Don’t blink, or you will have missed another sense-ational week at BCS! Yes, it’s true. All the five senses have been fully engaged during a wonderfully stimulating week here. We have heard the plaintive sound of a lone bugle on an emotional occasion. We have smelt the wonderful aroma of loaves lovingly baked by seven-year-old and eight-year-old cooks. We have seen a panoply of photographs of a high standard, all snapped by our eagle-eyed conservationists. We have handled scores of exciting books under an exciting new scheme. And what we have tasted? Well, it would have been a shame not to sample a slice of those loaves while they were still warm, would it not?!

Meanwhile, as over The Pond, Sleepy Joe transplanted a bad loser (and soon to be reluctant ex-President), we held our meeting of the Student Councils across Pre-Prep and Prep. To reiterate: this is an important vehicle in shaping school policy. Children, like adults, should have a democratic voice.  It is important that we listen carefully to their views and suggestions.

In Pre-Prep this week the children spent time in the new library. They looked very happy, engrossed in their chosen books, engaging their imaginations and unlocking a world of learning. 

In Prep, the launch of the Reading Cloud has proved very successful. Here, the children can pre-order books to be delivered to their classroom and, later, post an online review of the book they have read to help others decide if it’s a good choice for them. We are encouraging all children to read, read and read, so do please complete the reading list set for each year group. You will then be invited to afternoon tea with yours truly. Now there is a prize!

Talking of prizes, I am delighted to announce that after much deliberation by Mr Singleton (Chair of Governors) the winners of our half term Nature Photography Competition were Madalen (Year 4) and Ismail (Year 4).  Congratulations  to you both. I look forward to presenting you with your stellar prizes shortly. A big thank you to all the children who took part. They all gain house points for their houses. A montage of all the entries has been created by Mrs Dredger and can be accessed below. Thank you all!

As presaged above, Years 3 and 4 had a ‘self-raising’ time of bread making with our very own Paul Hollywood, Mr Moss, our catering manager. The children seemed to revel in the creative experience with all participating eagerly. Why not let your children help with the cooking at home? It can be a bit messy, but here is a great life skill which will serve them well in the future.

‪On Wednesday morning‪, the children across the school observed a minute’s silence for those men and women who have given their lives in conflict. Mr Nicklin played the Last Post as the children thought of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Finally, today we all had a Dress Down Day for Children in Need – a lovely, informal way to finish off the week. In the Headmaster’s assembly, St Monica’s were crowned weekly champions of the House Cup. Things are certainly hotting up, with a number of house events on the horizon and House Points galore at stake.

On that note, have a great weekend. Let us rejoice in the prospect of a vaccine, stay safe and please keep following the guidelines regarding keeping our School COVID secure. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster