As Easter approaches, we think of betrayal, crucifixion, chocolate eggs, resurrection, doubt, hope, consolation and a crown of thorns. Sermons nationwide this coming weekend will recall The Passion. It is not my intention to sermonise in this, my humble update. But in a week where the baggy Australian cricket cap has looked less like an iconic piece of headgear than a piece of green sackcloth, may I make a plea to all our children. We want you to do your best in whatever activity you engage in. Not just on the cricket field. In every area of BCS life. We never want you to sacrifice or compromise your principles to gain unfair advantage; to tamper with the metaphorical ball. In other words, to cheat. Remember this: your best efforts, genuinely made, disappointing though they may sometimes seem to you, are always good enough for us.

We have seen evidence of such sincere efforts in the closing days of what has proved a remarkable term. The highlights of the term will be captured in the Lent Term edition of Out of the Blue which will be available to you all shortly. But what a last week it has been. The inaugural BCS Science Fair was a great success, with our Year 6 children stretching their powers of stamina, imagination and enterprise. Weeks of honest-to-goodness hard work culminated in an interview by one of the four judges from the University of Birmingham, Solihull School, KES and EHS. Well done to all our boys and girls. They showed fantastic skills in curiosity, finding out and presenting. These skills will, of course, serve them for life, and I thank Mr Isherwood for his input to this event. To our overall winner, May Hadley, congratulations on an exceptional piece of work.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Pre-Prep Easter Service, which was a lovely celebration with first rate singing. More plaudits  – this time to all the children and staff for their efforts. On that note I must also thank Mrs Andrews and her team for all their hard work and dedication during a very positive Lent term.

At Thursday’s Easter Chapel service, led by Rev Tim Hughes from St Luke’s Gas Street, the music was again uplifting and the service as a whole finished off the term perfectly. This is a reward in itself for the readers, Chapel Choir and of course our wonderful Chaplain for all their hard work.

I must not let this moment pass without congratulating the Choral Society, Mr Nicklin and the Chapel Choir for an excellent evening of music last Saturday. The children were a credit to themselves. Here was a great opportunity for them to perform with mature, accomplished singers and musicians. Thank you all! 

As we come to the end of term, it is time to say some goodbyes. I would like to formally thank Miss Charlotte Round, Miss Jennifer Price, Mr Robert Davies and Mr Jon Longdon for their contribution to School life over the years. We wish them every happiness and success in their new adventures.

Finally I want to thank all the staff for their hard work in the many and various departments. As a school, we are moving up a gear. Certainly, I feel the expectation rising as we strive for excellence in all that we do. The vision is clear and we are a coherent body!

I commend you, the parents, for your continued support, and hope that you have a refreshing holiday!