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March 2010

As we start our Easter Holiday, we have a new company joining our school. 'Primary Technologies' will be taking over the provision of our ICT (computer) support in school. As well as maintaining our network, they will also be installing a wireless system to enable our laptops and netbooks to run efficiently around the school premises.

May we remind you that the children return to school on Tuesday 13th April.

Rugby League Draw
The winning draw for the next Hull FC match was Tegan in year 5.

Year 2/3 Assembly
Another brilliant assembly was given by Miss Atkinson's and Miss Baitson's classes on Thursday. We learned about different types of penguin, including their habitats and main characteristics. There was wonderfully clear speaking from all the children. A thoroughly professional performance from all concerned.

The firm, Sports Safe, has been in today to check the safety of our PE equipment. This has included looking at the adventure trail chain which has recently come loose. It is one of our priorities to ensure all our equipment is kept in a good state of repair.

After Easter the Foundation Stage Children will be having some chicks in their classroom. In order to pay for them, the pupils have been doing some fundraising. Many thanks for those who have supported us, including the family who sent us £20 to kick start the appeal. We know this family didn't want this publicising but we are very grateful to them.

We have received details of Easter events, being arranged by the Scrapstore staff. Click here for further details.
Details of the Scrapstore Events for Easter 2010.

Mr Browning has returned to school today, full of news from our Partner School in Sierra Leone. He has prepared a full report on this, which can be accessed by clicking here or accessing via the special events tab under the Events and Dates page.

We have details of a Men's Family Forum, being organised by Family Learning. Click here for further details.
A Men's Family Forum Event on 24.3.10

We had a brilliant day to support Sports Relief. All pupils walked around the neighbourhood to raise money for this excellent cause. Many thanks to all those parents/carers who supported us today.

Another special assembly today as year 6 told us about the literacy work they have studying. As usual they have been taking a multi-media approach to their learning.

Miss Northen and some pupils visited the Cookery Bus today. This is part of the work Miss Northen is also doing with the staff at Kelvin Hall School to develop pupils' awareness of healthy eating issues.

Hull City Council now has a new 'Children and Young People's Disability Information Officer' Michaela Marriott. Click here for further details.

We were delighted to welcome another student teacher to our school. Mrs Newton is going to be working in Miss Baitson's class. Mrs Newton is undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course at Hull University. This is the final teaching practice on her one year course. We have already had two successful PGCE students this so, hopefully, we will continue this excellent run.

Today, Mr Browning has flown out to visit our partner school in Sierra Leone. This is part of the Global Partnership, funded by the British Council. Mr Browning will be teaching and working in the Industrial and Cooperative Preparatory School in Wellington, Freetown all next week.

Friday 19th March kicks off Sports Relief weekend. As usual, we like to do our best at Stepney to help such a good cause. Children can pay 50p to wear sports gear and silly socks proceeds to support Sports Relief. The children will be walking a mile around the local area to also support the cause. Throughout the day, classes will have the opportunity to take part in sporting challenges, circle time discussions, healthy eating and lifestyle activities.
Please help us by encouraging your children to take part.

We have another of our Police Pop-In sessions at school today at 3.15pm in the school hall.

We encourage all pupils to wear school uniform. We feel this gives them a clear sense of identity and reinforces our strong learning community. We would ask parents/carers of all our pupils to make every effort to support the school in this area.

Pupils are asked to wear a school uniform which consists of: a red school sweatshirt (available in a variety of sizes from the office for £7); a white polo shirt, shirt or blouse; black or navy trousers/skirt/pinafore dress.
Summer uniform for girls - red & white gingham or striped dresses.
For safety reasons girls shoes must be flat-heeled.
We also request that children bring a change of kit for PE i.e. a T shirt and shorts. We do, at times, ask that children bring a suitable outdoor PE kit and trainers.

In the interests of health and safety for themselves and others children should not wear jewellery for school. Watches are permissible but must be removed for P.E. If earrings are worn they should be studs and must be removed for P.E.

In assembly today, PCSO Lana Walsham spoke to all the children about the importance of not talking to strangers. Many of our children enjoy playing out and using local facilities, such as Sculcoates Park. Help your children by reinforcing this message.

In the summer term, Lana, who is also one of school governors, will be running the Super Police Kids scheme again. We were used as the pilot school for this and since she started it, Lana is now expanding it across the city. This gives pupils an awareness of local community issues.

As part of a promotion campaign, Hull FC Rugby league club have donated two sets of tickets for the season. One set is for an adult and the other for a child. We will be having separate draws for each home game and giving out an adult and child's ticket to one of our pupils for each match as it comes along. If you are interested and will use the tickets, please complete the slip on this week's 'Stepney Star' and return to your child's class teacher or notify the school office. The winners will be notified in assemblies.

On March 12th, Mr Browning will be flying out with the headteachers from Collingwood and Pearson Primary Schools, on a British Council funded visit, to work with our partnership school in Sierra Leone, the 'Industrial And Co-operative Preparatory School', situated at Wellington in the suburb of Freetown. Mr Browning will be away for the following week and back in school on 22nd March. If you have any issues which require the headteacher, please contact the school and ask for Ms Johnson, the Deputy Head.

We have just received the March copy of the Family Learning Newsletter. Either click here to see it or go to our Community Information Page for this and other information.

Humberside Police are holding an informal drop in for you to discuss any local issues. Please feel free to come and see an officer and have a chat at the school between 3.15pm and 4pm on any of the following dates:
Wednesday 10th March
Wednesday 14th April
Wednesday 19th May
Click here for more information
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Year 1 Assembly
What a treat we had from our year 1 class! They have been looking at traditional fairy stories and decided to rewrite 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. Instead of magic beans and the beanstalk, we had a magic banana; instead of a golden hen, we had a golden radio plus many new characters. It was humorous, entertaining and showed how well the children can learn and recite lines. Many thanks to everyone concerned, including the prop makers!

Class Assemblies
There has been a change to the class assemblies. There will not be one on March 11th and the assembly on March 18th will be for year 6. Apologies for any confusion this may have caused.

In the assembly hall, years 1-6 were firing footballs at the 'Speed Mark' inflatable goal. A boy and girl, from each class, received a medal for the fastest shot (these were measured electronically by sensors at the back of the goal).
Miss Northen's class looked around Beverley Road Baths for their 'Healthy Living' theme.
With the correct colour, the contractors set to work and finished the laying of the wet pore around the new outdoor classroom. It now needs to be left to set and the last of the rough concreting has to be smoothed off.
The weather improves and the machinery is moved in for the wet pore! The wet pore is mixed! A crowd  gathers to watch the  work! The surface is carefully smoothed over. Taking pride in their work! What a difference the wet pore makes! A good job!

The contractors for the wet pore surfacing arrived today and prepared the surface! They wouldn have finished it, but the wrong colour had been sent! Mrs Phelps-Jones' class journeyed next door to look around Beverley Road Baths, as part of their term work on healthy lifestyles.!

A reminder that on Wednesday, we will be having the rescheduled 'Speed Mark' event. Please ensure your child returns his/her sponsorship form this week.

There is a new fifteen week course, starting at Lambert Children's Centre, entitled 'Keeping up with the children in literacy'. Please click here for further details.


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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