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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
February 2013

28.2.13
Parents’/Carers’ Consultation Days !
Many thanks for all those people who attended our parents'/carers’ consultation meetings and those who returned questionnaires. All the comments we received so far have been shown below. We'll add others to these over the next few days. We didn't have any negative comments! (NB. ??? has been used instead of a child's name)

1. How often do you attend parent’s day?

Always

Mostly

Sometimes

Never

This is your first one

69

12

4

 

 

Comments
"Very important, always great to hear how well our kids are doing"
"It was first time"
"Always attend, very important as the kids are getting older"


2. How helpful was the information at parent’s day in order to give you a picture of your child’s/children’s current levels and progress?

Very Helpful

Quite helpful

Not helpful

84

1

 

Comments
“Nice to know how well they are doing"
"Miss Pullen gave me some really useful tips and ideas to help ??? further and I didn't feel rushed. Thankyou for your time."
"Thanks to these meetings & know how to adapt my children in school and I know her progress”
"Found ways to help ??? move forward in her work"
"Got a great understanding of my son's ability and progress"

3. How helpful was the information at parent’s day in order to give you a picture of your child’s/children’s targets and ways that you can help?

Very Helpful

Quite helpful

Not helpful

84

1

 

Comments
“Helps us to see how and what we can do to assist them"
"I know that I need him to help build sentences"
"Came out with great ideas on how to help”
"Helpful, found little ways to help ??? in written work"

4. How helpful was the information at parent’s day in order to give you a picture of your child’s/children’s attitude and behaviour at school ?

Very Helpful

Quite helpful

Not helpful

81

4

 

Comments
"Great to know we have well behaved and polite kids"
"Already know ??? puts 110% in to everything she does, but nice to know that teachers see this too"

5. How satisfied are you with the education that your child gets at Stepney?

Very Satisfied

Satisfied

Not Satisfied

Major Concerns

81

4

 

 

Comments
“Very happy with my son's schooling"
"I am very happy with the education ??? is getting he likes school and has improved lots. Thank you"
"Really good comments"
"Stepney's done some great work with all my kids, and I think the work should be rewarded more and less for the behaviour as sometimes I think its the other way round"
"I can see very good progress in English language at my child.”

6. Any comments you wish to make
Comments
“I'm pleased with the teacher's patience"
"Children doing very well thank you"
"Keep up the excellent work! Very much appreciated. Thank you"
"I am very happy to meet you"
"I'm very satisfied because when we come to UK my son didn't speak English and how he speak English little and I see progress"
"Good"
"Very happy with the education ??? receives at school"
"It's great to see our child moving forward and really enjoying it too"
"I found the teacher very helpful in telling me how my daughter is doing"
"I am happy with my child's progress at Stepney Nursery"
"Very happy overall with everything at Stepney"
"Brilliant"
"I think they doing fine"
"Very pleased with results and child's development. Staff team does great work!"
"Do real good job teaching ???"
"A big thank you to all the staff in the 2/3 phase for all the support, help and guidance given to my son. It's fantastic to see how well he is progressing"

We have also recorded who attended our consultation days so far...


Class

How many children were reported on

Pupils on role in class

%age
seen

Mum

Dad

Carer

Grand
parent

Other

Total adults seen

Nursery

27

41

66%

20

9

 

1

1

31

Reception

21

29

72%

16

2

 

2

2

22

1

24

30

80%

17

5

 

1

4

27

2/3A

18

29

62%

15

5

 

1

1

22

2/3B

13

29

45%

13

 

 

 

 

13

4/5A

14

28

50%

14

2

 

 

 

16

4/5B

16

29

55%

14

3

1

 

 

18

6A

13

16

81%

10

3

1

1

 

15

6B

13

15

87%

11

 

 

1

1

13

 

 

 

 

 

 



Y
ear 6 Exhibition - Natural Disasters & SATS!
In front of thirty parents and carers, our year 6 pupils and staff presented the first of the spring exhibitions. First, the pupils told us about natural disasters such as volcanoes and then the sinking of the Titanic. Following this, they branched off into different classrooms. Mrs Brocklebank had people making working models of volcanoes; Miss Patrick’s groups drew, sketched and coloured art work on natural disasters. Meanwhile, in the hall, Mrs Wilde gave a presentation on SATS preparation. Everyone agreed that it had been another highly successful morning. Many thanks to everyone who attended. Next week, it is the turn of the Foundation Stage and Year 1. We handed out our questionnaire to parents/carers and have had many favourable comments. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who attended.
We asked our guests what they thought. (We've substituted children's names with ???, and we've included all the comments)

What did you enjoy about it
?
“Volcano, literacy book, maths book, the show, painting”!
“Always enjoy the exhibitions, it’s a goal chance to see where the children are at, and activity participate in activities”
“Painting and the hands on work that the children have been doing”
“Volcano making. Seeing ???’s work”
“Listening to what the children had learnt about the titanic. Painting natural disaster pictures and making volcanoes”
“I love doing the painting and the volcano and seeing her work”
“Interacting with the children, looking at her work. The children’s presentation”
“Nice to see what ??? is doing in school and how well he interacts with other pupils. Great to chat with the friendly staff”
“Interacting with ??? and hearing about the work she does. Was really enjoyable”
“Working with ???. Also the information about SATs was very helpful”
“I loved the whole experiment. Waited in anticipation for the outcome”
“I enjoyed doing activities with my son and enjoyed making a volcanic eruption with him and his friends”
“Everything – the children enjoyed working with their parents, it was good to be involved with the children and teachers.”
“I liked the experience, when me and my daughter were doing a volcanic eruption”
“Enjoyed the interaction between the children and their visitor during the activities. All of the children are polite and well-mannered as always”
“Really enjoyed SATs and the volcano!”
“Everything”

How could we improve it ?
“I couldn’t pick a fault with today. Enjoyed it all”
“Let parents spend a day in school – sit in class”
“N/A !”
“Nothing”
“Nothing, it was all good”
“Would like more opportunity to see ???’s work so we know how to help and where ??? needs to practise more”
“Nothing”
“Do more experiments like this, so enjoyable”
“N/A”
“I just have to say well done!”

27.2.13
World Book Day
Next Thursday (7th March), it is World Book Day. Each class will be taking part in different activities during the day, including children designing and making bookmarks as part of a national competition. Children will be invited to bring a book of their choice to school on the day.

International Pupil Council
Two of our year 6 pupils accompanied Mr Browning to Pearson Primary School to take part in another IPC meeting. This was established a few years ago in partnership with schools in Hull and Freetown, Sierra Leone. At this week’s meeting, pupils had a chance to explain what their schools have been doing for the international cause. Cody and Michael told the group all about our links with Papua New Guinea and Stanley Gene’s charity. They also had a visit from Francesca Dale, who is an international service volunteer. Francesca is going to work in West Africa in April and has promised to return to the IPC to report on her work.

Phase 4/5 Consultation Day
It was the final installment of our Spring consultation days with our phase 4/5 teachers seeing parents/carers. Many thanks to those who have completed and returned questionnaires and may we remind you that if anyone wants to see a teacher at another time, then please feel free to come to school to arrange that. While these consultation days are the main chance we have to inform parents, our staff are happy to see any parent or carer at other times throughout the school year.

26.2.13
Rainbow Writing Winners!
This week's winners are:
Year 1—Janet & Al-Horr
Class 2/3a-Shakira & Bartek
Class 2/3b-Lee & Michael
Class 4/5a-Callum & David
Class 4/5b-Kacper & Tabarek
Class 6a-Bethany & Aurimas
Class 6b-Victoria & Emma

25.2.13
The Trusts' Consultation Continues !

Tonight, union officers met with the heads and chairs to discuss the possibility of joining the West Hull Cooperative Learning Trust.

Easter Disco Date Announced !

On Thursday 21st March, we will be having an Easter disco. This will be the first one using the new disco lights that have been installed. The disco will start at the end of the school day and end at 4.30pm

Even More Furniture !

Not to be outdone by the pupils, the teachers received new desks today. Meanwhile, Mr Cameron's year 1 classrooms are being cleared in preparation for the last of the new carpets, which will be fitted over the weekend.

23.2.13
Cancer Research Fundraising Day !

Mrs Smith and Mrs Brodie have organised a fundraising day for cancer research on Friday 3rd May. This is a charity that is close to the heart of staff. In the staffroom, we have many different charity raising activities for cancer research, and this includes members of the staff taking part in sponsored activities in the city. On Friday 3rd May, we are having a 'Crazy Hat' day. Pupils and staff are invited to come to school in the craziest hat they can manage. There will be a prize for the craziest hat in each class plus pupils will get the chance to vote for the craziest hat, worn by a member of staff. Everyone needs to pay 50p for the privilege of wearing their hat. If a 'crazy' hat cannot be managed, then any hat will do!
There will also be a 'Table Top' sale on the day and a 'Pamper Hamper' will be a prize on offer. Please make a note in your diary!

22.2.13
Benchball for Year 4 ! 
In their benchball tournament at Endeavour School this afternoon, our year 4 pupils came second. Well done to everyone who took part.

New Sports Awards ! 
Mr Rookyard awarded two new awards this afternoon. Each week, he will be giving certificates to two pupils who have been particularly good in PE lessons. Today's inaugural recepients were Cole and Maryam. Very well done to both of these pupils.

Attendance figures ! 
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 94.83%
Class 1: 93%
Class 2/3A: 94.48%
Class 2/3B: 85.92% 
Class 4/5A: 93.53%
Class 4/5B: 91.38% 
Class 6A: 91.25%
Class 6B: 87.33%
The overall attendance for this school year is now 94.33%. For the spring term, Year 1 are in first place with 94.75%.

21.2.13
Hull City Photo
Our friend, Eve Clark, from the Children's University has sent us a photo from last week's Hull City v Charlton Athletic match. Eve had provided us with free tickets to distribute to pupils and their parents. A good time was had by all!

20.2.13
Trust Consultation
The governing body of Stepney primary school is considering becoming a foundation school and joining the West Hull Co-operative Learning Trust with 1st September 2013 as the proposed implementation date. The governing bodies of Pearson Primary School, St George’s Primary School and Chiltern Primary School are also considering becoming foundation schools and joining the same Trust. Today, we sent out letters to our parents and other stakeholders, while staff received emails with similar documentation. The consultation period started at 12 noon today and will extend to 12 noon on 20th March 2013. Please click here for further information.

Parents'/Carers' Consultation Day
We have had another of our consultation days today. It was the turn of Nursery, Reception, Year 1-3 teachers to meet with parents and carers to discuss their children's progress and attainment. As usual, we gave out questionnaires to complete and would be grateful if you could send them back to school. Tomorrow, it is the turn of year 6, then next week we conclude with our phase 4-5 teachers.

The Hull Local Offer - Consultation
The government wants all Local Authorities to have a local offer where parent/carers can find out what is available locally for children with SEN and Disabilities. The local offer should cover the child or young person’s Education, Health and Care needs from 0-25 years, how the support is accessed and who can support parent/carers. We have been asked by the LA to pass on these details to you. Please click here to see the Hull Local Offer Leaflet.

19.2.13
Monster Madness !
Endeavour School once again played host to a Design & Technology event for our year 6 pupils this afternoon. Working in two of their D&T rooms, our pupils started work on Moving Monster Models, using Cams. Led by two of the Endeavour teachers, pupils looked at different types of Cam, before designing their 'pop-up' monsters and beginning work on the actual models.

Tables Galore !
Out with the old and in with the new! Brand new tables replaced old ones in all our classrooms as the big transformation continues.

Anyone for Golf?
Chris Myers, from Sportsability Ltd has written to us about a new Junior Golf Academy that is starting at One Stop Golf next week for year 5 and 6 pupils.The academy is a fun way to try golf and gain the skills and etiquette required to progress on to the golf course. The facilities available are fantastic including a new state of the art driving range, 9 hole pitch and putt course and PGA qualified coaching. All coaching staff are CRB checked and hold Safeguarding and First Aid certification. If you are interested, then please see the attached leaflet. Pupils will be bringing home leaflets this week.

Click here to see full size leaflet

Year 6 Arts Club
Our friends from Fenchurch Street Children's Centre are starting a new arts club for our year 6 pupils, every Tuesday evening. Please click here to find out more details.

Click here to see the poster

Internet Survey So Far !
We now live in an age where we use more technology in our lives. At Stepney, we aim to give our pupils more opportunities to develop their ICT skills to help them with their school work and in preparation for their future lives. Over the last few years we have made more use of ICT in school and improved the availability of online resources for our pupils. We have asked parents and carers of our pupils if they would complete the survey below to give us a clear idea of ICT usage by our pupils and help us to make further improvements. To date, these are the responses that we have had:

1) Which of the following devices does your child have access to at home?
Mobile Phone                                            43
Personal Computer                                    26
Laptop or Netbook Computer                    55
Ipod                                                            12
Ipad                                                            10
Other tablet (e.g. Samsung, Windows)      20
Wii, Xbox PS3 or similar games consoles  49

2) Do you have access to the internet at home?
Yes     71
No        9

3) Is your child allowed to use the internet at home?
Yes     67                              
No        8

4) How many hours a week on average, does your child access the internet?
0 – 5 hours a week           43  
6 – 10 hours a week          22
11- 15 hours a week            3
16- 20 hours a week            2

(Some people commented that there were different times during school weeks as opposed to holidays)                                                                                           

5) What does your child use the internet for?
Playing Games                                                 66
Finding Information for School                          38
Doing Homework on                                         43
Using social networking sites like Facebook      7
Other (please give details)
“My child does not have internet access at home so she goes to the internet café to do her homework and look at the school website. She goes with her dad.”
“My son likes using Google Earth”
“Listening for music and cartoons on You Tube”
“Watching Movies”
“Moshi Monsters”
“Making Photos”

6) Do you or your child use the school website?
Yes         62
No           12

7) If you or your child use the school website, what do you look at?
Daily Diary & Newsletters                 25
Parents’ Zone                                   23
Kids’ Zone                                        33
Events & Dates                                28
Building & History Information            3
Ofsted and Reports                           9
Jobs
Community Information                       6
The Learning Platform                      12
Bug Club                                          54
My Maths                                          34
Purple Mash                                     28

8) If you have any suggestions for improvements to our website or any other thoughts or comments about your child’s ICT needs or their experiences using ICT at home, then we would be grateful to hear about them.
Please write in the box below…                                                                            Thank you

“Would be good to access and update info on your own child i.e. absenteeism & previous reports from parents evening. This would help keep track of progress etc”
“The kids like to be rewarded for work they do, even more so outside of school times, so things like Bug Club need bigger rewards when done outside of school times”

18.2.13
Welcome Back
It was wonderful to see everyone back this morning, after a much-needed week's holiday. This is another very short half term, but extremely busy. This week, we have the first of our consultation days, and our year 2 and 6 pupils are going to be busy preparing for their SATs exams in May. Our two GTP students, Mr Ingram and Miss Hindson, are back with us after spending the first five weeks of the term based in another school, which is all part of their scheduled training. They are going to be doing a brief swap, with Mr Ingram in Class 2/3b and Miss HIndson in Clas 4/5a, before returning to their usual classes.

Famous Children's Author in Year 6
Shoo Rayner, the brilliant children's author and illustrator visited year 6 to tell them how he writes books for children. Today, he told them about one his new characters - Axel Storm, son of rock star parents and an adventurer, himself! Shoo told the pupils how he came up with the idea for the series of eight books, whilst staying in Bristol and then drew Axel himself. Apparently, Axel is Shoo's middle name and comes from his mother's Norwegian background. Everyone was fascinated and captivated with this presentation.

Shoo describes how he plans story lines and characters Shoo reads from one of his Axel Storm books, after drawing his character on the board.

The School's Starting to Look Great!
Staff were in early this morning for last minute tidying up after the carpet fitters had finished on Friday. Classrooms now look great with brand new carpets. With the two year 1 classrooms being the only ones still to carpet (which will be completed in the next few weeks), we are now awaiting our new tables, which are scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning.  

13.2.13
Getting there!
Working to a tight schedule, our carpet fitters, 'Midday' are nearing completion of fitting our new carpets. It does make the old furniture look a little shabby in comparison, so we can't wait for the new ones to come!

Discos R Us !
Finally, our two new disco lights have been fitted and connected. There had been a slight delay as our technicians were waiting for brackets. We're all set to go for discos!

12.2.13
Year 6 Carpets !
After skimming the floor yesterday, the carpets are being fitted in year 6 this morning. The work is taking longer than usual due to the state of the floors.

11.2.13
All Busy at Stepney !
With a school free of staff and pupils, we have Soper's plumbers installing new sink units in Miss Atkinson's classroom and the main year 6 room, plus the floors are being skimmed in all three year 6 classrooms and the carpet is being fitted in Miss Baitson's room. Mike Rodgers has been in to estimate how many lights we need around school, as we are going to have a complete refit, with new energy efficient hallogen lighting. Mr Foston and Mr Browning have been busy moving furniture back and Miss Atkinson has been having a massive spring clean of some of the store rooms. Finally, the ICT technicians have been in school in order to work on the network.

9.2.13
Hull Daily Mail Article on Tarek's Surprise !
What a great article in the Hull Daily Mail today, all about Tarek's surprise!

8.2.13
Tarek's Surprise !
Tarek, who is in our year 6 class, had the surprise of his life today! Charlie, the mascot for Hull Children's University, presented him with a Hull City shirt and a full day's itinerary for Tarek and his family to visit the cinema and other events, next Tuesday. The presentation was organised by Eve Clark, from the university. They give these 'Surprises' to deserving children, who have had to overcome particular difficulties in their lives. Tarek's friends were all delighted for him, as he's such a popular pupil and we all hope the family will have a wonderful day. The Hull Daily Mail were also on hand to photograph and video the presentation.
Eve Clark has become a firm friend, as she is responsible for organising the Papua New Guinea/Stanley Gene links and donated eighty Hull City v Charlton Athletic tickets to the school. Every pupil who requested a ticket has been given a ticket with enough for accompanying adults. Let's hope it's a good result for the Tigers! Many thanks to Eve. What a Star!

Tarek, Charlie, Eve Clark and the Hull Daily Mail Video Reporter Tarek is presented with his surprise itineray by Charlie, the Children's University Mascot

New Carpets ! 
While our phase 2/3 pupils were busy practising their computer skills in the ICT suite, their classrooms were being emptied and new carpets laid. All through the half term holiday, classrooms are having much-needed carpets fitted. After the break, the new tables will be arriving, then we will be ordering new cupboards. It should spruce up the whole school!

Miss Baitson's floor is skimmed in preparation for the carpet. The phase 2/3 creative area is a little crowded as the classrooms have new carpets fitted.

Attendance figures ! 
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 89.67%
Class 1: 94.56%
Class 2/3A: 95.52%
Class 2/3B: 90% 
Class 4/5A: 98.52%*
Class 4/5B: 94.48% 
Class 6A: 82.5%
Class 6B: 93.33%
*This class has been awarded a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%. The overall attendance for this school year is now 94.43%. For the spring term, Year 1 are in first place with 95.13%.

