Ski assembly - Friday 9th February 2018

Mr. Pywell presented an assembly this friday following the recent and extremely successful school skiing trip to Macugnaga, Italy, from the 28th January to the 2nd February. Children who attended the trip were given the chance to share with the rest of the school the amazing opportunities such a trip presented.

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Pictured above: (left) Mr. Pywell presenting the assembly; (middle) Incredible Lara beat everybody at the final slalom race, incl. staff and parents; (right) Children from different year groups whose commendable behaviour and attitude on the trip stood as a shining example to all others. Well done children, we are very proud of you!

Apart from the obvious fun aspect of skiing in such a beautiful setting on the foothills of the Italian Alps, the children in assembly all voiced their individual learning experiences. These included teamwork, independence, confidence, respect, resilience, getting to know their fellow students a little better, and of course amongst quite a few other things learning to speak a little italian. Due to the incredible success of this annual trip, Mrs. Amos from St. Stephen's has already begun planning for the adventure next year.

Focusing on a Safer Internet

Safer Internet Day Feb 18St. Stephen's Junior School joined the rest of the world in focusing on Safer Internet practices this week. The slogan this year for Safer Internet Day is “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”, and we're lucky to have the assistance of our very own Digital Leaders who during Monday's assembly introduced their idea of a competition for the best e-Safety poster.

Digital Leaders are children who volunteered to undergo e-Safety training hosted by Childnet, and run by staff here at the school. During the 10 weeks they learned about cyberbullying, staying safe online, and many other important aspects of e-Safety. Pupils this week in years 3 & 4 will receive a snakes and ladders e-Safety game, and pupils in year 5 & 6 are completing an e-Safety Questionnaire. Our Digital Leaders will be helping analyse the results and feeding back to parents.

St. Stephen's retains its five star rating

St. Stephen’s Junior School was visited by the Environmental Health Department yesterday, the 9th January,  and we are delighted that we retained our 5* rating with no areas required for improvement.

The importance of teamwork in sport

On Friday the 5th January, pupils took part in a sports assembly to showcase the sport they do in school and why it is important to them. It was extremely enjoyable with pupils showing abilities of what they can do in many different sports such as hockey, gymnastics and speed stacking. The theme of the assembly was teamwork and why it is important. Teamwork is one of the school values which the pupils wanted to highlight, and how it plays a pivotal role in every team-based event.

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A new event called ‘JUST DANCE’ launched during assembly, which will be available for pupils on Fridays during lunch times. Children are encouraged to come to the hall and give it a go. Well done to all pupils who were in the assembly.

Christmas productions entertain all!

Children from both the lower and upper school have been working exceptionally hard in preparation for their respective Christmas productions this year. The year 3's and 4's in the lower school hosted afternoon and evening shows of their wonderfully creative version of 'Michaelmas Mouse' on Monday the 18th December. For the upper school the year 5's and 6's decided on a rendition of 'The Grinch', which turned out to be just as marvellously entertaining and exciting as that of the lower school's play. Well done children, what a great start to the Christmas holidays. 

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