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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
April 2016

29.4.16
May Day Holiday Next Week

School is closed on Monday 2nd next week for May Day. School opens on Tuesday.

Slam Poetry Assembly
We had a magical assembly this morning. In the run-up to the start of the Slam Poetry interschool competition at the end of May, Mr Browning had invited pupils to perform their poems. We were all delighted to hear many poems that were written and performed the children. It was slightly disappointing that we didn't have any boys who were willing to join in. Hopefully, next week, they will emulate the brilliant performance of the girls. Here are the names of those girls who took part and their peoms:
Sarah - 'My Annoying Friend'
Vaishali & Zeen - 'Spaghetti'
Amelia & Patryca  - 'My Dog Ate My Blanket'
Stelina - 'My Big Brother'
Megan - 'Tornado'
Dani & Faye - 'The Bear Named Lee'
Cara - 'Bread Is Good For Your Head'
Jagoda - 'Don't Eat Your Spaghetti'
Janet & Maryam - 'Spaghetti'
Carla, Lily and Fatima - 'Jelly Jungle'

Stars of the Week
This week's winners were:
EYFS Ayaan
Year 1 Leah
Year 2  Maja
Year 3 Aleksander
Year 4 Maryam
Year 5 Sunny
Year 6 Daniel

English Class for Adults
We have received the following advert for an ESOL course at the former Endeavour High School, which is now a Learning and Skills Centre. Please click here for a pdf copy of the advert.

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95% but it has been a much more positive week again. We still have to improve on this though as we are below 95%.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.

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: 66.66%↓(10 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 90.00%↑(3 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 89.65%↑(3 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 90.00%-(3 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 93.10%↑(2 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 90.00%↑(3 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 93.33%-(2 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 87.53%↑(26 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 38 pupils last week) 

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. This week, the attendance has improved, with four classes* getting over 97% and an attendance voucher.
Foundation Stage: 91.33%↑
Year 1: 97.33%↑*
Year 2: 96.21%↑
Year 3: 97.33%↑*
Year 4: 96.55%-
Year 5: 97.93%↑*
Year 6: 98.00%↓*
Whole School Average: 94.43%↑

Lunches Reminder
This week, we have had a number of pupils taking a school dinner, when they had told the teacher they were packed lunch. Please ensure your child knows which type of lunch s/he is supposed to have.

28.4.16
Foundation Stage Assembly

In front of 34 parents and the rest of the school, our youngest pupils shared an all-singing, speaking assembly about their visit to Honey suckle farm last week. It was a great performance and we all loved joining in with the songs. Many thanks, EYFS.

Netball Triumph
After being 3 v 0 down after 5 minutes this evening, our netball team turned the game against Pearson around to win  8 v 6! A great performance!

27.4.16
International Pupil Council

Mr Browning led the latest IPC meeting this afternoon at Stoneferry Primary School. Bartek, Dominik and Lewis were our pupil representatives. The main item on today's agenda was a presentation from Ollie, Richard and Ryan from Hull City Tigers' Trust. These three football coaches have just returned from Freetown, where they were delivering a FA coaching course for a week. They shared a powerpoint presentation, that was packed with photos and information. They had trained coaches in Freetown, who will now use their skills to coach children and young people. The told our pupils how they got there, what the conditions were like and how the Sierra Leonians responded to the training. In hot and humid conditions, the English coaches found it hard going, while the Sierra Leonians kept on going from 9am through to 5pm every day. We heard how they couldn't even afford bottled water but relied on plastic bags filled with water. The Hull coaches took them City tops, which the locals adored. They said how humbling it was to work with people who were happy, despite not having very much in life. It was a great presentation and our pupils had many good questions to ask them about their trip.
Today has also been an important day in Sierra Leone. On 27th April 1961, they gained independence from the UK, so it is a national holiday over there. Our pupil councillors decorated letters spelling out the words 'Happy Independence Day'. Mr Browning and Mrs Guthrie photographed these and sent them on Whatsapp to their Freetown colleagues, who will meet tomorrow.
It was another productive meeting! Many thanks to Stoneferry for hosting the event.

Hull FC working with Year 3
While Hull footballers were working with IPC, Hull rugby players were at Stepney, coaching our year 3 pupils. Iafeta Paleaaesina, the Hull FC Rugby League player, came along with the FC Foundation team. He has tweeted photos from the session and these can be accessed via the school's Twitter account.

