From the Desk of the Headteacher
Update (29th June 2017):
A very interesting article titled 'Our national failings begin in the nursery' (Emma Duncan) discusses how early-years education holds a clue to the puzzle of why Britain is so much less productive than other rich countries.
The full article can be accessed in the referenced link below.
June is a time of warmth and sunshine and this month our special value is Creativity! Last week we shared some of our exciting work from Arts week and this week we are focused on the key creative aspect of scientific learning, with some amazing science experiments, involving rockets, balloons, electricity, dyes and heat sensors.
I was fortunate enough to attend a National Leaders in Education conference last week with a variety of well known figures from the media and sport talking about what qualities leaders show. Among these speakers was James Kerr who wrote a well-known book called Legacy, which talks about what the All Blacks rugby team from New Zealand can bring to us. Here James Kerr talks about how the All Blacks concept of humility is a crucial aspect in how they conduct themselves. It is well worth looking at on “you tube” and will be something we will be sharing with our children in the next few weeks.
This week children that have shown our core values of care, consideration and courtesy will be taking part in a special “duck tour” of famous London sights.
It appears that we will be having some warm summer weather, with children looking forward to the events in the last six weeks of term. As I mentioned in my last “Desk of the HT” the election will certainly bring interesting times with probably many new agendas at the educational table. We hope that the promised financial budget cuts of up to 20% over the next five years, will not have an impact on the opportunities we provide. We will, I expect, be living in interesting times.
We welcome all our parents and families to our Summer events - Beauty and the Beast at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Summer Fete, Laze on the Lawn, Sports Day and Swimming Gala.
Congratulations to all those amazing children that took part in the Mardi Gras showcase at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a complete privilege to see such amazing talent performing on a national stage. Well done to all, we are incredibly proud of each one of you and huge thanks to Jo Harrison for organising such a spectacular opportunity.
31st March 2017
Well, with the end of term almost upon us and the start of spring here at last, we see the warm weather and the chance for the children to have a well earned two week break over Easter.
This has been an exciting term with many things happening; ski trips, dance shows, open afternoons for year five on space and year six with world at war. Children have visited the Cathedral, the Beaney museum and our Tudor walk around Canterbury.
This term we have tried to reinforce the school values of curiosity, empathy and reflection. All of these could well be applied in all walks of life. We leave the end of this term with many exciting things to look forward to when we return here to school on Tuesday 18th April.
Enjoy your Easter break!
Best wishes Stuart Pywell
Welcome back to a new term and a New Year. For me this time of year is always a bit of a watershed – looking forward to the future and also looking back.
It marks a special time for me when I started here at St. Stephen's Junior on the 3rd January 1990! Quite a few years ago I had initially intended to stay for just a few years. How our life plans change in so many ways. On my first day here I was presented with an oak tree which we planted and, like our school, it has certainly grown. The school and the surrounding areas have seen quite a few changes, the building itself has got much larger and we now offer so much to so many children, for example our nursery, breakfast and after school clubs.
At the start of the New Year we remind our children of our core values: Independence, Respect, Creativity and Care. We try our very best to make this a great school by giving children every opportunity to develop the skills and the mind-set to be successful in their lives.
We believe that children are children and they need that opportunity to grow into caring, creative, respectful and responsible citizens. With this in mind our core value this month is responsibility; responsibility for themselves, their health, their belongings, their thoughts and behaviour towards others, and we ask all children to find opportunities to show this and record it in their school journals.
We wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to working with you in 2017.