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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
March 2014

31.3.14
Visits to Honeysuckle !
Thankfully, the lighter nights have brought better weather as we anticipate our Nursery and Reception pupils visiting Honeysuckle Farm over the next two days.

Gate Repairs !
Regrettably, the intercom for our main gates was vandalised two weeks ago. We are in the process of getting it fixed. If the gates are closed when you arrive, please phone us and we'll let you in.

28.3.14
Netball Victory !
There were well-deserved celebrations at the end of our netball match against Clifton Primary School this evening. Connor's goal secured a 1 nil victory over our neighbours. It was a brilliant team performance and shows that the pupils are improving with their skills.

New Sports Kits for our Teams !
Following requests from our Pupil Council and the growing number of competitions we are playing in, we have ordered a new kit for our teams. Our pupils love the football kits that Tesco bought for us a few years ago. We are now awaiting the arrival of tops, which our netball, basketball and benchball teams can use. These are again in our red and black colours with the Stepney logo on the front and Stepney name on the reverse. We are not buying in separate shorts as the shirts will go with the red shorts that our pupils wear.

Stars of the Week !
Foundation Stage: Brin 
Year 1: Grace
Year 2/3A: Sarah
Year 2/3B: Richard
Year 4/5A: Luke
Year 4/5B: AJ
Year 6A: Morgan
Year 6B: Alicia

Distinction Awards !
Foundation Stage: Nicola & Suki
Year 2/3A: Helin & Muna
Year 4/5B: Jakub & Sakila
Year 6A: Nazia

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !
Thankfully, the virus that was going around last week, has not resurfaced as much this week.
Reception 86.66↓ (4 didn't)
Year 1: 89.65%↑ (3 didn't)
Class 2/3a: 85.18%↓ (4 didn't)
Class 2/3b: 86.2%- (4 didn't)
Class 4/5a: 95.65%↑ (1 didn't)
Class 4/5b: 86.36%↑ (3 didn't)
Class 6a: 89.47%- (2 didn't)
Class 6b: 94.44%- (1 didn't) 

Class Attendance for the week !
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.
Reception: 92.33%↓
Year 1: 96.9%↑
Class 2/3a: 93.93%↑
Class 2/3b: 89.66%↓
Class 4/5a: 98.7%↑
Class 4/5b: 94.55%↑
Class 6a: 96.84%↑ 
Class 6b: 98.82%↑
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.41% which is an increase on last week. These figures also take into account some pupils who have left the school.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Mrs England are keeping everyone informed with the latest statistics, including the a line graph which shows how this year's figures compare with last year's. Please click here to see the graph.

PE Kit reminder !
Following on from the news above, may we remind parents that pupils are expected to wear the designated kit of plain white T shirt and red shorts in their PE lessons. No one should be wearing anything apart from this in their lessons unless they are outside and the weather dictates that outdoor sweatshirts and tracksuit bottoms need to be worn. Our PE kits may be purchased from the school office but are also inexpensive to buy from local shops. We put the PE times for our classes on the back of our weekly newsletter so please help your children by ensuring they are not the odd one out in their class with having the wrong kit.

More Milestones Reached on Kidblog !
Each week, we are having more exciting developments on our kidblog site: firstly, the number of posts (pieces of work and forums) has grown to 316; secondly, the number of comments has shot passed the 1,250 mark; and thirdly, we now have just under 37000 visits to the site.

New on Kidblog !
Hilal in year 6, has spent five hours at home creating a wonderfully accurate 'minecraft' representation of our school which is already getting some favourable comments. Ellie, in year 5, has become the first to post a pupil-led forum. She is asking simply "What is your talent?" Knowing our pupils' enthusiasm for the annual 'Stepney's Got Talent' show, we expect that she'll get a response.
We also started giving pupils their own log in details as the eagerness to post such blogs in growing!

