Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 21 September

21 September 2019


Saturday 21 September 2019

There have been so many great moments this week it is hard to know where to begin! I shall focus on just two events, otherwise, this blog will ramble on!

During the course of this week the Housemasters, with senior colleagues, were shortlisting the boys in the 6th Form who would be interviewed for the post of School Prefect. All 6th Form boys could apply and those that did, prepared excellent paperwork – we are proud of each and every one of them. In truth, they will all experience leadership as they are the oldest in the school, but only 14 boys could be shortlisted. Those 14 were interviewed on Friday afternoon and it was a privilege to be part of the panel alongside Mr Timms and Mr Di Maso. Each boy had the chance to pre-prepare an answer to questions about what a good school prefect should be like. There was then a scenario related to dealing with poor behaviour during a lunch queue duty, a question about the part of the school that means the most and a question asking which of these five words were their greatest strength (and why): Perseverance, Integrity, Courage, Compassion or Humour. There were just so many wonderful answers.

Maybe the best moment was Thursday night’s Friends of Caldicott New Parents’ Supper. The food, the wine and the company were incredible and together there was a collective feeling that amazing things will happen for those boys who joined our community just a few weeks ago. My enormous thanks go to the Catering and Housekeeping team, but in particular, I would like to thank Anne Banfield, Chair of The Friends, and her committee (plus partners) for their tireless work in setting up, hosting a table and clearing down at the end. One little plug from me is to endorse the merits of Classlist, the App for parents. If you are not yet using it, I’d strongly encourage you to do so as it is the window into the Caldicott parent community. In addition, with the 5th Form Common Room nearly complete, we will be officially opening it soon and at that time I will also review all the fabulous work completed by recent generations of the Friends, for the benefit of new parents. The Friends are the glue that bides our community together with the rich variety of events they offer each year and everyone is welcome.

On Sunday we host a Touch Rugby Tournament for boys, parents and OCs, followed by a Hog Roast and finished with us all watching the England v Tonga game. Apart from the need for me to let the Hog Roast provider on site at 0600 (I haven’t mentioned it to my wife yet!), it’s going to be a lot of fun. There’s been plenty of staff involvement to make this event happen and it will be the subject of next week’s blog, I’d imagine. Needless to say, I’ve cleaned my boots and I’m ready to sidestep through all comers!

Jeremy Banks

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