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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
April 2017

28.4.17
IPC Event in Hull
Today, Ellis from year 6 joined the rest of the International Pupil Councillors from around the city for a day looking at museum exhibitions. Unfortunately, Stelina had succumbed to the sickness bug which has swept through the our school this week and wasn't able to join him. The councillors visited the Humber and Ferens' Art Galleries, talking to the curators and thinking about how exhibitions are put together. They had a brilliant day!

Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS - Asad
Year 1 - Harley
Year 2 - Marta
Year 3 - Nikita
Year 4 - Cameron
Year 5 - Jagoda
Year 6 - Narelle

28th April 2017

Attendance Figures
Last year, we were not able to get out attendance over 95%. We started the term with less than 95% so we need to keep working hard to improve this.  
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 week.  
Foundation Stage: 93.33  (2 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 86.33% (4 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 80.00% (4 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 87.57%

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 96.00%
Year 1: 96.00%
Year 2: 97.24%
Year 3: 91.43%
Year 4: 94.00%
Year 5: 97.93%
Year 6: 91.67%
Whole School Average for this year: 94.58%

27.4.17
Farm Animals in School

Our youngest pupils were given a special treat today as a farmer came to show them some of her animals. Having set up in the school netball court, the pupils were able to look at a calf, lamb, ducklings, baby rabbits and piglets! There were many happy faces as they were allowed to carefully stroke some of the animal as the farmer explained all about them. Despite the inclement weather, there were big beaming faces from this wonderful experience.

26.4.17
Blake's Assembly
This morning, Blake from year 4 spoke to the rest of key stage 2 about an event he had gone to at Hull University recently. This was a science day in which children and young people were given the chance to undertake science experiments. The first thing Blake showed us all was a model car, which was propelled by means of a balloon. Then he demonstrated a model paper helicopter. Along with this, came a video clip which explained how to make it. Many thanks to Blake for volunteering to share this with us. If any other pupils wish to share things they have done outside of school time, please speak to Mr Browning.

Zingari Cricket Club Advert
We have received the following advert:
" Hull Zingari Cricket Club has signed up to run the  ECB All Stars Cricket programme for 5-8yr olds starting on Sunday May 21st at 11 am.  Each session runs for 45 minutes and while offering coaching in the basics of cricket including batting, bowling, fielding and catching its primary aim is to get this age group involved in cricket making it a fun and great experience.
The programme will last for 8 weeks finishing on Sunday 9 July. It will be launched by the ECB on Monday 20 March and supported by a massive advertising campaign including TV, Radio, Twitter, Facebook and schools.  The cost of the course is £40 for which each participant will get a kit bag, t-shirt, bat, balls, set of wickets and a cap.  All these will be individually named and delivered free.  In addition the club will also receive all kit necessary to run the programme along with advertising material. 
The aim is to supply the club with a constant stream of new young players at the base level without which such a strong foundation the club would struggle for teams in the future.
If you child is interested, please contact the organiser:
Roger Wilson.    Mob 07949922053   www.hullzingari.play-cricket .com and on twitter and Facebook

Girls' Football Club Advert
The Wildcats' Girls Football team has sent us these leaflets to distribute to any interested pupils.

25.4.17
Date for Statues' Manufacture

We will be taking two groups of pupils to W Campbells on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th May to watch the statues being cut out by the special laser cutter machine that they use. Mr Browning will take a group of six on the 8th and then Mr Cameron will go with a further group on the 9th. This Tuesday group will also be joined by Luke Adams and his cameraman from Estuary TV. They have already recorded an interview at Stepney station with Mr Browning so are keen to follow the progress of the project with this event. The actual unveiling ceremony is now planned for June, after the Whitweek half term holiday. This is slightly later than originally planned but still fits into the 'Roots and Routes' season of the HCOC17 year and give us time to prepare the work properly and invite important guests.

