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September 2012

Attendance Figures !

Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 93.8%
Class 1: 96.1%
Class 2/3A: 97.6%*
Class 2/3B: 94.9%
Class 4/5A: 98%*
Class 4/5B: 89.7%
Class 6A: 100%*
Class 6B: 91.3%
*These classes were awarded a virtual cheque for getting over 97% attendance for the week. The overall attendance for this school year is now 95.7%. Class 6A are currently in the lead this term with 99.1% and 2/3A are in second place with 97.4%. Yet again, class 6A have 100% this week. What a brilliant effort!

A Very Victorian Assembly!

Year 6 educated and entertained us with their assembly about the Victorians. Using drama and superb speaking, they told us about life as a Victorian child and the sorts of jobs that they would have had to do, such as chimney sweeps. This term, they are also studying 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, so they were able to share some of the scenes from this as well. Although, we tend to say the same thing each year, we are really impressed with the attitude of our year six pupils this year and the brilliant example they are setting to the rest of the school. It is quite noticeable how the behaviour of the oldest pupils in the school filters through to the rest of the school. Well done!

PGCE Phonics !

We are one of three local schools who are 'leading literacy' providers to the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students at Hull University. Our resident phonics expert, Miss Atkinson, has been leading this over numerous years now and her work is highly valued by the university. In the autumn term, we host all ninety students for sessions on the teaching of phonics. They are divided into three groups and come in on three different occasions. Miss Atkinson first gives a lecture/workshop to them in the large year six classroom, then allows them to observe the actual phonics sessions that are run with the pupils. After that they have a feed back session. To complement this, Miss Atkinson and Miss Baitson go into the university and provide follow-up lectures (these are often during the half term holiday). The phonics' friezes that adorn many of our classrooms have also been adopted by the university. This is undoubtedly a very strong part of our work to strengthen the teaching and learning of phonics in Hull schools as well as our own and we indebted to Miss Atkinson and Miss Baitson for this.

Reminder - First Assembly of the New School Year!

Tomorrow, we will be having the first assembly of the new academic year. Our year 6 pupils will start their assembly at 10.30am in the main school hall. Parents/carers are invited to join us.

Rainbow Writing Winners!

This week's winners are:
Year 1—Cara & Carla
Class 2/3a-Saimah & Courtney
Class 2/3b-Taran & Bartek
Class 4/5a-Alishia & Lauren
Class 4/5b-Patryck & Milena
Class 6a-Shannon & Alisha
Class 6b–Marek & Julia

Freetown Teachers in School !
Despite the awful weather, our colleagues from Africa are putting a brave face on the conditions and thoroughly enjoying their visit. They were treated to Pearson Primary School's Harvest festival then toured around our school this afternoon. They just love speaking to our children and are proving to be a big hit amongst them.

Impressive PE Kit Wearers!
May we thank our parents/carers for their continued superb support of our PE kit campaign. All the phase 2/3 pupils were taking part in their PE lessons today with virtually every child in plain white T shirts and red shorts. They looked absolutely brilliant. It certainly makes the pupils feel proud to be part of the team and their appearance is mirrored by their wonderful attitudes and commitments to their lessons. Today, they were actually putting dance steps together for a routine to go with the musical 'Oliver'.

Croda Visit!

Our phase 4/5 pupils have had a brilliant day, working in school with representatives from the Croda factory. During the last academic year, our pupils went to their factory and followed this up with work in school. Today, they were taking on the roles of chemists, laboratory managers, health & safety officers and researchers, as they worked in teams to make and test different solutions. Using pipettes and measuring cylinders, they carefully mixed solutions to see which would create the most bubbles for a detergent! Results were accurately recorded on a sophisticated electronic spreadsheet as pupils fed back their group's findings to the rest of the class. Mr Browning happened to be showing seven Sierra Leonian teachers around during this and our African colleagues were really impressed by the maturity of our pupils.

River Survey!

Braving the inclement conditions, our year six pupils went on a Geography field walk up to Beresford Avenue to look at the water and river systems in the area; to consider their usage and to record their findings. The pupils were an credit to the school as they conducted their research with maturity,

Freetown Visitors Are Shown the Sights !
Since they arrived last week, our friends from Sierra Leone have been shown around Hull. On Friday night, Mr Browning and Miss Pullen had joined them for a reception at the Endsleigh Centre then Miss Pullen and staff from Pearson and Collingwood schools had shown them around the Wilberforce Museum. With other schools taking them to various events on Sunday, it was Mr Browning's turn today to escourt them to a special welcome from the Deputy Lord Mayor in the Guildhall. They have also been on a tour around the KC Stadium.

Attendance Figures !

Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 91.3%
Class 1: 94.5%
Class 2/3A: 97.1%*
Class 2/3B: 93.3%
Class 4/5A: 97.6%*
Class 4/5B: 96.4%
Class 6A: 98%*
Class 6B: 88.6%
*These classes were awarded a virtual cheque for getting over 97% attendance for the week. The overall attendance for this school year is now 96 %. Class 6A are currently in the lead this term with 98.7% and 2/3A are in second place with 97.3%

Morning Arrivals at School
We have had a few pupils turning up for school as early as 8.10am and not going into our Breakfast Club. Please may we remind parents/carers that pupils should either come to our Breakfast club at 8am or for school at 8.50am.

Halloween Disco
There will be a school disco on Thursday 25th October. More details to follow...

Freetown Friends Arrive !

Two teachers from our partner school in Sierra Leone arrived today. Claudia and Rebecca flew into Heathrow this morning with colleagues from the schools who are twinned with Pearson, Collingwood and Thanet Primary Schools. They will be with us until next Friday.

Advance Notice - Two Events!

On Friday 16th November, the BBC are holding their 'Children in Need' day. Our theme for the day will be 'Wacky Clothes'. Staff and pupils will be encouraged to wear weird and wonderful combinations of clothes. These can be a mixture of different clothes and colours and they could also be worn inside out and back to front. The last time we did this, Mr Cameron even found a large green sleeping bag, decorated it and came as a giant caterpillar. The 'Wackier-the-better!' The school will also be selling special 'Children in Need' wrist bands to raise money for this excellent cause!
Although summer is only just finishing, we are always planning well in advance. This year our chosen Christmas Charity is 'Samaritan's Purse' who are running a campaign called 'Operation Christmas Child' which is another of the highly successful 'Fill-a-box' events. Kathy Webb from the society will be explaining more about this to the pupils in one of our October assemblies.

E-Safety Rules !

We take e-safety extremely seriously with our pledge to make all our pupils safe when using the internet at school. Today, the pupils have brought home a copy of the e-safety rules. Parents/Carers and pupils need to sign these and return them to their class teacher, please.

Family & Local History Fair !

We have been asked to bring the following event to your attention. This is taking place on Saturday 29th September. Please click on the image below to see a larger version of this.

Click here to see a larger image of this poster.

School Pupil Council Meeting
Please click here to go to our Pupil Council page to see the minutes from today's meeting. A hard copy may be seen on the Council display board in the link corridor at school.

Rainbow Writing Winners!

Last year, in our bid to improve our pupils' writing skills, we embarked upon our Rainbow Writing programme. As part of this, we celebrate examples of brilliant writing each week in our Tuesday assembly. Each winner is asked to come to the front of the hall and read and excerpt of their work to the rest of the school. Then, their writing is proudly displayed on our hall writing wall.
This week's winners are:
Year 1—Helin & Maryam
Class 2/3a-Sunny & Stelina
Class 2/3b-Michelle & Josh
Class 4/5a-Charlotte & Jayden
Class 4/5b-Thevmini & AJ
Class 6a-Callum & Niaomi
Class 6b–Casey & Emma

Extra-Curricular Clubs!

We will be starting our new extra-curricular clubs next week. These are listed below. If you would like your child to attend any of these, please fill out a reply slip on the letter that will be sent out tomorrow or ask at the school office.
ICT Club (ICT suite) for phase 4/5 at 12.30pm-1.00pm (Miss Northen)
Multi-Skills (Hall) for Reception-Year 1 at 3.15-4.15pm (Miss Richardson)
ICT Club (ICT suite) for year 1 (Mr Cameron)
Basketball Club (Hall) for years 1-6 at 3.15-4.15pm (Miss Richardson)
ICT Club (ICT suite) for phase 2/3 at 3.15-4.15pm (Miss Atkinson & Miss Baitson)
Study Club for year 6 at 12.30-1.00pm (Miss Patrick & Mrs Wilde)
Steel Drums (Staff PPA room) for year 6 at 3.15-4.15pm (Mr Browning)
Cookery Club (Staffroom) for Reception-Yr 6 at 3.15-4.15pm (Miss Pullen & Mrs Stimpson)
All Sports (Hall) for years 2-6 at 3.15-4.15pm (Miss Richardson)

New Job At Stepney !
We have a new post which we are advertising for. Please see details below:
Sports Coach (CRB)*


Grade 5 (Scp 19-22) £17,802-£19,621 pro rata


Stepney Primary School, Beverley Road, Hull


20 (12.15pm-4.00pm) Term time only

Closing Date

28/09/12 16:30


FEA S472/1061278

Fixed term until August 2013 in the first instance.

We have an exciting new post to develop sports within our school and continuing the Olympics Legacy in promoting sports participation amongst the new generation!

Required from November 2012, we are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced professional to work as a part time Sports Coach.

The successful candidate will work from 12.15pm to 4.15pm (Monday to Friday) with further paid opportunities outside of these hours and during holiday times

Principal responsibilities will be to effectively undertake the practical delivery of a variety of sports sessions to primary school children during the lunchtime, afternoon sessions, after school clubs and holiday clubs.

The successful candidate will deliver a professional coaching service, which provides the physical development needs of children within a school environment and to assist and lead in the organisation and running of interschool and intra-school competitive events.

For further details and to apply online, please visit www.hullcc.gov.uk/jobs
All completed application forms must be returned to the School

Interviews: 8 October
Stepney Primary School
Beverley Road
Headteacher: Paul Browning
Tel: 01482 343690
Fax: 01482 348681
E-mail: admin@stepney.hull.sch.uk
Website: www.stepney.hull.sch.uk

Any offer of employment to the above post will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Attendance Figures !

Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 93.4%
Class 1: 97.3%*
Class 2/3A: 93.5%
Class 2/3B: 97.7%*
Class 4/5A: 92.7%
Class 4/5B: 97.9%*
Class 6A: 98.7%*
Class 6B: 93%
*These classes were awarded a virtual cheque for getting over 97% attendance for the week. The overall attendance for this school year is now 95.3%. Class 6A are currently in the lead this term with 99.2% and 4/5B are in second place with 97.9%

School Years 4,5 & 6 Start Their New Themes in Style!
There’s nothing like having a memorable experience to start a new unit! Today, the two phase 4/5 classes visited Gainsborough Old Hall to sample life in the Tudor period. Henry VIII had visited the hall and the children were able to re-enact this, as well as looking at the Tudor kitchens and undertaking a variety of activities. Meanwhile, year 6 went to Hull New Theatre to see a ‘Horrible Histories’ production of the ‘Vile Victorians’

Sierra Leone Visitors Finally Arriving !

This time last year, Miss Pullen and Mr Burton were preparing to go to work in our partner school in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This they duly did in October 2011, with a planned return visit  from the Freetown teachers scheduled for spring 2012. However, due to visa problems in Sierra Leone, they are only now coming over. They touch down next Thursday and will be with us and our colleagues at Pearson and Collingwood Primary Schools for the next week. Although we have many activities planned for them, we wondered if there are any parents who know of other events going on which might be of interest. For instance, whether any of the other African communities have special meetings taking place in this period. Please contact Mr Browning if you can help.

