Name: Adil Mohamed (Year 8)
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? Making new programs: (Python) Internet checkers, password strength simulator, etc.
What was your daily routine? Wake up, revise, brood, watch TV, practice instruments and do some coding.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? See friends and joking about.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? The solitary aspect of working by myself.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? Food Tech practicals
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? Keep busy!
Name: Jacob Thompson (YEAR 11)
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? My favourite memory was having more family time as you don't have that much time together on a regular basis.
What was your daily routine? Wake up - Eat - Homework - Sleep - Repeat.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? I missed the social interactions with my fellow pupils and the teachers.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? The inconsistent work schedule.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? Moving Image Arts, as my teacher gave me feedback as soon as I handed a piece of work in.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? The advice I would give is to do the homework which has been set as soon as possible and to refrain from allowing the homework to be overdue as it's just another thing you have to worry about down the line. Get it over and done with asap.
Rotary Ireland Strasbourg Trip
I would like to begin by giving Mrs McDermott full credit for beginning the process that would take me to Strasbourg. A quick conversation in the atrium saw me begin a series of interviews, the first of which being with the ex- principal Stephen Connolly, a man who I’d never had the pleasure of meeting before but I can say now I’m glad I have. The three interviews; the first at the school, the second at Bangor Golf Club and the final at the Stormont Hotel, consisted of complex questions on my feelings towards Europe, leadership and how I’ve shown leadership. Having succeeded, I was now one of 24 young people who were selected to represent Ireland at the annual Euroscola and it was a waiting game, however preparations were still needed for the trip including material for each of the topics we would be asked to consider.
Our trip began on the evening of Sunday the 2nd of February, when we were treated to a meal in Belfast and a stay at Jury’s Inn. You would expect the first day to be an awkward ‘get to know everyone’ session however this wasn’t true at all. Everyone was terribly excited and easy to talk to. Conversations before and after dinner didn’t cease and this was all with little mention of politics. That evening we were sorted into our respective groups, each with a topic of controversy, which needs solution. They ranged from the environment to human rights to the future of Europe. I was put in charge of the group called ‘migration and integration’ which set out to solve the issue of safe movement of migrants, solidarity in Europe with the distribution of migrants and their harmonious integration into European society. My group was made up by three girls and myself; Katie from Louth, Sarah from Donegal and Anna from Derry not Londonderry, and I must say I was very happy with my group. There were limited gaps in the others knowledge and their proposed solutions were both feasible and humane.
The next day began in a touristy way. Our morning occupation was at the Titanic Museum, which having already visited still didn’t disappoint as it is an interesting part of our history which is somewhat neglected by the exam boards.
After lunch we visited Stormont at a time at which the NI Assembly was actually sitting. This was probably one of the more humorous moments on the trip, pointing out the fact that our government was sitting when the Dail was empty because of their pressing general election. The tour guide in Stormont was excellent and really knew what he was talking about. We were then graced with the presence of some of our own politicians. The only memorable bit about meeting MLA’s from the DUP, UUP and Sinn Féin was the look on the face of the boy from the DUP when he heard more than half the room was from the south! I wasn’t impressed with what they had to say, and not even their names stuck with me. However we then got to meet Claire Hanna MP from the SDLP and she was excellent. She didn’t speak like a politician. If she didn’t have an exact answer to a question she was honest and didn’t try to fill the gap with meaningless waffle and she didn’t try and promote her party in any way, she was speaking from the heart.
The rest of the day was simply traveling. Our accommodation for the night was the Plaza Hotel in Dublin and we ate at TGI’s on O’Connell Street. One peculiar event from the evening was when we were walking down O’Connell Street and some of the group started pointing out holes in an old building. I thought it was just Irish engineering until I realised it was the GPO…
The third day saw us at the EU Office in Dublin where we met with James Temple-Smith, Head of the Liaison Committee in the European Union. He gave us a talk on how Europe is functioning at the minute and what kind of obstacles it’s likely to face in the future, most notably post Brexit. We were then allowed to question him on our various topics which was quite useful for my group as it allowed us to clear up our queries surrounding budget for policies on migration. The next part of our day was supposed to be spent at the Dail however it was closed because of the on-going general election. Instead we were treated to a tour around Dublin Castle which, although it sounds dreary, was actually very interesting. The tour guide was once again very knowledgeable and spoke with great confidence. The décor of the place was incredible and we were able to see what changes were made by each King, Queen or Viceroy. The rest of our evening was very relaxed to prepare us for the next day.
