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December 2009

Wonderful news! Mrs Hudson gave birth to a baby girl, Sophie Elizabeth Hudson at lunchtime today. Both Mum and daughter are well. Our very best wishes go to the family.

On behalf of everyone at Stepney, may we wish you a very Merry Christmas

A strange looking machine visited our playgrounds! This was the cherry picker, which was being used to help the contractors install pigeon deterrents on the window sills.
The cherry picker ready for action! This was used to help the contractors install pigeon deterrents  on the window sills above the fire escape. Installing the pigeon deterrents above the EYFS entrance!

We paid our traditional annual visit to St.Mary's Church, Sculcoates for our Christmas service. With a mixture of poems and carols, we marked the end of the Autumn with a poignant reminder of the values of this Christmas. Indeed, we heard some of the best singing we had ever heard at the church. Unfortunately, Father John Leeman was unable to be at this event, due to ill health. It is the first one he has missed and we all send him our very best wishes.

We bid adieu to Miss Allen, who has been teaching in year 4. Miss Allen has done a great job and had become a firm favourite with the pupils. Next term, Mrs Phelps-Jones and Miss Audsley will be taking the class.

In a fitting end to the term, we had a 'white' end to the term. There was a high level of excitement as snowballs flitted across the playtime at hometime.

It was party day, today with classes celebrating the end of the term. Following a long Autumn term of hard work, everyone has been glad to have a breather from the usual timetable.
After a long wait since July, when we first applied, we have been granted Listed Building Planning permission to build our outdoor classroom area. Please click here to see the plans. Depending on the length of construction time, this will be completed either during the Spring half term or Easter holidays.

The two classes of year 2/3 pupils entertained us with their acrostic poem of Christmas. An acrostic poem is one where each letter of a word is used as the first letter of a line of poetry. Owing to the popularity of the production, and for some parents who had been delayed, the classes performed it twice. Highlights included Santa being stuck in a chimney and a rendition of 'The Snowman'.

The winning school house in our 'house-points' race had an afternoon with popcorn, drinks and a movie. Preston house could celebrate their achievements for the term.

What a brilliant show from our youngest children! The Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children performed their Christmas Nativity today. With a packed hall they entertained us with super singing, talking and acting. A great deal of hard work had gone into rehearsals, costumes and props. Many thanks to all those staff who helped to make this another memorable moment at Stepney.

One of the benefits of the school being near to the city centre is that we are often asked to take part in new projects, such as when the refurbished Wilberforce House Museum reopened a few years ago. This time, our year six students have been the first group of children to visit the brand new Hull History Centre on Freetown Way. This won't be open to the public until January 2010.
The purpose-built building, opposite the Central Fire Station, houses collections from the Local Studies library, the Hull City Archives and the University archives. Our students had the chance to investigate significant documents about the city's history.

As part of their Christmas treat, years 4, 5 and 6 went to Hull College to watch the production, by the their first year Arts course students, of the famous Dr Seuss book: 'How the Grinch stole Christmas' on Friday. Everyone agreed it was brilliant! In particular, Ms Johnson's son, Sam, was fantastic as the Mayor!

Paulina, in Miss Northen's class, won a special prize in the Christmas Card competition held by Diana Johnson MP. Diana presented Paulina with the prize in our awards assembly. As well as a certificate, Paulina, her mum and sister have won tickets to see the Hull City Premier League Match tomorrow at the KC Stadium.

100% Attendance!
Miss Baitson's class had full attendance for the whole week. Also putting in a brilliant effort were Mr Cameron's and Miss Atkinson's classes with 99% each. Well done to these classes.

We have just had the turf renewed in the Foundation Stage outdoor area. After years of poor quality grass this should now enhance the area.
You may also have noticed that we have been having problems with our feathered friends, the pigeons. In the next week or so we are having more anti-pigeon guards outside the Foundation Stage area.
For those of you who may be wondering what has happened to our planned outdoor classroom we are still waiting listed building permission. We first sent the forms off in July and we are still waiting. In the meantime, we have removed the old planters in readiness!

Today, we had our Christmas Secret Shop which was a roaring success. Once again, Mr Morfitt had organised this so that all children had a chance to buy presents for parents/carers, grandparents and other relatives.
Meanwhile, in the hall, Mrs Rowe and her staff did another fantastic job of providing us with a delicious Christmas dinner on Wednesday. Many thanks to Mrs Holmes and the lunchtime staff for setting it up and running the event.

Please may we remind you that if you have new mobile phone numbers at Christmas to let us know as soon as possible when we start back in January.

Please will you check to see if you owe us outstanding dinner money. If children are staying for school meals and they are not entitled to free school meals, then they have to pay. The school does not have the resources to pay for these. We will be grateful for your help with this as it is a problem for us when amounts build up.

Unfortunately, someone has removed our signs reminding people that no dogs are allowed on our school. We are in the process of having new ones made. In the meantime, please may we remind you that this is a health and safety issue as well as considering that some children are frightened by dogs. Only guide dogs are allowed on school premises. No other dogs, whether being walked or carried should be brought onto the school playgrounds or into buildings.
On Wednesday 9th December, Mr Morfitt and helpers will be running our ever popular Secret Shop. All pupils may bring money to spend on Christmas gifts for their parents. It's a fun event that the children love so please ensure they bring cash to school on that day. All presents will sell for £1.

Next week, we will be having our Christmas meal on Wednesday 9th December.

Year 6 Class Assembly
This morning, it was the turn of year 6 to tell us what they have been learning this term. In literacy the pupils have been studying the works of Charles Dickens and using these as stimuli for writing. They have compared both the book and film versions of Oliver, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. Using drama alongside their writing they have delved into the wonderfully descriptive writing of Dickens. A superb assembly to all concerned.

Father Christmas Arrives in School for our Christmas Fayre!
As usual our fayre has been a resounding success. The hall was packed with parents and pupils, while the grotto was resplendent for the big man in red! In between all their usual responsibilities, staff and governors have been busy preparing the hall and ensuring that everything has been organised for the fayre. Many thanks go out to all those individuals who contributed their time and energy. In total we raised £689, which will go into the school fund to help support activities for the children.
We are grateful to the following for helping us with Donations of money, vouchers and gifts:
Beilby Engineering, Orion Screen Process, Tesco Express, Cooplands, Booker Cash and Carry, RT Shepherdson, Thearn's Pet Shop, The Outlet (Woodmansey), Smithy's Fish and Chip shop, Tesco (Hall Road), Phones 4 U. Jean & Frank Morton and Staff donations.
The Hull Schools league tables have been published in tonight's Hull Daily Mail. Out of the 70 primary schools in the city we moved up from thirty-fourth to nineteenth following our 2009 Key Stage 2 SATs results.
The tree arrives!
Everyone at our breakfast club had great delight in adorning the Christmas tree with decorations after Mr Foston had put it up. We also marked the occasion with the lighting of the first candle on the advent crown, which Mrs Carmichael had, once again, lovingly made.



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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