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The Stepney Star Daily Diary
Here is the News...
September 2015

30.9.15
Donations Start Coming

Following on from yesterday's assembly, a number of pupils have started bringing in food produce for our Harvest Festival. Many thanks to them and their parents for helping us to kick-start this appeal.

Curriculum Maps !
Each of the phase groups produces a 'Curriculum Map' at the start of a new thematic unit to give pupils and parents an overview of what will be taught. These are given out at school but pdf versions are also available by clicking on the links below. These may also be accessed from the tab at the top of our website marked 'The Curriculum':
Early Years Foundation Stage - Curriculum Map Autumn 2015
Phase 1-2 - Curriculum Map Autumn 2015
Phase 3-4 - Curriculum Map Autumn 2015
Phase 5-6 - Curriculum Map Autumn 2015

29.9.15
Harvest Festival Donations

During today's assembly Mr Browning was joined by Father Malcolm to talk to our pupils about an annual festival that is always dear to our hearts at Stepney. This Thursday, the Foundation pupils will be presenting their Harvest Festival class assembly. This is starting our Harvest Festival celebrations and associated work. As part of this we would be grateful if you would spare some food produce to send into school before the end of next week. If everyone brought in a couple of items, such as some tins or packets of produce then we would be able to make a good collection. This will then be distributed to local residential homes in the area. 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. It is always very much appreciated and we usually have a tremendous response from the school.

28.9.15
Mighty Maths

This week's winners were as follows:
Year 1 - Fauste
Year 2 - Dominik
Year 3 - Non this week due to swimming lessons
Year 4 - Didi
Year 5 - Piotr
Year 6 - Klaudia

25.9.15
Fantastic Football Result
Tonight, our footballers went with Mr Ingram and Mr Jones to Collingwood Primary to secure two away wins. Mr Ingram reported that our team was much improved from last week's matches and thoroughly deserved to win 4 v 1 and 1 v 0. Both teams played in the spirit of the game and it was great to see all the players enjoying their football.

Phase Assemblies
The first of our autumn phase assemblies takes place next week, with the Nursery and Reception classes leading us with a Harvest Festival Assembly.

Stars of the Week
This week's winners are:
EYFS  Jacob
Year 1  Harley
Year 2  Martyna
Year 3  Dylan
Year 4  Vaishali
Year 5  Ahmad
Year 6  Julia

24.9.15
Governors Needed
In a few weeks time we will be having the first of our Full Governing Body meetings for the school year. There are three of these each year: one in each term. The Governors listen to a termly report by the head teacher and also discuss items and make decisions affecting the school. Some governors also take part on committees relating to personnel, financial and curriculum matters. The minimum a governor is expected to do is to attend the termly full governing body
meetings. We pride ourselves on being a friendly group and we would be grateful for more parent governors to become involved. If you would like to take  become involved, please speak to Mr Browning or our Chair of Governors, Mr Morfitt (who may be contacted via the school office).

23.9.15
Rainbow Writers

This week’s winners are:
Year 1 - Kawther
Year 2 - Esther
Year 3 - Labiba
Year 4 - Non due to swimming
Year 5 - Madiha
Year 6 - Lewis

22.9.15
St. Stephen's Visits!

For our year 1 pupils yesterday, and our year 2 pupils this morning, they have enjoyed some brilliant visits to the Tesco store in St. Stephen's shopping centre for activities including wonderful bread making, watching fish being filleted, lorries being unloaded and looking at the large deep freezers they have. It was well worth the walk down and the pupils were excited to be plaiting their bread rolls. They smelled delicious!

