St Stephen’s has four thriving cricket clubs, open to children from Year 2 onwards.
Each session is a blend of fun, skills development, game-based learning and competitions, as well as character building ‘team talks’.
Coach, Grant Sheppard, is an ECB Level 3 coach of World Sport Ministries and former Coaching Co-ordinator of Bath Cricket Club.
Year 2: Wednesdays: 12.20pm - 1.00pm
Years 3 & 4 Boys: Thursdays: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Years 5 & 6 Boys: Wednesdays: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Years 3-6 Girls: Mondays: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
St Stephens French Club, Les Louveteaux, has been running successfully for many years. Children are taught through a combination of games, songs, role-play and book study to develop a strong base knowledge and understanding of the language.
Joëlle Brown, who grew up in Aix-en-Provence and has been living in England for over 20 years, runs the classes.
Open to all year groups from Year 1 onwards.
Year 1: Tuesdays: 3.20pm – 4.00pm in F8
Year 2: Thursday: 3.20pm - 4.00pm in F4
Year 3: Thursdays: 12.30pm -1.00 pm in F8
Years 4-6: Tuesdays: 12.30pm - 1.00pm in YELLOW room
The Judo Club has been running since 2008 and is open to children from Year 3 onwards. The students have been very successful and are now advancing through their grades well. The school enters the schoolboys’ National Championships. In 2010 (our first year of entry), from a team of six, St Stephens won one Gold and two Silver medals, two Fourth places and one Sixth! A great achievement. The coach, Finn Gleeson, has a Level 2 (Club Coach) Judo Coaching Certificate, and also teaches in lots of other schools in Bath and Bristol. This club is open to boys and girls.
Fridays: 8.00am - 8.45am: Years 3-6 in the School Hall
What to wear
Children may hire a suit from the club for a small, termly charge. Alternatively children may wear their own Judo suit.
The netball club is open to children in Years 5 and 6. The aim of the club is to introduce netball to players of all abilities, in a fun, safe environment and to the very highest of coaching standards. The children are taught High 5 Netball, which is a version of the game adapted to suit primary school children: it is a fun but skilful game, in which players are able to rotate positions and adapt their skills to play in any position.
The club coach is Jo Henderson. She teaches netball to various primary schools within B&NES.
Children often progress from Junior to Senior Recorder Club; however, they can also start in this club as a beginner. Learning the recorder is an excellent building block to future instrumental learning although it can be an end in itself. In this club children play more advanced music and develop key musical skills; including learning to read music, composing tunes, playing by ear and improvising. We also sing and use percussion instruments! It is a great opportunity for children to play and perform music together; the club performs in school concerts, fairs and assemblies.
The club is led by Jeni Reid who is an experienced music and flute/recorder teacher.
Do you enjoy reading? Are you a word fiend? Fancy making some book accessories? Want to know which new books to read next? If so, Book Club could be just the thing for you!
Thursdays: 3.20pm - 4.00pm.
Terms 1 & 2: Years 5 & 6.
Terms 3 & 4: Years 3 & 4.
Terms 5 & 6: Years 1 & 2.
Mrs MacDonald and Mrs Brocklebank run Book Club in the school library.
In Year 2, children work on their technical ability, communication and skill levels to develop the knowledge to have fun and learn.
In Years 3 and 4, the children are encouraged to be in control of the situation when on the ball, work hard within a team and to learn soccer drills to gain confidence in their own ability. We also enter our teams into the BANES Football Tournament.
In Years 5 and 6, the children work hard to improve fitness, team position and their ability to perform skills at a higher level so that they can represent the school or the county at all competitions.
The Girls football club (for Years 3–6) is an excellent opportunity for girls to develop their individual skills and technical ability. They work together in small groups and in teams, providing good experience for life in general, as well as developing their football skills. The girls will have the opportunity to represent the school or a local club in competitions.
St Stephens Football club is run by Steve ‘Spud’ Tainton.
Year 2 Boys: Thursdays: 3.30pm - 4.30pm on School field
Years 3-6 Girls: Wednesdays: 3.30pm - 4.30pm on School field
Years 3 & 4 Boys: Fridays: 3.45pm - 4.45pm held on Kingswood Upper Playing Field
Years 5 & 6 Boys: Tuesdays: 3.45pm - 4.45pm held on Kingswood Upper Playing Field
What to wear
St Stephen’s PE Kit, shin pads, football boots, light weight waterproof jacket, tracksuit.
St Stephen’s thriving after-school hockey club is open to all children from Year 3 onwards. It is held on the Astroturf pitch at the nearby Royal High Senior School and provides a skill-based, enjoyable environment for the children to master the skills required to play hockey. The hockey coach, Sally Potter, is an England Hockey Level 2 coach.
The school enters teams in the local Savilles’ Junior Hockey League and Cup competitions. Over the years both the U9 team (Years 3-4) and U11 (Years 5-6) teams have enjoyed much success – which is a huge achievement for St Stephen’s as the hockey competitions attract entries from schools and clubs across the South West and sometimes from as far afield as Wales and Sussex.
Children often get the chance to be coached by coaches from Team Bath (based at the University), who often play at a high level for their club or country.
A terms notice is required for stopping this club.
Held on Royal High School Astroturf.
Years 3-4: Tuesdays: 3.45pm - 4.30pm
Year 5-6: Fridays: 3.45pm - 4.30pm
What to wear
Children should wear St Stephen’s PE Kit to the sessions and will need shin pads and a mouth guard to participate. They need to bring a hockey stick too – sticks can be borrowed from school if required.
This club is open to all children, learning to play an instrument in years 3-6. There are also a limited number of places for children to learn percussion through the orchestra. St Stephen’s Orchestra perform in concerts and events such as Carols by Candlelight and the PTFA fairs.
Playing in an orchestra is a fantastic opportunity for children to build confidence in playing and performing with other musicians. As well as learning a wide variety of music, children develop skills in general musicianship. E.g. following a conductor, playing by ear and improvising.
Jeni Reid, who is an experienced music and flute/recorder teacher, leads the Orchestra.
St Stephens School has a well established Spanish Club run by Antonieta Hunter a native Spanish speaker who has extensive experience of teaching both adults and children. Her aim is to introduce the children to the language and cultures of Spain and Latin America through activities, games, songs and stories.
Based at Lansdown Tennis Club and run by Dan Tunstall. More details to follow.