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

24.10.14 !
Stars of the Week !
EYFS - Filip & Lily-May
Phase 1-2 - Joshua, Matthew & Poppy
Phase 3-4 - Karolina, Mahdiyah & Michal
Phase 5-6 - Abigail, Natalia & Rahma

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Miss 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 new graph. .

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: 90%↓ (6 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 84.73%↓ (9 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 96.49%↑ (2 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 88.64%↑ (22 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. 
Foundation Stage: 92.41%↓
Phase 1/2: 95.14%↓
Phase 3/4: 91.8%↓
Phase 5/6: 99%↑
Whole School Average for the 2014-15 academic year so far: 96.16%↓​

Half Term Holiday NEXT WEEK
The last day of school for this half term is Friday 24th October then the holiday runs from Monday, 27th October 2014 to Friday, 31st October 2014. We return to school on Monday 3rd November.

Changes to Clubs
Apart from the choir and sports clubs all other clubs will resume the second week back after half term. Owing to funding issues, we are having to stop a couple of our clubs next half term.  There are currently four which are ICT/Ipad based, which will be cut to two a week. We will notify pupils whether they have a place on these during the first week back.

Attendance Prizes
We are continuing to reward pupils who have 100% attendance each half term. Last year, we gave our small tablets to the winners of the prize draw. This year, we are giving out ‘Love to Shop’ vouchers. This term, the winner is Jack Brant in Class 1/2.

Christmas Gift Box Appeal 2014
This year, we are working with ‘Real Aid’ (Registered charity No 1089316), who are based at Tickton, near to Beverley. They are intending to send these boxes to
children in Sierra Leone and Eastern Europe who are living in extreme poverty. We have close links with Sierra Leone. Indeed, we were on schedule to send Miss Northen to Freetown this half term. However, due to the Ebola outbreak, any plans to send teachers over there or to have their staff visit our school have been cancelled. We would still like to help them though. Our school pupil council are keen for us to do the ‘Gift Aid’ donation again. The closing date for this is 21st November so there isn’t too much time to get the boxes sorted for this.
If you are interested in helping us out, we thought we’d give you advance notice before the half term holiday.
The suggested items to put in a Gift Box include colouring book & crayons, notebook/exercise book, pens & pencils, chalk, skipping rope or ball, soap & facecloth, toothbrush & paste, comb, small first aid kit or plasters, new underwear, stocking fillers, puzzle or small toy (no batteries).
Please pack them into a shoe box, marked ‘Girl’ or ‘Boy’ together with the age. The box can be wrapped in decorative paper, but please ensure that the lid is wrapped separately and not sealed.
To comply with customs regulations, please do not pack: chocolate, sweets or any food items (they melt and do not travel well in hot climates), war related toys, anything sharp or breakable. If possible a donation of £2, taped underneath the lid, would be welcome to help towards the transport costs. Please send any completed boxes into school.

23.10.14 !
Halloween Disco !
One of our most popular events is the Halloween Disco. This was held on tonight. As usual, pupils came in many brilliant fancy dress costumes and had a great time. Our thanks go to everyone who made this possible.

Menu Confusion !
We have many pupils with different dietary needs and preferences at
Stepney. This week, there has been some confusion. We’ve been in touch with our Kitchens (based at St. Charles Primary School) to verify the situation. They have confirmed that the only Halal meats we have are Lamb and Chicken. All other meats are non Halal. The dishes which
contain pork are ‘Pork Sausages’, ‘Pork & Stuffing’ and ‘Meatballs’ (which contain port and non halal beef). We are very careful to ensure pupils have the correct dishes in accordance with their needs and beliefs but if we do make errors, please inform us straight away.

22.10.14
Mighty Maths Winners !
Phase 1/2 Jakub, Mohammed & Timur
Phase 3/4 Cara, Ellis & Patrycja 
Phase 5/6 Andy, Scott & Shakira

21.10.14
Fish Trail Advert !
We have just received this advert...

20.10.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !
This morning, Miss Atkinson presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Kyle & Nikola 
Phase 3/4: Amelia Courtney & Evie
Phase 5/6: Hollie, Precious & Scott

17.10.14
Stars of the Week !
EYFS - Jalema & Sahim
Phase 1-2 - D’niro, Kamil & Lottie
Phase 3-4 - Faye, Kori & Samiyah
Phase 5-6 - Mohammed, Morgan & Rifath

Football Match !
This evening, our football team played against St. Charles Primary School. The first game was a 1 v 1 draw and the second one we lost by 3 v 1. Both teams played well, but we were unlucky to conceive two penalties.

Important Reminder - Secondary School Preferences !
May we remind parents/carers of our year 6 pupils, that the letters detailing your preferences for secondary school choices needs to be in by October 22nd 2014. If you have completed the form on line, please let the school office know.

Halloween Disco !
One of our most eagerly anticipated events of the school year is the Halloween Disco. This is being held on Thursday 23rd October 2014 between 3.30pm & 4.30pm for pupils in years 1 to 6. There is a 50p entry fee, which entitles each pupil to have a drink. Pupils may bring extra money to spend on sweets that are on sale. Fancy dress costumes should be brought to school in bags and the pupils will be given time to change. For our nursery and reception pupils, they will have a Halloween party in the hall at 2.30pm to 3pm. Once again, they may bring their fancy dress costumes to get changed into. There is no charge for these pupils.

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Miss 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 new graph. .

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: 86.66%↑ (4 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 91.58%↑ (5 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 88.24%↓(7 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 87.41%↑ (8 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 88.47%↓ (24 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. 
Foundation Stage: 95.17%↑
Phase 1/2: 95.99%↑
Phase 3/4: 95.13%↓
Phase 5/6: 95.99%↓
Whole School Average for the 2014-15 academic year so far: 96.37%↓
The first week's figure is slightly lower than last week, which is mainly due to an outbreak of sickness of diarrhoea. 14 pupils were off with it on Friday!

16.10.14
Minor Ailments Scheme
Free Prescriptions Without A Visit to the GP !
The following is a list of minor ailments that parents can get free prescriptions for. If the child receives free health treatment then they will not pay for the prescription. If parents/carers take their child’s NHS number  (on their NHS medical card) to a pharmacy, then they can get the free prescription. Many thanks to the parent who brought this to our attention.
Acne
Athlete’s Foot
Cold sores
Constipation
Coughs and Colds
Cystitis
Dandruff
Diarrhoea
Ear Ache
Eczema
Eye conditions
Haemorrhoids (Piles)
Hay Fever
Head Lice
Nausea/vomiting
Insect bites/stings
Mouth ulcers
Nasal Congestion
Nappy rash
Pain
Skin conditions
Teething
Thrush
Threadworm
Warts and Verrucae

Proud Parents' Day
We have received the following information from the Proud Parents' Team in the city:
"Proud Parents Day – Wednesday 29 October 2014
We’ve declared Wednesday 29 October 2014 as Proud Parents Day in Hull! It’s a day to celebrate being mums and dads and carers, and the important job we do in helping our children to get the most out of life.
Hull City Council will be celebrating Proud Parents Day with activities for families in our children’s centres, libraries and many other services, and we’re encouraging families, communities and organisations to celebrate too by taking part, or by staging their own activities for parents and carers.
Maybe you could organise a coffee morning? Or, if you’re a business organisation, you could have a ‘bring your kids to work’ morning?
It’s up to you what you do – and it certainly doesn’t have to be a big event – but it would be great if you could mark the occasion in some way, and encourage parents and carers to take a moment to just take pride in the important job that they do.

