Celebrating Art weeks and Diversity: Our Creative Curriculum

The whole school gathered to share their art work throughout our Creative Curriculum week in a celebratory assembly on Friday 25th May.  Miss Harrison and Mrs Page began with everyone participating in a singing and dancing medley with music from around the world. Mr Martin, Arts Coordinator, then began show-casing and explaining the art that had been explored this week across the school.

Year 3 presented their visual extravaganza of class rainforests, incorporating colour, animals and foliage made from a range of materials. Elm class shared some colourful tin art and enjoyed their Mexican food tasting this week.  

Arts week Diversity May18Many classes focussed on a famous piece of art “The Great Wave”, a wood block print by Japanese artist Hokusai. Pine class created a class collage replicating this image and classes in Year 6 evaluated this piece of art. Elsewhere in Year 4 artists from Italy and Kosovo were explored.

Year 5 focussed on Japanese art and themes of Blossom and Origami. Pupils from Japan shared their talents by teaching other pupils Origami whilst others used a technique of Macro photography to photograph blossom around the school grounds and create their own work in this style, with some stunning results. In Apple class a theme of traditional Japanese art was explored with a Stork theme.

Year 6 had themes of Germany, Spain and Urdu in them. Repeating patterns of Islamic geometric art were explored and a huge Spanish flag was created from tissue paper formed the back drop to Cherry classes display with Spanish themes of fans, flamingos and bull fighting. Arabic calligraphy was displayed alongside printing techniques.

Mr Martin announced this as being “Our most successful arts week yet,” and welcomed parents to come and view our gallery in the school hall. Many parents attended and supported this, commenting on how impressive and diverse the work was.

School Council raising awareness of homelessness with a sponsored sleep over

FS 25May18Friday evening, the 25th May, saw 78 children across all year groups at St. Stephen's take part in a sponsored sleepover around our Forest School enclosure in support of PorchLight. The school council meet regularly and discuss ideas on how to help the school and the local community and after a fairly recent spell of particularly cold weather they decided to raise money for Porchlight, a charity that helps homeless people in the Canterbury area.

Celebrating cultural diversity day

This year our Arts week and school value is themed around Diversity: understanding that we are all unique and different. Here at St Stephen’s, an amazing 38 different languages are spoken by our children and their families. We are planning to celebrate diversity through our Creative Curriculum with activities involving Art, Music, Dance, Language and Food during the school week.

Diversity Day                 Food Extravaganza                 International Food Tasting

Each class will be exploring a different country, as well as international art and artists with a finale of Born to Shine performances on Friday afternoon. Read our letter to parents HERE

Follow us on Twitter

twitter picTwitter allows short messages, photographs and videos to be shared. Many schools now use Twitter to share regular updates with parents throughout the school day, to keep parents informed about life at their child’s school.

We have been using Twitter as a school now for the past six years (@SSJSCanterbury) and as well as keeping parents up to date with a normal school day, we have been able to keep parents updated whilst on school trips, such as the skiing trip, bushcraft and PGL, as well as during special events such as music concerts and assemblies. We look forward to seeing more of our parents take advantage of this innovative way of sharing their child's journey through school! There is a link to our Twitter feed on the school website.

Business Directory

Business Directory - Would you like an opportunity to advertise your talents? Are you looking for the services of local businesses?  We recognise there may be quite a few members within our school community offering (or looking for) such services and because of this we are looking into compiling a directory of local businesses and services on our website.

For business owners, this could be your chance to share what your business has to offer. For a voluntary contribution, which would go towards the management of the website, your advert would be included so that you have another way of connecting with your local community! At present the idea is to host information on a separate page on our website which can be visited should anyone be looking for a service offered by someone within our school community.

If you’re interested please contact the school office or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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