The Beehive – Issue 33

From The Headmaster

It’s always a little bit of a worry when a group of Year 6 children return from a survival skills trip and say that their favourite activities were knife and axe throwing and bug eating. But these were just some of numbers of (very safe!) activities the boys enjoyed on their residential trip last week. They had a wonderful time during their Adventure School challenge in the wilderness.

A convivial and informative BPSA cheese and wine evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended on Friday night. It was great to see so many guests from Pre-Prep. Many thanks to Debbie Thorpe for organising the event, ably supported by Ali MacPherson and Penny Day. Visit the GALLERY for more photos.

The 1st XI v Fathers’ XI cricket match was played in glorious summer sunshine. The boys batted first and posted a competitive total. Mr Ramanathan, with perhaps a point to prove as an old boy of the school himself, responded with a splendid knock but, after a closely contested match, the boys secured the victory. Thank you to Mr Hyslop for organising the occasion and to the mums for a wonderful tea. View more photos in the GALLERY.

Well done to Oliver Haycocks who finished in sixth place out of an entry of 135 in the Trinity School Triathlon. He improved his time from last year by over 2 minutes.

The final drama assembly of term fell to 6SB. In spite of their energy levels still being depleted after their Adventure School trip last week, they managed to perform an imaginative retelling of Roald Dahl’s famous tale: The B.F.G.

This week was enriched by the Journey into Imagination event which was enjoyed by boys across the whole school. The imaginative work of Roald Dahl has been at the heart of many of the happenings, with such activities as making George’s Marvellous Medicine concoctions; creating Roald Dahl cupcakes; making massive willow sculptures of well-known Roald Dahl characters and lots more. The boys’ imagination and creativity were further stimulated through a range of other activities, including creating their own computer games using coding; producing pop art; undertaking acapella singing activities, producing a play in a day and receiving dance instruction from the choreographer of Matilda, the Musical! Visit the GALLERY for more photos

Boys in Years 6, 7 and 8 enjoyed a day at the British Film Institute. They saw the 1939 film of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The event was hosted by Mr Brook, Primary Schools Director at the BFI when not at Bickley Park. In the afternoon, the boys watched snippets from other versions, including ‘The Wiz’ with Michael Jackson and a silent 1910 version. Boys studied practical versus visual techniques as well as looking at characterisation and a host of other important components involved in film making. It is hoped minds were stimulated for our budding C.G.I. creative talent of the future!

Final preparations have taken place for Y8’s Offa’s Dyke adventure with two days of walking to build up stamina and technique; practising pitching tents and team building ready for the challenges ahead.

The national coach of the Great Britain sitting volley ball team led sessions for boys in Year 6 and 7 today. The boys enjoyed high octane sessions lasting one hour. The visit, by Sean Poole, was arrange via Y1 parent, Mrs Oladimeji.


Year 8 concluded the week with their leavers’ assembly with a video presentation chock full of memories. A large turnout of parents and guests enjoyed sharing what, for some boys, represented over ten years worth of recollections.