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

30.9.14
First Football Win of the Season
!
This evening, our team played Clifton Primary School. In two closely contested matches, the boys and girls in the team lost the first match 3 v 1 but won the second one by 3 goals to 2. Well done, everyone. It has not been easy losing all of our previous matches. Mr Dear and Mr Darwood reported that they battled hard today and deserved their win.

Second Day of Parents'/Carers' Consultation Days !
This afternoon, we had many parents coming into see the teachers who work in phase 1/2. Our staff were delighted to meet with the parents/carers and would like to thank everyone who visited them today.

29.9.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !
We have altered our Rainbow Writing Assembly to be on Mondays this year. This morning, Mr Browning presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Diana, Leon & Maria 
Phase 3/4: Maryam, Megan & Wiktor
Phase 5/6: Adam, Josh & Talal

Parents'/Carers' Consultation Days !
Today was the first of our consultations for parents. Miss Johnson (Nursery teacher) and Miss Hatfield (Reception teacher) had a great day meeting parents and discussing their pupils progress so far. Teachers do genuinely value these days. We always feel we learn a great deal more about the pupils and their parents from these meeting. Tomorrow, we have consultation slots for phase 1/2. 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.

26.9.14
Stars of the Week !
EYFS - Lenya
Phase 1-2 - Jack, Jakub
Phase 3-4 - Courtney, Kori & Muna
Phase 5-6 - Andy, Dominik & Lewis

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: 88.07%↓ (6 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 91.58%↑ (4 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 96.67%↑ (2 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 90.75%↓ (16 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: 96.67%↓
Phase 1/2: 97.45%↓
Phase 3/4: 96.29%↓
Phase 5/6: 99.17%↑
Whole School Average for the term so far: 96.92%↑↓
The first week's figure is higher than last week, and we have had a much better week across the school.

25.9.14
Extreme Environments !
Our year 5 and 6 pupils started the new school year's programme of assemblies with a brilliant performance this morning. They are studying a thematic unit entitled 'Extreme Environments' this autumn and have been reading and undertaking work on 'The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest'. The author and artist Lynne Cherry journeyed deep into the rain forests of Brazil to write and illustrate her gorgeous picture book. One day, a man exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree. While he sleeps, the forest's residents, including a child from the Yanomamo tribe, whisper in his ear about the importance of trees and how "all living things depend on one another" . . . and it works. Our pupils have delighted in reading this and enjoyed reciting it, acting it out and singing about it in assembly. It is certainly amazing how quickly children learn and remember when they are enjoying a unit and this morning's assembly was testament to this. Well done to everyone who took part.

Eco-School !
It is our aim to be as ecologically friendly as we can at Stepney. Year 6 always have a wide range of monitors for various jobs around the school. Pupils enjoy having the responsibility for different tasks. One of these is 'recycling monitor'. Two pupils are chosen to go around the school each week to collect the paper recycling boxes that are kept in each classroom. These are then emptied into the big recycling bin. As a school, we have also been looking at other ways of 'reducing' and eliminating wastage. We are replacing our system of colour printers with a 'networked' colour photocopier/printer system, which should use considerably less ink and cartridges. The system is much more efficient, cost effective and reduces waste. Two new machines are on their way from the Netherlands and should be with us next week.

Football Match Results !
Our footballers are still working on achieving their first win of the season. This evening, they played against Collingwood Primary in two matches, losing the first one narrowly by 2 goals to 1, then the second by 4 goals to nil. That elusive victory is getting nearer with the boys and girls in the team getting used to playing as a team.

24.9.14
Mighty Maths Winners !
This morning, Mr Cameron presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Alex, Dominik & Krysztof
Phase 3/4: Liya, Megan
Phase 5/6: Rifath, Saimah & Sinead

23.9.14
PE Kit and Footwear Reminder !
We have been delighted with the response from the vast majority of parents and carers to our PE kit request. This year, we have altered our PE procedures by requesting that pupils bring their PE kits to school on Monday so they have them at school all week and are ready to undertake PE activities. As well as looking really good with everyone wearing the same kit, it enables more pupils to take part in exercise and games activities. It is a legal requirement of schools to provide PE each week and it does form a major part of our school ethos to educate pupils in keeping themselves fit and healthy. We view it as important as developing English and Maths skills.
Many thanks to those who provide appropriate footwear. Trainers are the best footwear for PE as they give proper support for feet and subsequently legs. Some pupils are still coming to school without the correct footwear for PE and this is making it really hard for them to participate properly.
As the days are beginning to get colder, pupils may bring black tracksuit bottoms for PE outdoors.

22.9.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !
We have altered our Rainbow Writing Assembly to be on Mondays this year. This morning, Mr Browning presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Jakub, Keyshia & Matthew
Phase 3/4: Brooke, Cara & Madiha
Phase 5/6: Bartek, Connor & Morgan

19.9.14
Ellie & the Cancer Trust !
Ellie in year 6 has chosen to have her long hair cut off on 23rd September to donate it to be made into a wig for children suffering from cancer. This is with a charity called ‘Little Princess Trust’. Any sponsors or donations would be gratefully appreciated, if anyone wishes to support Ellie in this. Donations may be made online at www.justgiving.com/EllieRoseBlount-Fory

Stars of the Week !
EYFS - Auste & Jalema
Phase 1-2 - Blake, Kayleigh & Kian
Phase 3-4 - Glebs, Micelle & Michal
Phase 5-6 - Kacper, Lewis & Zuzanna

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: 93.33%↑ (2 pupils didn't achieve 100%) 
Phase 1/2: 94.82%↑ (3 didn't) 
Phase 3/4: 91.49%↓ (5 didn't) 
Phase 5/6: 96.48%↑ (3 didn't) 
Whole School Average: 94.03%↑ (13 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: 97.33%↑
Phase 1/2: 98.96%↑
Phase 3/4: 97.39%↓
Phase 5/6: 97.78%↑
Whole School Average for the term so far: 96.68%↑
The first week's figure is higher than last week, and we have had a much better week across the school.

Choir Club
One of our most successful after-school clubs has been Mrs Rice’s choir, who have performed brilliantly at many community and city events. This was missed off the list of clubs that was sent out. Our apologies go out for the omittance of this. This will take place on Tuesday evenings.

18.9.14
Year 6 Secondary School Letters !
May we remind parents/carers of our year 6 pupils. You should all have letters regarding the secondary school choices for your son/daughter. To help you get your first choice of school, it is imperative that you complete the form and return it to us as soon as possible.

17.9.14
Parents'/Carers' Consultation Days !
We would like to invite parents and carers to a PARENTS’ Day on the week beginning Monday 29th September 2014. There will be 10 minute slots, during which you’ll have chance to talk to your child’s teacher.
As usual it gives you that vital chance to find out how well your child is doing and his/her targets.

Mighty Maths Winners !
This morning, Mr Cameron presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Diana, Jaylen & Klaudia
Phase 3/4: Ellis, Hassan & Jagoda
Phase 5/6: Adam, Bartek & Natalia

16.9.14
Francis Askew Football Match!
Our school football team played two matches against Francis Askew Primary tonight. Mr Dear reported that although they lost both matches, the team played much better than in the first two matches of the season. It has been great to see how they have progressed. We just need extra practice and more competitive matches to play in. Well done to all concerned.

Curriculum Maps!
We have distributed Curriculum Maps to parents and carers. These give details of the thematic units being taught this term. These tie in with the revised national curriculum. To see copies of these, please click on this link.

15.9.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !
We have altered our Rainbow Writing Assembly to be on Mondays this year. This morning, Miss Atkinson presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Dominik, Martyna, Maria & Xia
Phase 3/4: Karolina, Maliik & Malika
Phase 5/6: Honya, Lennon & Oskar

12.9.14
Stars of the Week Winners !
Foundation Stage: Shania & Toby
Phase 1/2: Darrel, Martyna & Tallulah
Phase 3/4: Cara, Lucas
Phase 5/6: Shaheed, Robert

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: 88.16%↓ (7 didn't)
Phase 3/4: 95%↑ (3 didn't)
Phase 5/6: 87.96%↓ (7 didn't)
Whole School Average: 89.45%↓ (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: 91.94%↓
Phase 1/2: 97.15%↑
Phase 3/4: 98.67%↑
Phase 5/6: 94.76%↑
Whole School Average for the term so far: 94.58%↑
The first week's figure is higher than last week, must we need this to improve.

11.9.14
New House Captains !

This morning, we had one of our special assemblies. This was to choose this year’s house captains. All the candidates gave a speech they had prepared and the other pupils in the school voted for them. The results were as follows:
Johnson House - Lauren & Shaheed
Pearson House - Ellie & Shane
Sullivan House - Hollie & Patryck
Wilberforce House -  Jessica & Max
Congratulations to these pupils and thanks to the other candidates.

10.9.14
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Warcup !
We are delighted to announce that Mrs Warcup and her husband are celebrating the birth of a daughter this evening at 10.51pm. Our very best wishes for health and happiness go out to the family.

Mighty Maths Winners !
This morning, Mr Cameron presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Harvey & Tallulah
Phase 3/4: Alanta, Bartek & Helin
Phase 5/6: Abigayle, Ellie & Max

First Football Matches of the New School Year !
Tonight, our football team played Adelaide. Our team played well but unfortunately lost the first game 5 v 2 and the second one 7 v 1. We were delighted to see David, one of year 6 players from last year cheering us on!

9.9.14
Holidays & Fines!
We have to remind everyone about the fines procedures for absences from school. If a pupil is taken out of  school during term time for a holiday, it is the school policy not to authorise this. If a parent/carer decides to do this, s/he or they are likely to incur fines, issued from the Local Authority. For 10 or more sessions (a session is defined as being either a morning or an afternoon), the fine is worked out as £60 per pupil and £60 per parent/carer of that pupil. For example: if there are two pupils and two parents then this would be £60 x 2 pupils + £60 x 2 parents = £60 x 4 = £240.
It is imperative that pupils do not miss time for holidays during the term time to ensure they continue to make progress.

8.9.14
Rainbow Writing Winners !
We have altered our Rainbow Writing Assembly to be on Mondays this year. This morning, Miss Atkinson presented the following winners' work to the rest of the school:
Phase 1/2: Kamil & Xia
Phase 3/4: Ahmad, Michal & Zara
Phase 5/6: Kerry, Klaudia & Patryc

5.9.14
A Revamp to the Friday Morning Awards Assembly !
Owing to the increased number of teaching groups that we have this year, we have revamped our Friday morning awards assembly. If we had kept our previous system, it would have meant the awards assembly would have taken over valuable teaching time, so we are having a Star of the Week Awards only each week. This will give us more time to look at the work that each recipient has done. As the teaching groups are considerably smaller than last years' classes, more pupils will be receiving their Star of the Week Awards.

Stars of the Week Winners !
Foundation Stage: Barbara & Sofia
Phase 1/2: Dylan, Keyshia & Pijus
Phase 3/4: Amira, Lilenana & Patrycja
Phase 5/6: Chloe, Sakila & Scott

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.
Foundation Stage: 93.33% (2 pupils didn't achieve 100%)
Phase 1/2: 91.58% (5 didn't)
Phase 3/4: 91.4% (5 didn't)
Phase 5/6: 89.81% (6 didn't)
Whole School Average: 91.53% (18 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: 95.69%
Phase 1/2: 92.04%
Phase 3/4: 93.91%
Phase 5/6: 92.45%
Whole School Average for the term so far: 93.52%
The first week's figure is much lower than we expected. However, the first week is always difficult as there are some pupils, who we expected to be at school, who have not returned after the summer holidays. This usually happens for different reasons. Once we've finished the second week, we are able to gleam a more accurate view of who is on roll and who isn't.
Overall, the final attendance for the last whole school year was 95.40%. Our target had been to achieve 96%, a figure we have never come near reaching in the past, so the fact that we came so close to achieving this shows that the new practices we put in place have had a considerable effect. We have set a target of 97% this year.

