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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
April 2014

30.4.14 !
Inspectors !

Today, we welcomed Dr Swallow and Mrs Firth to school. They have been busy all day, observing lessons, talking to pupils and staff and looking through our data. As we reported yesterday, we would they and would be grateful for any comments that parents and carers may have about the school. Please feel free to log into the 'Parent View' site to complete the questionnaire.

29.4.14 !
Ofsted Inspection !

The school is having an Ofsted Inspection over the next two days. Two inspectors, Dr Swallow and Mrs Firth will be joining us on Wednesday and Thursday. The following letters have been sent out to parents and carers this afternoon. Please click on any of them to see a full size version.
Please click here to see full size letter

28.4.14 !
Welcome to the Summer Term !

We hope everyone has had a good fortnight Easter break. School starts today. This half term is quite short. We have four weeks before the next half term holiday. Next Monday, there is a day off for May Day and on Friday 23rd May, we have a staff training day, so the school will be closed to pupils. The third week of this term is SATs week so our year 6 pupils will be busy preparing for this.

This Week's Ethos Theme & Kidblog
In our assemblies and each school day this week our theme is:
'I like can tell you things that I am good at'.
As our pupils are now really keen on setting up their own forums on our kidblog site, we are now putting a forum for our weekly ethos for anyone to contribute to. Please click here to see this page.

Multicultural Celebrations !
One of the strengths of Stepney is that we are a multicultural school and we think about other people's religions, customs, cultures and beliefs:
This week, people around the world are celebrating
29th April
9th day of Ridvan: Baha’u’llah’s exile is remembered (this part of a 12 day festival in the Bahai Faith)
30th April
Guardian Protector Day: – Sky: (Fasli calendar)
1st May
Beltane: celebration of renewed fertility as summer begins (Gaelic festivals)
2nd May
12th day of Ridvan: remembrance of Baha’u’llah’s exile 

13.4.14 !
Miss Northen's Time !

Miss Northen completed the London Marathon with an official time of 4 hours, 52 minutes and 18 seconds. Very well done to her, on behalf of all of us at Stepney.

11.4.14 !
Easter Holidays !
Today is the last day of the spring term. The school will reopen to pupils on Monday 28th April. We hope everyone has an enjoyable and relaxing fortnight off.

Miss Northen Running the Marathon !
Miss Northen is only a few days away from her first appearance in the London Mararthon. Hoping to complete the course in less than four and a half hours, Miss Northen is raising money for 'Whizz-Kidz', the charity that helps disabled children. Our best wishes go to Miss Northen for a successful race.

Attendance Draw Winners !
We held our draws for the attendance prizes this morning. Alicia's mum was the winner of the Tesco-sponsored Hamper for the parent, whose children had 97+% attendance during the spring term. Shaheed won the PC tablet from the draw of pupils who have had 100% attendance for the second spring half term. Many congratulations to these two as well as everyone else who has had outstanding attendance during the spring term.

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !
We have had another better week overall with more children being here all the time.
Reception 93.33%↑(2 didn't have 100% attendance)
Year 1: 86.2%↓(4 didn't)
Class 2/3a: 85.71%↓(4 didn't)
Class 2/3b: 86.2%↓(4 didn't)
Class 4/5a: 82.6%- (4 didn't)
Class 4/5b: 86.36%↓ (3 didn't)
Class 6a: 89.47%↑ (2 didn't)
Class 6b: 100%- (Everyone in this class was here all week)

Class Attendance for the week !
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.
Reception: 97.33%↑
Year 1: 93.79%↓
Class 2/3a: 96.79%↑
Class 2/3b: 96.21%↓
Class 4/5a: 92.61%↓
Class 4/5b: 93.64%↓
Class 6a: 96.84%↑
Class 6b: 100%-
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.47% which is an increase on last week. The attendance for the spring term is 95.57%.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Mrs England are keeping everyone informed with the latest statistics, including the a line graph which shows how this year's figures compare with last year's. Please click here to see the graph.

Reading Winners !
Mrs Phelps-Jones presented new reading books to the following pupils, who had designed some wonderful book mark designs:
Class 2/3a: Megan
Class 2/3b: Glebs
Class 4/5a: Shaheed
Class 4/5b: Bartek
Class 6a: Thevmini
Class 6b: Patryck
Other pupils received pens: Ahmad, Alishia, Maleeka, Stelina, Therese and Zara

10.4.14
Easter Disco !

Mr Morfitt, Mrs Rodgers and their team organised another brilliant disco this evening. Responding to the school's pupil request, they had the hall hung in Easter-themed decorations. There was a tremendous amount of excitement from the pupils and they all seemed to have a great time. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

Parent View Website !
We sent out letters asking parents and carers if they would be willing to contibute their views on Ofsted's 'Parent View' site. We would still be grateful if more people could contribute. Please click here to access the site.


