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

29.1.16
Missing Roof Tiles & Telephone Wires!

Unfortunately, owing to the strong winds, the contractors were not able to go onto the scaffolding today to repair the missing tiles on the swimming bath roof. This will mean that the back playground will still be out of use on Monday as well. May we apologise for any inconvenience this might be causing.
Also, we have been without our telephone service for the past day or so. We had thought the tiles from the swimming baths or the contractors had caused this problem, as we have telephone wires criss-crossing our back playground. This was evidently not the case. The KC engineer has told us that someone has been up the telegraph pole on Stepney Lane and cut our cables! We now have a limited telephone service but we have to be back to normal early next week!
Needless to say, it has been a frustrating few days!

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95%. This week, we sent out text messages congratulating pupils who had 100% for the week. Well done to all these pupils.
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 this week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 68.96%↓ (9 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 89.65%↑ (3 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 92.59%↑ (2 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 96.55%↑ (1 pupil didn't)
Year 4: 93.10%↑ (2 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 96.66%↑ (1 pupil didn't) 
Year 6: 96.42%↑ (1 pupil didn't)
Whole School Average: 90.56%↑ (19 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 32 pupils last week)

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. This week, the attendance was much improved with 178 pupils having 100% attendance. Years 3, 5 and 6 had 100% attendance for the whole class on four days.
Foundation Stage: 78.33%↓
Year 1: 95.00%↓
Year 2: 99.07%*↑
Year 3: 99.11%*↑
Year 4: 97.50%*↑
Year 5: 98.28%*↑
Year 6: 99.17%*↑
Whole School Average: 94.75% ↑
*=classes with 97% or more were rewarded with attendance vouchers

Our Stars of the Week Winners are:                       
EYFS Brandon
Year 1 Kaseem
Year 2 Jaylen
Year 3 Jack
Year 4 Deborah
Year 5 Piotr
Year 6 Fawzia

28.1.16
Mighty Maths Winners

This Week’s Winners are:
Year 1 Malaika
Year 2 D'Niro
Year 3 Klaudia
Year 4 Zara
Year 5 Madiha
Year 6 Jacob

27.1.16
Rainbow Writing Winners

This week's winners are:
Year 1 Julia
Year 2 Jylen
Year 3 Daryl
Year 4 Wiktor
Year 5 Junior
Year 6 Shakira

26.1.16
Windby Conditions & Roof Tiles
Many thanks to all our parents and carers today for their understanding when we text them to ask for pupils to be picked up from the front playground entrance. At lunch, just before we were going to take the pupils out on the back playground, we discovered some broken roof tiles. These had come off Beverley Road Swimming Baths. Mr Browning popped around to see the manager who promptly arranged for some contractors to come tomorrow with their scaffolding to remedy the situation. Given the possible dangers of other falling roof tiles, none of our pupils have been allowed on the playground.

Poets Galore
Megan and Stelina performed their poems live in the hall today. They had composed some at home and put them on the Kidblog Slam poetry site. Once again, we were impressed with their excellent efforts. Well done, girls!

25.1.16
Pupils take up the SLAM Poetry Kidblog Challenge
Last Monday, Mr Browning announced that there will be an interschool SLAM poetry competition between the co-operative trust schools in Hull. This morning, three of our year 5 pupils performed their poems to the whole school. Faye, Narelle, and Sarah have been busy at school and at home, composing some great little SLAM poems and putting them on the SLAM Poem post on kidblog. Please click here to go to the kidblog site, which may also be reached via the link on the homepage of our website.

22.1.16
Star of the Week Awards
This week's winners are:
EYFS Fabian      
Year 1 Julia                    
Year 2 Kamil        
Year 3 Xia
Year 4 Evie      
Year 5 Narelle        
Year 6 Shakira

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95%. This week, we sent out text messages congratulating pupils who had 100% for the week. Well done to all these pupils.
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 this week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 73.33%↓ (8 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 82.75%↓(5 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 74.07%↓(7 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 89.65%- (3 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 86.20%↑(4 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 93.33%↑(2 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 89.28%↓(3 pupil didn't)
Whole School Average: 84.09%↓ (32 didn't have 100% attendance)

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 87.84%↓
Year 1: 95.86%↓
Year 2: 87.41%↓
Year 3: 98.28%↑
Year 4: 92.86%↑
Year 5: 96.67%↑
Year 6: 96.67%↓
Whole School Average: 94.72% ↓
*=classes with 97% or more were rewarded with attendance vouchers

21.1.16
Early Years Foundation Stage Assembly

Today, our Foundation Stage pupils were the first cohort to give us the first assembly of this new year. The Foundation Stage children have been very busy enjoying their revamped classroom/outdoor area. The children spoke about the areas they like and what they have been doing. The grown-ups in the Foundation Stage have been very busy changing the outdoor area too – it was lovely to hear the children’s appreciation. The children also demonstrated their ability of retelling stories. They were able to retell the Michael Rosen’s story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. It was lovely to see the rest of the school joining with the actions!

20.1.16
Star Reader Winners
This week, the following pupils were awarded the star reader awards:
Year 1 Lewis
Year 2 Martyna
Year 3 Alex
Year 4 Wiktor
Year 5 Filip
Year 6 Saimah
Miss Aktinson then introduced Naralle, who led her powerpoint presentation on her favourite author, Holly Smale. Everyone agree that Narelle gave a brilliant speech and engaged the audience really professionally. We have been overwhelmed by the quality and confidence of the pupils who have led these assemblies. Well done, Narelle!

SLAM Poetry on Kidblog
On Monday, Mr Browning had announced that there will be an interschool SLAM poetry competition between the co-operative trust schools in Hull. The rules of SLAM poetry are quite basic. A Slam Poem must be less than three minutes long, and be performed without props or costume. It may rhyme if you want it to but it doesn't have to. This afternoon, year 5 first watched some Michael Rosen poem videos then sat down to write some great SLAM poems on our Kidblog site. Please go to the kidblog site, which may be reached via the link on the homepage of our website.

19.1.16
Prevent Duty
All of our staff have had training on the new 'Prevent' duty that all schools need. This is about safeguarding children and young people from radicalisation.You may have seen in the media that the Government have launched a new website to give practical advice on protecting young people from extremism and radicalisation. This site was officially launched by the Education secretary Nicky Morgan. To find out more about the educate against hate website, please go to http://www.educateagainsthate.com/

18.1.16
John Leeman's Funeral
Mr Browning, Mr Morfitt, Mrs Crichton and our former head teacher, Mr Ali joined a packed St. Mary's Church as several hundred people paid their respects to Father John. It was a very moving service with many tributes to this well-loved and highly respected man. We heard from Rev Bagshaw, who was chaplain for Hull FC at the same time that Father John was chaplain for Hull Kingston Rovers (a role he held for thirty years). Everyone remarked on Father John being a kind, generous and selfless person, who strove to improve the lives of many people from Hull. We certainly found him to be a highly-valued member of our school. In charge of the service today was Father Malcolm, who did an extremely profession job. Our thanks to him for such a moving send-off.

Inclusive Sports - Goalball
This evening, Mr Ingram and Mr Dear took a group of pupils to St. Mary's College to participate in a tournament of 'Goalball'. This is part of a series of events of 'Inclusion Sports'. Many of these were featured in the London 2012 Paralympics and played by people with disabilities. Over the last couple of years, able-bodied children have been encouraged to play these and it has been a roaring success. Children love trying different types of games. 'Goalball' features a ball with a bell inside it for visually handicapped players. Although we didn't win the competition tonight, it was agreed that everyone had a briliant time. For more information on this and other paralympic sports, a good website to look at it is the official one at http://www.paralympic.org/

17.1.16
John Leeman's Funeral Arrangements
Father John played a key role in many aspects of the city as well as our school. He was Chair of Governors at Stepney and was the incumbent minister of St. Mary's Church in Sculcoates so he had strpng connections with our school and was held in great affection by pupils and staff. Over the last few years, he has been struggling with illness.
The funeral arrangements for John Leeman are as follows, in case you would like to attend:
Today, Sunday 17th January 
4.30pm, John Leeman's body is received into St. Mary's Sculcoates
7pm - a requiem mass/holy communion for him at St. Mary's
Tomorrow, Monday 18th January
10am - Church is open for anyone wanting to pay their respects
1.30pm - Funeral Service at St. Mary's. On behalf of the school, Mr Morfitt, our Chair of Governors, and Mr Browning will attend this.
After the service, John's wife will be there to thank people. He will then be taken to the crematorium for a short private service.. 

