There are not very many of us alive who have any significant memory of the Second World War. But this week, amazingly, we played a proud host to a woman who played a leading part in the downfall of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

On Tuesday evening, we welcomed Betty Webb, MBE, a former code breaker from Bletchley Park during those dark, difficult days between 1939 and 1945. Betty, who celebrated her 100th birthday in May, talked movingly about her role and how, in concert with hundreds of her colleagues, her work helped to defeat the Nazis. It was an honour to be in the Chapel with her.

If Betty helped to kick-start the final half term of this academic year, she also made me wonder – as we bade a warm welcome back to the children – where all the time had gone! There is so much more to come in the next month or so.

As always, please do keep an eye on my weekly update and the school calendar regarding upcoming events. Your support is always greatly appreciated.

From the very elderly to the very young; this week saw the eagerly awaited Pre-Prep Sports Day. It took me (right) back to my days in School, to a highlight of the year, with my parents and even grandparents cheering me on.

How wonderful it was to see this atmosphere and excitement reincarnated at BCS; to see the children having fun and really giving of their best. Most important of all, they showed great sportsmanship. Well done to Mrs Fletcher for organising such a wonderful event.

This week we saw Year 3 and 4 head off to Condover Hall Activity Centre and Croft Farm for residential fun and adventure. These trips give our children amazing opportunities to develop resilience, maturity, independence  and perseverance. I must take this opportunity to commend the staff on all the residentials for their care of the children and their general hard work. We are all so appreciative.

Today,  two Year 5 children participated in the semi-final of the KES debating competition. Both Misha and Joobin prepared well and I look forward to hearing the outcomes from Mrs Kavanagh Finch.

Thank you to all the Year 5 parents who will be attending Open Book Evening. It is so important that we celebrate our children’s successes.

Meanwhile, our top year children will be pleased to learn that their contributions to the Year Book, together with photographs of them and their groups, are heading off to the printers. I am sure that this special hardback volume is something for them to cherish in the decades to come.

Have a great weekend one and all.