Headmaster’s Update

MR NEESON’S PRIZEGIVING ADDRESS We all received childhood messages growing up. Some of them will have been positive. Doubtless some were negative. But whatever they were, as sure as eggs are eggs, those childhood messages will never go away. Mums and Dads first. What was your main message, I wonder? Was it the conservationist: “Waste…

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Winning is not everything. The desire to come out on top should surely never be so great that deliberate manipulation of the rules gives one competitor an unfair advantage over another. There is a measure of cynicism in top flight soccer – and, as Phil Mickelson’s US Open antics showed, in top flight golf, too.…

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Where do those political correspondents say that ‘The Devil’ is to be found? Why, in ‘The Detail’, of course. How often have we heard that tired idiom trotted out recently, especially when Brexit is under discussion. And – of course – when The Mighty Trump goes monosyllabic and hyperbolic to claim a mighty political tour…

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It’s Panini time again. No, I am not referring to the flat, grilled, Italian bread roll with the yummy filling; no, I mean that ages-old sticker album craze which comes upon us all every four years. With the World Cup just around the corner, we can expect to see pupils huddled over in corners of…

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This week, my theme has to be the importance of music in our lives. Quite apart from the wonderful things that have been going on at Blue Coat, the strains of beautiful melodies and the joy of harmony has been a feature of the past seven days. I was unable to watch the Royal Wedding live,…

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When it comes to gauging humour, I suppose there is just no accounting for taste. The best jokes, I have always believed, are the ones where I grab the punchline just a millisecond before it is delivered. And then there are the very silly ones, which rely on a simple pun; the answer to the…

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Let’s start this week’s post with a quiz question. Which Labour Party politician rose to cabinet rank having started his working life as a postman? I’m not sure how good he was at delivering letters and parcels way back, but I can testify that he is capable of delivering an interesting lecture. And doing so…

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As I write this, the smell of chlorine beckons. Shortly, I will be wending my way to the swimming pool. There, I am going to support the Intra-School Swim. It promises to be a very competitive affair, with all the best BCS values on show. It all makes me wonder how we have got to…

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First, may I take this opportunity to welcome back the School community to what promises to be a very busy term. As always, please consult the calendar for forthcoming events and again, as always, please come and support your children. This week I spoke to the children in assembly about positive attitudes. In every walk…

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As Easter approaches, we think of betrayal, crucifixion, chocolate eggs, resurrection, doubt, hope, consolation and a crown of thorns. Sermons nationwide this coming weekend will recall The Passion. It is not my intention to sermonise in this, my humble update. But in a week where the baggy Australian cricket cap has looked less like an…

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The penultimate week of school started with a scene more akin to the Ice Age than Edgbaston in Spring. It is hard to believe that the cricket season is just around the corner. And it is hard to believe, also,  that in the US they are manicuring the fairways and tending those azaleas for the…

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As I write, I can hear two girls talking animatedly outside my study window. Far be it from me to listen in to private conversations, but this one was unusually vibrant and excitable. Was it two Year 4 children eulogising about their trip to Shakespeare’s birthplace? Could they be reflecting on Helen Buckley’s Chapel talk?…