15.1.16
Star of the Week Awards
This week's winners are:
EYFS Dymitr     
Year 1 Kaewan                    
Year 2 Leon       
Year 3 Gracie-May
Year 4 Maryam     
Year 5 Anton  & Stelina       
Year 6 Klaudia

Attendance Figures 
We are aiming to raise the attendance levels from last year. Compared with 2014, we have reduced the number of persistent absentees i.e. those who miss 15% or more of the school year to only 5 pupils. We were disappointed to be hit by a wave of illnesses in the spring term, which brought down our attendance lower than the previous year. Once again, we are making this one of our main priorities. As always, we are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
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 this week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 75.86%- (7 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 93.10%- (2 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 92.59%- (2 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 89.66%↑ (3 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 79.31%- (6 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 83.33%↓ (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 96.42%↑ (1 pupil didn't)
Whole School Average: 87.18%↑ (26 didn't have 100% attendance) 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 90%↓
Year 1: 97.59%*↓
Year 2: 99.29%*↑
Year 3: 96.90%↑
Year 4: 90.34%↑
Year 5: 94.33%↑
Year 6: 98.97%*↑
Whole School Average: 94.78% ↑
*=classes with 97% or more were rewarded with attendance vouchers

14.1.16
Never Lates

This morning, we celebrated and awarded all those pupils who had never been late to school during the whole of the autumn term. Certificates were handed out to 121 pupils who have been on time to school every day.
Reception 18 pupils (62%)
Year 1 - 22 pupils (76%)
Year 2 - 18 pupils (67%)
Year 3 - 15 pupils (52%)
Year 4 - 15 pupils (50%)
Year 5 - 17 pupils (59%)
Year 6 - 16 pupils (55%)

100% Attendance for the Autumn Term
Mrs White from the Local Authority joined us to present special certificates to those pupils who had full attendance for the autumn term 2015.
Reception - 1 pupil
Year 1 - 7 pupils
Year 2 - 4 pupils
Year 3 - 8 pupils
Year 4 - 4 pupils
Year 5 - 11 pupils
Year 6 - 16 pupils

13.1.16
Rainbow Writing Winners

This week's winners are:
Year 1 Auste
Year 2 Jakub
Year 3 Matthew
Year 5 Rejoice
Year 6 Michael

More Able Maths & My Maths
Once again, Mr Browning and six of our more able mathematicians in year 6 went to extra maths classes at Kelvin Hall School, this evening. Along with pupils from Chiltern and Sidmouth Primary Schools, they had an excellent session, working through number sequences and the nth term.
May we remind you that our pupils have passwords to access the 'My Maths' site. This is a brilliant resource that we use within school but may be accessed at home via the internet. There is a link to the site on the homepage of this school website. Please feel free to try this or work with your children. As well as homework pages, each unit has a easy-to-follow on-line lesson which explains each new concept in simple and straight-forward steps.

12.1.16
Children's University Plaque

We have received a plaque from the Children's University to display in school. This is to mark the fact that we regularly take part in three or more of their learning experiences. One of these is the visits that our year 6 pupils make to London. The Children's University has been going since the mid 1990s and was first founded at Francis Askew Primary School by John Buttrick at the same time that Mr Browning was a teacher there. Over the years, this organisation has done much for inspiring children and young people across the city and providing them with many opportunities that usually they may not have access to.

A Successful Mission Christmas
In the run up to Christmas, we decided that our chosen charity would be the Viking FM 'Mission Christmas' appeal. As well as pupils and staff donating new toys to be distributed to children who didn't have a proper Christmas, we also had events such as the 'Christmas Jumper Day' to raise money for this excellent cause. We have just received this certificate, celebrating our involvement as well as showing that a staggering 18,080 children have been helped. What an achievement and we are so glad we were able to make a contribution to this.

11.1.16
Mighty Maths
This week's winners are:
Year 1 Malika
Year 2 Sarkar
Year 3 Isabelle 
Year 4 Maliik
Year 5 Stelina
Year 6 Julia

Inclusive Sports - Boccia
This evening, Mr Ingram and Miss Baitson took pupils to St. Mary's College to participate in a 'Boccia' tournament. This is the first in a series of events of 'Inclusion Sports'. Many of these were featured in the London 2012 Paralympics and played by people with disabilities. Over the last couple of years, able-bodied children have been encouraged to play these and it has been a roaring success. Children love trying different types of games. We have been playing 'Boccia' for several years now. We had two teams tonight: one finished 5th and the other 11th overall. Although we didn't win the competition tonight, it was certainly loads of fun! For more information on this and other paralympic sports, a good website to look at it is the official one at http://www.paralympic.org/

8.1.16
Good
Changes to the Timetable
This week, we have made some changes to the school day. In the mornings, we are now having playtime at 10.15am, before assembly. This is because the second session of the day wasn't long enough to fit in all the work we need to do then. Already, this has improved the morning sessions.
Today, we altered the timing of the star of the week award assembly so that it took place in the hall at 2.55pm. With the pupils bringing their bags and coats with them, rather than returning to their classrooms, this resulted in a very prompt exit at hometime. We were able to have an extra hymn singing assembly this morning and it has been noticed that our pupils seem really eager and energised for their singing this year!

Star of the Week Awards
This week's winners are:
EYFS Yousef
Year 1 Zuzanna
Year 2 Esther
Year 3 Faiza
Year 4 Franek
Year 5 Kori
Year 6 Bartek

Attendance Figures 
We are aiming to raise the attendance levels from last year. Compared with 2014, we have reduced the number of persistent absentees i.e. those who miss 15% or more of the school year to only 5 pupils. We were disappointed to be hit by a wave of illnesses in the spring term, which brought down our attendance lower than the previous year. Once again, we are making this one of our main priorities. As always, we are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100% this week 
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the this week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 75.86%↑ (7 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 93.10%↑ (2 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 92.59%↓ (2 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 86.20%↓ (4 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 79.31%↓ (6 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 90%↑ (3 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 75%↓ (5 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 84.58%↑ (29 didn't have 100% attendance) 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 91.43%↑ 
Year 1: 98.62%*↑
Year 2: 97.04%*↑
Year 3: 95.52%↓
Year 4: 86.21%↓
Year 5: 92.91%↑
Year 6: 90.71%↓
Whole School Average: 94.75% 
*=classes with 97% or more were rewarded with attendance vouchers

7.1.16
Kidblog & RAK
A New Year and a return to our pupils' favourite website: Kidblog! In assembly on Monday, Mr Browning was talking to the pupils about Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). Many of our pupils perform kind acts for their friends and teachers during the school week. We have been thinking about how one of our new year resolutions could be to do more Random Acts of Kindness, both at home and at school. Many pupils have also been asking to do more on Kidblog so Mr Browning has set up a post this week for pupils to describe the RAKs they have done recently. Please feel free to add your comments (as always, all comments are monitored and checked by our staff before being published on the internet).

E-safety Reminders

We take e-safety very seriously at Stepney!
We take e-safety very seriously at Stepney. At the start of each term, our first ICT lesson is always about e-safety and reminding pupils about safe use of the internet. Pupils have been working through different sites which are specifically aimed at keeping them safe. In accordance with our e-safety policy and our school procedures, all sites are checked for e-safety purposes. Please click here to view our e-safety page, with teh links to useful e-safety sites.

6.1.16
Sad News
It is with deep sadness, that we have to report that Father John Leeman passed away on Tuesday. Father John has played a key role in many aspects of the city as well as our school. He was a head teacher himself at Alderman Cogan school as well as being heavily involved with Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby League team. In later years, he became Chair of Governors at Stepney and was the incumbent minister of St. Mary's Church in Sculcoates so he had a lot to do with our school and was held in great affection by pupils and staff. Over the last few years, he has been struggling with illness.
A number of parents have already spoken to us this week about John. We realise many of you will have personal connections with him through weddings and christenings and attendance at St. Mary’s. We're sure you will join all of us at Stepney as we send our thoughts and wishes to his friends and family.

Father Malcolm has explained the funeral arrangements for John Leeman as follows, in case you would like to attend:
Sunday 17th January 
4.30pm, John Leeman's body is received into St. Mary's Sculcoates
7pm - a requiem mass/holy communion for him at St. Mary's
Monday 18th January
10am - Church is open for anyone wanting to pay their respects
1.30pm - Funeral Service at St. Mary's. After the service, John's wife will be there to thank people. He will then be taken to the crematorium for a short private service.

On behalf of the school, Mr Morfitt, our Chair of Governors, and Mr Browning will attend the funeral service on Monday. 

More Able Maths
Over the last couple of years, we have taken our more able mathematicians in year 6 to extra classes at Kelvin Hall School. This was in preparation for the higher level 6 SATs papers, which some pupils undertook in the summer. The maths teachers at the secondary school in our Trust have kindly offered to continue with these more challenging maths lessons. This evening, Mr Browning took six year 6 pupils for some work on algebra. Along with pupils from Chiltern Primary School, they had a good session, working through expanded equations.

Star Readers Assembly
This week's winners are:
Year 1 Julita
Year 2 David
Year 3 Gracie
Year 4 Cara
Year 5 Megan & Narelle
Year 6 Shakira
Josh from year 6 presented the assembly on his favourite author, L.Pichon. It was a great powerpoint display and stimulated a good question and answer session between Josh and pupils from other classes.

5.1.16
PE Kits & School Bags
Many thanks to those parents who have already sent their children in school uniforms with school PE kits as well. All pupils should wear the plain white T shirts and red shorts that form our PE kit. No pupils should be using football team kits or other clothing during PE time.
PE kits should be brought into school on Mondays and left at school during the week.
We have also had some pupils asking if they may bring other bags and handbags to school in addition to their reading bags and PE kit bags. We have limited storage space in our school so we are asking all pupils to limit what they bring to the reading and PE bags.

4.1.16
Changes to the Timetable
We are slightly changing the school day. In the mornings, we are now having playtime at 10.15am, before assembly. This is because the second session of the day wasn't long enough to fit in all the work we need to do then. On Fridays, we are changing the timing of the star of the week award assembly back to the afternoons. We will take the pupils into the hall for 2.55pm. They will bring their bags and coats with them so they can leave for home, straight after this. We would like parents to be in for the hall for 2.50pm. Letters will still go out on Thursday evenings inviting parents of the award winners.
Also, at lunchtimes, year 1 and 2 pupils will be using the front playground while KS2 pupils will use the rear playground.

Unclaimed Clothing
There is quite a collection of unclaimed clothing on the coat pegs outside Mr Browning's office. These include school uniform and a large number of outdoor coats. If your child has returned home at any point during the autumn term without their coat, there is always a good chance that it might be here. Please feel free to come and have a rummage through to see if there is something that belongs to your child.

3.1.16
School Starts Tomorrow!
In preparation for the new spring term, here are a few details for you:

Spring Term Dates
Spring First Half Term
Monday, 4th January 2016 to Friday, 12th February 2016

Half Term Holiday
Monday, 15th February 2016 to Friday, 19th February 2016


Spring Second Half Term
Monday, 22nd February 2016 to Thursday, 24th March 2016
*There is an additional day on Friday 11th March, which is a staff training day and the school is closed to pupils.

Spring Term Assemblies
14th January 2016 - Attendance Awards for the Autumn term
21st January 2016 - EYFS
28th January 2016 - Phase 1 & 2
4th February 2016 - Phase 3 & 4
11th February 2016 - Phase 5 & 6

Spring Term Exhibitions
3rd March 2016 - Phase 1 & 2
10th March 2016 - EYFS and Phase 3 & 4
17th March 2016 - Year 5
24th February 2016 - Year 6

Free School Meal & Pupil Premium Letters 
We would like to remind you about registering for Free School Meals for your child/ren. The school receives Pupil Premium funding for all pupils who are accepted for Free School Meals, to support learning and welfare needs within school. This year, for every child who is accepted to have Free School Meals, we will be supplying them with a free school sweatshirt and free book bag. Please visit the school office for a form and then return it to the address given on the top of the form. In this way, we will be sent the list of who has been granted Free School Meals. 
Once we have confirmation that you have been accepted for a free meal, you can claim your sweater and  book bag from the school office. If you have any queries regarding this, or with help to fill out the form, then please contact our school office.

2.1.16
Phone Numbers
We realise this message goes out all the time but 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 when they come to school at home time!

1.1.16
Happy New Year
We hope that everyone has had a great Christmas holiday. On behalf of everyone at Stepney, may we wish you a very happy and healthy 2016. School starts on Monday 4th January.

 

 

   

 

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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