Weekly Round-Up of VC | 12 February

12 February 2021


Another week of VC, another week of teaching, inspiring, connecting.

The Declamation competition is a key event in the Caldicott Academic calendar. All boys in the 3rd form to the 6th form learn a piece of writing by heart; this could be a poem, a speech, an extract from a book - the competition is enriched by the variety of choices on display. After performing to their English sets, the best performances are selected to advance to the Declamation Finals. The 1st and 2nd Form (Years 3 and 4) will be competing in the Summer Term, and after the half term, respectively. Below you can see a picture of TW ready for the final!

This week, the boys competed in a virtual final, filmed through Microsoft Teams. We were delighted to host our esteemed judge, Mr Andrew-Mark Hanrahan, Head of Boarding at Terra Nova School (and former Head of English at Caldicott) who gave superb, constructive feedback to all the boys involved. Choosing winners from these groups was an arduous task, given the fantastic standard of performance on display. Congratulations to all the boys involved, from those who had their first ever try at a Declamation this year, to the very worthy champions selected by Mr Hanrahan. Instead of revealing the winner, we encourage you to watch the finals and find out.

Click here to watch…

This week was also the deadline for the French poem competition in which boys from 1st - 5th Form (Years 3-7) were tasked with creating a video performing a poem given to them by Mr Di Maso in French. Over 60 boys took part and the quality of the submissions was really high; Mr Di Maso and Ma’am Picard had a really tough time choosing the winners. Some boys went above and beyond in terms of effort, pronunciation and even originality!

The winners are:

1st form – AM | 2nd form – JJ | 3rd form – CP | 4th form – AA | 5th form – DL

Click here to watch the winners’ videos…

We have also had lots of brilliant entries for the Globe Theatre Competition in which boys have been creating their very own model of the Globe Theatre, out of any material of their choosing. Their deadline for this was Friday 12 February; incredibly, Ma’am Duncan has arranged for The Globe’s Head of Learning, Lucy Cuthbertson, to judge the competition herself! The winners of this will be announced in the newsletter after half term.


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