Thanks for your Patience and Understanding !
We would like to thank parents and carers for their patience this week as we have had disruption to the playgrounds. Some tiles had come off Beverley Swimming Baths' roof last week, so we had to ask them to get some contractors in to fix the problem. This is the second time within a few weeks, that they have had to erect scaffolding in our back playground. We cannot afford for any tiles to fall off onto the playground for obvious health and safety reasons. As it takes a day to put up the scaffolding, check the roof and then remove the scaffolding it has caused some disruption. Many thanks for your understanding.

27.3.14
A Day of Brilliant Exhibitions !

Owing to Sports Relief Day, last Thursday, we had two exhibitions today, which resulted in a super buzz throughout the day. This morning, it was our Nursery, Reception and Year 1 classes who were hosting a brilliant event. 43 parents/carers took part in a range of activities. Our Foundation stage parents had the chance to look through their children's books and work with the pupils in the home corners; colouring Kandinsky patterns and making 3D Kandinsky models. They were also playing with the large farmyard in preparation for their visit to an actual farm. In Year 1, some were making hand puppets, while others were making Easter baskets or Easter Bunny head bands. On another table, pupils were writing and drawing about their bean plants or decorating pictures of Easter Eggs. It was a veritable hive of activity!

In the afternoon, our phase 4/5 pupils had their exhibition, which focussed on our passion for reading. This was split into a carousel of three activities. Miss Atkinson's group were thinking about traditional tales, with a special quiz about key events in fairy stories, complete with a prize of new books for the winner. Mrs Phelps-Jones was in the ICT suite talking about books and reading, with parents and pupils looking at the Bug Club website we use and Mrs Rice, our music guru, was taking people through their paces with raps all about books.

EYFS/Year 1 Parents' and Carer's Voice!
We asked our adult visitors to the EYFS/Year 1 exhibition what they thought about the activities. All comments have been recorded. XXX has been used to substitute people’s names. We appreciate the time that people have taken to complete these and we will follow up on suggestions, ideas and comments made. Thank you.

What did you enjoy about it?
"Enjoyed every bit had a lovely time"
"I enjoyed spending time with XXX drawing and colouring"
"We enjoyed with XXX very well and all the activities were interesting and quite nice"
"The thing I most enjoyed was seeing XXX play and talk to his best friend. It was fun to see what they talked about"
"I'm very happy"
"We enjoyed making arty craft with my son XXX"
"Seeing my daughter been creative and productive"
"I've fantastic time with my daughter. I like spending time with my child and make pictures on hand craft"
"I really enjoyed help XXX to do the sticking with the paper circle, and bottle tops. XXX enjoyed it to"
"Looking at my son's work and listening to him tell me about his work"
"Seen kids are very happy and enjoyable area. There are many things to do and safe to play. Lovely environment. Big thanks"
"Thanks for today, am very happy for time here"
"I really like this meet. I have the opportunity to observe my child in other place than home. I know her friends and I see that she feels good at school"
"Thank you for everything. I am glad that I come and I saw what my son knows"
"I enjoyed it all & was pleased the smaller children could come"
"Playing games with XXX"
"Interacting with my child and seeing all the good things he does"
"It's nice to see the kids playing and to see what they get up to in class. its also nice to see who they play with"
"Getting involved with the children's activities. Excellent work"
"Making puppets and drawing plants"
"Feel so good making and helping my daughter its has been very excited. enjoyed evry bits"
"Seeing what XXX's been doing looking at her work"
"I enjoyed helping the children make things and also seeing what they have done whilst at school"
"Doing the puppets with XXX and seein XXX record was mazing"
"It's very great!"
"Very liked"
"Seeing XXX's improvement over the months"
"Everything"
"Yes, it was a very good session"
"I enjoyed spending time making puppets and doing the art & craft things"
"Had a really fun morning enjoyed everything"

