The majority of our pupils have been sitting internal examinations this week and I must commend them for the calm purposefulness with which they have approached them. I am sure that their efforts will be rewarded when results are published and that your children will find successes affirmatory, but I am also very aware that internal examinations give to the pupils the opportunity to make mistakes and to learn from them, something of equal importance.

Chris Webster, a Geography teacher and Housemaster at Brighton College led assembly on Thursday morning. He spoke about the aid work he did all over the world before becoming a teacher. It was a beautifully pitched presentation, accessible to all, but resonant in particular with those pupils who have studied earthquakes, hurricanes, and droughts as examples of disasters which have such an enormous impact on parts of the world. As Mr Webster talked about the journey on which his life had taken him thus far, I could not help but think of the journey that awaits our pupils, one on which they are just embarking.

As we finish the last full week of a long Half Term, and the weather starts to set in, there has been much to celebrate in school. Year 3’s Egyptian Day brought the excitement of dressing up to their study of an ancient culture; there were some splendid performances at both team and individual level on Wednesday; and a large number of Middle and Upper School pupils sang and performed on a range of instruments in Tuesday’s Teatime Recital.

There was an air of excited anticipation in the School on Thursday at the prospect of Halloween. As dusk fell on the playground, St Christopher’s seemed rather quiet and empty. I suspect that most of our pupils were out seeking treats. I overheard Mr Holt explain with a dose of irony to one of the more excited children that his treat was to oversee Prep Club that night.  The  Prefects’ Assembly on Thursday looked at the historical origins of Halloween, and some of the older children have looked at the stories behind Samhain, All Hallows’ Eve, and Dia de los Muertos amidst all the anticipated Haribo. Halloween, for good or for worse, has become part of childhood and I am delighted that so many children were having fun yesterday evening.

On Thursday afternoon, Mr Kennedy, a Mathematics teacher and Housemaster at Brighton College, spoke to the pupils in Assembly. He spoke about swimming the Channel, something he did with a colleague in aid of a wonderful cause. It was inspirational for the children to hear about the challenges and the rewards brought by such an achievement, so much greater because of the worthiness of the cause. His presentation made us all think about the virtue and the rewards of selflessness.