The Stepney Star Daily Diary
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End of the School Year
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our pupils’ wonderful parents, carers and relatives. We have had another super year at Stepney, which has been enhanced by the host of Hull City of Culture 2017 and Hull Children’s University events that we have been involved with. What is very clear to us is that you enjoy taking part in many of these activities and we always take on board your comments and suggestions. It’s always a brilliant feeling in school when parents join us—the pupils and staff get a real buzz from this. This was epitomised with our Reception ‘End of Year’ show on Wednesday which was a brilliant finale for these pupils before they move up to year 1.
As always, the end of the school year brings a little sadness as well. We say farewell to year 6, they have certainly been a super group of children. We truly wish we could keep them for another year.
We are saying farewell to some members of staff. Mrs Adamson, is moving to Archbishop Sentamu after teaching in year 3 since Mr Ingram left at Christmas. Mrs Adamson will be teaching drama at this secondary academy and we all wish her the best of Stepney wishes for this transition. We are also saying goodbye to Mrs Cameron, who has been covering Mrs Warcup's maternity leave and has proven to be inspirational in the Early Years Unit. We would like to thank both ladies for their invaluable work this year.
Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS - Yu Xuan
Year 1 - Jazmine
Year 2 - Harley
Year 3 - Kamil
Year 4 - Aleksander
Year 5 - Jagoda
Year 6 - Samiyah
School Dates 2017-18
AUTUMN TERM 2017
Autumn First Half Term
Tuesday, 5th September 2017 to Friday, 27th October 2017
Half Term Holiday
Monday, 30th October 2017 to Friday, 3rd November 2017
Autumn Second Half Term
Monday, 6th November 2017 to Friday, 22nd December 2017
SPRING TERM 2018
Spring First Half Term
Tuesday, 9th January 2018 to Friday, 9th February 2018
Half Term Holiday
Monday, 12th February 2018 to Friday, 16th February 2018
Spring Second Half Term
Monday, 19th February 2018 to Friday, 23rd March 2018
SUMMER TERM 2018
Summer First Half Term
Monday, 9th April 2018 to Friday, 25th May 2018
May Day Holiday
Monday 7th May 2018
Half Term Holiday
Monday, 28th May 2018 to Friday, 1st June 2018
Summer Second Half Term
Tuesday, 5th June 2018 to Friday, 20th July 2018
Days when the school is closed for Staff Training
There are five staff training days which have been allocated for the school year:
Monday 4th September 2017
Monday 8th January 2018
Monday 4th June 2018
Monday 23rd July 2018
One more training day is still to be allocated.
End of an Era
This morning, we had a special assembly for Mrs Janet Shepherdson, who is retiring after over twenty five years of work at Stepney. Mrs Shepherdson started on 25th November 1991 and has worked tirelessly showing devotion and commitment to pupils, staff and parents at school. Indeed, several parents recall being taught by Mrs Shepherdson when they were at Stepney. Pupils from every year group presented Mrs Shepherdson with gifts and then shared their favourite memories of working with her. Gifts were given by staff and, at a special retirement do, after school, we were able to give this very special lady a fitting send off.
Please see these details for a local netball club at St. Mary's Academy.
Ennerdale Cycle Circuit
Our friends at PBS Construction Ltd. have been busy constructing a new feature at Ennerdale Leisure centre. This is a new cycle circuit. Please see the attached advert below...
Transition Lessons & New Teachers
After play today, pupils spent the rest of the morning with their new teachers abd teaching assistants for September. We are delighted to announce that we have two new teachers joining us.
Mr Rob Brown is going to be taking year 3, while our second new appointment is Mrs Claire Openshaw, who will be working in year 2. Mrs Openshaw is not new to our school as she was based in Mr Cameron's class as part of her teacher training a few years ago. Here is the list of teachers and teaching assistants in our school:
Nursery - Mrs Stamp and Miss Webb
Reception: Mrs Stimpson & Mrs Warcup and Miss Hill & Mrs Smith
Year 1: Mr Cameron and Mrs Bayley & Mrs Crichton
Year 2: Mrs Carmichael & Mrs Openshaw and Mrs Brodie
Year 3: Mr Brown and Mrs Paish
Year 4: Miss Baitson and by Miss Tweddell
Year 5: Miss Atkinson & Ms Saint and Mr Jones & Mrs Desforges
Year 6: Mrs Brocklebank & Mrs Wilde and Mrs Rodgers
Swimming Lessons Offer
Our year 4 pupils have really enjoyed their swimming lessons this year and we are pleased to see that more pupils are going outside of school. We have been asked to advertise the following two great offers. These make swimming a cheap activity for the summer holidays as well as being fun and an extremely valuable skill for children to learn. Please click on the images below for further information.
Key Stage 1 Sports Afternoon
We have been so lucky this year with our sports afternoons. The weather has been perfect
for all of them. Once again, Mr Jones organised and led these events with the expertise that we've come to expect from him. Pupils, parents and staff enjoyed another series of carousel activities, finishing with the traditional races. We only had twelve of our year 6 pupils here today as the others are taking part in transition events at their secondary schools. Today, they were providing support each of the various activities.
Year 5 at Sirius North
Mr Browning and Mr Jones took year 5 to Sirius North Academy for a day of secondary school lessons. They joined pupils from Pearson Primary and the Greenway Academy.
The Sirius staff split them up into five different groups, which then rotated around a series of lessons. These were 'Creative Writing'; 'Modern Foreign Languages'; 'History'; 'ICT' and 'Textile Design & Technology'. It was a brilliant experience, which all the pupils enjoyed. Many thanks to Sirius Staff for hosting this event.
School Reports Out Today
Reports to parents have been sent out today. Your child should have brought one home for you. If you have not got one, then please contact the school.
Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS - Cyprian
Year 1 - Kye
Year 2 - Nicola
Year 3 - Julia
Year 4 - Emilija
Year 5 - no award given as group at Sirius North
Year 6 - Arminas
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: 71.42% (8 pupils didn't have 100%)
Year 1: 80.00% (6 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 73.33% (7 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 73.67% (7 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 89.65% (3 pupils didn't)
Year 6: 86.66% (4 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 81.15%
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week.
Foundation Stage: 88.17%
Year 1: 91.00%
Year 2: 99.00%
Year 3: 94.14%
Year 4: 86.54%
Year 5: 94.48%
Year 6: 93.67%
Whole School Average for this year: 94.51%
Year 4 visit their Langton Primary Pen Pals
For the second Thursday in a row, year 4 were heading up into North Yorkshire. This week, they went to the small village school of Langton Primary to visit Mrs McILwaine's class. It was another sunny day so both sets of pupils were able to have a lovely country walk. For many of our Stepney pupils, it was the first time they had walked through a field with sheep in! We looked at some ponds and Warren was the first to discover some little frogs hopping around the banks. Then, everybody was finding them!
We returned to Langton School to have a picnic in their 'Shady Glen', a little clearing in a copse of trees. After getting the clipboards out to do some wildlife sketching, we went back to their playground for a crazy tennis game. It was with a tearful farewell that we bade our friends goodbye. We were certainly made to feel very welcome by Mrs Ray, the headteacher, and all her staff. It was a very different school from Stepney: set in the middle of the country in a tiny vilage, it had a completely different feel to it than an inner city school. Out of a total school population of 78 pupils, only 3 actually live in Langton. The head teacher has to go out, marketing the school and trying to get new pupils in, just to keep the school open! We have waiting lists for most of our year groups in Stepney!
Year 6 Leavers' Prom
Year 4's coach driver was under strict instructions to get us back before the end of the school day. We allowed plenty of time so there was no rush, but year 4 were certainly pleased not to have missed the start of the last disco of the school year. This was, of course, the Year 6's Leavers' Prom/Disco. A great time was had by all. Many thanks to Mr Morfitt and staff for getting the hall ready and to Mrs Rodgers for orgnising the now traditional year 6 photo session under the 'Balloon Arch'
At the last Local Governing Body meeting of the school year, we welcomed a new governor to fill the last remaining spot on our board. We were delighted that Father Phil Lamb, the new priest of St. Mary's Church, Sculcoates has joined us.
Perfect Sports Day Weather
Following yesterday's awful weather, we were all hoping for a change in fortune today. In the end, we didn't need to worry. In the morning, our Early Years Foundation Stage held their sports morning, with a carousel of different activities and parents cheering their youngsters on. It was a great way to start the day off.
