It has been some time since we have produced our In Black & White because of lockdown shifts.
However, our College community can again be incredibly proud of the way we have been able to move through the levels of lockdown with certainty and confidence, enabled by a great deal of work by the College Executive, our teaching and non-teaching staff and the boys themselves. My thanks also to the families who have managed the complexities of online working and learning within their homes. The positive feedback from staff, parents and boys – alongside suggestions for improvement – will inform our approach, should such circumstances be repeated. As always, our focus has been to put the boys at the centre of everything we do, knowing they are surrounded by a great deal of support.
Your voice is important to us
For the past six years, the school has sought feedback – through an internationally benchmarked survey – on its practice and programmes. In 2016, this was a whole school survey. In 2017–19, parents and boys of Years 10, 12 and 13 were consulted and in 2020, given the disruption of Covid-19, Year 13 parents and boys were surveyed. This year, we return to a whole school survey of parents and boys, with a staff survey in Term 2, 2022. The outcomes impact on decisions to improve the quality of the Christ’s College experience. They have been extremely helpful and I urge everyone to have your say. We value your input. The parent survey will be released at the end of this week and available until 22 October, while the student survey will be open for two weeks from 29 October.
Our return to school and a shift to Level 2 have enabled one of our most successful senior sport seasons to unfold. Our 1st XI hockey team has won the local schools’ competition, our 1st XV has come within a whisker of winning the Miles Toyota Championship and our 1st XI football team has qualified undefeated for the final, with the same anticipation for our basketball side. This competitive success reflects four subtle – but significant – changes over the past few years. First, our school roll – at almost 700 – gives all our sporting codes more depth. Our coaching is of the highest standard and when combined with a balanced and effective strength and conditioning programme, we are ready to play. Our sports scholarship programme has also enabled us to compete. Each year at Year 9, College offers up to five focused sports scholarships, along with general excellence and sport scholarships for a small number of boys in Years 10–12 who apply directly to the school. When all these elements are combined, we have a belief within the school that we are the equal of any. By combining this belief with hard work, we know we can compete with the best.
Student numbers for 2022
Planning for next year is well under way, so please advise us if your son is not returning to College in 2022. It is agreed between parents and the school that a withdrawal or changes are notified a term in advance in order to avoid incurring a fees penalty that is equivalent to the costs of a term. If your son is leaving, please inform his Housemaster or Admissions Registrar Sarah Fechney by Monday 18 October, the beginning of Term 4.
Enrolments for 2023 and beyond
We are very fortunate to have strong demand for College places – now and in the future. If you have a younger son who is not enrolled for 2023, can you please do so by clicking here. Siblings are given priority but they need to be enrolled. We will hold interviews for siblings and parents in November this year. Admissions Registrar Sarah Fechney will be in touch to organise a suitable time.
Annual Giving Day is back on – Wednesday 3 November
After being forced to postpone because of Covid-19, our Annual Giving Day will now be held on Wednesday 3 November.
We are seeking volunteers to help out on the day. If you would like to be involved, click here. More information will be communicated over the coming weeks. If you have any queries, contact Shelley Keach on 03 364 6818 or email email@example.com.