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July & August 2009

Message from the Secretary of State, Ed Balls, published today on the DCSF website:
"We have been closely monitoring the spread and severity of swine flu over the school holidays. The latest scientific advice to the Government is that individual school closures are now of limited benefit in stopping the spread of disease.
Given the mildness of the virus, the expert medical advice is that there is no good reason for schools to remain closed after the summer holiday. We therefore expect all schools and early-years and childcare settings in England to reopen as planned at the beginning of the new term. However, it is still essential that adults or children with flu-like symptoms should stay away until they are free of those symptoms. They should contact the National Pandemic Flu Service on 0800 1513513 or at www.pandemicflu.direct.gov.uk"

There has been a 'buzz' of activity at the school today: A new video-intercom system has been installed at the main door on Stepney Lane and three rotten windows in the ICT room are being replaced so there have been gaping holes in the walls and a fair amount of scaffolding!

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We have just been sent details of some Adult Community Education Courses that are starting in September. Please click here for further details.

The Utterly Imaginative World of Lauren Child
comes to Hull 12th September to 8th November. Ferens Art Gallery will be hosting a fantastic, interactive exhibition for under 7s dedicated to the work of Lauren Child. "Greendrops and Moonsquirters - The Utterly Imaginative World of Lauren Child" will not only feature original illustrations from Lauren Child's quirky books but also recreate the worlds of favourite characters such as Charlie and Lola and That Pesky Rat, where children can play, explore, dress up and act out their favourite stories.In partnership with Hull Libraries we will be dedicating three days to pre-school group visits with FREE creative sessions provided by Bookstart. Sessions available 2nd October, 14th October and 3rd November.

Please see the attached Lauren Child PDF for further details or visit www.mylearning.org where you can also download a free teacher resource pack. Search for greendrops.

Shirley Craven and Hull Traders - A Carnival of Colour at the Ferens from 3rd October to 3rd January.This exhibition of 1960's textiles and furniture with big, bold abstract designs and eye-popping colours will be the inspiration for a special day aimed at pre-school children. Professional musician Kathy Seabrook will offering FREE one hour Rhythm and Sound Workshops on Friday 16th October. Please see the attached Shirley Craven PDF for further information or visit www.mylearning.org for free teacher resources, Search for Hull Traders.All group visits must be pre-booked - contact Sarah Howard in 01482 318734.

We have just heard that we have received the Full International School Award. This gives the school accreditation for three years from September 1st 2009 to 31st August 2012. Mrs Wilde has been responsible for organising all the work which went in to gain this. Our thanks go out to her for all her organisational and leadership skills on this. One of the highlights of this project was our European day, when we had VIPs including our MEP and local councillors, visiting the school.

During last year many of you kindly donated old mobile phones so that we could have them recycled. We have now received £232 for these which is going straight into school funds to support activities we undertake with the children.

The workmen are gradually freeing up the old 'opening' mechanisms for the windows and removing old paintwork so they fit properly and reduce draughts. They are also completely refitting the downstairs boys' toilets. Mr Foston and his team are busy getting rooms cleaned, ready for the new school year.

During these holidays we are having some needed repair work undertaken at school. Currently, we have workers starting on the windows. Some sills need replacing and all the frames need painting. This is likely to be an ongoing job over the next year or so. As it is a listed building all the window frames can only be wooden and have to be the same design as the original Victorian ones.

The latest Sculcoates News has just been released. Please click on the link to see what's happening in our neighbourhood.

We have heard from 'Homemade Places' that they are busy manufacturing the components for our outdoor classroom. This is going to be located in the quiet area of the school playground. We are presently awaiting planning permission and listed building permission before we can continue. Hopefully, we should hear early on in the Autumn term.

17.7.09 - End of the school year
We said farewells and good lucks to Mrs Brocklebank (as she starts her maternity leave); to Mrs Bielby (who is leaving teaching for the time being); to Miss Bahari (who will be starting at Thoresby Primary School) and Miss Widdison (who will be starting at Neasden Primary School). Of course, we also wished our year 6 pupils well for the future. This has been a particularly strong cohort in terms of friendship.
The school closed for the summer holidays. It will open to pupils on Tuesday 8th September.
We would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday.

16.7.09 - Year 6 Leaver's Prom
We had another very successful leaver's prom and disco. All the children had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Many thanks to our vice chair of governors, Mr Morfitt, for organising refreshments and decorations and all the staff who stayed to supervise children and ice-creams!

16.7.09 - Year 6 Leaver's Assembly
The year 6 leaver's assembly was a resounding success. The children performed two songs and an acrostic poem. We were honoured to welcome Father John Leeman as our special guest. Father John is now standing down from our governing body after years of loyal and valuable service to the school.
Special awards were given out, including a new one - the John Leeman Shield for Personal Development.


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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