Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 9 November 2019

09 November 2019


The boys had a tremendous time at the Friends of Caldicott Bonfire Night Party on Saturday and I would very much like to express my thanks to Anne Banfield and the Committee. Teaching staff were working all night too and together, despite the weather trying it’s best, we all had a memorable evening. The House Rugby matches preceded the evening’s activities and as ever we were treated to plenty of great sport with all the boys involved. This made for a shorter weekend for us all and just as I mentioned last week, we have tired boys who give their all to their school and they need a rest.

With Assessment Day passing successfully and a Governor’s Meeting looming it has been rather busy, but it’s not stopped me seeing the boys in action over the last few days. One new initiative, coming from our wellbeing agenda, was the news that several of our boys were selected for training, provided by the charity MIND, as Student Listeners. These boys will be another layer of opportunity for any pupil, who is not having a great day, to go to and talk. As we continuously strive to balance EQ with IQ, such approaches reassure me that we are moving in the right direction.

A group of our musicians were at Radley College attending a Prep Schools’ Orchestra Day this week and my thanks go to Mr Wild for taking them. The boys had the chance to learn from top musicians and later enjoy the pleasure of performing together. Our musical offer at school is a critical aspect of Caldicott life and these opportunities are worthwhile despite the day out of school.

I was also pleased to sit down with the potential academic scholars one evening this week to support them on their academic journey. Be under no illusion, the discipline, sacrifice and commitment needed to follow an academic scholarship pathway is without parallel in schooling when you factor in their age. Our Heads of Department and Ma’am Naidoo are carefully plotting their course as we support each boy.

Looking ahead, there are a few events I would like to mention. As part of ‘Anti-bullying Week’, the boys are encouraged to raise awareness on Tuesday by wearing odd socks. Later that week, on Friday, we will have a special school assembly to recognise the funds you have kindly raised for the Dusty Yak Foundation and the Ruth Strauss Foundation. It will be a ‘wear something red’ day for all the boys as we add to our total for our school charity of the year.

Also coming up soon is the Friends of Caldicott Christmas Party on Thursday 5 December so please save the date and the invitations will be out soon. Furthermore, there will also be a wreath-making workshop on Saturday 30 November which could be perfect for you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Jeremy Banks

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