We’ll be providing details of what’s going on our Proud Parents website at www.hullproudparents.co.uk. If you want to get involved and organise your own activity and promote it, you’ll find some posters for you to download and use on the website. Whatever you do, we’d love to hear about it, so let us know by emailing us at Proud.Parents@hullcc.gov.uk
Remember – Wednesday 29 October is Proud Parents Day in Hull! Celebrate it!
About Proud Parents
As parents and carers, we all want to do whatever we can to help our children get the most out of life. One of the best things we can do is support their learning, in and out of school.
There are lots of ways you can do this, and Proud Parents provides you with information and advice that will help you to help your children.
There are top tips to follow, along with details of the support and opportunities that are available to you to get involved.

Supporting our children’s learning is something we can do from the day they’re born – but then again it’s never too late to start. It can make a real difference to their education and job prospects, which could mean a brighter future – for them and for Hull.
Find out more at www.hullproudparents.co.uk.
Many thanks
The Proud Parents team."

Footballing Excellence !
This afternoon, Hollie in year 6 went for trials at the York Soccer School of Excellence and was successful in gaining a place. As a keen and
talented member of North Ferriby United Under-12 ladies, this will help her even more to develop her football skills. Well done, Hollie!  

15.10.14
Mighty Maths Winners !
Phase 1/2 Agata, Alex & Jukub
Phase 3/4 Deborah, Lileana & Mahdiyah
Phase 5/6 Dominik, Patryck & Seraphimna

Please Help! Harvest Appeal !
We are collecting items as part of our Harvest Appeal. Last year, we were able to donate these to a local good cause. If every child could bring a couple of items, then we would have a handsome display to take to our neighbouring residential homes. We are always extremely grateful to the generous donations that pupils bring in.
We feel that this is a very important part of school life as it gives children the time to think about others and to be able to share food with some of our older residents in the community.

14.10.14
Three Bears' Assembly !
Our Nursery and Reception pupils completed our autumn round of class assemblies with a brilliant performance this morning. They told us about their work on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, including pictures and porridge making, singing and acting. Considering how young these pupils are, it is certainly impressive to see how confident and well behaved they are.

13.10.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !
This morning, Miss Atkinson presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Agata, Blake & Kian
Phase 3/4: Bartek, Dominik & Junior
Phase 5/6: Ellie & Precious 

10.10.14
Stars of the Week !
EYFS - Alisha & Kawther
Phase 1-2 - Daniela, Faiza, Leon
Phase 3-4 - Ahmad, Arminas & Filip
Phase 5-6 - AJ, Dominik & Precious

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Miss 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 new graph. .

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: 80%↓ (6 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 86.49%↓ (8 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 89.91%↑ (6 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 86.48%↓ (8 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 85.72%↓ (28 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. 
Foundation Stage: 87.33%↓
Phase 1/2: 93.85%↓
Phase 3/4: 95.96%↓
Phase 5/6: 96.63%↓
Whole School Average for the term so far: 96.44%↓
The first week's figure is slightly lower than last week.

9.10.14
A New Role for Mr Browning !
A letter has gone out today explaining that Mr Browning is having a change to his work during this current academic year. After this October half term holiday, he will be taking on an additional role as an executive head teacher of Stoneferry Primary School in Hull. Mr Browning has been asked by the local authority if he would support the school, and will therefore be working in an executive capacity with their staff and governors, as well as continuing his work at Stepney. We wish to stress that this is a temporary post. He is not relinquishing his role as head of Stepney and this is not leading up to him leaving Stepney and joining Stoneferry on a full-time basis. More details of the arrangements are included in the letter that has been sent out. Stoneferry Primary's parents have also been informed today.

A Taste of Tourism Assembly !
We had a detailed and informative assembly from phase 3/4 on Thursday, all about Tourism destinations around the world. The pupils have been learning all about different cities and countries in great depth and were able to tell us about them. We flew to New York, and Rio and Rome, amongst others! The hall was packed with parents, carers and the rest of our pupils. It was another wonderful morning. Many thanks to everyone who helped to prepare of present this. As the pupils reminded us, there will be plenty more to see and learn about in the phase's exhibition after half term. 