The next day we were woken at the delightful hour of 2:30am for our flight. Although a lack of sleep hits hard it was rather pleasing how empty the airport was and how quickly we got through. I decided to wear a face mask in the airport for a bit of fun due to the on going Coronavirus outbreak and it was amazing how many dirty looks you get! Having slept most of the flight it felt good to land in Germany. For any Marvel fans ,the airport where we arrived in Frankfurt was the scene of the big fight at the end of Captain America Civil War which was quite cool to see in real life. The bus journey to Strasbourg was pleasant but also quite eerie. I think I was the only one on the bus to realise we were driving through the north-eastern frontier, a site where many brutal battles had unfolded and where history’s most notorious tyrants had begun their campaigns of dominance of Europe. We were given free time to explore Strasbourg and all its beauty for the rest of the day. I took this opportunity to go on a mission for Mr Wolfenden in finding references to our history course in Strasbourg, which I am glad to say I succeeded in. In my exploration I found Vauban’s Dam, finished in 1690 with the aim to flood the city should in come under attack, and also Louis XIV had been immortalised on the Cathédral Notre Dam de Strasbourg. That evening we spent time in our groups to make our final preparations for the Euroscola whilst battling with sleep deprivation.
Euroscola day couldn’t have begun worse. My alarm didn’t go off which meant I was forced to have a quick shower and no breakfast. Thankfully there was food provided in the European Parliament. The building itself was magnificent and the view was only furthered by the fact that there was a red sky that morning. It was around 9:30am that we were called into the chamber and the atmosphere within it was something I’ll never forget. Our morning began with an introduction to every nation within the European Union. Every country except Luxembourg and Malta had put forward representatives. From this you could really see who were going to be the leading voices throughout the day. The Belgians, Italians and ourselves were really good at showing what our countries were about and what our presence meant. We were also met with some more odd introductions such as the Germans who were drier than Weetabix and the Romanians who started dancing! This was then followed by speeches from 3 ex-MEP’s, from France, Spain and Cyprus respectively. Although they had some interesting things to say about the future of Europe which I did agree with, the best thing about their speeches was having somebody translate them for you. Looks like not doing a language at GCSE paid off after all! After lunch we formed committees for our respective topics. The migration committee numbered over 100 people with each country once again having at least one representative. Within this committee we had to elect a spokesperson who would report our solutions and a chair to manage the debate. I was elected spokesperson for migration (those who wanted to apply for the positions were required to give a short speech to the group and there was a vote) whilst a representative from Slovenia was chair. The debate itself was very interesting and productive but it also showed that there are clear xenophobic divisions in Europe, even amongst the younger generations. The Slovenians and Austrians didn’t get along very well and the Belgians had to constantly remind the Greeks that they were in no position to talk about the economy! However, we did come to some promising conclusions and so I quickly whipped up a speech to deliver. When we came back to the chamber it was clear that the Irish were taking over, the whole of the spokes board was Irish, something that had never happened in the history of the Euroscola. We were given four minutes to persuade the chamber with our speeches, followed by questions from the floor on our policy. There is a link below to my speech but to summarise, our committee wanted a simultaneous action of welcoming legal migrants into Europe with fair distribution and safe transport whilst cracking down on illegal immigration by strengthening the boarders of Europe. The questions were followed by a vote which was passed by a large majority. The day was a massive success and one that will be hard to forget.
Name: Adam Bickerstaff
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? Being able to play lots of rugby with my Dad.
What was your daily routine? I would wake up, then do my morning workout, then have my breakfast, then complete half of my school work. I would take a short break and continue to do the remainder of my school work. After all that I would chill out for a couple hours, then go an a run (usually about 5k). Finally I'd play rugby and chill for the rest of the day.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? My friends.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? Having to scan through the entire Google Classroom app to see what work you have and accidentally missing one.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? Art was the most fun and enjoyable.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? Wear a mask so it doesn't happen in the first place.
Name: Elizabeth Huddleson
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? The sunsets in Ballyholme and walks by the sea.
What was your daily routine? Going to BGS every day with my daughter.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? I missed the energy that pupils in the building invariably bring with them.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? Simple tasks took SO MUCH LONGER because I had to wait for people to respond to voicemails or emails.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? Thoroughly enjoyed conducting the Head Boy interviews via Zoom. Super fun!
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? To the pupils i would say ......DO YOUR WORK, although I secretly did really enjoy getting to chat to some of you on the phone.
It is fair to say that Food Technology was one of the subjects that fully embraced the lockdown experience and turned it into a truly memorable learning experience for the boys of BGS.
Even before the lockdown, Food Tech students were involved in numerous exciting projects such as the Pancake Party, which raised funds for the Children's Hospice.
