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A dance workshop with a West End star, drama rehearsals aplenty, choir rehearsals for the Fauré Requiem this Saturday, mathematical challenges, some splendid sporting performances reflecting the excellent progress made by our netball and rugby teams, visits to Herstmonceux Science Observatory and to Preston Manor – such has been the week that has passed at St Christopher’s.
 

On Thursday morning, Mr Vranakis, Executive Creative Designer at Google and father of Athina, Stefano and Niko spoke to the children in Assembly. His emphasis was on the creativity of the work being done by those who work for Google. It was uplifting to muse on the human intelligence which is exploiting technology to provide opportunities for us to learn and to find solutions. I came out of Assembly thinking that the wonders of modern technology and what it enables should not be underestimated but nor should our responsibility for helping children to manage it.

For the first time this winter it is cold and as I write this on a frosty January morning, the playground I look out on has a white sheen on which a number of children are enjoying sliding, just as they should. I gather that in parts of the United States it is genuinely cold with a ‘polar vortex’ causing unimaginable temperatures. How lucky we are in temperate Hove.

I was so pleased that we were able to play most of our rugby fixtures on Wednesday despite the very wet weather which has left pitches waterlogged. Almost all of our Middle School boys were at Brighton Rugby Club on Wednesday competing against Brighton College Prep School. The standard of play by both schools and at all levels was impressive. It was a pleasure to watch competitive matches being played in such a very good spirit. I am grateful to the many parents who came to support. Our netballers have also played in some successful fixtures. Indeed results and the enthusiasm of our girls of all ages suggest that our netball is in very good shape.

I receive daily news articles from the Independent Schools Council which cover all manner of educational issues, some rather tediously going over tired old debates without bringing anything new to the table but many of interest as they engage with very topical issues of relevance and interest to educators and parents.There is an ongoing debate about whether League Tables are a good thing or do damage. I feel that they would do enormous damage, like any statistic, if not placed in context by those who use them. But I also believe that educated adults will view the data intelligently and perceptively and that to conceal that data is patronising. I will therefore be sending to parents next week the most recent League Tables of A level results.