How could we improve it?
"I think it was a very enjoyable exhibition... don't need to change anything"
"More time"
"The poor teachers need more room the classes are a bit crowded"
"Keep it up"
"I want to thanks all the staff of Stepney Primary School fr the contribute u are giving to are children. Thank you again xxx"
"More time or less activities. More space to look at XXX's work"
"Everything is good"
"Make the time longer, as an hour doesn't seem long enough"
"I think that everything was very well"
"Keep up the good work"
"There's nothing to improve on"
"More items on the table e.g. one box of fabric for making puppets a lot of reaching"
"Keep it going"
"All very good"
"Keep it up"
"The space maybe get a few more tables and chairs"
"Nothing"
"Everything it's all right"

Phase 4/5 Parents' and Carer's Voice!
We asked our 18 adult visitors to the Phase 4/5 exhibition what they thought about the activities. All comments have been recorded. XXX has been used to substitute people’s names. We appreciate the time that people have taken to complete these and we will follow up on suggestions, ideas and comments made. Thank you.

What did you enjoy about it?
"I really enjoyed the rappng and the quiz"
"Very good"
"I enjoyed doing teh quiz and been given information on how to support my son with this reading"
"Enjoyed spending time finding out what he likes doing in class"
"It's been great enjoyed being here"
"Great being here love every bit"
"Enjoyed XXX, with his singing! Found out we know more about children's fairytales than we thought. Nice & relaxed on the computers and stories"
"I loved every activity. I really enjoyed working with XXX, it was a fun afternoon"
"I'm very happy"
"Watching and seeing everything the children learn about. How nice and polite the children were"
"Learning what were the children do"
"Learning and joining in with there work"
"The fact that all had a share in answering after the questionair. The whole program was fun"
"Everything"

How could we improve it?
"A little longer time"
"Very good"
"You don't need to, it was excellent"
"Keep it up"
"Keep it up ur doing well"
"Was much more relaxed and more time spent on each activity. Very nice time spent with XXX"
"Everything was great"
"I was pleased with what I saw"

Mighty Maths Winners !
Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Agata & Jack
Phase 2/3 Ahmad, Ellis, Janet & Karolina  
Phase 4/5 Andrew, Rahma, Lewis & Josh
Year 6   Charlie & Milena

26.3.14
School Open as Normal - No Industrial Action !

You may see that schools throughout the country are being affected by industrial action today as the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are calling on its members to go on strike. Some schools are being closed complelely and others partially closed. None of our teachers are taking part in this so it will be business as usual. Please note that if parents/carers have children in other schools, such as secondary or high schools, this is no reason to keep Stepney children off school.
The industrial action will not affect the group of year 6 pupils who go to Kelvin Hall school on Wednesday evening for level 6 maths work. We have been told this is going ahead as usual, even though some of Kelvin Hall's teachers are striking.

25.3.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !

Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Jack & Gracie
Class 2/3a Kareena & Owen 
Class 2/3b Stelina & Sunny 
Class 4/5a Klaudia & Max
Class 4/5b Jakub & Shane
Class 6a  Nazia, Tabarek & Thevmini
Class 6b Milena

School Open as Normal Tomorrow - No Industrial Action !
Our school will be open as normal on Wednesday 26th March. No teachers are going on strike.

24.3.14
Christmas Jumper Letter !

We have just received a letter thanking us for donating £84.45 from our Christmas Jumper Day in December. We had used the day to donate to another charity as well. The letter from Anna Bidmead (Save the Children) thanked us for our 'fantastic support' and reminded us that there will be another Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 12 December 2014.

www.code.org
On the BBC 'Click' programme at the weekend, they recommended this site. For those who like the 'Angry Birds' and 'Plants v Zombies', this is a definite must. It combines characters from these two games with the computer programming and coding elements of the New National Curriculum. Many of our pupils have been starting programming in their lessons and with David Andrews' ipad workshops. Mr Browning demonstrated the www.code.org site to the school in assembly this morning to great interest from everyone. It comes recommended by the likes of Bill Gates (Microsoft) & Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook).

