Friday, 24th June 2016
Many congratulations to all the Year 8 boys who received their Common Entrance results last week. There were some very good marks and, as a result, many happy pupils. With this hurdle behind them, these boys only have two more weeks at Christ Church and I very much hope they enjoy their final days before their exciting transfer to their senior schools.
We had a genuinely lovely service in the Cathedral this morning when five members of the Supple family were baptised by the Sub Dean, Father Edmund. It was a wonderfully joyous occasion and it was lovely to see so many people at the post service coffee afterwards.
Before the baptisms, I took the opportunity to speak briefly to the school about the political events of the previous night; I thought it worth reproducing them here:
Before we start this important service of baptism, I just want to say a few words to you about the momentous political events which occurred during the course of last night; as I'm sure all of you know, this country voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union, a vote that not many people expected. I suspect, for many of you, that this will not be what you wished for (our own school poll showed 79% Remain and 21% Leave) and that many of you will be frightened or concerned; Britain has for very many years been a country which has accepted and welcomed people who have come here from other countries and I have no doubt that it will continue to do so. It has always been a country which has believed in freedom, in trade, in democracy and generosity and I have no doubt that this will continue to be the case. We are extremely fortunate that this school is a school which has pupils from throughout the world; I feel very strongly that it will continue to be such a school and that it will continue to be able to welcome people from all countries. It is in no one's interests not to.
This country is also one of the freest and wealthiest countries in the world where, I am sure, business will continue to prosper.
I am, as ever, very proud of every pupil in the school and know just how important to us, all parents and staff are, whether from Britain, Europe or beyond.
Let us rejoice in each other and in our differences and thank God that we have come here together today as one school community.
I look forward very much to seeing you all at Sports Day and Meadow Fair tomorrow. I am sure it will be a wonderful occasion.