On Friday afternoon every boy and every girl in the Prep School was out on the games field, playing the same sport, surely a first for St Christopher’s and perhaps for any school. The girls are very excited about their cricket this term and I am sure this will remain the case though, as with anything which is a big departure from tradition, we will monitor it carefully. I raise my hat to the Head of Girls’ Games and her department for organising such a good venue at Henfield for the girls to play cricket. I am also delighted that the weather has been shining on our early season practice.
It was lovely to see so many of you at Hove Park to watch the Prep School House Cross Country Competition and a delight to see so many children enjoying the healthy competition which the event brings. Impressed though I was by the running of those who headed the field in the three races, I was equally pleased to see those who came in towards the back enjoying the event, all cheered on encouragingly by parents and children.
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to our choir sing the Fauré Requiem at All Saints Church alongside the All Saints Choir last Saturday and we were treated to another performance in Assembly on Thursday morning. It proved one of those many moments when I felt moved by and proud of the achievements of your children. I am sure that I will feel the same this evening after the Year 4 & 5 production of Disney Through the Ages. These performances reflect wonderfully on teachers such as Miss Huber and Mrs Griffiths but also on the very wholehearted support parents at St Christopher’s give to the performing and creative arts.
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.