The Headmaster's reflections on the week,
There was an air of excited anticipation in the School on Thursday at the prospect of Halloween. As dusk fell on the playground, St Christopher’s seemed rather quiet and empty. I suspect that most of our pupils were out seeking treats. I overheard Mr Holt explain with a dose of irony to one of the more excited children that his treat was to oversee Prep Club that night. The Prefects’ Assembly on Thursday looked at the historical origins of Halloween, and some of the older children have looked at the stories behind Samhain, All Hallows’ Eve, and Dia de los Muertos amidst all the anticipated Haribo. Halloween, for good or for worse, has become part of childhood and I am delighted that so many children were having fun yesterday evening.
I received from a teacher at Brighton College this evening the following comments on our Year 7 pupils: “I just wanted to let you know how impressed we all were by your pupils today. Without exception, they were polite and engaging. They showed friendship to each other and indeed to a boy from another school. They were certainly great ambassadors for St Christopher’s”. I take enormous pride from the very positive comments our pupils earn when they visit other schools and other sites, and was delighted to hear many of these in relation to our Year 8 children, who visited London and Dorset before Half Term. I wish every pupil who sat the Brighton College assessments the best of luck as they wait for their results. They should take great pride from the fact that they have done their best and with minimum fuss. The Pre-Testing is now over and I am confident that all of our Year 7 pupils will receive offers from schools to which they are very well suited.
I wish our Year 6 players the very best of luck in Taunton on Sunday where they are playing in the IAPS National Football Tournament. Let’s hope that they are buoyed by an England win in the World Cup Rugby Final.
I wish you all a sweet-free weekend.