Happy Christmas to everyone from Sir...
As Mr Graeme puts the final touches to the Christmas tree and the school post box creaks and bulges from the weight of hundreds of cards, it is confirmed that, as Noddy Holder of ‘Slade’ fame screamed, ‘It’s Christmas’.
We are, once again, indebted to St. George’s for allowing us to celebrate our Carol Service at such a wonderful venue. Well done to the choir, musicians, readers and, of course, Mrs Gay for organising a truly beautiful service.
Back at school, it was a delight to see Kindergarten and two Lower School groups enjoy the opportunity to present their respective nativity plays to an adoring family based audience. To contain 40+ 2-4 year olds and then 60 5-7 year olds on a petite apron stage and prepare them to follow a script and sing in reasonable harmony is a huge achievement.
Congratulations to Mrs Jones and her team for the Kindergarten production and indeed to Miss Wooderson and all the Lower School for their efforts. I take this opportunity to wish Miss Wooderson "Good Luck" as she begins her maternity leave next term. Hopefully her ‘stable’ will be a little more user friendly than Mary’s.
Sporting success took many forms in the Michaelmas Term. Several pupils qualified for the National Biathlon Championships held in Nottingham and recorded the following GB ranking.
Nathaniel Sawyer 8th Chloe Shiu TBC
Thomas Curtis TBC Poppy Traynier 18th
Jessica Shiu 30th Emily Rogers 56th
Ollie Rollinson 29th
A huge thank you to Miss Atkinson for producing another talented crop.
This year was the first time of competing in the ISA Swimming championships. We have 8 individuals who qualified to represent London South at the ISA Championships on Saturday 30th November. The team comprised Nathaniel Sawyer, Jessica Shiu, Poppy Traynier, Chloe Shiu, Hannah Griffin, Anya Coutinho, Scarlett Absalom and Emilia Adese.
The U8, U9, U10 & U11 also won the Farringtons Swimming Gala.
Well done to the U11 Rugby team who, despite having a small squad, mixed it with bigger schools, such as Trinity, Eltham and Bickley Park, to predominantly positive ends. The highlight of the season was a narrow 10 – 5 loss to Breaside in the St. Christopher’s Tournament final. Meanwhile, several Netball Tournament performances worth noting include
U11 2nd in St. Christopher’s Tournament
U10 1st in St. Christopher’s Tournament
U11B 1st in Colfe’s Netball Tournament
plus victory at Merton Court and Blackheath Cross Country meetings.
Merton Court Overall team victory with year group results as follows:
U11 Boys won
U10 Boys won
U11/U10 Mixed team 2nd
U10 Girls 4th
U11 Girls 6th
Blackheath Overall team victory with year group results as follows:
U8 Girls 1st
U9 Girls 2nd
Thank you to Hector Rose (Head Boy) and Hesper Holden (Head Girl) who laid a wreath at Beckenham Memorial on behalf of the school. Overseeing the event from the staff were Mrs Rudge and Mrs Craig.
As a second St. Christopher’s minibus makes its way across Africa to Malawi, it should be noted that the replacement bus was part paid for by the SCA. As part of their programme, one of the main events is the Christmas Fair and this year’s offering was simply fantastic. A huge thank you to Joint Chairs Jenny Himsley and Jenny Ioseliani and all the SCA team who give so generously of their time to support the school.
We welcome to St. Christopher’s, Mr Ben James, who will cover Miss Wooderson’s maternity leave from January 2020.
Mr James is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He is an experienced Drama teacher and Lamda coach running courses at both Ursuline Preparatory school in Wimbledon and the Hampshire school in Chelsea. He also has experience working in both TV and Theatre. We wish him a productive and enjoyable time at St. Christopher’s.
Mrs Purton (1996 – 2019). I remember clearly some 19 years ago meeting Mrs Purton for the first time. I had, as a tentative new Head, decided to venture into the unknown territory of the staff room at break time. Attenborough-like, I sidestepped the marking tables, swerved the medical cupboard and took refuge on the sofa. Enter Mrs Purton …..’Sir may I politely suggest that you sit elsewhere. That spot is Mr Sanceau’s!’….. Having made a similar mistake at Harrow School Common room previously taking Fortescue Smythe’s perch, I scuttled like a ‘timorous beastie’ back to the sanctuary of my study never to return to the staffroom again until invited!
Mrs Purton has, over the years plied her teaching skills from Reception to Year 6 and recently Year 3 in a part time capacity. She has combined class room duties with overseeing whole school tasks, such as attendance regulations, and the equally challenging charity post which included trips to Malawi and fundraising events.
Art has always been close to the heart of Mrs Purton. Her displays throughout the school are legendary as is her in-depth knowledge on the subject. In January 2020, she takes up a creative art based role which I am sure she will make a great success.
Words cannot thank Mrs Purton enough for everything she has done for St. Christopher’s. She has certainly been a bedrock during my watch, ever available as a support in anyone’s time of need.
All out best wishes go to her and her family for future happiness.
To conclude, I take this opportunity to thank you all for my predominantly alcoholic range of presents and to wish you a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.
See you on 7th January 2020!