We were once again thrilled to take part in this year’s St. Nicholas Day Parade. Both our school Drumming Group and Lower School Choir took part in the parade this year. The children had great fun making music at this fantastic community event and have made some great memories. Well done to all the children who have worked so hard this term in preparation for the event.
On Wednesday 6th December the Upper School Choir were once again honoured to take part in this fantastic event and create some lovely, long lasting memories in Canterbury Cathedral. The Service was a great success and the children should be very proud of themselves for all their hard work in the lead up to the event.
Thank you to the ‘tigers’ for having us again this year, it is always a pleasure to perform for such a great cause.
On Saturday 25th November we left school bound for Twickenham around 10.45, with our packed lunches and several layers of clothes (it was supposed to be very chilly). The children and some staff, some in England shirts, were very excited asking constant questions: “Do you think we’ll win?”, “How big is the stadium?” and of course “Are we there yet?”. When we arrived at the stadium we were able to squeeze through the crowd to watch the England team get off the bus, a lot of the children (and Mr Jarvis) went quiet, I don’t think they realised how big these people would be!
After some chips and hot dogs we made our way to our seats! They were fantastic right behind the posts! We all stood to listen to the Samoan national anthem and sing “God save our Queen” as loud as we could! We then got to watch the “Siva Tau” (this is the Samoan traditional war dance, like New Zealand’s Haka).
With Chris Robshaw (Mrs Millstead’s favourite) and George Ford being co-captains, we were in for a real treat of a game! With English tries coming in throughout both 40 minute halves from Ewels, Brown, Lozowski, Daly and Ford and line-outs being dominated by Maro Itoje we had a very convincing win with the final score at England 48 Samoa 14.
What a day!, and we even managed to bring all the children home ! A truly great day for all the children, staff and parents.
We are delighted that St. Stephen's Junior School is considered by Ofsted to still be a very very good school. I'm sure all parents will be pleased with the mandate OFSTED has given to the work we are doing here at the junior school and I'm also sure you would like to congratulate all of the children, the staff, and the Governors of the school.
I agree with the Ofsted Report that "This is a fantastic school which provides incredible opportunities for all our children" - S Pywell (Headteacher)
Anti-bullying ambassadors film a video
in our Forest school to celebrate this
Staff and pupils at St Stephen’s Junior School were once again creative during Anti-bullying week
Last year classes voted for their Anti-bullying Ambassadors and throughout the year these pupils have a workshop on spotting the signs of bullying, report bullying to staff if they witness it, appear in a school video and present an assembly on bullying. The ambassadors work tirelessly and were recently rewarded with a visit to The Houses of Parliament in London.
“I’m passionate about helping our pupils to spot bullying and to speak out. I was bullied and I know how much it can affect children to the point where they may not want to go to school.”
During the week all pupils were encouraged to enter a competition and design a poster on the theme “All different, All equal”. The standard of entries was very high but winners include; Chelsea (age 10), Rosie (age 10), Rayyan (age 8) and Minerva (age 7). Their posters are shown below and copies will be displayed around their Year groups. Each received an Art prize for their creative efforts.
Year 3 Winner
Year 4 Winner
Year 5 Winner
Year 6 Winner
|Year 6 pupils and their odd sock display|
Pupils were encouraged to support the week by supporting the national campaign from the Anti-Bullying Alliance and wear odd socks!
The work of the anti-bullying ambassadors is crucial at St Stephen’s to support the school’s anti-bullying policy. This week classes have voted in new ambassadors for the coming year, Mr Pywell (Head teacher) echoed his support for the week;
“We were very proud of our Ambassadors when we visited London and The Houses of Parliament recently. We had the opportunity to meet our new local MP Rosie Duffield too which was a highlight for many of the children.”
Pupils in Year 5 & 6 can also complete Peer Mediation Training and support other pupils address fall outs and conflicts, which helps to prevent bullying. The week ended with an assembly on the theme “All different All equal” presented by Year 4 Pear class to parents.