The focus of the nation will be right here at Edgbaston on Sunday. When England play India, the atmosphere will doubtless be electric, and children in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere will be glued to their televisions and radios.

How wonderful it is for youngsters to have role models like Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, Joss Butler and Joe Root. Not only that. Is it not so refreshing to see the exemplary standards of sportsmanship and excellent behaviour that have been conspicuous throughout the tournament. Perhaps one of our political leaders, the one with the blond hair and the notoriously sparky temper, might learn a lesson from that.

At Blue Coat, there was nothing but good sportsmanship from our Under 10 cricketers as they won convincingly against Hallfield to round off a wonderful term of both girls and boys cricket. It was so gratifying to see the children and coaching staff with smiles on their faces enjoying the game.  

On Tuesday and Wednesday morning I had the pleasure of attending both Transition and Reception’s Thanksgiving services in Chapel. The children have so clearly grown in confidence over the course of the year. I must commend the Transition and Reception Staff teams for their support and guidance to the children. It has been a wonderful year, full of achievement and happiness.

On Thursday, Year 4 enjoyed an Enrichment Day with the CBSO. It was an informative day that clearly inspired our budding musicians. Again, opportunities like this help to expand our pupils’ skills and inspire them to practise to reach the next level.

The week rounded off with the eagerly-awaited Year 6 production of The Lion, The Witch  and The Wardrobe. On the first night the children were magnificent in all departments and we look forward to their final performance this evening. I must congratulate the children on this mature and uplifting performance. A special thank you to Mrs Redfern, Mr Nicklin and all the Prep staff who contributed to this magnificent event.

May I please remind you that this weekend is the last opportunity to complete The Friends’ questionnaire to help them to set priorities for the coming academic year. A £25 Plough voucher is on offer for one lucky respondent who will be randomly pulled from a hat!

Fingers crossed that England get those vital two points at the weekend..

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster