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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
June 2016

30.6.16
Building Work Update

The contractors have been working on the hatches today...
The reception hatch is being made in the place where a previous hatch was, when this area of the school was used as a community centre.


The new hatch will have a counter on two levels, the lower one for disabled access. Lintels have been put in above this one and also above the alcove into the School Business Manager's office.

29.6.16
KS1 Moderation
This afternoon, a team of three staff from the Local Authority came into school to undertake a moderation of year 2. As this is a SATs year group, the Local Authority selects schools to look through the pupils' work and check this against the levels that the teachers assess the children at. The team were lavish in their praise for the brilliant work that Mrs Smart does with this year group. It is well known by staff, how hard Mrs Smart works and the exceedingly high standards that she aspires to. The team said that as well as seeing exemplary books, which were cross-referenced to a high degree of detail, it was clear that Mrs Smart thoroughly knows her pupils. Following an equally successful moderation of Miss Hatfield's work in our Reception class a few weeks ago, we have once again had endorsement of the high quality teaching that takes place at Stepney. Today, the limelight quite deservedly fell on Mrs Smart! A true Stepney Super Star in our eyes.

Building Work Commences
Work has started today on converting two rooms behind the school hall into the new administration and business manager's offices. From September, the new main entrance to our school will be via the door further along Stepney Lane (opposite the netball court). The Mick Jordan construction company is undertaking this work. The year 6 toilets have been removed along with plumbing so that work may start on the offices. Meanwhile, work has started on building a ramp outside the outside door.  

A hole has been knocked through from the old year 6 toilets, which will be the new school business manager's office, into the room which will be home to the admin team.

An old hatch is being reopened up and will be enlarged to form the reception desk of the new school entrance.
This is a view looking from the admin office into the business manager's office.

28.6.16
Heritage Trail for Year 6
This morning, our year 6 class travelled to Hull City Centre to undertake a project, similar to year 5's last week. They learned about famous people from Hull who are being treated as 'Ambassadors' for the city. The most exciting part of the day was watching some of the new 'Gypsy Moth' sculptures that are being installed around Hull as well as other places around the world, which have linked to Amy Johnson. Click on the website below to see the brilliant designs.
http://amyjohnsonfestival.co.uk/a-moth-for-amy-designs/

Nursery Hours for the New School Year
Our nursery class will only be running in the mornings in the autumn term. We are having a session from 9am to 12noon but there will be no afternoon sessions. If you wish to take up a morning place, please see one of our EYFS staff.

27.6.16
Sports Relief Certificate

We have received this certificate from the Sports Relief charity, thanking us for raising £599.08. A great effort, for a very worthy cause.

Best Wishes to Mrs Warcup
Mrs Warcup has now started her maternity leave. On behalf of everyone at Stepney, we would like to extend our best wishes to Mrs Warcup and her family. We would like to welcome Mrs Cameron to our school, who is being employed to cover this maternity leave.

Mighty Maths
The week's winners are:
Year 1 - Lenya
Year 3 - Klaudia
Year 4 - Wiktor
Year 5 - Dani
Year 6 - Connor

24.6.16
Happy Birthday to St. Mary's Church, Sculcoates. 100 years old

Today, we have had a special service at  St. Mary's Church, Sculcoates which is part of the week-long centenary celebrations. While the church was established in the late 1100s, it has been in it’s present building since 1916. This year, the school is 130 years old and has had 100 years of involvement with St. Mary’s. Staff and pupils at school have been busy preparing work to show in the church. We were delighted to share our songs and celebratory readings with visitors in the congregation. Year 5 made different designs for the ‘Order of Service’
programmes and Mrs Rice led our brilliant choir. It was a wonderful way to conclude their centenary week’s events.



Potato Prize Winner
This afternoon, Mrs Bayley, Josh (year 6) and Zeen (year 4) visited the East Hull Community Farm the Grand Weigh-In of the Trust Potato-Growing competition. Our year 4 class had the biggest crop in our school but we didn't win a prize for this alongside the other schools. However, the afternoon wasn't in vain. One of the year 6 potatoes won the overall 'Craziest-looking' Spud prize. Our representatives brought back the trophy, just in time for our Friday afternoon awards ceremony!

Scatterball Success
Scatterball is similar to rounders but easier for younger pupils to play. This afternoon, our year 4 pupils were successful in winning matches against St. Vincent's Primary School.