Please click here to access the Parent View Website

Kidblog Mosaics !
Our two phase 4/5 classes have been studying the Romans this term. As part of their studies, they have been looking into mosaics and have produced some superb mosaic patterns on plates. All of them have been posted onto kidblog site. There is a special forum, which may be accessed by clicking on the category called 'Roman Plate Mosaics'. Other pupils have been requesting their own logons and have quickly started posting forums and blogs of their own. Please feel free to click on our 'Pupils' Forums' category. It is wonderful to see how our pupils are enjoying the kidblog site and contributing some great things on it. Many are really into Minecraft and Lego and there are forums on these, which are well worth looking at. We now have 418 pieces of work or forums on this site, with 1,532 comments.

Soccer Sorrow !

Our year 3/4 footballers travelled to the KC stadium practice pitches to play in a tournament with other teams. They played Pearson, Clifton, Endyke, Spring Cottage, Victoria Dock and St, Charles. Unfortunately, we lost them all, but by close margins. It was their first time as a team together! Better fortune, next time team!

9.4.14
Beverley Road Swimming Baths Closed Next Week !

Beverley Road Baths swimming pools will be closed for maintenance work to high level lighting in the pool hall next week.
The pools will close at 4pm on Saturday 12 April and re-open on Saturday 19 April at 8.30am.
The work affects only the swimming pools, and all other facilities will be available. The programme of activities and facility opening times are available on the Council’s website: www.hullcc.gov.uk
ENDS
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Last Level 6 Maths Session at Kelvin !
This evening, Mr Browning took the level 6 maths group from year 6 to their final tuition night at our fellow trust partners, Kelvin Hall school. The teachers have been giving our pupils extra lessons over the last seven weeks and they have been brilliant. It has been really beneficial for our students to study the harder level maths with secondary school maths specialists. We are extremely grateful to them and to Andy, the driver of their mini-bus, who has been ferrying us backwards and forwards over the weeks.

Letter from Councillor Nicola !
Following the visit of Councillor Nicola and Matt Jukes, we have received this lovely letter from the Councillor. Please click here or on the image to see the full size letter.

8.4.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !

Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Dylan & Jackson 
Class 2/3a Ellie & Sarah 
Class 2/3b Cara & Karolina 
Class 4/5a Josh & Klaudia
Class 4/5b Honya & Shakira
Class 6a  Cailey & Tabarek
Class 6b  David & Ellie

7.4.14
World Health Day !
This morning in assembly, Mr Browning, aided by Lottie & Mohsin, our International pupil councillors, got a mosquito net out to show the rest of the school how it was fitted over a bed to keep mosquitos at bay. Pupils had brought in 10 pence pieces, which Mrs Warcup made into a banner and photographed. She is now going to look on a website and buy some mosquito nets to send to Africa. Many thanks to everyone for their generous help today.

4.4.14
Netball Results !
This evening, Miss Northen and Mr Darwood took our netball team to Pearson Primary School to play in some netball matches. The team for netball changes week by week so all members of the club get a chance to compete.
The first match was against Pearson A. Although Stepney lost 6 v 0, our pupils had a good team spirit. Pearson were a strong side and our footwork let us down slightly. In the second match our team showed much better footwork. The 5 v 1 win in Stepney's favour was due to the whole team passing and marking successfully. So tonights results therefore read as lost one, won one.

World Health Day Appeal !


This afternoon, Lottie and Mohsin, who are our two International Pupil Councillors, visited every classroom to tell us all about World Health Day on Monday. They had brought a mosquito net so they could show us what we're raising money for. Pupils have been asked to bring in 10p so Mrs Warcup can make a banner using these as decoration to highlight the project and to use them to purchase mosquito nets to send to Sierra Leone.


Mohsin explained the importance of mosquito nets in protecting people against catching Malaria. He described his experiences in Bangladesh.

Easter Disco Next Week !
On Thursday, 10th April, we are holding our Easter Disco in school. This will start at the end of school and finish at 4.30pm.

