From the Desk of the Headteacher
I am sure all parents will be delighted that your child is attending a really great school that performs well academically and offers so many enrichment opportunities in so many other areas including dance, singing and sports. We also have a wonderful After School and Breakfast Club. Our Acorns Day Nursery goes from strength to strength with more children and parents taking advantage of the wonderful facilities that OFSTED consider to be outstanding.
In the light of children sitting the Kent Test on Thursday, it was interesting to read on the kentlive.news website that St. Stephen’s Junior School had the second highest number of children in Kent being assessed as suitable for a grammar school.
We also see in the media about the importance of SATs tests, Maths and English scores and how OFSTED uses this to form a judgement of a school. These areas are important but so too is the development of life skills. At St. Stephen’s Junior we really value life skill development and make every effort to encourage children to feel good about themselves, have the confidence to succeed and develop the skills of independence, creativity, respect and care. With this in mind we have arranged an interesting visitor, Andy Salmon “ Sir Linksalot “ who will be working with children and teachers introducing them to the fun and easy way of linking any facts together, especially spelling.
Each term we choose a core value and ask children to record in their weekly planner ways to develop this skill for themselves. For this term we have chosen the theme of Respect as our school value- respect both for ourselves and others as well as respect for values, places, people, our environment and things. As our British value we have identified democracy and the rule of law as our focus for the month.
With this in mind, we ask all parents to help their children and us to provide a really positive learning environment and encourage a positive attitude to learning and the value of education. As part of this we would ask all parents to prepare their child for school by talking to them about their work, the activities they do and their relationships with other children. The more they do this, the more children will enjoy learning spellings, multiplication tables, reading, mathematics and science. If we as parents are seen to value schools and learning, our children will as well.
At the end of the last academic year two long serving members of staff decided to move on to new opportunities – Mrs Sue Roberts and Mrs Sue Erasmi. Both of these members of staff have been loyal, hardworking and very dedicated to St Stephen’s Junior School, the children, parents and our community. We wish them every success and happiness in their new paths.
We look forward to an entertaining and exciting year working with all our children and families.
Stuart Pywell (Headteacher)