From the Desk of the Executive Headteacher
Update: 2nd July 2020
"What a very strange way to end the school year. I am sure that we have all found the last few months to have been very challenging for everybody; children, families, parents, grandparents, friends and teachers. We are certainly living in exceptional times. We hope over the next few months changes will take place that will move us back to some form of normality and we will keep you up to date with our plans for next year.
Fortunately, we have had some very good weather and I know lots of children have enjoyed the opportunity of being outside. I also know that many children and parents have enjoyed working from home and the freedoms that this has offered. I am sure that the next few years will see some interesting changes and priorities. I’m also very much aware that some families will have been touched in some way by the coronavirus pandemic and this will have been a most trying time for them. My thoughts and good wishes are with you.
Today we had over 130 children in school and it was really wonderful seeing them. We have planned many events for the next few weeks for the children and we hope to make the end of the school year, although different, as interesting and exciting as possible. Sadly however, it will be very different from our previous summer terms and it will certainly be very different for our Year 6 leavers. I know how much they will miss the school production and the events that surround their last few weeks of the term, trips, the Summer fair and Laze on the lawn. We are however planning a final assembly on the morning of Friday 17th July, followed by a lunch time picnic.
For me it’s an extremely strange way to finish my teaching career. I began my teaching in Hampshire in 1975 and started at St Stephen’s Junior School on a cold January morning in 1990. I have been the twelfth Headteacher at St Stephen’s Junior since it opened in 1848. It has been an amazing opportunity working at the Junior school and a huge privilege to be the headteacher at this school."
Best wishes, Stuart Pywell