21.9.15
Mighty Maths!

This week's winners are:
Year 2  Kamil
Year 3  Tallulah
Year 4  Franek
Year 5  Reece
Year 6  Dominik

18.9.15
Stars of the Week

This week's winners are:
EYFS  Delan
Year 1  Yu Hau
Year 2  Zelan
Year 3  Jakub
Year 4  Glebs
Year 5  Denver
Year 6  Dominik

Attendance Figures 
We are aiming to raise the attendance levels from last year. Compared with 2014, we have reduced the number of persistent absentees i.e. those who miss 15% or more of the school year to only 5 pupils. We were disappointed to be hit by a wave of illnesses in the spring term, which brought down our attendance lower than the previous year. Once again, we are making this one of our main priorities. As always, we are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100%
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%)  
Year 1: 86.20%↓ (4 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 89.65%↓ (3 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 92.30%↓ (2 pupils didn't)
Year 4: 93.33%↑ (2 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 100%↑
Year 6: 81.48%↓ (5 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 90.89%↑(18 didn't have 100% attendance)  

Class Attendance !
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%↓  
Year 1: 94.48%↓
Year 2: 94.48%↓
Year 3: 97.50%*↓
Year 4: 96.67%↑
Year 5: 100%*↑
Year 6: 93.33%↓
Whole School Average: 94.77%↑
*=classes with 97% or more were rewarded with attendance vouchers

17.9.15
International Pupil Council Starts Up Again

This afternoon, Mr Browning took our two IPC representatives from year 6 - namely Dominik & Lewis to Thorseby Primary School for the first meeting this school year of this council. Originally set up by Mr Browning and Mr Mason (in Sierra Leone) it is made up of students from schools in the city that have links with schools in Freetown. Last year, we had planned for Miss Northen to visit Freetown but all visits were stopped, due to the Ebola crisis over there. It is not envisaged that exchange visits will resume for a while. However, the good news for our friends in Freetown is that their schools started back in the summer. They had been closed during the Ebola crisis to help prevent the spread of the virus. Today's meeting was particularly important as it felt as though we are now starting afresh with our links with this African nation and helping to support them as their education system gets back into action. We had a really interesting and productive meeting as pupils got to know each other and plan for the rest of the year.

Football Match Results
Our footballers played two matches against Francis Askew Primary School. They lost one match 3 v 1 and the other by 4 v 0. The scores were disappointing but our team tried really hard and battled throughout against a good opposition.

16.9.15
Parents' Consultations

We have decided to have a change from the usual timing of our parents' consultation evenings. We usually have it at the end of September but have decided to wait until after the half term holiday. By this time, we will have more pupil work and a more accurate picture of how they are doing according to the New Age Related Expectations. As you may recall, the old-style levelling system has now gone and each year group is working to their own set of end-of-year expectations. For example: year 3 have a set of expectations that all children of this age group should achieve. Once again, we have decided to stagger the consultations over the week to make it easier for parents who have more than one child in school and to give parents more chance to have their preferred time slot. We hope this will make this much better. Further details and booking forms will be sent out nearer the time.
Monday 9th November   - Nursery & Reception - Miss Hatfield & Mrs Warcup
Monday 9th November   -  Phase 3/4 - Miss Baitson/Mr Dear & Mr Ingram
Wednesday 11th November - Phase 1/2 Mr Cameron & Mrs Smart
Wednesday 11th November - Year 5 Miss Atkinson/Ms Saint
Thursday 12th November - Year 6 Mrs Brocklebank/Mrs WildeRB/KW (PB's office)

15.9.15
Change of Dates

Apologies for this. Last week we announced the class assembly dates for this term but we've already had to make a slight alteration. Owing to class visits next week, we now feel it is not really giving our year 1 and 2 classes chance to get enough things ready for their class assembly, next week. The new date is Thursday 22nd October.

14.9.15
Swimming Lessons Start for Year 4

Miss Baitson and Mr Morfitt took our year 4 pupils to Ennerdale Leisure Centre this morning for the start of a fortnight of swimming lessons. There were a number of pupils who can't swim but they all enjoyed their first session.

New Sports Clubs
In assembly this morning, Mr Ingram outlined the new after-school sports clubs. On Monday, there will be a Hockey club for years 4, 5 & 6; Tuesday is Football Club night for years 4, 5 & 6; Wednesday is for Netball/Basketball for years 4, 5 & 6; there is a Multi-Skills club for years 1, 2 & 3 on Thursday and a Dodgeball club on Friday nights for years 1-6. Forms will be going out this week and pupils need to return the slips to school.

