It was Dr Seuss who said: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Well, this week, we all had the perfect opportunity to concentrate on the most important items in school: books. With World Book Day came the chance to dress up as some of our favourite literary characters – and a reminder – if one were needed – that we can transport ourselves without moving from bed or the sitting room sofa.

By way of celebration – knowing how much Blue Coat’s children love the Big Bad Wolf’s occasional quizzes – I have a literary poser for you, and a prize awaiting the lucky winners (one boy and one girl with the first correct answers). All you have to do is this: Send to me, in an email, by Monday morning at 8am, with ‘Grizzly Gutenberg’ in the ‘Subject’ box, the names of the seven books (and their authors) which start with the following first lines.

1: Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
2: Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
3: There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further outdoor exercise was now out of the question.
4: Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do…
5: What a lot of hairy-faced men there are around nowadays. When a man grows hair all over his face it is impossible to tell what he really looks like. Perhaps that’s why he does it….
6: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
7: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Because the children, staff and parents are so prepared to enter into the spirit of an occasion, Book Day was the visual highlight of this week. The costumes and the inspired book characters were vast, ranging from Harry Potter to the Big Bad Wolf himself. And to set the tone, on Thursday, Form 3RS gave us a brilliant and stimulating assembly.

The previous day I had the pleasure of watching the Pre-Prep Concert. Wow! It was wonderful to see so many talented musicians at such a young age. From Transition to Year 2, I was blown away! Well done to all performers.

On Friday we launched our British Science week activities. Under the guidance of Mrs Simmons and Mr Fogarty supported by Mr Isherwood, Science is certainly thriving at BCS. The STEM classes in Year 6 and TED with the Science explorers have really caught the children’s imagination. Pre-Prep will have some wonderful Science assemblies coming up which will ignite their scientific curiosity.  I would encourage all parents to come along and support the School Science Fair on Wednesday 27 March at 5pm. I am sure they will find it inspiring. Who, I wonder, will replace last year’s winner May Hadley, as Science Fayre Champion? And can anybody emulate Emma Burns, who become The Ogden Trust School Physicist of the Year! Exciting times.

This week was a busy week of sport with excellent results for us. At The Hallfield Cross Country event we won all team events at Under 9 boys and Under 11 girls and boys’ levels, just missing out at Under 9 girls. What a day. Well done, everyone. Also, congratulations are due to our Under 11 boys, who won the King’s Hawford football tournament. The squad deserves much credit for its achievement and for a great season so far.

It’s been a week for getting into strange costume, and tonight, I’m brushing down the dancing garb to escort my son to the Pre-Prep disco. Doubtless, other Dads will be looking forward to cutting some shapes on the dance floor, so, not to let down the family,  I’d better go and buff up those patent leathers!

Happy weekend everyone, and good luck with the quiz.

Mr Neeson | Headmaster