Star of the Week
This week's winners were:
EYFS - Brandon       
Year 1 - Harley        
Year 2 -  Agata       
Year 3 - Cameron
Year 4 - Jagoda         
Year 5 - Maleeka     
Year 6 -  Edwin

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95% but it has been a much more positive week again. We still have to improve on this though as we are below 95%.
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 this week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 93.33%↑(2 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 90.00%- (3 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 83.33%- (5 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 83.33%↓ (5 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 89.65%- (3 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 86.66%↓(4 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 86.66%- (4 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 87.57%↓(26 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 24 pupils last week) 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. This week, the attendance has improved, with four classes* getting over 97% and an attendance voucher. 
Foundation Stage: 95.33%↑
Year 1: 94.33%↑
Year 2: 93.33%↓
Year 3: 93.33%↓
Year 4: 95.17%-
Year 5: 95.67%-
Year 6: 95.67%↓
Whole School Average: 94.59%-

23.6.16
EYFS Sports Day

We finally managed to have our Foundation Stage sports day this morning. Overnight rain meant that the field was still too wet so events took place on the netball court, with a good showing of enthusiastic parents and relatives. Many thanks to all those who attended.

22.6.16
Polling Station & Building Work

Tomorrow, we are once again a polling station but this time for the European Referendum. The room we usually assign to this is currently being cleared for the building work that is starting to take place. Contractors start in earnest next week. The year 6 toilet room is being altered to become the School Business Manager’s office; the room next to it is going to be the new admin office and the outside door will be the new school entrance. A slope is being built up to this. We therefore have had to have a portacabin, toilet and electrical generator lifted over the wall into the front playground for the polling.

21.6.16
Year 5 with Hull Children's University

Our year 5 pupils have spent a day at the Children's University centre next to Princes' Quay. During the morning, they were surveying and interviewing people about their thoughts on Hull and talking about the up-coming City of Culture.

Dance United Yorkshire
A tutor from Dance United Yorkshire led an after-school workshop for a group of pupils from years 3, 4, 5 & 6. They had a brilliant time working through some exciting dance moves. There are still spaces spare for this session, which meets again next Tuesday after school. Please contact the school office to book a place.

Song for Hull
We had some students coming into school this afternoon to work with our Reception pupils plus children from Fenchurch Children's centre, collecting ideas for a Song for Full. We were delighted to welcome our visitors into school for this great project.

20.6.16
Baseball Advert

We have received information about baseball lessons. Please click here or on the image below to see the full size pdf poster.

17.6.16
SLAM POETRY GRAND FINALE

Pupils from nine primary schools from the Hull Cooperative Schools Network (HCSN) met at the Freedom Centre on Preston Road this afternoon. Each school had a team, consisting of one pupil from year 3, 4, 5 and 6. These were the chosen SLAM poetry champions. The pupils had composed their own poems and performed them. The primary schools taking part were Chiltern, Griffin, Ings, Oldfleet, Sidmouth, St. George's, Stepney, Thanet & Woodland (formerly called Foredyke).
Mr Browning was the compere for the event and three guest judges watched and made notes against a range of criteria. The nine year 3 pupils went first, performing their poems in front of the large meeting room at the Freedom Centre. They had to stand on the stage and use a microphone. Our champions were Jackson (year 3), Muna (year 4), Megan (year 5) and Jakub (year 6). Each pupil received a certificate for participating with the first, second and third placed contestants getting extra certificates and prizes. Oldfleet received the trophy for the school with the most points total overall.
It was a brilliant event!

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95% but it has been a much more positive week again. We still have to improve on this though as we are below 95%.
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 this week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 86.66%↑(4 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 90.00%↑ (3 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 83.33%↓(5 pu
pils didn't)
Year 3: 90.00%↑(3 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 89.65%-  (3 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 93.33%↑(2 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 86.66%↓(4 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 88.52%↑(24 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 36 pupils last week) 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. This week, the attendance has improved, with four classes* getting over 97% and an attendance voucher. 
Foundation Stage: 94%↑
Year 1: 93.00%↑
Year 2: 96.70%↑
Year 3: 96.70%↑
Year 4: 95.17%↑
Year 5: 98.33%↑
Year 6: 97.00%↓
Whole School Average: 94.59%

Stars of the Week
EYFS -   Zuzanna    
Year 1 -  Whole Class   
Year 2 -  Kayleigh   
Year 3 - Svetlana
Year 4 -   Sergejs     
Year 5 -  Arminas          
Year 6 -  Bartek

16.6.16
Year 6 Bikeability

Over the last few years, the number of pupils and staff cycling to school has increased. As well as being great fun and a brilliant way of keeping fit, studies in the USA have shown that walking or cycling to work or school gives people a better sense of well-being than coming in cars or on public transport. To prepare pupils for the time when they are old enough to use the roads, we provide Bikeability training for our year six pupils. This has replaced the older style 'Cycling Proficiency' training that many adults did when they were children. It teaches children cycling skills and how to observe the highway code. We have been overwhelmed by the number or replies we have had so some pupils will be doing their training in a few weeks' time.

