Headmaster's Blog | Friday 11 December 2020

11 December 2020

 

At the end of the last full week of term we’ve been blessed with some beautiful evenings with the fog hanging low to the ground and the sun setting across Top Field. Meanwhile inside the buildings I have seen further examples of teachers going the extra mile. From LAMDA exams, to year group bubble choir rehearsals and readings for our virtual carol service, to the recording of the Christmas show, to Christmas lunch for the day boys and an Autumn Concert. It’s been incredible and today many of the boys have been wearing a Christmas jumper in support of 2J’s desire to raise some funds for ‘Save the Children’.

This week has been a significant week following my email to you all about a five day week for the 1st and 2nd as well as flexi/occasional boarding for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Form from September 2021. Your response has been really pleasing and so I am glad that together we march on into 2021 with a shared commitment to the ethos and tradition of our school, whilst also offering an approach that works for Caldicott families. With the launch of our new campaign (#Caldicould…) there is a spring in our step that disguises the physical tiredness of a long year.

At Chapel on Wednesday I spoke about the giving of gifts and its meaning. It was lovely to talk with them about the happy moments of gift receiving, but more importantly, gift giving. I shared a magical memory I have about that feeling of stretching out in bed in the early hours of Christmas Day to discover that a stocking had been left by Father Christmas. There was a lot of nodding and happiness as we let the looming happy day wash over us. In this year of all years, we have worked hard to remind the boys of the true meaning of Christmas as well as the tradition of Christmas.

I will be writing to you all very soon to outline our approach to track & trace covering the days after the end of term, our reopening in January and our new Snow Policy (which will see Virtual Caldicott used).

Have a good weekend.

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