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 Year 4 lad did something this week which bowlers strive to achieve throughout their careers at County and even Test level.

Like a latter-day Bob Willis, with one delivery he spread the stumps, with the next he repeated the achievement, and with the third he induced a panic-stricken batsman to surrender his wicket by hitting the ball straight up in the air to a fielder. Congratulations Dhruv Susarla. Of such stuff are dreams made! One can only hope that this does not prove to be the highlight of a career but merely a stepping stone to a lifetime’s pleasure of playing the game. That, after all, is what we are here to achieve at The Blue Coat School – to foster enthusiasm, to nourish a talent, to create a drive to do even better in the years ahead.

The Under 10s won their first tournament of the year with some excellent play at the Kwik Cricket Festival, qualifying for the County finals in July. They have every right to head into their next match with confidence and self-belief. Well done!

This busy week saw me up uncharacteristically early to wave the Year 6 ‘Bon Voyage’ as they set off for their adventure in Normandy. The daily blog from across La Manche shows that the children and staff are having a ball, metaphorically speaking. May I take this opportunity to thank the staff on the trip for their hard work, and express the hope that they have been enjoying their escargots and making use of their espadrilles. We look forward to welcoming them home safely this evening.

Back in Blighty, Years 3 to 5 have been putting their academic ability to the test during exam week. No snails here. In fact, the children have worked with great endeavour and I am sure that this industry will be rewarded and that good progress will be achieved. All this activity has followed another very busy and productive Open Morning last Saturday. Many thanks to the staff and children for their support.

This week our U10 girls, not to be outdone by the boys, produced stunning performances to record strong wins against Hallfield at the start of the Rounders season.

In the pool, children from Years 3 and 4 took part in a gala against Holy Trinity School, Kidderminster, finishing top overall in a very entertaining competition. Thank you to Mrs Denham and Mrs Barrowclift for organising the event. It was also great to welcome our new teacher in charge of swimming, Mr Adam Kelly. I know that he is itching to get started.

On Wednesday, Chaplain inspired us with a wonderful Service on Christian Aid and supporting refugees in our city. The thought-provoking occasion made us realise just how lucky we are here at Blue Coat. Today we welcomed Miss Mistry from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity to assembly. She told us more about the Big Sleuth project and how our fundraising will help to buy much needed equipment and new toys.

I was delighted to hand out so many ABRSM certificates in assembly this week. The fantastic results were a testament to the skill and hard work of our young musicians. Well done to all!

So, as I sign off, may I bring to parents’ attention that it has been noticed that children have been left unattended in cars, please refrain from doing so at all times for the safety of your children.

Please continue to check your diary for the many forthcoming events. Your support at all of them is greatly appreciated. After the excitement of the Inspection last week, we look forward to sharing the report with you when it is released in three to four weeks time.

I would love to share some of the findings, but my lips are sealed, and space does not allow…

 

NOEL NEESON | HEADMASTER