Speech Day 2018

04 July 2018


The Caldicott community came together for a very enjoyable Speech Day on Wednesday 4 July. We were delighted to celebrate another successful academic year and all the boys’ achievements.

The day started with a Chapel Service for all the 6th Form Leavers and their parents, followed by drinks on the Headmaster’s Lawn.  After the service and drinks, the whole school gathered in the Sports Hall for prize giving.

Chair of Governors, Malcolm Swift, started proceedings by reflecting on his time as Chair this year and the work of the Governors at Caldicott.  He went on to praise the work of Theroshene Naidoo as Acting Head during the interim period, before Jeremy Banks started as Headmaster in April. The parent, student and staff body gave Ma’am Naidoo a standing ovation in recognition for her hard work during this time. He went onto say how Caldicott is currently looking at itself and will adapt and change in the future, by building on the schools strengths as well as listening to what parents want from a modern prep school.

Malcolm Swift then passed onto Jeremy Banks for the Headmaster’s address. Mr Banks told the audience that his first impressions of Caldicott was that of a great community and one that should feel immensely proud of the achievements over the past year. He asked the boys if they remembered what he told them at the beginning of the year, in unison they replied “one bite at a time”. This was the answer to the question “how do you eat an elephant?” and a request, from him to the boys, on how to approach their school studies and activities. He went on to praise their achievements in exams, Common Entrance and Scholarships, which the school has had a record year of boys’ successfully gaining awards at top public schools. He went on to say that, Caldicott would continue to drive academic culture and excellence, as well as develop the character of each boy who attends the school. With this, Caldicott will always be at the cutting edge of independent school education.

To end the address he acknowledged the hard work of the staff and said farewell to those leaving the school this year: Dan Lane (Head of PE), Sarah Stanforth (Science and Divinity teacher), Jenny Symon (Head of Learning Support) and Charlie and Kirsty Langley (Houseparents). He also gave thanks to the parent body for their continued support of the school and special thanks went to CJ Brough, Chair of the Caldicott Friends.

The guest speaker for this year was former English rugby union player and coach, Sir Clive Woodward.  He praised the boys for their achievements and urged them to think what else they can do to further their passions.  He told the boys to “work hard and play hard”. To not only rely on others, but to do more – work hard. He also added that they should make the most of their spare time – play hard.

During prize giving, as well as awards and prizes being presented, there were a number of short films showing the Caldicott Leavers and a showcase of all the wonderful things the boys have been a part of this year.

Speech Day was a lovely occasion, and a fitting way to celebrate everything the boys have achieved this year, but also looking ahead and appreciating all that is to come in the future.

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Caldicott Speech Day 2018


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