The Spring Fair was a delightful community occasion with treats for all and a sumptuous collection of stalls providing fun and excitement for very oldest there to very youngest. My thanks to the Parents’ Association, staff and helpers who gave so generously of their time and energy to make the event such a success.

Over fifty pupils from Year 1 to Year 8 performed their LAMDA pieces to very appreciative audiences on Tuesday evening having refined pieces which they were due to perform at the time of the snow storms in March. The performances included mime, devised pieces, Shakespeare sonnets, and much more besides. It was a delightful evening of drama. It takes great courage to perform a solo piece with very few props where the emphasis is on character, stage presence and projection. LAMDA involves acting stripped to its barest bones and I was very proud of every single performer. A big thank you to Mrs Menadue and Mrs Edwards for such a splendid evening. On Friday, former pupil of St Christopher’s Dominic Ferris is visiting to help the rehearsal of ‘Les Misérables’. He is a wonderful musician who has directed the show in the West End. Our pupils are lucky indeed. Within the Newsletter I have included a piece advertising his upcoming show in London.

The first School Assembly of the term was led by our Head of School, Holly P. Holly used a story about mature elephants in Sri Lanka to illustrate a point. She informed us that these elephants were tied by a very thin rope from which they could easily break free never did. The reason for this: they had been tied as very young elephants with the same rope, failed to break from it when young and so stopped trying. There was a lesson for all of us about perseverance which Holly went on to explain and illustrate with considerable poise.

I am very keen that St Christopher’s pupils feel very much a part of our wonderful city community rather than apart from it and I think that is very much the case. The pupils here benefit enormously from going to school in such a vibrant city and I think that in many ways the school reflects the city and its energy. I was delighted that so many parents and children supported the runners at our water station for the Brighton and Hove Marathon. Thank you to all who gave up their morning for others. Particular thanks to Sarah Sherwood for organising the station. Well done to Mrs Ground, Mr Kilvington, Ms Pirie, Mr Patel, and our very own Mr Riley who completed the course and looked remarkably sprightly fifteen miles into the run. Apologies to anyone else who ran who we didn’t spot!

The Hall floor was infested by mice yesterday evening, not real mice but toy ones into which some of our Year 6 children had turned. The Year 6 production of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ was all that a Prep School play should be: imaginative production combined with the children’s natural enthusiasm to result in a really entertaining play full of accomplished performances and enjoyed by all. My thanks to the big team that ensured it was such a success but particular thanks to Hayley Moore for her flair and energy in directing.