Co-curricular at St Christopher's

Co-curricular at St Christopher's

From Reception upwards, a comprehensive programme of trips and visits enriches and enhances the children's learning.

Each year group goes on one major expedition per term, with visits arranged to tie in with curriculum topics, such as Reception visiting a farm to develop their work on animals, Year 2 visiting a synagogue, or Year 6 visiting Bodiam Castle after studying siege warfare in History. Year 7 have the opportunity to spend a week in France in the Somme region.

Year 8 start their final year with a teambuilding weekend under canvas, helping them to develop both their friendships and skills above and beyond academic life. A very popular Ski Trip is run each year, with both beginners and the more experienced welcome.

Below is a video from the recent Year 8 residential to Dorset, which combined Geography work on coastlines with a visit to a First World War museum to give context to their study of Journey's End in English.

The school in Winter, painted by Head of Art, Mrs Lomax

‘Art develops spiritual values and contributes a wider understanding to the experience of life which helps build a balanced personality'. (Bridget Riley, painter) 

Our programme of studies offers rich and diverse opportunities to extend and develop pupils’ art skills and knowledge, and make links with other areas of the curriculum wherever appropriate.

Educational visits to art exhibitions in both local and national galleries, local landmarks, and cross-curricular trips all inspire a range of projects.

The use of ICT and individual chrome books is also used to enhance personal learning and research into artists, craftspeople and designers.

Visitors in the creative arts are invited to run workshops in the school.

The curriculum is taught throughout the Upper and Middle school (Years 4-8) by our experienced and well-qualified specialist, Mrs Lomax. Weekly lessons take place in a well-lit and equipped art room which also functions as an upper school form room.

Art forms an important part of the Lower School curriculum, where it is taught by form teachers from Reception to Year 3.

Excellence in art is celebrated through vibrant displays beyond the art room into all areas of the school. Art assemblies give pupils the opportunity to show and talk about their work and projects to the whole school.  Annual public art exhibitions are held, and all pupils are encouraged to enter a variety of art competitions and events such as ‘The Big Draw’.  School plays, concerts and charity fundraising also provides opportunities to participate in set design, programmes and posters.

Upper school pupils who show exceptional interest and talent are encouraged to submit portfolios of work for a range of 13+ art awards and scholarships, and the school offers internal art scholarships to Year 6 candidates.

After school art clubs and masterclasses are offered to our gifted and talented pupils, and any pupils interested in design technology can attend an after school club in the well-equipped D.T. department at Brighton College.

For any further information, please contact Mrs R Lomax, Head of Art This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Music has long been at the heart of St Christopher's. We have an excellent choral tradition with the school choirs as well as a new Jazz ensemble. Musical events each year include the Chamber Concert, Piano Recital and Summer Concert, as well as regular soloists in Assembly.

The Houses compete against each other in annual House Music competition. The choirs perform at the church services each term, and a calendar highlight is the traditional Carol Service at All Saints' Church, where several of our children are choristers.

From Reception upwards Music is taught by a specialist teacher. Pupils make use of Music Technology to compose and record their own compositions, learn about musical notation, aural training, listening and critiquing music, and understanding how music fits into history.

Individual tuition is available in a variety of instruments, including woodwind, brass, strings, percussion, guitar and vocal lessons. In recent years, St Christopher's has sent many children to their senior schools on Music Scholarships and Exhibitions.

For further information, please contact Ms Anna Huber, Director of Music, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last Summer's production of "Tin Pan Ali" at the Barn Theatre, Southwick

Drama gives our children the chance to express themselves and to work with children from other classes and year groups. Drama is part of English lessons, and is often an option in the Wednesday Afternoon Clubs. Individuals and small groups are also prepared for the LAMDA examinations.

In the course of the year, every child in the school gets the chance to participate in a production, from the Reception Nativity play to the Upper School production that rounds off the year, frequently at The Barn Theatre, Southwick.

Last year saw Nativity plays from Reception and Year 1, Year 2 presented Dick Whittington (oh yes they did!), Year 3 presented Olivia, which was Charles Dickens with a twist. In Middle School, Year 6 put on an imaginatively staged interpretation of Roald Dahl's The Witches, Year 5 a spooky Christmas Carol, and Year 4 a suitably disgusting The Twits.

In the Summer term we produced an open air performance of Les Miserables in the Back Court, featuring the whole of the Upper School in the chorus!

This term, children in Years 5-7 will be taking part in the Shakespeare School's Foundation festival at The Old Market Theatre, performing an abridged version of A Midsummer Night's Dream set in the swinging 60s!

Look out for details of our Summer 2019 production of Little Shop of Horrors coming soon!

All school productions are professionally filmed.

In the Members' Area of the website, you can access galleries of pictures from the productions, and order the DVDs of the shows.

If you have any queries, please contact our Head of Drama, Mrs J Griffiths This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Girls' Drama, a popular Wednesday Club for those not in a match that week

The school provides a varied and stimulating co-curricular programme to enhance the experiences of the children at St Christopher's. The Clubs mainly run on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and on Wednesday afternoons for those who are not involved in school sports fixtures.

They have included Drama, Martial Arts, Football, Short Tennis, Creating Comic Books, Myths and Legends, Art Masterclass, ICT, Debating, History, Cooking, Origami, Table Tennis, Strategy Club (including Oware, Chess, Stratego & Backgammon), Music, Choirs and even miniature Golf! The children are also able to suggest future Clubs through the School Council.

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