Star Readers Assembly
This week's winners are:
Year 1 Daniel
Year 2 Demi
Year 3 Lottie
Year 4 Al Horr
Year 5 Liliana
Year 6 Katie
Maliik had prepared the powerpoint presentation. He had chosen the mathematician and television presenter, Carol Vorderman, as his favourite author. Maliik continued the great tradition of pupils delivering a first class assembly.

26.4.16
Indian Day

Year 5 had three visitors into school to give the pupils and Indian day. Everyone had Indian designs drawn onto their arms (in face paints); they made and tasted Indian food and coloured in designs. Everyone agreed it was a superb experience.
Here are some quotes from pupils in year 5:
"On Tuesday 26th of April, year 5 had an amazing visit by 3 adults to teach them all about India."
Narelle
"Year 5 got to do cooking, Indian art and dancing. When they were doing cooking they all got split into two different groups. One group made garlic sauce, mint an cucumber sauce and spicy sauce, also each child made a flat bread using water and flour."
Dani
"After play-time, they got some fab Henna and made some epic art! Soon after that, everyone got dressed in Indian clothing and did some Bollywood dancing. What a treat!"
Megan
"The best part was when nearly everyone got a hena (not real hena, face paint)"
Stelina
"On Tuesday this week, the year 5s had a spectacular time! In the afternoon, we danced to the Indian beat. It was fantastic!"
Sarah

25.4.16
Return of the Mummy

No, years 3 and 4 are not studying horror stories at the moment but they are researching the Ancient Egyptians this term. Today, they went to the 'Hands On History' museum in Hull for some very interactive experiences. Deborah, Maryam and Michal take up the story...
'On Monday 24th of April, year 3/4 went to the Hands On History museum to learn more about Ancient Egypt, which is our history topic. It was an amazing day. We even saw a real life mummy! To help us understand more about mummification, we mummified Vaishali and Jackson taking out their organs before wrapping them in bandages. It really was a fabulous day!'
Please note: the two named pupils returned fully intact! The staff at the museum used props to simulate the process! Phew!

Mighty Maths Winners
This week's winners are:
Year 1 Yu Tong
Year 2 Sophia
Phase 3/4 have been on a school visit today
Phase 5/6 Mohamad & Zuzanna 

24.4.16
Team Stepney Take on the Wolds Classic!

Mr Cameron and Mr Browning took part in the 'Heart of the Wold's 100km Classic Cycling Sportive' today. Sporting this year's Tour de Yorkshire jerseys, in honour of the race that starts next Friday, they clocked up a decent time of 4 hours 18 minutes to get them a bronze timing result.

23.4.16
Happy St. George's Day

It is an extra-special day today. As well as being St. George's Day (the patron saint of England), it is 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. The 23rd April is also the date of his birth!

22.4.16
Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95% but it has been a much more positive week than the week prior to the Easter holidays. We still have to improve on this though as we are below 95%.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.

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: 90%↑(3 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 93.33%↑(2 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 86.20%↑(4 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 86.66%↓(4 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 76.66%↓(7 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 96.66%↑(1 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 90.00%↓(3 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 88.50%↑(24 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 38 pupils last week) 

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. This week, the attendance has improved.
Foundation Stage: 97.33%↑
Year 1: 94.67%-
Year 2: 96.90%↑
Year 3: 96.67%↑
Year 4: 94.48%↓
Year 5: 99.31%↑*
Year 6: 96.67%↑
Whole School Average: 94.32%↑
* This class earned themselves an attendance voucher for getting over 97%

Stars of the Week
This week's winners were:
EYFS Sarah         
Year 1 Yu Hau      
Year 2 Jaylen
Year 3 Idris          
Year 4 Casey        
Year 5 Filip        
Year 6 Sadam

Foundation Stage at Honeysuckle Farm
Yesterday and today,
our youngest pupils visited Honeysuckle Farm in Hornsea to see the different farm animals and get to feed some of them. The weather on both days has beenlovely. It was a perfect opportunity for the children to enjoy being in the countryside and getting a feel for the outdoor life. Many thanks to all the adults who accompanied them and made the visits a memorable time in the pupils’ school lives.

Attendance & Punctuality Award Winners
In today ’s assembly we were delighted to award brand new 100% attendance badges to pupils who have been at school for the whole of the spring term. Certificates were given to these pupils as well as those who were never late during the spring term.

