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February 2012

Parents' Day !
Thank you to all those parents/carers who came to the first of our parents' days today. We will report on the questionnaire feedback in the March diary entries as our second day is tomorrow.

Green Fingers !
This morning, David Longthorne arrived bright and early to help us plant the shrubs and trees that he had brought from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Caitlyn, Martina, Dawid, Michael, Shannon, Mohsin, Charlie and Milenna from phase 4/5 were there to dig and suggest where they could be planted. Amongst the items were a birch tree, willows, ivy and box. They also planted bluebells and snowdrops. Once these get established, we should have a colourful and varied border to our outdoor area. Now, we're just waiting for the astro turf, which will now be coming on Monday. In the meantime, we would like to thank David Longthorne for his invaluable support and encouragement.

David Longthorne explains why we are planting up the area (29.2.12) David asked us how the plants would benefit humans and animals (29.2.12) Everyone was eager to help position the plants (29.2.12)The children couldn't wait to get digging! (29.2.12) The Birch tree went in first! (29.2.12) David showed us how to tie it up properly (29.2.12) Everyone was involved! (29.2.12) Snow drops and blue bells were planted to give a variety of colour (29.2.12) Everyone took it in turns to dig the holes, plant up and then secure the shrubs (29.2.12)

David Longthorne is Back !
In the autumn term, David Longthorne enlisted the help of our year six pupils in planting trees along the embankment by Barmiston drain. He has visited school today with an assortment of shrubs and trees to put in the borders in the Foundation Stage area. Tomorrow, some of our year 4/5 pupils will be helping him to plant them. Also, we will be having some astro turf laid in this area on 6th March to replace the grass and mud!

PE Kits !
Another thank you to everyone who is supporting us with our school PE kit. Several classes were noted and praised for having the vast majority of pupils in their plain white T shirts and red shorts yesterday. A substantial number of house points were given out for pupils' efforts!

Welcome Back!
It's the start of a new half term and we hope everyone has had a good break. This is the shortest half term of the school year. We have five full weeks at school before we break up for the Easter holidays. Needless to say, it will be a very busy period as usual!

Reduction in School Meal Prices
Just to remind you that the cost of school meals has now gone down from £1.30 to £1 per day.

Disruption in Foundation Stage !
Unfortunately, the contractors, who have been installing some new radiator covers in the Foundation Stage area as well as repairing some of our doors, have not quite finished so there will be some disruption this week. Apologies for this. They have finished changing the door to the Foundation Stage toilets. Some of the youngest pupils found it a little disconcerting having the door closed to this area, so we have had it altered into a stable door, so the top portion can be kept open.The walls in the toilets have also been repaired. Damage has been caused where the salt in the brickwork has come through.

Decoration Plans !
You may notice that many areas of the school look as though they need redecorating. We have noticed it too! We have been waiting for all our window repairs to be completed before we have a major redecorate. Obviously, it would be a little short sighted if we did it before as the repairs cause a considerable amount of dust and dirt going into classrooms! The Local Authority assure us that they are in the process of arranging for the third and last phase of the repairs to take place in the next months. Ideally, we hope to get the repairs and redecorating done before September. Fingers Crossed!

Farewell to a Colleague!
Today, we have one of our long standing colleagues leaving the school. Since starting on the Stepney staff in 1998, Miss Ullah has been a
Teaching Assistant with us over the last fourteen years. In that period, she has seen many changes and taken part in numerous celebrations, events and activities. Miss Ullah was one of the main campaigners helping to keep the school open, when it was faced with closure over ten years ago. Her two children also attended the school. On behalf of everyone at Stepney, we would like to express our thanks for all her work and support and wish her well in her future endeavours.

Attendance figures!
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 91.7%
Class 1: 89.3%
Class 2/3A: 92.1%
Class 2/3B: 92.5%
Class 4/5A: 95.2%
Class 4/5B: 95.2%
Class 6A: 98.2%*
Class 6B: 97.8%*
*These classes were awarded a virtual cheque for getting over 97% attendance for the week. The overall attendance for this school year is now 94.7%. Thjis term class 6B are in first place with 98% and class 4-5B in second place with 96.6%

Breakfast Club Reminder!
If your child attends our breakfast club, please will you remind them that
they have to go into the hall to be registered and then stay there. A few children are registering then sneaking out onto the playground to play football. Although we don’t want to spoil their enjoyment, we haven’t enough staff to cover outside as well as inside for the breakfast club period.

Overdue Reminders!
We have had a few parents who have been given free school meal entitlement for their children. For some of them, they still owe money from when their child paid. These still need to be paid to the school. The office staff have been sending out reminders to parents who owe several weeks of lunch money. This is money that is now owed to the school rather than the council. If you receive a reminder, then please will you go to the school office to pay this.

Basketball Bonanza!
Year 6 travelled around to Endeavour Sports Centre to meet the challenge of Clifton, Collingwood and Pearson primary schools for a basketball tournament. Each school was divided into four different teams. A team from each school then took part in a 'Round Robin' series of matches. Two of the Stepney teams won their group and another came second.There were magnificent individual and team performances. Stepney came first, much to the delight of us all. Well done to everyone who took part.

Planting of Foundation Stage Borders!
Our friend, David Longthorne, popped by today to say that he is preparing some shrubs and trees to plant in the Foundation Stage area. He will coming on February 29th to help our pupils plant these.

