Two years ago almost to the day, an American, Scott McCoskery described how he invented a metal spinning device to cope with his own fidgeting in IT meetings and conference calls. In response to requests from an online community, McCoskery began selling online the device that he christened the Torqbar. So what? Well, during the past week our very own Scientist of the Year, eleven year-old Isaac received congratulation for creating his own personal “best design for a fidget spinner.” Isaac’s experiment, which showed an extraordinarily mature creative capacity, proved one of the highlights of the Year 6 Science Fair, an event organised with efficiency and panache by Mrs Simmons.
This was one highlight of a week which started with mellifluous harmony, moved through a moving Mothers’ Day celebration, soared with the Science Fair and hit the high spots yet again with an evening of ‘Hero worship’.
We are well aware that Blue Coat has talent, both inside and outside the classroom. What is so gratifying is to see that our children know how to express themselves, and to have fun. From Monday to Wednesday, 80 boys and girls filed happily off to Chapel to sit their ABRSM exams. We won’t know the results for a short while, but if their collective enthusiasm – and the recent music festival – is anything to go by, outcomes will be very strong. Well done to all the children for their hard work and dedication.
Tuesday saw a wonderful Year 1 performance in the lead-up to Mothers’ Day. Dads and mums alike were seen to shed a tear or two. The children spoke, sang and danced beautifully. They were a credit to themselves, their parents and their hard-working teachers and teaching assistants. Well done, all!
It was on Wednesday that Year 6 showcased their Science skills. The knowledge, experiments and research were of a prodigious standard. Thank you to the judges from Harborne Academy, EHS, KEHS, KES, Solihull and The University of Birmingham. Congratulations to all the pupils, but particularly Isaac, for his experiment.
On Friday, Year 4 showed off in-depth research on their Heroes. The children chose a wide range of role models – from Marie Curie to Helen Sharman and Gandhi – and spoke with confidence about them. These research and presenting skills are so important to instil in our children from an early age. Well done to them all on an excellent event.
The week isn’t quite over yet. If you are free on Saturday evening, do please come and support our Chapel Choir and Choral Society at 7pm, for Haydn’s Nelson Mass. It promises to be a great celebration of music.
Finally, a big thank you and well done to all the pupils, staff and parents of St George’s who raised an astonishing £6,825 for the Critical Journeys Appeal. Thank you to all the parents and children from across the school for supporting this charity day.
Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the BCS mums and grandmas.
Mr Noel Neeson| Headmaster