healthy dividend cheque, every member of the group has developed an array of business and life skills that will prove invaluable in their futures and everyone has truly enjoyed their experience. The entire company would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Dugdale, our co-ordinator, and Mr and Mrs Pitman, our business advisors, for helping to make Vivify the great success it has been.

Year 5 visit for JSLA Awards

IMG_5908We held a Year 5 Athletics event for all our
partnership primary school children yesterday.  They enjoyed a busy and fun-filled morning trying out a variety of different sports and everything was administered by our Junior Sports Leaders from Year 10.  The leaders, in their turn, were being assessed externally for their Junior Sports Leader Awards (JSLA).



Art and Photography Exhibition

Our first Sixth Form Art and Photography exhibition took place yesterday evening.  We were delighted to see so many visitors.  Alongside parents and friends of each student were past students, a professional photographer, and a professional sculptress. Some individuals were headhunting for talent and the younger visitors were getting an idea of what might lie ahead if they opt for Art and Photography at A Level.  We were very pleased to welcome Mrs Sutcliffe, who, along with her husband Roger, had designed the beautiful Exhibition Catalogue, and also to welcome back a former Head of Art at Burford, Mrs Beveridge. Everyone was extremely impressed and complimentary about the very high standard of work on show and we now look forward to making this an annual event.


Inter-house Equestrian Competition

Dressage-578The Inter-house Equestrian Competition will take place on Wednesday 15 July 2015.  This is always a fun event for both competitors and spectators.  All students are able to spend a part of the day watching and the show continues throughout lunchtime for those who decide to bring a picnic lunch out to the Year 7 field. Schedules are now available for competitors and need to be returned to Mrs C Brown by Monday 29 June.

Busy times on the sports field

U13 NetballFollowing on from the success of the U13 girls in the Netball Tournament, in which they beat Bartholomew School, Carterton School, Henry Box, Chipping Norton, and Woodgreen, two of our Year 10 boys achieved success in the North Oxfordshire Athletics Competition.

Oliver Stacey came 2nd in the high jump (1m 50) and 1st in the hurdles and Ross Parker was 1st in the triple jump and 3rd in the long jump. He achieved 5m 41 to establish a new school record.
In addition the following students have been selected for the Oxfordshire County Schools Athletics.
William Swift – 100m & Triple Jump
Oliver Stacey – 100m Hurdles & High jump
Ross Parker – Triple Jump
Isobel Haig – Javelin & Discus


Delicious Creations from Junior Cooks

After school on Tuesday 19 May, eight teams of eager cooks donned their aprons for the popular annual Junior ‘Ready Steady Cook’ House Competition.  Students were given 1½ hours to prepare a two course meal which had to use seasonal ingredients.

From the very start students were busy consulting their recipes, preparing their ingredients and, in what seemed no time at all, they presented their meals to the judges.  As a spectator and judge, lucky me, I was so impressed with their culinary skills.  As one student was making her own puff pastry another was making pasta; no ready-made meals were seen.

The quality was amazing and consequently it was a difficult decision, but the final results were as follows:

  • 1st  – Wysdom House1. Anabel Skidmore & Cathy Naus Yr 9 wysdom
    • Annabel Skidmore & Cathy Naus Year 9
    • Jasmine Traynor & Hawthorn Hartley Year 8


  • 2nd – Heylin House2. Jasmine tranor & Hawthorn Hartley Yr 8 - wysdom
  • 3rd – Falkland House
  • 4th – Warwick House

Congratulations to all those who took part in the competition.

Mrs Steward