This week I have continued to be impressed by the kindness and warmth of St Christopher’s pupils and staff. It is very clear to me that our school community cares about others and the wider world. Many of our families supported the runners in the Brighton Marathon last weekend, and our school was a support hub for the event. This week I am very pleased to announce that we have chosen House Charities to support over the course of this academic year. Howe Dolphins will support Leo House children’s hospice; Anson Lions will support Off the Fence, which offers help to the homeless in Brighton and Hove; Nelson Dragons will support Hangleton Food Bank, which helps people in our immediate community; and Drake Badgers will support Rockinghorse children’s hospital charity. Linked to this, our Word of the Week (WoW) was ‘compassion’ which sparked thoughtful discussion during Form Times. I take great pride in knowing that our school teaches compassion and kindness, and supports local charities every year.
Another theme for this week was books and the joy of reading. You may have seen the Scholastic Book Fair in the front playground this week. The Book Fair will be here next week on Monday as well. Purchasing books helps to support our Library here at St Christopher’s and everyone loves a new book! Speaking of books, on Wednesday Years 1 and 2 joined me for an Assembly on different types of books and how reading makes us feel. Once again, I was very impressed with how well they listened and their contributions whenever I asked a question. I read two books, I Really Want to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio and Where My Feet Go by Birgitta Sif. Two equally charming but very different books, I highly recommend them for children of Nursery age up to Year 2.
A few additional messages:
Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to be Year Group Representatives. Keep an eye out for an email from school with dates and times of our first meeting.
A plea for sensible parking during drop off and pick up. The school has received complaints from local residents about double parking and parking in disabled bays. In addition, we all want to keep children safe so please be considerate and careful when parking.
Best wishes for the coming year to those in our community who observed Yom Kippur this week.
Have a lovely weekend.