A Friday Night Round Up and a Festive Video!

Good afternoon,


Here are a few key dates in the coming weeks of festive madness! I look forward to seeing you there! But first a little something to get you in the Christmas spirit – don’t tell Miss Whiting – https://youtu.be/F6j9AwO8bNQ


Christmas FairSaturday, 2nd December 12-4pm

Reception Nativity – Thursday, 7th December at 2pm in St Stephen’s Church

Year 1 and 2 Nativity- Thursday, 14th December at 9.30am and 2.00 pm in the main school hall

Christmas Lunch (with a Christmas Jumper) – Wednesday, 13th December

The Great St Stephen’s Drinks Party – 14th December 7.30pm onwards

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 Carols by Candlelight- Wednesday, 20th December at 6pm in St Stephen’s Church

Whole School Christmas Service- Thursday, 21st December at St Stephen’s Church


What a busy week! The air is filled with carols, Nativities and general festive cheer!


A massive thank you to all those parent/ carers who joined us on Tuesday for our Mental Health and Mobile Phones talk. A quick reminder:

  1. The school’s policy on mobile phones: smartphones are banned. A ‘brick’ mobile is allowed only from Year 5.
  2. The school wants the parent community to stand together on the issue of mobile phones and they are quite happy for you to blame them for not giving your child one.

We can do this if we stand together!

  1. For those who already have smartphones, the school would love to have a moratorium on them. If we do this together, and hold strong on it, then it will be easier on the kids and the parents/carers.
  2. For those pupils who do not currently have a mobile phone, put in place pact/’contract’ with the class, or if this is not possible, the pupil’s group of friends, that you won’t be getting a smartphone and won’t be getting a brick phone until ‘x’ time.

If the School Community can come together and say NO to smartphones, it will have a positive impact on our children.

I would love to hear from the classes which have all committed to Say No to Smartphones.  I wonder which class will be the first.

The Great St Stephen’s Drinks Party – 14th December

The Great St Stephen’s Drinks Party (Parents/ carers only) on Thursday 14thth December from 7.30pm onwards. This event is organised by the school and is an opportunity for us to say thank you for being such amazing parents. This is the perfect community event where you won’t have to be in charge of a stall, answer numerous questions, buy a ticket or buy a raffle ticket! It’s all about the festive cheer, Christmas music and delicious nibbles! There will be a cash bar to get the festive banter flowing.

Please reserve a place via Parentmail – 2 places per family.

Great Big Assembly

On Monday, St Stephen’s joined many children across the UK by celebrating World Children’s Day by taking part in the Big Live Assembly. World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children, marking the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children’s rights are human rights but in too many places today, children’s rights are under attack. As a school, we spoke about the importance of making space for children and young people to raise their voices on the issues that matter to them. By prioritising children’s rights and participation, we can help to build a better future for all.


Year 4 Class Assembly

Mr Faith’s Year 4 class put us well and truly in the Christmas spirit with their Christmas themed assembly yesterday. Jam packed, fact filled extravaganza complete with Mr Blobby! The children were wonderful and Christmas jumpers were the order of the day! Well done Year 4 – great singing, confident speaking and even a spot of the Macarena!

Own Clothes Day

On Thursday, 30th November we will be having a non-uniform day in aid of the FOSS Christmas Fair. Children may wear non-uniform clothes, and in return we would like all children to bring either:

– a bottle for the adult tombola – e.g. wine, spirits, juice, shampoo, sauce etc, or

– a jar full of goodies like hair clips and bands, marbles, crafty things, little toys, sweets etc.

Children can decorate the jar if they wish. If you opt for sweets, please check the packet – to ensure there are no hidden nuts or sesame seeds.

All jars and bottles will be used for the tombola during the Christmas Fair on Saturday.2nd December from 12- 4.00pm

Please place donations outside the office in the boxes provided on the day.

They are still taking donations for the fashion boutique – please leave in bags in main reception – NO BRIC A BRAC PLEASE.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr Schumm