Wow! That was a week! The PA Summer Fun Day; Science Selfie Week; an Eco-Warrior assembly; Year 3’s TreeTop Trek adventure; the Y6 Rivington Trip; an AJIS Cricket final; BGSG’s performance of Peter Pan; Verse Speaking; the Swimming Gala; the Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly & Breakfast; STEM Day; a cake sale; and Sports’ Day! There is nothing like keeping busy for making time fly by and it certainly has flown this week!
Looking ahead to next week, we have our transition afternoon on Monday, where pupils will discover which teacher and classroom they will be in next year. We will also welcome our new Junior School parents into the fold that same afternoon. We have our Memory club assembly on Tuesday, Year 5 visit MOSI on Thursday and the Year 6 Leavers’ Disco is the same evening. The written reports will also be going home on Friday. On Monday 9th July will be our annual Prize Giving Event from 6.45pm which all pupils are expected to attend. I very much look forward to seeing you at some of our forthcoming events. As you can see, this is an incredibly busy time of year so please do check for letters and follow us on Twitter @BGSBJunior for updates and information.
There is another large further news section this week; I hope you take the opportunity to see just what outstanding activities have been going on. I wanted to concentrate on just one event from this week. The Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly and Breakfast provided an excellent opportunity to reflect on the boys’ time in the Junior School. Whether it be for the single year, or for the entire 4 years, it was a genuine delight to listen to the boys speak with such fondness of the memories that they cherish from their time here. What struck me more than anything, was the fact that the boys talked about their favourite memories and very few were classroom based. That is not to say they do not have positive memories that were related to work, and by no means is academic progression not of the highest importance, but there is a balance to be struck by providing activities and opportunities beyond the confines of four walls and a whiteboard. Trips and residentials featured highly, as did extra-curricular activities; the staff and I are committed to ensuring that these chances to make memories, forge friendships and enjoy being a child, will be a steadfast part of Junior School life for many years to come.
Have a wonderful weekend in the glorious weather.
Head of Junior School