Headmaster's Blog | Friday 12 June 2020

12 June 2020

 

From the elephant in the room - the rumours about reopening emanating from other schools - to eating elephants one bite at a time – the marvellous quote from Desmond Tutu about tackling tasks one step at a time, I hope my letter today reassured you that 1. we are committed to returning the boys to school as soon as possible, but only when it is safe, sensible and in their best interests to do so and 2. that the boys’ academic journey has not suffered at all during VC; rather that the boys have been able to move forward even more rapidly through the curriculum and have made huge gains in their learning.

Virtual Caldicott has been a success. This is clear from the wonderful letters of support I have received from you, and from Ma’am Naidoo’s summary to me only yesterday that the boys’ learning outcomes have been ‘excellent’. But VC is no match for the social interaction that the boys have been missing and that is where my focus lies in planning for the boys’ return.

Here is another wildlife quote, this time from celebrated children’s author, Jennifer Richard Jacobson: ‘Elephants love reunions. They recognise one another after years and years of separation and greet each other with wild, boisterous joy. There's bellowing and trumpeting, ear flapping and rubbing. Trunks entwine’.

While social distancing may not allow for much ear rubbing, won’t the boys greet each other with such boisterous joy when they do get together? I, along with the entire Caldicott community, can’t wait.

Jeremy Banks