The Stepney Star Daily Diary
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A New Mini Pitch !
As the front playground is such a popular place for playing matches on, we've had it marked out as a mini pitch, which can be used for football or hockey. When we return to school, we'll put some goals out.
End of the School Year !
We come to the end of another busy year at Stepney. May we wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you all in September. Please note that the first two days: Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September are staff training days. Pupils return on Wednesday 4th September.
Summer Work at the School !
Mr Browning noted the other day that since he began work at Stepney in 2004, there have been contractors working on major projects over every summer holiday up until now! Whether it has been to repair dry rot, or install lifts, or replace windows, there has always been some major upheaval. Apart from having lines on the car park and a corridor repainted, there are no significant works taking place this time! Phew!
Further Farewells & Best Wishes !
In addition to Miss Simmonds, we have other members of staff who are going on to different posts. Miss Hindson, who has had a successful training year on the Graduate Training Programme (GTP), will be taking up a teaching post at St. George's Primary School in September. Miss Kobus is moving to a post at St. Richard's Primary School and Mr Rookyard, our popular PE coach is moving onto a full-time teaching post at Bude Park Primary School in September. We would like to thank all our departing staff for their commitment and dedication to our school. We will certainly miss them.
Mr Ingram, our other GTP student, will be working at Stepney as a qualified teacher in September and we have appointed Mr Dear to be our new PE coach. Our other important staff news is that Miss Pullen, our Reception teacher, will be getting married in a week's time and will be returning in September as Mrs Warcup. We would like to pass on our very best wishes to her and her husband-to-be.
Girls' Summer Football Event !
On Saturday 10th August, Gemma Thomas (Women's & Girls Football Development Officer) is holding a girls football fun day for girls aged 8-11 and would like to invite Stepney pupils to attend. There will be some coaching sessions delivered by FA Tesco Skills Coaches and female coaches and we’ll have some informal games. Details of the event, including a registration form can be accessed by clicking here:
Saturday 10th August, 10am-2pm, Hull University, ages 8-11, FREE to attend.
Women’s & Girls Football Development Officer
East Riding County FA
Roy West Centre | 220 Inglemire Lane | Hull | HU6 7TS
Direct Line: 0844 980 8200 Ext 4837 | Mobile: 07920 047705
Registered Office Number: 3813756
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.eastridingfa.com
Farewell to Miss Simmonds !
The end of the school year often seems to mark the time when we say farewell to members of staff. Today was the last one for Miss Simmonds, who has secured promotion at a school in Hessle. Miss Simmonds has worked tirelessly at Stepney for many years, being extremely supportive to staff and pupils. Her many contributions to the school will be greatly missed but we all wish her well for her exciting new post.
Welcome to New Staff and Classes !
We were delighted to welcome two new Teaching Assistants to our school this afternoon. Miss Dawson will be working in our nursery
and Miss Pullen (who is no relation to Miss Pullen, our Reception teacher) will is working with Miss Northen's class. They joined us as pupils moved to their new classes. Letters were sent home this evening to parents and carers informing them of these changes. Please let us know if you did not receive notification.
Hull Daily Mail Article !
Our local newspaper printed in an article about Lilli and her amazing double feat of 100% attendance throughout the school and her 100% Maths SATs result. Please click here or on the image below to see a copy of the article. If you wish to read other newspaper articles about the school, please click here.
IMPORTANT WARNING - Stranger Danger Alert !
Today, we received the following message from Thoresby Primary School and immediately conveyed this to all parents on our 'school to parents' texting service:
"One of our pupils was approached by a man in a silver car outside his home on Park Avenue last night. The man asked him his name and told him to come with him. The boy said No and the man hit him and drove off. The police are involved. We are just asking everyone to be extra vigilant and get the message across to your pupils please."
Please will you reinforce this message to your children, especially over the summer holidays.
Second Place for Stepney Sloggers !
This evening, our staff rounders team played their final two matches in the Hull Schools Staff Rounders League, finishing second out of the eight teams. Today, the team won against 'Bude Park' and drew with 'Archies' Miss Hitters'. The team were only four points behind the winners: 'Newland Kneecappers'. It has been a splendid performance from Mrs Brodie, Mr Browning, Miss Hatfield, Miss Hindson, Mr Ingram, Mrs Kobus, Miss Laybourne, Miss Northen, and Mr Rookyard.
New Nurse Surgery Next Term !
We are delighted to announce that our school nurse, Mrs Metcalfe, will be based in school once a week during the next school year. She will be helping us with a range of issues concerning pupils' health. Her surgery times will be on most Tuesdays apart from one week in the month, when she will be in on Wednesdays.
New Class Details Available !
On Thursday afternoon, pupils will be spending an hour or so in their new classes. Owing to differing numbers of pupils in some year groups, there will be some children who will be staying with their present teacher. On Thursday, a letter will be going home to parents of children in years 1 to 6, informing them of which class they will be in.
Term Dates Available !
The term dates for the next academic year are as follows:
AUTUMN TERM 2013
Wednesday, 4th September 2013 to Friday, 20th December 2013
School Closes Friday, 25th October
Re-opens Monday, 4th November
SPRING TERM 2014
Tuesday, 7th January 2014 to Friday, 11th April 2014
School Closes Friday, 14th February
Re-opens Monday, 24th February
SUMMER TERM 2014
Monday, 28th April 2014 to Friday, 18th July 2014
Monday, 5th May
School Closes Thursday, 22nd May
Re-opens Monday, 2nd June
Included in these are dates for Teacher Training when children are not at school.
Monday 2nd September 2013
Tuesday 3rd September 2013
Monday 6th January 2014
Friday 23rd May 2014
Monday 21st July 2014
Sierra Leonian MPs visit Stepney !
This afternoon, we were honoured to welcome a group of Members of Parliament from Sierra Leone to our school. They have spent the last week in London and then visited Hull at the end of the week. This morning they met with members of the Freetown society but also wanted to visit a school who had strong connections with their country. Also, as Mr Browning is the co-founder of the International Pupil Council, they were keen to come to us and hear what he and the councillors had been doing. Organised by Elisa Cattaneo, the International Relations Officer for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, as part of a constituency visit to Hull, twinned with Freetown, the delegation came to meet Diana Johnson MP. The purpose of this visit was to know more about how a constituency works, how to run local projects and how to liaise with the community. The delegates attending were: Hon. Dr Bernadette Lahai MP, Hon. Patricia Brown MP; Hon. Sidie Mohamed Tunis MP; Hon. P. C. Brima Victor Sidi Kebbie MP; Hon. Claude Daniel Melville Kamanda MP and Miss Elisa Cattaneo (CPA UK). Please click here to see the official programme of events.
End of an Era for GTPs !
Mr Browning and Miss Atkinson attended an event this evening to mark the end of the Graduate Teaching Programme in Hull. Held at Willerby Manor, the celebration of this excellent training programe was also attended by many of the successful students who have trained to be teachers through 'learning on the job'. For many years, Miss Atkinson, along with Mrs Phelps-Jones have mentored students. Some of our GTP-trained teachers, including Miss Baitson (who has become a mentor herself), Miss Laybourne, Miss Hindson, Mr Ingram and Miss Bahari (now teaching at Thoresby Primary School) joined this glitzy do! It is a real shame that funding has now been cut from this as we have produced many outstanding teachers through it!
Attendance Figures !
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Class 1: 87.24%
Class 2/3A: 93.33%
Class 2/3B: 93.46%
Class 4/5A: 97.86%
Class 4/5B: 94.41%
Class 6A: 98.13%
Class 6B: 92%
The class with the best attendance so far this term is 6A with 98.13%. The whole school attendance for the year is now 94.37%
Leavers' Assembly and Award Winners !
Our year 6s made a lasting legacy as they performed their version of 'Alice in Wonderland' to parents and their year 4 and 5 friends. We were delighted to welcome Councillor David Gemmell and his wife. Following straight onto the end of the performance was our official Leavers' Assembly. Mr Morfitt, our Chair of Governors, presented each year 6 pupil with a Leaver's Certificate each.