PGCE Students Studying Phonics !
Miss Atkinson has once again had the Post Graduate Certificate of
Education (PGCE) student teachers in school to show them how we teach phonics at Stepney. As well as being taught by Miss Atkinson, the students watch our phonics groups this morning. As usual, it was a great success with the students commenting on how good our pupils and staff are at
delivering this programme.

Secondary School Preferences !
May we remind parents/carers of our year 6 pupils. The letters detailing your preferences for secondary school choices needs to be in by October 22nd 2014.

8.10.14
Mighty Maths Winners !
Phase 1/2: Kamil, Maja & Xia 
Phase 3/4: Carla, Karolina & Maleeka
Phase 5/6: Both year 5 and year 6 pupils were out on trips to the Deep and London, today.

The London Experience !
For the second year running, our year 6 pupils have had a brilliant day in the capital. Despite the rain, they enjoyed going on the London Eye and then the 4D experience. Staff and pupils, accompanied by our friends from the Children's University went to the Houses of Parliament for a tour. Everyone had an exciting day and returned exhausted but happy. We're sure we'll be hearing lots more about their adventures over the next few days. While some schools hold an outward bound residential trip as part of the year 6's last year at primary school, we have decided to have a two-part process for our oldest pupils. They now go to London in the autumn, then have an outward bound day-only experience in the summer. Two contrasting, yet highly enriching events!

The Deep !
Meanwhile, back in Hull, our year 5 pupils went to 'The Deep' for another wonderful trip. The pupils were certainly excited when they were lining up on the school playground before the start of school and this continued through the day. The highlight attraction had to be the penguins, who have recently joined 'The Deep'. Staff reported that all the pupils had a great day out and this really added to their thematic unit study of 'Extreme Environments'.

7.10.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !
This morning, Miss Atkinson presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Malakai, Melisa & Sofija 
Phase 3/4: Ayaan & Deborah
Phase 5/6: Lewis, Rifath & Shaheed

6.10 14
Adventure Equipment
!
Regrettably, we are having to remove some of the play equipment in the corner of the playground, as it has the fittings have become loose. Mr Foston is in the process of dismantling it. May we ask pupils to keep away from it while this is happening. Also, the awnings over the quiet area have gradually worn out. Some replacement awnings arrived today and are waiting to be put up.

3.10.14
Stars of the Week !
EYFS - Jazmine
Phase 1-2 - All pupils for their assembly
Phase 3-4 - Al-Horr, Carla & Piotr
Phase 5-6 - Lee, Lennon & Shakira

Attendance
In our bid to improve attendance our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Miss 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 new graph. .

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: 96.66%↑ (1 pupil didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 91.49%↑ (5 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 86.58%↓ (8 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 88.33%↓ (7 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 90.77%↓ (21 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. 
Foundation Stage: 98.67%↑
Phase 1/2: 96.64%↓
Phase 3/4: 96.29%↓
Phase 5/6: 96.94%↓
Whole School Average for the term so far: 96.90%↓
The first week's figure is slightly lower than last week.

2.10.14
Time Machine Assembly !
We were treated to a memorable phase assembly by the year 1 and 2 classes. They took us on a journey through time from William Wilberforce, through the Victorian era to the heroic feats of Amy Johnson and the pioneering TV work of John Logie Baird. There was brilliant speaking from the pupils and a great song to round it off. Our thanks go to the pupils and staff who put on the assembly and the many parents and carers who came to watch it with us.

Final Day of Parents'/Carers' Consultations!
Today, it was the last trio in our consultations as parents came to speak to teachers in phase 3/4. Over the last four days, we have been asking parents and carers to fill in the questionnaire, which uses the questions posed on the Ofsted 'Parents' View' website. We are grateful to all those who completed these forms. The results and all the comments made are as follows:

1. My child is happy at this school


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

71

13

 

 

Comments   
"I felt worried when she has come she has problem, but now she is settle down I enjoying very much"
"She feels very safe and happy"
"She always want to be in school"
"He is very happy and feels very confident"

2. My child feels safe at this school


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

66

16

1

 





