Headmaster's Blog | Friday 21 May 2021

21 May 2021

 

It is a good sign that I am returning to wondering how the week could have flashed past so quickly as I sit, reflecting on the last few days. Aside from further fantastic academic scholarship news, having spectators watch their sons play sport and the House Drama competition provide the two highlights of the week.

It actually felt rather emotional as a much valued aspect of my job came back on Tuesday afternoon when parents came on site to watch U9 cricket fixtures versus Wetherby. Normal service resumed with great sport, great wins and cheerful chat amongst the parents and a roaming Headmaster. The dark clouds hung over Spens and Top Field, but we got there and everyone was very happy. House Drama was, quite simply, the highest standard of such a thing as I think I have ever seen. The range of pieces, styles and approaches gave me a very warm feeling and my congratulations to all the boys for participating. Caldicott is a school for the all-rounder.

In this world of social media, between showers and arctic winds we have recorded new material for the virtual tour of Caldicott as well as a film for the new boys joining in September. With approaching seventy new boys joining in September, we are roaring along and the contribution of a little group of 1st and 2nd Form boys was lovely.

Later today we have a lunchtime concert for the 1st to 3rd Form and tomorrow a wonderful block of fixtures against Dragon and The Oratory, preceded by our Open-Air Open Morning. Then, of course, it is only a week to half term which means exams are looming. Please read the guidance we have emailed to you carefully. Maybe with the exception of our Common Entrance candidates, your sons need you to help them keep perspective – their young lives do not depend on great results, albeit we value the completion of a battery of exams alongside ongoing and day to day teacher assessment.

We continue to plan for the second half of term’s wonderful summer events which I have referred to in previous blogs, but with the weather and uncertainty about whether Stage 4 will happen on June 21, we can simply devote time to planning for multiple scenarios whilst firmly crossing fingers. Please stand by and we will keep you informed of developments.

Have a good weekend.