Golden Time
We are continuing to hold our ‘Golden Time’ session for pupils at 2.45pm every Friday. This is aimed at rewarding pupils for hard work during the week. One of the criteria for pupils being able to access the activities during this time is not to have had 2 detentions during the week. We have had a number of pupils who end up in detentions on a regular basis and we believe this will be an incentive for better behaviour on their part. Last year, this scheme proved successful but we are still looking to reduce the numbers who are given detention. Ofsted were impressed by the excellent behaviour and learning attitudes of our pupils and agreed that our good behaviour strategies were particularly effective and positive.

Dinner Money Reminder
May we remind you that dinner money needs to be handed into the class teacher each Monday for banking purposes. School Dinners cost £1 each day, apart for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The government has brought in universal free school meals for these children.

4.9.14
Positive PE Start from Year 6!
After our reminders about bringing the correct PE kit yesterday, our year 6 pupils set a good example to the rest of the school, coming in their school PE kit. It certainly looks much better to see a class in the Stepney colours. Well done to these pupils.

3.9.14
PE Kit & Letters !
Please may we remind everyone that all pupils need to have the school PE kit of plain white T shirt and red shorts. This year, we are requesting that pupils bring their PE kit in on Monday and leave it in school all week so it is available at all times. In addition to their designated PE lesson, there may be other occasions when they will need a PE kit.
The PE kits may be purchased quite cheaply either from the school office or at shops such as Boyes, Asda, Tesco.
All pupils will be expected to take part in PE, unless they have a letter from home supporting a genuine illness or other reason. 

School Nurse !
Our school nurse, Mrs Metcalfe will continue to be in school on Tuesday mornings. If you wish to see her about any medical issue, then please contact the school so an appointment may be arranged, or pop to the school office on Tuesday mornings.

2.9.14
Welcome Back !
We hope that everyone has had an enjoyable and relaxing summer holidays. We are certainly starting the new year on a high following another successful school year in 2013-2014 with a super Ofsted inspection and an even better set of SATs results in years 2 and 6 as well as brilliant
performances from all year groups. This is due to the hard work,
determination and pride from adults and children that truly upholds our motto of ‘A Small School with Great Expectations.’ However, we are not content to 'sit on our laurels'. Staff have been working hard to prepare for the new school year; we have had a holidays free from contractors and the accompanying upheavals that this causes. Instead, the school has been thoroughly cleaned and is looking tidy and ready for use.
There has been work done to the fire escape. All the paint has been scraped off so that safety experts could check that the metal work was in good condition then it has been repainted. We have also had a tree in the staff car park removed as it had become quite a nuisance, particularly with the sap from it, which was causing damage to cars' paintwork.

Staff Changes !
We are delighted to welcome two new faces to our teaching staff: Miss Sarah Stephenson and Miss Jasmine Johnson are two teachers who are joining the school to teach in phase 1/2 and nursery, respectively. Two staff weddings took place during the holidays. Miss Laybourne has now returned in September as Mrs Smart and Mr Ingram also tied the know with his fiance. Both enjoyed great weather on their special days, despite adjacent days being rainy!

Phone Numbers & Contact Details
Please inform us of any changes to your phone numbers of addresses. It is vital that we can contact parents and carers in the case of an emergency.

Attendance
Last year, In our bid to improve attendance, our attendance officer Mrs Purkins and attendance assistance, Miss England kept everyone informed with the latest statistics, including the a line graph which showed how the year's figures compare with the previous one's. Please click here to see the final graph of the year. We are aiming to improve on this with a new target of 97% attendance. May we remind everyone that good attendance and punctuality are crucial factors in helping pupils to progress and raise their attainment. It prepares them for future attitudes in the workplace. Obviously, everyone is ill from time to time, so please let the school know as soon as possible if your child is not well enough to come to school.

1.9.14
Staff Training Today!
May we remind you that school opens for pupils tomorrow. Today is one of the five training days that are allocated to schools to use in any school year. Details of the other days plus the school calendar may be viewed by clicking on the 'Events & Dates' tab at the top of this page.

   

 

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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