During the last two weeks we have celebrated the sensational efforts made by Year 6 for our annual Science Fair. The work showed a great level of maturity and curiosity. Having put their hearts and souls into these projects, all the children should be commended.  This week we also received the wonderful news that Blue Coat has been awarded the prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark to celebrate our commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. What a wonderful achievement! Special thanks to our Science Leads Mrs Simmons in Prep and Mr Fogarty in Pre-Prep for all their hard work.

This week, Year 4 will celebrate their ‘Heroes’ projects. Virtually, of course. As you will see from the article below, the work that has gone into this has been splendid. I must congratulate the children for their interest, their imaginative approach and the care that they have taken. Well done to them and the Year 4 Staff team. A great job under testing conditions.

On the subject of scientists and heroes, heroines, mystery, tales of the imagination and captivating adventure, if you, children, are interested in such things, and have some spare time in the summer break, there are some reading suggestions coming up below………

Before that, as we end the penultimate week of term, I must congratulate the children for embracing their new routine. Staff have been very impressed by their hard work. 

A big thank you to all parents for supporting us by following our safety requirements. We are hopeful that when further Government guidance is released it will allow us to move closer to ‘the old normal’.

However, since it is very unlikely that mass gathering will be allowed in the short to medium term, online assemblies and services are likely to continue for a while yet.

As mentioned in previous correspondence, I will inform you and the children as soon as possible of their teachers for next academic year. Ideally, we would share this information now, but in these unprecedented times we may need to re-evaluate. Thank you for bearing with us.

I often think how technology can be burdensome for many but during this pandemic it has allowed us to communicate effectively, whether that be for academic delivery or to enable assemblies. As a dad, I have seen my son flourish with home learning but, hand on heart, I know that there is no substitute for children being in the classroom. 

Next week we will be trying to bring the end of term alive through virtual final assemblies and our end of term thanksgiving services for Pre-Prep and Prep. We would encourage parents to take some time out of their busy schedules to watch the thanksgiving service. It will be a lovely way to end the term.

Last time, I promised you a list of children’s literature. Here it is, below. This 36-strong list is not, of course, meant to be a comprehensive guide to recommended reading. It does not contain a Harry Potter tale, so it cannot be. I offer it merely as a random selection of books – roughly calibrated from the easier to the more challenging – that children, particularly of Prep age might care to read.

It contains books that are funny, books about Science, books about animals, books of adventure, historical novels and a few classics, two of them abridged. Something for every taste, I trust!

Alice in Wonderland (Ladybird Classics)*

Black Beauty (Ladybird Classics)*

The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith

The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine

Varjak Paw by S F Said

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

War Game by Michael Foreman

The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter

How To Make a Human Out Of Soup by Tracey Turner

Cool Science Tricks by Daniel Tatarsky

What’s Eating You? by Nicola Davies

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Ladybird Tales of Super Heroes

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Five on Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

The Pumpkin Project by Katie Smith

The Twits by Roald Dahl

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Bedtime Inspirational Stories by L.A.Amber

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White

The Queen’s Nose by Dick King-Smith

The Tom Gates Series by Liz Pichon

The Story of the Amulet by E.Nesbit

Goodnight, Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye

Flour Babies by Anne Fine

The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Truckers (part of the Nome trilogy) by Terry Pratchett

*Abridged version

Food for thought!

Have a great weekend!

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster