2016 SUMMER PARTY
With all the boys relaxing at home on exeat, the school was transformed into a perfect venue for our 2016 Summer Party.
A large crowd of Caldicott parents joined Simon, Antonia and Caldicott staff members on the lawn in front of the school for cocktails and canapes. London catering company Feast provided some delicious food and our gap students did a fantastic job looking after the bar.
With the sun setting guests were drawn to the dramatic ice sculpture of a cricket wicket, including bat and ball! In fact many remained gazing at it for the rest of the evening, such was it's appeal.....
Inside the Centenary Hall guests were seen strutting along to sounds from across the decades, ensuring that the dance floor was never empty.
The Friends of Caldicott would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support at all the events this year. We hope you have a relaxing summer holidays and we look forward to welcoming you at Bonfire Night on Saturday 5th November 2016.
SUMMER FETE 2016
Sun and fun were definitely in the air when the Caldicott Summer Fete kicked off. The Caldicott boys, having worked so hard on their Common Entrance and end of year exams happily took to Top Field to set out their various stalls. The Friends of Caldicott provided refreshments with a delicious hog roast and hot crepes stand. They also had very colourful plant stall and a raffle with great prizes.
Inside the Centenary Hall, a sea of excited boys were trying to win some of the fantastic prizes that had been donated to the Toy Tombola and the Sweet Jar stalls. The cake stall was equally as busy, thank you to everyone for the delicious baked goodies.
There was also a very impressive array of cakes entered into a competition celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday. The cakes were surrounded by some wonderful portraits of the Queen drawn by the school's 3rd Form boys. The competition was kindly judged by Mitch Turner MBE.
We were also very lucky to have Luke Martineau, Artist in Residence finishing off his wonderful painting "Waiting to Bat". He spent the day surrounded by entralled Caldicott boys. The painting was auctioned off at the end of the fete and the proceeds will go towards refurbishing the Centenary Hall kitchen.
The Headmaster finished off the fete with a very popular raffle.
Thank you to everyone for coming along and supporting the school fete. It was a great success and all the money raised by the boys will go to The Prince's Trust.
Golf Day 2016
On Monday 13th June The Friends of Caldicott's annual golf challenge took place at the wonderful Stoke Park Golf Club. Stoke Park is a local championship golf course and is considered one of the finest courses in the country.
On a lovely clear morning 12 teams of 4 players dusted off their golf clubs and squared up to face the challenges of the battle ahead!
The weather was extremely kind and after a "strenuous" day of golf the victorious team headed up by Jonny Timms along with Steffan Tollgard, Alan Timms and Neil Duckworth won bragging rights at the 19th hole!
Other prizes were awarded to the best dressed golfer Andrew Hinds, top individual golfer Chris Murtagh and our top lady golfer Victoria Dover. The Bandit award went to Alex Maile.
The nearest the pin and longest drive were both won by Charlie Doggart.
In the evening players and partners enjoyed a delicious dinner in the Fountain Room. The conclusion across the board was more time was needed at the driving range and "on the course" to ensure an even better contest next year.
Special thanks are given to Dominic Hampshire and Stoke Park for ensuring that all the players had a wonderful day. Also a big thank you to Julian Sykes at Vpar for the scoring system and Paul Ferry who kindly donated the auction prize.
The players at the start of the day.
On Tuesday the 17th May, Stoke Park hosted the annual Friends of Caldicott Tennis Day. Blessed with a dry and sunny day, almost twenty players of all standards fought hard against each other to win Best Overall Player.
As with all good social events, the day started with coffee, tea and cake and a gentle warm up. The tournament started at 10.00am, under the careful eye of Adam, a Stoke Park Tennis Coach. An American style tournament was played, whereby competitors played short games of 15 minutes, keeping their own score. Winning or losing individual games determined who the competitor played next and allowed Adam to determine the Best Overall winner.
Three hours flew by, and after a short prize giving, the players headed to San Marco, Stoke Park's restaurant, for a two course meal (and wine!)
Congratulations to Natalia Koval, who was Overall Player of the Day and recieved a Links of London Wimbledon Bracelet. Jo Turner won "Best Dressed" and was given a Sweaty Betty voucher. Both prizes were kindly donated by B P Collins LLP.
Wendy Duckworth won the coveted "Wooden Racket" for a spectacular return!
OVERALL WINNER :
NATALIA KOVAL WITH COACH ADAM AND DANA EYRE (BP COLLINS LLP)
WINNER OF BEST DRESSED: JO TURNER
Many thanks to Stoke Park for hosting the day and all those who participated, we hope you enjoyed yourselves.
PLEASE JOIN US AGAIN NEXT YEAR!
QUIZ NIGHT 2016
The Friends of Caldicott annual Quiz Night was another great success. This year saw a record number of participants battle it out over 10 rounds of questions.
There were 16 tables, each with a witty team name; from the Albert Winesteins to Simple Minds.
