Last week, my theme was cricket but today I return to the serious and the sobering. On Wednesday, Huw Edwards of the BBC was standing outside a smouldering tower block to help us feel the pain and anguish of what had happened the night before.

Like any parent or indeed any caring human being, I can imagine without graphic pictorial footage, the trauma of being trapped by fire. It does seem to me that we are in danger of losing our sensibilities as the media becomes ever more invasive.  What with graphic scenes from London Bridge, Manchester and Borough Market to the war zones in Syria, and now to the devastation in Chelsea and Kensington, there is a danger that we will become immunised to such atrocities. Forgive the rant, but how much more can we as onlookers take?

Perhaps that is why we love the release and passion of sport? The fanatical frenzy that surrounds a meeting between India and Pakistan will make tomorrow’s ICC final a very special, and noisy occasion. More than ever it seems, we need such fun, such diversion. Continuing to look on the bright side, we are promised sunny weather from now until the end of term.

Meanwhile, as we close off another week here at Blue Coat, one might ask where the time goes…

Clearly, the highlight of this week was the Chapel Service, with an interesting talk by the Leicester City Chaplain. His talk reinforced our theme and focused the children’s minds. We were also treated to the beautiful Anthem, Ava Maria in Latin, written by David Bednal, and performed by our Chapel Choir. The children sang angelically. They were accompanied by Rosabella Sung on violin. Truly mesmerizing.

On Thursday, Pre-Prep took part in their annual sports day, with great enthusiasm. It was wonderful to see so many parents. When we come together as one, it really adds to the experience. A big thank you to Mrs Andrews and the Pre-Prep staff for their hard work and dedication, not only at sports day but in general.

This week has seen some thought-provoking studies across the whole school. Pre-Prep enjoyed their theme week on Robots, and you can read more about their special visitor in our news section. Prep enjoyed learning about how the brain works – in the Neeson household, my daughter relayed all her learning and the ‘magic’ that our brain is capable of doing. I could not have put it better myself!

This week, I visited a number of local senior schools. It was lovely to hear from the Heads and staff how well our former pupils are doing. It is clear that The Blue Coat School is an important cog in their outstanding achievements, and that our alumni are an asset to their schools.

As we approach the weekend, I would encourage families and friends to come and support the Summer Fete. The Friends have worked tirelessly on this. Thank you to all the members and volunteers for providing the school community with this amazing event. You are an outstanding group, persuasive enough to convince me to head for the stocks for a soaking….please go easy on me everybody!

I am delighted to inform you that I have appointed a new PA for September. Mrs Olivia Unterhalter will join us from Westminster School, London. She comes highly recommended and I am sure that she will add much to the administrative team.

I am now close to completing the classes for next year. We have worked tirelessly with the staff to ensure the best pastoral placements for your children, and this information will be sent to you in the next couple of weeks.

See you on Saturday, and, if not, have a great weekend with your family.

NOEL NEESON | HEADMASTER