Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 1 December 2018

08 December 2018

 

This has been a very rewarding few days for so many of the boys. The Autumn Concert was a triumph with our youngest and oldest boys performing a variety of modern and classical pieces. It never feels quite right to single out one particular performance as all the boys did their best and I really enjoyed the whole event, but in Matthew Doraisamy’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Prelude in G minor, those who heard him were witness to something rather special. Many thanks to Mr Wild and the visiting music staff for both this concert and, in advance for the Carol Service which we are looking forward to at St. Marylebone next Saturday. Please note the separate email that has been sent about logistics and if you have not completed the google form to do so by clicking here. This is for transport and seating numbers.

In recent weeks the ‘sports report’ in assembly has been delivered in a subtly different manner with much greater emphasis on the attitudes and hard work of players from all teams, rather than a focus on the élite performance of the few. That said, those boys with God given talent to play top rugby should be recognised and so it was a privilege to host the 67th Caldicott RFC Dinner on Thursday night for the Under 13 A team, their parents, our fantastic coaches and wider ‘friends in rugby’. Martin Johnson CBE (2003 World Cup winning captain) was our guest of honour and a marvellous evening was had by all, with both Martin and our rugby captain, Filip Edstrom, sharing equal billing as the highlight. My enormous thanks to our Director of Sport, Matt Hutchings, for effortlessly pulling the event together.

I will now cover some of the logistics for the last few days of term from the point of view of parents:

Monday 10 December: There are no clubs for the 3rd and 4th Form so day boys in the 1st to 4th Form may go home at 1615. If this is not possible, Aftercare is provided through to 1745.

Tuesday 11 December: Check out for day boys will be between 1215 and 1245 in order to minimise congestion in the car park and accommodate collection of siblings in different year groups. The minibuses will depart at 1245. 4th Form boarders will remain in school for the Boarders’ Christmas Party and will check out at 1000 on Wednesday 12 December with the 5th and 6th Form.

This Saturday our robotics team are competing at the First Lego League competition in London and the team have been working very hard. We are delighted that robotics and coding are thriving here and we wish them all well.

Have a good weekend!

Jeremy Banks

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