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November 2009

There have been some changes to our Governing body lately. Mrs Rowe, Mrs Morfitt and Miss Loadman have stepped down after many years of dedicated and valued service to the school. Indeed, they have been largely responsible for many of the changes and advances that have taken place in the recent past. Everyone at Stepney would like to thank them for this and wish them the very best for the future.

We are delighted that Mr Morfitt has taken over as Chair of Governors. Mr Morfitt has been one of the school's most ardent supporters for many years and his contributions in and around school are second to none. As someone who knows the school as well as anyone, there is no doubt that we have a new Chair who is equal to the fantastic example set by the outgoing Chair, Mrs Rowe.

Urgent Medical Updates
We have recently sent out a letter to all parents and carers, asking you to inform us of any medical conditions your child suffers from. So far we have had little response. Please will you check your child's school bag and complete the slip as soon as possible. If you cannot find this letter, please call at the school office for a copy. It is vitally important that we have this information.

At this point of the year, when we are coming into the cold weather, there are some children who are not coming properly prepared for PE. Unless the weather is wet, or icy/snowy etc we do try and take children out for some games lessons. Please ensure your child has suitable outdoor PE clothing available such as a sweat top, joggers and trainers.

This morning, we were treated to a wonderful assembly performance by Miss Allen's class all about diary writing. Despite spending the last few weeks at Enderdale for swimming lessons, the children have still been working hard at school on their academic subjects and this showed in their wonderful assembly. Well done to everyone for showing us their marvellous work.

We have had a request from one of our parents, Mrs Elvidge, to see if you can help her. If you have any old clothing, blankets etc please could you bring them into school. These will be used as bedding for 'pound' dogs. Mrs Elvidge will collect any donations from school and see that they are used at one of the centres to make life for these animals more comfortable.

Miss Northen's class welcomed Mrs Thomas to their class. Mrs Thomas will be starting a five week teaching practice after Christmas. She is joining the class for a few days before the holiday so she can get to know the children and plan her work.

Our Foundation Stage garden area has been stripped of all its turf. After years of play the grass there has seen better days! We are having new turf laid down during the next week or two so we would appreciate people not going on this area until the new grass has had time to bed down.

There is a slight change to the way we are organising our Christmas concerts this year. Following the success of our summer 'Grease' performance we have decided to stagger some of our productions this year.
The Early Years Foundation Stage and year 1 children will be presenting their Christmas concert on Tuesday 15th December at 10.15am.
The two year 2/3 classes will be holding theirs on Wednesday 16th December at 10.15am.
Instead of having a year 4,5,6 production we will be having an extended service, lead by these classes at St. Mary's Church, Sculcoates on Friday 18th December at 10am.

As part of our continuing work with the Hull Education Business Partnership, year six took part on a session entitled 'European Gateaux'. They were given a budget of fifteen Euros, which they used to buy imaginary ingredients for a gateaux. They then had to purchase ingredients, pay for the baking and then market it to make a profit. It was a really great lesson in developing entrepreneurial skills.

We have had a wonderful week celebrating Friendship. One of the highlights of this has been the success of our Open Afternoons. Every class has had an afternoon devoted to designing and decorating T-shirts. These will now be sent to third world countries and be used as operating gowns (as part of the Blue Peter 'Operation Smile' Appeal).
We have also had one of our favourite days of the year. Staff and pupils came to school in pyjamas with donations of £1 being given to BBC Children in Need.

This afternoon, we bade farwell to Miss Hambleton, who has been working in Mr Cameron's class for the past four weeks as part of her Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) teacher training course. Each year, we have a variety of teaching students. Some, like Mr Burton, are on a Graduate Training Programme (GTP) which means they work in school for a whole school year, training alongside a teacher. Others, like Miss Hambleton, are based at Hull University, and then undertake 'teaching practice' at three different schools during the year. Miss Hambleton has been a fantastic addition to the year one class and we all wish her well for the future.

Christmas Secret Shop & Christmas Dinner
On Wednesday 9th December, Mr Morfitt and helpers will be running our ever popular Secret Shop. All pupils may bring money to spend on Christmas gifts for their parents. It's a fun event that the children love so please ensure they bring cash to school on that day. That same day, we will be having our school Christmas dinner.

Tonight there were 15 children who weren't picked up until 3.30 and 3.40 i.e. 15 minutes after the end of school. May we ask parents and carers that children are picked up on time, i.e. at 3.15pm. Should you being running late, due to unforeseen circumstances, please phone the school on 01482 343690.

Year 6 went on a visit to the courts and a museum as part of their 'Sense of History' theme, in which they are studying the Victorian era. Here is a recount from Harry in year 6:
"We went to the Guildhall and took part in a trial. We learnt what the words 'witnesses', 'judge' and 'jury' mean. I enjoyed taking part in the Victorian Trial. We all got the opportunity to investigate historical artefacts and give evidence in the trial. We particularly enjoyed visiting the prison cells!
Also, after that, we went to the 'Hands on History Museum'. We had a look at some Victorian toys and were given the opportunity to make our own 'thaumatrope'. My favourite toy was the 'Jacobs Ladder".

Anyone visiting the Foundation Stage will see that the home corners are some of the more used areas in the unit. They are always changing: one week you might see a cave, or a shop, or a police station. This week they have been role playing postmen and thinking about what the job entails. The children were delighted to welcome a real-live postman. James Tilley spoke to them about his job. He brought in his bag, showed them his uniform and his wet-weather clothing. He even had a little 'stuffed' cat called Jess!

The two year 4/5 classes kicked off our Friendship Week T-shirt activities. Miss Northen's classroom was a hive of activity with parents and pupils busy designing and decorating T-shirts. They then cut the T-shirts down the back and attached ties so they can be used as operating gowns.
Many thanks to Mr Foston, who has been helping an electrician start to install new 'daylight' effect lights. Beginning in the Foundation Stage and Year 1, we are replacing the old fluorescent tubes with these new ones which give far superior lighting for all concerned.

Mr Cameron's year one class gave a brilliant assembly on Remembrance Day and poppies. Once again there was some super speaking from all the children. Well done to all those involved.
Some more information on next week's events:
We wish to invite you to join your child in their T-shirt designing. Therefore, each year group is having an open afternoon.
Monday - Miss Allen's and Miss Northen's year 4/5 classes
Tuesday - Mr Cameron's year 1 class
Wednesday - Early Years Foundation Stage
Thursday - Miss Atkinson's and Miss Baitson's year 2/3 classes
Friday - Ms Johnson's and Mrs Wilde's year 6 class

Advance Notice!
Friendship Week
Next week, it is national 'Anti-bullying week'. We prefer to call it 'Friendship Week' instead and the children spend the week concentrating on improving and strengthening friendships within our school community. We need each of our pupils to bring in a white T-shirt to decorate (adult size and the bigger the better!). These will then be sent to third world countries and be used as operating gowns (as part of the Blue Peter 'Operation Smile' Appeal). On the Friday 20th November pupils can also come in pyjamas with donations of £1 being given to BBC Children in Need. All pupils doing this will receive a bun as our way of saying thank you.

At Stepney we endeavour to make our curriculum relevant to the real world. The Early Years Foundation Stage had a visit from a member of staff from Hull Central Library. The pupils enjoyed looking at a selection of books and listening to some great stories.

Late Marks
May we remind you that if your child arrives after 9 o'clock they need to go to the office, rather than straight to the classroom. The office staff can then mark these straight onto our system.

Mrs Rodgers took six of our school pupil councillors to a Council Conference at Hull City Hall. Once again, our pupils are involved in discussing issues and making decisions which affect children and young people in Hull. As usual their behaviour was impeccable and their contributions excellent.

The Hull Daily Mail have a feature on the 'playing field issue in today's edition.
Click here for larger image

Members of the Stepney Cookery Club headed to Bricknell Primary School today to take part in the launch of our Wyke Area Recipe book and a 'Pass it on' cookery event, organised by the Local Authority. This is a report by one of our stars: Zak: "On Wednesday I went to Bricknell School to the 'pass it on' afternoon. There was me, Ellie, Josh, Jak, Milli, Luke and Jessica. We had a great time. We cooked Mexican mince with tortillas, it was nice. Mr Browning and Mrs Heidstra had some too. A man from the Hull Daily Mail took out photos.


We are starting to prepare for the Christmas Fayre. We are asking parents/ carers for donations of unwanted presents, gifts, bottles (of any kind), chocolate, smellies etc. All these will be sold at our fayre with proceeds going to the School Fund, which in turn helps to finance activities for the children within school.

During the week beginning on Monday 16th November, it is national 'Anti-bullying week'. We prefer to call it 'Friendship Week' instead and the children spend the week concentrating on improving and strengthening friendships within our school community. We need each of our pupils to bring in a white T-shirt to decorate (the bigger the better!). These will then be sent to third world countries and be used as operating gowns (as part of the Blue Peter 'Operation Smile' Appeal).

On the Friday of that week (20th November) pupils can also come in pyjamas with donations of £1 being given to BBC Children in Need. All pupils doing this will receive a bun as our way of saying thank you.

What a busy media day! Year six pupils were interviewed on BBC Radio Humberside (which was broadcast during the day), by the Hull Daily Mail and by a television crew for a report that was shown on Calendar news at 6pm. This is all due to the children writing letters complaining about the trouble we have been having with the gangs of youths on the school playing field.
The ITV cameraman filming for Calendar News
We also had our e-safety badges arrive today. Before half term all the children had designed badges promoting e-safety in school. We turned the winning design by Emily, from year six, into a professionally produced badge that has been given out to every pupil in the school. They look fantastic and convey an important message!

May we welcome you back for the second Autumn half term. We started with media interest today from both KCFM and BBC Radio Humberside. As you may be aware we have been having trouble from gangs of youths on our school playing field. We are very grateful for all the support parents and carers have shown in notifying the police when they have spotted trouble brewing. Our year six children felt so aggrieved by the behaviour of these gangs that they wrote to local city officials, the police and regional media networks to complain. Today we had a reporter from KCFM in to interview the children. Well done to all those who took part - we heard you did a fantastic job.

We also had a letter from some of the residents of the sheltered accommodation on Tunis Street who wrote to say thank you to us for the harvest festival gifts that we delivered on the last day before the holiday.


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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