What's been happening in the Boys' Junior School - 29/03/2019

What's been happening in the Boys' Junior School - 29/03/2019

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to the following boys who received Star of the Week this week:

Year 3 Gold – Niyan, for a super understanding of Holy Week and Easter in RS.

Year 4 Royal – Harry, for his improved focus and effort in all lessons.

Year 5 Emerald – Jaxon, for a confident performance of Greensleeves in our Tudor Trial.

Year 5 Jade – Ismail IA, for a big effort to improve handwriting.

Year 6 Burgundy– Tom G, for excellent effort in Science and English.

Year 6 Scarlet – Toby, for enthusiastic classification work in Science.


Due to staff illness and a technical issue, some photographs for Stars of the week did not make it onto the newsletter. Apologies for any confusion this may have caused. Please see below the photographs and Stars of the Week for those weeks.


Year 3 Gold – Ahmed, for great improvement in Maths and English.

Year 4 Royal – Rayaan, for being very helpful and very studious.

Year 5 Emerald – Ronnie, for stealing the show in our mock-Tudor courtroom.

Year 5 Jade – Ben O, for a great dramatic performance in our Tudor scenes.

Year 6 Burgundy – Ayaanali, for amazing effort in Science this week.

Year 6 Scarlet – Alex, for being helpful and mature around the classroom.



Year 4 Royal – Hisham, for contributing lots to class discussions across all subjects.

Year 5 Emerald – Sammy, for a positive attitude to learning all week.

Year 5 Jade – Harry W, for making an excellent effort to get basics right in his writing.

Year 6 Burgundy – Antony, for improved effort multiplying decimals during maths.

Year 6 Scarlet – Stefan, Excellent circuit work in Science

House Points

Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Max - 155
Oliver and George N - 150
Sam - 149
Adam L - 72
Harry G - 67
Rayaan - 64
Zubair - 137
Haroon - 103
Hassan - 85
Adutya - 161
Awais - 131
Ayaanali - 91

Overall scores

Kay - 82
Hulme - 67
Howlett - 66
Derby - 61

Other News

Altruism in Action

The children here at BGS pride themselves on their charity and community fundraising efforts, but often they don’t get to see the huge impact this can make on people’s lives every day.

This week we were delighted to receive an email from the parents of a current BGS pupil, who wrote to thank the Boys’ Junior School for their recent fundraising efforts for the charity Medequip4kids.

‘Our baby Theo was born at 25 weeks weighing 1lb 14oz. Due to his extreme prematurity he has ongoing difficulties, including chronic lung disease and deafness … Unfortunately, due to a winter virus, he experienced breathing difficulties and needed to be admitted to North Manchester Hospital for 1 week on oxygen. During this time he was confined to his room … we were able to make use of a sensory voyager which Theo loved! The voyager was provided by Medequip4kids and I know that your school raised an amazing amount of money for them last year.’

The boys raised an incredible £3137.19 for the charity in the autumn term and it’s wonderful to see that their philanthropy is benefiting those closest to us.


Spring Concerts

The Spring Concerts have been superb this week!

Well done boys! We had an astounding 51 solos performed and all the boys sang in their classes. Songs varied from ‘The Stoneage Rock’ a reworking of ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen, to ‘Down in the Jungle’ in 3-part harmony. The boys have worked very hard for the concerts and performed some brilliant concerts.


Rewriting History

Year 5 Emerald revisited the trial of Anne Boleyn this week, acting it out in a courtroom mini-drama.

They did an excellent job creating and presenting evidence and ultimately pronounced Anne innocent of treason!


Tudor Trial

It has been a hive of activity in Year 5 as the boys prepare evidence for a Tudor trial.

Secret documents, opening pleas and sentences of death are all being prepared as we restage the trial of Anne Boyeln. Will she be found guilty or innocent?


Eggstraordinary Science

This week, year 4 observed the impact of sugar on teeth this week, building on from our eggsploration last week.

No surprises that water had no effect. Nor was it a surprise that coca cola caused obvious signs of decay - a darkened shell and signs of corrosion from a rough surface of the shell. A real surprise was in stall when observing the impact of apple juice. Although healthy in providing some vitamins, it showed how sugary natural fruit juice can be, as revealed by the shell actually flaking off easily from the egg due to the extensive decay. It's fair to say that the boys have eggstra motivation to brush their teeth!


Water pollution week

Last week, Burgundy were given the task of purifying muddy water using a range of materials.

The pupils spent time planning which materials would be best to filter out the mud and clean the water. Afterwards, we spoke as a class about how having clean water was very important and how we should not waste it or allow it to be contaminated.


Project week

This term welcomed a new challenge for our Year 6, create a futuristic product or gadget.

Throughout the week, the pupils have shared their creative inventions, put forward their ideas and even developed a product timeline. We have been blown away by plans and prototypes for underwater cities, teleportation devices and even 3-course meals inside sweets, just to name a few!


Museum trip

“I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.”

This quote links in with our current topic of Tomorrow’s World, where we have begun to delve in to our local history of Bury. Furthermore, our recent trip to the Museum of Science and Industry allowed us to learn more about the history of travel, focusing on the development of the train and helping us create more ideas about what the future might be like.


Year 3 MOSI Trip

We had a wonderful day finishing our topic of Forces and Mighty Metal at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. We learned about how Manchester pioneered many amazing inventions, we watched and participated in a super science showdown before showing how amazingly we had learned forces in the Forces and flight workshop. Mrs Melia was also allegedly filmed parachuting from a plane.



The Junior Boys had their annual House Swimming Gala on Wednesday afternoon and, as usual, it was an exciting (and noisy!) affair.

In a highly competitive gala, Derby prevailed for the fifth year in a row and retained the trophy with an excellent score of 59 points.

Special mentions must go to Ben S in Year 3 for setting a new front crawl record time of 15.72 seconds and Ben N in Year 4 who equalled the current backstroke record of 16.05 seconds.

This year saw the introduction of the canon relay to the event, with one boy from each year group taking part in a 'double points' final race, just to add to the excitement.

Credit must go to all the boys, both participating and spectating, who displayed impeccable sportsmanship and fantastic support for their peers.


Cross Country

The U11 Boys finished their cross country season with an impressive performance on Tuesday night as they competed in the team relay event at Bury Athletics Club.

The team, comprising of Sam, Oliver, Rocco and Ciaran performed fantastically well and finished third out of the twenty-seven competing schools. With athletics season just round the corner, this is a very promising result which bodes well for the upcoming athletics events.

Well done, boys!



The U11 football team progressed to the quarter finals of the Bury Junior Schools' Football League competition on Wednesday with a resounding 10-2 victory over East Ward.

A dominant performance saw some fantastic passing football from the boys with goals coming from Matthew, Oliver, Sammy and Will.

A comfortable four-nil half time lead had given the boys a perfect start and they refused to sit back and relax as they fired in another six second half goals.

The boys are now in the quarter finals of both the BJSSA Cup and League competitions and will play Our Lady of Lourdes in both ties!