Praise from Mrs Truelove !
Every Friday for the last four years, we have had Mrs Truelove coming into school as a volunteer reader. Mrs Truelove works at St. Stephen's shopping centre and initially came into our school as part of her work. She has kept returning ever since. Mrs Truelove helps us to organise many events connected with the centre. She organised the 'Beatles' celebratory activities including the choir singing there and the visit to the Hull Daily Mail archives. This week she has worked with Mrs Phelps-Jones in arranging the latest visit. She has kindly written to us as well. Here is what she emailed Mrs Phelps-Jones:
"Hi Mrs Phelps-Jones
I hope you all enjoyed the activities on Thursday, I know we did!
I just wanted to say what an absolute pleasure it was to spend time with all the children and the teachers at the shopping centre.  All the feedback from the morning session with Stepney was all fantastic from shopping centre team staff to the retailers too.  
In particular I would like to say thank you very much to you all for making the first session that we have ever run with the NLT a pain free one and a very enjoyable one!
See you next week
Ruth Truelove
St Stephen's, Hull”

Stars of the Week !
Foundation Stage: EYFS
Year 1: Lottie
Year 2/3A: Lucezars
Year 2/3B: Zara
Year 4/5A: Max
Year 4/5B: Andrew
Year 6A: Konrad
Year 6B: Chief

Distinction Awards !
Year 1: Grace & Melisa
Year 2/3B: Al-Horr & Cara
Year 4/5A: Precious & Shakira
Year 6B: Emilia

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !
We have had another better week overall with more children being here all the time.
Reception 90%↑ (3 didn't have 100% attendance)
Year 1: 90%↑ (3 didn't)
Class 2/3a: 88.88%↑ (3 didn't)
Class 2/3b: 96.55%↑ (1 didn't)
Class 4/5a: 82.6%↓ (4 didn't)
Class 4/5b: 95.45%↑ (1 didn't)
Class 6a: 73.68%↓ (4 didn't)
Class 6b: 100%↑(Everyone in this class was here all week)

Class Attendance for the week !
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.
Reception: 96.67%↑
Year 1: 97.2%↑
Class 2/3a: 95.71%↑
Class 2/3b: 98.97%↑
Class 4/5a: 94.78%↓
Class 4/5b: 99.09%↑
Class 6a: 91.05%↓
Class 6b: 100%↑
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.46% which is an increase on last week.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Mrs England are keeping everyone informed with the latest statistics, including the a line graph which shows how this year's figures compare with last year's. Please click here to see the graph.

Kidblog - Phase 2/3 Deforestation Work !
Since our phase 2/3 pupils uploaded their rainforest e-books the other day, we have many new comments posted on the website. Some of these have been from other pupils at our school and others from our friends in Nebraska. The books are all about the dangers of deforestation. Although, we haven't able to upload the actual e-books to the kidblog site, we produced pdf versions of them so they can still be read. We would be delighted to have more comments on their work. Please click here to go to the kidblog site and these pages.

We cannot believe the popularity of our kidblog site. Many pupils have now got the blogging bug and are actively posting many positive comments about their friends' work. Anyone is allowed to join in with this (Please note, that in the interests of e-safety, we check every comment and may delete any inappropriate ones). Currently, on the site, our pupils have uploaded 343 different pieces of work and there have been 1370 comments. This is since we started in the autumn. It has been such a success! Our pupils really enjoy the fact that they act like teachers and colleagues in commenting on their peer's work. They are incredibly kind and complimentary in what they say!

Sports Relief Money Due !
Miss Northen would like to remind everyone that we need all sponsorship money in for Sports Relief Day, please.

3.4.14
Year 6 Exhibition !
In the final exhibition of the spring term, our oldest pupils and their adult guests: parents/carers, relatives and friends, joined together in creating stunning artwork, based on the watercolour work of Georgia O'Keefe. We all noticed that we have some talented parents, when it comes to art work! They also made some stunning 'zoomer paper fliers', which tied in with the pupils' science work. Perhaps, most importantly, the year 6 staff shared a presentation about the build up to and preparation for the SATs exams, which are only weeks away. After the Easter holiday, there are only a couple of weeks before the event. This year, our pupils have been working as hard as ever and all of them have made super progress up to these important tests. Parents/carers were reminded of the need for pupils to be in school during the whole of the SATs week (although, year 6 have recently been having many 100% attendance weeks anyway!) and the usual 'early to bed' message. The year 6 pupils have had tremendous support from their parents this year and we are grateful for this. It is most appreciated.

