Despite the vagaries of the British weather this has been a week rich in activities and fun for pupils of all ages. The Sponsored Walk supported by representatives of the various House charities we are supporting was a joyful event in warm sunshine. Rain stayed away just long enough for the Pre-Prep Sports’ Day, a lovely afternoon in which all children participated with enthusiasm, and the Piano Recital enabled sixty pupils to perform to a very appreciative audience. My thanks to all parents who supported these events and to those who volunteered to help.
The Year 5, Year 6, and Year 7 pupils have looked absolutely exhausted on their return from their respective trips this week, but it is clear that they have had terrific fun and thoroughly enjoyed spending time outside with their friends, occupied in activities which are so good for them in the broadest educational sense. So too the younger pupils, who have been out on a number of day trips to include a Mini Zoo, the Beach, the undercliff path, ‘Bistro Nantais’, Three Peaks and more. This is our first Trips Week and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the experiences they have had. My thanks to the many teachers who have given so much time to ensure that the children have had so much fun.
There was quiet in the school yesterday morning as pupils from Year 4 to Year 7 settled for their internal examinations. More than anything else, I hope that the process serves to help the children learn that sensible preparation, calm methods, and personal organisation make examinations very manageable and the outcome very fulfilling. Nerves are inevitable but not always a bad thing. Indeed it is often the things we get most nervous about that turn out to be the most rewarding. As the internal examinations began, the pupils in 8H were heading off for their Scuba Diving (they are kayaking on the Adur today). The Leavers’ Programme provides an exciting mixture of fun and learning, which those in Year 8 thoroughly deserve.
The St Christopher’s Day Service in our Back Court was a lovely occasion. The choirs sang beautifully, your children behaved impeccably, the words of the School hymn rang out over the adjacent roads, the Head of School read extremely well and Father Robert, Chaplain to Brighton College, was on sparkling form. Sadly, Father Robert is leaving Brighton College to become Chaplain of Highgate School. We will miss his visits, the generosity of his spirit and the warmth he so obviously has for St Christopher’s. I was only sorry that circumstances conspired to prevent parents attending this year, but there are many School events to come. Mrs Lomax’s Art Exhibition was a delight, showcasing the talents of a large number of pupils as well as the range and variety of the work which comes from the Art Room at the hub of the school.
The pupils in 8H, our Scholarship set, are enjoying their traditional day off school today, having managed the rigours of their Scholarship examinations. They approached those examinations with impressive maturity and the process will stand them in good stead for the future. I was delighted to receive so many positive reports from Brighton College about the way they conducted themselves. Indeed I received one correspondence commending them for their politeness, courtesy and support of each other as well as their willingness to mix with pupils from other schools. Those who sat the Pre-test for Hurstpierpoint College also seemed calm and purposeful. Parents should hear the outcome of both Scholarship and Pre-test towards the end of this week or early next.