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To mark The Blue Coat School’s 311th birthday, an array of special Founders’ Week events celebrating the School’s long and illustrious history took place in March.

As well as reflecting on the generosity of the School’s founders, Bryan Blundell and Reverend Robert Styth, this year’s Founder’s Week theme centred on ‘building a better future’.

Our aspiring politicians and negotiators put their debating skills to the test as they faced each other in a series of great Key Stage debates, tackling a number of challenging questions, including whether we should have a House named after Bryan Blundell, a well-known slave trader. Thanks go to Sixth Form students Ben and Abhijith who did a great job coordinating a team of Sixth Formers to judge and chair the debates. Students from all years took part and it was great to see so many students come along to support their fellow classmates.

Throughout the week students had an opportunity to take part in Mr Caulkin’s fiendish Founders’ Quiz. Questions included “what was the first Blue Coat teacher’s annual salary?” and “how many virtues are listed on the Blue Coat Brotherly Society’s St George stained glass window in the chapel?” Through diligent detective work two students were crowned quiz champions, with their efforts rewarded with a £25 Amazon voucher.

Midway through the week our Food Technology room was a hive of activity as entries in the Founders’ Bake Off were unveiled. One of the most popular events of the week, the competition received its highest number of entries and some of the most elaborate cake designs. The exceptionally high standard of baking on display ensured that our very own Paul and Prue, Mrs Marques-Neves and Miss Baker, had an extremely difficult task when it came to selecting a ‘star baker’ from each Key Stage. Congratulations go to Joyce, Poppy and Anisha and runners up Anna and Millie for their imaginative and delicious creations.

This popular event raised over £150 for children’s hospice Zoe’s Place as students purchased a slice or two of their favourite creations. To take a look at this year’s creative Bake Off entries please click here.

This year also marked the introduction of a series of special workshops and assemblies highlighting how much The Blue Coat School has changed over the last three centuries. Illustrated talks were given to Year 7 and 8 students and a short lecture was presented to History Society members. The series also brought the history of Liverpool into the story and explained how closely Blue Coat’s own heritage is interwoven with that of the city.

The Blue Coat For All project was also incorporated, including the restoration of the School’s historic Father Willis organ, the archive and Oral History Project.

Following an extremely successful week of celebrations, the only question that remains is, how do we top this year’s event?

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