LATEST SCHOOL NEWS
The Big Pedal national event - NEW!
The school is taking part in the above event which runs from Monday 18th April until Friday 29th April when there will be a 'Super Hero Day'. The following link www.bigpedal.org.uk will give you all the information you need and we are hoping to encourage as many children as possible to cycle or scoot to school and then raise money for SUSTRANS on the 'Super Hero Day'. This happens to coincide with the erection of our own new bike and scooter shelter on Monday 18th April. This will be to house any bikes and scooters the children ride to school and it will be situated in the triangle of playground outside the Kings Road school gate, close to the Family Matters building. Children will please need to bring in their own padlocks/bike locks.
The Wind in the Willows
Year 4's production of The Wind in the Willows was a tremendous success. The children had worked very hard in the shorter Term to put on a show that delighted parents and families. The singing was augmented with a chorus from Year 3 and all the children sang and acted brilliantly. Well done to all involved.
Easter Bonnet Parade
Year R showed off their fine Easter bonnets at a special parents and carers assembly. They had worked very hard to make their special Easter themed hats and to make it even more special the sun shone and Spring arrived!
Raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity
In March the school held a Bandana fund raising day for The Brain Tumour Charity. We decided to do this as one of our young volunteer mentors, who regularly visits us from Tonbridge School, had sadly lost his brother to a brain tumour. We raised over £150 from the sale of bandanas which will be donated to the special fund set up in his memory. Thank you everyone who donated. In the picture are some of our staff with their bandanas.
A World Book Day Success!
We had a super turn out for World Book Day with lots of colourful characters appearing at school and money raised for charity. From Jack Sparrow to Where's Wally, From Fairies and Princesses to Super Spies. A fun quiz assembly and a class swap was also part of the fun. Even the teachers and TAs dressed up!
'BUZZ' the Alien and our
School Reading Challenge !
The school is running a super Reading Challenge! 'Get Buzz Home'. All pupils at St Stephen's have received a handy reading record that needs to be filled in by parents, carers or staff. By regular reading children can help poor 'Buzz' get safely back to his home planet. Children can also earn certificates, stickers and cool badges! All parents and carers are asked to please support the children with their challenge. Thank You.
For information on the school uniform and costs from supplier Paul Marchant please follow the links.
Our eSafety Zone has information and links for parents and carers with concerns about their child's online safety. Click here
St Stephen's Parents & Teachers Association
The PTA is always looking for more new members and helpers, if you can spare any time to help us with our fund raising we'd love to hear from you, for more info please check this link, more info...
Open Events for 2016 leavers
OLDER BUT STILL USEFUL NEWS!
Polite Reminder !
Please note that dogs (apart from guide dogs) are not allowed anywhere on the school site.
This includes the waiting area of playground between the access from the Kings Road alleyway to the rear school gate. Your co-operation is much appreciated.
(click on the image to watch this video)
A Safer Internet
February 9th was Safer Internet Day and this year and the UK Safer Internet Centre launched its Creating a Better Internet for All report, a study of children's experiences of online empowerment and online hate. The survey reveals young people’s experiences online – both positive and negative. In particular the study explores young people’s exposure and attitudes to the topic of online hate targeted at people or communities because of their gender, transgender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, nationality or religion. Please read our current school letterthat contains information about what we are doing as part of the ongoing campaign.
Breakfast and After School Club
Holds a 5 Star Rating
Our B&ASC has top marks for its cleanliness and food handling/hygiene. A 5 Star Rating is the highest award from the local council inspectors.
When severe weather occurs please check whether the school is open by first going to the School Closures website hosted by KCC. Our aim is to always remain open unless it is unsafe for staff or pupils to be onsite. Please also check our Snow Policy, we will also post information on our ParentMail system.
Ofsted Inspection (September 2014)
Ofsted inspected the school at the end of the summer term 2014. The report recognises the progress that the school is making. If you would like to find out more about what inspections are and how Ofsted works please follow this link.
Information about Free School Meals
The Government is funding Free School Meals for ALL children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. Parents and carers can register for them with the School Office. The Kent Council website has useful information about Free School Meals and how to apply for them. Click here for full details.
School Uniform at school
Please can parents and carers ensure that children attend school in the correct uniform. The school sweatshirts or fleeces must be worn together with grey trousers or skirts.
Please note that trainers are not permitted.
Contact details for School Clothing Supplier
Paul Marchant's - Mobile 07710 517237 Email
Changes in Special Educational Needs
and Disability Support (September 2014)
On the 1st September 2014, the government introduced new arrangements for the support of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). For more information on these important change please click on this link.
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidelines on photographic and video imagery (September 2013)
A copy of the school letter regarding the ICO guidelines on photographic and video imagery is available here . This is especially useful information for parents and carers wishing to record images of their children at Christmas time and other school events.