The school assembly is the foundation of our curriculum and underpins the institutional values of St Christopher's School aiming to create, nurture and sustain a sense of community. It reinforces the positive school ethos urging pupils to reflect upon a set of universal values, such as love, peace, truth, co-operation and respect. These values act as the benchmark not only for religious education (RE) but for the development of personal, social and health education (PSHE), citizenship and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) aspects of the curriculum.
|Date||Our Assembly Topic||Say Cheese!|
|16th May 2017||
St Christopher's spent a day celebrating France as part of our language curriculum and based on the animation feature film 'Ratatouille' (set of course in Paris!).
Pupils, dressed as characters from the film and took part in an interactive cookery lesson at the cookery school of 'Madame Holland'. She disclosed the recipe for the dish Ratatouille during a lively assembly, inviting pupils up to the front to take part in its preparation. Chef Holland introduced the mastery of French cooking to pupils, all the while expanding the pupils French vocabulary as she worked through the stages required to make this classic French dish.
|28th April 2017||
Today we welcomed PCSO N.Simmons (E-Safety Officer for East Kent as part of the Kent Police Strategic Partnership Command). She spoke to Years 5 and 6 pupils about E-Safety.
St Christopher’s School identifies that the internet and information communication technologies are an important part of everyday life and we believe children must be supported to be able to learn how to develop strategies to manage and respond to risk so they can be empowered to build resilience online. As part of that objective PCSO Simmons delivered two seperate hour long interactive presentations on a number of topics with a particular focus on social networking.
Children were reminded of who to go to if they feel unsafe online including telling an adult they trust. In addition pupils looked at the CEOP Button (https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/) which is an essential tool in reporting things that have happened online that have worried you or made you feel unsafe. You will notice the CEOP button on every page on our school website as well as a plethora of additional E-Safety resources available here: /parents/resources-for-parents/
|27th April 2017||
Table Tennis star Darius Knight visited St Christopher's School. Darius is currently playing for England on the ITTF World Pro Tour Circuit and counts European Youth Champion, Youth Olympic Champion, British Men's Champion and a member of Team GB for London 2012 amongst his accolades. He is therefore well placed to come to St Christopher's to deliver a professional circuit training workout to the whole school in addition to holding a whole school assembly to talk about how he came into sport and his ongoing success as a professional sports star.
The presentation from Darius was excellent, focusing on the idea that we all have a talent but invariably it is hard work and practice that allows us to reach our goals. Do something you have a passion for and work hard and you can achieve anything. A good example of this theme is featured in a book by Matthew Syed entitled 'Bounce'.
|15th March 2017||
Our Digital Leaders held an Informative assembly to the whole school disseminating Information they had received from the Digital Leaders workshop at the Kent Police Training College in Maidstone on 7th February. This included the 'CEOP' reporting button and who to go to If you feel unsafe online. Congratulations to Amy, Liam, Emma and William for an excellent assembly and it is great to see pupils sharing knowledge, particularly about internet safety, to their peers. Please, over the Easter break, visit our website under "/parents/resources-for-parents/" and familiarise yourself with the plethora of resources available there and particularly the 'CEOP button' located on every page along the bottom 'banner' (pictured to the left - Those viewing this letter on line can click this picture!)
|24th February 2017||
We were delighted to have the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress visit St Christopher’s School to lead our ‘Friday Awards Assembly’.
The Lord Mayoralty is the highest office which the Canterbury district can bestow and it was an excellent follow-up presentation to the Councillor of Barton Ward (Oliver Fawcett) visit on 10th February 2017. The Lord Mayor delivered an excellent talk to pupils about the traditions associated with the Lord Mayor's role as well as a detailed and informative presentation of the regalia. Pupils were shown the Chain of Office, The Sword, Mace, Robes and the Burghmote Horn. Eagle eyed children will also have spotted the civic car in the car park on the way home! A position steeped in history and you can find out more information on the Canterbury City Council website. In preparation for the Lord Mayor’s visit, St Christopher’s School staff had prepared a writing competition. Years 1-4 had to answer the question: What would you do and what would you change if you were Prime Minster? Year 5 had to answer 'What would you do and what would you change if you were a local Councillor? and Year 6 had to answer 'Why is local democracy important?'. We were delighted with the response from children and the Lord Mayor, very appropriately given the nature of the questions, had the pleasure of presenting the certificates and a Waterstones book voucher to spend (and just in time for World Book Day). Well done to everyone who entered the competition. A special mention to Anna in Year 4 who was presented an award by the Lady Mayoress for donating her long hair to the Little Princess Trust, providing real hair to children suffering from hair loss. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and a wonderful opportunity for pupils to understand more about our local democracy as well as an insight into the rich history and traditions of our local area. A big thank you to the Lord Mayor
|13th January 2017||
We held a World Religion Day assembly to promote inter-faith understanding and harmony and to unite everyone, whatever their faith.
A variety of events are held around the world and people are encouraged to acknowledge the similarities that different faiths have.Special services are held around the world, celebrating similarities, creating understanding and showing how we can work together to create a better world.
At St Christopher’s School we took part in discussions, activities and assemblies about World Religion Day. Our assembly was led by year 6, who made presentations on their own and other religions to display to the school and share their passion, facts and even famous religious foods!
|14th November 2016||As part of Anti-Bullying week 2016 Mr Payne ,our DSL, delivered an excellent assembly on Anti-Bullying, introducing the themes of this years 'Power for Good' scheme as well as introducing why we are a part of the Anti-Bullying Alliance initiative. More information on the Anti-Bullying Week 2016 can be found at http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/|
|13th October 2016||Sarah Walker from NSPCC came to speak to our Key Stage 1 and Year 3 pupils today to remind them to Speak Out & Stay Safe. Pupils learnt, through intuitive and clear ideas, to speak to someone if they are unhappy or feel unsafe. Pupils received a certificate for being such excellent listeners and even practiced talking PANTS. More information on PANTS can be found at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/|
|10th October 2016||
Every year we celebrate Harvest Festival and this year we are raising contributions for our local Foodbank. We invited the Foodbank team in to school to hold our morning assembly so they could demonstrate to the children what it is they do, why, what they need and who the contributions go to.
It was an informative assembly and pupils look forward to bringing in their contributions for Wednesday as part of our Harvest Festival event.
|8th March 2016||Years 5 & 6 enjoyed a visit from PCSO Mandy Kimpton (Online Safety for East Kent). She discussed with pupils about potential issues that may arise online (from apps on devices to YouTube) and who to go to if you feel unsafe. An excellent and informative talk. Parents were invited to a seminar after school on the same day.|
|9th February 2016||
The whole school took part in Safer Internet Day 2016. Pupils enjoyed a whole school assembly presentation from Mr Payne. In addition classes took part in individual lessons designed to appeal specifically to the classes age group.
This assembly allowed pupils, staff and parents to focus their attention on internet safety above and beyond what is featured in our broad and balanced curriculum.
|8th February 2016||The whole school enjoyed our Chinese New Year assembly. Pupils at the school dressed up in either something red or as an animal from the Chinese Zodiac. In addition the children had lessons in Chinese from our Mandarin teacher followed by a delicious Chinese meal for lunch.|