As I write, I am looking forward to meeting the School Leaders as we prepare to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and to celebrate her unprecedented achievement of reaching 70 years on the throne. I have no doubt that they will craft what promises to be a memorable assembly and I feel sure that the special ‘whole school picnic’ will crown a wonderful experience.

If I were asked to name three of the many virtues that have characterised the monumental reign of Her Royal Highness, I could do no better than use the three words: kindness, perseverance and respect. As it happens, of course, these are our school values. As we begin to celebrate in earnest our 300th year, we must keep these values at the centre of all that we do. This will ensure that we all continue to “Grow in Grace’. Like Queen Elizabeth II, in fact.

We all know how important the Commonwealth is to Her Majesty, and on Thursday we were visited by the Commonwealth Games Mascot, Perry. A first rate assembly by Games representatives clearly got the children and staff motivated about the upcoming games in the city, the organisers inspiring our children as they themselves prepare for Speech Day.

This week Year 2, 3 and 4 have all been focusing on their English Speaking Board Oral examinations. The children were required to read text from a novel, to recite poetry, and finally, most challenging of all, to give a two to three-minute talk on an object or topic of their choice. If asking so much of the children at the age of 6 to 9 seems daunting, the confidence and ability to speak in front of an audience for an extended period of time will stand them in excellent stead for years to come.

Entering their final term at BCS, Year 6 enjoyed an Ancient Greek day. Judging from the photographs, and chatting to the children, I know that this was not only fun; it was an extremely informative experience. These ‘experience days’ help understand and better put in context any historical topic. One student summed it up beautifully when he said to me, ‘The Ancient Greeks gave us so much, I didn’t realise. Honestly, I am amazed.”

Not to be out done, Year 2 donned their Victorian outfits to study the great Fire of London. This wow day is a firm favourite with young and old. On my visit to the event in the School hall the children were most engaged in their learning. A wonderful experience was had by all.

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