If anybody believed that sport was all about money, this week has proved them comprehensively misguided: on an international level with events as far afield as Trent Bridge and Toronto. And, at junior level, here at BCS. Let me start by expressing how proud I am of the girls with their cricket. From Pre-Prep upwards the girls are embracing the game. Our Under 11 girls came third in the IAPS National cricket tournament at Rugby School. They were a credit to the school but more importantly to themselves, as well as being role models.

I must not let the moment pass to congratulate the swimmers who represented the school at the Olympic pool in London at the IAPS nationals. From the reports you will see the children swam some excellent times and conducted themselves with impeccable sportsmanship.

Which brings me to sport at the top level. After the Bairstow blitz, was it not wonderful to see New Zealand accept Test Match defeat so gracefully, and to see much maligned American golfer Justin Thomas hugging and congratulating Rory McIlroy so warmly after a Canadian Open classic. While another much publicised Saudi-sponsored golf event took place near Hemel Hempstead, our BCS chess team did brilliantly to come second place overall in the IAPS chess championships at Twickenham Prep School. The Under 10 and 11 teams finished runners-up, and the Under 11 girls were crowned champions. Well done to all the children for their hard work, skill and strategy.  Also to Mr Fallowfield, for his dedication and subtle influence.

This week has been busy on all fronts. We had a phenomenal senior musical performance from our senior children. From electric guitarist to violinist to pianist, the children were sublime. A big ‘well done’ to them and to their music teachers.

Wednesday saw Pre-Prep sports day. The children had so much fun in the sun, and really gave their best. Thanks to all the parents for their support and Mrs Fletcher and the staff for making this such a brilliant occasion for the children.  It was so great to see them laughing and cheering each other on.

Mrs Simmons and Miss Fagan were delighted with the attitude of the Year 6 children who represented the school at the National Maths challenge. This competition reinforced the high academic standards at BCS. 

Today we welcomed Rev Neil Powell to our chapel service, in which he discussed the importance of perseverance, such an important quality. Our ‘Plank’ Challenge was interesting and I must congratulate all competitors for their perseverance. Great things assuredly come to those who give their best to be the best they can be.

Today, I loved welcoming many parents to the annual golf day sponsored by Tanzo Investments. Messrs McIlroy and Thomas were otherwise engaged at the US Open, but it was lovely to see so many of the parents enjoying each other’s company. Unfortunately, to round off a busy week, I had to shoot off to London for the Times Educational awards. Watch out on our social media channels for the outcome.

Incidentally, there are still a few places left in the 300th Year anniversary events. Don’t be shy. And meanwhile, have a great weekend!