Monday 28th August 2017
Bank Holiday Monday

Tuesday 29th August 2017
Staff INSET Day

Wednesday 30th August 2017
Staff INSET Day
Prefect Induction (2pm)

Thursday 31st August 2017
Michaelmas Term begins at 8.20am
Year 2 alternative Assembly arrangements this week
Assembly speaker: Headmaster and Head of School
5pm Years 1, 2 & 3 Parents’ Information Meeting

Friday 1st September 2017
4.30pm Headmaster’s presentation on Next Schools and the Pre-test (for Year 5 and 6 parents)

Today our very impressive Year 8 pupils passed out of the school gates for the last time as pupils of St Christopher’s. They are ready for their senior schools, though St Christopher’s will always be a part of them and they, in turn, have left their mark. This morning in Assembly they passed on wise advice for those they leave behind. They encouraged them to rejoice in their individuality, to value and support their friends, to read often and widely, to avoid standing still and to celebrate difference. A short film was then shown of their Leavers’ Trip to Dorset. It suggested another parting message, that life and childhood should be full of awe and fun.

Fifty four children performed in the delightful ‘Piano Recital’ organised by Mr Pedja on a lovely balmy Tuesday evening. It was particularly pleasing to witness the confidence of every child from youngest and least practised performing for the first time to oldest and most accomplished. I was very grateful for such a large and appreciative audience. Thursday afternoon was the turn of sport and again I was struck by the enormous joy that every child in Pre-Prep was taking from running, jumping, scrambling, crawling, throwing and catching. The Glebe Villas playing field was looking lovely, a few fluffy clouds gave relief from the sun and there was a wonderful sense of our community coming together. Today is Modern Languages Day and the children have sung songs, danced flamenco, and celebrated the rich variety of languages and cultures which make up their world.

It has been a week of bright blue skies and soaring temperatures. Usually children wilt in the heat but ours have shown great fortitude and simply got on with things as children will when busy and engaged. The Pre-Prep Beach Morning, the Year 5 trip to the Seven Sisters’ Country Park, successful fixtures, Teddy Bear Picnics, rehearsals and plenty of exciting work in the classroom have kept the children very gainfully and richly occupied as we move towards the final week of the term.

We are incredibly lucky that Hove is framed by the sea and the South Downs and our 8H pupils made the most of the beautiful Downs landscape on Monday while their peers were beavering away at their Common Entrance papers. I am delighted that CE is now complete and that our most senior pupils can come together for a deserved break and some fun in Dorset. I hope that the sun shines for them.