The focus of my Pre-Prep assembly on Wednesday morning was Jesus and his followers. I looked at how the disciples all became great leaders by living those values that Jesus, their leader, demonstrated to them, and I encouraged our children to be brave and resilient enshrining and espousing School values of Truthfulness and Perseverance. These are, after all, key characteristics of any strong leader.

Which brings me onto a subject that is very topical – the leadership of the Labour party. Irrespective of one’s own political allegiance, there can be no doubt that this country needs a strong opposition – and, if there is to be that necessary resurgence, it is vital that Jeremy Corbyn’s elected successor is an effective, inclusive figure.

In the run-up to the December election, as promises proliferated, much was made of the value of Trust in the political world.  While we wait to see whether – and indeed where – 40 new hospitals are going to be built, and whether we leave the EU on time, people seem to have acquiesced in the dynamic personality of our Prime Minister.

Boris certainly possesses energy, which is another prerequisite of a leader. And there has been energy aplenty on view in the early days of this new term. We kicked off the second week with Year 1 and 2 taking part in an Indonesian Gamelan workshop. It is wonderful to see the children so engrossed in a new cultural experience. They enjoyed this and got a lot from it.

Year 3 and 4 children had a memorable time, too. They enjoyed having their parents join them in the classroom for a maths information morning. Feedback was first rate and we must thank Miss Nazir for her organisation.

I enjoyed the Science ambassadors assembly on Wednesday morning. It was very informative and showed the importance of giving our children the opportunity to lead and celebrate their love of this subject. Over the course of the year we will be hearing a great deal more about this.  

Overall, another busy week ends here at BCS. Please keep in mind the Friends “90’s”-themed Quiz Night on the 31st January with our resident quiz masters, Messers Pemble and Williams.

So, just to warm up the brain cells for the last day of this month, a couple of teasers for you:

Question 1 (a straightforward one for the children): Name an instrument which might be part of a Gamelan ensemble?

Question 2 (slightly more challenging): We are “Getting Brexit Done”.  And in a short while, it seems,‘MEGXIT’, too.  Whatever next?

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster