The industrialist Andrew Carnegie described teamwork as ‘the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results’. Well – on Saturday – we had an uncommonly fabulous Christmas Fair; its success was certainly the result of some excellent team work on the part of many parents, staff and girls and their efforts are greatly appreciated by everyone at BHHS.

The work of our Parents’ Association sets, I believe, a fine example for girls in the school. It’s important that we teach students about the benefits of working together towards a common goal and of fostering links within and outside our community. On Sunday teachers and girls worked all day on rehearsals for the school play – another wonderful example of the pleasures of collaborative effort – and on Monday morning we said goodbye to our Snowdog, Blue, who for the past three months has been a symbol of the power of community engagement, bringing together the whole city in a bid to raise much-needed funds for the Martlets Hospice. We round off the term with our annual Christmas Tea Party – again, a reminder of sustaining links with older members of the community.

This year has been one which has shaken up assumptions about society for many of us. As we approach the end of 2016, it is surely more important than ever to reflect on how we can work together towards common goals. If you would like to know more about our community links please contact Mr Edmunds.