Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 10 November 2018

16 November 2018


Another week has flown past and we have the exeat to look forward to at the end of next week. Our assembly on Thursday was memorable as we all enjoyed watching members of the 3rd Form perform a joint Art and Drama production with Remembrance Sunday very much on our minds. The vivid images of battle scenes and poppies along with the singing and movement all combined in a memorable way. I am convinced that as a nation we are better at remembering those who lost their lives in war and other conflicts than we were a generation ago. As with all things, there are great lessons to be learned from the past.

On a similar theme, in Chapel I read the Bible story in which God gifted Solomon great wisdom, and we asked ourselves about what it means to live our lives wisely. Many of the boys contributed and this was very pleasing.

Our first tranche of school prefects were announced on Thursday and I congratulate them all. Importantly, too, I recognise and applaud those boys who applied but were not quite ready (yet) for the post and therefore maybe felt disappointed. We have all had comparable moments in life (I shared a similar disappointment in my own life with them), so my colleagues and I are committed to offering the guidance they need. For the successful boys I offer some advice: 

In your new found position of responsibility you will enjoy, I suspect, the adoration of some of the younger Caldicott boys and this is a privilege that is not to be taken for granted. Your selection is not because you are top of your class or an excellent sportsman, musician or actor; it is because collectively you represent the best of every type of Caldicott boy and you are emotionally intelligent. We will support you, advise you and it will be demanding at times, so we wish you luck. It will be your countless acts of kindness in the year to come that will make you stand out as the best prefect you can be.

I will be attending the Independent Schools Show on Saturday and Sunday so I will not see you at the end of the week. Have a restful weekend when the moment comes.

Jeremy Banks

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