Welcome Back

Welcome back Bickley Park!

I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas holiday and received all the gifts and presents you asked for. As you all know, 2020 is not just the start of a new year, but a start of a new decade, and with that, many new events inside and outside of school. Today I will be covering some of these major events and also things we have to look forward to at Bickley this oncoming year.

Some of you may be aware that 2020 is a leap year, and you know what that means. The Olympics! This year the Olympics will be held in Japan on Friday the 24th of July, and is due to put on an even larger variety of sports than the previous years. For the first time ever to be recognised as an Olympic sport, surfing will be added to the mix along with skateboarding and sport climbing events. As well as these, after a twelve-year absence, baseball and softball will be making a grand re-entrance into the Olympics, along with a new 3 on 3 format for basketball matches. Sounds like Japan are really going for it this year!

This term we have a wide array of events and activities to participate in at Bickley too. As you know, we have the first round of the Public Speaking Competition taking place on the 13th of January that you have all been preparing for. I look forward to hearing some of your speeches when we all return to school. As well as this, the Spring term boasts a large variety of popular sports, including a fan favourite, football! I hope to hear of many cases where students have aspired to get into a team or score a set number of goals, work and hone in on their skills, and achieve their dream team or goal count. The Spring term is also hosting what I believe to be the first Basketball Match against another school, which is open for the Under 13s. The match will take place in the Farrington’s sports hall on the 15th of January at 4pm and will be a big milestone in the school’s sporting department, as we can now say that basketball is a larger part of the school community, with boys hosting weekly clubs open to those with a passion for the game.

Although this is not relevant to many boys in the school, the Year 8’s as well as others will be taking their January entrance exams in the space of the next few weeks, as well as Common Entrance later on in the year. I would like to give all of those taking the exams the best of luck from us all, and hope you get in to the schools of your choice.

On behalf of the whole of Year 8, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year, and all the best for this oncoming year.