This Week's Theme
In our assemblies and each school day this week our theme is:
'I can help someone who is feeling sad and lonely''

Multicultural Celebrations !
One of the strengths of Stepney is that we are a multicultural school and we think about other people's religions, customs, cultures and beliefs:
This week, people around the world are celebrating
Birth of the Prophet:- Fasli Calendar 

21.3.14
Running Club to start on Monday !

Miss Northen has announced that on Monday lunchtime, she will be starting her running club. Now we have lighter evenings and the weather is looking better, she would like to help runners train. Primarily aimed at improving their own fitness, stamina and technique, we should also be prepared for the summer's interschool events, especially following the admirable performances of our pupils in Sports Relief. A permission letter will be coming home today.

We Need Your Blogs, Please !
We have hundreds of pieces of pupils' work on our blog site now, just waiting for comments. At Farirview Elementary in Bellevue, Nebraska, in the US, their our new friends’ parents are also getting into the blogging spirit. This week, we our School Councillors have started a forum; asking for ideas for a school shop, year 2/3 have posted their work on making 3D shapes; our four Hull Youth Parliament representatives have written their reports on last week’s meeting and other children have been putting on pictures of their lego creations. We would be grateful for people to put on their own comments. (NB In the interests of e-safety, all comments are checked by us and we have the right to delete any that are inappropriate).

Stars of the Week !
Foundation Stage: Shushila
Year 1: Labiba
Year 2/3A: Kori
Year 2/3B: Ayaan
Year 4/5A: Kerry
Year 4/5B: Andy
Year 6A: Nazia
Year 6B: Therese

Distinction Awards !
Year 1: Blake & Matthew
Year 2/3B: Hassan & Taylor
Year 4/5A: Lee & Sebastian
Year 6B: Caitlin

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !
The start of this week witnessed a continuation of the sickness bug that had resulted in a number of pupils being off school in the previous week. We still had pupils being ill at school on Monday, although this has improved as the week has gone on. Class 6b were hoping to go for 100% for five weeks in a row but they were immediately hit on Monday by sickness.
Congratulations go to 6a and in particular to 6b where we have had all pupils with 100% for the last four school weeks.
Reception: 90%↑ (3  pupils didn't have 100%)
Year 1: 73.33%↓ (8 didn't)
Class 2/3a: 85.71% ↑(4 didn't)
Class 2/3b: 86.2%↓ (4 didn't)
Class 4/5a: 91.3%↑ (2 didn't)
Class 4/5b: 77.27%↓ (5 didn't)
Class 6a: 89.47%↓ (2 didn't)
Class 6b: 94.44%↓ (1 didn't) 

Class Attendance for the week !
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.
Reception: 96.67%↑
Year 1: 92.5%↓
Class 2/3a: 90.09%↑
Class 2/3b: 94.4%↓
Class 4/5a: 97.28%↑
Class 4/5b: 85.8%↓
Class 6a:  94.74%↓                    
Class 6b: 98.53%↓
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.3% which is an decrease on last week, due to the sickness bug. 17 pupils were off with the sickness during the week, taking between 1 and 3 days off.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Mrs England are keeping everyone informed with the latest statistics, including the a line graph which shows how this year's figures compare with last year's. Please click here to see the graph.

20.3.14
Sports Relief Event!

Today, our pupils took part in the biennial Sport Relief events. Although the day is officially on Friday, we joined other schools on Endeavour Sports field in a Sport Relief mile. While two years ago saw a sunny and warm day, weather conditions were a little worse with a strong, cold wind blowing across the park.

Despite this, our key stage 2 pupils performed admirably. Although, this was about everyone competing, there were still medals to be won. Our best event came in one of the girls, with 1st, 3rd and 4th placings. Well done to Precious for winning her race and to the others for brilliant performances.


Minecraft on Kidblog!
Some of Ms Saint's year 4/5 pupils have started posting screenshots of their minecraft club creations on kidblog. This might be starting a trend! Please click here to see the kidblog site.

19.3.14
Mighty Maths Winners !

Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Gracie & Tallulah
Class 23a Deborah & Lucas 
Class 23b Maleeka & Piotr
Class 45a Jakub & Max
Class 45b Lewis & Michael
Maths Group 6a Alishia &Tabarek 
Maths Group 6b Emilia & Patryck

18.3.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !

Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Darrel, Melissa & Malakai
Class 2/3a Ellie & Zainb 
Class 2/3b Madiha & Piotr 
Class 4/5a Kareena & Lee
Class 4/5b Andy & Jakub
Class 6a  Alicia & Jessica
Class 6b David & Mark

IEP afternoon !
Mrs Brocklebank, our Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) would like to thank the parents who attended the craft and discussion event this afternoon for pupils who have an Independent Educational Programme. She is glad they enjoyed the experience and hopefully found it useful.

Entrepreneurs !
Our year 6 pupils were extremely busy today on the playground. They have been making bracelets and other jewellery from plastic bands, and selling them to other pupils. After presenting a business plan to staff, they are raising funds for Breast Cancer charities. Well done to all concerned. It was a successful first morning!

17.3.14
Sickness Bug Continues!
At the end of last week, we had nineteen pupils off on Friday with a sickness bug. Some members of staff also had their own children poorly with it, so it sounds as though it is not just at Stepney. On Friday night, our cleaners ensured that everything got disinfected and cleaned more than usual. We have had a number of pupils go home today as they are being sick. If your child is poorly, please ring the school to let us know. Hopefully, we won't have too many more who have this. Please call us if you have any other concerns about it.

14.3.14
School Uniform Reminder
Please may we remind all parents that pupils should be wearing the school uniform. We have had several girls in year 1 coming to school wearing leggings without skirts or trousers. This is not appropriate for day to day school wear.

IEP Afternoon
On Tuesday 18th, we would like to invite parents of children who have IEPS (Individual Educational Programmes) to join us for a craft afternoon between 1.30pm  and 3.15pm. Parents will have been notified if there child has an IEP.

Sports Relief Day
Next Thursday, it is Sports Relief Day . Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils need to come to school in outdoor PE kit on this day, as they will be taking part in the Sport Relief Mile at Endeavour Sports Field in the morning. Adverts giving more information to parents are going out today.

Stars of the Week !
Foundation Stage: Sergejs
Year 1: Maria
Year 2/3A: Ethan
Year 2/3B: Bartek
Year 4/5A: Karleena
Year 4/5B: Zuzanna
Year 6A: Robert
Year 6B: David

Distinction Awards !
Foundation Stage: Harley & Kaseem
Year 2/3A: Ahmad & Michal
Year 4/5B: Bartek & Taran
Year 6A: Martin

Spring Exhibition Dates
March 2014
- EYFS/Yr 1 Exhibition—Thurs 27th
April 2014 at 9am
- Phase 4/5 Exhibition—Thurs 27th at 1.45pm
- Yr 6 Exhibition - Thurs 3rd
Please note that the Phase 4/5 exhibition has been changed due to the Sports Relief Events and the rescheduled one is in the afternoon.

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week!
We have had a worse week for 100% this week, which was mainly caused by a severe sickness bug that caused many pupils to be off on Friday. Congratulations go to 6a and in particular to 6b where we have had all pupils with 100% for the last four school weeks.
Reception: 80%↓(6  pupils didn't have 100%)
Year 1: 80% ↓(6 didn't)
Class 2/3a: 64.28% ↓(10 didn't)
Class 2/3b: 93.10%- (2 didn't)
Class 4/5a: 86.95%- (3 didn't)
Class 4/5b: 81.81% ↓ (4 didn't)
Class 6a: 100%↑
Class 6b: 100% -

Class Attendance for the week !
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.
Reception: 95.33%↑
Year 1: 92.67%↓
Class 2/3a: 86.07%↑
Class 2/3b: 94.48%↓
Class 4/5a: 93.45%↓
Class 4/5b: 95.45%↓
Class 6a:  100%↑                    
Class 6b: 100% -
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.35% which is an decrease on last week, due to the sickness bug, which affected our younger pupils. 6b had their fourth 100% in succession.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Mrs England are keeping everyone informed with the latest statistics, including the a line graph which shows how this year's figures compare with last year's. Please click here to see the graph.

13.3.14
Parents and Pupils Join Forces to Warn Against Deforestation!
We had an action-packed exhibition morning from phase 2-3 today. They made some utterly brilliant models of the rainforest and then took photos of their creations to post on kidblog. This links in with their thematic unit entitled 'Poles Apart' and complements all the wonderful work the pupils have been doing in their lessons. While today's activities were fun to do, they gave out the serious message about the dangers of deforestation. We would love to have people commenting on this work. If you would like to add to our blogs, please click here.

Hull Youth Parliament !
Today, four of our pupils went with Mrs Rodgers to the 23rd Hull Youth Parliament. We have now been to every single one of the meetings. Our four representatives have posted their reports on kidblog and will be grateful for comments. Please click here to read what Alicia, Caitlin, Cole and George have written.

Parents' and Carer's Voice!
We asked our adult visitors to the phase 2/3 exhibition what they thought about the activities. All comments have been recorded. XXX has been used to substitute people’s names. We appreciate the time that people have taken to complete these and we will follow up on suggestions, ideas and comments made. Thank you.

What did you enjoy about it?
"We made a rain forest to lots of help"                    
"It was good to meet other parents and do the acting as a team. Good creative activity"
"Been creative with my child"
"The children seemed to enjoy it very much, messing with the glue and trying to envisage a forest scenario"
"Seeing how creative the children are"
"Spending quality time with my son and being part of ateam also to see how happy my son is in his clas. Lots of fun"
"I enjoy to do same job with kids"
"Enjoyed the interaction with the children and having the time with my granddaughter"

How could we improve it?
"With paint and get in more materials"
"I don't think you need to improve anything"
"I think I enjoy more the previous exhibitions, where two or three smaller projects are undertaken, with an opportunity to see the children's previous work"
"Bit less cramped"
"I  think this is a good idea to work out together wih kids"
"I think it's all good"

12.3.14
They've Arrived !
Last Friday, we took a package containing letters written by the two phase 4-5 classes to Beverley Road Post Office. These were then sent to our friends at Fairview Elementary school in Nebraska, USA. We were told it would take five working days for them to arrive, via air mail, in the middle US State. They arrived there today! That's speedy! Mrs Parde, the sixth grade (equivalent to year 7 in the UK and the oldest year at their school) sent an email this evening confirming this and also saying she couldn't wait till her pupils opened them tomorrow. In addition to the blogging we have been doing, our pupils wanted to send traditional forms of communication as well.

Parents - We Need Your Blogs, Please !
Today, we had our first Stepney parent adding comments to our blog. Ellie, her mum and brother are proving to be quite adept at model making and many people have been posting complimentary remarks about their brilliant work. These have included ones from the US as well as from the UK. Ellie's mum posted a lovely blog thanking people for their kind comments about Ellie's models. May we emphasise that we would be delighted to hear from other parents. We have hundreds of pieces of pupils' work on our blog site now, just waiting for comments. In the US, their parents are also getting into the blogging spirit. Mrs Boyce's fifth grade pupils (the same age as our year 6) and their parents had a day using the ipads. Just like the parent events we had with David Andrews before the half term holiday, they loved coming into school to work with their children on the ipads. Both pupils and parents have posted blogs and our pupils have added their comments as well. If you would like to make a comment, just click here and join in with the fun! (NB In the interests of e-safety, all comments are checked by us before being authorised to appear on the kidblog site)

11.3.14
Entrepreneurs !
Last week, Mr Browning had a delegation of year 6 pupils come to his office with a special request. They had decided to turn their latest hobby into a business proposition! Recently, they have started making bracelets for themselves out of small elastic bands and other materials. These have been so popular that they are now going into production to sell to the rest of the school and make some money for charity at the same time. We have all been impressed by the business plan they have written as well as the advertisements they have produced and dotted around the school. In assembly today, they explained their plan to the rest of the school and also asked that we put the advert on our website and newsletter in order to let parents know what they are doing and why other pupils may be asking to bring some money into school, so here it is...

