The Head’s reflections on the week

Posted: 23rd June 2023

Student holding a trophy in hands

Sports Day was a great success last Saturday, with all the values I mentioned last week on display.

Today marks the end of our annual Make A Difference Week, with the whole school taking part in events across the week to benefit the local community and far beyond. Giving back to the community of which we are part, and indeed the world to which we belong, are vitally important values that I want all St Christopher’s children to understand. Our Sponsored Walk is an example that shows the whole school united in an effort to improve the lives of others via our chosen House charities.

We are looking forward to Final Assembly and the Year 8s’ individual valetes next Friday. Valete, from the Latin for farewell, is the traditional St C’s term for graduation, marking the end of their time with us as they move on to senior school. This has been a particularly successful year for academic success, with splendid results at Common Entrance and Scholarship. We achieved five Academic Scholarships to Brighton College, one shy of our record year of 2017. We will celebrate the children’s achievements across what for many of them has been nine years with us, with lots of laughter and inevitably some tears. Prizes will be awarded for academia, sport, the arts, and such qualities as positivity, citizenship, and reinvention. To quote the hymn they will sing for the last time with us, from smallest acorns have indeed grown great trees.

As Year 8 prepare to depart, Year 7 prepare to step into their shoes. The highly awaited list of Heads of School, House Captains, Prefects, and Sports Captains for next year will be announced next Friday in Assembly. These appointments will feature in the final Newsletter of the year.

I am very much looking forward to Upper School’s production of Fame – The Musical at The Barn Theatre in Southwick next Wednesday and Thursday, and I hope to see
many of you there. We are all in for a great show!

Ms Elizabeth Lyle, Head

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