Seeing how the Trust Board works
This morning, Mr Morfitt (our Chair of Governors) and Mr Browning sat in on the latest Trust Board meeting of the Yorkshire and Humber Cooperative Learning Trust (YHCLT). As we are now part of this Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) we answer to this Trust Board. From being one of the 70 plus primary schools as part of the Local Authority, we now belong to a smaller group. We have found working in the MAT to be really positive so far and it was a valuable experience to see how a Trust Board meeting works and the different things that are discussed. We have already met with the Trustees on other occasions and have been working with them in various capacities. There is a strong feeling of mutual trust and the continuing spirit of collaboration that being part of the Cooperative movement has brought to us since we first formed a Cooperative Trust in the city. It is a group of like-minded schools with a shared ethos which we feel makes our MAT special in the city.

24.4.17
Welcome Back to School

We hope everyone has had a great holiday and enjoyed Easter. This is quite a short half term until the Whitweek holiday in May. This week, it is a normal five day week but next week we only have four days at school as Monday 1st May is the National May Day Bank holiday, so we will start the school week on Tuesday 2nd May.

SUMMER TERM 2017
Summer First Half Term
Monday, 24th April 2017 to Friday, 26th May 2017

May Day Holiday
Monday 1st May 2017

Half Term Holiday
Monday, 29th May 2017 to Friday, 2nd June 2017


Summer Second Half Term
Monday, 5th June 2017 to Friday, 21st July 2017

*There are staff training days on Friday 7th July then on Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th July and the school is closed to pupils.

Extra Training Day on Friday 7th July
At the start of the year we had one of the five training days which hadn't been allocated to a particular date. This was because it was earmarked for a 'launch day' for the YHCLT, which was due to take place in the autumn term. This didn't happen, which was due to the conversion delays.
We have now booked this for Friday 7th July, when the school will be closed to children.

Summer Assembly Dates
Our Assembly Dates this term are as follows:
EYFS - Thursday 4th May 2017
Phase 3/4 - Thursday 18th May 2017
Phase 5/6 - Thursday 25th May 2017
Phase 1/2 - Thursday 8th June 2017

Summer Exhibition Dates
Our Exhibition Dates this term are as follows:
EYFS - Thursday 15th June 2017
Phase 5/6 - Thursday 22nd June 2017
Phase 1/2 - Thursday 29th June 2017
Phase 3/4 - Thursday 6th June 2017

Year 6 Leavers' Events
These will take place during the week beginning 10th July 2017
Year 6 Evening Production - Tuesday 11th July
Year 6 Morning Production & Leavers' Assembly - Wednesday 12th July
Year 6 Prom and School Disco - Thursday 13th July

21.4.17
Back to School on Monday

The school reopens for the summer term on Monday 24th April.

11.4.17
BBC Look North Video Now Available

Hull Children's University have now put our pupils' BBC Look North programme on YouTube. Please enjoy this brilliant performance by clicking here or using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T86pXpQvMjo

10.4.17
Mr Ingram - Firefighter

We have received two photos showing Mr Ingram in his new firefighter role. The first shows when his training corps were involved in a charity - fundraising event. Mr Ingram is standing next to the white-shirted firefighter in the middle of the photo.



This second one shows Mr Ingram on his 'passing-out' parade photo. He is far right in the middle row. He certainly looks very proud.

7.4.17
End of the Spring Term
Today, we break up for the Easter Holidays. We return back to school on Monday 24th April. We would like to wish everyone an enjoyable two weeks off.

Best Wishes
Over Easter there will be two memorable weddings. Mr Jones is getting married during the first few days of the holidays and then, a week later, it will be the turn of Miss Waters. She will return to school as Mrs Adamson. We wish both of them the very best for their special days.

New Menus
Alex, our Chef, has provided us with a new set of menus, which will commence on the 24th April. Please click here to visit our Menu page of click on the information button, labelled Menus, on our homepage.

Easter Disco
We had a great Easter Disco last night. Stepney pupils certainly like to have a good dance and this disco was no exception. There were prizes for the best costume and hat plus an Easter egg hunt game. This was followed today with an Easter Egg hunt on the school field. The weather held out and everyone had a fun time hunting for the elusive eggs! Many thanks to Miss Desforges and Mrs Rodgers for 'Easter Bunny' duties!

