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

16.12.16
Merry Christmas Wishes
Everyone at Stepney would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas plus a healthy and happy New Year. We start back on Tuesday 3rd January.
It has truly been a great autumn term and a historic one. The school has had another major change, becoming an academy as part of the Yorkshire & Humber Cooperative Learning Trust on 1st November 2016. Most importantly, the behaviour and learning attitudes in all year groups has been the best it's been in a long time. Well done to all our pupils. They are a credit to themselves and their families.

Farewell to Mr Ingram, Firefighter
We have said a fond farewell to Mr Ingram who is leaving us today. He is pursuing his child-hood dream to become a firefighter with Humberside Fire Service. Following a Christmas break, Mr Ingram will begin work at the Fire training centre in Immingham in January. We’re sure that parents will join with pupils and staff at wishing him the very best of fortune in his new profession. Teaching’s loss is certainly the fire-service’s gain!.

Christmas At St. Mary's
This was the second Christmas that we’ve been to our local church in Sculcoates this year. 2016 has been their centenary and we were honoured to have had a special service there in the summer.  Our friends at St Mary's Church in Sculcoates have appointed a new priest. He will join the church after Easter 2017. His name is Philip Lamb and he is currently vicar of Hornsea. It was great to meet him at our Christmas Service and we are really looking forward to working with him in the future. As always, we had plenty of songs to sing at the church,  although we certainly missed Mrs Rice this year.  Mr Browning led the service, talking about ‘Hopes and Dreams ’ and Hull City of Culture 2017, while Father James, who has joined us in previous services, led the prayers. Pupils from year 6 read out passages from the bible.

Christmas Jumper Day
We concluded our school term with a festive CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY in aid of charity. Pupils and staff paid £1 to come in their favourite Christmas Jumpers.

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: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 93.10% (2 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 86.20% (4 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 86.09% 

Class Attendance
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 93.68%
Year 1: 90.67%
Year 2: 94.00%
Year 3: 98.28%
Year 4: 96.00%
Year 5: 97.33%
Year 6: 89.31%
Whole School Average: 94.58%

Star of the Week
This week's winners were:
EYFS - Kyle                          
Year 1 - Alisha     
Year 2—Mateusz                   
Year 3 - Kayleigh
Year 4 - Daniela                     
Year 5 - Ayanle          
Year 6 - Faye

15.12.16
Year 3/4 Christmas Production

This morning, we witnessed another brilliant Christmas performance. Years 3 and 4 recited Christmas poems, old and new and sang a selection of favourite Christmas songs and carols. It was a great production and received a warm round of applause from a very appreciative audience of parents, relatives and pupils.

Year 6 Christmas Craft Exhibition
Following yesterday's successful year 5 event, it was the turn of year 6 to make their 3D Christmas Trees. Once again, the classroom was full of adults and pupils engrossed in papercraft.

Christmas Disco
Father Christmas made an appearance at our Christmas Disco on Thursday. He couldn’t make it for the Christmas fayre (work commitments at the North Pole!) but joined in with some 'Santa Dancing'!
Discos are always a big hit with our pupils and they thoroughly enjoyed the dancing, the face-painting and the refreshments.

The Collection! : Mission Christmas
Staff from Viking FM's 'Mission Christmas' appeal popped into school this afternoon to collect the donations we had for this worthwhile cause. Many thanks to all who contributed.

14.12.16
Year 5 Christmas Craft Exhibition

Today, 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 Trees. It was great to see the classrooms packed with adults and pupils, busily cutting and sticking. Everyone certainly seemed to have a great time.

Phase 1/2 Nativity
Years 1 and 2 kept this week's momentum going with a stunning nativity this morning. There was brilliant singing and acting which enthralled the packed school hall. Well done to pupils and staff for a slick performance.

New Christmas Mobiles & Phone Numbers
Please will you let us know if any of your telephone numbers or your home address has changed recently. 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 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 can't locate them until they come to school at home time!

