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Headmaster's End of Term Review

Wishing everyone in our school community a very happy Christmas...

Headmaster’s End of Term Review

At the risk of stating the obvious, 2020 has been, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an extraordinary year, not simply for St Christopher’s, but for the whole world.

Mindful of this, I must thank all the staff at school, both backroom and at the chalk face, for helping to ‘normalise’ the Michaelmas Term, so that while the children are in situ they may feel happy and safe.

We have, of course, experienced many special events during the term, one of which was the visit of Santa Claus. With seasonal attire straining at the midriff, he visited every single class to distribute presents kindly donated by the SCA (many thanks). Curiously, the ‘less’ discerning children claimed to recognise Santa. The fact that he spoke with a Welsh accent was merely a coincidence!

The Kindergarten and Lower School Nativity plays and Prep School Carol Service were performed at school this year without parental presence. As always, these traditional presentations tugged at the heartstrings, put a tap in one’s toes and brought a smile to one’s face. A huge vote of thanks to Mrs Gay and Mr Mannoukas from the Music Department and to Mr James from the Drama Department for assembling, orchestrating and producing performances of the highest order.

With the return of Miss Wooderson from maternity leave in January, I take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Mr James for all his hard work and wish him every success for the future

On the sport side, Mr Myatt, Miss Atkinson and Mrs Steeden have adapted superbly to Covid restrictions and involved all the children in a variety of activities. A full report will be posted on the website including House Competition results. The plan going forward is that St Christopher’s will, unless guidelines change, reinstate fixtures after Lent half term.

Another change this term was the 11+ examination process. Not able to sit tests at most senior schools as is the norm, a common suite of tests (ISEB) was introduced, to be hosted by respective Prep Schools.

Mrs Rudge was quick to assimilate all the information and, ably assisted by Mrs Stoneham, co-ordinate this new process. As a result, the majority of Year 6 children were able to sit mock ISEB online tests in preparation before sitting the ‘real thing’. A thank you to Mrs Rudge for all her endeavours in setting St Christopher’s up as an ISEB centre for the future.

The final week of term predictably lent itself to Christmas activities.

Monday: Penny Post (until Thursday) and Prep School Carol Service

Tuesday: Christmas Fun/Crafts Day and a visit from Santa.

Wednesday: Christmas Jumper day, Lower School Assembly, Christmas Lunch and Parties.

Thursday: Movie and Popcorn afternoon and a visit from ‘Gordon’ the Kindergarten Entertainer.

Friday: Prep School Final Assembly and half day finish.

Thank you for all your support throughout the term. Have a peaceful and safe Christmas holiday. See you all in January 2021.

Santa       Sir