The Stepney Star Daily Diary

End of the School Year

We have had another very busy year, full of highlights and hard work. We have many visitors into school and they always comment on the great atmosphere around Stepney. That is largely down to a key factor—Pupil, Parents and Staff working together. We are really proud of the support we have from our parents and we certainly enjoy those occasions when you are able to share time with us. Whether it is at our exhibitions, parents evenings, church services or other special events there’s always a wonderful feel in school and it gives everyone a buzz. Thank you for your support and we all hope you have a wonderful summer holidays.

Plastic Reduction & Healthy Packed Lunch

IMPORTANT FOR 2018-19: Please note that we are banning disposable plastic water bottles from our school in 2018-19. This is part of our big push to reduce our use of plastic in school. We will be building global awareness into many more areas of the curriculum. Pupils are still allowed to bring water bottles into school but these have to be ones they can reuse again. Also… we will be banning chocolate, crisps, sweets in packed lunches in 2018-19 plus no fizzy or energy drinks should be brought in . As part of a city-wide push to reduce obesity levels among children and young people and to promote healthier lifestyles, these items will NOT be allowed in pack lunches from September onwards. A

A Summer Read

This morning our year 4 class popped down to Hull Central Children's Library to choose some books for the summer. Everyone joined as members before making their selections. The pupils were also entertained by some circus performers. It was an ideal way to spend the last morning of the school year.

Attendance Matters

Today, we had our end of year attendance assembly, in which we gave certificates and badges to pupils with 100% attendance for the term. We had special medals for those who had been here every day for the whole year plus a special award for Deborah in year 6. She has not been absent during any point in the time she has been with us in Stepney. This is some feat and has only been achieved by three pupils in the last decade.

Wacky Wardrobe Certificate

We have received a certificate from Hull Children's University. This is to acknowledge the contribution we were able to make for their charity day. We all wore Wacky clothes to raise money for HCU. We love working with this wonderful organisation. They provide so many opportunities for our pupils and their staff are exceptional.

Welcome to the Bug Hotel

Year 2 have created a wonderful construction next to our new potting shed. They have made a bug hotel from an assortment of wood, slates and tiles. It's the ideal location for a bug vacation!

Calling Parents with Talents & Skills

This year, we have been delighted with parents who have volunteered to come into school to offer their services with their hidden talents. We have had a year 5 parent run a wonderful yoga course and another of our mums who did Henna art patterns on pupils' hands. Parents also have come in and sang their traditional songs. If you have a talent or skill, whether it be linked to art or music, cooking, science or any subject that you feel you would be willing to share with us, then please talk to us.

EYFS Graduation

Our Reception pupils had a wonderful afternoon with their graduation ceremony. With a hall packed with parents, friends and relatives, the pupils performed some of their favourite songs from the year. Mr Browning, attired in Head teacher mortar board & gown presented a graduation scroll to each pupil. We were then treated to a selection of songs from one of our very talented parents before everyone returned to the Reception class. With plenty of refreshments, it was chance for parents and pupils to share the work they have done this year. The room was packed! There was a great feeling of shared excitement. Many thanks to the staff for putting this on and to our parents and pupils. It was cer

Change of School Nurse

We had a special assembly this morning to say a big thank you and farewell to Mrs Starling our school nurse, who is retiring. Every class presented her with cards they had made and staff gave her gifts. Mrs Starling is continuing with her role as school governor. For many years now, the school nursing service has run a drop-in surgery every Wednesday morning. It is a service that our school buys into and is definitely one of the best things we do. Many pupils and parents have benefitted from the chance to speak to the nurse and get support and advice. Mrs Starling introduced Miss Walker, who will be replacing her in September. We were delighted to welcome her to Stepney.

Year 4 Egyptian Masks

Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed their Egyptian unit. They have produced many great outcomes all term including these death masks. They all looked amazing wearing them. There were quite a few surprised parents at home time when their children came out to great them in their masks.


This afternoon, all our classes swapped around so pupils spent an hour with their new teacher for September. They then undertook different activities which helped to introduce them to teaching staff.

Message from Hull CC: Building Sites are not Playgrounds!

Building sites are not playgrounds Hull City Council and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are asking children in Hull to play safely over the long summer holiday and not be tempted by areas awaiting demolition and the many building sites which are at the forefront of the city’s regeneration. Contractors take all reasonable steps to ensure that only authorised people are allowed onto a site when construction work is being carried out, and health and safety is embedded in the industry’s culture. Nevertheless every year in the UK children are injured, and even die, as a result of accidents on building sites. Thankfully there have been no casualties in Hull, and we want to keep it that way.

E-safety guidance for the game Fortnite

We have had some advice come through to us to pass on to parents. This is about the online game, Fortnite. Please click here to see a pdf guidance sheet which may be useful to parents. NB Please note that this school does not promote this game.

This week's British Values Ethos Theme

The British Values theme for this half term is 'Individual Liberty', which is another of the fundamentals of living in our country and a bedrock of British Society, as well as being one of the principal human rights. It is perhaps fitting that we finish our school year with the last of the celebratory world events being Nelson Mandela's International Day, a man who's life focussed around Individual Liberty.

Living With Water Events

Hull City Council is part of the Living with Water partnership - this partnership is all about awareness raising and looking at water management in a different way. The only way this will be successful is if we can work with children to help us promote. Yorkshire Water are organising a big obstacle race through the city later this year where each obstacle will have a water theme. Please find attached a leaflet promoting mini-events that will be happening the first week of the school holidays. It would be greatly appreciated if you can share this leaflet with parents.

Tri-Golf Tournament

Mr Jones and Mrs Desforges took our team of Tri-Golfers to the grand final tournament at Hymers' College this afternoon. In beautiful weather, our sports stars competed in a range of different golfing activities. We didn't win but certainly had a brilliant day out.

Attendance this week

The following figures show the percentage of pupils achieving 100% attendance for the week. Foundation Stage: 70% (9 pupils didn't have 100%) Year 1: 76.67% (7 pupils didn't) Year 2: 76.67% (7 pupils didn't) Year 3: 92.00% (2 pupils didn't) Year 4: 82.14% (5 pupils didn't) Year 5: 89.29% (3 pupils didn't Year 6: 93.10% (2 pupils didn't) Class Attendance The following figures show each class’s overall attendance figures for the week. Foundation Stage: 92.53% Year 1: 95.33% Year 2: 88.00% Year 3: 96.85% Year 4: 91.79% Year 5: 93.31% Year 6: 94.97% Our target is to have 96% attendance or greater. Our whole school average for this year is currently: 95.21%

Year 5 Henna Patterns

A parent of one of our year 5 pupils came into school this afternoon to create Henna designs on the hands of our pupils. This was part of their thematic unit on India, which has proven to be really popular.

The Hull fREADom Show - Circus Presentation

This afternoon, the Hull fREADom Quest 2018-school engagement came to Stepney. This is part of an initiative from Hull Libraries. The Summer holiday traditionally sees a dip in children’s reading, meaning some struggle to re-engage when they return to school in September. The Hull fREADom Quest encourages young people to keep on reading, challenging them to read 6 books in 6 weeks and complete 6 related adventures. Children who complete the Hull fREADom Quest will receive a certificate, pin badge and be invited to a special circus themed celebration event at Hull City Hall on the 23rd September The school with the most readers will receive £500 worth of books for their school library This ye

Show, Shields & Stars

This morning, our year 6 pupils gave another stunning performance of 'Oliver'. This was then followed by the traditional end of year 'Leavers' Assembly'. While Mr Morfitt presented Leavers' Certificates to each of our year 6 pupils, Mr Browning highlighted the individual talents and skills of each of them. The year 6 teachers, Mrs Brocklebank and Mrs Wilde then presented our six special school shields. The actual 'engraved' shields remain at school in our trophy cabinet but each pupil gets a souvenir shield to keep. Taylor was awarded the Shepherdson Shield for Behaviour; Cara, the Bradshaw Shield for Arts Muna, the Smith Shield for Achievement Deborah, the Playle Shield for Sports Courtney,

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