For as long as I can remember, Tottenham Hotspur have played football not just with purpose but with panache. It was before my time when the style of Arthur Rowe’s ‘Push and run’ and the great double side of Bill Nicholson carried all before them. But, to name but ten, I loved watching the likes of Gascoigne, Lineker, Chivers, Perryman, Peters, Hoddle, Greaves, Bale, Gilzean and Klinsmann. They played with artistry and freedom; expansiveness and elegance. (Mrs N has to put up with me watching these old artists on TV!)
Now, as a result of expectation and the pressure associated with the cost of their magnificent new stadium, the club has sacked a man who, less than nine months ago, led them to the final of the Champions League. Far be it from me to tell Daniel Levy what to do, but as chairman he should I think be conscious of the traditions of Spurs; not just about balancing the books.
It was 50 years ago that double winning captain Spurs’ Danny Blanchflower said, “ The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom.” As with his immaculate penalty-taking, the Irishman was spot on.
What a shame it would be if Spurs new boss, The Special One himself, were to create a side in his own image; one that is hard to beat but even harder to love. Soccer players these days may often seem no more than mercenaries, but they have a club’s traditions and history to live up to. So do schoolchildren. And it has been really uplifting this week to see Year 1 engrossed in their learning about the history and traditions of our school. Thank you to Mrs Dredger for her vision in setting up our new archive and history room. She has done so in style and with a Blanchflowerian flourish. Indeed, her efforts have really brought the past alive – and will continue to do so.
As another week comes to a close here at BCS, I would like to thank all the children for their hard work, whether that be academic studies, music, sports or on personal targets. And to give special attention to one girl in particular. Well done, Freya (Year 6) for gaining a place in MENSA. Not only that: for being in the top 1%. Another Special One, but without the legendary Mourinho ego! I know that you will join me in congratulating Freya on this amazing achievement.
This week, I enjoyed observing children and staff. In the best traditions of BCS, the children demonstrated a strong work ethic and desire to learn and progress. Well done to all in Pre-Prep and Prep.
On the music front, it was wonderful to attend our Scholars’ Concert on Wednesday evening. The standard of musicianship was sublime – the result of dedication, excellent teaching, flair and sheer hard work. I know that our audience and particular Old Scholars were blown away by the standard. A big well done to Mr Nicklin and his team.
Sportswise it has been a busy week. The U11 boys competed well at Warwick and the IAPS National Rugby event with some fine performances. I must say that it is wonderful to see all the girls and boys playing at a level appropriate to their needs, competing well and gaining strong results. Thank you for your commitment. We reflect on the past, but we are laying the foundations for the future. A special thanks, incidentally, to the Sports Department for seeking out like-minded opponents and ensuring quality matches. This is not an easy task! A special well done to the Year 3 and 4 swimmers who competed so well. I was sad to miss this but unfortunately I was travelling back from meetings in Cheshire.
I would encourage all parents to keep an eye on the calendar, as the coming weeks promise to be as exciting as an Advent calendar.
Happy weekend to one and all!
Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster