Up until this week, like you, I had never heard of the little Welsh shop, Hafod Hardware. But then, scanning the news channels to catch up on the Trump visit, the election and the United Nations and climate change summit, I stumbled across the wonderful advertisement that has gone viral online.

On the day that figures emerged about children in Britain being less happy than their counterparts in Bhutan, Bosnia, Belarus and  most of the rest of the world, here was a little film to melt the hearts and jolt us away from the glib schmaltziness of alternative ads offered by the big companies. If you haven’t seen it yet, then do. It’s more compelling and watchable than the ‘worst ever drop in Test cricket’ perpetrated by our Joe Denly in New Zealand!

I have a firm belief that most of the children at BCS could have caught that, and that most of them are happy most of the time. Not just because there is chocolate lurking in their advent calendars but because they are busy and focussed on their very varied lives here and at home. At this time of the year, I would encourage all our pupils to think of others – yes, even Mum and Dad – as much as they think of themselves. That is surely one way to maintain and build on contentment.

Being in the proverbial moment is important, too. And the penultimate week of term has felt as hectic, if not more so, as the first week of term – with so much going on. 

The week began with the visit of the live Nativity. This excitement was linked to songs with Chaplain in the Forest School and crafts with Mrs Jennings. It was a lovely experience for our children and really got us in the festive spirit.

How much did we enjoy the Pre-Prep year groups doing their Nativity Plays! It is great to see their development from Transition to Year 2. They really do grow up so quickly, and it is a delight to see them all perform and shine. A big well done to the children across Pre-Prep and to their amazing teachers. A great job!.

We were treated to a fantastic week of sport, so many children having their chance to shine on the hockey and rugby pitches either against other schools or playing in house matches.

A massive thank you to the Friends for organising what was a super Carol and Fizz evening, Jules and I were sad to miss it. And a huge one also to all Friends and parents for their input into our wonderful Christmas Fayre. It should be a cracker!

Finally, more exciting news for the School. We have been shortlisted for the i25 Excellence Awards. These recognise the top 25 independent sector’s influencers and motivators who have made an impact on education. I must thank Mrs Helen West and all the staff for supporting my vision of being a leading School, not just locally but nationally, aiming to provide our children with the very best education  – and helping them to fulfil their dreams and potential. 

See you all Saturday!

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster