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February 2011

Welcome Back !
We hope everyone has had a good half term holiday, despite the dreary weather.

Catch the Community Bus!
Following on from the success of the recent Beverley Road 'Arc' project, the community bus will around on 5th March to display the work!

Watch out the Community Bus!

New Fencing !
Over the holidays, we've had contractors to remove the rotting fence which has separated the Foundation Stage area from the rest of the playground. Now, there is a smart green metal fence, complete with gate, which looks much better.

A New Look! The Smart New Fence!

Tegan's Sign !
If you look around the neighbourhood of the school, you'll also be able to see copies of a sign by Tegan in year 6, which remind dog owners to ensure that the area is kept free of dog mess! She even made the Hull Daily Mail tonight as well. Good one, Tegan!
Tegan's sign In position near the school!

The article in the Hull Daily Mail 28.2.11

Extra Day Off in July !
We have been given an extra day off for the Royal Wedding. As we will be off on our Easter holiday on the actual day of the event, i.e. April 29th, we can take this at another time. To coincide with the schedule for the schools' kitchens at St Charles Primary School, all of the schools who use these facilities will be taking Friday 22nd July as the additional day. The last day of the summer term will now be Thursday 21st July 2011.

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Wilde!
Great News! Mrs Wilde gave birth due to a son, Edward, at 1.25am this morning. Mother and child are both well. Our congratulations go out to Mrs Wilde and her husband!

Best Wishes to Mrs Wilde!
Our very best wishes go to Mrs Wilde today as she leaves to begin her maternity leave. With the baby due in mid March, all of us will be awaiting news!

World Book Day & Comic Relief
Two important dates for your diary:
On the first Thursday back after this holiday (3rd March) it is World Book Day. We are asking all staff and pupils to come dressed as a book character. Each phase group has chosen a theme. Please make every effort to help us out by sending your child in an appropriate costume:

Nursery, Reception and Year 1: Fairy Tales/Traditional Stories
Years 2/3: Harry Potter/Hogwarts theme
Year 4/5: Beatrix Potter characters
Class 5/6: Harry Potter/Hogwarts

On Friday 18th March, it is Comic Relief Day. Staff and pupils will be coming in pyjamas on this day. Buns and biscuits will be sold to raise money for this good cause.

A Day off for the Royal Wedding
Schools up and down the country will be getting an extra holiday on 29th April for the Royal Wedding. For all those Local Authorities, such as Hull, who will be having their Easter Holiday on this date, the government have told them they can take another day at a different time. It is up to individual schools to decide on this date. At the moment, we haven’t finalised a date as we are negotiating with other schools and the school kitchens when the best time would be. Watch this space!

Attendance figures!
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 98.5%*
Class 1: 98.5%*
Class 2/3A: 88.6%
Class 2/3B: 97.7%*
Class 4/5A: 92.3%
Class 4/5B: 89%
Class 5/6: 97.9%*
*These classes received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%.
The overall attendance for this school year is now 93.6%, with class 2/3B in the lead this term (97.3%) and class 5/6 and Reception in joint second place with 96%.

Footballers in Action!
Mr Burton, our very own version of Sir Alex Ferguson, and Mr Browning took the school football team to Clifton Primary School this evening. Consisting of boys and girls from years 4, 5 & 6 they played really well, competing for every ball and making many good tackles. The children from both schools were each divided into two teams of seven so we were able to play four matches. Unfortunately, we lost three but won the fourth emphatically with two golden strikes from David in year 5. The rest of the team outplayed Clifton in every department during this match. Considering this was the first real outing of the school team ‘proper’ for many years it was a great performance. Many thanks also go to Zak’s dad for his photography and the many parents who came along to cheer us on!

Arc Project
Ten of our children have been involved in a project investigating Beverley Road. This has been led by the Arc project in Hull, with funding from English Heritage. They have investigated 'Hullness' and what it means to live along Beverley Road. The project finished this week with the pupils making their own map of the area, which soon will go on display. All of our pupils have teamed up with year 7s at Endeavour and produced some brilliant work, both written and in debates.

The girls draw Stepney Station! A group produces their interpretation of the Beverley Road Community Spirit!A team effort produces the map! A map of the area around Stepney!

Many thanks for Parents' Day
Once again, we had a great turnout. Many thanks to everyone who attended and for completing our questionnaires. If you haven't had chance to complete one, then please hand it in tomorrow.

The first fixture of the season approaches
Mr Burton will be taking his footballers to their first match this year at Clifton Primary School tomorrow after school. There will be two seven-a-side teams representing Stepney. The football kit has already been retrieved from the cupboard and dusted off!

Parents' Day for Nursery, Reception, and years 1 to 3
Tomorrow is the first of our afternoons/evenings for parents/carers to see teachers. If you have not booked an appointment, then please contact the class teacher at the end of school or call in at the school office.

