New Term at Christ Church Cathedral School
What a place for him to be happy and to learn that life is about endeavour
I always look forward to the beginning of September when the school will be echoing again to the sound of returning pupils. Brewer Street, the narrow street running from opposite Christ Church along the side of the ancient walls of Pembroke to our lovely collection of buildings, will become a hive of activity as pupils are decanted from cars, their shining new uniforms gleaming in the oddly early morning light.
New pupils will arrive accompanied by slightly anxious parents, parents whose anxiety will rapidly evaporate as their sons are introduced to their mentors and to their form teachers
Soon the boys will be taken over to the cathedral for the beginning of term service. The boys will sit under the beautiful wooded ceiling of the choir stalls looking towards the incomparable gothic ceiling, one of the pendant bosses of which has a collection of pupils’ work secreted there by the boys of 2014 waiting until the day, in many centuries time, when the pendant bosses will be taken down to be cleaned.
Lessons will begin soon thereafter. Boys are divided into sets from an early age in English and in Maths and then, in Forms 7 and 8, in French and Latin to ensure they make very rapid progress. In the afternoon, Games will take place on the most stunning playing fields in England, the potential Rugby players learning some of their first basic skills in the shadow of Merton Tower and within the sound of deep-throated Tom, the great bell hung in Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, Tom Tower.
What a place for a boy to go to school; what a place for him to be happy and to learn that life is about endeavour, about trying things out and, most importantly and most tricky to achieve, about being aware of others – as the old motto would have it “Non Nobis Solum Sed Toti Orbi Nati Sumus” or, as all our pupils would be able to tell you, “Not for ourselves alone are we born but for the whole world."
- Richard Murray, Headmaster