Football Results !
The football team are now playing much better as a team compared to last year. Tonight, in a series of matches at Hymers' College, they were able to move the ball down the pitch, tackle and get into position which made them a stronger team. David and Chief were fantastic players with speedy footwork and manoeuvred well under pressure. The team never gave up even when playing Hymers who were a strong side. The results for Stepney were as follows:
Hymers 2 v 0 Stepney
Stepney 1 v 1 Pearson
Eastfield 3 v 1 Stepney
Stepney 0 v 0 Francis Askew

Year 6 Parents' and Carer's Voice!
We asked our adult visitors to the Year 6 exhibition what they thought about the activities. All comments have been recorded. XXX has been used to substitute people’s names. We appreciate the time that people have taken to complete these and we will follow up on suggestions, ideas and comments made. Thank you.

What did you enjoy about it?
"It was very good"
"Lovely to see the kids been creative"
"Art and crafts. Getting involved with the children"
"Doing the practical arts and crafts"
"I think this is a good idea to work together with kids"
"It was very interesting today the children have done some wonderful paintings"
"It was interesting to actually work with the children in the school environment, though I must say I'm better at zoomers than painting! It was nice to see the programme re the SATs etc"
"Both activities were relaxed and fun. Loved the painting with watercolours. XXX did a brilliant painting"
"Everything. I have good fun"
"Spending time with XXX"
"Just spending time with XXX watching her work"
"Everything was nice"
"The zappy zoomers. Just goes to show how two pieces of card, four straws and a bit of sellotape can keep kids (and adults) entertained"
"It was nice to see how the kids got on in school and to be able to take part too"
"Today's exhibition was the best fo far was very fun been able to make things"

How could we improve it?
"Nothing"
"Maybe not so rushed"
"More activities"
"Well done!"
"Can't really think of anything. All the children seemed to enjoy it as well"
"I say it everytime, have more!!"
"None"
"No need to"
"Everything was fine"
"I think you are doing great work now"
"You can't today was very good"

Phase 4/5 Visit St. Stephens for another Junior Reader's event !
This year, Mrs Phelps-Jones, our reading manager, has arranged for us to be part of a 'Junior Reader's event. This has included a number of events in which our year 4 and 5 pupils have been involved in. Also, the scheme has provided funding for these pupils to have three new reading books each. The first set was presented on World Book Day, the second at their recent exhibition and the third during this visit. When they arrived at St. Stephen's the pupils went to four different activities, all linked to reading and the importance of reading in our daily lives.
1) At Hull Truck Theatre, they had an inspirational man telling traditional stories, including Rumpelstiltskin;
2) In the 'Build-a-Bear' shop, they had to pass a teddy bear around, while telling a story (the pupils got to keep the bear and bring it back to school);
3) Stopping off at 'Crispy Cream', each pupil made a doughnut and received a hat and;
4) They each made a smoothy drink. Pupils particularly enjoyed seeing a specail bicycle they had, which was linked to a smoothy making machine. Pupils thought this was a good idea, especially for our keen cyclists (including Mr Browning)!

2.4.14
Honeysuckle Farm Visit !
Our second visit to the farm went as well as yesterday's, even though the misty conditions meant it was decidedly colder. Once again, thanks go to everyone who helped to make this another successful excursion.

Mighty Maths Winners !
Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Didi & Nahim
Class 2/3a Michal Z & Wiktor
Class 2/3b Alanta & Hassan
Phase 4/5 Andy, Jakub, Lauren, & Rifath
Class 6a  Mateusz & Thevmini
Class 6b David & Mohsin

1.4.14
Honeysuckle Farm Visit !
Today, Miss Hatfield led the EYFS visit to Honeysuckle farm, where our youngest pupils enjoyed the benefits of the day's sunny weather. Many thanks go to the parents who went along as helpers. It is much appreciated.

Kidblog - Phase 2/3 Deforestation Work !
Our phase 2/3 pupils have been working hard on producing e-books on the ipads about the rainforest and, in particular, the dangers of deforestation. Although, we haven't able to upload the actual e-books to the kidblog site, we have produced pdf versions of them so they can still be read. We would be delighted to have other people's comments on their work. Please click here to go to the kidblog site and these pages.

Rainbow Writing Winners !
Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Jack & Gracie
Class 2/3a Kareena & Owen 
Class 2/3b Stelina & Sunny 
Class 4/5a Klaudia & Max
Class 4/5b Jakub & Shane
Class 6a  Nazia, Tabarek & Thevmini
Class 6b Milena

This Week's Theme
In our assemblies and each school day this week our theme is:
'I like the ways we are all different''

Multicultural Celebrations !
One of the strengths of Stepney is that we are a multicultural school and we think about other people's religions, customs, cultures and beliefs:
This week, people around the world are celebrating
Month of Chaitra begins:- 1st month of the Hindu Calendar 

 

   

 

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Headteacher: Mr P Browning
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Fax: 01482 348681
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