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The four House Captains load up the minibus with our donation of sleeping bags and warm socks, delivered this week to local charity Off The Fence, who support homeless people in our city. Many thanks to the Parents’ Association for funding this.

Chris Webster, a Geography teacher and Housemaster at Brighton College led assembly on Thursday morning. He spoke about the aid work he did all over the world before becoming a teacher. It was a beautifully pitched presentation, accessible to all, but resonant in particular with those pupils who have studied earthquakes, hurricanes, and droughts as examples of disasters which have such an enormous impact on parts of the world. As Mr Webster talked about the journey on which his life had taken him thus far, I could not help but think of the journey that awaits our pupils, one on which they are just embarking.
 
 
He brought with him a rucksack containing a survival kit. Impressively, the children were able to name most of the items before they were brought out and shown (a compass, purification tablets, etc). Your children were asked to think about what they would put in a rucksack if they had to flee a disaster. Our Monday assemblies are aimed to give the pupils an opportunity to present and perform, Thursday assemblies are given by visiting speakers and by teachers, and on Friday we celebrate the achievements of the children over the week that has passed. Do ask your children about Thursday assemblies if you have the chance; they cover a number of themes and topics aimed to inspire but also to encourage thought and discussion.
 
On Monday we are marking Remembrance Day in line with the nation and a number of nations, a reminder of one of the worst disasters our world has had. Every year it brings to the forefront of my mind how lucky we are to live at a time and in a part of the world so free of disasters.
 

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