For the first time in our school’s history, the Head of School made the traditional start of term speech via Zoom to the individual class bubbles.

It is very uplifting to see pupils of all ages arriving at the various school entrances each morning, some after an absence from school since mid-March. The back court and front playground are once again full of vibrant energy and I have enjoyed seeing the purposeful approach in classrooms as pupils forge those vital relationships with each other and with their teachers. New pupils and those who are used to St Christopher’s have settled remarkably well and have quickly adapted to the changes in place to provide a safe and fulfilling learning and playing environment.

The classroom layout is different, timetables and schedules are slightly different, hand hygiene and cleaning regimes are very rigorous. Sport, music, drama and activities have been adapted as have arrival and dismissal times, though much is the same. I am very grateful to you, our parents, for taking the changes in your stride. It is incredibly important for children and for childhood that schools are open and that they remain open and this will depend as much as anything the school does on sensible social distancing at the gates and in the playground at pick up and drop off time.

It saddens me that we are not able to invite parents into the school for a whole variety of occasions and events, but we will continue to deploy the technology available to ensure that you feel very much a part of our community.

Last Friday, you should have received a copy of the 2019-20 Yearbook, celebrating the achievements of last year, and our life before lockdown. If one of these did not make it home, please contact the Office. Our weekly Newsletter will offer you a window into the life of the school and give you a glimpse of all that our teachers and pupils are doing. I hope you enjoy the first edition of the new academic year and that you are able to make the most of a sunny weekend with your children.

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