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 Masters in just under a fortnight. The weather may be unpredictable, but the news is less so. It was no surprise that Donald Trump congratulated Vladimir Putin on his election, and not much of a shock either to learn that Facebook is alleged to have been involved in malpractice. There are few parts of the world which are as pure as the driven snow. Just Harborne and a handful of others….

I would once again like to thank the Estates team for a sterling job in getting the site up and ready during recent days. Just when they must have thought the worst was over, a fresh layer appeared. As snow turned gently to slush, much was going on at School, whether that be the numerous children coming to show me their excellent work, the children taking part in Music recitals or representing the School at netball or football for the last time this term.

Well done, particularly, to the Under 11A netballers who have gone through the term undefeated in their inter-school fixtures. This is an excellent achievement, and the squad have had a lot of fun along the way. As I write, our swimmers are competing at Warwick School at the ESSA Qualifiers. Good luck to them and I will give an update next week.

The Year 5 music recital and Pre-Prep Concert, as usual, were super occasions. The children performed to an exceedingly high standard and should be commended. Mrs Neeson and I are also looking forward to attending the Spring Concert by the Chapel Choir supported by the Choral Society. This takes place on Saturday in Chapel. This year we will be treated to John Rutter’s Mass for the Children. I am sure this will be a spectacular highlight of the music calendar. Please come along and join us at 7.30pm.

Quiz Question here for all children and parents! In which niche of the west front of Salisbury Cathedral is there a carved figure of the man who wrote the hymn which features in Mass of the Children? First correct emailed answer to hmpa@thebluecoatschool.com wins a Bournville bar!

As we approach the end of term, I would encourage all parents to join us next week for the Pre-Prep and Prep Easter Services. This is a lovely way to finish the term. Finally, the first ever BCS Science Fair takes place on Wednesday. The boys and girls in Year 6 have created some outstanding work which you will be very welcome to see. Again, do feel free to bring your children and observe.

Have a great weekend. I hope to see many of you at the Bournville Bookfest at BCS this weekend. It promises to be an interesting and uplifting event!

MR NOEL NEESON | HEADMASTER