Junior School Head’s Blog

How lovely it was to see all the children return to school smart and enthusiastic last week.  I hope that you, as parents, are quickly settling into your routines too, especially if you are new to BMS.

This will be our first full week of school and we will be encouraging the children to familiarise themselves with their new work routines. This should include a time set aside for Prep to be completed at home as the sooner this is established the easier it will become. They will very quickly become used to what is expected from them and you should notice a growing confidence over the next few weeks.

You will all have received a letter via email detailing the clubs available this term (if not, please contact the Junior School office). These are free of charge (with the exception of Skiing and Squash) and give the children a very wide range from which to choose. There are many signing up lists on the Clubs Noticeboard for them to complete. Please encourage them to join at least one club; this could be a lunchtime club if they have a long bus journey home each day. Once the after school clubs are up and running please also ensure that you arrange to collect your children from the Junior School Foyer, especially as the dark nights will soon be with us.

May I remind you that there is a “no jewellery” rule in the Junior School (the only exception to this is a wrist watch). Please also ensure that long hair is tied back neatly.

On Tuesday the children in Year 3 will be visiting Whipsnade Zoo as part of their studies and I hope that the sun shines brightly for them.

On Friday the U11 Girls’ Hockey Team will be leaving for their tour. I am sure that they will represent the school perfectly and have a lovely time too! In addition the U9A and the U11A&B Rugby teams have their first fixtures this week so good luck to everybody involved.

Finally, you will now have hopefully established a collection routine for your children. If for any reason you are delayed and arrive much later than expected, the children have been told that they must return to school where we will look after them in After School Care until you arrive. Please reiterate this with them at home so that they understand this protocol. I would also urge you to programme the ASC and the Out of Hours mobile numbers into your phones, in case you need to use them. These can be found in your child’s planner.

Advanced warning that the children will be having their individual and class photos taken on Monday 18 September.  Smart uniform and combed hair is the order of the day! Those who have more than one child in the Junior School have been contacted about sibling group photos, but if we have inadvertently missed you out please contact Kate Smith in the Junior School office.

Here’s to another busy and successful term. It certainly seems to be starting as it means to go on!