St Christopher's School 90th Anniversary: 1928-2018
2017 has been a year of big changes at St Christopher’s. Our students have become experts at using ipads to support their learning. St Christopher’s nursery has also become part of everyday school life now, thanks to our excellent Early Years team. Next year, 2018 will also be the school’s 90th anniversary. This will be an opportunity to look back at our own history and assess the way education has changed over the past century. Students and staff will be celebrating this special school birthday throughout the coming year. One way to look at the past is through photographs. We've included two photos of sports in 1942 and sports photos taken this current term. Can you spot differences in the way students were taught?
Autumn 2017: Reception and Nursery
This term Nursery has been on an amazing journey, Pre-School children have been introduced to letters and sounds, had fun learning about Terry triangle, Sammy square, Robbie rectangle, Cindy Circle. Toddlers have explored the alphabet and have been focusing on colours. We have had lots of fun learning about texture through sensorial play such as making play dough and corn flour. We ended the term with a spectacular Christmas performance.
Reception have made a fantastic start to their first official year at school. They been focusing on festivals from around the world, working on writing independently, exploring numbers from 1-20 and have created some beautiful art work using different mediums and much more. The Christmas break is just what they need to recharge for a spring term of fun!
July 2017: Looking forward to the New Academic Year.
The summer term is a time to consolidate and assess the achievements of the past year and also to plan and look forward to the year ahead. In particular, 2017-18 will be a very exciting year for the school. We have purchased our first class-set of I-pads and will start a programme to use I-pads in everyday lessons. In the year ahead, we want our children to be able to use I-pads as naturally as they would use exercise books and text books. Using the internet and ipad teaching programmes like ‘Padlet’ and ‘Book-creator’ will give students the very best IT technology and resources, including 3-D virtual reality science, geography and history lessons.
In 2018, the school will also have its very first French PGL trip, at ‘Le Pre Catelan’ a converted French chateau in Northern France. Year 5 and 6 can look forward to a residential trip which will include adventure and team challenges as well as cultural excursions like a trip to a sea-life centre, a World War 2 museum and a French market.
This will be a great opportunity for our students to live in a French-speaking environment. We also want to put French language on the centre-stage at St Christopher’s. We would also like to congratulate Mrs Danielle Morton on her appointment as the new Deputy Headteacher. Mrs Morton has already brought a wealth of experience to the school when she transferred from St Helen’s School two years ago. She has been working behind the scenes to plan our new academic year.
Finally, St Christopher’s School will continue its mission and emphasis on preparing students for the 11+ exams through our assessment programme of termly tests, which include maths, reading, extended writing and reasoning tests. In common with other ILG schools, we believe that this is the best, most effective way to prepare our students for competitive exams in Year 6. In so doing, we have chosen to avoid over-relying on teacher-assessments.
As an independent school, our biggest advantage is that we are free to focus on what is important to our own students and parents. We believe we offer a way of teaching and assessment that is more focussed on 11+ exams than the National Curriculum SATs system. 2017-18 will be an exciting year at St Christopher’s School with new resources, new opportunities and a commitment to our core-mission of preparing our students for the best schools in and around London.
September 2016: The New Nursery
St Christopher’s School has a new Nursery in a self contained EYFS area of the school. Mrs Minisha Bist, our Nursery manager has a clear vision of what she wants to achieve. Although trained in Montessori teaching, Mrs Bist wants to also develop basic skills through structured activities, including phonetic awareness and a confidence with numbers.
"It's an honour to be the Nursery manager at St Christopher’s Nursery and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself - I graduated from the University of Westminster with a Ba/BSc in 2003 and followed this up with an international teaching diploma in Montessori and Early Years studies from MCI London. I have close to 10 years of teaching experience in both mainstream schools and the Montessori environment. As a nursery manager, in both my previous school and here at St Christopher’s, I love working with my team of inspiring teachers to ensure each child has their individual needs and strengths met. I aim to do this by providing them with a loving and creative environment that helps them progress as far as they can.
Also working alongside me is our senior nursery teacher, Mrs Neelam, who has immense knowledge and experience in the nursery sector. She has 9 years of experience and is Level 3 qualified and Level 4 qualified in Leadership and Management. She brings all this to out nursery and can give your child the very best care and tutelage.
It's a real privilege to be part of the St Christopher’s team where each child is viewed as an individual with unlimited potential. This mirrors my own deep passion about the role of Early years education in creating a solid foundation that will go on to help transform your little ones into dynamic leaders of tomorrow - ready to make their own special mark on the world!
I look forward to getting to know all of you and your children."
July 2016: The New School Building
2016 has seen a major internal rebuilding project. Yet we want, above all, to keep the essential aspects of the school unchanged. We have tried to keep the façade and frontage of the school as it was. We have also kept to our core values of having small classes and excellent teacher to pupil ratios.
We may even have returned to the way the school once was, as we have reintroduced a nursery. Above all, our children love their new school building and the sense of positive excitement on our first day of term, on 5th September was very evident. There will be further developments in the building during the course of the year with a redevelopment of the front garden area and a resurfacing of the rear playground planned. This is in line with Inspired Learning Group’s commitment to investing in the resources and building of all its four schools. It’s an exciting time for the school.
Mrs Alison McNeill, our beloved and respected Headteacher, passed away on Tuesday 16th February 2016 after a period of illness.
Mrs McNeill had been at the heart of the school for 35 years. During this time, she progressed from Senior teacher to Deputy Headteacher and then finally Headteacher. She was instrumental in the school's development and success and her wonderful, warm personality has made St Christopher's a happy place to be.
We would particularly like to thank all our parents for their generous and heartfelt support for Mrs McNeill during her illness. As a mark of our respect, St Christopher's School will be closed on Tuesday 15th March 2016, to allow staff and parents to attend her funeral. An extra day will be added to next year's calendar to compensate for this.
Anyone wishing to attend the funeral should contact the school office for details. Ali's family have asked us to give this message:
" You are invited to bring a single flower and lay it near Ali's grave, and wear normal attire rather than black clothes. Ali clearly touched the lives of many, some of whom are unknown to us. So please feel free to pass these details to others who might want to attend. Children will of course be welcome."
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