Recent leaver and Second Monitor(deputy head pupil), Luke, talks about his time at Christ’s Hospital.
As Second Monitor, I’ve had the opportunity to attend prestigious events, including the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey. It was a special occasion as The King and Queen Consort were in attendance, along with other members of the Royal Family and heads of state.
I also enjoyed Founder’s Day and events organised by the Amicable Society of Blues, sharing stories with Old Blues. One recurring theme is the ongoing influence that CH has had on their life. The school helped them and in return, they want to give something back.
I played trumpet in the Band for six years and loved performing at events like the Lord Mayor’s Show and St Matthew’s Day. This year, we also played at the Tower of London to mark the 350th year of the foundation of the Royal Mathematical School at Christ’s Hospital. On days like these, you realise how unique CH is. In London, you’re like a tourist attraction. People stop to watch and take photos, and you begin to understand and appreciate the school’s history.
One of the musical highlights of the year is the Big Band concert. We perform in the theatre, which is like playing at a professional venue but with all your friends! I remember watching the concert in Second Form, looking up at the trumpet section and hoping I would one day be stood where they were. Senior students always influence younger ones and I’ve been much more aware of that as a Grecian.
I have loved sport too, playing football, rugby, cricket and squash, which I rediscovered during the pandemic. To be honest, I’ve not had much success in team sports, although I was captain and opening batsman for the cricket team. We had a good season in GE (Year 11), but this year has been challenging, especially with the bat. However, we maintained a great team spirit and celebrated small victories, like a good batting knock or a well-taken wicket. I’ve enjoyed the responsibility of the captain’s role too, as it builds confidence and leadership skills.
I will miss how close-knit the community is. You live in a boarding house with people of all ages and you become like a family. At the same time, you’re always meeting new people through music, sport, and activities, and the bonds you form can last a lifetime.
History has been one of my favourite subjects. When I was young, I visited places like the D-Day beaches at Normandy and this interest has been enhanced at CH, so I took history at A level. I liked Dr Wines’ teaching style, as his lessons were more like lectures, and Mr Keet taught an extended history course too, giving insights beyond the usual curriculum. It may well be that I continue studying history after a gap year.