A healthy body is important, a healthy mind possibly more so, and this week we have been focusing your children’s thoughts on this. Good sleep, a good diet, and a positive outlook have all been features of discussions. A big thank you to Mrs Newby for sharing her expertise on diet and nutrition and to Miss Lowe for organising presentations and seminars which encouraged thought.

Miss Lowe’s Assembly on Thursday morning focused on the theme of courage, using the phrase, ‘Find my brave’, the theme of Children’s Mental Health Week. Though the phrase is grammatically clumsy and, of course, not of Miss Lowe’s choosing, the theme is a very good one and well worth following up with your children. I believe, for example, that a fear of getting things wrong provides a real barrier to success and that children need to remember that mistakes should be seen as a vehicle for learning – we all make them.

Half term comes at the right time – the children are tired and ready for a break. This has been a half term crammed full of Drama and Music and Sport and work and play, and it is no wonder they are tired. Our Year 8 pupils will want to do some revision as recommended by their teachers but they too should have a really good break from study so that they return to school fully rested in both body and mind.

I hope to see many of you at Brighton Rugby Club this evening at what I hope will be a splendid sporting occasion. I wish your children a very happy half term holiday.

What a busy week it has been. The ‘Battle of the Bands’ brought together pupils of different ages and combined a rich variety of instruments, and the Year 3 production of Annie was a testament to the developing confidence and the enormous enthusiasm of our Year 3 pupils. It was lovely to see so many children performing and, more to the point, so enjoying performing to a very appreciative audience. A big thank you to Miss Huber and her team, and to Mrs Griffiths and her team. Central to those teams are those who manage the technology and sound, not easy in a crowded Hall and vital to the success of any performance or production.

There has been further success on the Netball court with our Under 10 girls this week to follow on from that of Under 11 and First VII last week. I wish our senior Netball players the best of luck in their match against Roedean this afternoon. Our Rugby players competed well against BCPS. Their turn will come; I am very much looking forward to the Rugby under lights at Brighton Rugby Club next Friday, and hope to see many of you there.

This evening the Parents’ Association Quiz Night will no doubt be great fun, a splendid way to start the weekend.


We were joined yesterday by the long jumper Ezekiel Ewulo, as part of the Sports for Championsinitiative, which brings world class athletes into schools to encourage and inspire young people. He has set himself the task of jumping more than eight metres. His inspiring Assembly looked at the importance of motivation, a healthy diet, and a positive attitude in the face of success or setback, a message very much in tune with the St Christopher’s philosophy.

I write too infrequently, perhaps, about your children’s success on the sports field. I thoroughly enjoyed watching some excellent Rugby played by our Under 10 and Under 11 teams on Wednesday afternoon as part of a fixture in which we won five out of six matches. At the same time our most senior girls reached the final of the Hurst Netball Competition, winning on the way to that final against most of the Prep schools in the county, our Under 10 team came second in the Bede’s Tournament and our Under 11A Team were semi-finalists in our own Football Tournament. All were achievements of which the girls can be proud.

The week began with the launch of our TerraCycling scheme, where we aim to recycle those items such as empty glue sticks and foil snack packets that conventional domestic recycling cannot at present accommodate. Wednesday afternoon saw Nelson House hold an extremely popular Cake Sale in aid of Whoopsadaisy, the local charity that visited us last week.

The Parents’ Association met on Tuesday, and many exciting projects were discussed with a view to further supporting the children’s learning and extra-curricular life at the school. I am ever grateful for their support, and alert you to their forthcoming Quiz Night, always a fun event for parents old and new.

The rest of this Newsletter contains a glimpse of a busy week in the life of St Christopher’s. I hope you enjoy it.

As a wet and windy week draws to a close, we have much to celebrate and look back on. A major highlight of the week was our Chinese New Year celebration on Tuesday, which thrilled and amazed the younger children, whilst helping the older ones further understand Chinese culture and beliefs. Work in the classrooms this week has also had a Chinese flavour, from calligraphy to Confucianism.
For the second week running, it is a pleasure to feature outstanding sporting success! The U11A Girls won the Windlesham House tournament, and the U10s came second in a similar event at Burgess Hill, winning the goal shooting competition. Such energy and enthusiasm on the Netball court is highly commendable in this chilly weather.
Rehearsals are in full swing for not one but three Drama productions, and we are looking forward to next week’s Year 3 performance of Annie. Music and Art also feature in this week’s Newsletter, showing how well the non-academic life of the school helps to brighten up these gloomy Winter days. Today’s edition also features photographic contributions from three of our Senior pupils, for which the Editor is very grateful.
School was on show for Open Morning today, and I was greatly impressed with how smart the children looked, and how polite and articulate they were with our visitors, many of whom commented on this.
We hope to see many of you at next Friday’s PA Quiz Night, for which tickets are selling fast. Have a warm and relaxing weekend.

A ‘fabulous short story, replete with great characterisation, and an excellent plot’, ‘perseverance when placing 6-digit numbers on a number line’, ‘winning the Sumdog Maths challenge, ‘independent writing of the Three Little Pigs story’, ‘brilliant spelling’, ‘enthusiastic writing’, ‘creative Lego’, ‘excellent French listening’, ‘a brilliant explanation of debugging in Computing’, and ‘fantastic independent salt dough making’ – such was the range of achievements commended this week by our teachers. I really enjoy sharing with pupils the joy that so obviously comes from trying really hard and succeeding and I hope that you have plenty of opportunity to share it too.