News Archive

Chaplaincy Team Visit The Passage

Sat 05 Mar 2016

The Chaplaincy Team made a visit to The Passage on Tuesday 1st March to take the donations that were generously donated by many families through December and January. The wet weather didn’t seem to affect their spirits. The girls learnt about the work that the charity undertakes in support of the homeless community in and around Westminster Cathedral. The current site was a former children’s prison, a convent and a school! They even had time for a quick visit to the Cathedral where they spent time praying at the tomb of Cardinal Hume and pass through the Door of Mercy. Thank you girls for being such good ambassadors for our school.

Sport Relief London Flagship Mile

Wed 24 Feb 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Sport Relief is taking place next month, and this year there is an opportunity to run in the Olympic Park on Sunday 20th March.

It would be a wonderful experience for the school if we were able to participate in an event where so much was achieved by British athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

If your child would like to participate, we would suggest that we book the same time slot to run in; the 1.30pm may be the most suitable.   A suggestion would be to head off together on the train after the 9.30am Palm Sunday mass at the church (some time between 10.30 and 11), which would allow the children to travel together, as part of the experience.

If you would like to participate please go to the website below to enter, and apply to run one of the distances; we would suggest that the 1 mile race would be manageable by all year groups. A booking sooner rather than later is advised because the slots are filling quickly.

If you enter for the 1.30 slot, you will be running with the other school participants.  A family entry (2 adults and 2 children) seems the most cost-efficient option, so it may make sense for families to apply together.  It would be your own choice how you fund-raise, but it is obviously all for a good cause.

It would be lovely to have as many pupils there as possible – and I would ask that our competitors wear their red school hats, so that they can be easily spotted!  I will be cheering you on and I may even be wearing a red hat too!

Yours faithfully

C D Soyka

Year 6 SATS Workshop for Parents

Tue 23 Feb 2016

Friday 26th February sees the next workshop for Year 6 parents in the school hall at 9.05 am. It will offer opportunities to learn different strategies that children are taught in preparation for forthcoming SATs tests in May. We look forward to welcoming many of you.

Development of the Alban Way

Fri 22 Jan 2016

Grant Scheme for Community Green Space

Mr Nosowski the Treasurer of the PTA, has been investigating a new grant scheme for community spaces using the money raised from the 5 pence bag charge in Tesco stores throughout the UK. We have identified a potential space on the Alban Way behind the nursery area of the Infant School. We intend to work with staff and children from the Infant School to prepare and submit a bid. More information about the scheme can be found at: and at

We will keep you updated and inform you when more help is needed.

Secondary Transfer- Slides from Presentation 17/9/15

Mon 21 Sep 2015

You will find the slides from the presentation from Thursday 17th September under the Key Information section.

Weekly Assembly Slides

Mon 21 Sep 2015


All of the slides from Monday morning’s assembly can be found in the Latest News Page under Weekly Assemblies. If you didn’t manage to make assembly on a Monday morning you can access the presentation and discuss the theme with your child. Keep checking back.

Week of iMaths

Fri 18 Sep 2015

Last week we were one of 100 schools in the country chosen to taken part in a week of extra maths sessions linked to Stanford University (USA). Children in Years 4-6 enjoyed many investigations, watched videos explaining how our brains process maths and how we all have great potential to learn. We were all inspired by this project and look forward to working again as part of this initiative.

Year 6 French trip

Mon 18 May 2015

Year 6 French trip 18th to 21st May

Please click here for regular updates on the childrens progress.


Tue 21 Apr 2015


20thApril 2015

Dear Parents/Carers,

At the end of the current academic year Mrs Sullivan-Pond will leave St Alban and St Stephen Catholic Junior School after twenty nine years of service. Mrs Sullivan –Pond has seen many changes throughout her career at the school and has been a very supportive member of staff in her role as the school secretary. I am sure that she will enjoy her well-deserved retirement and continue to pursue her many hobbies and interests.

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Mrs Sullivan – Pond for her many years of service and hard work in serving the community of St Alban and Saint Stephen.

Further details regarding Mrs Sullivan –Pond’s retirement will be sent out later in the term.