13.12.16
Treasure Island Show

For years now, we have been taking our Key Stage 2 pupils to Hull Truck Theatre for their annual Christmas productions. Today, years 3, 4, 5 & 6 walked down to watch a brilliant performance of 'Treasure Island'. For older pupils, they have been studying this Robert Louis Stevenson classic novel in their literacy lessons so it was especially memorable. Indeed, they have been inspired to write their own ‘Treasure Island’ type books, many of which may be seen on display in the library.

EYFS Nativity
Our Nursery and Reception classes entertained parents, relatives and Key Stage 1 with a truly magical Christmas, full of our favourite carols. It was a wonderful start to our week of Christmas productions. Well done and thanks to everyone for a memorable morning.

12.12.16
We are approaching the end of the autumn term. Here are the dates for next term:

SPRING TERM 2017
Spring First Half Term
Tuesday, 3rd January 2017 to Friday, 17th February 2017

YHCLT Spring Training Day
Friday, 13th January 2017

Half Term Holiday
Monday, 20th February 2017 to Friday, 24th February 2017


Spring Second Half Term
Monday, 27th February 2017 to Friday, 7th April 2017

9.12.16
Mr Ingram Leaving

Mr Ingram will be leaving Stepney Primary this Christmas. He is having a complete change of career and is going to train to be a firefighter with Humberside Fire Service. It has been a lifelong dream of Mr Ingram’s to be a fireman and, following a lengthy and challenging recruitment process; he has been successful in this quest. We are all delighted for Mr Ingram but, at the same time, disappointed to see him leave us. Indeed, since training with us, Mr Ingram has proven to be a highly talented teacher. He has been an inspiration to the pupils he has taught and a loyal and much-respected member of our staff. Unfortunately, the fire service does not often recruit. This has been the first time in many years and the timing has not been conducive to our academic year. Mr Ingram only heard a week ago that he had been selected for the initial training. We have recruited Miss Rachel Waters to take on the role of year 3 teacher. It is not our policy to change teachers mid-way through a school year as we like to keep continuity for the children, but hope you will appreciate the reasons for this.

BBC - Children's University Meeting
Kate and Kofi from the BBC, together with Natasha from Hull Children's University popped into school this morning to talk to the pupils and parents who have been chosen to work on filming projects in Hull City of Culture 2017 year. Kate showed the pupils how to take professional video clips with ipads. She explained how the professionals frame their shots.

Sarah Awarded for the Christmas Card
In this afternoon's award assembly, Mr Browning handed over a letter, a certificate and gifts from Diane Johnson MP. This was for the Christmas Card design, for which Sarah received a special commendation.

Christmas Jumper Day
Next Friday (16th December) is CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY. Pay £1 to come in your favourite Christmas Jumper.

Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS - Filip                    
Year 1 - Filip     
Year 2 - Tasnim                     
Year 3 - Leon
Year 4 - Lottie                       
Year 5 - Wiktor          
Year 6 - Sulesh

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: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 96.66% (1 pupil didn't) 
Year 3: 89.65% (3 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 85.66% 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 87.41%
Year 1: 90.00%
Year 2: 99.33%
Year 3: 95.17%
Year 4: 98.00%
Year 5: 91.67%
Year 6: 97.93%
Whole School Average: 94.54%

8.12.16
Christmas Meal

Today, we had the first Christmas Meal produced in our new kitchen. We have had many complimentary messages from parents about the qualify of food being cooked and prepared by Alex, our chef, and his staff. They certainly didn’t let us down with a sumptuous Christmas Meal! Delicious!

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). 

7.12.16
Christmas Disco (15th December 2016)

Father Christmas is going to be making an appearance at the Christmas Disco on Thursday 15th December. This will run from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. It costs £2 for this, as this includes a present from Santa! Sweets, crisps, hotdogs & drinks will be on sale.

