Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 10 October 2020

10 October 2020

 

Thank you for your kind messages of congratulations following the Tatler Schools’ Awards this year. This year more than ever has required every member of the community to do their bit and at the moment it is not one person who should be taking a bow at Caldicott. In a very good way, there is a restlessness at Caldicott as we battle to keep normal as normal as we can and your sons’ teachers are, like so many people, working harder and in different ways than ever before. This term is about the quality of the educational offer, it’s about safety and it’s about reassurance. Our approach is guided by Public Health England and we have kept the reality of it grounded with a healthy dose of common sense. Who knows what will come, but we’ve got the plans and the team to handle it. Our current status is that we have had no confirmed cases and those who have been required to self-isolate have done so whilst accessing quality teaching online.

There have been changes at Caldicott and more are likely to follow as part of our regular review of our risk assessment. One adaptation to be launched very soon is a new satellite Health Centre, based in the building adjacent to the Chapel. This will allow us to triage boys with injuries or illness in a safer way than is possible at the moment.

To conclude, I reiterate that there is a lot of tiredness and the lack of physical exercise has meant that there have been moments of the sort of physical behaviour we do not accept at Caldicott. You may have seen the same at home? Aside from moving to football, in response to this the Games department has enhanced the cardio-vascular element of Games and this seems to be working. I would also like to recognise that as we go through the term some of the annual events we know and love cannot happen. This is upsetting for the boys and we all have a part to play in managing their expectations. Bonfire Night will only be for the boarders, for instance, and the act of remembrance on Remembrance Sunday is cancelled – albeit we are incorporating a short act of remembrance on Wednesday 11 November. Please check the online calendar regularly. The 3rd and 4th Form Parents Evenings are on MS Teams without the boys in attendance and we are going ahead with this event at a different time (1600 to 1800) which we hope will blend well with your work and the collection of your son. A separate communication about this and an enhanced report writing schedule will go out soon.

With the days getting shorter, the weather wilder and the commentary on this pandemic heightening anxiety, life does feel less than perfect at the moment. We all have a duty to do what we did in the summer when our spirits were lifted by good weather – the boys must see us succeed and we must be patient. Optimism and Gratitude. Thank you for your support.

Jeremy Banks

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