LOOKS OF CONCENTRATION !
Despite most of the Quiz being incredibly close, West Londoners 1 soared ahead in the final round to claim the victory!
Special thanks to Mr Timms, Mr Langley, Mr Evans, Ma'am Elson, Ma'am Bischop, Ma'am Naidoo and Mr Presland for creating such a fantastic and diverse quiz, with sections streching from Sport and Current Affairs to Guess the Herb. Stuart Brown did a sterling job by keeping the electronic board up to date with the scores at the end of each round and Simon Doggart kept us thoroughly entertained as Quiz Master.
All this fun and a whopping £2000 raised by the Friends of Caldicott!
Thank you to all the participants for bringing their enthusiasm and competitive spirit to the event and making it such a great night!
The Friends of Caldicott held their annual Christmas Drinks in a beautifully decorated and very Christmassy Centenary Hall.
Parents and Teachers enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with each other before the start of the Christmas holidays and were treated to an abundnace of delicious drinks and canapes, prepared by The Friends.
Special thanks to Mr Paget for the wonderful music he played throughout the night and gathering everybody around the piano for carols.
Thank you to all the parents and teachers who brought their Christmas cheer and made it such a fun event.
The Friends look forward to seeing you in 2016!
BONFIRE NIGHT 2015
The rain stopped just in time to allow over 900 Caldicott family members and friends to enjoy Bonfire Night. Form 1 and Form 2 provided a collection of beautifully carved pumpkins which lined the path to Centenary Hall. Inside, the hall was lit with fairy lights and decorated in black and neon. Delicious chilli, mulled wine and hot chocolate kept the adults warm and the hot dogs, sweet stall and candy floss were a firm favourite with the children.
Parents and children gathered around the blazing bonfire and were treated to a magnificent display of fireworks!
A special thank you goes to all the kitchen staff who made the wonderful chilli, the Caldicott bus drivers who made the journey to and from the Beeches and the maintenance staff who were a fantastic help to The Friends when setting up and clearing away.
New Parents Supper 2016
In the absence of our Headmaster and Antonia, Mr Summers together with Ma'am Naidoo and Mr Timms welcomed the new parents to Caldicott School last week, with drinks and dinner to celebrate their joining the Caldicott community.
The Centenary Hall was transformed by The Friends of Caldicott into a relaxed dining experience. As the sun set new parents enjoyed a welcome drink, listening to the sound of boarders running around outside enjoying the last few hours of the late summer sun.
We then sat down to a delicious dinner of prawn cocktail followed by chicken supreme and finished off with an orange and chocolate mousse. Each table was hosted by a Friend of Caldicott and supported by a teacher. A relaxed atmosphere and lots of chatter was enjoyed by everyone.
After dinner Mr Summers started the speeches and relayed a message from the Headmaster and Antonia. Ma'am Naidoo and Mr Timms then outlined how important the relationship was beween parents and the teachers and that open and ongoing communication is the key to success. They also assured everyone that both parents and their boys would be well looked after as part of the Caldicott community.
Everyone enjoyed the evening and felt it was a great succcess. We look forward to seeing all of the new parents again at many more of the school events during the year.
NEW PARENTS' SUPPER 2015
The first social event of the new school year was launched with the Headmaster Simon Doggart and his wife Antonia welcoming new parents to Caldicott by way of an elegant dinner in the Centenary Hall.
White table cloths, sparkling glasses and beautiful flowers charmed and delighted the new parents on arrival. The Caldicott teachers along with the Friends of Caldicott treated the new parents to a delicious three course meal of delicate smoked mackerel, tender chicken and everyone's favourite apple and blackberry crumble! The wine flowed and there was constant chatter as new parents got to know each other.
The Headmaster rounded up the evening by formally welcoming our new parents to Caldicott. He gave them a wonderful insight into the unique place that is Caldicott as well as imparting some very useful parenting advice!
Simon finished off his speech by sharing Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Thousandth Man". A poem about seeking only one man in a thousand who is closer than a brother, who will be your friend even if the rest of the world is against you. Let us hope that our boys find their Thousandth Man at Caldicott!
SUMMER DANCE 2015
Hedsor House was a stunning location for this year's Summer Dance. A fine English summer's evening created a perfect atmosphere for cocktails on the lawn at the start of the night.
As the sun set, guests moved inside to enjoy a delicious buffet syle supper by Melissa Webb. There were no formal table arrangements, which allowed everyone to mingle and catch up with friends. After supper the Circular Bar proved to be very popular and people took their last opportunity to bid for the incredible silent auction lots.
Mr Doggart announced that the band, The Crisis, were starting and guests were treated to a fantatsic 45 minute set by some Caldicott fathers, including Giles Crewdson, lead singer. Following on, DJ Dan Browne played tune after tune, that kept the mirrored dance floor packed. A few people even made it onto the stage..!
