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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
March 2015

27.3.15
School Breaks Up For Easter
Today is the last day of the spring term. We now have two weeks off for Easter and school opens again on Monday 13th April. On behalf of everyone at Stepney, we would like to wish parents and pupils a very happy Easter.

Fond Farewell to Mrs Jackson
Sue Jackson, our nursery nurse is retiring this Easter. Mrs Jackson has been at Stepney since 2002, having worked at a variety of other schools before this. In a tearful assembly this afternoon, staff and pupils wished her well and presented Mrs Jackson with some gifts. Over many years, she has been a committed member of our Early Years Unit, supporting pupils and staff. We will miss her greatly.

Attendance Draws
At the end of each half term, we have a prize draw for pupils with 100% attendance over that period. Patryck in year 6 was the winner for this and
received a gift voucher. Also, Megan’s mum won the Asda hamper, which is given out to a parent who’s child has had over 97% for the whole term.

Mr Browning’s Got The Twitter Bug!
We have now set up a Twitter Account, which we are regularly adding to, as well as our website and kidblog site.
Please follow us at:
Stepney Primary @OfficialStepney
Today, Mr Browning has been walking around school taking photos of displays and work and putting them on the twitter site. It’s such a simple and easy way of showing what we do at Stepney.
NB as with our website and kidblog, we monitor these in terms of e-safety and are very careful about the information that goes on.

Attendance Figures 
It's been another week of improvement with attendance figures increasing. We are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !  
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 87.09%↓​​​​(4 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 90%​​​​​​​​↑(6 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 85.01%↓​​​​​​​​(9 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 91.33%​​​​↓​​​​​​​​(5 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 88.36%​​​​↓​​​​​​(24 didn't have 100% attendance)

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. 
Foundation Stage: 95.33%​​​​↓​​​​
Phase 1/2: 96.17%​​​​​​​​​↑
Phase 3/4: 95.47%​​​​​​​​↑​​​​
Phase 5/6: 95.60%​​​​​↓​​​​​​​​
Whole School Average for the 2014-15 academic year so far: 95.62%​​​​​​-

Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS Sofia
Phase 1-2 Bartek, Daniela & Faiza
Phase 3-4 Ellis, Michal & Patrycia
Phase 5-6 Kacper, Oskar & Sadam

26.3.15
EYFS Exhibition

Today, we had the last of our spring exhibition mornings with our Nursery and Reception staff and pupils showing parents and carers their work, plus joining in activities together, which included drawing, colouring, baking and making sheep. We had a superb turnout and, as usual, we asked our guests to complete questionnaires. Here are all the results: (As usual, we've replaced pupils' names with XXX)

What did you enjoy about it?
"I enjoyed reading his book and watching him play"
"I enjoyed all the Easter activities, all the children seemed to enjoy themselves so did I"
"I enjoyed time spend with my child, seeing her around her friends, doing activities together, I loved making cupcakes"
"Yes"
"Was a lot of different activities, everything was good. Thanks a lot"
"Yes. It is really good to see my daughters work and how she interacts with other children"
"Very good exhibition, XXX and I really enjoyed ourselves"
"Lovely to see all the work the children have been doing"
"It was amazing exhibition with our daughter, we did alot of things painting, modelling, playing, so we spent a great time"
"It all love spending time with my son in school"
"I enjoy today's exhibition. I had a good time today. I got 4 photos"
"It was good to see the children & parents all working together. I enjoyed helping my child make a sheep, and looking at her work"
"It's to many activity to do with a kids. I enjoy it"

How could we improve it?
"I think it doesn't need improving"
"Keep up the fab work"
"There is nothing which needs improving according to me. Thank you"
"Make it more often"
"I think it's good, as it is now"
"Don't really know"
"Let the children make/decorate hats + eggs at school to get them all involved?"
"I think its good as it is"

Easter Disco
The highlight of most terms is the disco. Today's was no exception. As always, Mr Morfitt, ably supported by a team of staff, prepared the disco and refreshments for an Easter party. Everyone had a thoroughly great time. Another roaring success!

25.3.15
Star Reader Winners

This week's winners are:
Phase 1-2 Josh, Kamil & Xia
Phase 3-4 Filip, Junior & Mariyam
Phase 5-6 Ellie, Jacob & Morgan

24.5.16
International Pupil Council

Mr Browning, Cailey and Morgan went to Pearson Primary this afternoon for the latest International Pupil Council. Mr Browning has set up a special IPC kidblog site for the councillors from the various global schools around the city to contribute to. After Mr Browning showed the pupils the rudamentals of getting started on the site, Cailey and Morgan then helped their friends to write comments and to compose their own posts. As the children had been tasked with writing poems to send to Sierra Leone, Cailey decided she would take a photo of one of them, using her ipad, and then create a post with this. Very impressive skills being shown by the Stepnety Contingent! It's wonderful to see that the IPC is still going well. It's a great way of getting pupils from different schools together.

23.3.15
Mighty Maths Winners

This week's winners are:
Phase 1-2 Alex & Kacie
Phase 3-4 Arminas, David & Junior
Phase 5-6 Lennon & Shakira

Mock SATs Week
Our year 6 pupils have another week of mock SATs exams to do. This is to help prepare them for the real tests, which begin on May 11th.

20.3.15
Stars of the Week

Phase 1-2 Agata, Martyna
Phase 3-4 Amira, Jagoda & Samantha
Phase 5-6 Jakub, Jakub & Natalia

Attendance Figures 
It's been another week of improvement with attendance figures increasing. We are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week !  
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 93.54%↑(2 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 87.06%​​​​↑(8 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 87.02%↓​​​​(8 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 93.15%​​​​↓​​​​(4 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 90.19%​​​​↑​​(22 didn't have 100% attendance)

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. 
Foundation Stage: 98.67%​​​​↑
Phase 1/2: 94%​​​​​↓​​​​
Phase 3/4: 94.2%​​​​↓​​​​
Phase 5/6: 98.51%​​​​​↓​​​​
Whole School Average for the 2014-15 academic year so far: 95.62%​​​​​​↑​

The Solar Eclipse 
Today, we set up an internet connection in the hall to show the solar eclipse, thereby providing a safe way of watching this amazing event, with out precious eyesight being damaged.

19.3.15
Dance Fest 2015 

We were proud to host this annual dance competition between Stepney, Pearson, Clifton and Collingwood primary schools. As the 2014 winners, we invited the other schools to join us. In front of a panel of judges, including our very own Mr Morfitt and staff from other schools, Collingwood came out as overall winners. It was a brilliant morning and thoroughly
enjoyed by pupils, parents and staff alike.

18.3.15
Rainbow Writing Winners 

Phase 1-2 Dominic, Gracie & Keyshia
Phase 3-4 Filip, Madiha & Muna
Phase 5-6 Jacob, Mohammed & Patryck

17.3.15
Phase 5-6 Exhibition
 
We had another great exhibition morning with our year 5 and 6 staff and pupils hosting parents and carers in a craft-based morning which focussed on the theme of Ancient Greeks. As usual, we asked our guests to complete questionnaires. Here are all the results: (As usual, we've replaced pupils' names with XXX or YYY)

What did you enjoy about it?
"I really enjoyed drawing the house for my paper pot"
"The creativitiy and having fun drawing and learning the Greek things"
"Everything was fantastic"
"We enjoyed do activity together - really nice to be able to make things and join in"
"I did enjoy all, but the most fun for me was to have a chance to see my daughter's learning progress"
"I enjoy everything about the presentations at Stepney, each and every one of them are brilliant it is a fantastic way to interacy with the children in their school environment"
"I enjoyed designing the Greek vases and enjoyed looking at what XXX's been doing with his work and how much he's improved in all lessons"
"Doing a bitof Art & Craft with my child, and learning a bit of Greek Mythology"
"It was fantastic"
"Enjoyed making the designs for XXX and YYY's Greek vases. Their imagination is greater than my drawing skills!! Nice and relaxed, lots of fun"
"Being a child again! The introduction with information about the coming months was good (along with the coffee and biscuits), and then again the fun activity in the classroom. While I see quite a lot of work at home, I like to see the day-to-day work"
"Being able to interact with my child while carrying out activities"
"Plenty of time to do activity, working with XXX with an interesting task to do"
"All was very good and I am very happy"
"I always enjoy spending time with my kiddies and seeing their work"
"I like being involved with the activities"
"All was very good. I'm happy"
"It was really good and really enjoyed it"
"It was fantastic"
"I enjoyed making the vase with my son"

How could we improve it?
"Nothing at all"
"Everything was perfect"
"You can't - was very good"
"Have one of these days every month! (sorry)"
"Nothing"
"You don't need to improve anyting at all"
"The amount of time spent on the activity was about right. Rather than rushing to the next activity"
" I don't think you should improve anything"
"Don't think you could"
"Is it really possible to improve?"
"You cannot possibly improve what is already superbly run by pupils and staff. if it ain't broke don't fix it"
"Creche - taking XXX at the end was great"
"Oh nothing"

16.3.15
Stepney on Twitter ! 

We have now set up a Twitter Account. Please follow us at:
Stepney Primary @OfficialStepney

Mighty Maths Winners
This week's winners are:
Phase 1-2 Didi, Jakub & Kyle
Phase 3-4 Janet, Nicholas & Sarah
Phase 5-6 Edwin

13.3.15
School Closed Today! 

The school is closed today for staff training. School resumes on Monday 16th March.

DfE Guide for EYFS Parents ! 
Please see this new guide (by clicking here), produced by the Department for Education to help parents:

12.3.15
Red Nose Day
We have had a wonderfully wacky hair-day for Comic Relief. As the school is closed tomorrow, our staff and pupils have been entering into the fund raising spirit today.

Netball Result ! 
We usually report how our teams played brilliantly (which they do) but have narrowly lost matches. Today was different! Our netball team beat Clifton Primary's team by 12 v 0. Once again, our team did indeed play brilliantly! It certainly is great to be on the winning side for a change! Well done to all the pupils who took part and to the pupils and staff from Clifton for visiting us. It's great to see these competitions taking part between our local schools. All the pupils certainly have a lot of fun, as well as improving their skills.

Attendance Figures 
It's been another week of improvement with attendance figures increasing. We are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.   
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week ! 
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 83.33%↓​​​​(5 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 86.67%-​(8 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 93.15%↓​​​​​(2 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 96.48%​​​​↑​(2 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 89.91%↓​​​​​(17 didn't have 100% attendance)

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. 
Foundation Stage: 93.33%↓​​​​
Phase 1/2: 95.21%​​​​​↓
Phase 3/4: 98.77%​​​​↑​
Phase 5/6: 98.68%​​​​​↑​
Whole School Average for the 2014-15 academic year so far: 95.61%​​​​​​↑

School Closed Tomorrow
This Friday (13th March), we have a teacher training day. The school will be closed to pupils. This is one of the five days that each school allocates for training during the year. The school will be open as usual on Monday 20th March.

Phase 3-4 Exhibition
It was agreed that today's exhibition was another highly successful event with a host of parents and carers busy in the year 3 and 4 classrooms. All were busy decorating pictures that will adorn our school library. This is part of the initiative we are having to spruce up this area of the school and to reinforce the importance of reading.

What did you enjoy about it?
"Painting, as you get to see the quality of your children's work exhibitions are awesome"
"Painting, drawing. I really like the painting and drawing"
"I enjoyed everything"
"I had fantastic time today morning. I made with my son a beautiful picture 'Mr Bump'. I and XXX were happy"
"I enjoy being able to do fun activities with my son, and being able to look at his work"
"I come to all presentations and enjoy every single one. I come to most times myself and XXX's dad are present and we both revert back to our childhood. They are really good and it is great been able to interact with the children"
"I enjoyed the art work. My children was really exciting and I enjoy this morning. Thank you"
"Play with XXX, and painting nice picture"
"I've enjoyed being with my children and know how do they making these things in the school and the relationship between them and their teachers"
"Well done"
"I enjoyed everything with XXX"
"Very good"

How could we improve it?
"Nothing to improve. Excel as always"
"Nothing"
"Everything be ok"
"GOOD"
"Nothing I saw today you could improve"
"I think everything was well"
"Hard to improve what is already a good exercise in parent/children/school interaction. Old saying 'If not broken, don't try to fix it"
"Very good"

11.3.15
Wellies Needed
If anyone has got wellies for young children that they no longer want, our Foundation Stage would be grateful for them (sizes up to the age of 5 years)

Star Reader Winners ! 
We have decided to add another awards assembly. On Wednesdays, we will be alternating between a Rainbow Writing week and the new Star Reader week. This week's winners are:
Phase 1-2 Jack, Klaudia & Matthew
Phase 3-4 Denver, Janet & Taylor
Phase 5-6 Patryc, Scott and Shakira

10.3.15
Healthy Eating Talk

Mrs Metcalfe, our school nurse, was in school today to discuss healthy eating options with our year 4 pupils. Pupils were keen to discuss how eating a balanced diet, combined with exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle.

Cycle Theft Alert
Regrettably on Monday evening, a man walked into our school playground and stole a child's bicycle, which was unlocked in the cycle rack. The event was captured on our CCTV system, which has recently been updated. We have handed over the recording to the Police, who are currently investigating it. May we remind parents to provide their children with locks for their cycles and scooters.

Parent Governors Opportunities
Our Governing Body is currently in need of some more parent governors. The governors meet only once a term in the autumn, spring and summer. These three meetings consists of up to twelve governors who discuss issues concerning the running of the school. Although important matters are discussed, we have a very friendly and approachable group of governors. Mr Lee Morfitt is the Chair of Governors. Mr Morfitt began as a parent governor when his three children were at our school and he has always been fully committed to the well-being and development of all pupils. He is joined by Mr Browning, the school's head teacher; our current parent governors, Mrs Brodie and Mrs Barke plus staff governors, Miss Atkinson and Mrs Rodgers. Mrs Metcalfe, our school nurse, Mrs Freeman, from Fenchurch Children's centre, plus Father Malcolm Crook and Mrs Florence Obadeyi are our other governors. They would dearly love to have some more parents join them.
For our summer term meeting, which is at 4.30pm on 1st July, the governors would like to open an invitation for parents who are interested, to attend the meeting as observers, so they may get a taste of what takes place.
If you are interested, then please contact the school office and ask to speak to Mr Browning, Mr Morfitt or any of the other governors.

9.3.15
Comic Relief - Red Nose Day

As Red Nose Day is on Friday, when the school is closed, we will be using Thursday 12th for this important fundraising day. At the moment, our year 6 pupils are selling Red Noses for £1 each around the school. On Thursday, we will be selling buns, so pupils may bring money into school for these.
Also, for 50p, pupils may come to school with 'wacky hair'. It's a day for having fun and at the same time raising money for good causes.

No School Day on Friday
This coming Friday (13th March), we have a teacher training day. The school will be closed to pupils. This is one of the five days that each school allocates for training during the year. The school will be open as usual on Monday 20th March.

Mighty Maths Winners
This week's winners are:
Phase 1-2 Bartek
Phase 3-4 Franek, Jagoda & Junior
Phase 5-6 Precious

6.3.15
Attendance Figures 
It's been an improvement this week for attendance with numbers increasing. We are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.   
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100% Attendance this week ! 
The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the last week of the school year. The arrows show whether this is higher or lower than last week or they stayed the same. 
Foundation Stage: 90%↓​​​​(3 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 86.67%↓(8 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 93.86%↑(4 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 93.15%↑(4 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 90.92%↑(19 didn't have 100% attendance)

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. 
Foundation Stage: 97%↓
Phase 1/2: 95.83%​↓
Phase 3/4: 97.04%​↑
Phase 5/6: 96.17%​↑
Whole School Average for the 2014-15 academic year so far: 95.56%​​​​​​↑

Stars of the Week !
EYFS - Mateusz
Phase 1-2 Klaudia, Krzysztof & Melisa
Phase 3-4 Hassan, Maliik & Megan
Phase 5-6 Mia, Shaheed & Taran

5.3.15
Phase 1-2 Spring Exhibition
We had a packed hall for the first of our spring exhibitions. Pupils and staff had prepared a brilliant morning for their parents and carers. Mohammed from Mrs Smart's class has written a summary of the events: "This morning, years 1 & 2 had a fantastic exhibition. First, we went into the hall to perform the songs that we had learnt with Mrs Rice. My favourite song was 'Holly the Hedgehog'. I also liked it when the parents and carers joined in with our Birdie song dance. After that, we went back to our classroom to show off our lovely work in our rainbow writing and maths books. Finally, we made our own leaf prints. We used bright coloured paints to print our designs. They all look amazing. What a fun morning! Thank you to our teachers and parents for a great exhibition. Mohammed." 
We asked our visitors what they thoughts. Here are all the comments (pupils names have been substituted with XXX):