Oasis Dental Practice!

We have been asked to give out details about the Oasis dental practice. Please note we are not endorsing this establishment but just giving details. They are apparently taking on NHS patients and also have male and female Polish speaking dentists. For more information, please phone 01482 224878. The practice is located at 29 Beverley Road.

School Pupil Council Meeting

Each class has now elected it's school pupil council representatives for the term. As usual, Mrs Rodgers took the helm with the pupils as they engaged in a productive first meeting of the school year. We are really proud of the contributions of that our pupils make to the various committees that they belong to. To find out about these and to read the minutes, please click here or navigate to the Kids Zone tab and scroll down towards the bottom of the page.

Gainsborough Old Hall

Our phase 4/5 classes are kick starting their study of the Tudor period with a visit to Gainsborough Hall. The coach will be leaving promptly at 9am tomorrow morning, so all pupils in these classes need to be at school for 8.45am. They need to bring a packed lunch with them, unless they usually have free school meals.

House Captains Chosen
One of most important assemblies of the autumn term is the one when the House Captains are chosen. All the pupils in year 6 were invited to stand for these posts. In each of the four houses: Johnson, Pearson, Sullivan and Wilberforce, we a boy and a girl as captain. The year 6 pupils who wanted to stand have been writing speeches. In assembly the school was divided into the four houses. Pupils in each house listened to the candidates then made that all important vote:
Pearson – Michael & Charlotte
Johnson - Niaomi & Brandon
Wilberforce - Julia & Zakir
Sullivan - Lewis & Casey

Sex & Relationships Education (SRE)
As part of the PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education) curriculum we have to teach SRE to the pupils, which we are doing during this autumn term. Each unit is designed specifically for each year group and is at a level and gives out information which takes into account the age of the pupils. We want all parents/carers to be aware of these. This is the list of the units:
Year 1 - "Growing & Caring for Ourselves", which incorporates lessons on "Keeping Clean", "Growning & Changing" and "Families & Care"
Year 2 - "Differences", with lessons on "Boys & Girls", "Male & Female" and "Naming the Body Parts!"
Year 3 - "Valuing Difference and Keeping Safe", with lessons on "Differences: Male & Female", "Personal Space", "Family Differences.
Year 4 - "Growing Up", with lessons on "Growing & Changing", "Body Changes & Reproduction", "What is Puberty"
Year 5 - "Puberty", with lessons on "Talking about Puberty", "Male & Female Changes", and "Puberty & Hygiene"
Year 6 - "Puberty & Reproduction" with lessons on "Puberty & Reproduction", "Relationships & Reproduction" and "Conception & Pregnancy"
If you would like any further information on what is being covered, then please contact the school, and we'd be happy to share this information with you.

Calling All Singers!

If your child loves singing, then s/he may wish to join the City of Hull Junior Choir. It is open to all pupils from year 3 upwards. Rehearsals take place between 6.15pm and 7.15pm and start on 20th September 2012 at the Albemarle Music Centre, Ferensway. To book a place, telephone 318800.

Extra-Curricular Clubs
These will start the week beginning 24th September. More details will be available in the next couple of weeks.

Attendance Figures!
Our attendance figures for this week are:
Reception: 98.7%*
Class 1: 95.7%*
Class 2/3A: 94.4%
Class 2/3B: 94.4%
Class 4/5A: 92.2%
Class 4/5B: 96.4%
Class 6A: 100%*
Class 6B: 91.1%
*These classes were awarded a virtual cheque for getting over 97% attendance for the week. The overall attendance for this school year is now 95.5%. Class 6A have started brilliantly with 100%. Well done to everyone in that class.

