The Beehive – Issue 27

From The Headmaster

A great time was had by all who attended Friday night’s quiz night. ‘No Brains’ belied their team name by winning the night, with the teachers’ team ‘Up Wiv Skool’ nipping at their heels. A magnificent £1,500 was raised by the BPSA. Special thanks to event organiser, Louise Van Rensburg, ably assisted by Archie MacPherson (Quiz Master), Alison and Robert Bullyment (bar) and Paras Dadashian (fish and chips). View more photos in the Gallery.

No Brains – The Winning Team!


The Year 8 Offa’s Dyke team were joined by parents and staff for a training walk in the beautiful countryside surrounding Chartwell and Westerham. The boys were in fine fettle throughout their walk. view more photos in the Gallery.

Prep Department parent reps met with senior managers and governors for their termly meeting, following last week’s Pre-Prep parents’ forum. The helpful discussion has been summarised in minutes sent to all parents.

Ethan, Nathaniel and Brandon’s Glebe Pumas U9 football team beat Elmstead FC 3-2 in the Copper Cup Final.  Ethan scored two of the goals, one in the final minute of the game.  All the boys played superbly well.

Amy Roberts, a representative of the school’s catering company, Holroyd Howe, spoke to Prep Department boys about nutrition. She emphasised the particular importance of having a good breakfast, remaining hydrated and having five fruit/vegetable portions a day.

Year 8 have had a busy week undertaking their first Common Entrance exams: French and Spanish speaking and listening tests.

Each year, some of our Year 7 and 8 boys take part in a national Maths competition: the Junior Maths Challenge. Over 240,000 pupils took part this year from all over the country in what was an excellent test of mathematics and its application.

An example of one of the more straight forward questions can be found below, with the answer to follow (are you smarter than a 12 year old?!).

Certificates were awarded to the top 40% of pupils nationally. 24 Bickley boys were awarded certificates with the top two (Josh Broadfield and Matthew Arman) making it through to the prestigious Kangaroo round that will take place 13th June 2017.


Year 3, 4 and 5 boys performed in a Junior Informal Concert. It was great to see the enthusiasm to perform amongst our younger musicians. It was also wonderful to see the first ever appearance by a double bass! View more photos in the Gallery.

RKA Reception class showed amazing powers of recall by remembering lots of words and delivering them with great confidence in their assembly. We all enjoyed learning about their busy year.

Reception and Nursery children wiggled for Britain this week in the EYFS sponsored Wiggle on behalf of the Happy Days Children’s Charity. View more photos in the Gallery.

3JG told the first part of the exciting story of James and the Giant Peach in their drama assembly. They performed with great character and enthusiasm – a pleasure to behold.

Year 5 are due to return, this evening, from their Adventure School residential survival skills trip to Wilderness Camp. They set off in good spirits and hopefully will return in equally fine fettle, in spite of last night’s deluge!

Look who called in today to say hello: baby Matilda and mummy Polly (Pre-Prep secretary).

Click here to read about this week’s amazing achievements by BPS boys. To view the latest fixtures and results, click here.