The Beehive – Issue 23

From The Headmaster

The House football competition was played in glorious sunshine, both for the juniors (after a grey start) and the seniors (throughout). The boys played with commitment and spirit, giving their all for their Houses. Thanks to Master in charge of Football, Mr Bagnall, and Mr Hyslop for coordinating the event. View more of the action in the Gallery.


Congratulations to Henry Griffin who won his first premiership winner’s medal beating Chelsea in the semi-finals and Reading 3-1 In the final. Henry scored 3 goals on the way there. He will now represent the south of England against the northern winners of their tournament.

Congratulations to Ryan Fortune for his contribution towards the £272.60 raised for Comic Relief through the wearing of red noses last week.

Year 2 performed with great discipline and musicality in their recorder concert which was the culmination of weekly lessons held throughout the term. It was great to see how attentive they were towards their conductor and how much they enjoyed performing.

Year 3’s weekly djembe drums lessons, which have taken place through the course of this term, culminated in a vibrant performance in this afternoon’s Achievements Assembly.

Year 4 wowed their audience with their performance in a Band on the Run concert led by Ian Rowe from BYMT. The boys have all been learning the clarinet, the trumpet or the trombone and demonstrated the incredible strides they have made after just ten sessions.

The Bromley Schools public speaking finals took place at St Bride’s, ‘The Journalists’ Church’, on Monday. Judges John McCarthy and Lisa Osbourne were bowled over by the standard of the speeches, which were exceptional: every BPS boy and BHS girl rose to the occasion. Congratulations to Oliver Soo for inspiring the audience to ‘carpe diem’ in his speech whilst, in the process, winning the boys’ shield in the Junior Competition and to Finlay Stirk for winning the overarching prize, The Peddu Shield, in the Senior Competition. This is what John McCarthy said afterwards: ‘All the speeches were interesting, well-argued and filled with well researched details. And the delivery was universally excellent. As someone who does a fair bit of public speaking, I was taking notes on how to improve my own performance! I had to keep pinching myself to remember how young some of the contestants were. It was a truly inspiring event.’ You can view more photos in the Gallery.


The annual Prep Department School Concert featured some accomplished solo performances and impressive ensemble pieces. The boys’ performances were composed and calm. The finale would not have sounded out of place at The Last Night of the Proms. Thank you to Mr Stein and his merry band of peripatetic music teachers for organising an entertaining evening. View more photos in the Gallery.

BPS was one of over thirty schools to participate in the Salters Science Competition at University College, London. The boys in the BPS team were amongst the handful of schools successfully to complete the challenge and solve the mystery posed by those running the event.


Boys travelled far and wide on the Prep Department Expedition Day. Year 3 visited the Cutty Sark and Maritime Museum. Year 4 learnt about London’s history on a boat trip down the Thames and enjoyed a fantastic view of the city from on top of The London Eye, which forms the centrepiece of a literary mystery they have been reading in English lessons. Year 5 visited Knole House. Senior boys tested their modern foreign language skills, with Year 6 practising their French in Calais, as well as visiting the Nausicaa Sealife Centre, and Year 7 & 8 using their Spanish in workshops at the British Film Institute. More photos can be seen in the Gallery.

Some voracious reading has taken place in recent months, with ten boys receiving Bronze badges for becoming word millionaires, consuming between one and four million words so far this year.

Congratulations to the swimming squad who won the Royal Russell swimming gala 101-94.

Year 3-6 enjoyed a visit by renowned authoress Caroline Lawrence. She spoke to them about her Roman Mysteries series of books which have been much enjoyed by many boys. They loved her story about the Romans’ toileting routines! Caroline enjoyed meeting BPS’s very own authors, Matthew Lee, Freddie Davis and the Freddie Ellisdon, amongst other, over a special lunch for boys who have achieved great things with their reading. View the Gallery for more pictures.

The 2017 football season witnessed 180 goals scored and 133 conceded across all matches. Results were particularly good at the junior end of the school, notably the U9As unbeaten run. More importantly, all boys represented the school in matches with real tenacity and determination to do their best. Well done boys!

Y3 and 4 undertook their delayed House Cross Country event today in very contrasting conditions to the ones that caused their race to be postponed. Well done to all boys for aspiring, endeavouring and achieving results for their Houses.


What did the prefects want to do for their end of term treat? Go on the timber trail!

Easter bunnies were much in evidence in BPS this week. See more in the Gallery.