How often has the question been posed in the glossy magazines: if you had a free choice, who would be your four favourite dinner guests? Somewhere near the top of many an invitee list would be a 93- year-old man who has done more than anybody on earth to help us understand the planet: that indefatigable apostle of conservation himself, that veritable National Treasure, Sir David Attenborough. Youngsters today- thanks to people like Sir David and the wonders of tv photography – know far more about our world than have previous generations. They are prepared to march in the cause of conservation. Happily, green is more to them than just a secondary colour. It is a primary impulse.

So, it’s no surprise when I say that the highlight of the last five days has been our theme week. ‘Our world, Your world!’ The children have learned so much more about our planet and the many different habitats. We have been obliged to consider how we look after where we live – or how we do not, as the case might be. Each year group from Transition to Year 6 focused on topics such  as: recycling, the oceans, the rainforest, conservation, plastic and pollution. These are hugely worthwhile issues which will enhance our pupils’ knowledge and help them to become even more sympathetic to the needs of our planet in their daily lives.

Perhaps it is a consequence of global warming. Donald Trump would say otherwise. Whatever the case, the miserable weather this week certainly played havoc with the sporting fixture list. The eagerly-awaited Pre-Prep sports day fell victim to rain and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 18th June. Inevitably, the sports reviews are also a little lighter than usual this week. However, a highlight was the Old Scholars versus the current Year 5 and 6 at hockey. This is very much becoming a wonderful annual event and was a fantastic evening where BCS past and present pupils shone. At the U12 Mercia Regional IAPS Athletics Championships our BCS atheletes had a successful day, many achieving personal bests. Congratulations to Kate Stockton who qualified for the National Athletics Championships at Alexander Stadium on the 1st July to represent the Mercia region in the shot put.

I was delighted to welcome Preet Gill, MP for Edgbaston to our school. Our Heads of School gave her a tour and impressed Mrs Gill immensely with their passion for the School. It was great to discuss what we do here at BCS and she is keen for us to share this practice with the shadow education team. We look forward to working with her in the future.

The weather could not stop the amazing House Day put on by St Margaret’s in aid of Edward’s Trust. The girls, parents and staff had a ball. The assembly was well orchestrated and set the tone for the day’s celebrations. Well done, everybody.

I must congratulate Storm, Filippos, Milo, Freddie and Samuel for representing BCS at the IAPS National swimming final in London last Saturday. The quintet  did amazingly well. This weekend, BCS Swimming has another big day out as Kieran O’Reilly, Milo Dowling, Freddie Trevis and Filippos Psychogios will compete in the U11 Medley Relay at the English Schools National Finals in Sheffield. Good luck to all and a big thank you to Mr Kelly for his continued support.

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster