Headmaster's Blog | Friday 19 November 2021

19 November 2021


If you could have been a fly on the wall of our Pastoral Assembly you’d have been part of a lovely mini-presentation from Ma’am Bisschop. She asked the boys which member of staff was the strongest and incredibly I didn’t get a single vote (I can’t understand why!) but instead Mr Hutchings was the unanimous winner. He was then required to keep his arm at full length and hold an unopened fizzy drink can which, of course, was easy to begin with but as the assembly continued, after 7 or 8 minutes Mr Hutchings was flagging! Ma’am Bisschop then invited suggestions about how to help and Mr Cooper entered proceedings. At his full height Mr. Cooper stands lower that the elevated arm so Mr. Hutchings could rest his arm on Mr. Cooper’s head and maintain the required position. There are lots of messages to be extracted from the funny image and the boys understood. We all had a good laugh too – my thanks to Mr Cooper and Mr Hutchings for being good sports, as they say.

As memorable as ever, the weekly & full boarders returned to school on the only Sunday evening they are required as we joined together for our Service of Remembrance. I always find that event holds great meaning in the minds of the boys who seem to find it easy to relate. Special mention must go to James who played the Last Post so accurately and to Charlie who read the Roll of Honour with great confidence.

I also want to share with you all that I know about the enthusiastic traffic warden who did not get the memo about Caldicott’s permission to use the Beeches car park at Bonfire Night. I assume you all know that the matter is resolved and it is okay to simply ignore the ticket. Please contact the Bursar if you need guidance. I think I’ll write this little story down…the night 150 families or so got a parking ticket at a Caldicott event! It’s been a week of funny moments, but the thousands of Lego pieces on the driveway is embargoed for several years, I’ve been told!

As previously described, this is the last exeat weekend that includes a Monday. In the Spring and Summer Term, the exeat is merely a two day weekend and in the Autumn Term 2022, the third day will be the Friday.

Have a restful weekend.


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