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Nebula – out of this world!

Nebula – out of this world!

nebulaThe interest in Young Enterprise has been very strong this year and so Nebula, our second Young Enterprise team, have also got off to a very promising start with the first fund raiser on Thursday night at the Year 7 & 8 disco.


With colouring in all the rage at present, Nebula are introducing a new, innovative twist into the T-Shirt market where they will be marketing colour in T-Shirts with a space theme. We gathered information via our Facebook page and questionnaires and by speaking to various local schools over the telephone. The information gathered proved very useful in helping us to design our product as it allowed us to tailor it directly to our customer’s needs.


So far, with our product now on order from our supplier, we have received a great deal of interest, with many teachers and parents wanting to purchase them for their relatives or children as a superb Christmas present.  We will be at the next Lenthall Concert on Wednesday 30 November where will be informing people of our product and taking. Orders.  Do come along if you’re interested.


img_3105Finally, with a fabulous start, the team is working very hard and collaborating well to get tasks done. We are all looking forward to a bright future and to selling our product at the up and coming trade fairs.  With the help of our professional, knowledgeable, business advisors Andrew and Bartha Pitman, and of course Mrs Ford, the company’s chance of success is looking extremely hopeful.


Managing Director: Ollie Stacey

Rugby Round Up

A busy Rugby season ended last night at Chipping Norton Rugby Club, where the 1STXV were narrowly beaten 10-5, by Chipping Norton School, in the District final!

In all, 41 matches have been played, with 23 wins, 4 draws and 14 defeats, recorded.




Pictured are the U13’s who played a total of 19 matches( which included two tournaments), winning 13, drawing 4 and losing just 2!

Well done the U14’s who were District Champions and to all boys who have represented the school, this term.


Year 7 and 8 Boogie on down


Thursday 24 November saw Year 7 & 8 students boogie on down to the Main School Hall for the annual Burford School Christmas Disco. Tickets went on sale on Monday 21 and we were snowed under with students keen to purchase these and attend the event.

On the night, the disco was attended by just over 250 students who enjoyed a wonderfully fun two hours, filled with dancing, face painting and of course plenty of refreshments from the sweet stand! There were the traditional knee slides and cartwheels, which were accompanied by the new craze of ‘Dabbing’.

Students enjoyed having their faces painted with the ever popular fluorescent face paint and  the Sixth Formers, who were in charge of this creative stall, were frantically busy all evening. Our Young Enterprise teams – Par La Lune and Nebula also attended and raised around £75 each from their sale of photos.  This will be going towards their newly established businesses, items from which will be on sale shortly.

Young Enterprise – Off to a Flying Start

par-la-luneChecking out our market

Wow, we have had such an amazing start to the year! From the outset, our adventurous and innovative ideas have collated together to present a promising initial product. Our primary research mainly consisted of questionnaires which we gave to parents of students at primary schools.  They were all interested in our product and love the concept of it. This was delightful news to the team as it ensured us that we were on the right track. Of course, all of their concerns were also addressed, and the information we gathered was priceless as it helped us improve our product for the intended consumers.




Getting stuck into fundraising


Our first sample story bags we had on display were very popular at ‘Burford Christmas Lights’ last Sunday, attracting passers-by and drawing some to give us their contact details so we will be able to contact them once selling is in full swing! Our team worked well together and succeeded in promoting our business and product. Our fundraising efforts thus far have also proved profitable, especially our photo stand we set up during the Year 7 & 8 Disco.  At this we completely sold out of Polaroids!



Enjoying the experience

Even though we have only been doing this for a few months, I believe I can speak on behalf of every member of ‘Par La Lune’ when I say that we are thoroughly enjoying the creation and management of our own business and that we can hardly wait until we start selling our full selection of products. In addition to this, we are enjoying how managing the business really brings out, and allows us to hone, our entrepreneurship skills. It gives us a taste of what’s to come, because of course we’ll soon be going to as many trade fairs as possible to promote and sell our products!


Heading for success!

‘Par La Lune’ has worked very hard together to create and manage our company as a team. We all have a say in the company’s direction, and we are all working together to produce the best possible solutions for problems and quality products. Our business advisors Andrew and Bartha Pitman have helped us massively so far, especially at the beginning of the year when we were only just getting a feel of what Young Enterprise is all about. With theirs and Mrs. Ford’s professional opinions and assistance, we can surely bring our product to success.

