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September 2009

We are delighted to announce that we have a lady called Jo Young working with us. Jo is one of 15 Parent Support Advisors (PSAs) who have been recently appointed to work around the city helping parents and carers with a host of things. One of her remits is to help improve attendance at schools and also assist adults with finding training courses. Jo will be in school every Wednesday. If you would like any help on these or other matters please contact the school office or speak to Jo.

Today, the year 6 pupils had a maths lesson with a difference! Natasha Dawson, from the Humber Education Business Partnership, came in to work with the children to construct a Giant Tetrahedron. Each child started with six sticks and plenty of elastic bands to create a small tetrahedron. Then they combined with three others to construct a larger shape. Finally these were joined together with the rest of the groups' shapes to produce an incredible form that reached up to the stage lights in the hall. As well as working on construction techniques they had to think about quality assurance. Each joint had to be tested for rigidity. It was certainly one of those 'WOW' factor moments!
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We are delighted to announce that Mrs Brocklebank gave birth to a baby girl this morning. Both mother and daughter are doing well. Everyone at Stepney would like to extend their hearty congratulations to the family.

We had the first of our year 1 "stay and read" sessions this afternoon. We were delighted that fifteen pupils had parents or carers join them, along with some younger brothers and sisters. Children shared their reading and even brought some of their favourite books from home into school. If you would like to join in, we will be holding these sessions every Tuesday afternoon at 2.45pm. May we just ask parents that when they leave to exit via the door leading past the headteacher's office. This is solely to avoid the queue with the nursery and reception children.

We have had some grounds men in to clear all the unnecessary weeds and bushes from the Foundation Stage garden area. Mr Foston is starting to paint the fence and, once the weather turns a little wetter, we will be returfing the area.

We still have children's inhalers and asthma pumps from last year. May we remind you to send us any new ones or replace the medication in them.

We had another good week for attendance - the overall figure for the term is 95.7%

We are now collecting vouchers as part of:

If you have any then please hand them into the school office; they will be gratefully received.

One of our priorities this year is to set up more activities to support parents and carers. There are many services in the community and the city to help people in a range of issues as well as providing services such as courses and 'fun' activities. Angela Bayley (one of our Teaching Assistants) has taken on the role of 'Learning Links Worker' in school in addition to some of her existing work. She will liaise with people and is already setting up some courses and events, which will be of interest to our parents and carers. The Local Authority has also employed twelve people to be 'Parent Support Advisors' across the city. Joanne Young is going to be working at Stepney on Wednesdays. Her role is also about helping people to get support and help, should they require it. We will be posting further details on this website and in our newsletters.

Yesterday, our year six children were involved in elections. We have four houses at Stepney, all named after famous Hull personalities: Wilberforce (after William Wilberforce), Pearson (after Zachariah Pearson), Johnson (after Amy Johnson) and Sullivan (after Clive Sullivan). Each house has two captains (a girl and boy from year 6). The children had to prepare and read out election speeches to the rest of their house - quite a daunting task for some, then the other children had to cast their votes. Today we were able to announce the winners of the election:
Johnson House - Luke C & Megan
Pearson House: Tyler & Khava
Sullivan House: Naomi & Jordan
Wilberforce House: Shannon & Luke B.

The new Hull History centre will be opening its doors later this year. In the meantime it has launched it's website, which can be found at www.hullhistorycentre.org.uk

A local history walk will take place at 10.00am on Wednesday September 30th, starting point the Station Pub, Beverley Road. This walk and talk will be about the old railways. Starting at 11.00am Saturday October 3rd, there will be a Family History Fair in Sculcoates Cemetery, also bird box building, wild flower planting and general Cemetery maintenance. (If anyone would like to have a stall please get in touch with me so I can allocate you a place.) This is the second Cemetery action day, and we hope to build on the success of the first one. The Family History Club is now in full swing and a new venue has been added. The club now meets every Friday 12.30 - 2.30 at the Fenchurch Centre, new members are always welcome.
Fran McStay
Sculcoates Neighbourhood Associaton.
01482 448144

We have had a great first week back. The children have returned with super learning attitudes and we've had a well attended week. Every class had over 92% attendance and the overall figure was 95.7%.
Our first newsletter of this school year is available on this website. Just follow the tabs to 'Stepney Star' on the left side of this page.
As part of the Freedom Festival and Clipper Race events
this weekend there are heritage open days in Hull. The public are allowed to look around some of the buildings that are usually closed: for instance the tower to Holy Trinity Church is worth a visit. To obtain more details go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk and use the search directory to find Kingston Upon Hull and the attractions that will be open.

From this September school dinners have gone up in price to £1.30
May we also remind parents/carers that children staying for breakfast club should be signed in by you when they first start coming to the club and they will be provided with a breakfast. At the moment some children are just being dropped off without anyone signing for them and they are telling us they don't want a breakfast. Part of the reason for having the club is for us to ensure children start the day with a good breakfast.

A warm welcome to everyone on the first day of the 2009-2010 school year. We hope everyone has had a restful and enjoyable summer. This week teachers will be collecting children from the back playground at the start of the school day. We will ask the children to be lined up in their usual places so they are ready to start walking into school promptly at 8.55am.
We have two new staff starting with us this September. Mr Burton is our new GTP (Graduate Training Programme) student teacher who will be working alongside Miss Atkinson. Miss Allen is helping us out in year 4 for the next few weeks.

Today is a training day for staff - there are no children in today. All pupils should return to school on Tuesday 8th September. Children should wait on the back playground to be called in by their teachers.
Interested in family and local history? There is going to be a Sculcoates Family History Fair and Sculcoates Cemetery Day on Oct 3rd. Click on the link for more details.


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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