A Friday Night Round Up and a Quick Video with Mr McInroy and Myself!

Dear Parents/ Carers,

What do you do with several rolls of cling film? I may have slightly over bought for my Augustus Gloop costume! The children and staff pulled out all the stops and creativity went wild with some stupendous costumes – check out the website for a quick taster https://www.ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk/world-book-day-2/

Three tickets left for the Auction! Quick grab those tickets! And we now have a troop of Irish dancers!

Have you signed up for the Cabaret Evening? If not then go for it and join in the fun! Look, if Mr McInroy and myself can do this   https://youtu.be/UMC0ZBCI5zw  then the sky’s the limit. No, Miss Whiting not the one handed cartwheel….

What a superb Arts Week. The children came off curriculum for a week, learning about the life and works of Fahrelnissa Zeid. The children had the opportunity to try their hands at a wide variety of visual and creative arts and to watch a theatrical performance of The Jungle Book in the hall. We had a number of parents come in to work with the classes, which was especially lovely after two years of not being able to. Thank you so much if you joined us for the week or the parade. See you at the Arts Café at 3pm in the main hall!

Thank you to all those parents who joined us for the Ash Wednesday service. The church was filled with the sound of children worshiping, praying and reflecting together. Thank you to Mr Perry for organising our service.

Last night, the hall was filled with the sounds of Encanto and ‘We don’t talk about Bruno’ – you had to be there. Thank you FOSS for a great evening of fun!

Design and Technology Day

The theme was ‘Mechanical Structures’ and Mechanisms. Each group had a different brief, however, it was their knowledge of mechanisms being put to the test – take a look https://www.ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk/dt-day-mechanisms/

Year 2 were Buzzing Around

Year 2 delighted us with the most marvellous assembly all about bees. We even had a splash of Dolly Parton working 9-5 to help us understand how hard bees work. Jam packed with facts and so much more this really was a terrific assembly. Great singing, dancing and confident voices made for a perfect start to Thursday morning.

Mother’s Day Meal

I met with the House Captains last week and they unanimously agreed to donate all the money raised from their Mother’s Day Lunch on Sunday, 27th March to the DEC Appeal. A quick reminder that the school hall will become a dining room and that the House Captains will be offering a three course meal with a vegetarian option from 1.00pm onwards. There will also be a cash bar. Please reserve a table via parentmail – £150 per table of 8, £20 per head, £15 per child and £350 for a private dining experience for 14 with wine – child care available before/ during/ after the meal. The House Captains, Cookie and myself would love some volunteers to help on that weekend so please email me on head@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Year 3 at the Science Museum

Year 3 enjoyed a terrific trip to the Science Museum where they went to Wonderlab and had a fabulous time playing on all of the exhibits on offer, especially the slides (there was science behind it though – various levels of friction were on display.) They also took part in a workshop / lecture called ‘Feel The Force’, where various physics principles were explored (including many of Newton’s laws) with the help of a stuffed frog! They had a wonderful team and were a credit to our school!

International Women’s Day

This week Library has flung its doors open with International Women’s Day in mind. International Women’s Day is a day that celebrates ‘the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women’ whilst also calling for equality – where men and women are treated the same. Check out the library page to find out more –


Country Culture Night this year is about all things French!

So please join us and the French community in St Stephen’s to enjoy a French Soirée on Thursday 31st March at 19:00. Come and explore French culture, history, music and art, delicious French food, Champagne, Cheese & Wine and a bit of Can-Can!

Book your tickets on parentmail now for only £10.

Sports Round Up

On Tuesday we took a couple of Year 3 teams to play some friendly touch rugby matches against Wetherby. This was the first time for all of these children representing St Stephen’s in a sports event, and they were all fantastic.

On Wednesday we took two teams to a Year 5 Netball Festival organised and hosted by St Benedict’s School. The children all got to play plenty of netball against many different schools, and they all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

Our football teams continue their Mayor’s Cup campaign – the A team had two matches today, against Kenmont and St Mary’s. The girls won both their matches 3-0 which will be great for their standings in the table. The boys won their match against Kenmont 1-0, but lost a difficult one against St Mary’s 1-2.

Fun at the Observatory

Y5 and Y6 students from St Stephens were invited to the Royal Observatory Greenwich for a creative workshop to help the organisation plan for their forthcoming 350th anniversary! The afternoon consisted of a behind the scenes tour of all the historic and unique areas of the Observatory where scientific discoveries have taken place including the dolphin sundial and the Meridian line. We particularly liked the stories about Ruth Belville, who sold the time to Londoners by setting her watch each day to Greenwich Time and the bright red Greenwich Time ball on top of Flamsteed House used to distribute time to ships on the Thames when it was lowered at 1pm each day. We also caught sight of the new Ridley Scott film Napoleon being filmed nearby with actors in costume and had free rein in the tuck shop! We then adjourned to the historic Endeavour Room where students were quizzed on what they would like to enjoy at the anniversary and were recorded for posterity. The school have already been invited back as the staff were impressed with what we had to say so watch this space!


Don’t forget to check out our website www.ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk  for regular updates and you can follow us on Twitter @StStephensLBHF – where you will see a picture of my bird handing skills – we love new followers and a like!

Have a great weekend and just to start you on a hot favourite in the calendar, the Easter Bonnet Parade is on Thursday, 31st March- so get thinking about those Easter Bonnets made out of recycled materials – similar to the Book Character Parade but think big hats, big competition – tres West London.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Schumm