Let me start where I normally finish – by wishing you all a relaxing weekend.

As Oscar chat becomes louder, perhaps you will be taking a trip to the cinema? If so, you may be going to see the much-heralded U-certificate La La Land. Alternatively, if you are aged 15 or over, you may be drawn to the East coast, specifically Manchester-by-the-Sea?

From what I understand – and time has not yet allowed Jules and me to see either– the musical is being seriously over-rated by the media, while the latter provides serious food for thought.

On the subject of food for thought, or at least thought for food – I must update you on decisions regarding our School catering. This is a very important matter as the catering plays a huge part in what we offer to the children. I believe that we are listening and acting on issues that are at the heart of the School. We aim to do everything possible to provide the best dietary outcomes for our children and to make mealtimes one of the many highlights of the school day. To this end we have been conducting a review of our catering over the last term and a half. Next week, the shortlisted companies will present their proposals.

Meanwhile back to the present, another busy week saw Year 3 set off to the Barber Institute as part of their Art studies. This was a great experience that inspired many a budding Picasso. Thank you to Mrs Lambert-Green. Continuing on the theme of Performing Arts, I thoroughly enjoyed the Year 4 music recital – the musicianship was first rate. We are building young people with the confidence to present to an audience, which is a skill for life.

This week the U11s won the Plate at the Winterfold Football Tournament. The boys did well defensively, conceding only two goals in the whole tournament. We found our shooting boots later in the competition winning 6 out of 7 games and came home with a trophy. Well done to all!

There have been a number of fixtures this week for the boys and girls; many were promising performances, but there is still much work to be done before we are the finished article. I am however, very pleased with the all-round commitment – an important attribute that we must hold dear in all that we do.

On Thursday the boys took part in a swimming gala against West House School. They tried their utmost and participated in a great spectacle. I feel excited that following the introduction of training sessions with the City of Birmingham Swimming Club for our pupils, here at School, our performances will be further strengthened.

This week’s Chapel service was led by Miss Helen Buckley from St Stephen’s and St Wulstan’s, Selly Oak. This was a thought-provoking sermon that made us focus on what we really need in life, away from the material things.

The Chapel will reopen in the Summer Term. Until then, I would ask you to continue to support all services in the School Hall. Tea and coffee will still be served afterwards in the Board Room.

NOEL NEESON | HEADMASTER