Welcome to The School Family!

FullSizeRender-8Friday saw us formally saying 'Welcome' to our new Reception starters and their families at St Mary's Church. The service was packed full of songs, hymns, readings and, of course, the ceremonious placing of pebbles around the school's holy candle.

The tradition of pebbles was formed a few years ago by our Year 6's. As 'buddies' of our reception children, they wanted to formalise the friendship through gift-giving at the service.The pebbles were chosen to be handpainted so as to be customised for their buddy, with the reception child's name on the underside. The recipient's pebble sits around our holy candle throughout their first year at Blue Coat, symbolising the fact that they are the youngest learners whom are being nurtured and introduced to our Christian values of Respect, Responsibility, Creativity and Happiness.

When our Reception starters undergo their own Leavers' Service - in 2022(!) - they will be reunited with their pebble and will have a memento by which to remember their school, buddy and the Christian values that we all strive to live by and promote. Previous years' pebbles can be seen in our entrance foyer, beneath the 'Living Our Values' display.

A big 'thank you' to everyone who made Friday's service a memorable one, including Mrs Langley and St Mary's Church. We were delighted that so many parents could attend and we look forward to sharing more special moments with you in the future as your child embarks on their learning journey at Blue Coat.

If you were there and have any thoughts to share on the service then please leave a comment at the end of the slide show - thank you.