Knowing that the way to a BGS man's heart is through his stomach, the Year 8 pupils participated in the annual anti-bullying week, 'Change Starts With Me! The lure of free donuts proved to be a massive hit with the boys.
Even as lockdown loomed, spirits were not dampened - demand was high for the Easter Baking Kits. Even normally cool, cynical senior boys left school smiling - ready for the culinary challenges that lay ahead...
What challenges these would turn out to be. On an almost daily basis, the school's Twitter feeds were awash with images of boys baking ever more esoteric confections, combined with Mrs McDermott's seemingly endless archive of cookery tutorial videos.
BGS boys are deeply competitive, particularly in House-related matters; the House Bake Off Contest was fought with the usual high levels of internecine rivalry. In the end though, there can only be one winner, and Dufferin House won the contest despite stiff competition from the other Houses.
One of the more inspired and zany tasks was the Michelin star baked beans and toast challenge. Pupils were set the task of transforming this humble dish into haute cuisine works of art that would turn Heston Blumethal green with envy. Needless to say, BGS boys rose to the challenge and the end results were exquisite and often astonishing.
Art in Lockdown
Every one of us have had a different experience of lockdown. For some, it has been a very sad and difficult time. For some it has been scary, confusing and frightening. For some, it has meant they are separated from loved-ones, holidays, hobbies and sports cancelled. For others, it has been a strangely positive time. Some have enjoyed having more time to spend together as a family, relationships have become closer, people are enjoying nature more, the sea is clearer, the air less polluted - even Orcas have visited our shores because of the reduction in boat traffic. During the lockdown, we experienced unseasonably good weather and many of us learned new skills like baking and gardening - or got really good at computer games!
Students were asked to create artwork expressing their own personal response to, and feelings about, lockdown. They responded with drawings, paintings, photography, Photoshop, digital drawing, collage, short film and animation. The following galleries are only a small sample of the excellent work produced by BGS pupils during the lockdown.
Name: Clare Steele
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? Spending time with my family and enjoying our beautiful coastline together.
What was your daily routine?
- Home schooling and online teaching in the morning.
- Cooking lunch and baking with the family.
- Coastal walk with dog and family after lunch every day.
- More home schooling and online teaching.
- Cooking dinner (we had a family Come Dine With Me competition every week)
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? My exam classes and my friends at work.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? Sharing computers and trying to balance my work with the children needing help with their work.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? Get outside in the fresh air!
Name: Rowan Magee (Year 13)
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? When I shaved my entire head down to the skin with a beard trimmer.
What was your daily routine? Get up at 7:30am to complete any work I had. I would work until around 4pm, go for a cycle in the afternoon and watch a movie or tv show at night with my family.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? I missed seeing some of my friends.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? When certain teachers just set an abundance of reading tasks instead of actual interaction. Also, insisting upon having documents with a black background printed out - despite having no working printer at home. Oh, and telling us pupils to mark our own past papers...
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? I thoroughly enjoyed the research tasks set by the Drama department and the questions and video lessons set by the History department.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? Get into the habit of getting up early and into a routine. Do some sort of exercise at home and, if possible, spend some time outside.
Mental Health Award
Our annual Careers and Universities Fair took place on Friday 14th February 2020. It was attended by BGS pupils in year 10 to 14 with the extended invite to Key Stage five pupils from schools in the North Down Learning partnership. The afternoon was very busy and informative for all who attended. Around fifty businesses were in attendance. Representatives from over twenty-five UK and Ireland Universities travelled to be there as well as SERC and Belfast Metropolitan College. The pupils were able to ask questions and learn more about their areas of interest both as a career and potential course opportunities.
Name: Robbie McCartney (Year 13)
Favourite memory of lockdown? Being appointed as a Senior Prefect.
What aspect of school life did you miss the most? Definitely the banter with teachers and my peers.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? Having to sit down and do work in a different environment.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? Physics with Mr Gilmour - lots of great laughs online.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? Keep a good routine and pace your work well, try to do little bits every day as opposed to it all in one day
Name: Kerry Will
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? Long walks along the beach to start my day.
What was your daily routine? A long walk, working till mid afternoon and then time with my son or a socially distanced coffee in the garden with my mum.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? Seeing the boys and chatting to them every day.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? Working on my own without any interaction with others.
What work was most memorable during the online teaching? I loved phoning the boys and their parents to chat through their UCAS personal statements with them and to catch up with them and hear all their news.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? Keep in touch with your friends and talk to a member of staff if you are finding it hard - we are here to help even if we are not in the school building.
