As the ravages of Hurricane Harvey begin to fade from the front of our minds – at least for those of us who do not have the misfortune to live in Texas (and also now in the Caribbean!) – we must be grateful for the beauty and tranquility of September.

This is a glorious month, and it promises, once again, to make up for the inclement times that we have suffered during part of the ‘Summer’ holidays.

It was wonderful to welcome the children back to school during a reasonably warm week of weather. They look relaxed, tanned and refreshed.

As I mentioned in my start-of-term letter, the School has been a-buzz with many developments. Many, such as the new state of the art fire system, are not visible but are vital to the smooth running of the school. On the very visual front, the Astro Turf looks stunning. As we add the final touches, both staff and children are very excited to start using it.

For girls in Years 3 – 6 Mr Harrison has provided a  helpful link which shows a range of trainers that will give optimum grip on the Astro surface.  Please be aware that normal trainers will still be needed for regular PE lessons.

Over the course of the year, we will see the development of our mini pavilion. This will add a new dimension and a lovely atmosphere to the games field. After this weekend, we will know whether it must be christened after England’s Joe Root or the latest Caribbean star, Shai Hope. Whatever the result of this final Test match, it has been good to see the return of West Indian cricketing pride in recent weeks.

During the holidays, we have had another huge investment in IT equipment; replacing interactive whiteboards with Large Format Displays (LFD) and upgrading the School’s fibre network. There are also plans to purchase another batch of Chromebooks for the Houses. These developments will further enhance our teaching and learning.

So, this is an appropriate moment for me to thank the Estates and IT teams for all of their hard work over the Summer.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new starters from Buttons to Year 6 and to express my hope that you are starting to feel like part of the BCS family already.

With every best wish