A Difficult Choice for St Nicholas' Day ...

Chavagnes Boy Bishop. (Photo © Anthony Talbot)
At today's staff meeting we'll be electing the annual boy bishop of Chavagnes ... an ancient medieval tradition which we revived here nearly ten years ago.

To qualify, one must be a boy treble, and well-behaved ... but the lucky student gets to celebrate Pontifical Vespers and then govern the College until bedtime. Just like real bishops, it can be a risky business if one picks the wrong sort ...

It is meant to teach the pupils about the nature of authority, and it teaches the Masters (usually condemned to an evening of cleaning and washing up) something too.

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