WHOLE SCHOOL EVENTS
September 14 2018 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR BONANZA
The Scholastic Book Fair helped kick off our Autumn term with a bang this year. Every day after school this week children and parents spilled into the library eager to get their hands on the fresh batch of books, some of which are not available in the shops yet.
This was the second year St Stephens has hosted the Scholastic Book Fair, a pop-up event which supplies schools with mobile bookcases home to over 200 of the newest books. Books sold at the fair helps towards obtaining free books for the school as part of the Scholastic Rewards programme.
SHELAGH'S FAREWELL CEREMONY September 14 2018
As many of you know already, our beloved Shelagh Coutts will be soon retiring after 30 years of dedicated service to the school. On Wednesday afternoon this week, we held a memorable and uplifting service in her honour at St Stephens Church. All the pupils, teachers and staff attended, along with some former pupils who have now graduated to Orleans Park – Rhys, James and Sally looked incredibly smart and grown up in their secondary school uniforms and wowed the crowd with their personal, heartfelt readings.
Mrs Bachour delivered an inspiring speech talking all about how ‘irreplaceable’ Shelagh will be at the school.
Parents tweeted their support: Ian Sercome said :’ Good luck in whatever you end up doing Shelagh, you were such a big part of St Stephens, and made it the lovely little school it is.’
While Alice Philpot simply stated: ‘What a legend. Things just won't be the same.’
CLEAN AIR DAY June 21st 2018
This week, we took part in Clean Air Day! Led by the environmental charity Global Action Plan, businesses, organisations and volunteers were asked to take part in improving our air quality by committing to try a clean air action for the first time.
Walk to School - We encouraged everyone to walk to school on this day. If you have to come by car, please remember to turn off you engines when possible.
School Street - We launched or campaign for Winchester Rd to be made a school street so that cars can only drive up at drop off and pick up if they have a residents permit. We asked everyone to come and sign our petition for pupils, parents and local residents in the playground.
Smoothie Bike - There was a smoothie bike in the playground, so the children used their own energy to create delicious and healthy fruit smoothies.
CELEBRATING EASTER AT ST. STEPHEN’S March 27th 2018
On Wednesday, we held our annual Easter Service at St. Stephen’s Church, accompanied by our wonderful orchestra and Tim Wilford. Along with a joyful congregation, we joined in song and prayer to celebrate the most important festival in the Christian calendar, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This year’s service was led by our Year 4’s who performed the Easter Story with huge enthusiasm and conviction. Our lead actors Tom, Annabel, and Otis lead a cast of 60 to tell the tale of the crucifixion and resurrection or Christ - from the traitor in the Temple to the Last Supper and the capture of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. The story was accompanied by traditional Easter hymns such as Sing Hosanna, Shine, Jesus Shine and Lord of the Dance.
A huge thanks to St. Stephen’s Church for having us, to Miss Lyth, Mrs Green and Mrs Dempsey for all their hard work and of course, to our wonderful players for their splendid performance.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25 25
SCIENCE WEEK - MARCH 9 – 18th 2018
Ahead of British Science Week, our Year 5s have been unearthing all manner of critters over on Moormead.This particular project – which involves the digging of 10cm holes to reveal what lies beneath - is called What’s Under Your Feet?
It is an official scientific study and is aimed to help scientists at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) understand the relationship between climate, the availability of invertebrates and how this impacts UK bird numbers and their migration patterns.
This is just one of a whole host of special activities we are taking part in for British Science Week from today until the 18th March.
Our focus is 'Exploration and Discovery' we are looking at Scientists who are 'Alive and Kicking'.
ST. STEPHEN’S NOVEL APPROACH TO WORLD BOOK DAY - March 1st 2018
Thursday this week saw a whole host of famous characters – young and old – arrive at the school gates. Despite the freezing temperatures we had a fantastic display of heroes and heroines from every genre of literature.
From wizards to Cats in Hats, Willy Wonka and The Twits – the day was a literary feast, inspiring our children to fall in love with stories, characters and writers. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work and effort.
We received a fantastic number of submissions for our Extreme Reading Competition – with the extreme weather offering some extra inspiration. This is the 21st year there’s been a World Book Day, aimed at encouraging children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.
GARDENING CLUB’S BUDDING NEW ARRIVALS - 23rd February 2018
There were green fingers aplenty at this week’s Gardening Club as the number of gardeners grew almost as well as the produce.
33 budding young gardeners braved the freezing conditions to get a closer look at their potatoes, ahead of planting them next month. The younger children kept themselves warm by building a climbing frame for the peas, whilst tasting edible brassica flowers.
CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK - 5th-11th February 2018
This Children’s Mental Health Week, we encouraged children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. It’s all about #BeingOurselves! When we have a positive view of ourselves it can help us to cope with life’s challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others can allow us to connect with those around us – which is vital for our own and others’ wellbeing.
Across the course of the week, children and adults took part in different activities, lessons and opportunities to be themselves! We had a mufti day to raise money for Mind mental health charity and to give children the opportunity to truly be themselves and show their individuality too.
THE BEST WAY TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER IS SINGING LOUD FOR ALL TO HEAR December 2017
Indeed, Twickenham was awash with Christmas cheer this morning, as St. Stephen’s parents and children alike were all in fine, festive voice at the St. Stephen’s Carol Service. As strains of our favourite hymns filled the air around the streets of St. Margaret’s, our Year 2s were resplendent as stars, kings and angels, as they led the worship on our behalf.
As predicted, we had a wonderful turnout from our supportive and tuneful parents and it set the scene nicely for the Christmas Lunches back at the school. Many thanks to all parents who were on hand to distribute our traditional Christmas fare of turkey, roast potatoes and seasonal veg, all served with lashings of gravy.
PEAS AND GOODWILL TO ALL December 2017
Thanks to each and every one of the 95 children who have joined in with Gardening Club activities this term. Children are welcome to drop by and take part any Wednesday lunchtime and it's completely free. This term we've been growing a variety of winter salads and sown overwintering peas and beans, onions and garlic. We've also planted crocuses and sweet peas to brighten up our corner of the playground in the spring and summer terms. Well done to the juniors who this term have done some fabulous germination experiments with exciting results.
ALL PART OF THE SAME JIGSAW November 24 2017
Last week we took part in AntiBullying Week, which this year promoted difference and equality with the tag-line ‘All Different, All Equal’. In Shark class, the children completed a jigsaw piece to show how they were unique. Then they put the pieces together to make a class puzzle. The idea was to illustrate how we are all a unique part of a magical puzzle but without all of us, the puzzle is incomplete…
Everyone different, everyone equal.
CHILDREN IN NEED November 17 2017
A HUGE THANKS to all our children, parents and carers who made such a mammoth effort for this year’s Children In Need. We asked our children with scooters and bikes to dress them up with stickers, ribbon or toys – and what a fantastic fleet of vehicles arrived at the school this morning, for our Premises Manager, Mr Plant to judge. The winner will be announced after the newsletter goes to press and so will feature in next week’s publication. Where possible, we do try to ensure that the children understand why we support Children In Need.
“The Children in Need vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is, safe happy and secure and allows them the chance to reach their potential.”
We are great believers in children reaching their potential, which is why your support for initiatives such as these, is so very important.
Thank you for your continued support.
LEST WE FORGET November 2017
This morning, we conducted our Remembrance Assembly.
A special emphasis was placed on the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces. Each Year Group focused on a different serving soldier from World War I. The children were given a poppy and the name of a notable WWI soldier from several different walks of life. From Laura Gamble, a Canadian Nurse, to Sidney Lewis, the youngest to enlist.
Each class researched their hero and presented their findings to the school, along with a prayer, created especially for this important occasion.
Of course, our Year 6’s now have a more pronounced understanding of Remembrance Day, following their school trip to Ypres, Belgium.
We will remember them.
DOMINICA AID APPEAL October 2017
St Stephens parents, Avril & Lenroy Cassell are coordinating a local Dominica Aid Appeal to help bring urgent relief supplies to the small Caribbean island of Dominica recently destroyed by Hurricane Maria.
98% of buildings & infrastructure have been destroyed by this unprecedented category 5 Hurricane on Monday 19 September. There has been substantial loss of life confirmed, with even more missing and most people have lost everything.
Dominicans are desperate for immediate help: they have no shelter, no food, and no medicine. Their belongings, and everything they built over a lifetime of hard work, have been washed away. Aid is crucial, and it is vital that it reaches Dominica right now, when they most need it.
St. Stephens is one of the local schools helping to collect essential items.
ST. STEPHEN’S WELLBEING DAY
Staying on the theme of feeling good, today we have enjoyed a multitude of activities designed to keep our minds healthy and remind us how to look after our mental health. There has been yoga, Tai Chi, bubblemaking and the Dog’s Trust hosted sessions focusing on the therapeutic benefits of animals. Our children looked wonderful in their own clothes for mufti and at the same time raised money for a very worthy cause, RB Mind. A big thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a special day.