Last reminder for Deputy Head post !
A reminder that tomorrow is the closing date for the Deputy Head post.

A Sea of Red
It was noticeable in assembly this morning that there was a sea of red School sweatshirts and red jumpers with only a handful of pupils in black or other colours. It immediately looks better. Just to remind those who still haven't made the switch: we expect every child to be wearing red tops after this February half term holiday. Also, no blue denim jeans will be allowed. Pupils should wear black/grey/dark navy trousers or skirts.

Attendance figures!
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 96.7%
Class 1: 96%
Class 2/3A: 98.6%*
Class 2/3B: 97%*
Class 4/5A: 96.2%
Class 4/5B: 87.7%
Class 5/6: 96.9%
*These classes received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%.
The overall attendance for this school year is now 93.5%, with class 2/3B in the lead this term (97.2%) and class 2/3A in second place with 96.4%.

Barnaby Bear & Star Wars!
Year 1 treated us to a great assembly. They told us all about Barnaby ‘Skywalker’ Bear travelling to Paris for the day. Complete with songs, we were told about sights and sounds and customs in France. As usual, an all singing, all dancing production!

The Angel Moves On !
Mr Cameron's masterpiece nears its completion. Today, the wings were brought in. They have all the Warhole-type pop art images of pupils and staff on them. The torso and legs have also been given another coat of paint and the 'Stepney Sweatshirt' is taking shape!

The Stepney Sweatshirt takes shape! The Wings are Waiting!

Good Attendance Day!
Five classes had full attendance today. We thanked Reception and classes 1, 2/3a, 2/3b and 5/6. Furthermore, all of class 2/3a were wearing Stepney Sweatshirts or red jumpers today. A great effort! Just a reminder that after half term, every child will be expected to wear this!

Some more old photos !
Many thanks to Mrs Shepherdson, who has been having a sort out at home of some old photos. The following two were taken in 2000 and in 2006, the latter being presented to Mr Ali on his departure to become a Local Authority Advisor and then, ultimately an HMI (Her Majesty's Inspector). Click on either image to see a larger version. They may also be viewed in our photo album by clicking here

Taken from one of the upstairs windows overlooking the Foundation Stage play area in 2000. This was before the adventure equipment was installed here! Taken from the staff cloakroom, this was specifically taken in black and white for Mr Ali, when he was leaving to take up an LA advisor's post.

Creative Partnerships for Phase 2/3
Our year 2/3 children had their second 'Creative Partnerships' session with Jenny Milne today. All the pupils were thrilled to be making pyramids using canes. Working in fours, each one of them was responsible for designing and making a face on the pyramid. They will shortly be covering these with tissue paper.

Constructing the pyramid! Jenny Milne starts to get the raw materials together! Listening to Jenny's instructions! Any questions?

Family ICT & Numeracy Course at Stepney
Do you want to support your children with their ICT and Numeracy work in school?
Would you like to work alongside your child and other families within school?
On this friendly 15 week course you will:
o Help support your children to be more confident with their ICT, use of number, measure and recall of number facts;
o Learn how your child learns in school using ICT;
o Enhance your own Numeracy and ICT skills and have the opportunity to gain qualifications;
o Enjoy learning together with your child.
No previous computer experience necessary.
The course, materials and childcare for under 5s are FREE!
Come along to the first session and find out more.
Thursday 10th February 2011
Parents only - 2.15 – 3.15 p.m.
Parents and children together
3.15 – 4.15 p.m.
Click here for an application form

Arc Project
Ten of our children have been involved in a project investigating Beverley Road. This is being led by the Arc project in Hull, with funding from English Heritage. They are investigating 'Hullness' and what it means to live along Beverley Road. Today's introductory session saw our pupils linking with ten children from year 7 in Endeavour. Battling against the wind they walked down to Blundell's Corner, where the Hull Daily Mail Building is and back again. Accompanied by staff and members of the Arc team, they looked at the architecture of the buildings and thought about the history of the area and how it has changed. During the remaining three sessions they will start to make their own map of the road. As an extra treat, they were joined by BBC Radio Humberside reporter, Pritti Mistry, who interviewed Kryan, Brandon, Lilli and Mr Browning. The recording should be aired tomorrow morning.

The two year 2/3 classes took it in turns to visit the 'Hands on History' Museum to look at their Egyptian display. They are using this as a stimulus for the Creative Partnership Work they are doing on the Ancient Egyptians. Some of the children were wrapped in cloth so they could pretend to be mummies! Needless to say, everyone came back inspired by the experience!
Egyptian Workshop! Anubis! Preparing the Mummy! Pretending to be a mummy! Gruesome! Egyptian Relics! Mummy Work!

