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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
January 2017

31.1.17
Best Wishes, Mrs Smart

We had a special assembly this morning to bid adieu for now to Mrs Smart, our year 2 teacher, who is leaving today to start her maternity leave. Mrs Smart is expecting her first baby in a few weeks time. We presented her with gifts and passed on our very best wishes.

30.1.17
Star Reader Assembly

This week's winners were:
Year 1 Brandon
Year 2 Kaewan
Year 3 Demi
Year 4 Tony
Year 5 Carla
Year 6 Mia
Samiyah presented a powerpoint on her favourite author, Michael Morpurgo

HCOC17 Weekly Challenge #5
This is the fifth challenge. Please click on the image below to see a larger version of this.

27.1.17
Digitull Launch
As part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 activities, a website has been set up called ‘Digitull’, and every child in the city – amounting to about 35,000 children and young people, is having his/her own accounts on this. This has been produced in partnership with Hull Children’s University
This is to put on work, activities that they have done and to share. For the next few months, every person’s own page will be private to them but then it is going to be made public to everyone. This is a wonderful opportunity to share pupils’ creativity in this year of Culture.
Today, we have sent home slips with your child’s username and password on
1) First, either by googling ‘Digitull’ or typing in https://digitull.co.uk/ go to the website;
2) Second, click on the purple arrow;
3) Next, type in Stepney Primary in the ‘Find Your School’ page;
4) Then, enter the user name (which is in the first column of your slip)
5) Then, the password (2nd column);
6) This takes pupils to the Dashboard and gives them the chance to start
putting content in;
7) The layout may look slightly different on mobile phones and ipads;
8) We will monitor the site but would also advise parents that they talk to their children about what they would like to put onto this site. At Stepney, we take e-safety very seriously.

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: 89.65% (3 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 73.33% (8 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 82.75% (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 96.77% (1 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 86.55% 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 97.70%
Year 1: 93.70%
Year 2: 88.52%
Year 3: 98.15%
Year 4: 96.55%
Year 5: 92.59%
Year 6: 99.28%
Whole School Average: 94.37%

Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS—Durin        
Year 1 - Oliwia
Year 2 - Lenya      
Year 3 - Esther
Year 4 - Dylan      
Year 5 - Eryk
Year 6 - Kori

26.1.17
Phase 5-6 Assembly

We were delighted with the superb turnout for the phase 5-6 assembly this morning. It was a great celebration of the work they have started doing this term on the Ancient Greeks. Year 5 led with an explanation of the timeline showing where the Greeks came in a historical context before performing a poem. Year 6 followed on by describing the rivalry between Athens and Sparta, concluding an informative assembly with descriptions of the Greek Gods and Godesses. Many thanks to everyone for such a great morning.

International Pupil Council
Mr Browning, Ellis and Stelina met with the rest of the IPC schools this afternoon at Endsleigh Primary School. The pupils are planning a Twinned event and, in the lead up to this, started to populate their web pages on the new Digitull site. This is a project from the Hull City of Culture team. It was a really productive and fun afternoon. The children came away with products which have been made in Freetown to support girls opportunities in that city.

25.1.17
WWII Experience of Phase 3/4

Our year 3 and 4 pupils enjoyed a morning at the Hull Streetlife museum. They took part in two workshop sessions.
The first involved splitting a class into different groups to look at artefacts from the Home Front in Britain. Authentic objects included ARP kits, propanda posters and gas masks, of varying style. Each group had to work together to produce a short presentation to the rest of the class.
Meanwhile, a lady called 'Mary', who was dressed up in 1940-style clothing, took a class into the museum to talk about evacuees. She had a real air-raid siren, which several pupils were able to work then showed pupils artefacts that an evacuee would have taken to the countryside with them. Pupils discussed how they would have felt leaving their families in Hull. There were some good 'dressing-up' opportunities as well!
Both classes had a chance to undertake each session before climbing on board one of the exhibits - an old tram car. Finally, they went into the 'Cottingham North' railway signal box, which is similar in style to the one that used to be next to the Stepney Station Pub.
Every child was brilliantly behaved. Staff didn't have to remind anyone about how they were conducting themselves. It is a real pleasure to take our pupils on these visits when we know we can trust them to have exemplary manners and work ethic. Well done, children!

24.1.17
PE - Gymnastics Reminder

The latest set of PE sessions has the focus of gymnastics. It is part of the curriculum that pupils have to do PE in school and gymnastics forms a key part of this programme. At the moment, we seem to have a number of pupils coming with different reasons why they should be excused from taking part. Unless it is a genuine and verified medical reason, all pupils are required to take part and also to wear the school PE kit. If you have any queries whether your child is able to take part or not, then the school nurse is glad to give her professional advice.

