Not on the scale of a tsunami, but the weather has again played havoc with our fixture list. When the children were able to turn out for matches – whether that be for netball, swimming or football – they displayed great enthusiasm and discipline. I have been so impressed by their determination to make the most of their ability, by that overwhelming desire to win; a quality that was much mentioned in the testimonies of friends and associates of Kobe Bryant after last weekend’s awful helicopter crash in California.
And this dynamism is something that we delight in regularly, with the inspiring performances of World Cup hero Ben Stokes, when England are playing cricket. Stokes, a national hero, invokes comparisons with the great Ian Botham. Because, like the ultra-competitive Bryant, he has the touch of genius, under scrutiny the flaws in his character get magnified. The colourful language used in South Africa during the past week is not his first show of anger mismanagement.
We love to follow fables of the famous, do we not? Even as China battles to contain the Coronavirus, Australians know not whether hail or fire is their next torment, and Jamaica reels after a massive earthquake, discussing the rights and wrongs, the foibles, the fallibilities and the frailties of such people offers us some relief.
But we must surely hold to account all privileged public figures and celebrities– especially those who are fortunate enough to possess outstanding ability or who – like it or not – live their lives in the limelight. Meghan and Harry, for instance; Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, Katie Price, Ant (and Dec), David Beckham – to name but a few.
Speaking personally, the negativity and the froth of ‘News’ and social media fades away when I go to work with the young, the innocent, the enthusiastic – and the potential genius! Their sheer joy comes through in every aspect of life here – not least in their music.
And music was very much on show this week. Mr Nicklin informs me that there were excellent recitals from Years One and Four. Unfortunately, doing some work in Transition and then being at an appointment out of school on Thursday, I missed both. I love the recitals. They set us up so well for the day and it lets us focus on the wonderful talents of of our vastly talented young children, both as individuals and as a group. So, a huge thank you from me to you all, and to your parents and teachers for the hard work and determination to succeed.
Most of you will be familiar with the concept of the Golden Table, a special place, where we give our children a voice and recognise their achievements. How much I have enjoyed talking to the children on it this term. They give me a great sense of what is going well with school life and areas which they think we could develop. It is all very constructive.
Finally, a big thank you to all the children who attended Open Day, a super occasion. In their feedback, parents waxed lyrical about the amazing children at BCS.
Tonight, I will dust down my 90’s regalia and head to the Friends’ Quiz. It should be a cracker.
Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster