The Stepney Star Daily Diary

School Holiday - It's Whit Week!

Today, we break up for the half term holiday, known as Whit Week. We will be closed for the whole week plus the following Monday, as this is a staff training day. We wil reopen to pupils on Tuesday 4th June.

EYFS Alterations Stage 1

This year, we have been eager to improve our facilities for our youngest pupils. Already, we have secured funding for a complete revamp of our outdoor area for the Early Years Foundation Unit, but plans are not in hand for much-needed improvement inside. The first stage of this takes place over the half term holiday. The exisiting storage/office and disabled toilet area is being altered. Staff have cleared the stock room so that a new mezzanine floor may be constructed over this space. With an attached new stair case, we are having a brand new larger storage area built. Contractors will be constructing a frame to support this. Once this is complete, contractors will return over the summer to

Return from Africa

On a sad day, Miss Baitson bade farewell to Mrs Graham and her staff as she and the rest of the Hull teachers started their return journey back to the United Kingdom. Hopefully, it won't be too long before we meet up again. It has certainly helped to strengthen the bonds between our two school, out two cities and our two countries.

YHCLT Catering Takes Over Stepney Kitchens

We are excited to inform you that from the 1st June, we will no longer have our school meals cooked by Hull Catering but by our very own Academy Trust Catering team. The Yorkshire & the Humber Cooperative Learning Trust cooks will be serving a brand new range of menus. Here are the three new menus, which may also be seen on our dedicated webpage: Kitchen Menus.

Planting Stepney Seeds in Sierra Leone

Today, Miss Baitson has joined in with the Adeline pupils planting seeds that have been sent from Stepney pupils, parents and staff. All the teachers have then been evaluating a highly successful partnership project before final official farewells and thankyous, including even more stunning African costumes.

Trigolf Championship Qualifier Champions! @OneStopGolf

Today our pupils did Stepney proud, showing an incredible teamwork and determination to win their qualifying trigolf tournament, setting up an exciting day at the finals competition this June. Well done Stepney!

Live Video Stream to Sierra Leone

Miss Baitson and Mrs Graham took the two Adeliine International Pupil Councillors to Conforti School in Freetown today. This school has wifi connectivity so that we were able to have a live video link with Miss Baitson's class 4 back at Stepney. Many thanks go to our technician, Andy, who helped Mr Browning connect up. The line wasn't as clear as we'd hoped for, but it was still really exciting to be able to have this link.

Year 5 Learn How to Set Up a Museum

Year 5 visited the museums' quarter in Hull this morning to find about what you need to do to run a museum. They then looked at the Victorian exhibitions to get some ideas for setting up their own museum back at Stepney. Nicky Ellam, who led the session for us, said that "It was a pleasure having you all. Thank you for visiting our museum."

Practical Work on Plastic Pollution

Day Two has seen Miss Baitson looking at some alternative objects that you can grow plants in. She's started working on lessons that are all about reducing plastic in the oceans, combined with some creative & practical outcomes. Everyone agreed that today's work deserved a resounding seal of approval for thinking about reducing plastic and 'life below water' but then using it to make something aritstic. There was also plenty of time to hear a poignant story about a plastic bag, named Stanley and some great discussions about the damage humans are doing to the oceans.

Down at Densholme Care Farm

Reception have had a great day planting wheat, feeding chickens and stroking lambs when they visited Densholme Care Farm today. Having been to this farm for a few years now, we realise what a very special place it is. The staff there provides a friendly, caring farm catering for the young and old plus people with special needs. It is indeed a marvellous place.

Famous Brit of the Week #50 - David Hockney

Today's Famous Brits Assembly was about David Hockney and the presentation was by two of our year 6 pupils. David Hockney, OM, CH, RA (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. As an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Hockney has owned a home and studio in Bridlington and London, and two residences in California, where he has lived on and off since 1964: one in the Hollywood Hills, one in Malibu, and an office and archives on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.

New Classrooms at Adeline School in Freetown

Last year, Adeline staff were having work done on a new upstairs set of classrooms so one of the first things to see was how these have been finished. Miss Baitson is keen to start work with the Adeline teachers on projects around Sustainable Development. It's down to some hard work now for the teachers.

A Hearty Welcome Back to Adeline for Miss Baitson

Miss Baitson was welcomed back in true Sierra Leonian style, as she returned to Adeline School in Freetown. Mrs Graham's pupils made sure she received a rapturous greeting from the whole school.

British Ethos Theme & Growth Mindset Quote for the Week

Each week at Stepney, we have a theme, taken from one of our British Values. We also link these to PSHCE themes, whilst also considering different cultural celebrations and special days from around the world. This half term, our British Ethos theme is Individual Liberty. We are also a Growth Mindset School and have a quote each week, which we think about and award our Star of the Week awards for. We have combined our posters in our drive to reduce paper usage.

Welcome to Church in Sierra Leone

Just as Stepney's connections with our local priest and church are really strong, it is equally so in Sierra Leone. Eileen Graham, the head teacher of our partner school, Adeline is also a pastor at a church and they certainly gave Miss Baitson and her cluster group a very warm and colourful welcome.

Meeting Sierra Leonian Colleagues

Our group of Hull teachers have arrived safely in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. In this British Council-funded Global Partnerships project, teachers from both cities are working closely together on educational practices. This weekend, it has given the teachers time to meet with their colleagues again. They visited the British Council building in Freetown as part of the formal welcome.

Ready, Steady, Read Treat for Year 4

Year 4 have had a brilliant treat this morning. Along with pupils from six other schools who are involved with the Ready Steady Read organisation, they went to the Reel Cinema in St. Stephen's shopping centre to watch the new Dumbo movie. Ready Steady Read provide volunteer readers in schools. They do a brilliant job at our school and other partner schools. For each school, there was also a drawing competition. Lenya won it for Stepney and received a goody bag with a soft toy elephant (the Ready Steady Read Mascot). We are indebted to the kindness and generosity of this wonderful organisation. More details may be found about Ready Steady Read by clicking here or finding their website at http

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