It is not my job to promote the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, an excellent institution though it is. However, I feel bound to point out that there are two very appealing half term attractions taking place there. A feature under the title Sonic Workshop runs on Tuesday 20 February, and on Sunday 25 February there is a Family Day, featuring a ‘mash-up of live cartooning, poetry and family-friendly silliness…”

The arts do occasionally get a bit of a raw deal these days. How important it is to educate our children in an all-round fashion, refining sensibilities and opening eyes and ears as widely as possible. At BCS we hope that we are doing that already. This week there was ample evidence of children’s ability, temperament and technique, for this was the week when the music recitals returned, Year 1 leading the way with a beautiful concert. Clearly, the children have been practising hard. This was followed on Thursday with an excellent Prelude Concert, where  the standard, once again, was phenomenal. A big well done to all; the children for their hard work and the VMT’s for their expert support.

I had the pleasure of speaking in Chapel, something which I always look forward to. The theme set by Chaplain this term is TEAM. In today’s world it is all too easy to think of ourselves and “what’s in it for us”. So, it is important that we teach our children to demonstrate and apply courtesy, consideration and common sense! (The 3 Cs). If we live our life with these standards at the centre, we won’t go far wrong!

It was another good week on many counts for our budding netballers, footballers and swimmers. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them having fun. This week I was delighted to see our C to E teams out representing the School also. There is no better feeling than seeing a year group out en masse playing sport. It is a challenge for us to find schools to play but we are endeavouring to increase fixtures for all. Good luck to our boys in their first hockey fixture against KES on Friday afternoon. The hockey dreams of Mr Harrison and Mr Newman are getting one step closer!

We’re pleased to secure the next speaker for our BCS Lecture Series. Mr Matthew Lewis will be speaking on the topic of ‘Richard III – Determined to Prove the Villain’ on 6th March at 7pm. Please refer to the recent Clarion and we hope to see many of you there.

As I sign off, I’m gearing up for the Friends Quiz night in the School Dining Hall. Thank you to Charlotte Chandler for organising the event, and to the new quiz masters, Messrs Pemble and Williams. It should be a great night.