We welcomed 11 new staff to BCS this week. Aside from their teaching careers, our new additions have clocked up quite a few varied life experiences between them – Miss Levett who is half American/half English grew up in Yemen and lived there until she was 10-years-old, she loves to sing and write songs; Miss Timmins performed in a band at university whilst Mrs Creaton who originally hails from Australia, also sings in a Chamber Choir; Miss Jones once had a poem published in a book when she was 8 years old; Mrs Fletcher has played netball in the Millennium stadium (and was triumphant); Mrs Gridley has a new kitten Dany and has run home to him from school every day this week (for exercise!); Miss Fiellateau has jumped out of a plane to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital whilst Mr Brown has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity; Mr Gregory has rescued a stranded Cockerpoo from a mountainside; Miss Anning once flew a small biplane and is a qualified deep sea diver and Miss O’Hanlon has snorkelled in waters of 2 degrees between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates in the Silfra Fissure, Iceland! Wow!

They have all said the most enjoyable part of the week has been meeting the children and being made to feel so welcome. Miss Fiellateau also very much enjoyed her visit to Chapel and exploring the theme of kindness with the children.

Mr Gregory was impressed that the children were so good at getting straight into a routine and being organised with their PE and Games kits, this is never easy and especially after the long break was quite impressive. Miss Anning was amazed to discover that the beautiful piano playing that she heard outside of the Year 3 Bubble was actually some of the pupils playing and not a teacher!

Meanwhile Miss Timmins and Mr Brown have been helping each other find their way around school. Miss Timmins admits her sense of direction is not the best and so she has been relying on Mr Brown’s help!

We are delighted that all our talented team of new staff have immediately felt very much part of the BCS family and we wish them well as the term progresses.