Headmaster’s Update

It’s been a great week for children. What could be more exciting than the sight of several inches of snow falling, lending a romantic edge to the Christmas season? Of course, a dousing from the white stuff doesn’t make everybody happy. I dare say that those in our Estates Office were about as happy to…

Headmaster’s Update

Perhaps, like me, you went to bed on Tuesday evening with hope in your heart and a radio under your pillow. If so, you will now be as deflated as an empty hot water bottle, dreading the idea of another whitewash Down Under, after those cocky Australians skittled out our wallaby-length tail and took a 2-0…

Headmaster’s Update

As I write, the phoney war is over and England are doing battle with Australia Down Under at The Gabba. Having followed The Ashes for more than three decades, when the series is on I am inclined to take the radio to bed and listen in, hoping that Root and Co can do what no…

Headmaster’s Update

Forty years ago, few people in the country that is now Zimbabwe had heard of the name Robert Mugabe. Perhaps in the near future he will be resigned to the history books and the long-suffering people of what was once Rhodesia will be relieved of the burden of their nonagenarian leader. When Mugabe first came…

Headmaster’s Update

Today we remembered the fallen. In a very sombre but moving service conducted by Reverend Rachel Heathfield, here in Chapel, it was time once again for us to reflect and pay tribute to those brave souls who have died defending our country over the years. One of my favourite war poems, ‘Disabled’ conveys this stark…

Headmaster’s Update

Glancing through the Daily Telegraph earlier this week I was intrigued to read an article, written by a Headmaster, that explained why he has imposed a ‘non-tech philosophy’ on his Derbyshire Prep School.  In an attempt to keep children ‘child-like’, he has banned all screens and phones – except in dedicated IT lessons.  He preaches…

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…