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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
December 2015

18.12.15
Merry Christmas
We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. We finished our term with another rousing Christmas Service at St. Mary’s church in Sculcoates. Our choir performed the songs they had sung at the Hull Festival of Choirs and other year groups performed the songs from their Christmas Productions. After a sermon by Mr Browning, Father Malcolm led the blessing.
May we remind you that School reopens on Monday 4th January 2016.

Attendance Figures 
We are aiming to raise the attendance levels from last year. Compared with 2014, we have reduced the number of persistent absentees i.e. those who miss 15% or more of the school year to only 5 pupils. We were disappointed to be hit by a wave of illnesses in the spring term, which brought down our attendance lower than the previous year. Once again, we are making this one of our main priorities. As always, we are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100% this week
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the this week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 60.71%↓ (11 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 86.66%- (4 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 93.33%↑ (2 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 90%↓ (3 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 86.20%↑ (4 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 83.33%- (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 77.77%↓ (4 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 82.57%↓(31 didn't have 100% attendance) 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 81.43%↓  
Year 1: 96.67%↑
Year 2: 92.59%↓
Year 3: 96.55%↓
Year 4: 92.76%↑
Year 5: 88.97%↓
Year 6: 92.86%↓
Whole School Average: 94.85%
*=classes with 97% or more were rewarded with attendance vouchers

17.12.15
Christmas Disco

We had our end of term disco this evening, complete with a visit from Father Christmas, himself. Everyone enjoyed themselves in this festive-themed event.

16.12.15
Phase 3-4 Production
Many thanks to staff and pupils in year 3 and 4 for putting on a wonderful Christmas Production. This was the final phase Christmas performance this week and it certainly didn't disappoint. There was plenty of great singing from all the pupils.

Charity: Mission Christmas
Many thanks for supporting our chosen charity this year. Two of the staff from Viking FM came to school today to pick up the presents that had kindly been donated, together with £159 from our Christmas Jumper Day. They expressed their gratitude for the school’s support.

Music Extravaganza
Mrs Rice led the whole school in a celebratory performance of all the music we have been studying this term. Each year group took it in turns to play and sing through the repetoires that they put together over the last fourteen weeks. Once again, we are grateful for the brilliant work that Mrs Rice has done with the children.

15.12.15
Sleeping Beauty At Hull Truck

Our Key Stage 2 pupils walked the short distance to the Hull Truck Theatre to watch their annual Christmas Pantomime. Now, a regular event on our Stepney calendar, we returned to watch this year's production, which was Sleeping Beauty. Along with ice-creams for all at the interval, everyone agreed that this was an excellent way to spend a morning during the last week of a long autumn term. As always, our pupils were impeccably well-behaved. It's always a pleasure to take them on these things.

Key Stage 1 Extravaganza
Meanwhile, back at school, our year 1 and 2 classes were performing their version of the nativity story infront of a packed hall of parents, staff and our Foundation Stage pupils. It was a rousing production of new songs, alongside the traditional story of Mary and Jesus. It was certainly an apt celebration of Christmas and a massive hit with the whole audience. Many thanks to all the staff who put this together.

A Fond Farewell to Mr Darwood
This afternoon, we had an extra assembly to say goodbye and good luck to Mr Darwood. After the London 2012 Olympics, the government had decided to put extra funding into schools, specifically to improve the sporting and exercise opportunities for children and young people. As part of the 'legacy' of the Olympics, this Sports Premium funding was given out to schools. At Stepney, we had already been proactive in this field, by appointing a PE coach to lead this subject across the school. First, Mr Rookyard, then Mr Dear and now Mr Jones have taken on this role and it has proven very successful. With the Sports Premium coming through, Mr Browning met with the heads of Clifton and Pearson Primary Schools to see if the three schools could do something more innovative. This discussion resulted in us recruiting Mr Darwood, who was given the brief to improve interschool competitions across the three primaries, as well as oversea coaching of staff and pupils. Spending two days a week at both Clifton and Pearson (who didn't have their own PE coach) and the other day at Stepney, Mr Darwood soon proved his worth. He has worked closely with our PE Coach, our PE Coordinators (first, Miss Northen and now, Mr Ingram) as well as taking classes himself. Mr Darwood is now moving onto a new venture. He has secured a post at South Ferriby Primary School, where we know he will be a huge asset to them. A keen and talented semi-professional footballer and musician, Mr Darwood's skills will stand him in good stead for his new year 3-4 class, which he will start teaching in January 2016. Our very bext wishes go out to him. Many thanks, Tom!

Singing at the Residential
Mrs Rice and Mrs Brodie took our choir out again tonight. This time, it was to one of the local Residential homes to bring them a little festive cheer. We are always given a warm welcome by the residents and this year was no difference. Singing a range of different carols and Christmas songs, our young singers were a hit!

