The Stepney Star Daily Diary
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As we said farewell to our Sierra Leonian guests, we ended yet another academic year on a high. On behalf of everyone at Stepney, may we wish you all the best for a relaxing and enjoyable summer holidays!
Year 6 Leavers
It was one of those sad occasions of the school year, when we bade our official goodbye to our present year six pupils. In a packed hall, they performed poems, recapped highlights from the year, and reminded us of some of the songs they have been singing for their performance of 'The Blues Brother's.
Year Five at KC
Miss Northen's class had a treat as they were shown around the KC stadium and practised TV interviewing techniques. Needless to say, pupils and staff had a great time!
Our last disco of this academic year went down a storm with everyone bopping into the early hours (well, 5pm to be exact!)
The classes for next year are as follows:
Nursery: Mrs Carmichael and Mrs Hudson (Job Share)
Reception: Mrs Heidstra and Miss Pullen
Year 1: Mr Cameron
Year 2/3A: Mr Burton and Miss Atkinson
Year 2/3B: Miss Baitson
Year 4/5A: Mrs Phelps-Jones and Ms Saint (Job Share)
Year 4/5B: Miss Northen
Year 6: Mrs Brocklebank and Mrs Wilde
Parents, pupils and staff from year six had a great day at Flamingo Land. Along with hordes of pupils from Secondary schools around the area, everyone had a brilliant time on the rides! A good way to finish the year!
Tomorrow afternoon, all the children will go to their new classes to meet their new teachers.
We have a number of important events in the last week of this summer term:
Thursday 22nd—Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly
Thursday 22nd—The Leavers’ Disco 3.30pm to 5pm (all year groups are welcome from Reception to Year 6—we ask parents of younger children to pick them up at 4pm.
Scaffold Surrounds Stepney
The repair work on our Beverley Road window is continuing apace! It looks as though this will continue into the summer holidays. Some of the larger windows are rotten and will be replaced.
Lord Mayors Parlour Visit
This afternoon, Mr Browning took our Sierra Leonian visitors to a special reception at the Lord Mayor's Parlour. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Collingwood (who used to be one of our Governors) hosted a memorable reception, followed by a tour of the council chamber, which was definitely a highlight!
Summer Sports Camp
There are still places available on our Summer Sports Camp. This will be run, everyday of the first week of the summer holidays. Already, we have a number of children who have signed up for it but there are still plenty of places left. If you would like your child to attend then please see Mrs Bayley or ask at the school office.
Visitors From Sierra Leone are given a taste of Africa!
This week saw the arrival of the headteachers from the partnership schools in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Millicent Kamara, from ICOPs has joined us for the next week. Other heads have come to Pearson and Collingwood Primary Schools. Mrs Phelps-Jones and Miss Northen’s classes entertained us with their ‘African Carnival’, in which they danced, sang and showed us their tie-dye T-shirts and scrap-store-made drums.
New Member of Staff
Today, we have appointed Miss Pullen to our staff for the next year. Miss Pullen will be teaching our Reception children. We would all like to wish her well.
If you have a child starting in Reception in September, please make sure the admission forms are completed and returned as soon as possible. These were included in the pack that was given out recently, or ask at the school office.
A repeat performance of 'The Blues Brothers' entertained our Sierra Leonian guests, along with the headteachers of Collingwood and Pearson Primary Schools.
Year six had a special treat with a trip next door for swimming at Beverley Road Baths!
THE BLUES BROTHERS AT STEPNEY!
Our year six pupils have dazzled us with their version of the cult movie ‘The Blues Brothers’. Stepping into the roles of Jake and Elwood Blues and their band, parents, pupils, staff and the Lord Mayor of Hull were entertained with the songs and antics of these ever popular characters. With a twist to the story we even had the ‘Soul Sisters’ join in the fun!
Children will find out which class they are going into next year on Wednesday 21st July.
Our last afternoon with scrapstore saw our year sixes in the thick of things!
We are pleased to welcome back three members of staff to school. Ms Saint, Mrs Brocklebank and Mrs Hudson are returning to the fold after being on maternity leave. All three are important members of our team and we’re really glad that they are returning to Stepney.
This afternoon, the scrapstore people had a great afternoon with the year two children.
Roll up, Roll up to the last of our Open Afternoons and
We have been having some special Open Afternoons this year, which have so far been brilliant. The Scrapstore in Hull have been leading themed afternoons for pupils and parents. During this last week both year 4/5 classes have been making beautifully colourful (and noisy!) African Drums. These are the dates to note on your calendars for our remaining ones. We would urge parents of these children to join us if they can :
12th July—our year 2 children
13th July—year 6
All open afternoons start at 1.30pm
Thanks to Miss Percy
Over the last few weeks, we have had visits from Karen Percy, an Early Years Foundation Stage leader from Alterton Primary School in Immingham. As part of a leadership project for North Lincs authority, Miss Percy has been looking at what we do in Stepney. Mrs Heidstra is undertaking a shorter return visit in the next few days.
Year 3 were busy with Scrapstore this afternoon and there were even more parents than yesterday!
Visitors From Sierra Leone
We are now looking forward to the visit of our guests from Sierra Leone. Millicent Kamara is the head of our partner in Freetown, the Industrial and Cooperative School. Following a slight delay while obtaining visas, the group of headteachers will be arriving on Wednesday 14th July and staying until the 22nd. We are part of a cohort comprising Pearson and Collingwood Primary School but there are some heads from other schools in the city as well.
This afternoon, the African drum making continued in Miss Northen's class, with plenty of adults helping out. Thanks to everyone who attended!
NOT LONG TO THE SUMMER FAYRE!
Our summer fayre is just around the corner on Friday 16th JULY!!!
There will be events, activities, and games in classrooms, which will be run by the children. In the hall there will be further activities, including a tombola, bottle store and Jumble Sale.
We are still in need of any items that you would be willing to donate. At the moment we have very few items in at all. If you have bottles of drink or jumble that is in good condition or items for the tombola, please will you send it in to school next week as early as you can.
Whole School Safety Day
Another wonderful event today! We had a day devoted to safety. The Police and Fire Service joined us for activities as well as being joined by the Community Wardens, who coded pupils' bicycles.
This afternoon, the scrapstore people worked with Mrs Phelps-Jones class, making African drums from a variety of materials. Tomorrow, it's the turn of Miss Northen's class.
FREE HOLIDAY SPORTS CAMP
We still have many spare places for our sports camp. This is taking place during the first week of the holidays only (26th-30th July (not to the 23rd August as shown on the leaflet!). Activities are free and run between 10am and 3pm. Please ask at the school office or see Mrs Bayley for more information.
Lost and Missing Property
Lately, we have had a number of items of clothing going missing from children. Please will you check with your child to ensure they have all their clothing and possessions and haven’t, inadvertently, picked up someone elses. May we also remind parents and carers to put name labels in clothing and/or write in names with permanent markers. With the best will in the world, we cannot keep a track of all items of children’s possessions, so please help us with this.
Stepney Steel Drummers!
Mrs Phelps-Jones’ pupils performed their special steel drumming concert to parents and pupils at 2.45pm, this afternoon. All year, they have been working with Tom Lawrence from the school’s music service. Each year there is extra funding available, under the ‘Wider Opportunities’ scheme. This provides a school with a music teacher to take one class for a year of extra musical training.
All the pupils have to be congratulated on their brilliant performance and the hard work that went into this.
Super Sports Days!
Many thanks go to all those who helped with our School Sports Days. This year they were organised by Mrs McIlwaine and Miss Northen, with the support of all the staff. A good sports day is down to a number of factors but primarily it is the enjoyment of the children and the support from their families. Of course, the weather helps and this year we had brilliant weather on each of the days.
New Nursery Parents
Tomorrow, we have our meeting for parents/carers of children new to our Nursery and Reception. This will begin at 9am in the school hall. Mr Browning and Mrs Heidstra will lead the meeting.