I have a confession to make: when Mrs Ayub told me that ‘her’ children were going to hear Karl Nova speak, I was left completely in the dark. That may be because Karl deals in rap lyricism and hip hop, rhythm and poetry. Not among my strong suits – especially the first two!

Mr Nova’s approach is to meet young people and engage them with the energy, style and attitude with which they are familiar. I am told that a lot of his verses have impacted lives; that he travels and delivers them with a unique and energetic style.

When I chatted to the children, they raved about what had clearly been an inspiring trip to King Edward’s. Literature comes in so many different packages, and my thanks go to Mrs Ayub for organising such a buzzy and unique opportunity. It has supported the children’s love of reading and will do the same for their writing. A very worthwhile outing, with so many positives.

The last week of the half term was as busy as always. This week, as a school, we have focused on Harvest, Mrs Neeson and I enjoying four services across Pre-Prep and Prep. All the services were beautiful in their own unique way, and thanks are due to our Chaplain and her team for such wonderful work; not only this week but through the half term in general. A special thank you to all our families for giving so generously to our chosen charity, St Luke’s Food Bank at Gas Street. They certainly appreciate your support and I know it will help the organisation to bring light to the city, especially at such a difficult time.

Today, Year 2 had an animal Wow Day to end their Science topic: Living Things. Forest School was the scene of a hunt for minibeasts. The group also had a visit from the Animal Man, who introduced them to a variety of exciting and exotic animals. As a memory of their day, they created their own clay owl to take home. This was a fun-packed day which had the children enthralled.

This year saw the return of our cross country events. The Harrison Mile, for Year 3 and 4 boys and girls, was particularly well contested. Congratulations to Sonam Hulait and Kavidh Biswas (Y3) and Esther Sun and Freddie Wood (Y4) for great performances. The House winners will be announced after half-term but I must congratulate all the children for their super attitudes.

Today our senior pupils returned to Warley Woods for the Scotsman Run. It was a fantastic event run with a great deal of House pride and sportsmanship. The individual winners were Anna Newman and Daniel Tyler (Y5) and Anusha Singh and James Longworth (Y6). Congratulations to  the overall winners of the Scotsman Cup – St. Philip’s House! Both events were excellently executed by the Sports Team at BCS, and consequently the whole School community enjoyed the experience. Thank you again to our parents for coming out in force to support.

Well done to our Year 6 girls for a fine performance at Rugby School in the IAPS National regional qualifiers. Playing with great confidence, they demonstrated strong skills throughout. Overall the girls won the event and now go on to the IAPS national finals at Millfield School in late November. We have come close to qualifying over the last few years but to win the regional qualifiers is truly outstanding. The girls celebrated with a well deserved cookie this morning. Well done to Mrs Bennett and the team! A very proud moment.

Thank you again for all your continued support. Have a lovely half term break.

Noel Neeson