Of course your children will know what they want for Christmas, but can I suggest that in addition to all those gadgets and other goodies that they be given at least one book – whether it be fact or fiction. Enid Blyton is very much in the news just now. I have to say that her books never did much for me, but Roald Dahl will be a winner, and then there is a range of books by David Walliams that will satisfy even the most critical young mind.

Talking of Walliams, Years Three, Four and Five this week enjoyed a visit to the Alexandra Theatre to see a performance of Awful Auntie, a play based on his book. This was a great day out that really enthused the children, especially with the upcoming junior production in the Lent Term. Thank you to Mrs Ayub and Mr Newman for their great organisation.

Walliams is a personality best known, perhaps, for his appearances on the panel of the TV show Britain’s Got Talent. He would certainly have been impressed by the musicianship on show here this week. BCS music at its very best. The Music Scholars demonstrated a wide range of talent and musicianship well beyond their years. I must say in my 13 plus years of headship I have not heard such talented musicians of this age. Well done to all. Truly outstanding! A special mention must go to Aidan in Year 5 who has achieved his Grade 8 Piano with Distinction – many congratulations! Hot on the heels of the jaw-dropping Scholars recital, Year Six delivered a wonderful musical recital to end a fine term of musicianship. A big thank you to all the parents, music department staff and most importantly the children for their hard work and dedication.

I must also take this opportunity to congratulate the girls, staff and parents of St Monica’s House who raised over £3000 for Children in Need last Friday. It was a super day enjoyed by the whole school community.

This weekend, I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas Fayre, which promises to be a great day. Thank you to all the Friends and supporters for their hard work and dedication to this event. Can I also plug their Carols and Fizz evening on Thursday 6th December at 7pm. It will be lovely to catch up with many parents and toast the beginning of the festive period.

Next week we are really looking forward to the Pre-Prep nativity events. Please come early to these events and follow the guidance of the Estates or Senior Leadership Team.

This weekend, can I wish the Chapel Choir every success as they join the Cathedral Choir of St Philip’s at Birmingham Cathedral on Sunday afternoon. As always, I am sure they will represent the School with great aplomb.

Have a happy weekend and see you on Saturday!

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster