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October 2011

Welcome Back !
We hope you have had a good break and are ready for the next half term. Miss Pullen and Mr Burton have been telling us about some of the experiences they had in Freetown. It sounds as though it was just as eye-opening as when Mr Browning visited.

Family Information Service News !
Today, we received this message from the Family Information Service:
"Dear Stepney Primary, We would be grateful if you could add our link to the Hull City Council website to support your parents looking to access registered local childcare:
The Family Information Service (FIS) provide free, impartial information and advice to local parents/ carers with children aged 0-20 years in Hull. The FIS receive daily updates from Ofsted about all registered childcare providers in Hull. We hold information on a
range of different options available including: childminders, crèches, day nurseries, nannies and other home-based carers, nursery schools and classes, pre-schools and playgroups, overnight and weekend childcare, children’s centres, school pick-ups.
If you have any questions or need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me."
Kind regards
Andrew Kemp
Family Information Service Manager
Standards & Improvement Team
Children & Young Peoples Services
Hull City Council
Tel: 01482 318318
E-mail: andrew.kemp2@hullcc.gov.uk

Back to School !
School opens as normal, tomorrow (and clocks have gone back an hour!)

University Lecturers !
Even though it is the half term holiday, Miss Atkinson and Miss Baitson have been teaching today! They have been at Hull University, giving lectures to the PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) student teachers on phonics and literacy. This teaching is a follow up to the tuition that Miss Atkinson has recently delivered to the same students at Stepney. As there were over seventy students who had signed up to Miss Atkinson's lecture today, Miss Baitson volunteered to help out as well. Well done ladies!

The Tarmac has been laid !
There has been a transformation to our Foundation Stage outdoor area, as phase 2 of our redevelopment is complete!

A new surface! (28.10.11) Apart from the water from last night's rain, it's looking great! (28.10.11) Very Smooth! (28.10.11) This will be much better! (28.10.11)The last section to finish! (28.10.11) All finished! (28.10.11)
Please click here to see the full story of the alterations!

New Foundation Stage Vehicles!
It may be wishful thinking that our Foundation Stage pupils have a host of new toy vehicles to play on! However, these are the just the contractor's mini-vehicles, which have been removing the old surfacing!

Breaking up the surface!(26.10.11) The rubber surfacing has gone! (26.10.11) The old storage shed has been removed (26.10.11) A cool roller! (26.10.11)The base is laid for the access area (26.10.11) The mini-digger at rest! (26.10.11)A mini-dumper truck as well! (26.10.11)

Foundation Stage Playground Phase 2 Starts !
Once again, we have got contractors on site! This time it is to resurface our Foundation Stage playground. A mini-digger was busy this morning, removing the old tarmac!

A mini-digger is on site! (24.10.11) Removing the existing surface! (24.10.11)We're finally having the access area to the playground resurfaced! (24.10.11) A contractor is busy in action! (24.10.11)
Please click here to see the full story of the alterations!

The Adventurers have Returned !
Our intrepid adventurers, Miss Pullen and Mr Burton, landed safely at Heathrow Airport this morning. Owing to the poor communications links with Sierra Leone, we haven't heard much from them while they've been at our partner school in Freetown. Once they've both had a good rest, we'll no doubt hear all about their African experience!

Half Term Holiday !
The half term holiday starts today! We will be having work done on the Foundation Stage Playground next week, so it should be looking much better when we return and it make access much easier for parents and pupils!
We all hope everyone has a good break.

VIP Bowenson Philips visits Stepney!
Today, we had a very special visitor. Mr Bowenson Philips, the Chief Administrator of Freetown City Council. He toured the school, watched the year 4/5 dancers, listened to phase 2/3 as they told him all they have just learned about Africa and were quizzed by year 6. Mr Browning and Mr Bowenson discussed all the good work that the pupils at Stepney do, in terms of helping their local and international neighbours. Mr Philips was very impressed with the work of the International Pupil Council in supporting children in his country.

Bowenson Philips talks to Year 6 (21.10.11) Year 6 pose questions about Sierra Leone to the Chief Administrator of Freetown City Council (21.10.11)

Attendance figures !
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 91.4%
Class 1: 95.3%
Class 2/3A: 93.8%
Class 2/3B: 92.2%
Class 4/5A: 95.9%
Class 4/5B: 94.6%
Class 6A: 96.8%
Class 6B: 98.4%*
*This class received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%. The overall attendance for this school year is now 96.3%, with the Year 1 class in first place with 97.4% and class 6B in second place with 97.1%. There have been quite a few pupils, who have had to go home ill this week, with a sickness bug. There has been a stream of ill-looking pupils by the school office, so this has affected our attendance figures!

Year 6 Assembly
This morning, we were treated to a jam-packed year 6 assembly. First, the year 6 Stepney Steel Band played us into the hall with four pieces. Then we heard about all the responsibilities that our oldest pupils take on, such as councillors, road safety officers etc. Next, they told us about the things they have been studying as part of their ‘Earth & Beyond’ thematic unit this term. We heard science facts; listened to science fiction story openings; watched the children perform songs; marvelled at their Vincent Van Gogh pictures and enjoyed a brilliant New Zealand-style ‘Hacka’. Well done and thanks to everyone who took part—a fantastic performance!

Harvest Festival Donations
Mr Morfitt and Mrs Holmes have visited some of the local sheltered accommodation to distribute the harvest festival gifts that our pupils had brought into school. These were gratefully received. The residents have offered their heartfelt thanks to everyone at Stepney for their contributions.

Halloween Disco !
We have had another one of our ever popular disco, with children loving dressing up in ‘spooky-scary’ costumes. As usual, there was apple-bobbing and refreshments. Many thanks to all the staff who volunteered their services. Another successful event!

Our Halloween Fancy Dress Winners 2011!

Freetown Event
This evening, Mr Browning attended a special Freetown event at the Guildhall, in the presence of the Lord Mayor and other guests. He gave a presentation on the work of the International Pupil Council, which linked into other speeches from Hull City Council officers about the Local Authority's work on helping Sierra Leone with their waste management projects. This is quite an undertaking! For instance, in Hull we have 60 refuse lorries to cater for a population of 250,000. In Freetown they have 6 trucks for a population of 2 million people! More donated trucks are presently on their way from Hull. Other issues in the capital of Sierra Leone include two vast landfill sites in the middle of the city. As one of the officers explained, this would be like having both East and West parks as landfill sites! Futhermore, there is no control of the sites. Toxins and pollutants flow into the water supply, unchecked and untreated. One of the VIPs present at tonight's meeting was Mr Bowenson Philips, Chief Administrator of Freetown (equivalent to Hull's Chief Executive). He will be visiting our school tomorrow.

New Menu
You should have now received a copy of a brand new 3 weekly menu, which will start the first week back after half term. As usual we will keep you updated on the back of our weekly newsletter, 'The Stepney Star'.

Prince's Trust Help !
We had an unexpected call from the Prince's Trust today offering for volunteers to come and undertake playground and wall painting. This is just the news we want to hear! We will be having future discussions after half term, by which time we should have had our playground resurfacing finished and our new storage sheds and Foundation Stage playhouse erected. This will then be ready for decorations to be added to the surface. Initial ideas include a 'road way' marked out for the tricycles and scooters to be driven along and for our youngest pupils to practice road safety on!

Parents'/Carers' Meetings !
Just a reminder for parents and carers to return their appointment forms for the consultation meetings, which will take place during the first week back after the half term holiday.

Christmas Gift Box Appeal 2011 !
Once again, we are supporting this locally-based charity, providing gifts to children in Africa. This is the message that we received from the organisation:

"Dear Supporters                                                                                                    
It is that wonderful time of year again when we launch our appeal for the support of our local community to donate a gift box.  These amazing gifts will be received by some of the world’s poorest children.  Last year we received a record breaking response from schools groups and individuals across the area. Last year you all helped us change the lives of over 4587 children. These gift boxes, which were hand delivered by ourselves to children in some of the poorest communities in Sierra Leone. This year we are continuing to support all of our international projects. In 2011 we will also work with our partner charity Childslife to support and change the lives of many more children in Moldova, Eastern Europe and Kenya. Childslife is based in the Netherlands and in this current economic climate it makes sense to share the cost of delivery and distribution ensuring all support goes further and directly to the children who need it most.This year, with your help we look forward to improving the lives of many more children.  We kindly ask you to participate in this amazing appeal. It would help us greatly if all boxes could be into Real Aid by the 25th November 20011. Thank you on behalf of the children. Yours sincerely Barbara Raine, Chief Executive Officer  ‘We give unconditionally … Real Aid is a non-religious, non-political charity’ Http://www.justgiving.com/christmasshoeboxappeal
www.realaid.org.ukReal Aid.
Unit 4-8 Riverside Works.
Hull Bridge Road.Tickton.
HU17 9RTCharity No 1089316"
For more information, please click on one of the following links:
1) Letter
2) Stickers for Boxes
3) Instruction Sheet

Halloween Disco !
Next Thursday, we are having a Halloween Disco. This will start at 3.30pm and finish at 4.30pm. Pupils are allowed to bring costumes to change into at the end of the school day.