11.9.15
Attendance Figures
 
We are aiming to raise the attendance levels from last year. Compared with 2014, we have reduced the number of persistent absentees i.e. those who miss 15% or more of the school year to only 5 pupils. We were disappointed to be hit by a wave of illnesses in the spring term, which brought down our attendance lower than the previous year. Once again, we are making this one of our main priorities. As always, we are grateful for the efforts that parents/carers are making to get their children to school. It gives them continuity in the classroom and really helps their learning.
Please click here to see the line graph which shows the attendance patterns.
http://www.stepney.hull.sch.uk/proudparents/proudparentslogo.jpg

Those Pupils with 100%
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: 96.55%(1 pupil didn't achieve 100%)  
Year 1: 89.65% (3 pupils didn't)
Year 2: 95.40% (2 pupils didn't)
Year 3: 96.42% (1 pupil didn't)
Year 4: 86.20% (4 pupils didn't)
Year 5: 78.57% (6 pupils didn't)
Year 6: 92.59% (2 pupils didn't)
Whole School Average: 90.77% (19 didn't have 100% attendance)  

Class Attendance !
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: 98.33%*  
Year 1: 97.41%* 
Year 2: 95.69%
Year 3: 98.21%*
Year 4: 91.67%
Year 5: 84.48%
Year 6: 96.30%
Whole School Average: 94.55% 

Stars of the Week
This week's winners were as follows:
EYFS  Brandon
Year 1  Fausta
Year 2  Sofija
Year 3  Lottie
Year 4  Deborah
Year 5  Samiyah
Year 6  Abigayle

10.9.15
New House Captains
In today's assembly pupils split up into their houses. They listened to candidates from year 6 and then voted for this year's House Captains.The results were as follows:

Johnson House
Honja & Jacob

Pearson House
Joshua & Klaudia

Sullivan House
Edwin & Seraphimna

Wilberforce House
Bartek & Karleena

ASDA Cheque
Last term, we applied to have one of the donation boxes at our local Beverley Road ASDA store. We were delighted to hear that we had the most votes and Tina Smales came from the store to present us with a cheque for £200. This went straight into the School Fund so it can be used for the pupils. Many thanks to everyone who supported us in this cause by putting tokens in the boxes.

Events for the Year - Important Dates
The following is the latest list of events for the year. More will be added and dates may be changed. These will be kept up-to-date by clicking on the events tab on the website or click here.

Year 4 Swimming Lessons
Every day from Monday 14th September 2015 - Friday 25th September 2015

Autumn Term Assemblies
24th September 2015 - Phase 1 & 2
1st October 2015 - EYFS Harvest Festival
8th October 2015 - Phase 3 & 4
15th October 2015 - Phase 5 & 6

Autumn Term Exhibitions
12th November 2015 - EYFS
19th November 2015 - Phase 1 & 2
26th November 2015 - Phase 3 & 4
3rd December - Year 5
10th December - Year 6

Christmas Productions
14th December - EYFS
15th December - Phase 1 & 2
16th December - Phase 3 & 4
18th December - Christmas Service at St. Mary's Church

Spring Term Assemblies
14th January 2016 - Attendance Awards for the Autumn term
21st January 2016 - EYFS
28th January 2016 - Phase 1 & 2
4th February 2016 - Phase 3 & 4
11th February 2016 - Phase 5 & 6

Spring Term Exhibitions
3rd March 2016 - Phase 1 & 2
10th March 2016 - EYFS and Phase 3 & 4
17th March 2016 - Year 5
24th February 2016 - Year 6

Summer Term Assemblies
21st April 2016 - Attendance Awards for the Spring term
28th April 2016 - EYFS
5th May 2016 - Phase 1 & 2
12th May 2016 - Phase 3 & 4
19th May 2016 - Phase 5 & 6

Summer Term Exhibitions
23rd June 2016 - EYFS
30th June 2016 - Phase 1 & 2
7th July 2016 - Phase 3 & 4
14th July 2016 - Attendance Awards for the Summer term & Whole School Year

Year 6 Summer Production !
Tuesday 12th July 2016 at 6pm
Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 9.30am + Leaver's Assembly

9.9.15
An Historic Day
In the whole school assembly today, we celebrated the remarkable milestone that Queen Elizabeth II has reached today, in becoming the longest reigning monarch in British History. Mr Browning recalled the proud day when he and Oskar, a year 6 pupil, were invited to a royal banquet at Hull City Hall and actually met the Queen. A BBC Radio Humberside interview with Mr Browning from 2009 has been rebroadcast today. Click here to see photos taken at this event.

