I thoroughly enjoyed our pupils’ performance of Macbeth at the Old Market Theatre as part of the Schools’ Shakespeare Festival. It was a beautifully staged and creatively produced performance, a showcase of what can be achieved when talented children are wholeheartedly enthused by the direction of a passionate and gifted teacher. Thank you to the many parents who supported the production and who no doubt helped with lines and rehearsal. There is more drama to come this term, and I am very much looking forward to the Year 5 production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda and the Reception and Year 1 Nativities.

The majority of our pupils have been sitting internal examinations this week and I must commend them for the calm purposefulness with which they have approached them. I am sure that their efforts will be rewarded when results are published and that your children will find successes affirmatory, but I am also very aware that internal examinations give to the pupils the opportunity to make mistakes and to learn from them, something of equal importance.

There was an air of excited anticipation in the School on Thursday at the prospect of Halloween. As dusk fell on the playground, St Christopher’s seemed rather quiet and empty. I suspect that most of our pupils were out seeking treats. I overheard Mr Holt explain with a dose of irony to one of the more excited children that his treat was to oversee Prep Club that night.  The  Prefects’ Assembly on Thursday looked at the historical origins of Halloween, and some of the older children have looked at the stories behind Samhain, All Hallows’ Eve, and Dia de los Muertos amidst all the anticipated Haribo. Halloween, for good or for worse, has become part of childhood and I am delighted that so many children were having fun yesterday evening.
Chris Webster, a Geography teacher and Housemaster at Brighton College led assembly on Thursday morning. He spoke about the aid work he did all over the world before becoming a teacher. It was a beautifully pitched presentation, accessible to all, but resonant in particular with those pupils who have studied earthquakes, hurricanes, and droughts as examples of disasters which have such an enormous impact on parts of the world. As Mr Webster talked about the journey on which his life had taken him thus far, I could not help but think of the journey that awaits our pupils, one on which they are just embarking.

As we finish the last full week of a long Half Term, and the weather starts to set in, there has been much to celebrate in school. Year 3’s Egyptian Day brought the excitement of dressing up to their study of an ancient culture; there were some splendid performances at both team and individual level on Wednesday; and a large number of Middle and Upper School pupils sang and performed on a range of instruments in Tuesday’s Teatime Recital.