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06/03/20

Looking forward to welcoming visitors to our Open Morning today for Y6 Parents and students, 9.15-10.45am

05/03/20

Lots of great activities at BCGS today for Enrichment - Streetwise, Team Building, First Aid, Careers - a full on day packed with interesting topics.

27/02/20

The sun is shining and we are starting up the Bee Keeping Club again. Just waiting for warmer weather and active bees. Honey coming soon! https://t.co/aXms10IuNk

14/02/20

Wishing all our students on the Italian Skiing Trip a fantastic time - be safe! https://t.co/b8Ut9OgC9B

11/02/20

Thank you for our NOS Award. We're proud to be helping to make the internet a safer place for our students. Our staff, parents and students continue to be better informed about how to reduce online risks. . https://t.co/eYCMi7ZzoO

10/02/20

In Safer Internet Week we are looking forward to welcoming parents who have booked onto our Internet Safety Parents Evening tomorrow at 4.30pm.

07/02/20

Retweeted From ??The STEM Hub

Another great British Science Week with hands on fun and low cost activities to support teachers during . Informed teachers about and how this can be run within their school https://t.co/7VPmtxkiev

07/02/20

We're looking for a great Assistant Headteacher to join our senior leadership team - if you are interested please see our website for more details. https://t.co/7dOLBBOok4

30/01/20

We've taken delivery of a fantastic brand new mini bus, a Peugeot Boxer Lite. Our old buses were on their last legs so we're excited to be able to transport students to fixtures & trips with confidence. Thanks to all who contributed to the voluntary fund which helped purchase it. https://t.co/sBXPXS2KHT

29/01/20

What a lovely day for Bikeability - students gaining practical experience and confidence on the roads whilst out in the sunshine. https://t.co/SfXWsnFM8X

29/01/20

Retweeted From Canterbury Rotary

Started on your entries yet or thinking🤔of entering? Check out eligibility & other deets here: https://t.co/5nrtW57llE https://t.co/asRdrjYZfj

29/01/20

Don't forget our Sixth Form Open Evening tonight, 6.45pm-9pm. We're looking forward to meeting you. https://t.co/M8r1hl5IVy

28/01/20

We loved welcoming the students from the Chinese school, Belacosta in Sao Paula, Brazil. Shadowing their buddies they made new friends and impressed us with their ability to speak Mandarin, English and Portuguese! https://t.co/Hfc8XXPvoH

24/01/20

Y8 students designed, budgeted and built Lego houses this week to very strict guidelines, calculating dimensions, quantities and planning. Housebuilders of the future perhaps. https://t.co/JFfv6WWADp

22/01/20

Come and see what Sixth Form life is like at Barton Court on Wednesday 29 January - 6.45pm-9.00pm. We're looking forward to meeting you. https://t.co/bJiJqhPUuT

21/01/20

Second in Mathematics (TLR2c) at Barton Court Grammar School https://t.co/KmJhPp7FPy

20/01/20

Retweeted From The Good Grief Trust

This is one of our most popular posts. We hope it helps. Pls share. https://t.co/ras62MWfov

20/01/20

Welcome to 9 students and 2 staff from the Chinese school, Belacosta in Sao Paulo. These talented students speak English, Portuguese and Mandarin! They're here all week getting to know life in an English school.

17/01/20

A reminder that our Sixth Form Open Evening is on Wednesday 29 January 6.45pm-9.00pm. Come and see what Sixth Form is like at Barton Court, great staff, lovely new buildings and brilliant teaching & learning.

01/05/19

Our Y5 Taster Morning on Saturday 29 June 2019 is now open for bookings. Primary school pupils in Y5 are eligible to attend for a taster of life at Barton Court. Places are already being booked so don't delay! Details on our website.

