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There was an appropriately white sheen on the playground on Thursday morning, with frost laying on ground, ‘frosty wind made moan’, in the wonderful words of Christina Rossetti, which we will all be singing at Thursday’s Carol Service. The Festive Season is upon us and excitement is building. Reports have been written, Year 1 have performed their Nativity to the delight of all who were there, and Schola has sung to the residents of Barford Court and at the Charity Concert at All Saints, bringing great joy to the residents and congregation respectively. I am looking forward to Courtyard Carols this evening, to the Reception Nativity on Monday, and to our Carol Service next Thursday afternoon.

The Year 5 production of Matilda was a delight for the children, their parents, and the many teachers and parent volunteers who supported. The pupils, as they so often do, rose to the occasion, and the joyfulness of childhood combined with the imaginative flair of a very creative director to result in a sparkling performance. Drama at St Christopher’s is in very good shape and continues to give to your children opportunities to build their confidence and their collaboration. Above all it was great fun. I hope that it lifted the spirits of all who were there as much as it did the Headmaster’s.

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.

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.
 
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.