Head of BGS Boys' Junior School update - 23/03/2018

Head of BGS Boys' Junior School update - 23/03/2018

Dear Parents

Spending time out of school can seem a distraction from daily routines and duties. However, when the reason that you are out of school is to attend the Year 5 residential to York, I can honestly say that it is a pleasure to do. Opportunities to learn outside of the classroom provide chances to explore, gain a deeper understanding and to simply add perspective to learning. You can look at photographs of York Minster but not feel the weight of the cavernous space within. You can hear stories of prisoners being locked in dungeons but not understand the feeling of the door closing behind you, leaving you in darkness. The increased use of the senses most certainly promotes learning and underlines the concept that there is no substitute for actually being there! For the record, the Year 5 boys behaved impeccably, were complimented for their manners, and were a pleasure to spend time in the company of. I am looking forward to the boys delivering their assembly to parents on Thursday 29th March at 8.45am.

I was delighted to take Year 4 boys to Cheadle Hulme School last Saturday for the AJIS Festival of Football. Displaying true grit and an unnerving enthusiasm, the boys battled through (Spring) arctic conditions to win 2, draw 3 and lose 1 game; a truly outstanding display of what you can achieve when you set your mind to it!

The musical theme for the term continues next week during the final days of term, as each year group puts on their Spring Concert which parents are warmly invited to. These concerts provide an opportunity for all boys to display their musical expertise, not only the ones who play instruments or who sing in the choir. The concerts are organised by the boys and I look forward to welcoming you in to school. A reminder of the dates:

Monday 26th March 9.05 am – Year 4

Wednesday 28th March 9.05am – Year 6

Wednesday 28th March 2.15pm – Year 5

Thursday 29th March 2.15pm – Year 3

The Interim Assessment Grades should have come home with your sons this afternoon. The grades for attainment and effort are included and should echo the comments that you received at our recent Parents’ Evenings. Should you wish to discuss these, please contact your son’s form tutor or myself in the usual way.

A reminder that you are warmly invited to attend our Easter Eggstravaganza on Wednesday from 3-6pm in the Infant Hall. This is very much a family orientated event and I hope to see you at both the petting farm yard as well as taking part in our Easter competitions. If you know of any families who may be interested in viewing the excellent education on offer at BGS, why not bring them along too?

And finally… my assembly this morning focused on ‘Bin Day’, that weekly duty that forms a routine that all adults seem to forget and even if they do remember, still manage to put out the wrong coloured bin (or ‘the right colour, just the wrong week’ as I have often used)! The importance of routine was the main concept and I spoke of the many different types of morning routines that we have that manage to get us to the front door in time to leave to ensure we arrive at school or work punctually. I have asked the boys to do their best to ensure that they keep to their routine to guarantee that they always arrive for school in plenty of time, whilst hopefully de-stressing your mornings. Fingers crossed!

Have a relaxing weekend.

Mr Turner

Head of Junior School