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Belmont Pupils Flying

Dear Parents,

I hope you all managed to enjoy the beautiful weather over the Bank Holiday weekend. As well as glorious weather there have been some other highlights over the last 4 days.

Yesterday I went down to see one of our new lunchtime activities, Drone Club. Supported by Mr Palmer, the club was set up by two Year 7 boys, Sammy and Jacob (7OM). It has proved to be one of the most popular clubs with more numbers on the waiting list than Baking Club! The children involved had great control weaving the drones through obstacles and landing them with precision. Then I had a go… It is amazing how high and how far the drones can go and how little control I had; if anyone comes across a white drone in the Finchley area please let me know.

Our Middlesex Under-13 Champions continued to soar on Wednesday as they completed in the Gubby Allen Final. This is a competition between last year’s winners of the Middlesex Cup (Belmont) and the winners of the London Schools’ Cup (City of London School for Boys).   I am pleased to say that the combined Belmont and Mill Hill XI were convincing winners on the day. We batted first, scoring 192 for 4 and bowled out City for 110. Belmont now hold the bust of Sir Gubby, the Middlesex and England cricketing legend.

Tonight is our first ECB All Stars session and we are one of the first independent schools to become a centre and open up to the local community. I would like to thank Mr Williams for all his hard work in organising this. Finally on the cricket theme, congratulations to Amba (6NP) who has been selected for the Middlesex Girls Under-11 team after only starting playing cricket last year!

Thank you to Mr Symes and Miss Elliott for organising the Breck Bednar Foundation talks yesterday for pupils, staff and parents. The hard-hitting talk about the dangers of online gaming was well attended by parents and gave everyone food for thought about staying safe online. Our digital detox day was also a huge success last Friday so thank you to all the teachers for thinking of creative ways to deliver great lessons without the use of technology. It was wonderful to see so many exciting lessons being taught outside of the classroom.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Leon Roberts