It has been a truly incredibly eventful week in the Junior School. Firstly I have been delighted to welcome so many parents into school for the variety of events that have been held. This musical term has certainly finished with a bang, as each year group delivered their Spring concerts. The achievement of having every single boy in the Junior School involved is a great one, and one I am very proud of. Equally, the fact that they boys design the running order and programme cover is a fantastic achievement. We even had alien visitors to the Year 5 concert!
The Year 5 assembly on their York residential truly proved to be an eye-opener as parents (and some staff) found out all that had occurred whilst we were away! It was a privilege to listen to the boys talk about their memories and all they had learnt. However it was an even greater honour to see how they have grown in confidence and inherited further life skills.
I was delighted to attend the Easter Eggstravaganza on Wednesday afternoon, a truly memorable and excellently organised event in the Infant Hall. It was wonderful to see so many of the boys and girls from both BGSB and BGSG, enjoying themselves, revelling in the fantastic opportunities afforded to them. I was also delighted to speak to some of the Infant boys’ parents about their transition to the Junior School and how much we are looking forward welcoming them over the coming years.
In our final assembly of the term, I was able to award boys who have achieved highly in both effort and attainment throughout the term. I enjoy awarding endeavour and sustained determination to succeed and although we absolutely encompass an all-round education, those who achieve academically and through efforts should also be rightly celebrated. Well done, boys! On another award point, please do have a look at the myriad of photographs contained in our further news section; it has certainly been a week of winners and excellent levels of participation.
Even though it may be the end of term for many of us, an intrepid group of staff and sports players will be heading off to Holland during the Easter break. The residential tour which will be taking in a variety of sights as well as providing opportunities to play sport against local Dutch sides, has been organised by our very own Mr Sheikh. The very best of luck to the boys and girls who are taking part in this exciting adventure. Twitter updates will be available and I look forward to hearing all about their travels upon the their return - Goede reis!
And finally… in my assembly today, I quoted the character, Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” We have one term left of this academic year, albeit an incredibly busy term! The year has flown by. The years continue to do so. This coming academic year will be my 20th as a teacher (if I needed reminding how old I am, Miss Allen was starting primary school!). I urged the boys to take that moment to look around and enjoy what they have got, to enjoy the experiences they are afforded, and to try to remember how good it feels to be young appreciating each and every moment.
I wish you all a restful and peaceful Easter break.
Head of Junior School