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In November we celebrated and congratulated our Year 12 students for their fantastic GCSE results. Taking to Shirley Hall stage as our guest speaker Old Blue Dr Jonathan Allday from the Class of 1979. An expert in Elementary Partial Physics, Jonathan has taught at prestigious schools across the country. No longer found in the lab, Jonathan now advises schools on digital matters.

Jonathan’s speech was both humorous and poignant as he shared his memories of Blue Coat School life in the seventies. He asked students to consider “what has Blue Coat done for you?” Jonathan argued that it provided students with great confidence, which would assist them in later life, from studying to gain a university degree to propelling them to reach the heights of their careers.

Prior to delivering his speech Jonathan found time to deliver an informative and entertaining illustrated talk to our aspiring Physicists to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the Moon.

Jonathan argued that this incredible achievement, which pushed science and technology to its absolute limits, is being forgotten as those directly involved inevitably pass away with time and the public becomes less engaged. 

He summarised the politics behind the Cold War ‘Space Race’ as the US and Russia competed to be the space pioneers. US President John Kennedy announced the ultimate ambition by putting a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, resulting in NASA’s successful Saturn Rocket programme which achieved this goal on 20 July, 1969, with the Apollo 11 mission.

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