Never Lates
Reception,  21 pupils      
Year 1, 22 pupils    
Year 2, 20 pupils    
Year 3, 16 pupils       
Year 4, 13 pupils            
Year 5, 21 pupils    
Year 6, 20 pupils

100% Attendance
Reception,  3 pupils         
Year 1,  7 pupils     
Year 2,  8 pupils     
Year 3,  7 pupils
Year 4,  7 pupils               
Year 5,  3 pupils      
Year 6,  9 pupils

Happy Birthday Your Majesty
Today, we celebrated the 90th Birthday of our Queen. We recalled a special royal event in our school's recent history.
On 5th March 2009, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, came on a royal visit to Hull. Mr Browning and Oskar, from year 6, had the opportunity to meet her!

Mr Browning and oskar meet Queen Elizabeth II

2009 was certainly a memorable one! We had developed good relations between the school and the Lord Mayor, Elaine Garland. She, in turn, had a special year, with the success of Hull City bringing positive interest to the area! In March, there was a royal visit to the city, in which Her Majesty opened a new hospital unit at Castle Hill, and attended other events. At lunchtime, the royal couple attended an official banquet at the Guildhall. As well as all the officials and VIPs, representatives were sought from the educational establishment. An adult and pupil from one primary school, one secondary school and a special school were invited. Mr Browning and Oskar received their invites and duly arrived at the Guildhall. They met the Hull City Manager, Phil Brown and spent the whole of the meal talking to the Hull Kingston Rovers coach, Justin Morgan.
The highlight, of course, was meeting the Queen. Before going into the banqueting hall, all the guests were organised into groups. Two people from each group were chosen to speak to the Queen. Oskar was one of them! When the royals entered, Prince Philip met half of the groups and the Queen the other half. After shaking hands with Oskar and Mr Browning, she asked them both about the school and seemed genuinely interested when they told her about the diverse mix of cultures at Stepney Primary.
The following photos were taken to record the moment. Oskar sent copies back to all his relatives in Poland.

Oskar talking to the Queen Oskar, shaking hands with the Queen

The meal was delicious! Here are copies of the menu and official invitation:
(Please click on the images to see a clearer and larger version of them)

Front page of the menu The menu, itself!

Mr Browning's Invitation

20.4.16
New Attendance Badges for Tomorrow's Awards
We have just received our new attendance award badges. There are different colours for the pupils to collect. Today, the red, yellow and green ones arrived and there are some blue ones on their way! Mr Browning and Mrs Purkins will be announcing who has had 100% attendance for the spring term.

19.4.16
Slam Poetry Competition
A few months ago, Mr Browning shared some news with the pupils about a 'Slam Poetry Competition' that has been planned for the ten cooperative trust schools in Hull. On Monday 16th May, the poet Bernard Young will come into school to give an assembly to the whole school, followed by individual class workshops for years 3, 4 5 & 6. Teachers will then be working with pupils on their own slam poems up to the last day of the term, by which time we will choose a champion from each of these classes. Our four school champions will then go through to an interschool competition on Friday 17th June. This event is being organised by the literacy coordinators from each school. They are currently sourcing out a suitable venue to host the final.


SLAM poetry has some very simple rules:
1) A SLAM poem must be less than three minutes long;
2) It is a performance poem but doesn't require props or costumes;
3) It can rhyme but it doesn't necessarily have to;
4) The poems must be written and performed by pupils from each school.
Already, Mr Browning had set up a SLAM poetry post on Kidblog, which has been republished. In the assembly today, our pupils were told about this exciting event. It will not replace 'Stepney's Got Talent', which will take place later in the summer term but will be another opportunity for pupils to show off their performance skills.
As a practice for this, pupils are being encouraged to perform poems they have learned or written in our assemblies.

18.4.16
Mighty Maths Winners
This week's winners are:
Year 1 Kawther
Year 2 Martyna
Year 3 Warren
Year 4 Alhorr
Year 5 Piotr
Year 6 Adrian

15.4.16
Star of the Week Awards
This week's winners were:
EYFS - Nosheen
Year 1 - Zuzanna
Year 2 - Nikita
Year 3 - Blake
Year 4 - Richard
Year 5 - Liliana
Year 6 – Karleena

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95% but it has been a much more positive week than the week prior to the Easter holidays. We still have to improve on this though as we are below 95%.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.

