Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 2 March 2019

02 March 2019


The teaching staff have dedicated this week to a major, whole school, cross-curricular project on the theme of ‘A Journey’ and what a week it has been! There is not enough space to list all the examples of creativity, collaboration and originality that made the week so special but when all the projects were brought together into the Centenary Hall the buzz amongst boys and staff was palpable. There have been photos on Twitter and Instagram plus there will be more to come.

But was it work/academic? Yes, yes, yes…100%, but it was fun too. What employer doesn’t look beyond exam grades. Our purpose was to inspire the boys and remind them of the joy of making links between the subjects we teach. Not only have the boys been shown a glimpse of what the real workplace looks like for many people, but we’ve also boosted their enthusiasm for learning in a way that will be easy for boys to communicate when being interviewed for places at their next school. The Headmaster’s lot is not to be able to express a view on which project was best, but I’d like to make a little mention of Charlie S’s monologue written relating to the tragedy of the Nazis burning Albert Einstein’s books. I warmly invite you to view the projects after matches today. My thanks go to the staff who made it possible, especially Mr Fildes and Mr Long.

As you see from the items in this newsletter, Caldicott continues to pride itself on embracing every opportunity a prep school education can bring. The joy of Project Week has been complimented by other events this week and I was particularly delighted to host Marlborough’s Chaplain, the Rev. Tim Novis, for Chapel on Wednesday evening. Furthermore, there were thumping wins for our U12 and U13 Rugby Sevens teams alongside a worthwhile trip to Wellington for a Choral Day.

The events of half term already feel some time ago, but I would like to mention the success of the boys involved with the First Lego League National (Robotics) Final. They did fabulously well against boys much older and the language of coding continues to grow at Caldicott. Bravo boys! Over half term, thanks to Mr Zengerink, Mr Williams and Mr Brown a group of boys had a trip of a lifetime on a Cricket Tour to South Africa. There will be more written about this and a video to watch in due course, but I will finish with an extract from a grateful parent:

“I just wanted you to know how truly hard working, patient, thoughtful, fair and good humoured your team were. Terrence, Gareth and Stuart kept the boys organised, busy and happy - just as boys should be. They made sure that the boys were on time, well turned out and , of course, played with the Caldicott spirit of competitiveness as well as fair play.”

“Cricket is both a cruel and deeply rewarding game and the boys experienced both the Highs and Lows that Cricket brings. Throughout the Tour they conducted themselves admirably, were a credit to their school and to their parents. I was very struck just how polite the boys we met were and how well turned out. I passed this on to more than one Headmaster and staff.”

I couldn’t have been prouder to receive such kind words about Caldicott boys and staff.

Have a good weekend.

Jeremy Banks

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