14.12.15
EYFS Christmas Fayre

This year, we are trialling some different things. Instead of a whole-school Christmas fayre, we have split it up into smaller events. In addition to the expanded version of the Secret Shop last week, our Foundation Stage staff put on a smaller fayre in their unit, which proved particularly popular. They were overwhelmed with parents and pupils and it was a roaring success.

Mighty Maths

This week's winners are:
Year 1 Judyta
Year 2Sofija
Phase 3/4 Jakub & Malakai
Year 5 Bartek
Year 6 Josh

Year 5 Christmas Craft Exhibition
This afternoon, year 5 held their exhibition. Parents and relatives were invited in to look at their children's work but also to join in making some 3D Christmas cards. It was wonderful to see the classrooms packed with industrious adults and pupils. Everyone certainly seemed to have a great time. Questionnaires were filled in by our guests and all the results are shown below. (We've substituted pupils' names with XXX)

What did you enjoy about it?
"We are spend very good time with XXX. We feel like children's making Christmas cards"
"Enjoyed being able to look at child's work and then having plenty of time to enjoy the craft afternoon. I enjoyed spending time with my XXX and been able to make my wonderful dad card"
"Being creative with my child"
"I liked to do art with my daughter"
"I enjoyed looking at XXX's work and getting to make things with her"
"I always enjoy doing things with my granddaughter. It was fun"
"I always enjoy being able to do things with my daughter that are creative and get involved with what she does in school"
"Being able to look at my son's work and joining in with activities"
"Everything. These days are fun and good to spend time with the children"
"It was great. I really enjoyed doing that with XXX"
"How we made the Christmas Cards. Watching"
"I really enjoyed making card with my daughter it fun and I like"
"I am really enjoyable. Thank you"
"Today's exhibition is very nice and enjoyable. I like it because I could see my child's progress!"
"Getting to work together and make something. Nice to see some of workbooks"
"We like everything. Work with children is nice"

How could we improve it?
"No improvement required! Excellent"
"? - All good in my opinion"
"I don't think you could improve it"
"Nothing. Everything was good"
"Nothing"
"Nothing"
"It was great but I don't think anything with to improve it"
"For it to happen more often"
"I don't want to improve anything"
"We improve it do many times"

11.12.15
Christmas Jumper Day on 11th
We had a brilliant Christmas Jumper Day, with pupils and staff paying £1 to come in their favourite festive jumpers. The money raised will go to our chosen ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal.

Our Stars of the Week Winners are:                     
EYFS Alisha            
Year 1 Lily-May                
Year 2 Kayleigh       
Year 3 Darrel
Year 4 Cara            
Year 5 Patrycja                   
Yr 6 Katie

Attendance Figures 
We are aiming to raise the attendance levels from last year. Compared with 2014, we have reduced the number of persistent absentees i.e. those who miss 15% or more of the school year to only 5 pupils. We were disappointed to be hit by a wave of illnesses in the spring term, which brought down our attendance lower than the previous year. Once again, we are making this one of our main priorities. As always, we are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100%
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 75%↓(7 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 86.66%↑ (4 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 92.59%↑ (2 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 100%↑
Year 4: 79.31%↓ (6 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 83.33%↓ (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 100%↑
Whole School Average: 88.12%↓(24 didn't have 100% attendance) 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 93.21%↑  
Year 1: 95.33%↑
Year 2: 98.52%*↑
Year 3: 100%*↑
Year 4: 89.66%↓
Year 5: 91.78%↓
Year 6: 100%*↑
Whole School Average: 95.09%↑
*=classes with 97% or more were rewarded with attendance vouchers

10.12.15
Mighty Maths

This week's winners are:
Year 1 Amir
Year 2 D'Niro
Year 3 Alex
Year 4 Zeen
Year 5 Maleeka
Year 6 Sadam

Year 6 Autumn Exhibition
Today, it was the turn of year 6 to host the latest exhibition. Pupils have been incredibly busy this term and were eager and proud to share their hard work with their parents. Everyone then made Christmas crackers and cards. It was a really enjoyable and productive morning.
 As usual, we asked our visitors what they thought about the morning's event. These are all the comments (pupils names have been substituted by XXX)

What did you enjoy about it?
"I really enjoyed being with my daughter and making cards and crackers"
"I am very happy to see my daughter's progress"
"It was nice spending time with my granddaughter. It was enjoyable making things with her"
"Spending time with the kids and joining in with activities"
"Work with children. Great fun"
"Everything"
"I like doing the Christmas card and the cracker"
"Everything I like"
"I like everything"
"All of it. I found the morning very enjoyable"
"I enjoyed making things with my son (and the other children)"
"I enjoy Christmas Card"
"I enjoy making Christmas crackers, and Christmas cards with XXX"
"Helping my son make the Xmas cracker and card"

How could we improve it?
"Keep it up"
"It is all perfect"
"Nothing"
"Nothing needed to change"
"Nothing"
"Nothing to improve, everything was perfect"
"Need Merry Christmas sign, not Happy Holiday"

9.12.15
EYFS Christmas Nativity

The first of our Christmas productions took place this morning to a hall, packed with parents, staff and pupils. Our nursery and reception pupils put on a wonderful nativity entitled the 'Whoops-a-daisy' angel. Always a popular show, our youngest pupils sang and acted their parts brilliantly. We were also delighted to welcome the nursery children from Fenchurch Children's Centre and we were especially grateful for their staff coming to the rescue when our CD version of the music decided not to work!

Secret Shop
Mr Morfitt and his band of teaching assistants led the Christmas Secret shop today. With gifts priced at £1, £2 and £3, it proved to be an extremely popular day with pupils buying 'surprise' presents for relatives as well as the odd one or two for themselves! We then extended it to after school so parents could join their children. A bottle stall and tombola completed the event. Many thanks for all those who helped and everyone who bought something!

8.12.15
EYFS Christmas Production
Our Nursery and Reception Classes will be performing their Christmas Production at 10.30am tomorrow morning in the school hall. We would like to invite parents/carers of these pupils to join us for their nativity.

Singing in Tesco
This evening, Mrs Rice and Mrs Brodie took our school choir over to the Tesco Express store to sing some Christmas carols for the customers. Rachael, the store's new manager welcomed our pupils and provided them with treats after they had finished. It certainly brought some smiles to the faces of everyone!

Christmas Secret Shop
Just to remind parents that on tomorrow we will be holding our very popular SECRET SHOP. This is where pupils may bring in some money and buy presents for their relatives. In the morning, Mr Morfitt and staff will be upstairs with years 3, 4, 5 & 6 taking it in turns to visit the shop. In the afternoon, it will be the turn of nursery, reception plus years 1 and 2 then at 3pm, parents will also be invited to buy from the shop.
There will also be bottle and tombola stores.

7.12.15
The School Choir Perform at the Hull Festival of Carols

Led by the illustrious Mrs Rice, our Stepney School Choir joined twenty seven other schools for the Hull Festival of Carols at the impressive City Hall. It was a brilliant evening, in which our pupils sang their hearts out. The event has now been running for over fifty years. Mrs Rice, herself, can still remember when she sang there as a girl with her school. The city hall was virtually full so there was a fantastic atmosphere. Mr Browning, Mrs Rice and parents, friends and relatives of our choir were really proud of all who took part, especially as Stepney Choir had a starring role in the rendition of 'A Caribbean 12 Days of Christmas'.

Star Readers
This week, it was Denver from year 5 who presented our Star Reader assembly. It was another brilliant performance. Well done, Denver.
This week's winners are:
Year 1 Mateaus
Year 2 Zelan
Year 3 Jackson
Year 4 Michal
Year 5 Anton
Year 6 Karleena

4.12.15
A Productive Training Day

The school has been closed to pupils today for a teacher training day. This is one of the five days per year, that is allocated to schools for training purposes. Amongst the work we have done today, all staff undertook 'Prevent' training, which is to ensure they are all aware of and may respond correctly to 'radicalisation' in schools, as well as Child Protection updates. Miss Atkinson, our CP coordinator always ensures all the staff have the latest news on this issue.
Foundation Stage staff also worked on their outdoor area. We have been given pallets, tree stumps plus willow to furnish this area to make it more enjoyable and stimulating for our youngest pupils. The task is not completed but staff did manage to create a willow house, staging, water puzzles and outdoor musical experiences.
Photos were posted on our Twitter account.

3.12.15
School Closed Tomorrow
School is closed tomorrow (Friday 4th) for a training day. School reopens as usual on Monday 7th December,

Year 6 IMPs & Tree Planting
This morning , our year 6 pupils were busy learning basic first aid techniques, including CPR and dressings for cuts and breakages in the Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools (IMPs). Last week, these same pupils worked with David Longthorn from the Yorkshire Wildlife trust, in planting more trees and wild flowers on the embarkment of Barmiston Drain. We have been helping David do this for numerous years now. As always, it is great to be improving our local environment.

