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, but, judging from the highlights, if there was one element which upstaged Amal Clooney in her yellow dress, it was the singing in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. And if the sight of the bride walking in on her lonesome was not enough to bring a tear to your eye, then the choir’s singing of ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’ must surely have made you reach for the tissues. That magnificent John Rutter composition I heard again on the radio on Tuesday, from Manchester Cathedral, where we were remembering the 22 who died in the horrific terror attack a year ago. Those who died had loved their music. For whatever reason, we all have an attachment to tunes; whether they be jaunty or stately, melancholy or cheerful, imperial or country & western, hard rock or soft pedal. Of course, the choice is endless, but the effect is the same. Our mood is lifted, and we are made more aware of the spiritual side of our natures.

That was certainly true at BCS this week. Music was the topic, with preparations for Founders’ Day being at the forefront of our minds. Before the event, we were treated to an outstanding Prelude Concert on Thursday morning. Congratulations to our musicians for their hard work. It made the spine tingle. On Friday we donned our ‘Best Blue’ and headed to our spiritual home, St Philip’s Cathedral. In an uplifting Service by Bishop David, we celebrated the School’s heritage. Music was a key feature once more. Thank you to Chaplain and Mr Nicklin for preparing this event.

Hasn’t the sun shone gloriously this week as we wound up for half term? With the First Test starting on Thursday, it was bound to break, but there is lots of Summer Time left! It has certainly been the weather for getting into the pool. Looking back, we have enjoyed a feast of Swimming. The Year 1, 2 and 4 galas were lots of fun. Well done to all the competitors. A special thank you to Mr Kelly and Mrs Barrowcliff for their time and effort.

On Tuesday we welcomed back some Old Scholars for a hockey match against our current Year 6 children. How lovely to see our former pupils blossom into young adults. I want to commend them all on their skill – and, more important still,  their sportsmanship.

Have a great half term!

MR NOEL NEESON | HEADMASTER