Click here for a larger version

Rainbow Writing Winners !
Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Didi & Nahim
Class 2/3a Lucas & Megan 
Class 2/3b Michelle & Zara 
Class 4/5a Klaudia & Natalia
Class 4/5b Seraphimna & Taran
Class 6a Cailey & Lottie 
Class 6b Jayden & Rhiannen

10.3.14
This Week's Theme

In our assemblies and each school day this week our theme is:
'I can forgive someone.''

Multicultural Celebrations !
One of the strengths of Stepney is that we are a multicultural school and we think about other people's religions, customs, cultures and beliefs:
This week, people around the world are celebrating
11th March
Guardian Protector Day:
- Humanity (Fasli Calendar)
Hamaspathaemaedaya: begins (Zoroastrian)

7.3.14
Royal National Lifeboat Institution & Water Safety !
This afternoon, we had a visit from the RNLI. Two of their crew came to speak to all our pupils about water safety. They gave us some sobering statistics about the number of people who had drowned in water during the last year. Figures were high for people drowning on the coast and in canals and rivers. There were a number of people who had drowned at home and just one who had drowned at a swimming pool. Our pupils were asked why they thought these happened and what made swimming pools far safer places to be in. They also explained what the flags meant, that you see along beaches and inland waterways as well as having fun dressing up pupils in the rescue gear that lifeguards have. Pupils learned about what to do if they saw someone in difficulties in water and now know they should dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. It was a really informative and interactive afternoon.
SAFE stands for Spot the dangers, Always go with a friend or adult, Find or follow the safety signs and flags, Emergency? stick your hand up and shout, or dial 999 or 112.

RNLI stands for Royal National Lifeboat Institution We were told about the number of drownings each yearWe were told what SAFE stood for... Inland waterways can be just as dangerous as the sea!We learned what the warning flags mean

Farewell & Best Wishes to our PGCE Students!
It was the last day for our two student teachers, Mrs Openshaw and Miss King. They finished their teaching practice today after a very successful few months with us. We would like to give them our very best wishes for their university studies and their next school.

Stars of the Week !
Foundation Stage: Esther
Year 1: Aleksander
Year 2/3A: Zainb
Year 2/3B: Al-Horr
Year 4/5A: Precious
Year 4/5B: Scott
Year 6A: Lottie
Year 6B: Ellie

Distinction Awards !
Year 1: Riziki & Labiba
Year 2/3B: Evie & Stelina
Year 4/5A: Dominik & Martin
Year 6B: Alicia

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !

We have had a really good week for 100% this week and particular congratulations go to 6b where we have had all pupils with 100% for the last three school weeks.
Reception: 93.33%↑(2  pupils didn't have 100%)
Year 1: 93.33% ↑(2 didn't)
Class 2/3a: 75% ↓(7 didn't)
Class 2/3b: 93.10%↑(2 didn't)
Class 4/5a: 86.95%↓(3 didn't)
Class 4/5b: 91.3% - (2 didn't)
Class 6a: 84.21%↑(3 didn't)
Class 6b: 100% -

Class Attendance for the week !
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.
Reception: 94.67%↑
Year 1: 95%↓
Class 2/3a: 85.71%↓
Class 2/3b: 98.28%↑
Class 4/5a: 97.39%↑
Class 4/5b: 96.96%↑
Class 6a: 93.16%↓                    
Class 6b: 100% -
Overall, the attendance for the school year is 95.42% which is an increase on last week. 6b had their third 100% in succession. A brilliant result from them.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Mrs England are keeping everyone informed with the latest statistics, including the a line graph which shows how this year's figures compare with last year's. Please click here to see the graph.



Holidays & Fines!

We have to remind everyone about the fines procedures for absences from school. If a pupil is taken out of  school during term time for a holiday, it is the school policy not to authorise this. If a parent/carer decides to do this, s/he or they are likely to incur fines, issued from the Local Authority. For 10 or more sessions (a session is defined as being either a morning or an afternoon), the fine is worked out as £60 per pupil and £60 per parent/carer of that pupil. For example: if there are two pupils and two parents then this would be £60 x 2 pupils + £60 x 2 parents = £60 x 4 = £240.
It is imperative that pupils do not miss time for holidays during the term time to ensure they continue to make progress.

