As the week draws to a close my mind is exercised by the importance of reading to all children’s learning. There is statistical evidence galore to show that those children who read voraciously are far more likely to do well academically. The encouragement of reading is embedded in much of what we do at St Christopher’s but I also recognise that it is parents who first give a child that love of words and nurture in them a love of books. I also realise that some children are more reluctant to read than others. For those parents whose children do read widely, please do all that you can to sustain this. For those whose children are more reluctant, do keep trying to encourage them and keep searching for books they will enjoy.
In Assembly this week Mr Schaverien brought in his guide dog, Ritchie, a Golden Labrador. It was wonderfully inspirational to learn how, with the help of Ritchie, Mr Schaverien is able to visit most of the places he wishes to visit and negotiate obstacles which he might otherwise not be able to negotiate. Ritchie can take him through the concourse of Victoria Station and down to the Circle line, for example. I am sorry if your children have been badgering you for a dog since Thursday.