Poland Trip 2020
The annual Poland tour has concluded for another year. It is one of BGS’ most popular trips, and rightly so, as it offers GCSE History students the opportunity of a lifetime. It allows pupils to visit a country that we spend such a large portion of our time studying and to see, first hand, how it has suffered as a nation across both the Second World War and the Cold War. Quite simply Poland is a permanent monument to the resolve of humanity against oppression in any form. It is a trip that is truly any historian’s dream, travelling first to Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, before moving on to Krakow with its breathtaking old square and the magnificent presence that is St Mary’s Basillica.
Our bus was due to arrive at school around 4am and the excited atmosphere was evident even earlier than that from the queue of cars driven by parents keenly waiting to drop their sons off to become the responsibility of someone else for the next 6 days. Despite the bus being scheduled to leave the school site at 4:30 almost everyone had arrived within ten minutes of the gates opening, eager for our departure to Dublin and then Warsaw.
Upon our arrival at the hotel we immediately went to visit 'Stalin’s Syringe' (Poland’s tallest building) to watch the sun set over the historic city of Warsaw before taking a trip into the old town later that evening. The magnificence of the old town and its surrounding buildings is simply undeniable, a view I am sure everyone else on the trip would concur with. This brilliance is only added to when one discovers that the whole area had been destroyed by the Nazis during the occupation of Poland and every building there had been rebuilt by volunteers during the Soviet era.
On our first full day we went to visit the Warsaw uprising museum, a lasting memorial to the brave stories of those who resisted Nazi control to the end and held off the SS from the inside of a ghetto for six months. The visit taught us all a lot more about a part of history that is often forgotten and really brought into sharp clarity just how awful the conditions inside a WW2 ghetto were. After lunch in Warsaw we went back to the old town for a walking tour, taking us past the presidential residence, into the old town. We marvelled at the many buildings rebuilt against the will of the USSR, before visiting, what is in my opinion, one of the most poignant examples of the destruction of Warsaw - St. John’s Cathedral. The presence of the track of the tank which levelled it, built into the wall of the new building, provided us with an exceptional reminder of how indiscriminately the Nazis destroyed everything in their path. In the course of this tour we also had the opportunity to visit Piłsudski square where the grave of the unknown soldier is housed in the remains of the Saxon Palace. The square is also the spot where Pope John Paul II said his first mass in Poland as Pope, and brought together millions of people who resented the control communism had over them, it was a major factor in the end of communism in Poland in 1989.
The majority of the next day, Saturday, was spent in transit from Warsaw to Krakow as some unexpected roadworks slowed our progress. This transport problem left our teachers perilously close to having to control a mutiny as we all had to wait for lunch! All was saved, however, when our bus driver executed what may, or may not have been, a slightly illegal turn into a nearby McDonalds. The scene of us all pilling inside was vaguely reminiscent of the opening of the Eastern Block’s first McDonalds in January 1990. Now that we were all fed the bus moved on to Czestochowa, where we toured the monastery and visited the cathedral, before finally reaching Krakow at about eight o’clock. After our meal in the hotel it was decided that we would go to the old square to see the beauty of the area, in particular the Basilica by night.
It was Sunday the 23rd and, after an early start, we left the hotel by eight o’clock for Auschwitz. The coach arrived an hour and a half later and we were immediately greeted by the foremost site of one of the most heinous atrocities the world has ever seen. Words truly cannot do justice to the feeling of standing in Auschwitz; and for all of the wrong reasons. Immediately, upon walking through the infamous gate to Auschwitz One, or along the train tracks of Birkenau, you are taken back in time to when humanity looked the other way until it was too late.
Name: Mark Dickson
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? Probably being a Zoom quizmaster for some of the BGS staff and confounding them with weird and wonderful questions. Their general knowledge was pretty good, to be fair to them!
What was your daily routine? Woke up, wondered what day it was, got on the computer, did some work during the school day, answered emails and then a dander in the evening times down to the coastal path.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? The quick witted banter with staff and classes alike.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? The fact that you can't motivate pupils over a computer connection. Also the fact that you couldn't take the laptop outside - the weather was so good that you couldn't see the screen!
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? I did enjoy making my Screengrab videos, despite the fact that some of them took 10 or more takes, due to me messing up what I was trying to say.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? Life at BGS WILL go back to normal in the near future - hopefully in 20/21. The need to motivate oneself to engage with the work we set has to be front and centre of your minds, if this happens again. Bear in mind that lockdown raised issues that we all have to work through, and life has been tougher for all of us. But, if you can see that all the staff here do care about you, your education and your future, you should try your best to complete whatever work comes your way.
Name: Jack Ramage (Year 11)
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? Sleeping.
