Flicking idly through the news on my phone earlier this week, I was amused to see that Mick Jagger is back dancing again following an enforced lay off due to a heart issue. The likes of Jeremy Kyle and Danny Baker come and go – not much lamented in this quarter, I have to say – but the Stones go rolling on. If Charlie Watts, Keith Richard, Ronnie Wood can reasonably be regarded as an institution, we strike all the right notes at BCS.

When I first arrived, I was immediately struck by the importance of music here, and by the amazing standards achieved. We all had a treat on Tuesday and Thursday. Wow, those Year 1 and Year 4 children were magnificent. I must thank them, their parents and the VMTs for all the hard work in producing a very fine recital.

By then, we had welcomed back our Year 5 and 6 children after a week of adventure. It was lovely to have them back, and in typical British fashion the sun shone a week too late!

This week has seen a great celebration of swimming across Pre-Prep and Prep, with many year group swimming galas taking place. These were high octane events. Well done to all of the competitors. Thanks are due to Mr Kelly and the sports department for their input to the children.

Staying with sport, we welcomed to BCS the GB international athlete, Hannah England, who gave a running masterclass. Hannah was an inspiration, who gave super advice to the children. Over the course of the week, I have watched boys and girls laughing and enjoying playing together in host of PE lessons and sports events such as cricket which in particular yielded fine results. It is gratifying  to see the girls honing their skills in cricket and I look forward to supporting them soon in fixtures.

I also enjoyed visiting an academic music lesson on Friday morning. The children were so engaged in their music making with Mr Nicklin. Well done all. I wish music had been taught in such an enlightened fashion when I was at school.

A big congratulation to Year 4SB for what was, by all accounts, a lovely and provoking assembly in Chapel on Wednesday morning. Yes, my spies tell me it was excellent. Unfortunately I was tied up in a meeting.

This afternoon, (Friday) I am heading to the annual BCS golf day and dinner. Thank you to Mr Brinkman for organising the event. I have dusted down the sticks. If Mick can dance at his age, I should be able to get ‘Satisfaction’ and break 100! Anyway, good luck to all the mums and dads involved. In wishing you a great weekend, can I remind you to check the calendar for next week. There are several events – in particular our Founders’ Day Service on Tuesday at St Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row – to which you are all invited.

Mr Neeson | Headmaster