Yours faithfully

C Soyka

Mr C D Soyka


Mon 20 Apr 2015

20th April 2015

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week marks global safety week. Schools all over the world have been encouraged to spend time talking to and sharing with children, the importance of remaining safe travelling to and from school. Part of the school’s own initiative in promoting the importance of behaviour and safety, is to ensure that the children are taught about this important aspect of their learning.

Now that the warmer weather has arrived, more and more families will take the opportunity of enjoying the sunshine and will walk to and from school. It is important therefore, that the school reminds everyone of the dangers of walking to and from school and to remain vigilant at all times.

Attached to this letter is a flyer about the Green Cross Code. It is an updated version of the code and is very easy to follow. Please remind your child of how to use the code.

There is also a link to a website that highlights the importance of keeping safe on the roads around the world so that many young lives can be saved. Please spend some time reading the articles on the site. I hope that you find them very useful.

The gate that leads to the Alban Way will be locked after school at 3:45pm every night. The school is very vulnerable to people accessing the site from this entrance and to tighten the security, this necessary change has to be made. The gate to the Camp Road will also be locked at 3:45pm on nights when there aren’t any after school clubs that use the field. 

Yours faithfully

C Soyka

Mr C D Soyka


Fri 20 Mar 2015

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Letter from the Editor ~ Young Writers’ Competition 2014-15

Mon 09 Feb 2015

Last week we received a letter from Jenni Bannister (Managing Editor of Once Upon A Time) and she wrote to our school to say:

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Junior School. Recently your school entered Yonger Writers’ national writing competition and we have throughly enjoyed reading every entry! I am delighted to inform you that our editors would like to publish your pupils’ mini sagas… Having work published is not only something to be proud of but it will encourage your pupils to continue to develop their writing talent…”

Well done to all the children who entered this competition and we look forward with great anticipation to reading the Once Upon A Time – South East Tales, which is due to be published on 30th April 2015.

Chess Tournament

Mon 09 Feb 2015

Children from Chess Club played in a competition on Friday 6th February against a number of other local schools. Mr Flatt their coach has written the report below.

We played the first two rounds of the South West Herts Primary School Chess League in what was a well organised and friendly event at Cunningham Hill Junior School. Last year’s champions are Oakwood A.

The teams taking part in this year’s league are: Cunningham Hill A & B, Roundwood A & B (Harpenden), Oakwood A & B, Bhaktivedanta Manor (Aldenham), Arnett Hills (Rickmansworh), Skyswood and, of course, Ss Alban & Stephen.

Let me thank our team for playing so well against Roundwood B and Oakwood B who were both strong and well prepared teams. We lost rather badly to Roundwood B (0-6) but came back strong to draw with Oakwood B (3 games each).

Our team benefited from the experience of Harley(captain), Jessica and Molly(vice captain) who were all members of last year’s team; each of them won their games against Oakwood B. Our new players (Odette, Amelia, Jack and Alex) showed tremendous fighting spirit and great promise in their first competition.

We look forward to our remaining matches on Friday 27th February and Friday 27th March.

Letter of Thanks from Great Ormond Street Hospital

Fri 09 Jan 2015

This week we received a letter from Great Ormond Street, thanking all of our school community for our donation to their charity appeal.

A copy of their letter has been placed for you to read in our News section under ‘Our Charity Work’.

We are Winners of the Ks2 Pupil Premium Awards 2015

Fri 19 Dec 2014

Our school is delighted to have won in the key stage 2 category of the ‘Pupil Premium Awards 2015’.  This is in recognition of the schools attainment and progress of our pupils since 2011. In our letter today from David Laws MP he writes:

‘I would like to congratulate your staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success, and thank you for your leadership in making such a difference to the future success of your pupils. It is clear that you and your staff have provided your pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for secondary school.’

Presentation Night at St Albans Council Chambers

Tue 16 Dec 2014

The award ceremony for the St Alban’s Half Marathon was held this evening at the District Chambers. Some of our Infant and Junior School pupils went along to represent our schools to receive our charity shield as we were awarded for the 7th year in a row the Primary Schools Award! The children also were given a cheque for £500 which will be presented to our PTA in assembly. A special thanks to Stephanie Field and Jane Mountain, who over the years have led and organised us to all participate!

