The school council meet regularly and discuss ideas on how to help the school and the local community. After a recent spell of particularly cold weather they decided to raise money for Porchlight, a charity that helps homeless people in the Canterbury area. 80 children will be taking part in a sponsored sleepover, either outside in our Forest School or in the school hall.
Nathan from Porchlight came and delivered a whole school assembly. He explained the work they do and gave examples of great success stories. The children are very excited and are hoping to raise as much money as possible for this very worthy cause. As well as the sleepover there will be a cake sale and a non-uniform day to raise additional funds on 25th May.
Year 3 had a fantastic time learning all about how the Romans lived. They investigated various artefacts found by archaeologists in Canterbury such as brooches, a whetstone and an oil lamp. The children got ‘hands on’ at the Roman museum where they made flour using a quern-stone, turned their hands to being minters, made their very own Roman coins with the Emperor’s head on, and even had a go at besieging an enemy hill fort using their catapults.
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