It was lovely to see so many parents on Sports Day, a joyful occasion of athletics and celebration. Though our guest speaker Dominic Ferris was difficult to trump, I was very proud of the two Heads of School who spoke. Their carefully chosen and touching words showed a real sense of the occasion, and their delivery was extraordinarily composed and confident for ones so young. Our Year 8 children have proved tremendous ambassadors for the school and given an outstanding lead. The most senior pupils in any school play a very important role in setting the tone and in providing an example to others. I am very proud of every single one of them.
Despite the vagaries of the British weather this has been a week rich in activities and fun for pupils of all ages. The Sponsored Walk supported by representatives of the various House charities we are supporting was a joyful event in warm sunshine. Rain stayed away just long enough for the Pre-Prep Sports’ Day, a lovely afternoon in which all children participated with enthusiasm, and the Piano Recital enabled sixty pupils to perform to a very appreciative audience. My thanks to all parents who supported these events and to those who volunteered to help.
The St Christopher’s Day Service in our Back Court was a lovely occasion. The choirs sang beautifully, your children behaved impeccably, the words of the School hymn rang out over the adjacent roads, the Head of School read extremely well and Father Robert, Chaplain to Brighton College, was on sparkling form. Sadly, Father Robert is leaving Brighton College to become Chaplain of Highgate School. We will miss his visits, the generosity of his spirit and the warmth he so obviously has for St Christopher’s. I was only sorry that circumstances conspired to prevent parents attending this year, but there are many School events to come. Mrs Lomax’s Art Exhibition was a delight, showcasing the talents of a large number of pupils as well as the range and variety of the work which comes from the Art Room at the hub of the school.
The Year 5, Year 6, and Year 7 pupils have looked absolutely exhausted on their return from their respective trips this week, but it is clear that they have had terrific fun and thoroughly enjoyed spending time outside with their friends, occupied in activities which are so good for them in the broadest educational sense. So too the younger pupils, who have been out on a number of day trips to include a Mini Zoo, the Beach, the undercliff path, ‘Bistro Nantais’, Three Peaks and more. This is our first Trips Week and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the experiences they have had. My thanks to the many teachers who have given so much time to ensure that the children have had so much fun.
There was quiet in the school yesterday morning as pupils from Year 4 to Year 7 settled for their internal examinations. More than anything else, I hope that the process serves to help the children learn that sensible preparation, calm methods, and personal organisation make examinations very manageable and the outcome very fulfilling. Nerves are inevitable but not always a bad thing. Indeed it is often the things we get most nervous about that turn out to be the most rewarding. As the internal examinations began, the pupils in 8H were heading off for their Scuba Diving (they are kayaking on the Adur today). The Leavers’ Programme provides an exciting mixture of fun and learning, which those in Year 8 thoroughly deserve.