We have had a brilliant time today, as children learned more about famous landmarks in Britain. These included Stonehenge, our very own Humber Bridge, Blackpool Tower as well as some of the London sights! Looming over us all was Mr Cameron’s incredible model of ‘The Angel of the North.’ Each of the Key Stage 1 and 2 classes moved from class room to classroom to spend time learning about each landmark. It was informative and a fun way to spend the day! Please look at our special 'National Landmark Day' page by clicking here, where you’ll be able to find out more about the day’s events as well as lots more.

Attendance figures!
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 94.7%
Class 1: 98%*
Class 2/3A: 95.3%
Class 2/3B: 99.3%*
Class 4/5A: 97.4%*
Class 4/5B: 93.9%
Class 5/6: 93.8%
*These classes received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%.
The overall attendance for this school year is now 93.3%, with class 2/3B in the lead this term (97.2%) and class 2/3A in second place with 95.8%.

We have noticed there are now more children who are not coming in school uniform. Therefore, after the next half term holiday, we expect every child to wear school uniform. Pupils will be expected to wear a red school sweat shirt or red school cardigan. Failing this, they should wear a red jumper.
Under this, pupils will need to wear a plain white polo shirt or T-shirt.
Trousers or skirts should be black or dark navy/grey.
NO DENIM jeans will be allowed. Click here to find out about uniforms and prices.

Parents Evenings!
Today, parents/carers will be receiving letters about parents afternoons/evenings, which will take place on 16/02/2011 for Foundation and year 1, 2 & 3 children and the 17/02/2011 for year 4, 5 & 6 children. Please make every effort  to attend so teachers may tell you how your child is progressing in school. It also gives us a useful opportunity to hear from parents/carers about any issues that we may not be aware of.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!
It was the turn of the Foundation Stage children to tell us what they have been learning about this morning. Their theme has been based around Michael Rosen’s book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.’ For weeks the Foundation Stage has been set up with a bear cave and displays all about this poem and the children have been captivated by it. This morning we listened as the children recited the poem and showed us their wonderful ‘Bear’ artwork. What a treat! Once again, we had a brilliant audience—another full house. Many thanks to everyone who joined us.

Thumbs up for our Basic Skills provision at Stepney!
Once every three years, we are able to apply for our next Basic Skills Quality Mark. Last year, we successfully achieved our fourth Basic Skills 'tick'. Each year in between, we have a review meeting. A reviewer comes into school to look through masses of data, to speak to us and to consider how well we deliver basic skills for our pupils in literacy and mathematics. This morning, Alison Dibnah visited us and concluded that we were providing an excellent service. Many thanks particularly go to Miss Atkinson, Mrs Brocklebank and Mrs Wilde for organising all the evidence. Another great team effort!

The Angel Gets Painted !
The painting begins and a Stepney Sweatshirt starts to appear... (Click on the images to see larger versions)

In the paint shop! It's starting to look really good! It's even getting a Stepney School Sweatshirt!

The Angel Grows !
Down in the depths of year 1, the mighty Angel of the North, is getting bigger every day... This is certainly aiming to be another one of Mr Cameron's artistic masterpieces!

The Angel's torso and legs start to take shape!

Exciting Egyptians !
Our year 2/3 classes have started an exciting arts project focussed on their theme of Ancient Egypt. We are delighted have the support and talent of a celebrated artist, Jenny Milne. This is part of 'Creative Partnerships'; an organisation we have worked successfully with other the years. Unfortunately, due to the spending cuts, the funding for the 'Creative Partnerships' people will be ending at the end of March, so this will be the last project we are able to undertake with them. In the meantime, our pupils are looking forward to producing some stunning artwork. Today was just a taster, with the pupils giving Jenny an idea of their artistic abilities. She will now be able to plan her work so it suits the needs of our pupils perfectly. As we keep saying... watch this space!

Our Holocaust Tree has arrived !
As we reported in January, we have been sent a 'Rowan' tree as part of the Holocaust Remembrance. It arrived today, and Mr Browning showed it to the pupils in assembly. Green-fingered Mrs Bayley is going to pot the tree up for now and then we'll find a suitable place for it, as it becomes established. Click here to see the original letter we were sent.

Our Holocaust Rowan Tree

The Second International Pupil Council Meeting !
As you may recall, Mr Browning has established the IPC in Hull, along with Francis Mason in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This afternoon, pupils met at Winifred Holtby school again. They listened to the minutes of the last meeting in Freetown and decided upon actions they could take to help them in Sierra Leone. Please click here to go to our page, dedicated to the IPC, where you may read the minutes from this and previous meetings.

Click here to visit our IPC page


Stepney Primary School
Beverley Road, HULL, HU5 1JJ.
Headteacher: Mr P Browning
Tel: 01482 343690
Fax: 01482 348681
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