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Children In Need 2014

Fri 14 Nov 2014

Our school was covered on spots today as our Chaplaincy Team organised a successful fundraising event for Children in Need.

Clara & Isabel Spizer also ran their own “guess the sweets in a jar” competition for 50 pence a go.

During the assembly the children announced that so far the money raised had reached £236.00 with more to follow from the Year 6 collection box in Reception!

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New Headteacher Appointed

Wed 12 Nov 2014

12 November 2014

Dear Parents and Carers

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Governing Body have been successful in recruiting a Head Teacher for the Junior School.

Mr Charles Soyka attended a selection day at our school before half-term and it was unanimously agreed by representatives from Herts Local Authority, the Diocese of Westminster and the school Governing Body to appoint Mr Soyka to the vacant Head Teacher position.

Mr Soyka is currently Deputy Head of a Catholic Primary School in North London. He brings with him a child-focused approach, energy and enthusiasm for catholic education and will be a great asset to our school.  I know that Mr Soyka is very much looking forward to meeting you when he takes up his role in the New Year and that you will all welcome him warmly to our school community.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Ortone and her team for running the school superbly in our one term without a Head Teacher.

Kind regards,

Christian Gallagher
Chair of Governors

Remembrance Assembly

Tue 11 Nov 2014

Today we held a very special remembrance assembly commemorating the centenary of WW1. During this our children watched a brief history of WW1 and listened to various poems diary entries and reflections.

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Spanish Day

Mon 27 Oct 2014

Spanish Day 2014  was a great success ~ please see link in Cultural Events for more details and pictures!

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Spanish Day

Wed 15 Oct 2014

Spanish Day Wednesday 22nd October 2014


Dress up in the flag’s colours

or wear a typical Spanish costume!

We have planned exciting workshops:

Learn lots of Spanish words and phrases

Taste delicious Spanish food

Get to know land and culture

Paint like Picasso

… and dance Flamenco with your friends


Parents and friends please join us for a welcome assembly at

9- 9.30am with Spanish nibbles at our Spanish Café and enjoy a Flamenco presentation at 2.45 – 3.15pm.

We hope that all children will dress in Spanish themed clothes, you may like to use Spanish flag as inspiration (red and yellow), or print or draw a copy of the Spanish flag and attach it to a plain t-shirt. No football shirts please.
The school would be grateful for any Spanish themed items e.g. flags, castanets etc. by Monday 20th October. Please make sure that your child’s name is clearly marked.
There is a food tasting workshop after assembly and we ask children with allergies to bring a snack to enjoy as many of the food items may contain traces of allergens.
There will be no achievement assembly on the 22nd; however, there are two Spanish themed assemblies one at 9-9.30 am and another including a Flamenco display at 2.45 -3.15pm that you are welcome to attend.
Today is the last day for children who have packed lunch to order a Spanish themed lunch please let the school office know before the end of today.

Harvest Festival

Wed 08 Oct 2014

Thank you for the generous harvest gifts that you sent to school on Wednesday. The food was shared between the Vineyard Church food bank and the community living at the Catholic Farm. The children led a beautiful service of thanksgiving, orchestrated by Mrs Jeffery and Mrs Griffiths. It helped us all reflect on the inequality in the world and how we have the power to do something to support others less fortunate than us.

We are all still In Mrs Hill’s thoughts and prayers as you can see with this beautiful Harvest display that Mrs Hill has crafted and  kindly given to the school for our Harvest Festival.

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Knebworth House

Fri 27 Jun 2014

A number of children from Year 3 and 4 were chosen to take part in a trip to Knebworth last Friday. They took part in a story trail of the house and gardens. The purpose was to use the ideas to create a story which they completed at home. They will be sharing their experience and exerts from their stories in an assembly. Thank you to Miss Ortone for organising the trip and giving the children such an exciting opportunity to use their skills as writers to create such amazing pieces of writing