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.
At the top end of the school, our thoughts have been with Mr Holt’s Form, 8H, who have been regarding the sunshine through the windows of an examination room all this week. By the time you read this, 8H will be embarking on the longest (and hopefully sunniest) Summer of their academic career. They, and indeed their parents, deserve a rest after all their hard work this year.
Exams are also on the horizon for 8L, as Common Entrance looms, and for Years 4 to 7 starting next Thursday. We are sometimes asked why formal exams begin so early at St Christopher’s. The answer is that, by the time our children reach Year 8, they have had ample practice of reading questions carefully, timing, checking mark allocation, and so forth. Our school exams, especially in Middle School, are designed to assess your children’s progress from year to year, and should not be seen as benchmarks to be passed or failed. Acquiring sound revision techniques, and learning from silly mistakes, as they rise up the school means that our children can give the very best impression of their abilities when it comes to the final exams that lead to Senior School. At this time, the best advice I can give you is to ensure that your children are sleeping well, eating well, and getting plenty of time in the fresh air; all of these are as vital to the process of exams as good revision.
I am looking forward to next week’s Gala Garden Party at Glebe Villas, where Pre-Prep are celebrating the upcoming Royal Wedding. I wish them (and Harry and Meghan) weather like this!