Headmaster's Blog | Friday 22 May 2020

22 May 2020

 

With half term upon us, reflecting on the last few months is inevitable. I am reminded what an incredible community we are, with the boys at the heart of it. For the parents, the teachers, the support staff and the furloughed staff all know they are working in harmony to offer the best possible education is one thing, but to actually see unexpected and new positives come from the Virtual Caldicott experience is more than we could ever have imagined.

Everyone who is willing Virtual Caldicott to shine for as long as it needs to shine knows that we will continue to improve and continue to seek feedback. The VC of June will be better than anything before it, with more live lessons, more consideration about the ‘recovery curriculum’, more enrichment and more bright ideas that will inspire. So what are those positives? I have seen confidence growing in the boys and this will serve them well. If they were worried about overcoming challenges in the past, they have seen how to overcome them and this will stay with them for life. They may be virtual, but the kindness and empathy of the boys has been heart-warming. There has not been one example of online unkindness all term and sadly I hear that other schools have not had this joy. On a larger scale, we have all shown the ‘can-do’ attitude of the independent education sector and I am so proud of you all for leading from the front, particularly the teachers who have had to be so adaptable.

Looking to the future, we plan for normality in September but note that we may need to make a few changes. This generation of Caldicott boys will charge back (socially distanced, I suspect) and roar into the real experience. We will all appreciate each other more and we will never take our school for granted. For many of them I think that the experience of Virtual Caldicott will make their journey to weekly boarding and then onto senior school more achievable than possibly imaginable.

The Virtual Caldciott Family Quiz now beckons and so I must go. Have a restful half term, everyone.

Jeremy Banks

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