Even as we welcomed back Year 6 from their residential trip, we said goodbye to our Years 3, 4 and 5 who drove off on their residentials to Condover Hall, Colomendy and Bushcraft. The excitement was palpable as they headed off with rucksacks in tow. It was fantastic to visit the Year 6 children last week, to see the different experiences they had — from axe-throwing to den building. The children had a super time, making memories that will last a lifetime. That will have been a comfort and reassurance to their Mums and Dads, who I dare say had hidden their emotions as they bade farewell. Not easy, is it?!
I was put in mind of a poem, ‘Walking Away’ by former Poet Laureate Cecil Day Lewis. He was writing about watching his young son going into school; the feeling of separation. The pain and the sacrifice. I love the last line, particularly…
‘That hesitant figure, eddying away
Like a winged seed loosened from its parent stem,
Has something I never quite grasp to convey
About nature’s give-and-take – the small, the scorching
Ordeals which fire one’s irresolute clay.
I have had worse partings, but none that so
Gnaws at my mind still. Perhaps it is roughly
Saying what God alone could perfectly show
How selfhood begins with a walking away,
And love is proved in the letting go.’
Last Saturday, fresh from their week’s residential, our team of Year 5 and 6 cricketers headed to Repton, (with staff in attendance!) for the annual IAPS cricket tournament. We have spent years putting the infrastructure in place, and so it was gratifying to see the team victorious, winning all of their matches. What an achievement from all. A big well done to all of the team – especially our captain, Greg, and his Year 6 contemporaries. There were fine performances too from Toby and Hugo, our emerging Year 5 cricketers. We are so proud of you all.
BCS 253 -v- The Elms School (Trent College Prep School) 233
BCS 266 -v- Asghar School 233
BCS 281 -v- Repton Prep School 217
BCS 267 -v- RGS The Grange 228
Year 6 had a busy week back in School, taking part in the KES Prep School athletics event. The children as usual were magnificent and stood out from the crowd. There were many outstanding performances.
Year 2 had an enjoyable visit to Weston Park this week. One child remarked that he wanted to go for real in the May holiday, because it was brilliant! Rich praise indeed. Year 1 took part in a virtual enrichment day as part of their ‘toys’ topic. The children had a wonderful time, comparing and contrasting.
To end another busy half term in style, today we celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a beautiful, thought-provoking, fun service directed by our School leaders. Celebrating the extraordinary life of Queen Elizabeth, this was followed up by a wonderful street style party for every member of the school community: a joyous event and one that will live long in the memory.
So we head into the holiday high-spirited and lively, ready for our own 300th celebrations next half term. Please sign up for one of the events. It promises to be a special day.
With every best wish, as always!