Finally, we presented six children with our special awards. These have been donated by families and individuals over the years, and we are grateful for their support. This years' recipients were:
Blessing - The Bradshaw Arts Award
Lilli - The Burhan Achievement Award
Paulina - The Shepherdson Achievement Award
Julia - The Playle Shield for Sports
Marek - The Smith Achievement Award
Tarek - The John Leeman Personal Development Award
The pupils have also been busy collecting autographs and goodwill messages from staff and friends to put in their souvenir autograph book (always a treasured momento of their time at Stepney).
Leavers' Prom & Disco !
There's nothing like a good at a school prom/disco to end the year for our year 6s. The rest of the school joined in with the bop as well!
Alice in Wonderland Production
We were all treated to a brilliant production of 'Alice in Wonderland' tonight, with Casey in the lead role. Although we always say it, these shows seem to improve each year. The diction and clarity of the actors, combined with excellent singing resulted in a tremendous event. Our new PA system, and wonderful props, were the result of hours of hard work from our staff. Another one, tomorrow morning!
British Library IPC Visit
Mr Browning went to a meeting at the British Library in London today, to meet with teachers from schools in Hastings. Their three hour meeting was used to plan exciting new activities and events for the IPC in the next academic year. More news to follow later.
Healthy Schools Update
We have been working hard this year towards our Healthy Schools Award. We have increased the amount of teaching time spent on topics such as Drugs Education, Sex and Relationships Education and Developing Healthy Lifestyles. Once again, we thank you for your support with our successful Healthy Eating Week. The children are now more able to make healthy choices.
Healthy Packed Lunches
From September, our school will adopt a healthy packed lunch policy. This will contribute towards our Healthy Schools Award. This will mean that children will need to bring a healthy packed lunch which will be defined as:
*a savoury snack (eg a sandwich or similar, no chocolate or sweet spreads)
*a piece of fruit, yoghurt or similar
* just one 'treat' eg chocolate biscuit or crisps
We really appreciate your support with this.
Welcome Morning for Parents of Children New to Nursery and Reception !
This morning, we hosted a welcome event for parents of children who will be starting in our Nursery and
Reception classes in September. After Mr Browning introduced the speakers, Mrs Metcalfe, our school nurse, explained her service and then Mr Cameron gave a presentation about routines and practices in the Foundation Stage Unit. Teachers and staff from the unit were on hand to give advice and help parents fill out forms. Please click here to see the presentation.
Sloggers Win Again !
Two wins and one defeat were the result of tonight's league matches for our Staff Rounders' Team, the 'Stepney Sloggers'. The defeat was to our nearest rivals, the Newland Kneecappers, from Newland School for Girls. Unfortunately, the team did suffer an injury. Racing round to score yet another rounder for his team, Mr Ingram slipped and injured his shoulder. Despite this, he valiantly carried on, batting with his other arm.
Alzheimer's Society Mention for our Choir!
Mrs Rice has sent us a copy of the Alzheimer's Society Newsletter, in which our choir is mentioned and thanked for their participation in the Dementia Concert. Please click here to see the leaflet.
Summer Activities !
We have received the following advert about summer activities. Please click here or on the image to see the full advert.
Stepney Joins The Trust!
At a meeting this evening of the Governing Body of Stepney Primary School it was decided to:
change school category from Community to Foundation;
adopt a charitable Trust named West Hull Co-operative Learning Trust which shall be a co-operative membership trust;
make the change and adoption with effect from 1 September 2013
This decision followed a wide consultation process during which all relevant parties were consulted and consultation meetings were held for pupils, staff, parents, the community and unions and trade associations. Statutory guidance was followed and the views of those consulted were considered by the Governing Body prior to the required Statutory Proposal being published. All representations made in response to the Statutory Proposal were considered prior to the Governing Body deciding to proceed to implementation.
The rationale for acquiring the Trust and the ethos that it will bring to the school can currently be summarised as:
make the quality of teaching and learning our top priority;
operate a support structure which ensures pupils can achieve their potential, both by ensuring a safe and happy environment and by knowing each pupil as an individual;
seek to make every pupil feel a part of the community by increasing their ownership and participation;
celebrate achievement and creativity:
engage parents in an equal partnership to support their child:
invest in our staff to increase our skills and experience:
celebrate and support innovation and research in teaching and learning by our colleagues:
work closely with our community to raise aspiration and create opportunities and contribute fully to the life of the community:
collaborate with our partners for the benefit of our pupils
As a Co-operative Trust a Stakeholder Forum representing the various constituencies of membership (including a parent/carer constituency) is being developed. This Forum will represent the membership and hold the Trust to account. It will also appoint 2 Trustees to the Trust Board. The school will continue to be run and managed by the Governing Body as before with the additional benefits of Trust partners and 2 Trust nominated Governors to assist us in our future developments.
The Governing Body will replace the local authority as the Admissions Authority but shall continue to operate the current admissions arrangements, though reserving the right to review them as appropriate. The Governing Body also remains bound by the National Code of Conduct on Fair Admissions. Additionally the school’s land and assets will now be held in trust by the new Co-operative Trust.
Please contact Mr Lee Morfitt, our chair of governors, at the school if you would like any further information.
Lilli, Our Attendance Superstar !
We invited a reporter from the Hull Daily Mail into school today to take photos of one of our year 6 pupils. Mr Browning also sent out a press release to the newspaper, which says it all...
“We are highly delighted that Lilli has achieved two remarkable and admirable feats this year. The first was her attendance. Lilli has spent all her school life at Stepney. She began in our nursery and now, in year 6, is leaving us as she moves up to secondary school. In the eight years with us, she has not had any time off school. This brilliant 100%, combined with her hard work, a first-class attitude to school and parents who fully support their daughter, has helped her to achieve another great result. In her recent Maths SATS result, she gained 100%, not dropping a single question.
At Stepney, we are fully endorsing the new ‘Proud Parents’ campaign. One of the key messages from this is that pupils need to have good attendance to help them achieve. The correlation between attendance, hard work, parental support and good results is borne out by Lilli. We look forward to seeing her having a great future.”
Third Time Lucky For Our Foundation Stage !
The weather was perfect this morning for our Foundation Stage Sports Morning. Twice, we have had to cancel it due to rain but today it was warm without being scorching hot. Pupils, parents and staff enjoyed a morning of races and games for our youngest pupils. Many thanks to staff and George, Cameron and Zakir from year 6 who helped to make it go so successfully.
Attendance & Punctuality Assembly !
Mrs Purkins and Mr Browning presented certificates to all those pupils who had never been late during the summer term as well as those who had not missed a single session for the summer and the whole year.
The results were as follows:
100% Attendance for the Year
Reception - 2 pupils
Year 1 - 1 pupil
Class 2/3A - 2 pupils
Class 2/3B - 1 pupil
Class 4/5A - 4 pupils
Class 4/5B - 2 pupils
Year 6 - 1 pupil
100% Attendance for the Summer Term
Reception - 9 pupils
Year 1 - 7 pupils
Class 2/3A - 11 pupils
Class 2/3B - 5 pupils
Class 4/5A - 9 pupils
Class 4/5B - 8 pupils
Class 6A - 6 pupils
Class 6B – 3 pupils
Reception - 17 pupils
Year 1 - 18 pupils
Class 2/3A - 13 pupils
Class 2/3B - 11 pupils
Class 4/5A - 14 pupils
Class 4/5B - 7 pupils
Year 6A - 7 pupils
Year 6B - 4 pupils
Year 1 in Multi-Sports Event !
This afternoon, Mr Cameron took his class to Clifton Primary School for a multi-sports event, in which they came second. Well done to all the year 1 children. A valiant effort!
Attendance Figures !
