The House Captains and senior members of the four Houses proudly display their new ensigns Thank you to TJs Branding Solutions on Portland Road, who said that this job was “very Harry Potter!”

A week of rather better weather, albeit chilly at times, saw us finally resume sports fixtures with other schools. This is an event that many of the children, and indeed many of the staff, have been eagerly looking forward to. As ever, those who did not play in a match this week enjoyed a wide variety of activities on Wednesday. I am glad that this important step on the road to normality has been reached; I would feel rather cheated if my final term as a schoolmaster was one without Cricket.

As those in Middle and Upper School head into exams next week, there is much evidence that they are well prepared. There are some fine examples of written work on page 4, and page 3 shows just some of the ways that we have been encouraging our children to be relaxed and mindful at a time when pressure can build up. Exams at St Christopher’s, especially in the Middle School, are as much about developing good skills and a calm and sensible approach as they are celebrating achievement and improvement. Our Year 8s, who begin their final exams shortly, will hopefully reap the benefit of their years of practice, and show the very best of themselves.

As I hope most of West Hove has noticed, the yellow flag of the Anson Lions flies above New Church Road today, as our flagpole bears the first House Flag in the 94 years of St Christopher’s School. The flag will be raised each Friday for the House announced as the winners in Celebration Assembly, and will fly for the following week. My thanks to the Parents’ Association for supporting this exciting new development.

With so many older children involved in exams next week, the next edition of the Newsletter will concentrate on the life of those in Pre-Prep, as yet unburdened with such inevitable facts of academic life. I wish you and your families a splendid weekend.

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