Blue Coat (with the help of Mayfield) triumphs in the annual baton relay
On Tuesday 18th July 2017, a group of four Blue Coat students were selected to take part in an inter school relay event across Oldham. The event was simple in design yet incredibly powerful in practice. Schools across the local borough chose a team of four who would carry a baton each for approximately a mile before passing on to the next school (Olympic torch style). The event went on all day! Representing Blue Coat was Jack Payton, Connor Chadderton, Edward Anchor and Patrick McGuinness. This is how it panned out:
At 10:00am, we headed down to the front gate to await our incoming runners. We stood by the front gate, assuming that this was the changeover point (rather than the back of the school!). 10:05am, no sign of anybody. We also were not 100% sure which direction they would be coming from. 10:10am, you could feel the tension building… 10:15am, by this point we had somebody looking in each direction. Then, at 10:20am a group of primary school students blasted around the corner accompanied by a marshal booming out music on a bike!! After a quick pit stop for a changeover photograph, we were away. Taking due care and attention on the road crossings, we pelted down towards Derker. The pace was blistering, as was the heat of the sun. And barely 7 minutes later, just as people’s stamina was beginning to wane, we turned a corner (encouraged round the bend by family members and local neighbours who were there to cheer everybody on); we were met with what appeared to be the entire Mayfield Primary School!! The roar of the Mayfield crowd was the spark which ignited a lightning-quick sprint finish from our boys.
With a short pause to regain our breath and complete the obligatory changeover photograph, the marshal asked us whether we fancied joining the primary school for the next leg of the journey. We took a look at the time – well aware that break time and then Period 3 was rapidly approaching – then we looked at the guard of honour Mayfield had created down the pavement – and off we went…..
Ski Trip 2017
The annual ski trip was a huge success this year with 65 pupils from Year 9, 10 and 11 visiting Madonna Di Campiglio and Pinzolo over the February half term. After a gruelling 32 hour coach journey, the students settled into resort quickly and were excited for their first day on the slopes. Throughout the trip, the students pushed themselves to their personal limits to strive to become more proficient on skis and get the most out of the week. Their attitude and behaviour, both on and off the piste, was first class, with everybody enjoying the whole ski experience. We were spoilt with the snow conditions whilst being there and everyday came with clear skies and the sun shining, allowing for skiing technique and confidence to grow at a faster rate. The students were fantastic at organising themselves in the mornings ensuring they were fully prepared for the day, everybody went to the slopes with a can do attitude, the evening activities were enjoyed by all (even with some very questionable karaoke signing) and everybody tried to immerse themselves in the Italian culture through the things we ate and communicating in a different language. All in all, it was a fantastic trip that will long live in the memories of everybody that went!
World Champion Inline Skater visits Blue Coat!
This Girl Can
Congratulations to our ‘This Girl Can’ group for taking part in a number of workshops lead by a World Champion Inline Skater, Jenna Downing. The students learnt about the importance of dedication, resilience and challenge through Jenna’s own personal story to success. This was then tested through a variety of team building activities and a practical skating session. We fell, we fell, and we fell again, but every girl dusted off their knees and got straight back up and tried again. All of the girls stepped outside their comfort zones, faced their fears and learnt the value of having a go and not giving up! Well done to all of the girls who were involved. We hope to welcome Jenna Downing back to our school in the summer term.