Polling Station Next Week & Building Work
For many years, the school has been a polling station in local and general elections. Already this year, we have hosted some local elections. On Thursday, next week, we are once again being a polling station for the European Referendum. However, the room we usually assign to this is currently being cleared for the building work that is starting to take place. By the time we return to school in September, these rooms will be the new school admin offices. The local authority are going to be lowering a portacabin into the front playground. This will be the polling station. Members of the public will access this via our main school gate on the front playground. Obviously, we will not be letting the pupils out on this playground on the polling day.

15.6.16
Star Readers' Assembly

This week's winners are:
Year 1 - Tasnim
Year 2 - Dominik
Year 3 - Maria
Year 4 - Zeen
Year 5 - Filip
Year 6 - Klaudia

Stepney's Got Talent
This afternoon, we had our annual talent competition's semi-final. It is getting ever nearer the final now. Once again, the hidden talents of our pupils are coming to the fore - very impressive!

14.6.16
Footballers at Pearson

Mr Ingram and Mr Dear took pupils from years 3 and 4 to a football tournament at Pearson Primary School after school. Mr Ingram reported that it went really well. They played six matches against Pearson, St. Vincent's and Thoresby Primary Schools. Scores weren't kept and an overall winner wasn't announced: it was all about getting the younger ones playing some competitive matches. We had a good mixture of wins, draws and losses. Mr Ingram said he was "really excited about this team, if we can keep them together through Key Stage 2, we've got some very good prospects in there!"

Family Learning Courses
We have received a detailed brochure of many excellent Family Learning Programmes. Please click here or on the image below to look at the pdf version of the whole brochure.

13.6.16
Kid Alert

This afternoon, our year six pupils went out to the annual Kid Alert event, in which representatives from the various emergency services talked to the pupils and explained how they work to help people around the city.

Mighty Maths
This week's winners are:
Year 1 - Marta
Year 2 - Sergijs
Year 3 - Mohammad
Year 4 - Casey
Year 5 - Alanta
Year 6 - Edwin

Choir at Hull City Hall
Mrs Rice, accompanied by Mrs Precious went with our school choir for a day of singing at Hull City Hall. They had another great day along with a hall packed with pupils from schools around the city.

10.6.16
Rain Stops Play

Regrettably, the overnight rain prevented the Foundation Stage classes having their sports events this morning. Mrs Stimpson and Miss Hatfield have rescheduled it for Thursday 23rd June.
In the meantime, everyone gathered for a special assembly in the hall after lunch. Mr Ingram and the four team captains: Bartek, Honya, Josh and Klaudia presented medals and certificates to pupils for showing the characteristics which we look for in PE: Determination, passion, respect, honesty, self belief and teamwork. The points totals for both the red team and the blue team were read out, with the red team emerging the victors this year. We all agreed it has been a wonderful week of enjoyment and competition. The loudest round of applause was saved for Mr Ingram and Mr Jones for organising and running the events.

Attendance Figures
Our attendance is struggling at the moment to get above 95% but it has been a much more positive week again. We still have to improve on this though as we are below 95%.
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 this week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 80%↓(6 pupils didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 76.66%↓ (7 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 86.66%↑ (4 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 83.33%↑ (5 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 89.65%↓ (3 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 83.33%↑ (5 pupils didn't) 
Year 6: 90.00%↑ (3 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 84.23%↓(36 didn't have 100% attendance compared with 20 pupils last week) 

Class Attendance !
The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. This week, the attendance has improved, with four classes* getting over 97% and an attendance voucher. 
Foundation Stage: 92.67%↓
Year 1: 89.33%↓
Year 2: 96.33%↑
Year 3: 94.33%↑
Year 4: 94.14%↓
Year 5: 96.67%↑
Year 6: 97.33%↑
Whole School Average: 94.56%↓

9.6.16
Sports Week - Day Four

The day promised to be a cloudy and slightly cooler affair but we were mistaken! By the afternoon, we were back in the hot and sunny weather. We have had a glorious day of sporting activities and races with many parents, friends and relatives cheering on the pupils. This morning, it was the turn of KS1 with our year 1 and 2 pupils competing in a carousel of skills and obstacle challenges before the sprint races took place. This afternoon the older pupils were competing.
Leading all these activites has been Mr Ingram, who has done a superb job in making this another memorable year! Many thanks, Mr Ingram!

