I’ve never been a great fan of the Player of the Match concept. Cricket, football, netball and rugby are team games, and selecting one individual is usually difficult and always unnecessary. How must West Indian opening batsman Chris Gayle have felt, having scored 162 against England in the one-dayer this week and been passed over for the Man of Match award? Or, in the same match, Abdul Rashid taking four wickets in an over. He, likewise, was overlooked by the adjudicator in favour of Jos Buttler’s remarkable innings.

And so, as I run through the highlights of our first week back after the half term break, take no notice of the order in which I record them. No: everybody here at BCS is doing the best that he or she can. So, where shall I start? Well, we hit the ground running on Monday morning with Year 3 enjoying an Enrichment Day on their Humanities topic about The Romans. The children engaged wonderfully in sessions which clearly enhanced their knowledge and understanding on this topic. I look forward to visiting some Year 3 classes next week to see this work first hand.

National sporting events were the order of the week. The Under 11 Girls headed to Rugby School for the National IAPS Netball competition. After a slow start, they showed great determination. Coming fourth overall, they had the distinction of earning a draw with eventual winners Solihull School – and really should have won that game. The Under 11 Boys represented BCS at the ISFA competition at Repton School. They were terrific, just losing out in the final to The Elms School, Nottingham. This was a bitter pill to swallow as the boys had defeated The Elms in the group stages. However, this squad should be very proud of their development. The players have made great strides.

Music at BCS was shown in a great light once again this week. The Prelude Concert  and the Year 5 and 6 recital were excellent examples of the standard of music-making at the school. I must thank all the music staff, parents and children for their hard work and dedication. These concerts are great warm-ups for the BCS Music Festival later in the term – have a read of the Music article below for more information!

Thank you, too, to all the parents, children and staff for their contribution to our questionnaires. It is important that we listen to the views of all stakeholders. I believe that we are developing in all areas and hope you agree that the school is providing the children with great opportunities. We do, however, require more responses for it to give a true reflection of the views of the parent body, so please do complete this if you have no yet done so.

Academically, I am delighted with the excellent results coming through. All in all, there is much to celebrate and be thankful for. Now all we need – kilt-wearers and Sassenachs alike – is a Scottish win at Murrayfield. Fingers crossed. And have a great weekend!

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster