Children from St. Stephen's Junior School were invited to be the Buster's Book Club representatives at the Reading Millionaires and Kent Literacy awards launch event on Friday 3rd March. Some of our most enthusiastic readers went along to meet Buster Bug and find out how many minutes of reading have been reached by Kent schools taking part in the Buster’s Book Club initiative.
The children and staff of St Stephen's Junior School dressed as their favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day on March 2nd. It was wonderful to see so many imaginative and original costumes! Our day began with a special performance of Eoin Colfer's 'The Legend of Spud Murphy'. Mr Bowles made a particularly terrifying librarian (thankfully nothing like our own librarian, the lovely Mrs Chidgey).
Children then swapped classrooms to hear the stories they'd signed up for; the identities of the storytellers came as a surprise to all. We hope that many will have been inspired to read on, or find other books by the same author to enjoy at home. During the afternoon, children got creative, designing 'Book Spuds' to resemble their favourite fictional characters. We think you'll agree that their creations were truly spudtacular! A prize potato was chosen from each class and the winners received an invitation to Mrs Chidgey's Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
Also known as Shrove Tuesday, it represents the day that preceeds Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. St. Stephen's celebrated in style with pancake races at the end of the day. Some staff, aka Mr. Bowles, were a little on the hungry side of things.
He never got to race because he remained transfixed by a mountain of pancakes, but the children all raced to their hearts content and it was hard to pick a clear winner. We therefore announced everyone to be winners!
Born to Shine is an internal event for the enjoyment of all school students. In a unique role reversal the student becomes the master! Teachers who take part must learn a new performing arts skill that the student possesses. This results in a performance for the enjoyment of all St Stephen’s Junior school children, a show that is always met with thunderous applause.
Rehearsals are now taking place and individuals are busily mastering their acts. The final show will take place on Friday 31st March 2017.
Childhood is a Music, Dance and Art showcase. An evening of music and dance performed by the children of St. Stephen's Junior, the Infant Schools and guests. It will be held at the Gulbenkian Theatre on Thursday 16th March 2017. For ticket costs and more information, please click HERE
Our School Council, Mr. Pywell, and Mrs. Erasmi attended the launch of The Smoke Free Poster Campaign. St. Stephen’s Junior were runners up with Athena Martin’s beautifully painted poster.
The signs have already been put up at both gates at St Stephen’s encouraging parents not to smoke at the school gates. It has been a very successful campaign and we are extremely proud of all the children that took part. The entries are displayed in our reception. Another successful event organised by our pro-active school council. We hope to make our runner ups poster by Athena into a sign and display it too at our gates.