Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 11 May 2019

11 May 2019


Any follower of English football has witnessed something extraordinary this week. The performances of Liverpool and Spurs were a masterclass of how to make the impossible possible. Our treat was to share the news, with the boys who cared, the following morning on the way to breakfast! How each match transpired offered a stronger message than just good news if you support those two teams. Those players found themselves in a position of no hope and our boys saw how they made a successful plan of what to do next. Caldicott is more than just a place that imparts knowledge and offers opportunity - it is a place where grit, determination and self-belief are being fostered day in, day out.

I’d like to pay tribute to the Cricket 1st XI, as I received a letter from a Summer Fields parent following their match last week:

'….that though is not the reason I write, but simply because I was staggered by your team’s response [to my son’s 50]. They rushed over, shook his hand, patted him on the back and congratulated him on his innings. For me, it was heart-warming to see such a wonderful demonstration of sportsmanship and felt it was appropriate to write to salute them, and moreover, to commend you and your coaches for instilling in them the principles of good gamesmanship….'. This made my day and I read it to the school at Tuesday’s assembly.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to share the news that Ed Vaizey MP will be our VIP at Prize Giving on Wednesday 3 July. In his time as the Minister of State for Culture, Communication and Creative Industries he was hugely respected. Mr Vaizey is a champion of education, skills and training for the arts and creative sectors - he is also an excellent speaker and we look forward to welcoming him to Caldicott.

Between now and Mr Vaizey’s visit, there are still quite a few events that need to be added to your diary. I will write soon with further details but for now, please take note:

  • Friday 24 May, 1415 | Inter-House Swimming Gala
  • Thursday 13 June, 1830 | CPL (cricket) final
  • Saturday 15 June, 1000 | Summer Fete
  • Friday 21 June, all day | Sports Day
    Largely field events in the morning and track events in the afternoon, with the opportunity for you to picnic on Top Field at lunch - maybe enjoying the Friends of Caldicott Pimms Tent?
  • Saturday 29 June, 1930 | Friends of Caldicott Summer Party.

We have Open Morning today with 150 people signed up to attend so it will be busy, but I hope to see you at the cricket matches that follow.

Have a good weekend.

Jeremy Banks

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