Blue Coat school Founder's Day - it's a video celebration this year
Date published: 15 July 2020
The Mayor of Oldham, Cllr Ginny Alexander, and Youth Mayor Samah Khalil at the start of the Blue Coat School Founders Parade last year
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Today (July 15) Blue Coat staff, pupils and parents should be celebrating the founding of the school by Thomas Henshaw.
However, due to the continuing lockdown measures, a special video has been created for everyone to watch and remember instead.
Normally, there would be a march to Oldham church from the school to attend a service of thanksgiving for the gifts given by local people which made the building of the school possible.
Whilst at church, attendees would then lay a wreath to commemorate those who have died in war.
They would also lay a wreath by the gravestone of former pupils.
The last post would be played followed by a minute’s silence.
There would then be a service in the church.
At the end of the service everyone would march back to school where they would stand in silence whilst a former pupil laid a wreath by the bust of Blue Coat's founder in the reception area.
This year, however, the Founder's Day video, created by Mrs Clewer, is sure to prove popular and features contributions from Head Girl and Head Boy - Eve Parker and Max Butterworth - Mr Read, Mr Hewsons, Arya Ali, Harry Seymour, Mr Ford, prayers from Amelia Handley and the Rouse and Last Post from Assistant Head Michael Ballantyne.
You can watch the video (below).
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Watch the Blue Coat School Founder's Day video
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