Yr 5 English set visit the Folkestone Literary Festival

IMG 0429Mrs Philip's English Y5 set received a lovely letter from the wonderful author/illustrator, Marcia Williams, following their visit to the Folkestone Literary Festival this week. Marcia was delighted to receive copies of the children's fabulous 'Romeo and Juliet' storyboards, which were inspired by her comic-strip retellings of Shakespeare's plays.

"Dear Year 5,

I was lucky enough to meet you all at the Folkestone Book Festival.  Thank you so much for giving me copies of your wonderful Romeo and Juliet comic strip retellings, I did enjoy looking at them all. I thought that you had all done a really fabulous job!  

I liked the fact that they were all very different and some of the artwork was outstanding. I also liked the fact that some of you used stick people, because these can also work very well and be very expressive - as you have proved!

Thank you also for being such a great audience and joining in  with everything.  I had a wonderful time and I hope you all did too. Good luck with all your future projects and thank you again, it was a pleasure to meet you all. Very best wishes, Marcia"

Trip to watch Rugby at Twickenham

Children and staff from the school enjoyed a terrific day out at Twickenham watching England play Fiji. They saw the players off the bus and then into the stadium to play the game. The weather was bright but very chilly and the game was very fast and full of fun.

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Children in Need

DSC 0017Lots of children have been celebrating Children in Need day by wearing their ears, jumpers and onesies. A big thank you to all the children for their support in raising money for this worthwhile charity.

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Shining a light on bullying

antibullying1St. Stephen’s Junior School in Canterbury are shining a light on bullying, how to spot it and how children can take positive action with this year’s theme: “Power for Good”. During national Anti- Bullying week they invited local MP Julien Brazier to see their launch assembly and meet the school’s current Head boy, Head girl, Deputies and Peer Mediators.  Pupils were welcomed by the Choir’s rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Mean”, a song which she  wrote about her own experience of bullying.  The assembly focussed on spotting the signs of bullying.  Head teacher Stuart Pywell emphasising that “words can hurt” and pupils were encouraged to speak out and take positive action.

antibullying2This week in school Peer Mediators are giving out Family Activity packs and helping children fill out their Anti-bullying survey online.  Peer Mediators are trained in conflict resolution and over the last year have helped to support peers with fall outs. 

During a breakfast interview Mr Brazier took time to talk to the school’s Head boys and Head girls and have a tour of the school’s newest facilities since his list visit, in particular the Year 6 building. Mr Brazier was open about his own experience at school and said he had been bullied at school, he felt it was because he was different. Pupils quizzed him about his role as MP, his views of the general election process and British Values.

Remembrance Day - Honouring the Fallen

Year 6 children from St. Stephen's journeyed to the lower market in Canterbury on Friday the 11th November to take part in the Remembrance Day ceremony to honour all Servicemen and women from the armed forces who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The image to the right below is an excellent example of the creativity of our Year 3 children, who showed their support by making a beautiful poppy wreath.

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