Though sports fixtures continue into the last week of term this is the time of year when the creative and performing arts take the limelight. It was lovely to see a number of parents at our Teatime Recital on Tuesday afternoon and to listen to such a rich range of music and instrument performed by children from Year 3 to 8. Last night it was the turn of Year 4 pupils to perform ‘The Twits’ to a very appreciative audience. The children had great fun, showed confidence which belied their age and collaborated wonderfully well together. The production was a shining example of what can be achieved by passionate and committed Form Tutors when fully supported by their colleagues and by parents. On Monday, Mrs Lomax displayed to the school some of the lovely Christmas Cards our children have designed. I hope they will soon be adorning living rooms throughout Sussex.

It was lovely to see so many odd socks - in both senses of the word - in Assembly this morning, a symbolic community statement about the uniqueness of every individual within our School. I think we are all very keen that children at St Christopher’s, indeed children in general, recognise that we are all unique and that difference should be celebrated. The response of our pupils to a number of presentations and discussions to mark Respect Week have been refreshing and uplifting as often are the responses of children.

With Halloween over and Bonfire Night to come there has been the buzz of excitement in the school this week. I think we have all enjoyed the crisp, sunny days and the brilliant dusks which this time of year can bring. It is the best possible weather in which to view the starlings ‘dance’ above the ruins of the West Pier. I believe murmuration is the technical term. If you haven’t taken your children to observe it, I do recommend a trip at dusk. I can remember sitting with my own son and daughter on a bench on the seafront, a sense of wonder at one of nature’s great sights. Sadly there are fewer starlings now than there once were but the experience is still magical.

I had goose bumps this morning as I stood with a clear blue sky overhead, overlooking the sea of red blazers filling the back court whilst the Last Post was played flawlessly by ex St Christopher’s pupil, Alex T. This was preceded by some beautiful singing from both Schola and the Intermediate Choir as part of a very moving Remembrance Day service for the Prep School. Later on in the morning the Pre-Prep children held their own service, planting poppies in the flower bed as a symbol of Remembrance. Amidst the business of the school day it is quite special to witness the children taking time to stop and think of those who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Last Saturday afternoon I received a text from Mr Lawson telling me that our Ist VI Football Team had qualified for the IAPS National Finals for the second year running. Most of the best prep schools in the country are members of the Independent Association of Prep Schools and it is a very significant achievement for a relatively small two form entry prep school to be one of 16 schools in the finals of a competition entered by over 200 schools. Our football coaches and those boys who played have every right to be very proud. The finals take place in Taunton on Saturday 5th November.