Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 23 November 2019

23 November 2019


Around the World in 80 Days

Having had a restful Exeat, I thought this week was going slowly and all of a sudden it is Friday. In all the imaginable ways, Caldicott is roaring along at top speed! There is energy and excitement in every corner of the school and, once again, this newsletter offers a wonderful summary.

The major event, as you can see from the photo above, has been the Senior Drama Production of Around the World in 80 Days. The acting and enthusiasm of the boys along with the excellent staging, direction, production and wonderful costumes made it a pleasure to watch. There were so many clever, entertaining and amusing touches and special effects (including the lighting and sound) which added to an incredibly polished production. All involved deserve huge congratulations. One member of the audience added: ‘How lovely it is to see drama at Caldicott really thriving and at such a high standard. It was fantastic to witness how much the boys enjoyed it too and inevitably, to think afterward, how much they must have learnt from participating in such an excellent production.’ Special mention is deserved of Ma’am Duncan and Mr Evans, alongside a raft of colleagues and pupil backstage crew who worked tirelessly. Their professionalism, stamina and creativity shone throughout in abundance.

It seems a long time ago now, but I would like to thank you for the support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation and the Dusty Yak Foundation just before Exeat. The mufti day raised over £700 and I know everyone was thrilled with that sum. Amongst other highlights this week was the exciting news broken by the School Council in assembly - the fantastic Friends of Caldicott have decided that the funds raised at the events you attend will go towards the development of the playground facilities for the boys. You can imagine the faces of, in particular, the 1st and 2nd Form boys as they contemplate what sort of apparatus would be on their wish list. More news on all this will follow in the new year.

In sport, our rugby season hit new heights on Wednesday with our U11 and U13 A teams returning from the Wellington College Prep School tournament unbeaten and our U12A team only losing one match at the St. Edward’s tournament. Wonderfully our U13B team performed admirably at an ‘A’ team festival hosted by St John’s Northwood. Across the whole school, the player of the week (wining a rugby ball) was a boy who scored his first-ever try in the U11E team.

Looking ahead it will be busy and, I hope, a wonderful Advent for the boys leading to the legendary Boarders’ Christmas Party; noting that all the boys will be working right up until the end of term. Mentally you may not be ready for the season, but there is definitely a festive vibe in the air here!

One small plug – why don’t you come along to the Autumn Music Concert on Tuesday evening? See the advert in the newsletter and all parents are welcome to watch our finest musicians.

Have a good weekend.

Jeremy Banks

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