Dear Parents and Friends
So much has happened since the last newsletter that I actually had to check to make sure that there had not been a newsletter in between the two. I am always completely awestruck by the amount of effort that our students put in (aided of course by their teachers and parents) but this time I have genuinely found it hard to believe that so much can be packed into three weeks.
Firstly, we had the ACAMIS under 19 Football tournament here at school. We have opted to host as many of these tournaments as we can, to reduce costs to parents and the time out of important examination lessons for students, but also because we love hosting other schools here. The main reason for this is that it brings the entire school together, and this event was no exception, as our teams were cheered on by hordes of enthusiastic BSB supporters. And it certainly helped make a difference – our boys’ team were crowned true champions of ACAMIS, our Girls’ Varsity Team only lost out 2-1 in the final on penalties and were worthy runners-up, and our Junior Varsity Girls’ Team (which included many 13/14 year olds playing under 19) achieved a highly creditable fourth place – and only just missed third!
The same weekend we saw one of those events which make us so often feel privileged, humbled and proud all at the same time as our Year 12 CAS students put on a Charity Fashion Show of supreme quality – which was also a huge amount of fun. Students from the very youngest to the most senior modelled with great professionalism, ably supported by excellent compering from Sid and Amy, and some great musical acts in between the parades. We saw some students who we know could sing amazingly, and some (including an incredibly talented Deputy Headteacher!) for whom this was their first public performance at BSB. The whole show raised a very significant sum for charity and students are already planning how to make it bigger and better next year. I often say to parents that what is so special about our BSB students is that, whatever we ask them to do, academically or in other fields, they always do it bigger, and better, and more ambitiously, than we could have ever hoped.
And the same could absolutely be said of our Mathematics World Record Day, where we attempted to create the world’s biggest ever mathematical puzzle. The results are still awaiting verification from Guinness World Records, but that has almost become secondary to what the day achieved – nearly 400 Secondary students working together, competitively and cooperatively, and getting very excited about some REALLY hard Maths! During the day, students solved well over 10,000 equations (some of them very tough indeed) – the learning point for next year’s event is how to link these equations together to form an even bigger puzzle. The talk for next year is for this to become a 24-hour Maths challenge so who knows what they could achieve in this timeframe.
And of course, for our examination students, the time has now come where, for a period of approximately five weeks, all their hard work of the past few years comes to fruition. I will not repeat at length what I have said before, but I have never come across students who are as committed and focused as the current Year 11 and Year 13. I had the pleasure of speaking to Year 11 students last week and reassured them that, in my opinion, they are ready for the weeks ahead, thanks to their immense hard work over the past two years, and that they should move forward with calm confidence. We are very proud of them and we look forward to their results in the summer. We are also aware that is can be a hugely stressful time for all of them (even the usually ‘laid back’) so please do, as parents, stay in regular contact with the school if you have any concerns whatsoever or if we can help in any way.
With my best wishes