Headmaster’s Update

As I write, the Anniversary Games are reaching their conclusion, and Andy Murray is about to embark on his quest to retain the men’s singles title down the road at Wimbledon. Twenty-three year old middle distance runner Laura Muir, who has set five British and two European records over the last 12 months, missed out…

Buttons Sports Day

On a glorious summer afternoon the Caterpillars and Ladybirds gathered on the field outside Buttons ready to take part in Buttons’ Sports Day. Wearing team colours (green and red) and taking shelter from the bright sunshine they readied themselves for action! The children participated in running, balancing on beams and tunnel races with parents shouting…

Headmaster’s Update

What, you may ask, did Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Yours Truly have in common during the past few days? Well, we both found ourselves addressing groups of people far younger than ourselves, and naturally hoped that our very different audiences hung on every word. Whereas new folk-hero Jeremy (accompanied by ‘deputy-head’ John McDonnell) put…

Headmaster’s Update

As Enobarbus is currently saying nightly of a famous queen, down the road in Stratford, “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.” Well, our children show no signs of withering, and they are certainly being introduced to a full range of adventure. No, it takes more than a stiflingly hot week of…

Headmaster’s Update

Last week, my theme was cricket but today I return to the serious and the sobering. On Wednesday, Huw Edwards of the BBC was standing outside a smouldering tower block to help us feel the pain and anguish of what had happened the night before. Like any parent or indeed any caring human being, I…

Headmaster’s Update

There we were, fingers-crossed that the weather would hold out, and that the opposition would have been up all night watching David Dimbleby assessing those election results… And then, at the eleventh hour, we heard that too much rain had already fallen, and that the Harborne Cricket Club pitch was not fit to stage the…

The Big Sleuth

Back in February we received our blank Big Sleuth bear statue. Since then, the whole school has been involved in designing and creating this ‘bear-illiant’ design which includes a beautiful waistcoat made up of hexagonal designs by the children and staff and with a collar of bees, a ladybird and a caterpillar contributed by Pre-Prep…

Headmaster’s Update

As has been pointed out in the media, it is difficult for us to comprehend the enormity of what happened on Monday night at what was supposed to be a fun event. For children, that enormity is amplified. In our own way, however, we as a school body tried to come to terms with the…

Headmaster’s Update

This particular cohort have many qualities, and chief amongst them must be their immaculate sense of timing. Just when our beloved party leaders have given up finding anything new to say, and have started to promise anything and everything in the silly season of election campaigning. Just when the unlovely Chelsea have bought their way…

Buttons Chapel Service

On Tuesday 17 May Buttons had their own Chapel service celebrating their year in Buttons Nursery. The children sang some of their favourite action songs wearing hats they had made for the service. The children were watched by a large number of their families who complimented them on their singing and counting, but most of…

Headmaster’s Update

Coming up from Devon to Edgbaston, where Ian Botham produced heroics at The Ashes some 36 years ago, I was prepared to witness some cricketing drama. However, to see it from an eight-year-old boy was not something that I could have predicted.  Completely uninhibited, with a lovely rhythm and a remarkable athleticism and speed, one…

Barnardo’s Big Toddle

On Wednesday 10 May we had our annual Barnardo’s Toddle. We are very proud that it was the 14th Toddle that Buttons Nursery children have been involved in – which is quite an achievement! They became such a success that we were happy when Transition children started to join us for this worthwhile cause. We…