The Beehive – Issue 22

From The Headmaster

Boys in Year 6 took part in ‘Coding Day’ on Monday. A team of four expert coders from ‘Three’, the network provider, came to run the day, showing the boys how to create their own iPad game using the Hopscotch App. After a brief tutorial, the boys lost no time in getting going and, within an hour or so, had produced wonderfully creative and technically well-constructed games. Many thanks to the ‘Three’ team for providing the sessions.

Year 8 have been hard at it this week, undertaking their Mock Common Entrance exams in English, Maths, Science, French, Spanish, History, Geography and Religious Studies. These exams are an excellent stepping stone to GCSEs and teach the boys much about how to revise effectively and exam technique. The boys’ focus was notably good this year.

Prep Department School Council held a lively meeting this week. The boys have been charged with discussing with their peers how Bickley Park can do more to support environmental awareness.

The 1BS boys spoke with wonderful confidence in their assembly about the importance of Mothers’ Day. What was also great to see was how much they enjoyed performing. They advised: ‘Remember to tell your mother you love her, not just on Mothers’ Day, but every day.’

Members of the BPSA did a great job preparing gifts for the boys to give to their mums on Mothers’ Day.

The new Reception block continues apace…

5ME gave a dramatic performance of ‘The Jumblies’ in their Drama Assembly. They used both stage and voices very effectively in delivering an entertaining interpretation of Edward Lear’s famous nonsense poem.

The backdrop to House Cross Country was lashing rain and strong winds until shortly before the event, which led to a postponement for Year 3 and 4. Mercifully, the Year 5-8 races were able to take place in much more clement conditions. Once again, great gusto was on display not only by those who relish such occasions, but also those who dig deep to secure points for their House. View more photos in the Gallery.

Ryan Fortune has led the way with promoting the national Comic Relief fund raising focus at BPS, dressing up in red every day this week to remind boys to bring in their red noses, whilst raising money himself for those less fortunate than BPS boys.

 

The boys are very much looking forward to this afternoon’s Y2-5, and tomorrow’s Y6-8, House Football competitions.