The Stepney Star Daily Diary
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The end of June finishes on a high with years 4, 5 and 6 completing three days of fine sports!
Year 1, 2 and 3 Sports
Well done to everyone for another sunny sports afternoon!
Fantastic Football Club!
We have already had a great start to our Saturday morning football club, which is run by specialist coaches between 10am and 12noon, each Saturday. The same organisation are taking year groups for a special ‘Street Cheer’ session, each lunchtime.
EYFS Sports Afternoon !
The sun came out for a great afternoon of sports with our youngest children. A big thank you to Mrs McIlwaine for organising it!
Football Club !
If your child has signed up for this, they need to meet at the school field at 10am today.
There has been a really African feel to our week. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we had Barmmy Boy working with each of the year groups. Barmmy is from Freetown, Sierra Leone and was one of the guides when Mr Browning and the other head teachers had visited there in March. He spoke about music, ways of life, money, living and the differences between his country and England—in just a few days he became a big hit with all our pupils!
In year 1, Jennifer’s mum came in to tell the children all about Nigeria, which the everyone loved!
Sports Afternoons Approach!
Just a reminder that next week we will be having our Sports Afternoons:
Early Years on Monday 28th;
Years 1, 2 and 3 on Tuesday 29th;
Years 4, 5 and 6 on Wednesday 30th
World Cup Assembly
Mr Cameron’s class entertained and educated us with their class assembly on the World Cup. Full marks to everyone on a superb performance!
On the 3rd of July 2010 at Bricknell Playing Fields at 1:00pm, the Hull Polish Community School will be holding a memorial event. The Project is called The Oaks of Remembrance and was initiated by The Institute of National Remembrance in Poland. The aim of the project is to plant 21,768 oaks in memory of 21,768 victims of the Katyn massacre 1940. On the 3rd of July they are going to pay tribute to them by uncovering twenty memorial plaques and talking about what happened. They would also like to pay tribute to all those Polish officials who died in the plane crash in Smolensk, April 2010.
As part of the event they will have a tasting of traditional Polish food, followed by a presentation of Andrzej Wajda's film Katyn in Reel Cinema (at St Stephen's) at 4pm (free entry).
Also, in the morning the young people from the Hull Polish Community School and other Saturday Polish Schools across England will battle in the Inter-school History Competition based on a WWII theme. It is free to attend but Monika Davidson, head of the Polish School, would be grateful if you could let her know if you are going so she can order the correct amount of food. Her phone number is 07526144246
Barmmy in again!
Barmmy worked with year 6 to complete a great three days!
We have had several year groups going out for inter-school ‘Kwik Cricket’ tournaments, which they won, so well done to all our super sports stars!
A Very African Day!
Today, we also had one of our parents, Nana, and one of her friends teaching African dancing to some of our children—again a fabulous opportunity to have expert tuition in dancing from another culture.
Barmmy was in again, working with Reception, Year 1 and year 4/5.
Steel Drummers Concert
During the year, Mr Browning’s year 6 steel drum band have been entertaining us during assemblies. Mrs Phelps-Jones pupils have also been learning to play these great instruments, under the tutelage of Tom Lawrence, from the Schools Music Service. They will be performing a special concert to parents and pupils on Thursday 1st July at 2.45pm.
Barmmy Boy is one of the main contacts in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Mr Browning met him during this visit to Africa a few months ago. Today, Barmmy worked with our year 2/3 classes, telling them about his home town and teaching them traditional songs and dances.
You will have received proof copies of our new-style school photographs. We are really excited about them, especially with the more informal class photos. We have negotiated a closing date of the 2nd July 2010, not the 25th June, as stated before. Please note that this is the only date we have at present. All money should be for the correct amount and sealed in the envelope provided before leaving it at the school office. The money goes directly to the photographers so the school is unable to give change.
Year 2/3 & Roald Dahl!
Complete with a singing and dancing Willy Wonka (provided by Georgijs), Miss Atkinson’s and Miss Baitson’s classes produced a dazzling assembly all about their work on Roald Dahl. They told us about the books he had read, sang us songs and described some of Dahl’s more interesting characters, such as Augustus Gloop and Mr Twit! A slick performance! Well done, everyone!
