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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ANOTHER WONDERFUL SET OF ENTRANCE EXAM RESULTS INCLUDING 4 SCHOLARSHIPS!
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