Come the afternoon, and the day continued to warm up. Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 spent a lovely summer's day moving around a host of different activities, expertly organised and led by Mr Jones. These involved speed and skill with bat and ball, hoops and hurdles. Pupils were divided into two main Red and Blue teams, then into smaller groups. Parents again enjoyed watching the spectacle but they weren't the only ones. Despite the number of pupils and parents enjoying themselves, our resident playing-field foxes were to be seen sunbathing and keeping a eye on us. There were plenty of smiles all around. Finishing off the afternoon, pupils engaged in the traditional sprint races. It was unanimously agreed that the day had been a huge success. Many thanks to Mr Jones, our parents, pupils and staff.
Troy Story Again and the Year 6 Leavers' Assembly
Parents and relatives joined us for a second public showing of 'Troy Story'. The morning concluded with our Year 6 Leavers' Assembly. Thanks were given to the staff who have not only guided these pupils through the year to their SATs exams but have then worked hard in only a few weeks to prepare this brilliant production. Mrs Brocklebank, Mrs Wilde, Mrs Rodgers and Mrs Brodie have produced another spectacle to conclude the year 6s time at primary school. Special thanks were given to Miss Blount-Fory for her creation of the Wooden Horse model.
Then, it was the turn of Mr Morfitt, our Chair of Governors to present certificates to all of the year 6s, while Mr Browning made a little speech about each of the pupils. We then presented the following special awards:
The Shepherdson Behaviour Shield, which had been donated by our very own Mrs Shepherdson, was presented to Piotr;
Sulesh received The Bradshaw Arts Award;
Mahdiyah received The Burhan Achievement Award;
Ellis received The Smith Achievement Award;
Samiyah received The John Leeman Personal Development Award;
and Maleeka collected The Playle Shield for Sports. As each shield winner was presented with the awards, the Mrs Brocklebank and Mrs Wilde explained why they had been chosen.
Mr Browning then spoke about the sad loss this year of Mr Barry Foston, our former sites and premises officer, who had passed away on New Year's Eve. Upon his retirement, Mr Foston had donated his 'Kindness Cup' to be presented to any pupil in our school who reflected the wonderful values that he showed every day. His daughter had selected a worthy winner from suggestions by members of staff. Alanta was the unanimous choice as the inaugural winner of this award. All the winners received little shields to keep, while they names were engraved on the actual shields, which take pride of place in our Trophy Cabinet.
Finally, Mr Browning thanked the parents for all the support they have given to their pupils and to the school.
As always, it was a bitter-sweet event. It was lovely to celebrate out oldest pupils but sad that this was our official goodbye to them.
This evening, our school was packed with parents, friends and relatives of our year 6 pupils. Their pupils presented an entertaining production of Troy Story, complete with a model of the famous Wooden Horse, itself. There was no doubt that pupils had put a great deal of dedication and passion into this musical. Staff have been working tirelessly over the last few weeks to get pupils, costumes and props ready. While the rain poured down outside, we were transported back to warm and sunny ancient Greece. Earlier in the day, pupils had performed their dress rehearsal to the rest of the school.
Year 4 Exhibition and Cooking
Miss Baitson's pupils had a busy day. It started with a great exhibition session with parents helping their children to make 'Memory Boards'. These artistic cards showed photos of some of the many events that these pupils have been involved in. After lunch, pupils helped to prepare fresh ingredients for two lovely stir fry dishes. With Miss Baitson in control of the hot wok, pupils then enjoyed tasting the results of their culinary skills.
Transition & the Final Countdown starts for Year 6
The clock is now ticking down for our oldest pupils as they start to prepare for the end of their primary school careers. Many of them are going off to spend days at their next schools. These include Newland School for Girls; Kelvin Hall; Sirius North'
School Closed for Staff Training
The school is closed to pupils today for a staff training day. It's back to normal on Monday!
Steaming Northwards with Year 4
When we had our Stepney Statue Week in February, two of our guests were Peter and Glenn Smurthwaite, the owners of PBS Construction Ltd, who had also prepared the concrete platform base for our HCOC17 art installation. We had discussed what it must be like to travel on a steam train. The nearest place to do this is on the North Yorks Moors Railway. Peter Smurthwaite, who had been to our school as a pupil, volunteered to pay for a class to visit the NYMR. Both he and his son were keen to keep their promise so today year 4 set off to Pickering. They explored the station, including the small exhibtion room. Then they were in awe as a large steam engine 76079 came into the station, smoke and steam billowing everywhere. Boarding the train on their journey to Grosmont, members of the NYMR staff told them all about life on Victorian Railways, including an actress who was pretending to be a Victorian lady.
At Grosmont, pupils and staff disembarked to walk through the long dark tunnel and look at the engine sheds. It was a wonderful experience, especially with beautiful sunshine. Year 4 have been on a number of visits already this summer and have had rain on every occasion up till today, so it was a welcome sight to see the sun!
Before boarding the train back to Pickering, Isabelle was allowed in the driver's cab of a diesel locomotive. This was an emotional moment as Isabelle's grandfather was a traindriver, who had driven the 'Sir Nigel Gresley', the famous 'Mallard' and the even more famous 'Flying Scotsman'.
The train back was full and there had been a mistake in reserving seats for our pupils. Instead, the staff put the pupils in the first class compartments. They enjoyed pretending to be Harry Potter and his friends.
It was a fantastic day. Our most sincere thanks go out to the Smurthwaites and their firm. It was such a generous donation from them.
Year 5 Visit the Star Centre
Heading East today to Keighley, our year 5 class were looking forward to a day at the Star Space Centre. They had a wonderful day, pretending to be astronauts. They used computers to do simulations of space landings as well as controlling robots and using 3D printers. They learned that they had to work in teams in order to achieve goals using a variety of space programmes. To complete and inspiring day, staff and pupils donned space suits!
Stepney's Got Talent 2017 Final
We had even more entrants for this year’s talent competition, which gains in popularity each year. In front of a packed hall, we were entertained by 23 pupils Our finalists this year were:
Lawand & Jaylen
Keyshia & Sophia
Carla & Zeen
Jagoda & Janet
Filip & Sebur
It was a superb final and judging was tight. In the end, Mr Morfitt, Mr Everett and Mrs Harland chose D'Niro and his famour card trick in third place and Amelia and her sublime dance routine in second. The winner by popular consent was Sulesh. Last year, he amazed us with this guitar playing but today we were all in awe as he played a keyboard intro thenm launched into a pitch-perfect renditon of 'Hotel California', accompanying himself on the guitar again. Self-taught, Sulesh is a gifted musician already. We will look forward to see what he does in the future with this amazing talent.
Year 3 RAP at the Museum
As part of the Heritage Learning package that we buy into with the Hull Museums service, we had another of their brilliant educational sessions this morning. Year 3 headed down to the Maritime Museum in Hull. First, they had to search the museum and find bits of hidden craft materials to then make into an toy creature. Once made, they use these toys as the inspiration for some excellent RAP poetry. Another success!
Year 6 had a brilliant day at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park near Pocklington today. This is another favourite annual event and saw pupils taking to the lake in kayaks before going on to construct their own rafts. Once aboard their rafts, they raced each other to collect pirate flags. When we have been there in the past few years, the wind has not been very strong and the sailing lessons the pupils have proven difficult. The raft building was therefore a sensible alternative. Pupils also had an archery session, which they loved. As usual, behaviour was great and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
Year 6 Leavers' Events
We have now reached the time of the year when our year 6 pupils are preparing for their days at primary school, before they move onto secondary schools. Many of them will be attending their new schools over the next fortnight for transition days.
In the meantime, we have some very special dates for them. These will take place next week .
Year 6 Evening Production - Tuesday 11th July—this starts at 6pm (there will be a crèche at this event) and...
Year 6 Morning Production & Leavers' Assembly - Wednesday 12th July, which starts at 9.30am. Pupils will be presented with leaving certificates and our
special trophies will be given to some pupils.
Year 6 Prom and School Disco - Thursday 13th July
Sports Days Alterations
Please note: We have had to alter one of our dates for sport days. These are now as follows:
Wednesday 12th July
EYFS Sports - Morning
KS2 Sports - Afternoon
Monday 17th July
KS1 Sports - Afternoon
Helen Garnett Drops in for a Song
Helen Garnett joined year 5 this afternoon for a rehearsal of the songs that they will be singing as part of a mass choir on Friday 20th October at Hull City Hall. The talented singer took our pupils through their paces and reported that they had really impressed her.