On Thursday 23rd April the School community joined together to celebrate the founding principles of The Blue Coat School, and particularly to celebrate the philanthropic vision of our founders, Master Mariner Bryan Blundell and Reverend Robert Stythe.
We were pleased to welcome Reverend Dr Crispin Pailing, Rector of Liverpool Parish Church as our Guest Speaker, as well as Mr Steve Elliott, the Chair of the Liverpool Blue Coat School Foundation, Ms Julia Shaw the Chair of the School Governing Body and School Chaplain Canon Janet Eastwood.
The theme of this year’s Founders Day was ‘generosity’, a theme embodied by the School’s motto ‘non sibi sed omnibus’, ‘not for oneself but for all’.
Mr Steve Elliott reminded students of the founding of The Blue Coat School back in 1708 and how the generosity of both Blundell and Stythe has shaped the principles of the School throughout it’s history;
“Our founding fathers have demonstrated to us precisely what generosity actually means and what it demands of us – perfectly summed up by the Lebanese poet Gibran in the Order of Service: “you give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
Reverend Dr Pailing’s inspiring address was themed ‘they didn’t have to do it!’ and challenged students to think about why Blundell and Stythe dedicated their lives to The Blue Coat School, and why people continue to be generous of their time, skills, expertise and wealth today:
“And so we have opportunity given to us. Every day there are opportunities which you can grab for yourselves. Some of those opportunities will make you popular, and they will make you wealthy. Some of them will give you enjoyment. Sometimes we make the wrong choice in grabbing some opportunities. But the opportunity that is always there for you is generosity. Your generosity will change the people around you. But your generosity will also make you a new person.”
As well as reflecting on the generosity of our founders we also celebrated the generosity of the School community and thanked our students, staff, parents, Old Blues, Trustees and Governors and friends of the School for their continued enthusiasm and generosity in supporting the School.