It isn’t fair to blame our political class for everything. They can’t really be held responsible for the floods around Doncaster. And in my view it would be as churlish to lay at their door the poverty of terrestrial television, as it would be to criticise them for the protracted boxed set of Brexit. This was always going to be a long-running saga. I have to admire the stamina and conviction shown by those at Westminster.

No. It is not that our representatives are taking too long to find a solution. It is the language they are using.  I believe it is the level and tone of MP’s ‘debate’ that is corroding politics – and sending such a damaging message to the younger generation. When our children are old enough to tune in to the Parliament channel, will they hear rampant rhetoric, persuasive intonation, mellifluous modulation, luxuriant language and sensible argument? Of course they won’t. Theresa May, for all her faults, urged those in parliament to be more sensitive to opposing views, to reach consensus; to dilute the aggression, acidity and polarity. No sign of that.

Like politicians across The Pond, the main parties trade insults, denigrate one another and throw their weight about like bullies in the playground. We must hope against hope that the next generation find a better way. But we must do more than hope. We must make it our job to disabuse those who believe that in a civilised world ‘might is right’.

All too easy these days, is it not, to troll on social media; to take no responsibility for one’s scabrous comments; to add to the ocean of scurrilous, vindictive material on the internet. It is more important than ever that, as a school, we ensure that our children are aware of bullying and how to deal with it, not only now but in the future. And so, the school community has focused on this very topic in Anti-Bullying Week. On Tuesday we donned odd socks as a symbol, to mark this week: to show our commitment to work with the children to try to eradicate this terrible issue, in or out of school.

On Monday, I spent time with Reception children, discussing school life. Frustration can lead to aggression, as we know, so we must give children a voice. Boys and girls certainly know the routines and expectations at BCS. They were a joy to speak with.

This week it was also great to see so many children represent the School in sport, whether that be cross country, swimming, hockey or rugby. They children were having a wonderful time, and gaining some super results in the process. Well done to all.

After the excitement of the Year 2 recital last week, it was the turn of the talented children of Year 4 to demonstrate their musical skills. Mr Nicklin waxed lyrical about the performers and their attitude. A hearty well done to all of our children who sat ABRSM music exams on Monday. You must be commended for your hard work. A special thank you to the music staff for their support and encouragement to all the children. Music-making continues next week and all parents are warmly invited to our Music Scholars’ Concert, next Wednesday, 20 November at 6pm in the School hall.

St George’s House Charity Day, in aid of Children in Need, was a fun-packed day, where the children dressed down to raise funds. Thank you to Mr Hill, the staff, parents and children who worked tirelessly to create this super family event. As I say “Four houses, one School!”

To Mr Nicklin and Mr Hill, thank you also for supporting Chaplain in producing ChapelTube, a lot of work goes into this behind the scenes but it is a great round-up of Chapel life. Parents, I do recommend you take a look if you have not yet had the chance to do so; to watch episode 3 click here.

Was it really a week ago that we had that amazing fireworks evening? A special mention to the Friends, for an amazing display and thank you to all our parent and staff volunteers. The hard work certainly paid off! 

As I prepare to sign-off at the end of another busy week we have just been informed that Blue Coat has been shortlisted in the prestigious TES Independent School Awards in two categories, for Prep School of the Year and Strategic Education Initiative of the Year. This is testament to the hard work of all the staff and children at the school. We await the final result which will be announced in February.

Have a great weekend and good luck to the few children sitting Priory School 11+ on Saturday.

Noel Neeson | Headmaster