I am very keen that the pupils at St Christopher's develop an interest in what is happening in the world around them, one reason why we have introduced a new forty minute lesson for Year 7 and 8 before lunch on Wednesday called 'My World'. We have spent time focussing on the Scottish Referendum and its likely impact, and I was very impressed by the enthusiastic and considered response from our older pupils. Recently we have looked at events which shaped the last century and we are now going on to consider events and developments which might shape the 21st Century. Put into small groups pupils raised a number of ideas including a rising population, climate change, the rapid development of technology and its impact, the possible escalation of conflicts in Eastern Europe, Syria and the Middle East, and dwindling world resources, impressing once again with their ability to think independently.

I am also very keen to raise the awareness of all of our pupils of the plight of people, especially children, in areas where there is great despair and equal need. At present there are over 4.4 million refugees in Syria and Iraq, many of them children, and there is a way in which you might wish to support those children as winter approaches. I have included details of the aid which is being provided by a local charity. I hope that there will be St Christopher's parents with unwanted children's clothes (which are still in good condition) who might want to bring them to the school over the coming four days. We will ensure that prefects or teachers at the gates in the morning are able to receive donations of clothing and store them for transport to the local clothing depot.

 World Languages Day

It has been a very busy week of sport. There was a wonderfully competitive football fixture against BCPS, in which all of the 105 boys playing acquitted themselves extremely well, striving not just to win but to play the 'beautiful' game as it should be played. Our Under 9A footballers followed the lead by playing some very attractive football in the Westbourne House Tournament, coming runners up and our youngest girls were very successful in their netball matches against Burgess Hill High School.

Children have been coming to my study in hordes this morning to show me work which has been awarded a Headmaster's Commendation: there were structured poems resulting from Year One's visit to the beach, self-portraits, almost faultless maths which showed that Year Two are developing a very good grasp of coins and their value and some terrific work by the older pupils across a whole range of subjects.

As I write, I am thoroughly looking forward to the LAMDA Evening tonight, which will give children of all ages a chance to perform to an audience and develop the confidence which should be the central aim of all prep school drama.

A number of parents have very kindly commented on how useful they found the Lower School Parents' Forum, and I do hope that the Forum for parents of Middle and Upper School will be equally useful. I look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to the school on Monday evening. I would not be so rash as to suggest that the ideas and suggestions of every parent can be put into action, but I am always very keen to listen to the parent voice which plays an important part in informing policy.


News1The first few days of a new academic year are always exciting. The children, however much they have enjoyed their holidays, are ready for school and all that it offers: time enjoying the company of friends of their own age, the opportunity to learn and to discover, the structure that many children enjoy, and rich opportunities.

The children have already been coming in hordes through the doors of my study to show me their holiday diaries. I have thoroughly enjoyed talking to them about happy sun-baked days and they have taken great pride in telling me about wonderful experiences. I was particularly pleased to hear that good old-fashioned entertainment such as blackberry picking, visits to castles, and day trips to London excite as much as exotic trips abroad.

New pupils, naturally anxious on their first day, already seem very settled and to be making friends and there is that sense of joy and energy in the school as sunny September days begin to replace slightly grey August ones. I spoke to the children in our first Assembly about three of the things which are central to St Christopher's and which we are very keen to nurture: kindness, curiosity and confidence. I also used a story, slightly embellished I fear, about my own holidays to encourage them to understand that life has its downs as well as its ups and that it is how we respond to the downs that often defines us. My wife has a favourite saying, 'Don't wait for the rain to stop, learn how to dance in the rain (it should possibly be 'puddles'). Though I often find my wife unfathomable, I finished by asking the children to ponder what that meant.

I wish all of your children a rich, happy and fulfilling academic year.


Term is now in full swing and the children are enjoying a whole range of lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed observing Mrs. Richards' Year 2 class on Wednesday morning. The children re-enacted the fairy tale, 'The Princess and the Dragon', every one of them with enthusiasm and confidence. Adjectives were used, impressive vocabulary was singled out for praise and every child seemed to thoroughly enjoy the lesson, watched over not only by Mrs Richards but by a knight in shining armour, brought in by Mrs Terry, much to the excitement and approval of all. I have also enjoyed teaching Year 8 to think about current issues and about their world. Presently we are considering the impact which the forthcoming referendum in Scotland might have on Great Britain, and I have been impressed by the thoughtful, intelligent response. It is so important for our children to think about important news and developments in their world, and I am delighted that they are so keen to do so.

Sports fixtures have begun in earnest with matches against Lancing Prep School and Brighton College Prep School as well as tournaments on which there are reports within. I have been delighted that some of the younger pupils have read out reports in School Assembly with great confidence, led by our sports captains. There have been trips to the beach for Year 1, to Woods Mill for Year 4, and to Christ's Hospital for four of our Year 5 mathematicians. The four pupils who took part should be commended for coming second out of eighteen in the team mathematics competition.

Please do encourage any friends or family who have expressed an interest in St Christopher's to contact the School Registrar on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to visit us on our Open Morning, the details of which are below.

I will finish by wishing all the children in Year 7 going to Brighton College for their Pre-test the very best of luck.

Open Day