Welcome to St Christopher's...
If you believe that children should: be curious yet rigorous, be challenged yet have fun, be an individual yet part of a team, and that resilience, initiative, perseverance and respect are important qualities to develop - then come to visit us and see firsthand what we have to offer.
What a wonderful introduction to the St Christopher’s community this week has been: the warmth, exuberance and palpable joy that radiates through the school once our girls are in its corridors and classrooms is infectious, and the best tonic for the dark January mornings and chilly winds that have whipped across North London this week. It is heartening to see our girls starting the January term with such energy and excitement, full of myriad tales of holiday adventures, books read and presents opened: I have loved chatting to the girls on the gate in the mornings, and visiting them in their lessons this week – their unique wit and charm has engaged me since my first visit to St Christopher’s, and it is so exciting to be finally able to invest time in getting to know them all personally.
Walking into the girls’ lessons, it is hard to believe that our youngest pupils in Reception only started school a few months ago: they now seem perfectly at home in their surroundings and their confidence and excitement in the dance lesson I “danced” into was irresistible. That confidence and the thrill of learning only seems to increase as I observed the older girls’ learning – testament to the outstanding creativity, rigour and dedication of our superb staff team: from dancing in Reception, to Mandarin ribbon songs in Year 1, to dramatic historical re-enactments in Year 3, to an exploration of the power of music in advertising in Year 4, the breadth and richness of the curriculum for our girls here is impressive.
A heartfelt thank you for the overwhelmingly warm welcome and support that I have received from all parts of the St Christopher’s community – the beautiful cards and letters, the warm words in the playground - have all served to make me feel at home incredibly quickly – thank you. I feel truly privileged to join such a wonderful school community at a particularly exciting point in its history, and look forward to meeting all of you at some point in the coming term.
With warmest wishes for the happiest start to 2018.