This year we broke with tradition as we marked the School’s 309th birthday, introducing our first ever Founders’ Celebration Week.

Focusing on ‘the gift of education’, an array of special events, celebrating the School’s long and illustrious history, provided our students with a number of opportunities to recognise and reflect on the generosity of the School’s founders, Bryan Blundell and Reverend Robert Styth.

Future politicians and negotiators debated a series of challenging questions, including whether we should have a House named after Bryan Blundell, a well-known slave trader. Our Year 7 students were provided with a fascinating insight into what life was like for Blue Coat School students during the 1700s, thanks to Samantha Wilson from the Bluecoat Arts Centre.

Throughout the week students had the opportunity to take part in Mr Caulkin’s fiendish Founders’ Quiz, which included questions such as “what type of stone is the Fenwick T Memorial Chapel made from?” and “how many students attended the School in 1800?” Through diligent detective work three students, one from each Key Stage, were crowned quiz champions, with their efforts rewarded with a £20 Amazon voucher.

Midway through the week the Food Technology room was a hive of activity as entries in the Founders’ Bake Off were unveiled. The exceptionally high standard of baking on display ensured that our very own Paul and Mary, Mr Fee and Mrs Bennett, had an extremely difficult task when it came to selecting a ‘star baker’ from each Key Stage. This popular event saw a fantastic £159.70 raised for MIND as students purchased slices of their favourite entries.

Our students’ generosity also extended to Founders’ Fashion, an event which involved students wearing their House colours. The event, which raised £834 for the School library appeal, provided students with an opportunity to learn more about the lives of five individuals, Blundell, Styth, Graham, Bingham and Shirley, who made a significant contribution to the School and its students.

After weeks of collating articles and conducting interviews, the final event of the week saw the next generation of Fleet Street occupants produce the Squirrel Blog. Stepping into the twenty the Squirrel Blog will be regularly updated by our talented editorial team. To mark this special occasion squirrel shaped cookies were handed out.

Following an extremely successful first Founders’ Celebration Week, the only question that remains is, how do we top this year’s event?

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