Bench Talks

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Peter Caldwell perched on a bench
Bench Talks

Head of School Peter Caldwell delivers monthly “Bench Talks” as a way to share his philosophy and vision for the School.

Head of School Peter Caldwell delivers monthly “Bench Talks” as a way to share his philosophy and vision for the School. The talks are forthright, sincere, personal, universal, and often humorous, drawing on current topics, popular culture, classic literature, and family stories. 

Head of School Caldwell first thought of the Bench Talks when he read about the “Tree Speeches” which were delivered at graduation at Miss Beard’s School.

The Bench Talks not only illuminate the Values of Morristown-Beard School, they also pay tribute to its history. 

In his office, Peter Caldwell has a hand-carved bench—a gift from his wife, Darcy, that was inspired by the Bench Talks. The bench is hewn from a Vermont maple tree that had grown on the mountain where the Caldwell family lived, and is a reminder of multigenerational family hikes, outdoor work and the beauty of nature. The bench invites contemplation and has become a gift to the entire MBS community.