In an early summer whose weather in Berlin has resembled that of one in Britain, we were fortunately blessed with wonderful day for our Summerfest 2012.
That this annual event has established such a high reputation within the Berlin community may also have contributed to the very high turn-out, so that by midday there were queues for many of the stalls. These varied from a merry-go-round and coconut (or rather tin-can) shy, through horse riding and face painting, to the selling of many varieties of food and drink. We are very grateful to the school’s parents and friends who generously sponsored most of the stalls.
The day climaxed with the grand raffle draw which offered some very big prizes, also the result of parents’ and friends’ largesse, as well as the draw for the class basket boxes and the handbag prize. Euro 2012 seemed to be a marginal event when BBS took to the Secondary School football field to take on a British embassy staff team. The referee - BBS Head, Graham Lacey - claimed to be completely neutral, and failed to prevent the embassy emerging 2-1 winners in a struggle that showed total commitment from both sides.
Overall, the day brought out all that is best about the BBS community: Staff and parents giving up some of their valuable time, the wider public provided with an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful event in the beautiful Secondary School setting, and above all the generosity of school community members.
Whilst on the subject of generosity, unqualified thanks must go to the Friends of BBS Summerfest Committee, all of whose members were working hard weeks, indeed months, before the event, and was superbly led by Chantal Vasile and Gosia Dudley. The school is in debt to all members of the Committee, and offers them its eternal thanks. They were largely responsible for making the day so memorable, and such a success.