6.3.14
E-safety Alert !


This week, we have been alerted to a website that is being used at home by some of our pupils. “Talking Angela” is an interactive site for pupils. There were reports that it was being used for paedophile purposes. Latest reports in papers such as the Guardian say that this is a hoax. Nevertheless, we take this very seriously and advise all parents/carers to check the websites and apps that your children are using. We have to be ever-vigilant !

World Book Day 2014 !
Pupils were particularly excited on Thursday 6th March, as it was ‘World Book Day.’ Everyone was encouraged to bring in their favourite books to share with their friends. Mrs Phelps-Jones led a special assembly about it and pupils will be bringing home book vouchers by the end of the week.

5.3.14
Level 6 Maths at Kelvin !
Six of our oldest pupils, accompanied by Mr Browning, are going to Kelvin Hall school at 3.30-5pm every Wednesday for some higher level maths tuition by teachers from the high school’s maths department. This week, they were working on level 6a algebraic substitution.

Mighty Maths Winners !
Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Klaudia & Jack
Class 23a Ellie & Ethan 
Class 23b Glebs & Stelina
Phase 45 Rahma, Shakira, Lewis & Adam
Class 6a Martin & Lennon
Class 6b Jayden & David

4.3.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !
Our weekly winners are:
Year 1 Gracie & Jackson
Class 2/3a Helin & Kori  
Class 2/3b Glebs & Hassan 
Class 4/5a Michael & Rahma
Class 4/5b Andy & Saimah
Class 6a Cole & Martin 
Class 6b Caitlin & Martina

Phase 4-5 Rise to the Challenge !
While we are tremendously excited about new links with Fairview Elementary in Nebraska, via the kidblog site, our year 4 and 5 classes have decided to use a more traditional method of communication as well. They have been writing letters to the USA today on school-headed notepaper and will be sending them across the Atlantic shortly. After all, it is still important to keep our writing techniques and skills polished as well as embracing new technology.

3.3.14
Football !
This evening, Mr Darwood and Mr Dear took a small squad to play in a six-a-aside tournament. Andy, Bartek, Charlie, Chief, Cole, David, Jayden and Mark . The final result was a disappointing one for us in terms of the score. The team won 1 and lost 5. On a positive note, our team played really well. Each did their best and they all worked together against teams who are have more established. Well done to the eight boys who competed. Better fortune next time.

Minecraft Comes to Stepney !
We are now holding some Minecraft clubs at school. Ms Saint had started one for some of her pupils and we had another one start today for year 6 pupils. We realise there will be many other pupils are would like to be part of this but, unfortunately, we are limited by numbers of ipads and time slots at the present.

Kidblog - My Favourite Sports Forum !
Last week, we posted a forum on Kidblog asking anyone to tell us about their favourite sports. By the end of the first weekend, we had 53 comments from many staff and pupils both at Stepney and in Fairview Elementary in Nebraska. We will be delighted to have more as this is really stimulating our school communities to engage in correspondence with each other. Please click here to visit this forum. We felt that talking about sport is one that most people are interested in. Our blogging is proving to be a real hit - it's encouraging pupils to type more and write extremely positive comments to other people. Please note that as always, we take e-safety extremely seriously. All comments are checked by us before they are published. We are able to delete any unsuitable comments, although we have not had to do this yet. We currently have 263 pieces of works or articles on the kidblog site, 903 different comments and 31,282 views to the site.

This Week's Theme
In our assemblies and each school day this week our theme is:
'I can make people feel good about themselves.''

Multicultural Celebrations !
One of the strengths of Stepney is that we are a multicultural school and we think about other people's religions, customs, cultures and beliefs:
This week, people around the world are celebrating
Shrove Tuesday: time of feasting before the Lenten feast.
Ash Wednesday: Lent Begins

 

   

 

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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