Athletics takes place in the summer term for all pupils. A highlight of the year are the Sports' Days in which Houses compete in a range of events at Glebe Villas. Events include sprinting, hurdles, 500m, high jump, long jump, throwing the cricket ball, shot putt and relays.
This is very much a family day with picnic lunches followed by the annual Prize-giving. All pupils attend Sports' Day and Pre-Prep pupils also have their own dedicated Sports' Day with fun sporting events.
Every Form enjoys a 40 minute PE lesson in addition to two Games periods per week. The Physical Education programme at St Christopher's has been designed with the aim to give every pupil at the school the opportunity to learn and discover as many sports as possible.
Rounders is played in the Summer Term. We are lucky enough to have superb playing fields at Glebe Villas where we have two outstanding pitches.
Our teams benefit from extensive fielding drills and batting and bowling practice, which in turn reflects on our very good results. We currently field 8 rounders teams.
Netball is a very popular sport at St Christopher's. It's the longest running girls' sport, having started in 1999 with the introduction of girls to the school. As our numbers grew, so did our teams. We have enjoyed a number of successful seasons which include and undefeated 1st team in 2012/13 and 2015/16 season, the U11A team in 2013/14 and in 2017/18, winning the Lancing College Netball Tournament 2 years in a row and an U9A team who have only lost 1 match! Our U8s were undefeated last year so there is a lot potential moving up the school. We field 10 netball teams and play our games at the Southwick Leisure Centre. Our House Netball matches take place in the Lent term where the girls enjoy a competitive afternoon playing for their House.
The U13A team participated in the 2016 IAPS tournament at Roedean and finished as National Champions! Our U11A team also qualified for the IAPS National Finals in 2018 and won the Brighton College Pelican Netball Tournament 2018 in undefeated matches.
A fantastic effort from the St Christopher's team!
Girls’ Hockey at St Christopher's continues going from strength to strength. We play Hockey in the Michaelmas Term and have our practice sessions at the Blatchington Mill Astro, Sussex University Astro and Southwick Leisure Centre. Currently, we field 10 teams and every team has fixtures in this term.
We also have House Hockey where the girls play against each other in order to gain points towards the House Trophy. The enthusiasm for this sport is evident in the number of girls participating in weekend Hockey clubs, and this year our 1sts Hockey captain was selected for the County Hockey team.
St Christopher's plays Cricket in the summer term and uses the impressive facilities at Preston Nomads Cricket Club for coaching and home matches as well as the indoor facilities at Sussex County Cricket ground. The school is strong at cricket and many pupils have been selected to represent the county.
Girls' Cricket is an increasingly popular sport in Sussex and we start in Year 3 with formal coaching sessions. We play our matches at our home ground and at Henfield Cricket Club which we also use for some games sessions too. A growing number of our girls play at county level and this year our 1sts will play some hard ball matches.