Henry Green loves chocolate. His parents let him eat it for every meal and over everything. He thinks there is no such thing as too much chocolate. One day, … No, I won’t spoil it for you. If you want to find out what happens next, whatever your age, then you have to read the book. It’s called Chocolate Fever, and it’s by Robert Kimmel Smith.* Some things, I guess will never change. More than 8.5 million people have visited Cadbury World since it opened and apparently an increasing number are re-visiting as new attractions are introduced. And judging by the reaction to their surprise Easter Egg gifts this week, chocolate is as popular with all the boys and girls at Blue Coat School as it was before Covid-19 struck.

When next weekend, things will be normalised, and we mark a solemn festival, remembering its meaning, let’s try to savour those gorgeous eggs, even share them out, rather than scoff them before the weekend is out!

By way of preparation, today the whole school was treated by our catering staff to a brilliant, themed Easter lunch. It was scrumptious. A chocolate Humpty Dumpty even put in an appearance. This rounded off the week perfectly.

As I say, the children were over the moon when they were given their Friends’ eggs. The support of this committee – and their generosity of spirit – is greatly appreciated. We look forward to next year when events can hopefully take place once again.

As we approach the break, the School celebrates what has been a very busy but productive term. I must thank Our Chaplain, Becky Drake assisted by Miss Levett on the audio visuals. As always, Mrs Drake’s services were majestic and pertinent to children in all year groups across the School. We are fortunate to have such a powerful orator who hits the mark so consistently and with a message of such clarity.

The Heads of School met this week to finalise their Trinity term podcast. There is so much material for them to discuss, and I know that they will be offering their views on recycling, as well as their thoughts post-lockdown. It seems sure to be another polished production that gives the children’s perspective on the School’s great work. Look out for this in due course.

Today we announced the School councillors and officers for next term. A big thank you to all the children who have carried these roles over past terms. They have done a super job. The next elected group will surely continue to build on such excellent groundwork.

Finally, this week Year 6 began their auditions for the Summer drama production. I hope this is a little sign that normality is on the horizon.

To Mrs Palmeri, we say goodbye and good luck. We look forward to seeing her at the 300th celebrations next year. She goes with all our best wishes.

Have a super break. I look forward to seeing you on Monday 19th April.

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster

*This is a book recommended for children between 8 and 12. It is illustrated, and just 96 pages long!