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January 12th

posted Jan 17, 2016, 2:32 PM by Stephen Fallon   [ updated Jan 17, 2016, 2:38 PM ]


Dear Parents & Carers,

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year! The children have been working incredibly hard this week and every pupil has had a lovely story to tell about what Christmas day was like for them. A very busy term lies ahead with lots of fun events planned, so as always, keep an eye on Twitter and the school website for more information.


A Sad Farewell:

We say goodbye to Mrs Elliott, our Year 2 teacher, who has given a number of years’ service to the school. We all have fond memories of Mrs Elliott and enjoy being inspired by her infectious smile and personality! We will be sorry to see her leave but we respect that she has motherly duties to focus on for the time being. We wish her well and hope to see her very soon! Good luck on the next part of your journey Mrs Elliott!


First Holy Communion:

Session 3 for the pupils making their First Holy Communion took place on Tuesday 12th January with Mass being on Sunday 17th January. Session 4 is due to take place on Tuesday 26th January and Mass is on Sunday 31st January.


Catering Services Under the Sea Fun Day:

On Thursday 21st January, Catering Services have planned a fun “Under the Sea” day with a special themed menu and fun activities throughout lunchtime. We even have some spot prizes!  We look forward to welcoming your child and joining in with the fun. Meals for children in Key Stage 1 are free of charge.  For all other children, not entitled to free school meals, the cost of a school lunch is £2.08 per day. Please pay online at:

A message from our School Council:


Dear Parents and Carers,

Some exciting news!!!! Our School Council are proud to announce that St. Stephen’s Snack Shack launched its first child-led tuck shop on Friday 8th January. All of our snacks are healthy and as a result of this, children will receive some of their ‘five a day’. If any of your children have any allergies or intolerances to any ingredients in our snacks, then please don’t hesitate to speak to member of the Snack Shack team - we have a special file, which can be checked, to see if the ingredients are suitable for your child.


Thank you for your cooperation.

Our School Council introduced their new ‘Fruit to Suit’ campaign at the Christmas Fayre and held their first healthy tuck-shop. All items have ‘pocket-money’ price points and it is hoped that tasty popcorn, zinger bars, yoghurt raisins and Bombay mix will be sold on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (stock dependent). The children from school council are all trained ‘Fruit to Suit’ employees and phone orders in themselves, so they are looking forward to having lots of customers to buy their products!


Awards Assembly:

Our next Awards Assembly will be on Thursday 28th January at 9:00am. See you there!


Kirkley Hall Half-Term Zoological Club:

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens have a range of special events throughout the year. One of their special events is called Zoo Club, a fun learning experience for children in the school holidays. Zoo Club is a great alternative to traditional child care and offers fun and exciting activities for children:


Date: Monday 15th to Friday 19th February          Time: 10am-4pm

A whole week of events to bring out your inner zoo keeper! Each day there will be different activities for you to join in with including helping the keepers with their daily checks, feeding the lemurs, training the cockatoos and walking the Shetland ponies. Book between one and five days, the choice is yours! £30 per day, open for children aged 5-8 and 9-15, lunch included. For more information including how to book, please see their website: or contact Kirkley Hall Zoo on 01670 841 235 or


Head Lice:

We have had a number of parents who have stated that their children have head lice. Head lice can be difficult to treat due to the time-consuming and precise nature of treatment and high re-infestation rate. After a head lice infestation has been confirmed, you can treat the lice at home by wet combing the hair with a head lice comb or by using a lotion or spray that's designed to kill head lice (see below for advice from the NHS website).

You can buy a fine-toothed comb from your local pharmacy or you can order one online. Lotions or sprays don't need to be used for wet combing. However, to be effective, wet combing needs to be carried out regularly and thoroughly. The method you should use is described below. 

  • Wash the hair using ordinary shampoo and apply plenty of conditioner, before using a wide-toothed comb to straighten and untangle the hair.
  • Once the comb moves freely through the hair without dragging, switch to the louse detection comb. Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots, with the bevel-edge of the teeth lightly touching the scalp.
  • Draw the comb down to the ends of the hair with every stroke, and check the comb for lice.
  • Remove lice by wiping or rinsing the comb.
  • Work methodically through the hair, section by section, so that the whole head is combed through.
  • Rinse out conditioner and repeat the combing procedure.
  • Repeat the procedure on days three, six, nine, 12 and 15, so that you clear young lice as they hatch, before they have time to reach maturity.

Lotion or sprays - A lotion or spray should only be used if a living (moving) head louse is found. Crème rinses and shampoos aren't thought to be effective and therefore aren't recommended.