Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 8 February 2020

08 February 2020

Earlier this week I wrote to you all with an update on the Novel Coronavirus and the further measures we are taking to keep all boys and staff safe. We continue to monitor the situation regularly and to follow the advice of Public Health England and the Boarding Schools’ Association but if you missed this communication, please take a moment to dig it out. This is of particular importance to those of you with plans to be abroad at Easter.

Caldicott boys taking part in a yoga class

This week has been Children’s Mental Health Week’ and our social media feeds have been full of the opportunities we have given the boys. Compared to my recollections of life in a 1980s prep school, it is truly extraordinary and an enormous credit to the Caldicott staff that the boys are so conversant on the subject. By the time you read this, I will have managed three of the initiatives, two of which were brand new experiences. Firstly, in taking part in a yoga session with a group of boys on Monday night I achieved something that I had been meaning to get around to for a while. It felt great to enjoy this moment alongside them and it will not be the last time I take part. Tuesday’s mindfulness moment in assembly was not new to me as I have advocated the merits of being in the moment for a long time. In a former life, I was Head of Year 8 in a prep school and we would take part in .b [dot-be] every day – by all means google it if you’re interested! The third opportunity is later today (Friday) and, frankly, I’m nervous. A huge part of the mental health tool kit for children is in ensuring that boys are resilient and that they truly like themselves. We want Caldicott boys to be individuals, to break down barriers and dare to be different. To that end, they are all going to be taking part in ballet this afternoon and I am joining in. With three daughters I confess not to be unfamiliar with ballet, but those moments have usually been when I’ve been having some fun back at home and not in front of pupils! On a similar note, we hold a digital detox day on Tuesday so the school’s ‘wellness’ is in good hands at the moment.

It’s fair to say that with a hint of irony, we have some tired boys at the moment and the seasonal colds are taking their toll. This has presented itself in all the usual ways we see in schools, but nearly every boy I’m talking to at the moment would welcome a quiet, restful weekend. As you may have spotted in a previous tweet, I’m a fan of hygge and if it’s a mystery to you, then why not give it a go?

Have a good weekend.

Jeremy Banks

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