It’s been a great week for children. What could be more exciting than the sight of several inches of snow falling, lending a romantic edge to the Christmas season?

Of course, a dousing from the white stuff doesn’t make everybody happy. I dare say that those in our Estates Office were about as happy to see it as Jose Mourinho was to see a pint of milk flying in his direction. But we, at least, have got over it – and I applaud the gargantuan efforts of my behind-the-scenes team during the early part of this difficult week. 

Indeed, it was a small miracle that after the treacherous weather which forced the school to shut on both Monday and Tuesday, school got back to normal on Wednesday. And what a joy it was to come back to, with a wonderful Pre-Prep Christmas Service on Wednesday – such a charming way for the Pre-Prep community to end a very productive term. Tired though they must be after a long term, the children were irrepressible. They demonstrated a remarkable energy in their singing and enthusiasm and clarity in their reading. Well done, one and all.

The Prep Carol Service, led by Chaplain, was a beautiful thought-provoking affair, with The Chapel Choir in full voice, ably supported by the Senior Choirs. Again the readers and dramatisation were outstanding. A very hearty well done to all staff and children for two wonderful events.

On Wednesday the children enjoyed Christmas lunch here at school. From the feedback (if you will pardon the expression) it all went down very well. At the same time we invited back some Old Scholars and School Benefactors as well as former Heads Messrs. Browning and Bissell for an Old Scholars’ Christmas lunch. Here was a great opportunity for members of the current BCS community to exchange stories about the past and to share our exciting plans for the future.

So although it was a short final week, there was much packed in. As we prepare to wrap those presents and cook yet more mince pies, I would like to thank all the staff and children for their hard work. This term has been very positive. And to you the parent body, thank you for your support over the past three months.

The new edition of Out of the Blue, showcasing this term’s achievements and events, will be available shortly on our website. Hard copies will be available in January. 

Finally, a bit of late academic news. Congratulations to the twenty Year 6 children who qualified for the Primary Mathematics Challenge Final in February. An excellent achievement!

Have a happy Christmas, everybody. Feel free to compete against our 2017 House Mastermind Champions, St Monica’s, by testing yourselves on our Eliminator questions! I look forward to 8th January, and welcoming back all the children. On that note: would it be too much to hope that in 2018, our sportsmen, whether they be in Melbourne or in Manchester, behave just a little more like adults?!

NOEL NEESON | HEADMASTER