Even though this is the last week before the half term break, the pace of school life shows no sign of slowing!
Last week talented dancers and singers from right across the School showcased their skills from ballet to tap and contemporary dance for two nights in the aptly named Dance! Today it is the turn of our budding thespians in Years 10 – 13 in their Speech and Drama Showcase. The students will entertain the audience with poems, prose and extracts from plays in preparation for their forthcoming LAMDA exams.
Also this week musicians in the Senior School had the chance to battle it out for the annual Music Prizes in which students compete with their peers in three categories; preliminary, intermediate and advanced. There is also a school prize for composition. I await the results with interest as the standard is always very high indeed. Thanks go to Paul Harris, this year’s adjudicator, who is one of the UK’s leading educationalists. After studying at The Royal Academy of Music he has over 600 publications to his name and regularly writes for major international music magazines.
Meanwhile the usual array of sporting fixtures continue apace with last week and this seeing students participate in netball, football, cross country, hockey, water polo and equestrian events. I am particularly looking forward to the Bedford Head on Sunday, a 2000m rowing course downstream on the Great River Ouse, which includes representatives from each year group racing for the first time in 2018. It is particularly significant this year as we will be naming the school’s new 1st VIII after OBM Mike Biggs. I am delighted that are able to recognise Mike in this way as he has committed a considerable amount of his own time to the sport and was responsible for setting up OBM rowing at the School.
And while some of us take time next week to recharge our batteries more than 40 intrepid sportsmen and women from Years 7 to 13 are off to Zell am See in Austria for a skiing trip.
It is this rich variety of co-curricular activities, a mere snapshot of which I have outlined above, which makes BMS the vibrant and productive environment that it is.