Honeysuckle, here we come!
Nursery had a great day at honeysuckle farm! Tomorrow it's Reception's turn!
Year 4/5 Sierra Leone Arts Day
You may have spotted Mr Browning wearing his Sierra Leone football shirt this week! We are preparing for the arrival of our Sierra Leone partnership headteacher, Milicent Kamara on the 5th July.
Mrs Phelps-Jones and Miss Northen are inviting parents into school on Tuesday 29th June to help them prepare for their carnival presentation. Children will be making banners, bunting and props to help them during their carnival procession. Please come in to offer your support. Activities start from 9.30am till 12noon and then in the afternoon from 1.45pm to 3pm.
Our Year 6 Pet Rescuers are seeking help!
Year 6 are working with Pet Rescue. They are looking for donations of cat and dog food. Any contributions you may be able to make will be gratefully received. If you have any, please will you send them to school by Friday 25th June. Thanks
Open Afternoons and
We are having some special Open Afternoons this year. The Scrapstore in Hull are coming in to host themed afternoons for pupils and their parents. These are the dates to note on your calendars:
24th June—Year 1
1st July—Early Years Foundation Stage
6th July—Mrs Phelps-Jones class
7th July—Miss Northen’s class
8th July—our year 3 children
12th July—our year 2 children
13th July—year 6
All open afternoons start at 1.30pm
Cricket at Collingwood
Our year sixes had a great afternoon, playing cricket against other local schools at Collingwood Primary School.
Beginning on 26th June, there will be a Saturday morning Soccer Club between 10am and 12noon. This is being run by ‘First Steps’ coaching. Key Stage 2 children should have brought back letters this week—if your child wants to take part, then please return the slip as soon as possible. We have already had a number returned and places are limited!
Prison Me No Way & Lana, again!
On Wednesday 16th June, year six will be starting their participation in the ‘Prison Me No Way’ scheme. This has been running for a number of years and educates the children about how the judicial service works. It is very child friendly and provides good advice to children on how to keep on the right side of the law.
Lana visited us to had out the Super Police Kids Awards.
Forthcoming Events from First Steps
We have secured funding to support some exciting new sporting events at school. In June and July, an organisation called ‘First Steps’, will be leading some ’Street Cheer’ lunchtime sessions for years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. This is a mixture of street dancing and cheer leading. Beginning on 26th June, they will be leading a Saturday morning Soccer Club between 10am and 12noon. During the first week of the summer holidays they will be hosting a week long Summer Sports Camp and this will be followed by another camp during October half term holiday. (More details to follow)
Stepney's Sculcoates Park Wardens
Mrs Smith took twelve of our pupils to Sculcoates Park to take part in an Environmental afternoon.
Calling parents of Miss Northen’s year 4/5 pupils
Starting next Monday, Hull City will be working with Miss Northen’s class on a weekly health and well being session throughout the afternoon. As well as this, children and their parents are invited to attend a multi-sports session after school from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.
Lana has also been in to lead this morning's assembly. She introduced this year’s Operation Lifestyle to the pupils. This is a scheme where children work in groups to undertake a project that will benefit the local community.
Mrs Darmody, from Endeavour, met our year six pupils to talk about their transition to the secondary school.
Stepney’s Super Police Kids
We are really pleased that we have many people on our Governing Body who are contributing much to the development of the school. One of these is Lana Walsham, who is our local PCSO (Police Community Support Officer). Lana has been responsible for setting up the brilliant ‘Super Police Kids’ project in Hull. Today, years 4 and 5 have been out on patrol. Donning high-visibility vests, and armed with clipboards and junior police notebooks, the children were taken on a walk around the neighbourhood. Whilst on patrol they assisted in locating some missing (stolen) items in Pearson Park and spotting a suspected shop lifter. Two PCSOs have led each class and provided a wealth of other information about how the local police work to support and protect the community.
Looking after the Outdoor Classroom
Before the half term holiday, we appealed to parents to help us keep a look out for children from secondary schools hanging on to the tarpaulins of our new outdoor classroom. Many thanks go to the parents this week who have had words with some older children about their behaviour. Your help is very much appreciated.
School Reopens following the Half Term Holiday