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…

Headmaster’s Update

It’s certainly been a busy week at Blue Coat as the ISI inspectors paid a visit. Of course, whenever one is under scrutiny, there is a certain amount of pressure, even if – as is the case here – best practice is followed and all our ‘homework’ is done. Can the same be said of…

Headmaster’s Update

As I write, there is a feature on the news showing that snow stopped play at Headingley Cricket Ground. In this country it is not uncommon for us to experience four seasons in one day and we did just that on Tuesday, as we returned for the summer term. However despite the later chill, it…

Headmaster’s Update

Over the course of this term there have been many highlights. These are all celebrated very vividly in our Out of the Blue magazine. The latest issue can be viewed online shortly and will be available in hard copy on your return from the Easter break. Without in any way denigrating the achievements of those…