6.12.16
Treasure Island Workshops & Panto

‘On Monday and Tuesday, year 5 and 6 took it in turns to do a workshop based on a Christmas Treasure Island. We did several activities in the rehearsal room which were: ‘Cannon Ball Tig’ and ‘Spread the Butter on the Toast’ - it was a game when the man called Fin told us to freeze like a superhero or be a pirate. Then, we got in groups of 4 or 5 and had to act like a Yeti! We acted out a scene from Treasure Island on the ship. We also had a battle. We wrote some poems and created ’stills’ of them.  Finally, we went down a long corridor and got a sneak peek of the Christmas Treasure Island Christmas production with the real actors. We are really excited to be going back there to the theatre next week” by Carla and Maryam. Indeed, all of KS2 are going to Hull Truck Theatre to watch this. Letters were sent out on Wednesday.

5.12.16
New Priest at St Mary's Church

Our friends at St Mary's Church in Sculcoates have appointed a new priest. He will join the church after Easter 2017. His name is Philip Lamb and he is currently vicar of Hornsea. We've been told that Philip is a Hull man who is very keen and full of energy and is hoping to come to our Christmas service on the 16th December.

BBC Connections
We are delighted to announce an exciting event for some of our pupils. The Hull Children's University and the BBC have chosen three schools in the city to work with them during the Hull City of Culture 2017 year to undertake some filming work. Stepney is the first school to be involved. Ten of our pupils - five from year 6 and five from year 5 - are going to take part in learning how to make TV and radio programmes. This afternoon, Mr Browning and Natasha Banke (Hull Children's University) met with staff at the BBC Look North Studios in Queen's Gardens to start organising the events. During the meeting, Mr Browning was shown the Look North studios and couldn't resist being photographed sitting in Peter Levy's seat!

E-safety APP Warning
We have had an App warning from Beverley Grammar School. A number of their students are currently using an app called 'Yellow'. They are concerned about this as it is a platform which is open for misuse by members of the public. Yellow' has similarities to the app, 'Tinder' but is for under 18s. Users can create a profile and put pictures on, and if both users looking at the other's image 'swipe right', then it is a 'match' and the two people are then connected and can chat on Snapchat. As there are no age checks, anyone can pose as an under 18. Our concern is that the students can be talking to someone posing as an under 18 very quickly, without realising it.
If you would like to look at further information, there is an informative article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/21/rspcc-warning-over-tinder-like-app-for-teenagers/

2.12.16
HCOC17 Paper Boats
We have received an email about an exciting event taking place in January 2017 as part of the City of Culture 2017 year. This is to fill the water around Princes Quay shopping centre with thousands of paper boats. We are therefore sending home a sheet with instructions on how to make these boats. They need to be back for 15th December. Please click here for a copy of the instructions.

Please Support Our Charity: Mission Christmas
We wish to announce that we have once again 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  decided last year to help with a local cause instead. This year’s Mission Christmas Campaign will be
running through until Tuesday 20th 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. Last year, they helped 18,080 pupils through this scheme. 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'.

Parent Governors Needed
We are still looking for anyone who would be interested in becoming a parent governor at our school. If you are interested or know anyone who maybe interested, then please ask to see Mr Browning or Mr Morfitt. Our governing body has a great mix of people. Whilse they discuss important issues to do with the running of the school, the governors are also a friendly and happy bunch. They often welcome new members with open arms. There is one governing body meeting every half term usually starting at 4.30pm on a Wednesday.

Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS - Amir              
Year 1 - Grace     
Year 2 - Kaseem          
Year 3 - Krzysztof
Year 4 - Nikola          
Year 5 - Michal           
Year 6 - Dominik

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: 70.00% (9 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 96.66% (1 pupil didn't) 
Year 3: 73.33% (2 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 93.10% (2 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 86.10% (5 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 86.07% 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 95.90%
Year 1: 86.67%
Year 2: 99.33%
Year 3: 92.07%
Year 4: 97.59%
Year 5: 95.95%
Year 6: 95.17%
Whole School Average: 94.44%

1.12.16
Christmas Fayre & Disco
Today, we had our Christmas fayre. Many thanks to all those who attended. It was a successful event with £549.28 being raised for school funds. We use this money to subsidise events such as school visits. If you were wondering where Father Christmas was this year, he is going to be making an appearance at the Christmas Disco on Thursday 15th December. Already we are busy preparing different activities for this.

 

 

   

 

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Headteacher: Mr P Browning
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