From the Head
I have great pleasure in welcoming you to St Christopher’s School. What an exciting time for you and your daughter! You are today making one of the most important decisions as a parent: you are choosing her school. I hope that exploring our website will encourage you to find out more about St Christopher’s and that, when we are no longer constrained by the current pandemic, you will visit us and experience our wonderful community for yourself.
We are a remarkable school, which enriches and transforms the lives of our girls. Our teachers are committed to ensuring our girls are nurtured, inspired and challenged as they go through their primary school years. Our forward-thinking, distinctive and creative curriculum motivates our pupils to broaden their minds and to push their academic boundaries. The education we offer provides our girls with outstanding academic preparation for a wide range of senior schools, helping them develop rigour, problem-solving skills and intellectual inquiry. I am forever amazed by the verve, curiosity and audacity our pupils display.
As a psychotherapist, a teacher and a school leader, I know these are formative years; our pastoral care is fundamental to what we do here at St Christopher’s, helping our pupils to build up the social and emotional skills which are essential for learning and life, to support future good mental health. Our approach, therefore, is a holistic one: we work with the children, with the teachers, with parents, with families to promote self-empowerment, self-care, inclusion, kindness, compassion and open-mindedness.
Play is absolutely essential for learning about the world, as well as providing all the benefits of having fun! It introduces new experiences, opportunities for children to take risks, and helps us to tackle issues which might worry children. At St Christopher’s, our pupils have adventures in the playground, in lessons and after school, in one of our many co-curricular activities. They flourish into risk-takers, friends, and resilient children. Our co-curriculum enables our pupils to discover new passions. By the time they leave St Christopher’s, our girls have developed curiosity as well as commitment and a sense of community.
Girls remember their happy years at St Christopher’s: they make lasting memories and friendships. It is always heart-warming and humbling when alumnae tell us about the wonderful things they are achieving as teenagers or as adults: St Christopher’s remains a very special place in their heart as they go about their lives.
I hope you will come and visit us soon. Only then, once you have met our staff and our pupils, will you truly experience how wonderful our school is. We look forward to welcoming you!
Ms Sandrine Paillasse