Boarders' Christmas Party 2020

16 December 2020

 

The final event of term took place on Tuesday night, and many would say that the best was saved for last; Mr Banks described it as, ‘rather emotional’. This year has presented unexpected hurdles for many of us, not least of all the boarders who know from experience the full extent of what Caldicott usually offers its boys. On Tuesday, these challenges were happily pushed to the back of the boys’ minds, in the joy of the moment.

Earlier in the day the Carol Service took place in the Chapel and as always it was a warming, festive gathering and a perfect way to bring the real reason for Christmas to the forefront of everyone’s minds (LINK). As the evening started, the boys sang Carols around the tree before the presents were opened. A Caldicott tradition, the carols were an excellent way to start the festivities.

Excitedly, the boys then took their seats in the Centenary Hall where the Christmas Supper was served. Roast turkey, pigs in blankets, sage and onion stuffing, sprouts, carrots and roast potatoes were dished out accompanied by gravy and cranberry sauce. This delicious, traditional roast dinner was enjoyed immensely by the boys (those choosing a non-meat option similarly appreciated the mushroom, spinach and brie wellington with cranberry jus).

Once everyone’s plate was clean, the entertainment began. ‘Caldicott’s Got Talent’ featured many boys showcasing a range of impressive skills, from singing and playing their respective instruments to Vova’s incredible talent of completing rubix cube after rubix cube… with only the use of his left hand. While there were many performers that made the evening as joyous as it was, the winner was Arthur D with his hilarious comedic act that had every boy and teacher in stitches. The gap students (or ‘gappies’) also put on quite the show. In cowboy hats and plaid shirts, they emphatically took to the stage and got all the boys involved in their singing of ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’. The finale was certainly worth the build-up; everyone watched a video showing a rendition of a popular Britney Spears song performed by the male teachers. This irrefutably showed the boys that we take our value of ‘humour’ very seriously at Caldicott (the irony of this statement is not lost).

To end the night, the boys and staff gathered together in the main field outside the school and enjoyed the illuminating firework display and roaring bonfire. At this stage it was impossible to find an attendee without a smile on their face. The Christmas Party made for a well-deserved conclusion to a term that has tested the boy’s resilience. Despite the challenges, the boys have performed with outstanding levels of perseverance and determination. We look forward to welcoming them back in January and wish everyone a wonderful and healthy festive period.

 

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