Autum Term Exhibitions
10th December - Year 6
14th December—Year 5 Christmas Craft Afternoon (Please note this is a change from the original date. A letter will be going out to year 5 parents next week)

Christmas Productions
9th December—EYFS
15th December - Phase 1 & 2
16th December - Phase 3 & 4
18th December - Christmas Service at St. Mary's Church

Attendance Figures
We are aiming to raise the attendance levels from last year. Compared with 2014, we have reduced the number of persistent absentees i.e. those who miss 15% or more of the school year to only 5 pupils. We were disappointed to be hit by a wave of illnesses in the spring term, which brought down our attendance lower than the previous year. Once again, we are making this one of our main priorities. As always, we are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100%
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 85.71%↑(4 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 80.00%↓ (6 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 88.88%↑ (3 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 90.00%- (3 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 89.65%↓ (3 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 93.33%- (2 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 96.42%↑ (1 pupil didn't)
Whole School Average: 88.84%↓ ↑(26 didn't have 100% attendance) 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 96.43%↓↑  
Year 1: 88.33%↓ 
Year 2: 97.22%*↑
Year 3: 96.67%↓ 
Year 4: 93.10%↓ 
Year 5: 98.33%*↑
Year 6: 99.11%*↑
Whole School Average: 95.06%↑
*=classes with 97% or more were rewarded with attendance vouchers

2.12.15
Star Readers
 
It was the turn of Jagoda from year 4 to present today's assembly with a brilliant explanation about her choice of favourite author.
This week’s winners are
Year 1 Harley
Year 3 Lena
Year 4 Carla
Year 5 Denver
Year 6 Seraphimna

1.12.15
Three Hoop Challenge
This afternoon, Mr Ingram took his year 3 class to Kingston Youth Centre for a different type of tournament. It was a game a little like netball but instead of one goal, there were three hoops. Some of the pupils have written up their accounts of the event.
"We went to Kingston Youth Centre. When we went there we played 3 Hoop Ball as a competition. We split up in schools because Pearson and Clifton were having a competition with us. We did very well and the other schools did well too. I enjoyed playing against other schools. My favourite part was when I was trying to get the ball. I would want to go again" by Faiza.
"We went to Kingston Youth Centre. We had a competition with Pearson and Clifton. There were three teams which were red, amber and green. We played a fun game called three hoop ball. It was a game where we have 3 hoops and a ball. My favourite part was when I saw other schools because some of my friends go there. I enjoyed it because I liked playing and watching other people play the game. We came second, Pearson won and Clifton came 3rd. It was really fun" by Maria.

Christmas Secret Shop

Just to remind parents that on Wednesday 9th December we will be holding our very popular SECRET SHOP. This is where pupils may bring in some money and buy presents for their relatives. In the morning, Mr Morfitt and staff will be upstairs with years 3, 4, 5 & 6 taking it in turns to visit the shop. In the afternoon, it will be the turn of nursery, reception plus years 1 and 2 then at 3pm, parents will also be invited to buy from the shop, plus there will also be bottle and tombola stores.

Santa & Disco Dates
On Thursday 17th December, we will have our Christmas Disco from the end of school to 4.30pm. We are delighted to announce that Father Christmas will be joining us on this occasion. Instead of using the Pastoral room, along the corridor, we will be using the rooms at the back of the school hall, while the disco is taking place. Hopefully, this will give us much more room and prevent the 'overcrowding' problems we usually have along the narrow link corridor.

Charity: Mission Christmas 2015
Please may we remind you that we have now registered our school for the Viking FM 'Mission Christmas' appeal.

 

After supporting overseas projects for many years with things like 'Love in a Box', we have decided to help with a local cause instead.
Following a phone call to the charity manager, Charlotte Pickering, we received this email from her:
"We are delighted your school are able to support Mission Christmas this year! Your amazing efforts towards this year’s appeal is keeping the Christmas dream alive for thousands of sick and disadvantaged children living right here in East Yorkshire & Northern Lincolnshire."
This year’s Mission Christmas Campaign has now started and will be running through till Friday 18th December. With your support, we aim to make a big contribution to support even more local children at risk of not receiving a gift this Christmas.
Our school pupil council has already met to discuss ideas including having another 'Christmas Jumper' day on Friday 11th December. Pupils are being encouraged to wear a 'Christmas Jumper' at school and pay £1 for this cause.

Also, we are asking for donations of 'new' toys so that these may go to the appeal and brighten up a child's Christmas. These must not be wrapped up, so that the Charity organisers may work out which children they are appropriate for.

We appreciate that parents and pupils at Stepney willingly help us with charity events through out the year, so we will be very grateful for your support, yet again, in this appeal. Please send any 'toys' to school with your children, or pop in at the school office'.

 

   

 

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Headteacher: Mr P Browning
Tel: 01482 343690
Fax: 01482 348681
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