05/03/19

Congratulations to our Y10 Basketball Team who finished in 3rd place in the Kent Youth Games last week. https://t.co/6kKwq8sNNh

06/02/19

Thank you for a great session on Sports Psychology - oh to be this relaxed! https://t.co/3L4q5O7Uno

06/02/19

Sorry we've been a little quiet on Twitter lately so just catching up. We will definitely investigate this and can only apologise if our students were involved. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

06/02/19

Retweeted From Tmesis Theatre

Brilliant first show of in Canterbury & workshop with the fantastic students thanks for having us! https://t.co/8XS6LCw3zf

06/02/19

Retweeted From Sarah Harvey

therapy escape room challenge careers event, student groups work hard to assess Mr.Davies -great fun! https://t.co/yVrFpVwN8S

06/02/19

Retweeted From Jenner

Great to be back at today at their careers fair. Using our top trump job cards to help inspire the students with careers in construction! https://t.co/azeSRUk5wb

06/02/19

Retweeted From Health & Care Engagement Team

had a great 👍🏼 morning for a Focus Day for students thanks to Sue , Sarah , Edith, Jacqueline, Cindy, Elena, Rachel and Michelle. Some fab engagement ladies! 🤩 https://t.co/4ZnesHlRx2

03/12/18

Tired, muddy legs equals Cross Country runs! https://t.co/X9r63bLvqg

18/10/18

BCGS is again celebrating following publication of provisional progress scores for Y11 students in 2018. Provisional scores show we are the 2nd best school in the area for the progress students make from Y7 & the leading co-ed grammar in the local area by a significant margin.

03/10/18

Looking forward to welcoming students and parents to our first Open Evening tomorrow, 4 October. Don't forget to book for the Headteacher's presentation at 7.10pm. 6.10pm is now full. https://t.co/dpBp0fSjc7

14/11/17

Rag Week this week in school and Einstein House have got off to a flying start with a mega cake sale this morning! https://t.co/ESojpNkUTG

12/10/17

Our new build is looking amazing! https://t.co/cORPIpX6aB

12/10/17

Thank you for a great Samba workshop. Everybody is looking forward to the Canterbury Festival & opening parade on Saturday! https://t.co/2zDEpCJOu5

12/10/17

students voted to support you again this year! £4k already raised in just 2 months.

06/10/17

We raised nearly £11k for charity last year & welcomed to collect their chqs https://t.co/D2TmYZ1pGy

05/10/17

We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and their parents to our first Open Evening tonight, 6pm-8pm. https://t.co/spVNKhZwU6

04/10/17

Looking forward to welcoming prospective students and parents to School tomorrow for the first of our Open Evenings, 6pm-8pm. https://t.co/JOpduqCSfo

02/10/17

Calling on Philip Hammond for urgent action over the severe underfunding of 16-19 education - we need more money!

29/09/17

Today we are mostly eating cake for - £195 raised! https://t.co/WCIxA7nZTZ

29/09/17

Congrats to 13 of our BCGS students shortlisted for the John Downton Art Awards , with work exhibited at County Hall, Maidstone 23 Oct-4 Dec https://t.co/BA9GfHwYUG

Musical excellence

BCGS @ The Canterbury Festival

The year started with a bang in the music department as 20 students from Y8, 10, 12 and 13 were invited to take part in a samba workshop, in preparation or the Canterbury Festival Opening Parade on 14th October. This was run by professional samba musicians Kinetika Bloco. Students were taught about the various drums within the ensemble and learnt two pieces.

The parade was an excellent opportunity for students to show case their skills and we caused quite a stir in the high street (in full costume!).

Canterbury Festival

A more formal event took place later in the Festival season, with our Canterbury Festival lunchtime concert in the Speigaltent in November. This featured soloists and ensembles from all year groups and was well attended by members of the public. Highlights of the concert included Yamato Kinoshita (piano) playing Tarentella, Mia Cray (voice) gave an emotive performance of ‘I Don’t Want to Be Here’ and Anna Long (voice) sang a highly polished version of the jazz standard ‘Black Coffee’. We would like to thank the Canterbury Festival for the opportunities and hope to work with them again next year.

 

GCSE recital concert

At the end of Term 1, Y11 students participated in a recital concert, in order to prepare them for their final portfolio. This informal event was well attended by staff and parents and gave these KS4 musicians the opportunity to shine. This is a yearly event which is open to all.