Attendance figures !
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 88.3%
Class 1: 96%
Class 2/3A: 94.5%
Class 2/3B: 95.6%
Class 4/5A: 94.8%
Class 4/5B: 97.1%*
Class 6A: 96.4%
Class 6B: 96.8%
*This class received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%. The overall attendance for this school year is now 96.4%, with the Year 1 class in first place with 97.7% and class 2/3B in second place with 97.4%.

Bon Voyage !
This is the last day at school for Miss Pullen and Mr Burton before they join a group of seventeen teachers who are flying out to Sierra Leone. Following in Mr Browning's footsteps in March 2010, they are visiting our partner school in Freetown and undertaking work on waste management with the pupils over there. We all wish them a great trip and look forward to hearing about their adventures when they return.

Getting to School On Time & Bicycles !
We’re not sure if it is to do with Hull Fair Week, but our punctuality figures have dropped this week. Please will you ensure your child is here at school on time. Furthermore, we have had children turning up late with bicycles. If your child comes by bike, s/he must get here on time. Especially with the worse weather approaching, it is not ideal to have muddy bikes wheeled through school! 

Harvest Festival !
Once again, we had another successful Harvest Festival. We had many donations from kind parents/carers and pupils. In our assembly, pupils from years 4, 5 & 6 told us about the differences between harvests today in Britain and Sierra Leone and how they used to be 125 years ago. May we express our heart felt thanks to all those who contributed.

Another Great Harvest Festival! Products ready to be shared with our neighbours!

Thoresby Match Off !
Unfortunately, the weather put a stop to our football fixture today. The heavy rain resulted in our pitch becoming water logged. We hope to reschedule the match for after half term.

Wyke Pupil Councillors Visit the Lord Mayor and the Guildhall !
It is a busy week for council meetings. After the two we had yesterday, it was the turn of our Wyke Pupil Councillors, Harry, Brandon and Lilli to visit the Lord Mayor, along with pupil councillors from the other Wyke schools. They were shown around the City Council Chamber, the old court rooms and cells, then met the Lord and Lady Mayoress in the lord Mayor's Parlour. They had a brilliant morning, despite the rain outside! The pupils left with a momento of their visit. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Inglis, presented them all with special 'Three Crowns' lapel badges.

Hull Youth Parliament !
While Mr Browning was accompanying the Wyke Pupil Councillors on their tour of the Guildhall, Mrs Rodgers and Mrs Smith had taken another group of pupils to the latest Hull Youth Parliament. As usual, they had a great day and represented our school brilliantly. Even the Lord Mayor commented that the Guildhall was full of children! There was certainly a buzz about the building! Click here to see minutes from Hull Youth Parliament Meetings.

Thoresby Match !
Tomorrow, at 4pm, our football team are playing at home against Thoresby Primary. All are welcome to come and cheer our players along!

Today's Pupil Council Discuss The School Rules !
Mr Browning asked the school's pupil council if they would discuss their ideas for updating the school rules. Click here to see what they decided.

International Pupil Council Meeting !
Mr Browning, Thomas and Amelia attended the latest IPC meeting. This is made up of pupils from schools, who are part of the Hull-Freetown Global Partnership. They went to the brand new Winifred Holtby School, which is a state of the art building and extremely impressive. Please click here to read the minutes from today's meeting.

Playground Re-surfacing!
Firstly, may we extend out apologies for the state of the back playground over the last few weeks. We managed to get the new fencing around the Early Years outdoor area completed at the end of the summer holidays but this left the rest of the area looking decidedly untidy. We have now had quotes in and appointed a firm to resurface the Foundation Stage area and to remove the old furniture during the half term break. When we return we are also having some new storage containers.

