WHOLE SCHOOL EVENTS
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.