Head of BGS Boys' Junior School Update - 09/02/2018

Head of BGS Boys' Junior School Update - 09/02/2018

Dear Parents

This week’s newsletter writing started early as BGS hosted the annual AJIS Quiz on Saturday morning. In a hotly contested affair, albeit with the children from 8 schools having lots of fun, Queens Chester emerged the worthy winners. I was delighted however that our brainbox Year 6 boys finished in a credible 3rd place. Congratulations to Ewan, Oscar, George and Joe (definitely a University Challenge team of the future!). My thanks to all the staff involved in providing yet another opportunity to develop and face challenges beyond the curriculum.

On Monday we were fortunate to have the NSPCC visit us in School. The aim of the visit was to provide the boys with the tools and armour to #StaySafe across all walks of life. The boys all took part in an extended assembly followed by Years 5 and 6 taking part in specially designed workshops to further hone their abilities in understanding the dangers in the world around them. Striking the right balance between the innocence of childhood and understanding the threats of the world is a difficult one; this visit provided a chance to do just that and I am thankful to the NSPCC for the work they do as well as the lessons they taught the boys.

Tuesday morning provided the opportunity for parents to come into school and discuss all things BGSB Juniors. Our termly meeting of the Parent Forum was well-attended (as Parent Forums go) and I was delighted to engage with our stakeholders over a number of agenda items. From these meetings, I take on board feedback and ideas whilst trying to help parents understand the direction the school is moving in. Of particular interest were the discussions surrounding homework, communication and social media such as WhatsApp. If you feel you would like to contribute to any discussions over school life, please watch out for our next forum in the summer term or simply send an email with your thoughts; your views are always welcome, be they positive or developmental.

I was delighted to send home letters this week regarding our #loveartweek. I warmly welcome all parents to attend our exhibition on the final Friday of this half term (16th February) from 3.00-4.15pm where all boys’ art work will be mounted and on display in the Junior School Hall. We have an artist, a professional photographer and some of our Year 10 GCSE artists coming into school throughout next week to work with the boys to produce their #Iloveart pieces that can then be used in a global art project, should parents wish to. The contemporary art work, which you will be able to purchase for a suggested donation of £5, will go directly to the NSPCC and should be seen as not only an opportunity to support a very worthy charity, but also a chance to get your hands on a ‘1 of 1’ original piece of art!

There has been a great deal of other events and some incredibly interesting lessons going on in the Junior School and you can read all about them in our further news section.

Your son’s Interim Assessment Grades have been issued today. These take the form of the Effort Grades at half term and provide a clear indication of how hard your son is working across all areas of the curriculum. Should you wish to discuss any of these grades, please contact your son’s form tutor. However, you should also have received the Parents’ Evening letter this week. These two dates (28th February and 1st March) provide the opportunity for you to discuss your son’s effort, progress and attainment. I look forward to seeing you there.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr Turner

Head of Junior School