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: 80%-(6 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 86.66%↑(4 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 82.75%↑(5 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 90.00%↑(3 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 86.20%↑(4 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 86.66%↑(4 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 93.33%↑(2 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 86.51%↑(28 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 38 pupils last week) 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. We have been affected by the sickness virus, which has swept across the nation this week. There have been days when we have had many pupils off, with parents reporting that they are being sick. Hopefully, the Easter holidays have come at just the right time to help stop the spread of this throughout the rest of the school. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. This week, the attendance has improved.
Foundation Stage: 90.94%↑
Year 1: 94.67%↑
Year 2: 95.17%↑
Year 3: 94.33%↑
Year 4: 96.55%↑
Year 5: 92.67%↑
Year 6: 98.67%↑
Whole School Average: 94.22%↑

14.4.16
Star Reader Awards

This week's winners were:
Year 1 - Malaika
Year 2 - Kian
Year 3 - Jackson
Year 4 - Courtney
Year 5 - Maleeka & Narelle
Year 6 - Karleena
Sebastian from year 6 presented the powerpoint this morning and led the assembly. He spoke clearly to the audience and received and replied to questions very maturely. Well done, Sebastian, a fine performance.

13.4.16
School Nurse Change
During the last week of the spring term, we heard the news that the school nursing service were having a restructure, with the consequence that Jakki Metcalfe, who has been working with us for over ten years, was being moved to another post. While we were really disappointed that Mrs Metcalfe is not with us on Wednesday mornings any more, we are delighted to welcome Cath Starling, who is a very experienced nurse and will be available to parents on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 -11:00am. If you have any medical concerns that you think our school nurse could help you with, then please contact the school office to arrange a time. This service is for you and your children.  

Sites & Premises Officer
Regrettably, Mr Foston, our sites and premises officer is not well at the moment. To cover his duties we have been using one the caretakers from Sidmouth Primary School during the spring term. This term, we are using staff from Kelvin Hall school. Glen Bolton is working in the school every morning and then other staff are working after school. Mr Bolton has already been busy tidying up around the outside of the school. We realise the state of the litter around the school, both outside and on the playground has been causing problems, so we are really pleased to welcome Mr Bolton to our school. In the meantime, I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing Mr Foston a speedy return to good health.

Phone Numbers
Please will you let us know if any of your telephone numbers or your home address has changed during the last few months. We often have difficulty contacting parents and sometimes we need to get in touch with people immediately. Although we regard our school as a very safe environment, accidents do happen and we have had to take pupils to the hospital without being able to get in touch with parents. This can
obviously be worrying for parents when none of their contact phone numbers work, and we are unable to let them know until when they come to school at home time!

12.4.16
Academy Consultation Meeting
Before Easter, we sent out a letter giving details about the proposed conversion of the school to become part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). As stated in the letter, there is a briefing meeting for parents/carers tomorrow night in the school hall at 5pm. Mr Browning and Mr Morfitt (our Chair of Governors) will be there to explain more details and answer any questions. If you are unable to join us and wish to find out any information about this, then please contact either of them, via the school office.

Code Club at Hull Central Library
We have just received the following advert for a great computer club being run at Hull Central Library:

Might Maths
This week's winners are:
Year 1 - Nikola
Year 2 - Kamil
Year 3 - Jacob
Year 4 - Casey
Year 5 - Samiyah
Year 6 - Michael

11.4.16
School Opens Today
We would like to welcome everyone back for the start of the summer term. We hope you have all had a great Easter holiday. This year, the summer term is a long one, with two seven-week half terms.

SUMMER TERM 2016
Summer First Half Term
Monday, 11th April 2016 to Friday, 27th May 2016

May Day Holiday
Monday 2nd May 2016

Half Term Holiday
Monday, 30th May 2016 to Friday, 3rd June 2016

Summer Second Half Term
Monday, 6th June 2016 to Friday, 22nd July 2016

*There are staff training days on Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th July and the school is closed to pupils.

Extra Days when the school is closed for Staff Training
There are five staff training days which have been allocated for the school year. The remaining ones this year are as follows:
Monday 25th July 2016
Tuesday 26th July
2016

Please click on the links below to the Yearly timetables that are issued by the Local Authority: (NB. Schools are allocated additional training days to the ones shown in the following timetables)
2015-2016
2016-2017

Summer Term Assemblies
21st April 2016 - Attendance Awards for the Spring term
28th April 2016 - EYFS
5th May 2016 - Phase 1 & 2
12th May 2016 - Phase 3 & 4
19th May 2016 - Phase 5 & 6

Summer Term Exhibitions
23rd June 2016 - EYFS
30th June 2016 - Phase 1 & 2
7th July 2016 - Phase 3 & 4
14th July 2016 - Attendance Awards for the Summer term & Whole School Year

Year 6 Summer Production !
Tuesday 12th July 2016 at 6pm
Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 9.30am + Leaver's Assembly

 

 

   

 

Stepney Primary School
Beverley Road, HULL, HU5 1JJ.
Headteacher: Mr P Browning
Tel: 01482 343690
Fax: 01482 348681
E-mail: admin@stepney.hull.sch.uk
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