Stars of the Week

This week's winners are:
EYFS—Ellie           
Year 1 - Simon
Year 2 - Sahim       
Year 3 - Sofija
Year 4 - Xia             
Year 5 - Feyza
Year 6 - Ellis

Attendance Figures
Last year, we were not able to get out attendance over 95%. We started the term with less than 95% so we need to keep working hard to improve this.  
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 week.  
Foundation Stage: 58.06 (18 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 90.00% (4 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 86.67% (10 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 78.29% 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 77.10%
Year 1: 90.00%
Year 2: 86.67%
Year 3: 94.29%
Year 4: 92.00%
Year 5: 95.17%
Year 6: 92.33%
Whole School Average for this year: 94.42%

6.4.17
A Grecian Phase 5-6 Exhibition

The hall-based spring exhibitions are proving to be a real success. Years 5 & 6 concluded our spring season of events with an art and craft exhibition with pupils and relatives making brilliant pictures of ancient Greek Vases. There was a wonderful vibe around the hall, with everyone enjoying themselves.


As usual, we were eager to get our visitor's views on the event. Here are all their comments:

What did you enjoy about?
"Everything"
"I enjoyed doing patterns and all really"
"While the individual child is observed at home and in small groups of friends, it is really interesting to see them involved in large group activities, interacting with their peers and also to authority"
"I liked the cutting"
"It was wonderful to spend time with friends"
"I have enjoyed each part in the fab exhibition"
"I enjoyed working with XXX while she taught me various things about what she'd learnt in her lessons. I enjoyed seeing her enjoy herself too"
"I always enjoy seeing what has been done in class - great to get involved, and much better having the activities in the hall"
"I enjoyed helping my child"
"Almost everything was nice"

How could we improve it?
"It's ok"
"I don't want to improve it"
"To make it a bit more long than what it was"
"Maybe just some more space"
"Having a bit longer, the time goes too fast"
"Make it a harder challenge"
"I think it's perfect"

BBC Look North DVD
At the end of the year 5-6 exhibition, we had a special visit from Kate Childs, the technical editor for BBC Look North. Kate has been working with ten pupils on producing their very own BBC programme and she brought in DVD copies of the programme for each of the participants. We also showed it on our big screen to the rest of the year 5-6 pupils and parents. It has been an unbelievable experience for our pupils. Hull City of Culture 2017 is as much about 'Legacy' as the actual events themselves. Maybe this experience will inspire our pupils in their future careers, to become involve with the TV industry.

5.4.17
Sound Recording at Hull University
Following on from pupils working in the BBC Look North Studios, we had another media event today. Our two International Pupil Councillors, Stelina and Ellis from year 6, spent the morning at Hull University in a recording studio with other councillors from schools across Hull. They have been recording sounds from around the city which are now being compiled into a 'Twinned Project' with pupils in Sierra Leone. Stelina and Ellis were contributing to this with their thoughts and ideas. It was a great experience for them to be in a proper studio.

Science Week Winners
Mrs Brocklebank and Ms Saint led a great assembly to showcase the wonderful entries in our Science Week Challenge.
Year 1
Entries by Brandon & Kai
Winner: Alisha
Year 2
Entries by Danila, Judyta, Krystian, Lily-May 
Winner: Mateusz
Year 3
Entries by Esther/Sofija, Jakub, Julia, Martyna & Shushila 
Winner: Keyshia
Year 4
Entries by Zehra
Winner: Matthew
Year 5
Entries by Carla, Deborah, Feyza, Janet, Maryam, Muna & Zara
Winner: Alhorr
Year 6
Entries by Ahmad, Amelia, Felip, Narelle, Samiyah, Sarah, Stelina
Winner: Mahdiyah
Overall Winners
Sofia from year 2 and Sulesh from year 6

Easter Competition
We have received the following competition details:

"With the Easter holidays fast approaching we have an exciting competition for everyone to take part in.  Alongside Digitull, Hull Children's University and HCOC17 are challenging you to get involved in an Easter competition you won't want to miss. 