Class 1: 93.10%
Class 2/3A: 93.33%
Class 2/3B: 89%
Class 4/5A: 92.86%
Class 4/5B: 96.55%
Class 6A: 100%*
Class 6B: 84%
For the second week running, this class was awarded a virtual cheque for getting 100% attendance for the week. The overall attendance for this school year is now 94.36%. Class 6A are currently in the lead this term with 97.36%.
Police Surgery & Crime Reduction Event
On the following date officers from the Wyke Neighbourhood Policing team will be holding a Police crime reduction event and cycle/pram
marking at the Fenchurch Childrens Centre,Hull. If you have any issues or problems that you feel the Police may be able to help with, please speak with the attending officer who will be at the front of the building.
Time: 13:00 until 17:00
Date: Wednesday 17th July 2013
Phase 4/5 Exhibition!
Phase 4/5's exhibition today was in the form of a celebratory show, encompassing WWII songs from their thematic unit and a powerpoint presentation showing all the many events and activities that they have been involved in this year. The pupils were even presented with certificates to commemorate all their hard work this year.
Year 6 Enjoy The Allerthorpe Experience!
For the third year, our year 6 pupils ventured to Allerthorpe Water Park, near Pocklington. They learned to sail dinghies and paddle kayaks as well as taking part in land-based activities such as
orienteering and a 'blind-folded' adventure trail. All returned to school, weary but exhilarated!
Teddy Bear's Picnic!
While year 6 were involved in adventurous and daring exploits, our youngest pupils, joined by children from Fenchurch Street Children's Centre Nursery. They were blessed by gorgeous weather! A super event!
Trust's Statutory Consultation Ends Today!
At noon today, the statutory consultation period ended for this. The Governing Body are considering whether the school will join the West Hull Cooperative Learning Trust in September. We have two consultation periods. In this second one, official notices have been placed around the school and in windows of commercial enterprises in the neighbourhood. These were taken down just after noon today. There is a single agenda meeting of the Governing Body on Monday 8th July, during which members will consider a report based on findings from this consultation. We will notify you of their decision, following this. Please click here to find out more about this.
Phase 4/5 Exhibition Tomorrow
May we remind you that pupils in years 4 and 5 will be presenting their exhibition, first thing tomorrow morning. Their thematic unit this term has been about WWII and they have a number of special items planned for the event.
Year 6 Leaver's Events Next Week!
For many of our year 6 pupils, they will be leaving at the end of next week, as the following week is a secondary school transition week for us. Next week, there will be their end of year production of 'Alice in Wonderland' on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Immediately after the Thursday morning show, we will have our leeaver's assembly, which will be followed at 3.30pm with the Prom/School Disco. This is open to all pupils from Reception to Year 6.
Attendance Assembly On Monday!
On Monday 8th July, we will have our end of year attendance assembly. Amongst the pupils receiving commendations for their attendance and punctuality will be one pupil who has made the remarkable feat of having 100% attendance all the way through school from when she started in Nursery to now, when she is leaving in year 6. Watch this space for more details!
Rainbow Writing Winners!
This week, our winners are:
Year 1- Carla & Wiktor
Class 2/3a-Shakira & Megan
Class 2/3b-Scott & Dominik
Class 4/5a- Chief & Andy
Class 4/5b- Alicia & Hollie
Class 6a-Jola & Pzemek
Class 6b-Marek & Emma
Rain Stopped Play !
Just in case you were awaiting the latest installment of the Stepney Sloggers, the weather prevented any matches taking place this week, much to the disappointment of our team.
Our Foundation Stage Welcomes the Fire Brigade!
Our youngest pupils had a very special visit from a fire engine and its crew this morning. As planned, a tender turned up and it crews allowed the children to use the water hose and hear the siren. The crew also delivered some really important messages about fire safety in the home.
Fire Safety Message!
Our visitors from the fire brigade asked us to remind everyone about the importance of smoke detectors. If anyone wishes to have more information or advice, then they may contact the fire brigade, who are willing to come to people's homes to give their expert advice.