Everybody had a fantastic evening and enjoyed celebrating the end of another academic year. Many thanks to all the parents who came along and made the night so much fun!
Special thanks also to Hedsor House, Emma Gold from GSP, Great Hire, The Crisis, DJ Dan Browne and to Toby Merritt for allowing us to use some of his photos for the site.
A whopping £8'000 was raised on the night ! Mega special thank yous to the lovely Caldicott family who have donated the use of their house in Barcelona, the Catherwood Smith family, Charlie Saville, Nicky Farquhar, Maryam Mansoury, Mich Turner, the Greenwood family, the Bracken family and Tiso Blackmoor.
WE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE ENJOYED THE FRIENDS OF CALDICOTT EVENTS THIS YEAR AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN NEXT YEAR FOR MORE FUN!
GOLF DAY 2015
Team 1 - Anthony Russell, William Pym, Daniel Sibson & Ben Mercer
Team 2 - Dominic Hampshire, Alex Maile,
Stephen Ferneyhough & Charlie Morrison
Team 3 - Julian Sykes, Paddy Wilson, Ben Morris
& Charlie Langley
Team 4 - Gray Catherwood-Smith, Markus Jarnefelt, Ross Baker & James Adam
Team 5 - Simon Bradshaw, Simon Doggart & Alan Maynard
The FOC Golf Day proved to be a great day at Lambourne Golf Club. There were plenty of shouts of "fore" but it seems that most wrote down 5. It was an excellent day, ending with an entertaining dinner with players and wives.
Team 2 won the Team prize, and as a result their handicaps will be reviewed for next year.
Daniel Sibson won the individual prize and will be sporting a sombrero & moustache next time !
....and the winner for the Best Dressed goes to...... Dominic Hampshire !
....and the winner for the Best Preparation goes to
.....Alex Maile !
Nick from VPar (www.vpar.com) teaches the teams how to use Vpar - an electronic real time scoring system. A big thank you to Julian Sykes for making this available to all of us again this year !
A great day was had. No rain. Good competition.
Drinks and dinner.
See you all next year !
SUMMER FETE 2015
An abundance of Caldicott families and friends turned out to support the annual Friends of Caldicott Summer Fete. It was a wonderful morning with a great atmosphere and even the weather, although not hot, was kinder than forecasted!
There were a variety of FOC stalls - from the ever poplular Toy Tombola to Plant Stalls, Kids Farmers' Market, a delicious assortment of cakes, a wonderful Book Stall, Jam Jar tombolas, and Sweet Stalls. There was plenty of food and drink to keep everyone fuelled, including delicious crepes, a BBQ and an ice cream van!
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The 5th and 6th Form boys manned a variety of stalls, all of which were extremely popular - Water Gun Fights, Penalty Shoot Out, Pillow Fighting, Obstacle Courses and Wet Sponge Throwing at the teachers and Mr Doggart who braveley put themselves in the firing line!!
What a good sport!
The 5th and 6th Form Stalls, together with the FOC are pleased to have raised £10,300 which will go towards the boys' chosen charity Save the Waterberg Rhino and the refurbishment of the Centenary Hall Kitchen.
The Caldicott staff and parents were extremely supportive. All the generous donations of cakes, toys, jars and
raffle prizes as well as visiting the stalls made this event a great success!
TENNIS DAY 2015
The FOC Tennis Day at Stoke Park was great fun and everybody had a fantastic day! The day started with coffee, pastries and lots of chatting! Despite some incredible down pours, play was only stopped twice, sparking a few impromtu coffee breaks!
Coach Adam ensured that everything ran smoothly, creating a great atmosphere to the competition. He organised an informal round robin competition in pairs where everyone had the chance to play each other. Each player was given an individual score. The 4 finalists with the top scores
(Pep Stonor & Marie Louise Marsh v Antonia Doggart and Sally Chilvers) battled it out in a nail biting final, watched by the other players.
The players with Coach Adam at the start of the day
The players enjoyed a delicious and laugher filled lunch in the Brasserie,
followed by the Prize Giving.
Antonia Doggart & Sally Chilvers
Marie - Louise Marsh & Pep Stonor
COME AND JOIN US NEXT YEAR FOR THE FUN!
Pep Stonor and Marie- Louise Marsh
SHOT OF THE DAY WINNER: Sally Chilvers
BEST DRESSED: Sarah Bracken ( seen here with event organsier Jules Brown)
Caldicott Quiz Night was a great success ! Over 120 parents attended, with 12 teams battling to win the competition.
Helen and James Wood carefully counted the scores as the night progressed, with Simon Doggart acting as the MC.
The questions covered all areas, with bonus points on famous faces and, incredibly, "name the bean"!?!
The winning team was The First Form Fledglings, followed closely by the Quizlamic Extremists in 2nd place and Sixth Sense in 3rd.
The Caldicott boys will be pleased to hear that £680 was raised during the evening, and will go towards Ace Africa, one of the charities discussed during FocusWeek.
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