Be like Bradley!
Inspired by cycle champion, Bradley Wiggins? Year 6 are being offered a chance to take part in the Bikeability programme (as featured in this week’s Cycle Show on TV) Letters have gone out to our year 6 pupils yesterday. Please will parents/carers return letters promptly, please.

Assembly & Exhibition Dates
Our phase assembly and exhibition dates for this term are as follows: September 2012
- Yr 6 Assembly – Thurs 27th
October 2012
- Phase 4/5 Assembly—Friday 5th
- EYFS/Yr1 Assembly—Thurs 11th (This is the Harvest Festival)
- Phase  2/3 Assembly—Thurs 19th
November 2012
- Yr 6 Exhibition—Thurs 15th
- Phase 4/5 Exhibition—Thurs 22nd
- EYFS/Yr 1 Exhibition—Thurs 29th
December 2012
- Phase 2/3 Exhibition—Thurs 6th

Christmas Productions  2012
- EYFS/Yr 1—18th December
- Phase 2/3—19th December
- Phase 4/5— 20th December
- St. Mary’s Carol Service—21st December

Term Dates
Start of autumn term—5th Sept 2012
End of 1st half term—26th Oct
Start of 2nd autumn half term—5th Nov
Break up for Christmas– 21st Dec
Start of spring term—7th Jan 2013
End of 1st half term—8th Feb
Start of  2nd spring half term—18th Feb
Break up for Easter-22nd March
Start of summer term—8th April
May Day holiday—6th May
End of 1st half term—23rd May
Start of  2nd summer half term—3rd June
End of school year—19th July

Extra-Parents'/Carers' Consultation Dates
November 7th 2012 for EYFS/Yr 1, 2 & 3
November 8th 2012 for Yrs 4, 5 & 6

Dinner Money Reminder
May we remind you that dinner money needs to be handed into the class teacher each Monday for banking purposes.

Fines for Holidays
May we remind you that the Local Authority will issue fines for parents taking holidays during term time. There will be a £50 fine per adult per child. This means that if both mum and dad take their child on holiday, the mother will be fined £50 and the father will be fined an additional £50, making £100 in total. For two children the fine would therefore be £200.

Welcome Back
Welcome back to everyone today. It was great to see pupils and parents again after the six weeks holiday. Every child was smartly attired in the school uniform and they all started off with brilliant work attitudes. May we also remind parents/carers that pupils need to bring in their school PE kit of plain white T shirts and red shorts.

New Staff
We are delighted to welcome four new members of staff. Mrs Harland is working in the school office on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays; Miss Hatfield is our new nursery teacher; Miss Hindson and Mr Ingram are our two new GTP (Graduate Training Programme) student teachers in Miss Baitson's and Miss Atkinson's classes. We hope they will feel welcome to our school. Meanwhile, Miss Laybourne, our GTP student last year, is our new phase 2/3 teacher.

School Crossing Patrol Notice
We have been asked to inform you that the crossing patrol who works on the Beverley Road/Sculcoates Lane corner will not be back on duty until Monday 10th September.

Official Works' Hand Over!
This afternoon, our contractors: 'Sopers' and 'Bielby engineering' officially handed over the completed work to the windows and to the boiler plant. This marks the end of three years of work on repairing and repainting the windows. As a grade 2 listed building, the finished windows needed to look exactly the same as the original Victorian windows. Fortunately, we were able to have new opening and winding mechanisms fitted. You will also notice a new ariel on the top of the school chimney. This is a state-of-the-art lightning conductor to protect the school and the brand new boilers plant. We are hoping that the changes will make the building more energy and heat efficient, as well as preserving the 126 year old building.

3.9.12 & 4.9.12
Training Days 2012
The first two days of this week are staff training days. As well as a training schedule, staff are busy preparing the school for the new term. As the building and decorating contractors only finished their work and cleaned up after themselves, this week, it has been a tight schedule to get the school ready for pupils. Please note that school starts for pupils on Wednesday 5th September at 8.55am.



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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