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Willkommen in Berlin

Willkommen in Berlin

Departing on a frosty morning at 3.00am, thirty GCSE German students and three members of staff left for Heathrow Airport to catch their flight to Berlin.  Over the next four days they would be staying in the old eastern sector of the city.  With an action packed itinerary from the outset, the students enjoyed a walking tour taking in the sights of Berlin.

The following day they visited the DDR Museum, detailing what life was like under the communist East German Government, then made their way to the Stasi Museum, for a fascinating guided tour of the East German Secret Police headquarters finishing off the afternoon with a visit to Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, the famous border crossing between the American and Russian Sectors of Berlin, the site of many captivating standoffs in history.


To complete a perfect day, students enjoyed an evening’s bowling; nobody did manage to beat Mr Jouny’s high score on the evening and it remains unbeaten!

Day three saw a sportier theme to the trip, visiting the Olympic stadium, home to the 1936 Berlin Olympics hosted by the Nazis.  This was followed with an outing to the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse and the chance to see the Wall’s “Death strip” for real.

The highlight of the day (some would say the entire trip), was the visit to watch Ice Hockey at the Mercedes Benz Arena.  The atmosphere was electric in this top league clash between the Berliner Eisbären and the Iserlohn Roosters, with the home team die Eisbären winning 4:0. Afterwards, vast quantities of ice creams were eaten before retiring for a well-deserved sleep!

The final day was just as action packed as the others, with a visit to the Fernsehturm (TV tower) and a language trail around Alexanderplatz. After some retail therapy, the travelling party boarded the plane for the evening flight home. A trip to remember!

Oxfordshire Book Awards 2019

On Wednesday 13 November, thirteen students accompanied by Mrs Cooper and Mrs Count, attended the annual Oxfordshire Book Awards ceremony at Oxford High School in Summertown.

They were entertained by an array of award winning authors of picture books, junior and teen novels, including the fabulous Matt Killeen, Sally Nicholls (joint Highly Commended for Orphan, Monster, Spy and Things a Bright Girl Can Do respectively), and winner of the secondary category Tom Pollock for White Rabbit, Red Wolf was also in attendance.  This was also a favourite title of Burford student William Chuard who reviewed the book on stage.


Presenter and newsreader Zeb Soanes picked up Highly Commended for the incredible Gaspard the Fox and Sally Pomme Clayton also provided a highly entertaining retelling of the story of The King with Dirty Feet.  At the end of the ceremony, students were invited to take part in the 2020 awards by reading and voting for the shortlists.

3rd Place for U13 Girls Hockey


On Wednesday 13 November the Under 13 Hockey team travelled to Wood Green School to compete in the District Tournament.  The team, captained by Katie, put in a very strong performance and managed to secure 3rd place.

A Christmas Miscellany

WOLP Careers Convention

The WOLP Careers Convention will be held on Wednesday 29 January 2020.  Please put the date in your diary if your son/daughter is in Years 9-13.

WOLP Careers Convention 2020

Areas of interest covered will be:

            • apprenticeships
            • undergraduate opportunities
            • further and higher education courses
            • internships
            • employment


Star for a Night

Year 10 BTEC Enterprise Event

On Wednesday 23 October the Year 10 Enterprise students welcomed eight local business owners and entrepreneurs into school for the first ever ‘Enterprise Event’.  Students used this opportunity to find out why they opened up their own business and what skills are required to be a successful entrepreneur.   Our thanks go to the following local businesses.


Kim Cook – Shake Shop, Carterton                             Daniel Cooper – Blake’s Kitchen, Clanfield

Ady Suter – Timms Wealth Management Ltd          Ian Woollard – The Academy Partnership

Michelle Siedler – The Cake Element Bakery          Andy Hudson-Shaw – Clever Business Websites

Charlie Allen – X-Press legal Services                         Sam Bardsley – Gone Visual Productions

Busy In The Boarding House

It has been a busy week for our boarders.  At the weekend they completed trips to the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon, where the students particularly enjoyed the wave machine in the pool.

A shopping trip took place to Witney and several of the older students went to the cinema to see the newly released film ‘The Joker’.


The Boarding Schools’ Association National Boarding Day was held on Saturday and to celebrate we held a ‘Bake Off’ competition.  We welcomed Sally, the chef from ‘Bumbles of Burford’ as our judge, and presented her with five cakes – all made and fabulously decorated by the boarders in a two hour time frame – quite a challenge!

Monday saw the boarders invite their favourite teacher for afternoon tea and a quiz.  The five delicious cakes were enjoyed by everyone and the boarders very much appreciated having so many of the day staff attend.


Riding High at NSEA Championships

Congratulations to the Burford School Equestrian team members, who qualified and competed at the 2019 National Schools Championships which took place from the 17 – 20 October.


Riders from Years 10, 11 and 12, had a successful weekend competing in a variety of classes, with some stand out performances from the team.