Following on from last weekend’s pageant down The Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace and down Birdcage Walk, we have a right royal variety  of entertainment lined up here at BCS – albeit on a slightly smaller scale. We just hope that our young children resist the temptation to imitate young Prince Louis when being given well-meaning advice by Mum!

As you are all aware, this is a big term in the history of the school. There are so many opportunities to come together and celebrate 300 years of this wonderful institution. Whether you are joining us for family cricket, our golf days or attending the gala concert and tercentenary lunch at the end of term, there will be quite literally something for everyone.

Certainly there is a boundless supply of energy in school just now. On visiting the classes this week, although some were tired from their half term travels, I found that there was a real buzz around the place. I must credit the children and their teachers for hitting the ground running.

Sports day for Prep was a real highlight. The children paraded in their Houses and parents cheered. When the events got underway, the children did so with great athleticism but, most important, with admirable sportsmanship. Congratulations to all competitors for the hard work and sheer determination. Thank you, too, to the sports staff for a wonderful showcase event.

I must personally congratulate Destinee, Thomas and Ana, all of whom have qualified for the Junior Language Challenge. This is a great achievement and reinforces the high level of language skills here at BCS. I know that Mrs Newman works incredibly hard with the children and sparks their interest in modern foreign languages. I will keep you posted of the final results.

My congratulations also go to the Under 11 football team who participated in the Harborne Cup Final on Thursday. The team played with great maturity and flair. The boys ran out 4-1 winners. This ended a great season and one they should be proud of!

Our Under 11 girls cricket team are heading to Repton for the regional IAPS cricket tournament. The girls have been fantastic in training, really honing their skills. We wish them every success. Keep an eye out on our social media platforms for updates this evening. Good luck, girls!

Today, the boys of St Philip’s and St George’s had a wonderful house charity day in aid of one of our 300th charities, St Martin’s Youth Centre. The boys have once again taken part in the magic £5 challenge, raising thousands of pounds. Today their assembly was super and their activities went down a storm with the school community. Thank you to all the children, staff and families for supporting this cause.

A Hogwarts-type event, house-sorting, whereby children are placed either in St George’s, St Monica’s, St Philip’s or St Margaret’s, was enjoyed by the children who will be joining Prep in September. Although nobody by the name of Potter or Weasley appeared on our list, there was great excitement as the house-sorting hat decided where each child would be placed.

Meanwhile, the BCS juggernaut keeps rolling on. This weekend our senior swimmers head to the Olympic pool, London, for IAPS National finals. We wish them good luck, and thank you to Miss Mocker for supporting the team. Again, keep an eye out for results over the weekend.

Our Chapel Choir is looking forward to singing at Marlborough College this Sunday. This evensong experience is a wonderful opportunity for our young choristers.

Have a wonderful weekend!