A final message from Mr Schumm and a rather special Christmas video – think Love Actually!

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Well, we did it! We made it to the end of term and managed to do all our St Stephen’s events! The last couple of weeks have been a slight roller coaster ride but I am used to it! We managed to organise our Nativities, the Christmas Fair, the House Captain’s Quiz, Christmas lunch and the Carol Concert and everyone got involved, which is the main thing.

Last night’s Carol Concert was superb and really did bring a tear to the eye. God was watching over us and the weather was positively balmy! The children read and sang with confidence and filled the playground with Christmas cheer or was that the mulled wine? As I sat there and watched the children, I felt incredibly proud of what we have achieved this term – we took everything right back to normal (is anything about our school normal? I hope not!) from the start, and did the lot – PGL, school trips, cake sales, Quiz night, class assemblies and the list goes on! We may be finishing on a slightly uncertain note nationally, but we are finishing well as a school. Our school has been here for over 170 years and we will carry on no matter what, so please take heart and enjoy your Christmas and whatever the New Year should bring. We, as a school will look forward to a Spring term filled with lots of learning and fun. As Denis said last night (before upstaging me with his singing – show off! I know, I know takes one to know one!) we have to trust in the Lord and move forward in faith, but also with a mulled wine and a mine pie I feel.

Thank you for all your support this term in these very unusual times! On behalf of the staff and myself I would like to thank you for your cards, presents and kind words – they are very much appreciated.

The House Captain’s Quiz

On Wednesday evening, the House Captains hosted their annual Family Christmas Quiz Night, on a virtual Zoom with more than one hundred families joining in the fun and games. There was a great variety of entertaining activities for all the family to take part in, from the Fastest Finger and Picture rounds to a round the house Scavenger Hunt, Bingo and of course the Auction section.

The idea was to raise funds for the House Captains’ chosen charities, which this year are Great Ormond Street Hospital and Afghan Welcome. So with the Entry Ticket sales and the money raised from the Auction, the twelve House Captains raised nearly £2,000! Our kind and generous prize donations included: Billie Eilish and BGT tickets; Marvel rucksacks; a England Women’s rugby shirt, signed by the team and a signed rugby ball too, as well as a signed copy of David Walliam’s latest book.

Harry C & Caterina

Throughout this term our school community has been fantastic and I would like to thank all the staff for working so hard to meet every challenge that this year has brought us. Thank you to all our parents for your support and words of encouragement throughout the year. Finally, thank you to your superb children, who always make me smile, who make our day worthwhile (I could be a songwriter!) and whose boundless energy and confidence gives us all hope for the future.

Please check out the website www.ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk and follow us on Twitter St Stephen’s Primary@StStephensLBHF

Have an amazing Christmas and I WILL see you all in the New Year!

But before I go here is a message from Phil and me https://youtu.be/hRMOLzXTocM

Mr Schumm