Professional Musician Inspires Students

Published 27 February 2024

Before half term, the music department welcomed guest speaker, Alex Aitken. Alex most recently spent three years as Children’s Musical Director and Cover Conductor on the London Production of Mary Poppins. In addition to his work with schools, Alex is also a Music Director with the National Youth Music Theatre, the Assistant Musical Director at MK Chorale, a coach with The Oxford and Cambridge Singing School and accompanist to The National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, Oxford Pro Musica, and The Military Wives Choir. St Bart’s were therefore delighted that Alex was able to give our students a whole day of his busy schedule.
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English Update

 Published 27 February 2024

The English Faculty are incredibly proud of the range of opportunities we are able to provide for students, both in lessons and beyond the classroom. So far this year, we have particularly focused on integrating technology into lessons - Chromebooks in Years 7-9 and students’ own devices in Year 12.  We have been impressed by students’ enthusiasm for these and their determination to ensure they are being used to enhance their learning.
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Dexter Donates Holocaust Book

Published 26 February 2024

In recent issues of BartholoNews we have spoken of our partnership with the Centre of Holocaust Education at UCL as a Beacon School and about how the school marked Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) with a series of assemblies designed to enhance teaching and learning about the Holocaust.
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John King

Published 22 February 2024

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John King, a long serving teacher at St Bart’s who gave 48 years of devoted service to the school without a single day of absence. He had been in Newbury as a small boy, since his father had been a curate of St John’s during World War II. After completing his degree at Manchester, in a sense, he ‘came home’.
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Rhodium Reading Challenge

Published 22 February 2024 Congratulations to Hanika Prashanth Kundar, Talha Irfan and Elsie Smith (Year 8) and Sophie Thomas (Year 10) for completing the Rhodium Reading Challenge, meaning these students have read at least 57 books across the five Reading Challenge levels! In recognition of this fantastic achievement, Hanika, Talha, Elsie and Sophie each recently received a hamper of book goodies from our librarian, Mrs Hewetson. If any student would like to discuss or learn more about the Reading Challenges, please do ask at the Library. Happy reading!
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Evers & Davis House Evening 2024

Published 26 February 2024

Before half term, Evers and Davis Houses regaled us with a plethora of fabulous performances in their annual House Evening. From Elodie and Lenka who began the evening dancing to ‘Rolling in the Deep’, to Andrea Wong stunning everyone with her Chopin rendition on the piano and the Year 9 students’ alternative “Romeo and Juliet” sketch, it was clear that there is a lot of talent in Evers and Davis.
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