What's the prize?
Apart from the joys of being creative geniuses, Digitull will award one pupil from every school by inviting them to become one of their 2017 Digitull ambassadors! The creator of their absolute favourite piece of content, will also win a brand new digital camera.
As part of this amazing opportunity, the winner will learn and be involved in helping shape how Digitull works for every pupil in Hull.  Not only that, they will also get the chance to help us create new challenges for everyone to be part of, and even get a personal tour of C4Di to see all the wonderful things that people are working on, from games development to 3D printing and even drone photography!

How the competition works

  1. Ensure you have login access to your Digitull account so you can submit your work at school or home.  If your school's Digitull is being used by teachers only, bring your work in when you get back to school after the holidays.
  2. Choose from any of the challenges available in your Digitull account. There are no restrictions on how many pieces of work you create so go for it!

When the winners will be announced
Digitull will pick their favourite creations from each school at the end of the first week back of the new term and will begin announcing the winners straight away!
We hope you will get fully involved in this fantastic opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you create! Thank You!
From everyone at Digitull"

4.4.17
G4 Star Visits Stepney
Jonathan Ansell, an popular opera star with the group G4, who shot to fame in ITV's 2004 X-Factor competition visited our school this afternoon. We are one of only eight schools who will be working with Jonathan, the rapper 'Nineties Boy' and 'The Garnett Family' to perform in a concert in October and compose/perform 'A Song for Hull' in collaboration with the NHS Choir. Jonathan sang with our year 5 class, teaching them how to sing opera notes, holding long notes and breathing like a true opera star. We have many very enthusiastic pupils in year 5, who are always singing and dancing. Some of them had even composed some lyrics in readiness for day's event. They wanted to sing along with Jonathan, which was the the first request that he'd had to do this today! There was a superb atmosphere in the hall, with all the pupils really excited by this. Jonathan even signed one of his albums for Mrs Purkins from our school office, who is a keen fan!



Year 6 Success in Benchball
It was the turn of our year 6 class to entertain Clifton Primary School at home in an afternoon of benchball matches. The weather cleared up in time for the pupils to enjoy exciting competitions on our netball courts.

Year 6 Parents' Consultation
Today was the last official day of our spring parent consultation sessions, with Mrs Brocklebank and Mrs Wilde met with year 6 parents, giving them vital information about their children, in the final run up to the KS2 SATs exams in May. If you have missed making an appointment, please speak to the teachers or with the school office to arrange an alternative time.

3.4.17
Extra Training Day on Friday 7th July
At the start of the year we had one of the five training days which hadn't been allocated to a particular date. This was because it was earmarked for a 'launch day' for the YHCLT, which was due to take place in the autumn term. This didn't happen, which was due to the conversion delays.
We have now booked this for Friday 7th July, when the school will be closed to children.

New Look Arrangements for Parents' Consultation
When we moved the school office to it's new site, this caused a few issues with the the autumn parents' consultations. In order to make it quicker and easier for parents to get to see the teachers, we moved today's year 1, 2, 3 & 4 meetings into the hall. Mr Cameron, Miss Aktinson, Mrs Carmichael, Miss Waters and Miss Baitson had tables in the hall and were able to feedback about the progress of pupils in their classes. This was a much better arrangement and one we will certainly repeat. Many thanks to all those who attended.

Arts Mark
One of the objectives of HCOC17 is that every school should be registered for and working towards gaining the Artsmark. Having written and submitted a lengthy application form, we have now been accepted on the journey to collect evidence for this. Over the next couple of years we need to collect information about all the art and cultural things we are doing. With the other projects that we have been undertaking as part of HCOC17 we have some evidence already. We will then submit our work to gain an Arts Mark. 

Year 4 Benchball Tournament
Year 4 walked to Clifton Primary School for a superb afternoon of interschool competitions, playing benchball with our near neighbours.

   

 

 

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