What was your daily routine? I slept in until late, then did my school work. After that I relaxed and watched movies before going to bed.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? Face to face interaction.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? Finding the motivation to do the work as best I can.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? The most memorable online task was the Moving Image Animation task.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? To do your best to be optimistic about everything.
Name: Flynn Mitchell
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? Nothing particularly stands out.
What was your daily routine? Unscheduled and erratic.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? The routine and the stability that school provides in my life. Also, I missed consistent social interaction with friends and teachers which is extremely important for my mental wellbeing.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? Nothing in particular.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? Use Zoom and recorded lessons to keep the students more engaged, set larger work with longer deadlines so that you can progress through it at your own pace.
Name: Dylan McKim (Year 11)
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? When I found out it was getting eased and I could see my friends again.
What was your daily routine? Wake up around 3pm, shower at about 4pm, walk the dog around a lap of the local park, eat dinner, play on my xBox till around 2am. Then I would go down to the kitchen and eat toast while watching Come Dine With Me. I would then ascend into my bedroom around 4:30am and sit on my phone till about 7am.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? Just seeing people that you wouldn't necessarily go out of your way to see in your free time but you appreciate that they make school what it is.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? Actually getting myself to do work was hard since I find it hard to get anything done at home compared to school, where it's a learning environment. That, and sitting on xBox and having probably the worst time of my life.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? I looked at a page of Chemistry trying to teach me about moles but it was far too difficult. I never did any Chemistry through all of lockdown and still don't know how to calculate moles to this day.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? I wouldn't really have anything to say to anyone else as no one really talks about how they found lockdown and each person had very different experiences.
Name: Lewis Keenan (Year 13)
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? Having the time to play a lot of great games.
What was your daily routine? Wake up between 9-11am, do any work I had set on Google Classroom, then play games/eat/workout/watch something to relax.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? A more rigid structure to the day
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? Working in a more comfortable environment like your room where no one else is around and distractions are everywhere. It practically promotes procrastination and laziness.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? All of the AS Biology work set; there was a lot of it, but that just meant it was more engaging for me as it never left my mind; and since I was interested in the subject I constantly gave it my best, almost recreating the feel of being in school again.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? The lockdown won't last forever - see it more as a challenge of discipline and work through it diligently to prove your independence and capabilities to yourself and others.
Name: Nathan Wiggill (Year 8)
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? My favorite memory was when my family and I went on a trip to the highlands of Scotland. For the first two nights, we stayed in Edinburgh, then we traveled north to Loch Ness and stayed in the area for four nights. For our last night we went to Ardrossan and then took the ferry back to Northern Ireland.
What was your daily routine? My daily routine was as follows. I would wake up between seven and eight o'clock and get ready for the day. Once I was ready, I started my online schoolwork. After I finished my work I would either go for a bike ride, watch YouTube or practice flips and parkour. I would have tea at around six o'clock and go to bed between nine and ten o'clock.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? I missed being able to see my friends and doing practical subjects like Technology and Food Technology.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? One of the most difficult aspects of working from home was getting into the routine of doing my work consistently.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? The subjects I enjoyed were Food technology, Art, English and Drama.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? I would say to not spend all of your time in front of a screen and make sure to do something practical and fun every day.
Name: Connor Scott (Year 9)
What is your favourite memory of lockdown? Sport returning was great, to fill the void lockdown caused.
What was your daily routine? Wake up late and get work done, then just chill for the most part.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most about BGS? Playing sports with my friends.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? My house is quite distracting so it was difficult to concentrate.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? Spanish, as they were horrific.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? Make sure to take time to do things other than schoolwork
Name: Aqeel Mohamed (Head Boy)
What was your daily routine? As I had a job at a pharmacy, I would wake up, grab breakfast go to work, come back from work and then have dinner before watching TV. It didn't really feel very different to when I was at school.
What aspect of daily school life did you miss most? Seeing my mates.
What was the most difficult or challenging aspect of working from home? Not being able to go outside much and being stuck in the same place for like a month and a half.
What online classwork/lessons were most memorable during the online teaching? I didn't have any particularly memorable lessons, and I say that with the greatest of respect to my teachers.
What advice would you give to members of the BGS community in the event of a second lockdown? Try and keep in touch with your friends as it is really easy to become isolated. Check up on your mates as well!
On Thursday 12th March, the week before the school closed as part of the official lockdown, a group of BGS swimmers set off for London with both excitement and trepidation to take part in the Bath Cup.
As well as competing in the prestigious event where Bangor Grammar School placed 17th out of 80, the boys took time out to enjoy the World of Harry Potter