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.

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.

Undaunted by the rain and the wind this has been another very busy week in the life of your children. A full programme of fixtures, trips, and competitions has run alongside the day to day lessons which have primacy. The highlights of the week for me have been the Harvest Festival Service at St Peter’s Church and Open Morning this morning. Thursday’s service was a lovely event in which we all reflected on those many good things we have in a delightful setting. My thanks to Father Alexander for his very warm welcome and for his very apposite words about generosity. There was some splendid singing led by Schola Cantorum and it was lovely to see the confidence of our youngest children in their first public performance of the year.

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.

I have just returned to my office after the wonderful experience of lunch with Year 1. The topics of conversation ranged from birthdays, to ten pin bowling to favourite animals, topics on which the two girls and four boys who dined with me seemed particularly expert. I was asked, ‘What it is like to be an adult?’ and ‘What is it like to be a Headmaster?’. Tricky questions, both. There was also plenty of excitement about tomorrow’s Fair at which I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow. My thanks again to the many who have given so much of their time in preparation and for the very generous donations for the Silent Auction.