Parents' Afternoon/Evening!
We are holding our autumn parents' afternoon/evenings on Wednesday 2nd November for Reception, Years 1, 2 & 3 and on Thursday 3rd November for years 4,5 & 6.(Please click on the links to see copies of the letters that have been given out today). Parents of Nursery pupils will be able to see staff during the morning of Wednesday 2nd November.

“Africa is Not a Country” – part of Black History Month 2011
As party of Black History Month, which is being celebrated in October, we had Louise Yates, Gary Haas and some volunteers delivering some lessons to our phase 2/3 pupils to raise awareness of the many countries and languages that make up Africa. Pupils watched and interacted with a presentation about the countries in the continent and showed that Stepney Pupils already know many facts about this area. They also learned how to say hello, goodbye, count and identify animals in Swahili.
Information they learned today included that Africa is a big, big place, covering 12 million miles – that’s massive!! Some countries are hot and dry; some have jungles; some have mountains and lakes; some have lots of grass land; while some have a mixture of all these. Africa is a continent and is made up from 55 countries. There are between 1,500 and 2,000 different languages spoken and there are lots of different animals in Africa.
It was truly one of those special events that help to enrich the curriculum for us.

Attendance figures !
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 92.4%
Class 1: 98%*
Class 2/3A: 99%*
Class 2/3B: 97.8%*
Class 4/5A: 94.8%
Class 4/5B: 98.2%*
Class 6A: 96.4%
Class 6B: 96.3%
*Each of these classes received a virtual cheque for achieving over 97%. The overall attendance for this school year is now 96.6%, with the Year 1 class in first place with 98.1% and class 2/3B in second place with 97.7%.

The First Football Match of the Season!
The first football match of the season took place today with two great home matches against Pearson Primary School. We drew the first match 3v3 then lost the second 3v5. All our footballers must be commended on their efforts today. We had great sportsmanship and everyone worked really hard. Next Wednesday, Mr Burton’s team are playing host to Thoresby Primary School. We will be playing a seven a-side match against them after school. Today, it was the first occasion we have had to wear our new school football kit and use our new goals in a match!
For those who are selected to play in our football team, we would urge parents/carers to ensure their son/daughter has studded football boots. Trainers are too slippy and make it harder to keep control and balance.

Phase 4/5 Assembly
We had another brilliant assembly, courtesy of the two phase 4/5 classes, who are doing a comparative study on India and the UK this term. They showed us some maps and described the climate differences between the two areas. As part of their science work on materials, they were able to share the differences between the properties of objects. Finally, we were treated to a song about their work as well. Many thanks to everyone who took part in preparing the assembly as well as all the pupils who spoke and sang!

More PGCE Students
This morning, Miss Atkkinson had another group of thirty PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) students in to learn how we teach phonics in school.

Football Match Tomorrow!
The countdown is on for our first match of the season. Please feel free to come along and cheers our team on at 4pm tomorrow.

Dinner Money Reminder!
May we remind parents/carers that we would appreciate that correct money be paid for dinners. Giving change to individual pupils takes up a great deal of office time. If it is not possible to do this, then the extra will be carried forward and your child should pay less for their next dinner taken.

PE Kit !
Most classes have over half of their pupils wearing the new school PE kit of white T shirts and red shorts. They certainly look great - it makes a huge amount of difference to the feel of the school. Many thanks to parents and carers who have supported us in this. Our aim is to ensure everyone is wearing the kit. If you would like to order one, then please see the office staff. For just £7 you can but a good quality T shirt, shorts and a PE bag.

First Football Match !
On Thursday 6th October, our school football team will be playing their first match in their new football kit. Kick off will be at 3.30pm on our school field against Pearson Primary School.

An Indian Treat !
Using one of our new mini classroom ovens, Miss Northen's class enjoyed the delights of Rogan Josh and Korma curries as they sampled Indian cuisine. Although they were principally writing a report on the differences between cultures, it was nevertheless a good feast!

Harvest Festival Request !
Next week, on Thursday 13th October, we shall be having our Harvest Festival. As usual we will be collecting items to distribute to some of the residential homes and sheltered accommodation in the neighbourhood. We asking for every pupil to bring in a minimum of two items. These could be tins of food or packets of biscuits etc. If every pupil does this, then we will have a fantastic donation to make to others in our community. Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.



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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