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.

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.

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 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.

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!