100 Year Celebrations Planned for St Mary's Church, Sculcoates
May we remind everyone that St. Mary's Church, Sculcoates is going to be celebrating its 100th birthday in the next few weeks. Staff and pupils at school are busy preparing work to show in the church. We would like to invite you to join us on Friday, when we are having a special assembly there.

These are the dates and events that have been organised for the whole week:
Saturday 18th June
10am - Church open to visitors
3.30pm - Even Song with a visiting choir
4.30pm - Canapes with drinks

Sunday 19th June
11am - Solemn Mass - preacher Bishop Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley
12.30pm - Buffet Lunch

Monday 20th June
10am - Said Eucharist
10.30pm - 4pm - Church open to visitors
2pm - Talk on 'A history of Sculcoates & St. Mary's' given by Mary Carrick, East Yorks Local History Society

Tuesday 21st June
7pm - Wine and Cheese with entertainment (David Scotney & Singers) Guest Speaker Bishop Alison

Wednesday 22nd June
10am - Morning Prayer
10.30am - 4pm - Church open to visitors

Friday 24th June
10am - Stepney School Children. Music, singing, prayers and readings

8.6.16
Stepney's Got Talent is Back!

The first round of our annual talent fest is back again! As always, we are constantly surprised, delighted and amazed by the array of talents that our pupils have. In a break from our week-long sports events, SGT 2016 got underway in the hall this afternoon. Pupils will be chosen to go through to the semi-finals!

Rainbow Writing Assembly
This week's winners are:
Year 1 - Auste
Year 2 - Esther
Year 3 - Alex
Year 4 - Maliik
Year 5 - Maleeka
Year 6 - Seraphimna

Sports Week - Day Three
While England and Sri Lanka are gearing up for the next test match at Lords, our pupils were playing their Kwik Cricket matches today. It was certainly ideal cricket weather, with sunny and hot conditions out there on the wicket!

Important Governors Meeting
Our Full Governing Body met this evening for an extra meeting. This time, it was to look at the key legal documents that have to be agreed and put into place as the school moves forward to become part of a multi-academy trust. Governors looked at documents relating to finance, articles of association and schemes of delegation.

7.6.16
International Pupil Council Meeting

Mr Browning took Bartek, Dominik and Lewis to their last meeting as IPC representatives. Today's meeting was at Pearson Primary. The boys joined other pupils from the Global Partnership schools in Hull and undertook work on Global Friendship work. They have been wonderful ambassadors for our school throughout the year.

Team Events in Sports Week - Day Two
Once again, beautiful weather was the order of the day for the second part of our Sports Week. Classes took part in team games. It was another highly successful and enjoyable day. Phase 5/6 started the day playing a series of handball, 'three-hoop-ball' and netball matches; Phase 1/2 then loved playing 'Scatterball' before Phase 3/4 enjoyed 'three-hoop-ball', which is a type of 'Harry Potter Quidditch' but not played on broomsticks!

6.6.16
Welcome Back
We hope everyone has had a great half term holiday. There are now seven weeks till the end of this summer term and the end of this academic year. There have been a couple of changes to the events. The phase 1& 2 exhibition is now on Friday 8th July.

Summer Term Exhibitions
23rd June 2016 - EYFS
7th July 2016 - Phase 3 & 4
8th July 2016 - Phase 1 & 2

Date Change for Year 6 Summer Production
We have had to alter the dates of the year 6 summer production to the Wednesday night (13th July) and Thursday morning (14th July). This is because Newland School for Girls are having a parents night for the new pupils on Tuesday 12th. As we have quite a number of girls who are going to be starting at this school, we have changed our dates to allow parents and pupils to attend this other event.

Year 6 Summer Production !
Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 6pm
Thursday 14th July 2016 at 9.30am + Leaver's Assembly

SPORTS WEEK BEGINS
We have been blessed with gloriously hot and sunny weather at the start of our 2016 Sports Week. Today, Mr Ingram welcomed everyone to the event and outlined the day's schedule. This has involved all age groups taking part in activities in an attempt to break the records that were set last year in our first sports week. At the end of the day, medals and certificates were given out to those pupils who had set new records. Please click here or on the image below to see the powerpoint that Mr Ingram had produced for this morning's opening ceremony. This contains names of last year's record setters.

 

 

 

   

 

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Headteacher: Mr P Browning
Tel: 01482 343690
Fax: 01482 348681
E-mail: admin@stepney.hull.sch.uk
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