On Tuesday 13th March, children at St. Stephen's Junior were incredibly fortunate to be visited by the brilliant author of The Dreamsnatcher Trilogy, Abi Elphinstone. After an inspirational talk encouraging a love of reading and writing, she undertook to meet with the children and sign the books of a few very eager fans.
Abi grew up in Scotland where her weekends were spent building dens in the woods, jumping into icy rivers, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. Read more about Abi on her website at http://www.abielphinstone.com
World Book Day was celebrated by St. Stephen's a week later than usual thanks to the creative efforts of Mother Nature and the snowfall last week, but that didn't stop children and staff from turning their enthusiasm and creativity levels up to 100% in a fantastic celebration of reading. The school was filled with colourful and creative book-themed costumes and the child with the most imaginative costume in each year group won the Friday Cup. The winning costumes can be seen in the gallery below.
In the afternoon the whole school took part in a reading treasure hunt around the school – the winning child from each class has been invited to a Mad Hatter’s Tea-Party in the library next Thursday. All of the children were presented with their own copy of our published book of short stories.
60 staff, children, and parents from St. Stephen's Junior visited Macugnaga in Italy from the 28th January to the 2nd February 2018 on the annual St. Stephen's Junior ski trip. Prior to our arrival snowfall had been heavier than on previous trips and provided for excellent skiing conditions throughout the week, with clear, calm, sunny days and only a little snow creeping in on Thursday the 1st February.
Arriving at the hotel in Pecetto village early Sunday afternoon, children spent the following week skiing, ice-skating, visiting an old mine in the nearby village of Staffa, followed by an exhilirating ride up a cable car to the mountain top where spectacular views stunned all into silence. There was little cloud cover up the mountain this year, which presented with even more dreamlike views than before. The group arrived back in Canterbury at around 8pm on Friday the 2nd February. What an adventure!