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May 2010

School closes today and opens again on Monday 7th June. Enjoy your holiday!

Appointment of Acting

Deputy headteacher/Child Protection Coordinator
As you are aware, Ms Johnson, our deputy head teacher, has been seconded by the Local Authority, to head another school for the time being.
We are delighted to announce that Miss Atkinson has been appointed as acting Deputy head teacher. Miss Atkinson has been a member of our Senior Leadership Team for many years and is one of our most respected and inspiring teachers. With this post goes the duties of child protection coordinator. Should you have any worries or concerns regarding child protection issues, please ask at the school office to make an appointment to see Miss Atkinson.

Needlecraft Club Cancelled

Unfortunately, owing to unforeseen circumstances, this club is now cancelled until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Half Term Holiday

The school will be closed on Friday 28th May and the following week for the half term holiday. School opens again on Monday 7th June.

A Farewell for now for Ms Johnson
Ms Johnson has been seconded by the Local Authority to help another Primary School, which has just been put into special measures by Ofsted. Working with another existing Hull headteacher, Ms Johnson will be at the school until January 2011 at the earliest. Today, we had a special assembly to wish her well for the challenges ahead of her and to thank her for the many things she has done for the school. Ms Johnson joined Stepney in January 2007 and has helped the school through two successful Ofsted Inspections, amongst all the other hard work she does.

Class 4/5B Assembly
An excellent assembly by Mrs Phelps-Jones’ class all about film making and their endeavours using the ‘Movie-Maker’ software to edit live footage with
animations’. One of the films which was produced was about a day in the life of Mr Browning, with a superb piece of
acting by Ronaldo! Well done to everyone concerned particularly Miss Richardson for her organisation of the drama practice.

Rounders Events
We have been blessed with beautiful weather for the inter-school rounder's competitions taking place during this last week.  Years 3, 4 and 5 have been involved in head to head matches with Pearson and Clifton Primary Schools. These have been organised and run by the staff and pupils of Endeavour School. One of our star contestants from Miss Northen’s class takes up the story:
“Year 5 in Stepney Primary School had a match with Pearson School, some adults came to help us from Endeavour, and then we had 7 minutes to play a match and then we swapped. The teams were red, amber and green.
I was in amber group and in the second play we had a name for the group, it was the Terminators. It was good fun to play Pearson, we had played only 1 school because the other didn't come.
Finally, we finished the match, we went back where we started to get ready, then the adult said which group had won. It was Red, it was Stepney.
The winners were Joao, Amber and Junior, they had a Frisbee and a certificate, everyone was very excited about the prizes. Finally, there were some Frisbees left so the adult gave them to Miss Northen and she said ‘It’s for year 5 to play with” and then we went back to class.” by Kacper, year 5.

Looking after the Outdoor Classroom
We have been dismayed to see pupils from Endeavour School messing about with our new outdoor classroom equipment. When staff had brought out their classes at the end of the school day on Wednesday, they had to speak to children who were climbing on the new benches and grabbing the tarpaulin covers, using them to bounce balls on etc. This new area, which cost over £20,000 is for us to enjoy, not to be broken. We are asking any parents who see children abusing our equipment to come to the office to report any incidents they see so we may follow them up. Also, if it is before the end of the day when no staff are present and you know any of the children, we would be grateful if you could have a word with them.

School Photographs
On Wednesday 26th May, the photographers will be in to take individual and class photographs. As usual, they will be taking photos of brothers and sisters. This year we are employing a new firm. These specialise in a different form of class photo. Instead of the traditional design, whereby children sit in rows, individual shots are taken with children in more informal stances. These are combined to give more relaxed and friendlier photos. Please ensure your child comes to school in smart, clean clothes, preferably in school uniform.

School Educational Visits
Next week, there are a number of school visits, including year 4/5 travelling to the film museum in Bradford. Please make sure children come in suitable clothing for the these.

We have been delighted to welcome Karen Percy, from Alterton Primary School in Immingham. Mrs Percy is meeting with Mrs Heidstra in the Foundation Stage as part of a leadership scheme in North East Lincolnshire.

Hull Family Week Picnic
On Monday 31st May (the first day of the half term holiday) Hull City Council West is hosting one of National  Family Week’s flagship picnic at West Park! There will be a range of activities on offer.: Den Building, Wacky Woodwork; Sumo Wrestling (organised by Hull FC); Scrapstore Activities; African Drumming Workshops.

There will also be a Family Week Sports Day on Saturday 5th June at East Park. Activities will include Kayaking, Judo, Basketball, Volleyball, Dance, Penalty Shoot-outs, Boxing, Netball, Disability Triathlon, Archery, Tag Rugby, 4-a-side football, Handball, Adapted Cycling and Angling.

Anglers, Roll Up!
We have received details of an Angling competition. The Hull Angling Centre (575 Holderness Road), is running a competition over the summer holidays for anyone 17 year or under. The event is sponsored by Hull City Council and Humberside Police. There will be qualifying rounds to gain entry to the final. To get an entry form or further information, contact the Angling Centre  on 374201 or PC Kettlewell on 597235. Entries must be in before 5pm on 18.7.10. Parental Consent must be obtained.

Ms Johnson
The Local Authority are seconding Ms Johnson to help another primary school, which has recently gone into special measures. She will be leaving at the end of the coming week (21st May) and working full time in the other school. This will be at least until January 2011. In the meantime, Mrs Wilde will continue to teach the year 6 class, ably supported by Mrs Rodgers and Mrs Holmes. We would like to wish Ms Johnson all the very best in what will be a challenging scenario.

We need your help! Punctuality is Key!
At the moment we having a great number of children who are turning up late for school and it is getting worse rather than improving! May we remind you that the children should be in school at 8.55am. Each week we are having about 40 children who are continually late. Lessons begin promptly, the moment the children reach their classrooms. While registration is taking place, work is provided on essential basic literacy and mathematics activities. Gone are the days when children would just read quietly during this period. When children turn up late it affects their learning and disrupts others.
Since the start of April, over 400 minutes a week on average are missed through lateness.
If you have a genuine reason for being late to school, please telephone us on 343690.

Class 4/5N Assembly

A brilliant assembly by Miss Northen’s class all about film making and their science topic on light and sound. Well done to everyone concerned.

Free Dental Check Ups for Children Under 5

On Wednesday 19th May, Beverley Road Swimming Baths are hosting  a range of free activities for parents and children, including: Mobile Dental Unit Giving Advice and Dental Check Ups; Healthy Eating Ideas, Car Seat Checks; Story Reading Sessions, Fire Awareness; Re-cycling, Craft Activities and Face Painting. These will start at 9.00am and finish at 11am

Foundation Stage Entrance

Please note that we will be asking parents to use the Stepney Lane gates from now on as we are keeping the Foundation Stage gates locked in the mornings. This is to tighten up security and safeguarding for our nursery and reception pupils.

The school is closed today for May Day.




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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