23.1.17
Farewell Mr Foston
This afternoon the school closed for staff to attend the funeral of our beloved former colleague, Barry Foston, who had passed away on New Year's Eve. The large chapel at Chanterlands Avenue Cemetary was full of well wishers. After a service, including an address by Mr Browning, Mr Foston was laid to rest. It was a sad and poignant occasion. Mr Browning on behalf of all staff, parents and pupils who have been associated with Stepney over the years and he said that Mr Foston had left a huge void in our school community.

Thanks to Parents
We were delighted to see so many pupils attend the school for just the morning and we really appreciate the tremendous support shown by parents today. Thank you.

HCOC17 Weekly Challenge #4
This is the fourth challenge. Please click on the image below to see a larger version of this.

20.1.17
Half Day Closing
The school will close for an afternoon on Monday 23rd January for staff to attend Mr Foston’s funeral. Pupils still need to attend school in the morning.
If you wish to pick your child up early at 12.10pm, then please come to the back playground, via the gate on Beverley Road .
If you wish your child to stay for school dinner then the next pick up time will be at 12.45pm. PLEASE ENSURE your child is clear whether they will be picked up early or whether they will stay for school lunch.
- No School Dinner on Monday—Please pick up at 12.10pm
- Having School Dinner on Monday—Please pick up at 12.45pm

Attendance & Punctuality
We are having another big push on improving the attendance across the school. It is vital that pupils are in school and also that they arrive in school on time. Our staff work really hard to prepare lessons in order to help pupils make progress. Indeed, the pupils themselves work really hard when they are with us. We are very proud of the behaviour and work ethic of our pupils but this can only lead to success if they are in school. Our attendance officer, our school nurse and the Educational Welfare Officer are checking up on absent children, including telephoning and undertaking home visits. If your child is ill, then please give us a call straight away so our staff may advise you on the next steps.

PE Kit
Please may we remind everyone that School PE kits need to be worn by every child. They should be brought into school on Monday mornings and stay in school until your child has had a PE lesson. This gives time, including a weekend, to have them washed and ready for Monday mornings. The school PE kit is a plain white T shirt and plain red shorts. On the whole, this is much better across the school but there are still a few children who are not bringing in their PE kit.

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: 73.33% (8 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 76.66% (7 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 70.00% (9 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 81% 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 86.21%
Year 1: 91.00%
Year 2: 94.00%
Year 3: 97.33%
Year 4: 95.86%
Year 5: 84.00%
Year 6: 94.19%
Whole School Average: 94.33%

Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS - Marley
Year 1 - Filip
Year 2 - Amir
Year 3 - Keyshia
Year 4 - Agata
Year 5 - Patryk
Year 6 - Patrycja

19.1.17
NSPCC Number Day
After last year's success, we are having another NSPCC Number Day on Friday 3rd February. Pupils will be asked to pay £1, which will go to the National Society for Prevention of Cruetly to Children. Activities will include dressing up in their lucky/favourite number and they will get a bun/biscuit as well. Our year 6 pupils have come up with a variety of ideas for activities that will take place during the day.

EYFS Spring Assembly
In front of a packed assembly hall of pupils and parents, our nursery and reception pupils entertained us with a brilliant production, full of poems and actions. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this. It was certainly a successful morning.

18.1.17
Children In Need Poster

Today, we received the following poster from the Children In Need people thanking us for our contributions to this worthy cause.

Changes to Staffing
We are delighted to announce that Mrs Smart, our year 2 teacher, is expecting a baby and will therefore be starting her maternity leave at the start of February. This will be her first child so we are all really excited for her. This has meant that we are going to make some adjustments to our staffing for the rest of this school year. These affect different classes as such: Miss Atkinson and Mrs Carmichael will be teaching the year 2 class from the week beginning the 30th January 2016. Ms Saint and Mr Jones will continue to teach year 5. Mr Browning will also be supporting this class on Fridays and the class will also be getting support at some points from year 6 teachers.

17.1.17
Half Day Closing

The school will close for an afternoon at 12.45pm on Monday 23rd January for staff to attend Mr Foston’s funeral. Parents may pick their children up at 12.10pm or allow them to stay for a school meal.

16.1.17
Hull City of Culture Weekly Challenge #3

This is the third challenge. Please click on the image below to see a larger version of this.

15.1.17
The Hull Daily Mail have run an article tonight about our proposed statues project. Please click here to see the article on their website.

13.1.17
School Closed Today

There is a Staff Training Day today, so the school is closed to pupils. Lessons resume as normal on Monday 16th January.

12.1.17
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: 92.85% (2 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 90.00% (3 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 87.09% (4 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 88.56% 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 97.32%
Year 1: 96.25%
Year 2: 94.17%
Year 3: 95.83%
Year 4: 93.75%
Year 5: 95.00%
Year 6: 95.97%
Whole School Average: 94.43%

Attendance Assembly
On Thursday, we had our attendance assembly for the autumn term, where we presented certificates and badges for good attenders and punctual pupils.

11.1.17
NEW INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION
We are delighted to announce that we now have a new link school in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Due to communication problems, our links with the ICOPs school, which Mr Browning, Mrs Warcup and Mr Burton visited, was no longer viable. Our new link—Adeline School has much better communications facilities. Already, Eileen Nicol, the head teacher, and Mr Browning have been in conversation via WhatsApp and email. Instead of having to wait for weeks for replies, we can exchange information instantly. This term, years 1 and 2 are learning about Africa so it should be a very useful link.

Viking FM Appeal Thank You
We received the following letters from Viking FM. It's great to see that they've been even more successful this year with their appeal to help local children.

10.1.17
Half Day Closing

The school will close for an afternoon at 12.45pm on Monday 23rd January for staff to attend Mr Foston’s funeral. Parents may pick their children up at 12.10pm or allow them to stay for a school meal.

9.1.17
HCOC17 Weekly Challenge #2

Every week, the Hull City of Culture 2017 team are releasing a challenge. We are pleased to share the second one with you. Please click here for a pdf version of this.

Star Reader Assembly
This week's winners are:
Year 1 - Rubaiya
Year 2 - Julia
Year 3 - Julia
Year 5 - Evie
Year 6 – Samiyah
Ahmad presented the powerpoint. It was another brilliant production.

6.1.17
Stars of the Week

This week's winners are:
EYFS - Lena              
Year 1 - Yousef     
Year 2 - Yu Hau        
Year 3 - Lawand
Year 4 - Aleksander   
Year 5 - Deborah          
Year 6 - Stelina

Training Day  
The School will be closed to pupils on Friday 13th January for a staff training day.

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: 79.31% (6 pupils didn't have 100%) 
Year 1: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 2: 73.33% (8 pupils didn't) 
Year 3: 79.31% (6 pupils didn't) 
Year 4: 73.33% (8 pupils didn't) 
Year 5: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't)  
Year 6: 83.33% (5 pupils didn't) 
Whole School Average: 79.32% 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. 
Foundation Stage: 90.95%
Year 1: 90.45%
Year 2: 89.17%
Year 3: 93.97%
Year 4: 88.33%
Year 5: 97.08%
Year 6: 90.76%
Whole School Average: 94.35%

5.1.17
One Town, Two Rivers

We all learned a brand new song today. Entitled 'One Town, Two Rivers' by Phil Mathison, this is an anthem for Hull City of Culture 2017. Please click here to see a YouTube version of this.
Trousers, Not Joggers or Jeans
If your child comes to school in trousers please ensure that these are proper black trousers. We are having pupils come to school wearing jogger bottoms or jeans (whether black or blue). These are not part of our school uniform and must not be worn! Reminder letters/texts will be sent home for pupils not adhering to this.

4.1.17
Message from Mrs Starling, our School Nurse

When prescribed antibiotics by the GP, a child can come to school after 2 days, provided they are feeling better and do not have a temperature. Prescribed medication can be taken in school by the individual child with assistance from the teaching assistant in the classroom. Parents need to complete and sign a form with the dose/time to be given.

Exciting Sculpture Week is Coming Soon
During the week of 13th-17th February, we are having a full week focussing on our exciting Stepney Station Sculpture project. We will be having craft sessions of pupils and parents in all phases of the school.

MILK BOTTLE TOPS
EYFS staff have asked if you could collect plastic milk bottle tops for them please, so they may be used for model train wheels as part of this week.

3.1.17
Welcome Back
We would like to welcome back our pupils for the spring term, and more significantly the Hull City of Culture 2017 year. It promises to be an exciting twelve months!

Sad News
It is with very deep regret, that we have to announce that Barry Foston, our former Sites and Premises Officer, passed away on New Year's Eve. Barry had been suffering from cancer for the last year. We are all devastated by the loss of such a kind and warm-hearted man, who was very much the life and soul of Stepney. On behalf of everyone at Stepney, we would like to express our most profound wishes to his family at this difficult time for them.

HCOC17 Weekly Challenge #1
Every week, the Hull City of Culture 2017 team are releasing a challenge. We are pleased to share the first one with you. Please click here for a pdf version of this.

 

 

   

 

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