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 who appear in the magazine, it is so important to remember those who do NOT feature but who may be at least as deserving of our ongoing attention. I take this moment to congratulate all pupils on their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm that has been evident in and out of the classroom this term.

As I write, people are gathering on Westminster Bridge to remember those who died in the terrorist atrocity last week. How good it is, incidentally, to see those of various faiths doing this together, in harmony. However, we must also remember those whose suffering is ongoing, such as the Romanian lady who is still in a critical condition after plunging into the Thames at the height of the carnage, ten days ago. As her family expresses its gratitude for the love shown from so many quarters, and as we head towards Easter, I want to thank the whole of The Blue Coat School family for being so supportive of one another, and of the School.

Let me here celebrate the small things, the day-to-day good deeds, and say a personal thank you to all the children and staff for all their contributions to school life. It has not all been plain sailing and there is work to do, but The Blue Coat School is setting on a steady course and gaining momentum!

I must not miss this occasion to congratulate Pre-Prep for their wonderful Easter service on Thursday afternoon, It was an uplifting event and the children’s singing made me smile with joy! It certainly was one of my highlights of the term.

This morning we celebrated the final day of term with a thought-provoking service in Chapel. Chaplain certainly enhances the spiritual life of the School no end. Once again the Chapel Choir was imperious, and our vice captains read with impressive clarity of diction. Thank you one and all.

The House Shout music competition brought the term to a close. All the Prep children had great FUN and represented their House with pride and honour. We look forward to introducing more House events in the coming years.

Please can I ask you to read my staffing letter regarding the new leadership appointments for the next academic year. This was sent out to all parents yesterday.  I would also like to add that we have just appointed Mr Adam Kelly as the new Teacher in charge of Swimming from September.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Boothroyd, who marks her final day as Year 6 tutor and Head of French. As a school community we would like to thank Mrs Boothroyd for her contribution to school life and wish her every happiness in the future.  French will be taught next term by Mr Javay Welter who has previously taught French and Spanish at the school as a cover teacher.

Happy Easter to you all!

NOEL NEESON | HEADMASTER