Week 12

Monday 20th October 2017
Year 4 Alternative Assembly Arrangements this week
Upper School Section Meeting and Pre-Prep Common Room Meeting

Tuesday 21st October 2017
Pre-Prep and Middle School Hymn Practice
Middle School Section Meeting
No Ballet, Tap & Modern due to Tea-Time Recital
4.30pm Tea-Time Recital

Wednesday 22nd October 2017
Exam Marks
U13 Great Walstead Girls’ Football Tournament (A)
U11A & U10 Hockey v Handcross Park (A)
U9B & U8A Netball v Handcross Park (A)
3.15pm 2nd & U11B Hockey v Handcross Park (A)
U13 XII, , U11A, U11B, U10A & U10B Rugby v Copthorne (A)
U9A, U8A & U8B Rugby v Copthorne (H)

Thursday 23rd October 2017
Performance assembly
9am ‘Flu Vaccinations for Reception to Year 4
6.30pm Year 4 Play The Twits

Friday 24th October 2017
Year 8 to Glebe for Reception Nativity Play dress rehearsal (am)

It was lovely to see so many odd socks - in both senses of the word - in Assembly this morning, a symbolic community statement about the uniqueness of every individual within our School. I think we are all very keen that children at St Christopher’s, indeed children in general, recognise that we are all unique and that difference should be celebrated. The response of our pupils to a number of presentations and discussions to mark Respect Week have been refreshing and uplifting as often are the responses of children.

With Halloween over and Bonfire Night to come there has been the buzz of excitement in the school this week. I think we have all enjoyed the crisp, sunny days and the brilliant dusks which this time of year can bring. It is the best possible weather in which to view the starlings ‘dance’ above the ruins of the West Pier. I believe murmuration is the technical term. If you haven’t taken your children to observe it, I do recommend a trip at dusk. I can remember sitting with my own son and daughter on a bench on the seafront, a sense of wonder at one of nature’s great sights. Sadly there are fewer starlings now than there once were but the experience is still magical.

I had goose bumps this morning as I stood with a clear blue sky overhead, overlooking the sea of red blazers filling the back court whilst the Last Post was played flawlessly by ex St Christopher’s pupil, Alex T. This was preceded by some beautiful singing from both Schola and the Intermediate Choir as part of a very moving Remembrance Day service for the Prep School. Later on in the morning the Pre-Prep children held their own service, planting poppies in the flower bed as a symbol of Remembrance. Amidst the business of the school day it is quite special to witness the children taking time to stop and think of those who have given their lives in the line of duty.

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.