I love seeing our pupils out on mass enjoying the sunshine and the events which are so much a part of the Summer Term as it draws to an end. The sponsored walk was a splendid event with almost every child in the school enjoying the fresh air on the Hove Seafront, whether they sauntered, jogged or ran with real intent. It was lovely to see so many parents enjoying the occasion. Our Pre Prep Sports’ Day was also very well supported and made for a super family occasion. The youngest children revelled in the events provided and I was very impressed indeed by the way they competed and supported each other. I would like to thank all who supported these events.

The whole of the Pre Prep were learning on the beach on Wednesday, supported by some of our Year 8 pupils. Beach Huts were measured and volumes calculated; sights, sounds and smells were absorbed to stimulate creative writing; and the children all enjoyed a thoroughly different learning environment. Today they are at Wilderness Woods where they will be equally stimulated by very different surroundings. A Year 5 Geography trip to the Seven Sisters Country Park, a seven mile walk on the South Downs for some of our Year 8 pupils, rounders and cricket fixtures galore, such is the week after Half Term, a week which will be more fully established and consolidated as Trips Week next academic year. I am extremely grateful to the many parents who accompany the pupils and make such an ambitious programme possible.

On Thursday morning I was very pleased to be able to congratulate all those who sat Scholarship on winning a place at their chosen Public School. There were four Academic Scholarships to Brighton College to add to the three already won to other schools and the All Rounder and Sports’ Awards already announced. More important than the numbers of awards won, however, is the progress that every pupil in Year 8 has made over the course of their final year. I have been extremely impressed by the ambition and diligence they have shown and I am confident that those sitting Common Entrance in just over a fortnight will also do very well indeed.

I always enjoy our St Christopher’s Day Service from the moment the first red blazer exits the school gates followed by a sea of red on the way to St Philip’s Church. The choir and congregational singing was lovely and Father Robert, Chaplain to Brighton College, in his own inimitable way, gave a homily on the subject of love using jelly babies as well as his understanding of Latin to convey a message enjoyed by all.

It was fabulous to see the sunshine properly this week, and we have been making the most of it. The Pre-Prep enjoyed a Football Tournament, and visits to Fishers Farm and Newhaven Fort, both of which will feature in next week’s Newsletter. Sports matches went ahead unimpeded for the first time this term, believe it or not, and some great results can be found on the Sports pages. On top of this, Thursday’s Assembly started with a variety of solo and choral singing, which put a spring in our steps for the rest of the day.