Astro Turf Quotes!
We are currently getting quotes to install astro turf on the Foundation Stage outdoor area. We have tried with returfing the area but it still ends up being muddy and messy. All being well, we will have this area resurfaced.

Attendance figures!
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 94.8%
Class 1: 95.4%
Class 2/3A: 95.5%
Class 2/3B: 94.6%
Class 4/5A: 93.1%
Class 4/5B: 96.9%
Class 6A: 90.9%
Class 6B: 96.7%
The overall attendance for this school year is now 94.8%, with class 6B in first place with 98% and class 4-5B in second place with 96.8%.

Reduction in School Meal Prices
In line with recommendations from the Local Authority, governors have agreed that the cost of school meals will go down from £1.30 to £1 per day. This will take effect from Monday 27th February (the first day back after half term)

Free Schools Meals Entitlement
We are aware that there may still be parents/carers who are entitled to
claim for Free School Meals for their children, but who are not doing so. If you are claiming any of the benefits that are listed below, then it is worth claiming for Free School Meals: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income based only), Child Tax Credit (not working tax),
State Pension Credit, Asylum Seekers – Home Office SAL1 form
Please enquire at our school office if you need further details.

A Down-Under Assembly
On Thursday, our Foundation Stage and year 1 pupils entertained and educated us with a brilliant assembly. While our Reception and Nursery pupils recited the Gingerbread Man story, year 1 told us all about Australia, complete with Aboriginal Art, colourful coral fish and a surfing kangaroo. Amazing! Well done to pupils and staff for a stunning performance!

The Eighth International Pupil Council !
Mr Browning, along with Thomas and Amelia from year 6 attended another meeting of the IPC. To see the minutes from today's meeting click here.

New Endeavour Headteacher Visits Stepney !
This morning, we had a visit from the new headteacher of Endeavour school. Stewart Edgell had a meeting with Mr Browning, then spoke briefly to our year 6 pupils about their forthcoming transition to the secondary school. He explained how they are creating a 'school within a school' feel to Endeavour with years 7 and 8 more closely linked together. The two heads discussed more links between the schools and their staff to forge closer working relationships in order to help children as they move on from a primary school.

More Thanks !
We received yet another email today from Donna Shipp, the IMPS coordinator, who said: "Just to say Stepney pupils were all fab this year: trainers' feedback was also excellent from the second visit. Please pass on our thanks to the pupils especially regarding their manners and good behaviour." Needless to say, it is a joy to have these positive comments coming back about our pupils! A big pat-on-the-back, children!

The Fire Door Arrives !
Finally, the new fire door for the mezzanine floor has arrived and been fitted. The contractors had recently delivered a door that was too short but this one fits perfectly today. On behalf of their friends, the school councillors have been asking for a replacement door for ages. The previous one was rather heavy to open. The new one is lighter, it has a fireproof window in it and is easier to open, while still doing it's job!

Icy Weather !
May we remind everyone to take extra care when arriving at school and departing. The roads and paths around our school are very icy again!

Attendance figures!
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 84%
Class 1: 95.9%
Class 2/3A: 92.7%
Class 2/3B: 91.7%
Class 4/5A: 90.3%
Class 4/5B: 93.8%
Class 6A: 95%
Class 6B: 95.3%
The overall attendance for this school year is now 94.6%, with class 6B in first place with 98.3% and class 4-5B in second place with 96.8%.

Brilliant 7 a-side Result !
Mr Burton took some of our footballers for our 7 a-side match at Endeavour School's floodlit pitch tonight and they came away with a comprehensive performance and 4v2 victory. Our congratulations go to the team.

Year 6's Groovy Greeks !
As Mr Browning explained in his introduction to the year 6 assembly, the year 6 pupils have been working extremely hard over the last few weeks and months as they prepare for their SATs. Last week they were busy undertaking a Mock SATs and this week they have been preparing for today's assembly, which was first rate. They told us about this term's thematic unit, aptly called 'The Groovy Greeks'. We learned about the different Gods and the features of the Athens and Sparta rivalry. In addition, they explained what they had been doing on the IMPs course at Hull Royal Infirmary. A number of pupils showed us a powerpoint that they had produced following the environmental conference they had attended.
It was a polished performance by all, with loud and clear speaking, humour and facts galore. Well done to pupils and staff for a wonderful assembly!

Message from Newland School for Girls !
We have been asked to pass on the following information to parents/carers of year 6 girls, who may be going to Newland School for Girls in September 2012. Soon, they will be having major alteration work commencing in the school. Owing to the scale of this work and health and safety issues, both staff and pupils will be moving to the Sir Henry Cooper school site from September 2012 for one year. In the meantime, all the staff and pupils at Sir Henry Cooper will have moved to their new school. Newland School say that they will assist with any transport issues for their pupils to get to their temporary site. For any year 5 girls who are considering applying for Newland, there should not be any issues with the site. All the pupils are expected to be back at their revamped Cottingham Road site in September 2013. If you have queries or concerns then please contact Newland School.

The Traveller Returns !
We are delighted to report that Mrs McILwaine will be joining us again for a few weeks up till the Easter holiday. Having returned from destinations abroad, she will be helping out with the year six classes during their SATs preparations. The rest of the year six staff are still here but we will be able to give even more support for our oldest pupils at this time.




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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