On the front page of our national newspapers during the last week, we have been treated to many pictures of a disheveled middle-aged man with a shock of unruly blond hair.

Nobody can pretend that the protracted Brexit negotiations are going to prove compulsive reading, so an image of that bounder, the ‘Billy Bunter’ of politics, is guaranteed to brighten up all of our breakfast tables.

There has been much discussion on the inside pages about the relative qualities of Boris Johnson and the current incumbent – the altogether more stylishly coiffured and handsomely-shod Theresa May.

Is Johnson after the top job, the editorials ponder? What qualities would he bring to Number 10? Well, we all knew that Theresa was never going to ooze charisma but how important is personality and ‘pizazz’? Is effectiveness the only criterion for survival and success at the top? After their experience this past week, some of our senior children may be well placed to answer that question.

When Mr Newman, Miss Green and Miss Levitt took our Heads and Deputies to their leadership training day at Kingham Hill School, they enjoyed a very productive, thought-provoking day, one that proved inspiring for our young leaders. I am sure they will demonstrate the skills that they have developed as the year progresses. And who knows – perhaps we are producing a latter day Johnson or a budding May even as I write?

Meanwhile, as Week 3 comes to an end, we reflect on a positive start to the sports season. The house matches and training games showed that the girls are gearing up for what promises to be a positive hockey season. A special mention to the Year 4 rugby boys, who put in a strong performances at RGS The Grange. Good luck to all as the fixture lists gets started in earnest next week. Please come and support all our teams and cheer them on.

This week we were visited by Mrs Sarah Evans from The Good Schools Guide. On her visit, she observed the School in action. I must commend the staff in all areas of school life and, of course, the children, for demonstrating all of the opportunities we have on offer at BCS. A special thank you also to the parents who gave up their time to speak with Mrs Evans.

Yesterday evening, The Friends held their Annual General Meeting. I congratulate Corinna Gregory and her team for their professional approach. The Friends provide the School with much support by delivering items that really add value.

This is shown by the recent purchase of a new timing system for the swimming pool. The system will provide accurate timings, and will allow us to hold swimming galas at a top level.

Remember to look out for the Firework tickets, which will go on sale very soon.

Other important points to remember:

I would like to remind parents that apart from parking to drop off or collect your child, you are politely requested not to park your car and then leave the site. It is a safeguarding risk. In an emergency, if you need to park on site, please advise the School.

Thank you to the children who have volunteered to help at Open Morning? Our pupils are the best advocates of the School.

There has been a recent incident at a local school. Please be vigilant around our school site, and if you have any concerns, inform the Estates Team or a member of staff immediately.

Finally a reminder to Year 5 parents that the Year 5 Senior School Information Evening has changed from Wednesday 27th September to Monday 2nd October. This was due to unforeseen circumstances.

Have a great weekend.

NOEL NEESON | HEADMASTER