Headmaster’s Blog 11 December 2019

And so we reach the final week of term which started with the wonderful Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Paul’s Church on Monday evening, in which we are reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. Our musicians and choristers from Years 3 to 13 made sure that it was a truly joyous occasion and enjoyed by all who attended. Today we look forward to the annual Christmas Concert which this year will be performed twice, once during the afternoon and again in the evening. It is the perfect way to showcase the incredible breadth of musical talent we have here at BMS and is always very popular indeed.

Also on Monday evening we had no less than six BMS students nominated for the Junior Sports Personality of the Year at Bedford Borough Council Sports Awards 2019. These talented sportsmen and women are all outstanding in their respective fields with many of them having competed for regional and national teams. Unfortunately they were up against stiff competition and it wasn’t to be their night but congratulations nonetheless to Alex Alston (Athletics), Eda Colliver (Water Polo), Rosie Fordham (Netball), Marcus Garcha and Jessica Gear (both Tennis) and Jess Read (Rowing). To us they are all winners and fantastic role models.

Weather permitting, I look forward to welcoming back OBMs for a morning of sports on Saturday. The girls will battle it out in an exhibition hockey match between OBMs and our 1st XI and at the same time an OBM team will face the 1st XV on the rugby pitch in the fiercely contested Bruce Willey Memorial match.  It is always such a pleasure to see so many former students back at BMS but also their parents who still look perfectly at home on the touchline!  I so enjoy hearing all their news and they are always very welcome back. The day of OBM activities continues during the afternoon with more than 90 guests joining us for a traditional Christmas lunch in the Rutherford Building.

And so all that remains is for me to wish you an enjoyable and restful break whatever you may be doing.  It has been a very busy term and it is important that we all take the opportunity to recharge our batteries so that we can start the new term refreshed and revived.  I look forward to 2020 with enthusiasm, knowing that the School continues to go from strength to strength.

Alex Tate