Headmaster’s Update

The last ten days have seen Blue Coat in all its glory with Prep, Pre-Prep and Transition enjoying wonderful assemblies to celebrate Harvest. It was lovely to see so many friends and family come to support the children on these very memorable occasions. I must thank Mrs Elphinston for all her hard work in preparing…

Headmaster’s Update

There is something about witches’ brews, the riddle of walking trees and a man not born of woman which has transfixed audiences of Shakespeare for 400 years and more. If Birnam Wood arriving at Dunsinane – and the final fight scene between Macbeth and Macduff – have captured adults, then you can suppose what they…

Headmaster’s Update

Emblazoned on coffee mugs; printed onto throw pillows; painted onto totes, T-shirts and distressed timber: how universally popular have become those aphorisms and sayings that we buy to bring a little homespun humour to our homes. In a world of the technological, where logos have generally taken the place of words and where we tend…

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thursday 28 September saw cakes galore at Blue Coat. Starting in Buttons nursery, then the staff rooms and culminating with The Friends’ cake sale and a silent cake auction we ate our way through mountains of cupcakes, brownies, biscuits and gave generous support to this worthy cause. From sales earlier in the day in Buttons…

Headmaster’s Update

On the front page of our national newspapers during the last week, we have been treated to many pictures of a disheveled middle-aged man with a shock of unruly blond hair. Nobody can pretend that the protracted Brexit negotiations are going to prove compulsive reading, so an image of that bounder, the ‘Billy Bunter’ of…

Autumn/Winter Style Event

The Friends are excited to announce an addition to their calendar: An Autumn/Winter Style Event on Thursday 5th October, 2017, starting at 7.30pm in the Boardroom. Sarah Wright, a stylist from cabi clothing wlll be coming along to share: – Key fashion trends for Autumn / Winter – How to dress for your body shape…

Headmaster’s Update

Hear or read the word ‘Caribbean’ and what do you picture?  Palm trees, white sands, legendary cricketers, exotic music and happy-go-lucky men and women. This image could not be more different than the current situation, where we see islands devastated by a hurricane and a people desolate beyond belief. It is all too easy for…

Headmaster’s Update

As the ravages of Hurricane Harvey begin to fade from the front of our minds – at least for those of us who do not have the misfortune to live in Texas (and also now in the Caribbean!) – we must be grateful for the beauty and tranquility of September. This is a glorious month,…

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…