St. Stephen's Junior School joined the rest of the world in focusing on Safer Internet practices this week. The slogan this year for Safer Internet Day is “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”, and we're lucky to have the assistance of our very own Digital Leaders who during Monday's assembly introduced their idea of a competition for the best e-Safety poster.
Digital Leaders are children who volunteered to undergo e-Safety training hosted by Childnet, and run by staff here at the school. During the 10 weeks they learned about cyberbullying, staying safe online, and many other important aspects of e-Safety. Pupils this week in years 3 & 4 will receive a snakes and ladders e-Safety game, and pupils in year 5 & 6 are completing an e-Safety Questionnaire. Our Digital Leaders will be helping analyse the results and feeding back to parents.
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!
We are delighted that St. Stephen's Junior School is considered by Ofsted to still be a very very good school. I'm sure all parents will be pleased with the mandate OFSTED has given to the work we are doing here at the junior school and I'm also sure you would like to congratulate all of the children, the staff, and the Governors of the school.
I agree with the Ofsted Report that "This is a fantastic school which provides incredible opportunities for all our children" - S Pywell (Headteacher)