Term 2 is always busy for the music department, as students and staff are involved in several high profile events.

 

Y7 Interhouse competition

At the end of November, 25 students from Y7 were invited to take part in a music Interhouse competition. Their task was to write a song based around the theme of Christmas. The students really threw themselves into the task and were able to come up with complete pieces in the time given. The winning submission was from 7G (although it was a difficult choice) and students performed their song to the year group at the end of the day.

 

Charity work

The Barton Court Choir expanded it’s charitable work this year and was invited to perform at the Pilgrim’s Hospice Tree of Love ceremony. This public event was attended by over 200 people and culminated in relatives hanging messages of love and hope on a brightly lit Christmas tree, in memory of their loved ones. The choir led the congregation in some traditional carols, as well as showcasing their repertoire for the upcoming carol service in Canterbury Cathedral. We felt privileged to be involved in this event and hope to be invited back next year.

The choir also shared their talents with the general public through some charity busking in Canterbury City Centre. We caused quite a stir and were thrilled to raise over £90 in one hour for our school charities.

 

Carol Service

Barton Court’s annual carol service took place in Canterbury Cathedral in December. This is a highlight of the music department’s calendar and featured students from all year groups performing in the Orchestra, Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble and Choir. A mix of secular and sacred repertoire made the service accessible for all and the quality of the performances was exceptionally high.

 

Winter Concert

The department finished the year with its annual Winter Concert, with the department ensembles again showcasing their skills, as well as a selection of solo and group performances from across the school. This event was well supported by students, staff and parents and has become a highlight of the school calendar.


Spring 2018 update:

After the hectic Christmas period the music department began preparing for a series of Spring events.

 

Piano Concert

January saw the advent of our first annual piano concert, which contained performances from students in Y9-Y13 from both Barton Court and The Charles Dickens Academy. For some of the participating students this was their first ever public performance, but they overcame their nerves and performed with confidence. We hope this will be the first of many joint performances between our two schools.

 

Steinway Masterclass

Talented pianists from Y11-Y13 had the privilege of attending a masterclass at the Steinway School in London in March. Two students were selected to undertake a masterclass with an internationally renowned pianist, which provided them with invaluable advice and experience. The day finished with a full tour of the Steinway School and students were able to play on pianos that had been used in the BBC Proms and witnessed the spectacle of a self-playing piano. We hope to return to the Steinway School next year.

Piano

Y5 Gifted and Talented Workshop

20 students from local primary schools attended a workshop hosted by the music department in March. This contained many practical activities which showcased the students’ instrumental and vocal skills. The one hour workshop culminated in a whole class performance of Tequila and Ms Fenn was very impressed by the standard of musicianship, particularly from the violinists and cellists that attended. We look forward to running a similar workshop next year.  

 

Barton Court Young Musician of the Year and Spring Concert

Another big event on the school calendar, was BCGS Young Musician of the Year, which saw talented students from Y7 and Y8 compete against each other. There were some outstanding performances and we were pleased to be able to award first place to Alice Smith (voice), second place to Max Hiney (drums) and third place to Beth Rogers (recorder). The second half of the concert began with the choir’s rousing rendition of ‘One’ from a Chorus Line and also featured performances from soloists and ensemble representing all year groups. It was also the final concert for our Y13 students and we wish them well in their future musical studies.


Music Department July 2018 update:

Y13 recital

Term 5 began with the Y13 performance recital. This was an examined component of the A level course and our students performed to an appreciative audience. Some exceptional work was presented, with Rebekah Kennett showcasing her classical singing skills and Freya Stephenson giving a spirited performance of ‘The Worst Pies in London’ from Sweeny Todd. The department is thrilled that both students are going on to study music and performing arts next year.

Go go go Joe!

During Term 4, 5 and 6 the department was focused on preparing for the annual school production. This year’s show is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and involves students in all year groups, both on and off stage. Ms Wild and Ms Fenn have worked tirelessly to put the show together and have been impressed by the commitment of all students, some of whom have never performed on stage before. The performances of the musical have been outstanding, with all audience members praising the creativity and professionalism of the students, as well as the quality of the music and acting.

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