Last Saturday afternoon I received a text from Mr Lawson telling me that our Ist VI Football Team had qualified for the IAPS National Finals for the second year running. Most of the best prep schools in the country are members of the Independent Association of Prep Schools and it is a very significant achievement for a relatively small two form entry prep school to be one of 16 schools in the finals of a competition entered by over 200 schools. Our football coaches and those boys who played have every right to be very proud. The finals take place in Taunton on Saturday 5th November.



Week 8


Monday 16th October 2017
7am Year 8 English/Geography trip to Dorset departs
Year 2 Trip to Borde Hill
4.40pm Common Room Meeting

Tuesday 17th October 2017
2nd Marks
Year 1 to 7 Hymn Practice
Break for half term at the end of the school day (4.30pm)

Wednesday 18th October 2017
Staff INSET Day
5pm Year 8 English/Geography trip to Dorset returns
Half Term: Wednesday 18th October to Friday 27th October inclusive

I have always enjoyed Harvest Festival but I found the service on Thursday morning particularly uplifting. This resulted partly from the inimitable enthusiasm of Father Robert for all things St Christopher’s as well as ‘All good things around us’ but equally from the robustness of the youngest voices and the beauty of the various choirs representing the school from Reception to Year 8. The occasion was also such a lovely one because so many parents were there. I am very grateful for your support.

As the week draws to a close my mind is exercised by the importance of reading to all children’s learning. There is statistical evidence galore to show that those children who read voraciously are far more likely to do well academically. The encouragement of reading is embedded in much of what we do at St Christopher’s but I also recognise that it is parents who first give a child that love of words and nurture in them a love of books. I also realise that some children are more reluctant to read than others. For those parents whose children do read widely, please do all that you can to sustain this. For those whose children are more reluctant, do keep trying to encourage them and keep searching for books they will enjoy.

On Wednesday afternoon I thoroughly enjoyed refereeing the Under 9 Football matches against Bede’s Preparatory School. Both teams played with real determination and the team work was very encouraging, testimony to the excellent coaching provided by Mr Flynn. The golden moment for me, however, came from an individual triumph. The substitute for the B team came on at half time with his team one goal down. He scored not just once but twice to play an instrumental part in the win. His celebrations were as joyful as the reaction of his team mates. Such individual triumphs live in the memory long after children have left school. I don’t usually allow the excessive celebration sometimes seen in top grade support but in this case I felt it could be forgiven. I know that Ocean’s individual triumph and the success of the two Under 9 teams is just an example of many others but it was a particularly touching example. Next week I am planning to support some of the girls’ teams.