Headmaster's Blog | Friday 27 September 2019

27 September 2019


Such is the great breadth of opportunity at Caldicott, highlights for this week are varied and I will start with ‘my’ subject, Geography. Our 6th Form boys were away at the Amersham Fieldwork Centre this week where they were tasked with splashing around in a river measuring its depth, velocity of flow and wetted perimeter (to name just three tasks). To be honest, I hope you share my delight that prep school children still participate in such things! On Tuesday, along with the appointment of five school prefects (photo to follow at a later date), I hosted the McArthur House Supper for the 6th Form. With plenty of staff in attendance, we all had lots of fun and laughter whilst also teaching the boys about how to behave at a formal dinner. We had speeches, we toasted The Queen and played a game of ‘Heads or Tails’ at the end, with the winner taking away a chocolate bar.

Having thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous singing and large parental attendance at the Day Boy Harvest Festival on Saturday, on Wednesday evening the boarders participated in the equivalent and it was special. Again, lots of parents and great singing characterised the service and it was good for the boys to reflect on how lucky they are.

I also chaired the annual Uniform Committee meeting where we discussed quality, style, customer experience, feedback and developments. It was a useful hour and from that, I have a question for you: Are you happy with the Uniform Shop opening times? If you think there should be a change, what would you want?

Exeat is now upon us and if you have been baking cakes for the ‘Bake Off’ in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, then I am very grateful. Furthermore, if too much cake eating causes a loss of appetite for supper on your return home, then apologies too.

Good luck to the group of boys who are walking 21 miles along Hadrian’s Wall this weekend to raise money for the Ruth Strauss Foundation and the Dusty Yak Foundation. We’re very proud of you!

Boys who are walking Hadrian's Wall


Have a lovely exeat, see you on Tuesday.

Jeremy Banks

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