Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 19 May 2018

21 May 2018


Last Saturday was set to be an outstanding day – attending my first musical event as Headmaster, followed by cricket fixtures in the afternoon. The music was what I had hoped for with the boys showing real passion and enjoyment for the eclectic range of music on show. For everyone who attended, we were treated to a special occasion and I thank Mr Wild and the peripatetic music staff for pulling it all together. Most boys had practised a great deal too, so well done. Unfortunately, outside the weather was dreadful and by the afternoon a bedraggled Headmaster returned home early, in a wet linen suit and ruined shoes.

I love sport, and as a young man I enjoyed modest success on the track running the 400m and 800m. My most memorable moment came when I made a national final for the 400m in the late ‘80s. On that occasion, I trailed in several metres (ok, lots of metres!) behind the winner who went on to represent the UK at the Barcelona Olympics. I played more rugby at university because of the esprit de corps of the club, which meant that featherweight Banks hit the gym, and I got somewhat slower. That said, I did score the only try scored for any of the Warwick University teams playing against Loughborough University that day in a UAU (BUSA) match.

Mr Hutchings becomes our Director of Sport in September and we have been discussing the awarding of sports colours. At assembly on Thursday I informed the boys that we have reviewed our policy on the awarding of colours. From now on boys may be awarded colours in any sport in which they represent the School. In doing so this dignifies the broad range of sports in which boys can compete for Caldicott which builds on, what I call, the ‘spirit of London 2012’. Although difficult to achieve a consensus of opinion, Mr Hutchings has brought the games staff together and agreed on as objective a criterion as possible, despite sport being notoriously subjective. Furthermore, recognition for sporting values and achievement will extend to every team, reflecting our commitment to inclusivity and participation in sport at every level. Player development in every team is of huge importance to me whilst also extending the most able at the same time.  More information can be found here.

I very much enjoyed the Friends of Caldicott Golf Day on Friday and I hope everyone enjoys the weekend.

Jeremy Banks

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