Marketing Director: Louis Mathis

Celebrating Charter Day

2016-10-11-10-55-08Our annual Charter Day took place on Friday 18 November.  The whole school and staff attended the service to commemorate the giving of the Charter to the school in 1571 and to remember those who founded the original grammar school for boys in 1571.  These included key figures from the town of Burford, including Simon Wysdom, a Merchant in the town and after whom one of our School Houses is named and also Elmslie John Horniman whose generosity made the education of girls part of Burford School in 1924.

The Heads of School gave an excellent overview of the year (2015-16) and the Heads of Boarding showed us life in the Boarding Department through video clips and interviews.  ‘A day in the life of a boarder’ gave all the students an insight into the camaraderie and sense of family that the boarding students enjoy, together with the wide range of evening and weekend activities they take part in.

In the evening the Senior School Prize Giving saw the awarding of subject and achievement prizes to nearly 150 of our students from Years 10 to 13. It was a wonderful night, celebrating the breadth of achievement that our students demonstrate each year, and a packed hall of parents and staff were incredibly proud.

Our guest speaker was Group Captain Neil Jagger BSc RAF (Retd) who gave a fascinating talk on his career in the RAF, most notably hosting US Presidents as base commander of RAF Brize Norton.

Sixth Formers win Youth Speaks competition

youth-speaks-winners-nov-2016On Thursday 10 November Mollie Kilfoyle, Jessica Andrade and Daisy Campion competed in the ‘Youth Speaks’ competition organized by the Witney Rotary Club. Everyone involved put a tremendous amount of effort in and all the speeches were engaging and very humorous.

The girls’ speech: ”Is this the best they can do?” was a discussion about the American election process and how the result would affect the United Kingdom.

It was a very enjoyable evening and Mollie, Jessica and Daisy were delighted to be the overall winners in their age group.

They are now looking forward to the next round in February 2017.



Year 9 are the District Rugby Champions


The Year 9 District Rugby Final was held at Chipping Norton Rugby Club.  Burford were up against Bartholomew School from Eynsham and came through to win 41-5 and be crowned District Champions. Tries were scored by David Famakin, Patrick Doe, Ben Hampson, Tom Kitto, Charlie Terris and Dom Hey.


Rugby international visits Burford

living-for-sportRugby players from Years 9 – 13 were given the opportunity to work with a former international rugby player on Monday 14 November as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.

living-for-sport-2Thinus Delport, formerly of Gloucester, Worcester and South Africa join us for the afternoon and ran sessions with selected students in Years 9,10 & 11.This included introducing new skills and drills to the students which they thoroughly enjoyed. This was followed by another session with the senior rugby team in preparation for the forthcoming District Final against Chipping Norton School.

Both sessions will benefit the students hugely with the final matches of the season fast approaching.


WW1 Commemoration Project Winners

On Wednesday 16 November, four Year 9 students including wwiJasper Raistrick, Jessica-Anne Richens, Nathaniel Carter and Ophelia Spracklen represented Burford School’s History Department in a joint research project alongside three other schools in the West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership.

The research project is running across the four years of the centenary of the First World War. It was launched in 2014 and will run every year until 2018. Four Year 9 students are selected each year from each of the participating schools in the partnership. Each school team delivers a presentation on a topic relating to the particular year of the war being commemorated. This year the focus was 1916 and Burford students delivered a presentation on the shell shortage and the role of women in the First World War.

All four students were a real credit to the school; they worked exceptionally well together in terms of conducting research for and producing the presentation as well as delivering the presentation at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.

Burford School were awarded first place overall; the judges commented on the excellent presentation skills of the students, the historical content of their presentation and the variety of methods used to connect with the audience.

Oxfordshire Book Awards

oba-ohs-2016The 2016 Oxfordshire Book Awards were a great success, with eighteen Burford School students attending Oxford High School to see the authors of their favourite books speak about their writing and illustrations, their backgrounds, and answer a great range of questions about where they find their inspiration, how long it takes for them to write a book, and how they overcame dyslexia to become published authors.

oba-ohs-lisa-williamsonAfterward, they enjoyed some celebratory cake in the dining room, a book sale by Blackwell’s, and took full advantage of the authors’ presence by having them sign whatever they could—from their books, to their programmes, to slips of paper to paste into books they had forgotten to bring with them!

The 2017 awards have now begun so there will be a lot of reading to do before the short list is voted on in January. Anyone interested in reading and selecting books for next year’s awards is encouraged to come to the Library and speak to Mrs Cooper about taking part.