7.2.13
Pharaohs in Phase 2/3!
In front of thirty parents, our two phase 2/3 classes delivered their assembly all about the Ancient Egyptians. They told us interesting facts and figures before showing us how they mummified their pharaohs. Fortunately, the gory details were shown using 'fabric internal organs' and a willing volunteer. With still another half term's work on this to go, the pupils are captivated by their studies and can't wait to continue after the holidays. A big thank you goes to everyone concerned with putting on the production today. It ends a whole half term of wonderful assemblies from all our pupils. After the holidays, we will be holding our ever-popular exhibitions. The accompanying powerpoint presentation from the assembly may be viewed by clicking here.
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6.2.13
The Big Clear-Out Begins!
A large skip was parked outside the school today as we disposed of old furniture from the Foundation Stage. This is part of a major refit of the furnishings around the school. Foundation Stage are having a completely new layout. New cupboards, tables etc are arriving daily and the new design is gradually taking shape. Over the next few days and the holiday, new carpets are being fitted to all the upstairs rooms plus year 6. Year 1's rooms will be done in the next couple of months. We will also be having new furniture throughout the school as well.

5.2.13
Parents'/Carers' Consultation Day Letters! 
During the first week back after the half term holiday, we will be holding consultation days. Pupils will be bringing home an appointment letter today. Please complete it and return it before the end of this week so we may allocate appointment times. Copies of this letter may also be seen by clicking on the links below.
Nursery teachers will be holding their day on Wednesday 20th February.
Reception, year 1, 2 and 3 teachers will be holding their day on Wednesday 20th February
Year 6 teachers will be holding their day on Thursday 21st February.
Please note that year 4 and 5 teachers will be holding their day during the second week and this will be on Wednesday 27th February.

E-safety week - Internet Questionnaire! 
To link in with our e-safety week, we would grateful if parents/carers will an internet questionnaire and return it to school. Pupils will bring the survey home tonight, but a copy can also be accessed by clicking here.

Rainbow Writing Winners!
This week's winners are:
Year 1—Karina & Janet
Class 2/3a-Megan & Leon
Class 2/3b-Madiha & Dominik
Class 4/5a-Jessica & Rifa
Class 4/5b-Konrad & Rhiannen
Class 6a-Niaomi & Paulina
Class 6b-Tarek & Brandon

4.2.13
E-safety week ! 
Our e-safety week started with an assembly by Mr Browning to everyone about the basic safeguards we all need to take to ensure everyone is e-safe. He reminded pupils and staff that the Stepney e-safety rules may be seen in every classrooms near to computers. Please click here or on the image below to see the slides that Mr Browning showed in assembly.

Click here to see the e-safety slides that were shown to our pupils in assembly this morning.

1.2.13
Disco Fever ! 
Our ICT technicians were in action again in the hall this morning, installing three sets of lights. In the centre of the hall was a unit which will give the effect of the traditional ball room glitter balls, while two more sets of rotating disco lights will be added in the next week or two. The hall will be set up for putting on shows and discos with lights, a brand new av system, complete with mixing desk, and the awesome screen.

Attendance figures ! 
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 89.4%
Class 1: 98.92%*
Class 2/3A: 94.52%
Class 2/3B: 89.66% 
Class 4/5A: 92.59%
Class 4/5B: 94.14% 
Class 6A: 96.25%
Class 6B: 93.33%
*This class has been awarded a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%. The overall attendance for this school year is now 94.47%. For the spring term, Year 6A class are in first place with 98.21%.

Victoriana ! 
Mrs Lorna Denholm and her husband visited our school again today. Mrs Denholm was head teacher at the time of the school's centenary celebrations in 1986, and was our special guest as we celebrated being 125 years old in 2011. Today, she has donated many Victorian items to add to our collection of historical artefacts. We are extremely grateful for her generous donation.

Benchball ! 
Year 6 joined five other primary schools in a Benchball tournament. This is a popular sport amongst children in our area and one that Stepney students are passionate about. Today, we finished second and narrowly missed out on the top spot. Well done to all our pupils! Lewis and Shaunna received certificates for "outstanding effort, enthusiasm and/or team-work at the cluster benchball competition, Spring 2013."

 


 

 

 

 


 

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