It has been a shorter week here due to the Bank Holiday on Monday, although you would not believe how much was achieved over the course of four days.

This week, almost in preparation for the Coronation, we have had our very own “Changing of the Guard.”

Not as regal or visually stunning an event as you might see outside Buckingham Palace, perhaps, but significant nonetheless to those proud children who took on new roles and responsibilities. 

Groups included House Captains, Chapel Monitors, Eco Committee and Science Ambassadors, all of whom make a significant difference by taking up the challenge and the responsibility here at the School. 

These committees are vital in giving the children a voice to help us make decisions and to move the school forward. They are formed by a committed cohort, who make a valuable contribution to the school as a whole.

Today, Friday, as we celebrated the accession to the throne of  King Charles III, many of the children donned homemade crowns for the day, and joined Year 3EB  for a memorable assembly to celebrate this momentous occasion. It was a fun and informative gathering which really got us thinking about our monarchy. I must congratulate the Year 3 children for presenting to us in such an impeccable and innovative manner.

Thanks to Mr Moss and his very skilled team, the children enjoyed a fabulous Coronation Lunch. This was followed by an outstanding and mind-boggling magic show in Pre-Prep and by an illusionist in the Prep School. It was a great day and one that will long in the children’s memory. I do encourage parents to keep the commemorative badges safe as a memento of this historic occasion.

For me, one of the most memorable sights will come immediately after the Coronation service, when the newly-crowned Charles leaves Westminster Abbey in the Gold State Coach with his Queen alongside. If the Coronation Procession’ is a highlight, so too was the first Golden Table of the Trinity Term at BCS. We have been doing this celebration table for seven years now and I never tire of hearing from the children. They are so full of life, speaking earnestly and with great candour about the school. Just one of my weekly highlights.  

On the sporting front, it was great to see the girls and boys outside enjoying the start of the athletics and cricket season. The sports staff are working hard with all the children – no matter how great or small their ability – and ensuring that they are enjoying a variety of great sports.

May I take this opportunity to wish Year 6 Bon Voyage, as they head to France next week. This Crossing of the Channel is one of the highlights of the Trinity term. From visiting the Passchendaele Memorial Museum in Belgium and then on to the Menin Gate, to a fun-filled day at Parc Asterix, this is a packed adventure on which many memories will be made. Thank you to Mrs Newman for organising such a spectacular event.

Have a wonderful weekend. And enjoy the celebrations!