Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 3 November 2018

10 November 2018


The sky is blue, the mornings are cold and Bonfire Night is upon us. There’s a long way to go, but we certainly feel locked into the inevitable pathway to Christmas. A lot of fantastic teaching has been going on this week. As you know, we’re determined to be the school that knows how to teach boys best, and this was clear to see in a recent Science lesson. The boys had the opportunity to analyse the chemicals used to make different coloured fireworks, and then staff set them off so the boys could observe the kaleidoscope of colour! Wonderfully this now means those boys will be able to tell you far more about which firework they enjoyed most at the Friends of Caldicott Bonfire Night celebrations. On that note, many thanks to the Friends Committee for all they have been doing in the weeks leading up to Saturday night. We look forward to seeing you there.

Music has had a great week thanks in large part to Thursday’s House Shout. I have memories of singing Carmen’s ‘Toreador’ at Uppingham in the 1980s (and much to our Housemaster’s horror we slipped into a peanut butter advert – am I alone in remembering this advert?) and it was a bit dreary, but not here as our event was brilliant, modern and the boys were fantastic. McArthur sang ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman; Jenkins sang ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy; Cooper sang ‘Three Lions’ by the Lightning Seeds (released during my first year of teaching and such happy memories of the summer of 1996), and finally I would like to congratulate Wood for bringing a tear to my eye with their rendition of ‘A Million Reasons’ by Lady Gaga. Wood rightly won and I encourage you to watch all the videos, which will soon be released, as they are fantastic. I must express my thanks to the hard work put in by the Housemasters, their colleagues and Mr Wild for a great afternoon of entertainment. Postscript to this was that following the inevitable uploading of the videos to various social media platforms, The Lightning Seeds re-posted Cooper’s version of their famous song! Well done Cooper.

Busy times ahead! I look forward to seeing you here on Saturday.

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