Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 23 March 2019

23 March 2019

 

Since last week’s newsletter, there has been a wonderful range of activities and events to enjoy with boys participating on multiple levels. This was particularly noticeable at our rather windy U11 Sevens festival last Saturday as the mighty U11 B squad showed real character, teamwork and skill to win all their matches including a colossal victory in their last match, against Summer Fields who had three boys who looked as if they were 15 years old. In being inclusive and offering participation at every level, all boys have plenty of opportunities here at Caldicott!

This leads neatly on to the value of our House system which is a subject I know I have written about before. Caldicott boys are fiercely loyal to their Houses and I am delighted that this week saw the relaunch of the House Individual Music Finals, and next week sees the launch of the inaugural House Maths Competition. Historically the system was largely related to sporting contests and these new opportunities offer another layer of opportunity that mean a great deal to those involved.

I was delighted to take part in the Friends’ Quiz night on Tuesday evening. It really was a lot of fun and with the staff team winning, my evening was complete! The Friends’ Committee had once again been tireless in their efforts to make it a special occasion and we are all very grateful.

On Wednesday I was delighted that the Rev. Dan Bond, an Eton College chaplain, gave the Address at Evening Prayer. The boys listened carefully to his Lent message of helping one another out of any wilderness in which they may find themselves, with the community we live in being a link that binds us together. Afterwards, with only the very slightest nudge from me, each boy who is off to Eton next year stayed behind to enjoy a conversation about their new school, and we are grateful to the Rev. Bond for taking the time to speak to them individually.

The end of term is nearly upon us and it will not surprise you that the boarding team are managing some tired boys, so I have a modest request – early to bed for them all, please!

Have a good weekend

Jeremy Banks

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