PE Kits & School Bags
Many thanks to those parents who have already sent their children in school uniforms with school PE kits as well. May we ask that all pupils wear the plain white T shirts and red shorts that form our PE kit.
We have also had some pupils asking if they may bring other bags and handbags to school in addition to their reading bags and PE kit bags. We have limited storage space in our school so we are asking all pupils to limit what they bring to the reading and PE bags.

Swimming Lesson for Year 4
Letters have been sent out tonight to parents of year 4 pupils. Their swimming lessons begin next week.

8.9.15
Welcome Back
It was great to see everyone back at school today following a very long summer holiday. All our pupils looked really smart in their school uniforms and they all started with excellent learning attitudes.

Phone Numbers
We realise this message goes out all the time but please will you let us know if any of your telephone numbers or your home address has changed during the last few months. We often have difficulty contacting parents and sometimes we need to get in touch with people immediately. Although we regard our school as a very safe environment, accidents do happen and we have had to take pupils to hospital without being able to get in touch with parents. This can obviously be worrying for parents when none of their contact phone numbers work and we can't locate them until when they come to school at home time!

Free School Meal & Pupil Premium Letters 
As the new school year has just started, we would like to remind you about registering for Free School Meals for your child/ren. The school receives Pupil Premium funding for all pupils who are accepted for Free School Meals, to support learning and welfare needs within school. This year, for every child who is accepted to have Free School Meals, we will be supplying them with a free school sweatshirt and free book bag. Please visit the school office for a form and then return it to the address given on the top of the form. In this way, we will be sent the list of who has been granted Free School Meals. 
Once we have confirmation that you have been accepted for a free meal, you can claim your sweater and  book bag from the school office. If you have any queries regarding this, or with help to fill out the form, then please contact our school office.

7.9.15
Welcome Back - Schools Starts Tomorrow for Pupils
On behalf of everyone at Stepney, we hope you have all had an enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday. As always, we have another busy year ahead of us at school. Today is a training day for staff so school begins in earnest for pupils tomorrow morning!
Just to remind you, we have had a few staffing changes:
Miss Kerry Webb is our new Nursery Nurse; Mr Dear is training to be a teacher under the 'Schools Direct Initial Teaching Training' programme, which is a workplace-based course, and will be working with Miss Baitson in year 4.
We have appointed Mr Sam Jones, from Andrew Marvell School as our new PE coach in the afternoons and he will be working with year 5 pupils in the classrooms during the mornings.

Building Work and Other Changes this Summer
If you have been passing the school through the holidays, you may have noticed contractors and scaffolding around the school. The school was completed in 1886 so some of the 129 year old bricks had worn considerably. We have therefore had over 800 square metres of repointing to the school building and boundary walls plus 500 bricks replaced. They have re-rendered a section of north facing boundary wall (behind the bicycle racks) and cleaned 23 fallpipes including removal of moss etc from brickwork. The colour match of old and new bricks has been successful and fulfills the requirements for this grade 2 listed building.


Internally, we have had the lighting changed. Over the last year, it has been increasingly difficult to acquire the flourescent bulbs for our lighting. Basically, they have stopped making them, so Mr Foston has been relying on our reserve store! These have now been replaced with brighter, LED lights, which last longer, are more economical and actually will save us money in the future. As our rooms have really high ceilings, maintenance is difficult. Scaffolding has to be erected just to change bulbs and diffusers (i.e. the casing around these). The longevity of the new lights will ease this issue!
Pupils will also note that we have replaced the entire ICT suite with new, slimmer, faster-working machines. These use 'Thin Client' technology which basically means each pc doesn't need it's own hard drive but has a virtual drive housed within the main school server. This cuts down on hardware problems and increases efficiency and speed! The old machines were becoming irritatingly slow!
During September, we will be having discussions and planning meetings for some radical alterations to the school, which will hopefully take place during this next academic year. Watch this space for more updates on this!

 

   

 

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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