Comments  
"Yes. She feel and we also quite satisfied to her safety here"
"Yes"

3. My child makes good progress at this school


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

63

16

1

 





Comments   
"My child is really enjoying participating in Education & other activities like music etc"
"XXXs teacher seems to know him well in this short period"
"She started speaking English very fluently"
"He made very big progress. He speaks English very well"

4. My child is well looked after at this school


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

59

23

 

 





Comments
"I believe that"

5. My child is taught well at this school


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

66

16

 

 

 




Comments
   
"Yes"
"She has improved in English (speaking)"

6. My child receives appropriate homework for their age


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

54

21

1

1

1

Comments 
"I'm very happy with XXX's progress"
"Yes"
"Yes, her homework help to learn and remember what she should know"
"I am very grateful of the support my children getting"
"I'm very pleased with all the school is doing for my son. Thank you"
"XXX is coming on in leaps and bounds since joining this school. Thanks to all involved"
"I am really happy with support XXX has in this class"

7. This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

57

21

 

 





Comments   
"I hope this attitude will be continue"

8. This school deals effectively with bullying


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

47

21

3

 





Comments
   
"I strongly with it"
"My daughter have never said that she has been bullied"
"Not sure"
"My son has never complain"

9. This school is well led and managed


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

55

22

 

 





Comments   
"Good management & a space do more"

10. This school responds well to any concerns I raise


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

52

22

1

 





Comments
   
"My child seems very happy and I'm happy with her progress"
"Not yet"

11. I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

60

16

 

 





Comments
   
"Now after talk to Mrs Smart, she is satisfied my child"
"I know what she learnt"
"I was informed about ways which I can help my child improve"
"We are very happy with the information given to help us to support our child alongside what she is being taught in school"
"Teacher told everything regarding my child what is good and is wrong"

12. Would you recommend this school to another parent?          


I strongly agree

I agree

I am undecided

I disagree

I strongly disagree

58

17

1

 





Comments
"Yes, of course"
"Yes, because this school is very great and teachers are very friendly"
"Yes, I will"
"Yes, because teachers are very friendly and I think if is a problem they will help us"

We have also recorded who attended our consultation days so far...


Class

How many children were reported on

Pupils on role in phase

%age
seen

Mum

Dad

Carer

Grand
parent

Other

Total adults seen

EYFS

29

46

63%

28

6

 

 

1

35

Phase 1/2

39

59

66%

35

7

 

1

4

47

Phase 3/4

41

59

69%

34

6

1

 

1

42

Phase 5/6

38

59

64%

34

7

 

 

6

47

 

 

 

 


 

 


1.10.14
Miss Baitson's Bookworms !
Not only is Miss Baitson a keen reader, but the bug has spread to her pupils. They are all engrossed in their class novels this term. Miss Baitson has had to set up blogsites on Kidblog as the children want to discuss their books. Please feel free to have a look at what they are saying by clicking here or going straight to the webpages at http://kidblog.org/StepneyPrimarySchool/

Library Revamp !
Kay Walton from the schools library service was busy in our library today. She has come into give the resources a much-needed audit and book-weed. We are also having them classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system (the numbering system which the vast majority of public libraries use).

Mighty Maths Winners !
This morning, Mr Cameron presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Fazia, Pavel & Sophia
Phase 3/4: Glebs, Madiya & Maryam
Phase 5/6: Hollie, Jakub & Kacper

Third Day of Parents'/Carers' Consultation Days !
This afternoon, we had parents coming into see the teachers who work in phase 5/6. Staff had many productive meetings with parents and carers, discussing how the children had settled into the next academic year.

At each of these events, teachers are handing out questionnaires to fill in. These are a little more detailed than previous ones, as we have rewritten them to include all of the questions that appear on the official Ofsted 'Parents' View' site. Parents may fill in our questionnaire and/or fill in the online Ofsted site. Please click here for the questionnaire or click here to go to the Ofsted 'Parents' View' page on our website.

 

   

 

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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