In the classroom this is the time of year when we begin to see the rich dividends of inspiring teaching and high expectations, reflected in the marked improvement that can be seen in the work of pupils from Reception to Year 8. Our Reception pupils are already meeting expectations and many already exceeding those for the year, while the Year 8 pupils at the top of the school are producing quality in their work beyond what they thought possible. It is wonderful to see the pride they take from this, whether five years old or thirteen.
I make no apology when I write that learning in the classroom is our priority – it should be the priority of every school – but a full co-curricular programme compliments that learning and provides the range and balance in the school week on which the children thrive. This Newsletter features a really wide selection of activities, a glimpse of the rich variety of life at St Christopher’s; from poetry to drama, from community work to musical performance, from visiting speakers to Reception Yoga and much more besides.
When the lights go out at Brighton Rugby Club, where our First Team are playing against Brighton College under lights, half term will be upon us and the children ready for a rest and time with family. I wish them and you a very happy half term.