What did you enjoy about it?
"I enjoyed making the stamps and creating different designs with XXX. I loved the singing and dancing"
"I have been to many exhibitions and each and everyone are enjoyable and unique in their own way. It's a lovelyway to interact with the children and their school work. I really enjoy coming to them"
"We enjoyed today some dancing activities, painting with XXX have lot of fun. I really enjoyed it lots"
"I enjoyed dancing, it was unexpected and fun"
"Spending quality time with my child"
"I did the birdie dance and loved spending time with XXX whilst he was doing his art"
"Spending time with the children being creative. Seeing the children in their school environment"
"Yes. About paint, printit hand"
"Super work with childrens! Very nice. Thank you"
"It was nice to sing with the children"
"It was very beautiful. amazing, nice for sharing fun time with XXX. Very good"
"The singing at the start was great!"
"I happy. Super day"
"i enjoyed parents dance. It is couple of years since I did it last time. It is always good to see what the children do in a classroom"
"Play with children is very funny"
"We enjoyed it all. I love seeing my son's work and spending time with him"
"Painting and making stencils. Great fun"
"I enjoyed the music singing in the hall, also helping to do the leafs in class and hand painting with XXX. It was fun"
"Having a paint fight with my son and another parent"
"Fun with kids"
"I liked very much year 2 exhibition. Activities been interesting"
"Spending time with my son in school and joining in with activities"
"It was fantastic exhibition! I'm glad that I come. I love play with my daughter"
"I had fantastic time. This exhibition was wonderful. Playtimes with children at school are great ideas"
"I like with children doing everything. Very funny"
"Had a great time, making leaf prints. Great idea"
"Had great time really enjoyed being here today. Thank you staff"
"It's very good morning. Thanks"

How could we improve it?!
"The adults not doing the birdie dance!!"
"I think everything is well"
"My opinion don't need an improvement"
"Maybe by doing more activities and more songs which I really enjoyed"
"Aprons when painting"
"If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it"
"Everything is ok"
"Very like it"
"Was very good, nothing to improve"
"There is nothing to improve on"
"Thought it was great"
"You're doing great job"

World Book Day 2015
We had a great World Book Day with pupils undertaking work about their favourite books. We have decided to give the library a make-over with displays from all phases based on authors and their books. Over the next days, these will be finished off and added into our library. Miss Atkinson led a special assembly and presented WBD vouchers to all pupils.


Please click here to visit the official WBD website.

4.3.15
Rainbow Writing Winners ! 
This week's winners are:
Phase 1-2 - Diana, D'Niro, Kacie, Klaudia & Martyna   
Phase 3-4 - Faye & Karolina
Phase 5-6 - Adam & Robert

3.3.15
Letter of Thanks from the Director of Children, Young People and Family Services

Mr Browning has received the following letter:
"Following my visit to your school on 5th February, I would like to take the opportunity to pass on my thanks to yourself, staff and pupils for your hospitality. Please accept my apologies for a belated "thank you".
It is always a pleasure for me to be able to visit schools and meet with pupils and staff, and see and hear for myself the commitment and passion to improve the opportunities for the young people in your care. The pupils were a delight to see and it is clear that the school is working hard to secure the best outcomes.
I look forward to working with you in the future and please pass on my thanks to your team.
Yours sincerely,
Milorad Vasic
Director of Children, Young People and Family Services"

2.3.15
Chinese New Year  
The Foundation Stage Staff have been busy celebrating the Chinese New Year (which was on 19th February, during our half term holiday. Miss Hatfield, our Reception teacher reported that "Last week in the Foundation Stage we were focusing on Chinese New Year. We did lots of fun and exciting things that linked with the topic. Everyone tried to eat noodles using chop sticks, it was very tricky. We also made a dragon’s head and did a dragon dance around the playground." (Please click on the image below to see a larger version)

Mighty Maths Winners
This week's winners are:
Phase 1/2 - Pavel & Warren
Phase 3/4 - Karolina & Kasey
Phase 5/6 - Joshua & Shaheed 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


   

 

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Headteacher: Mr P Browning
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