Twitter allows short messages, photographs and videos to be shared. Many schools now use Twitter to share regular updates with parents throughout the school day, to keep parents informed about life at their child’s school.
We have been using Twitter as a school now for the past six years (@SSJSCanterbury) and as well as keeping parents up to date with a normal school day, we have been able to keep parents updated whilst on school trips, such as the skiing trip, bushcraft and PGL, as well as during special events such as music concerts and assemblies.
We currently have 570 followers who are able to keep up to date with the school in this way, and look forward to seeing more of our parents take advantage of this innovative way of sharing your child's journey through school! There is a link to our Twitter feed on the school website.
St. Stephen's Junior School joined the rest of the world in focusing on Safer Internet practices this week. The slogan this year for Safer Internet Day is “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”, and we're lucky to have the assistance of our very own Digital Leaders who during Monday's assembly introduced their idea of a competition for the best e-Safety poster.
Digital Leaders are children who volunteered to undergo e-Safety training hosted by Childnet, and run by staff here at the school. During the 10 weeks they learned about cyberbullying, staying safe online, and many other important aspects of e-Safety. Pupils this week in years 3 & 4 will receive a snakes and ladders e-Safety game, and pupils in year 5 & 6 are completing an e-Safety Questionnaire. Our Digital Leaders will be helping analyse the results and feeding back to parents.
60 staff, children, and parents from St. Stephen's Junior visited Macugnaga in Italy from the 28th January to the 2nd February 2018 on the annual St. Stephen's Junior ski trip. Prior to our arrival snowfall had been heavier than on previous trips and provided for excellent skiing conditions throughout the week, with clear, calm, sunny days and only a little snow creeping in on Thursday the 1st February.
Arriving at the hotel in Pecetto village early Sunday afternoon, children spent the following week skiing, ice-skating, visiting an old mine in the nearby village of Staffa, followed by an exhilirating ride up a cable car to the mountain top where spectacular views stunned all into silence. There was little cloud cover up the mountain this year, which presented with even more dreamlike views than before. The group arrived back in Canterbury at around 8pm on Friday the 2nd February. What an adventure!