Archive for March, 2005

18th March 2005

Friday, March 18th, 2005

Dinner Money

Please note that the cost of a school lunch will be £1.40 per day (£7 per week) when we return after Easter. Please pay any outstanding dinner money to the office by Monday. Thank you.

Year 6 Maths Magicians

Six children from Year 6 enjoyed a very challenging but fun-filled day of maths with pupils from 12 other schools at Falmer High School on Thursday.

Brazilian Football

Mrs Busby was very proud of our team who took part in a Year 5/6 Brazilian Football tournament on Wednesday at Sussex University. They did exceptionally well and their behaviour was a credit to the school. Nathan in Year 4 was part of the team, and the other players elected him captain for the tournament!

Bicentenary Exhibition Group

The next meeting of parents interested in preparing for our exhibit at Brighton Museum will be on Monday 21st March at 9.05 at the school. All welcome.

Year 3 Cake Sale

There were so many yummy cakes brought in for the cake sale today, I’m sure that lots of money will be raised, which is certainly a challenge for the other classes to do as well!

Easter Raffle

Please remember to bring in a donation of an Easter egg for the raffle, and to buy tickets at the office. The draw will be next Tuesday, so time is running out.

Year 3 Dancing at the Dome

We are very excited about the prospect of Year 3 children performing their beautiful Indian dance at the Dome on Monday evening. They had a dress rehearsal in assembly this morning, and they looked wonderful.
We are sorry that there has been a problem with the booking office regarding ticket sales, which has resulted in us having to change our performance from Tuesday night to Monday.

Big Foot Theatre Company

The children in Years 1 and 2 thoroughly enjoyed working with the Big Foot Theatre Company this week. There is an opportunity for your child to take part in some out of school sessions, please see a member of office staff if you need a letter about this.

Maths Problem Solving

The teachers have been planning some Maths problem solving activities for the last three days of term. The whole school will be busy next week trying to solve problems systematically.

Year 2 at Woods Mill

The spring weather came just in time for the children in Year 2 to really enjoy their day out at Woods Mill Country Centre, finding out about mini beasts, animal habitats and pond life.

Congratulations to…

Oscar Klein in Year 3 for gaining the Level 6 National Swimming Award.
David Board in Year 6 whose football team were runners up in a knockout cup final on Sunday.

Good luck to….

Ricky Swartz and Adhum Nayee who are performing with the Boy’s Hip and Breakdance group at the Dome on Tuesday evening.

Swimming finishes next Wednesday for Year 5. After Easter it will be the turn of Year 4 for half a term, followed by Year 3.

Public Service Strike

You may have heard in the media of a national strike by some public service workers next Wednesday, 23rd March. I am aware that some schools might be closed, but please note that this school will remain open on that day.

11th March 2005

Friday, March 11th, 2005

It’s Red Nose Day

There has been a lot of very bad hair around today, and some quite alarming clothes too! We should have raised a good deal of money for Comic Relief, if you haven’t made a donation, you can still leave money at the office on Monday.

DT Display

Hopefully, lots of you will have been in from 3.00 p.m. today to see some of the results of DT Week on display in the hall. The children had a lot of fun last week, and were able to develop their DT skills at the same time.

Middle Street School Association (MSSA)

There has been an amazing revival of the School Association, now known as MSSA. A newsletter will be coming home next week with the names of the class parent reps and an outline of some of the events planned for the rest of the year. Two important fundraisers are:
The Enormous Easter Egg Raffle
This will take the tried and tested successful formula – please send into the office donations of Easter Eggs, and raffle tickets will be on sale until the raffle is drawn on Wednesday 23rd March.
Year 3 Cake Sale – Next Friday 18th March
Please send in donations of cakes, biscuits and other goodies for a table sale next Friday. They don’t have to be home made, although if you are able to bake, than that would be great. This is for Year 3 this time, other classes to follow.

Cleaning / Odd Job Person Vacancy

We urgently need a cleaner for 2 hours, 2 days per week, Monday and Friday after school. The hourly rate is from £5.86. If you know anyone who could do this, and also carry out some odd jobs on a claims basis, please let Gill Brill in the office know.

Active Kids Vouchers

Mrs Busby has registered the school to accept the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers. Please send any that you collect to the office. Thank you.

Year 4 Pyke House Payments

The next instalment is now due; please make your payments to the office staff as soon as possible.

Big Foot Drama Workshop – Years 1 and 2

This exciting workshop next Wednesday morning is being funded through the school’s participation in the Excellence in Cities cluster.

Year 6 Brazilian Football Tournament

Some children from Year 6 will be going to Sussex University to take part in a Brazilian Football tournament next Wednesday after school.

Festival Parade Workshop

On Tuesday 15th March from 9.00 a.m. there will be the first workshop to prepare for the Children’s Parade. All parents and carers are welcome. The snake centrepiece for our Jungle Book theme will begin to take shape, do come along and join in with the fun.

Dates For Your Diary

School finishes on Wednesday 23rd March; the Easter holiday starts on Thursday 24th March. Children return to school on Monday 11th April.

And Finally….…

On a personal note, I would like to thank all of you who have congratulated me on my new appointment as Headteacher of Woodingdean Primary School from September, and also say how touched I have been by your kind comments.

4th March 2005

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Festival Parade Workshop

Come and join other parents and carers who are starting to make the snake centrepiece for our entry as The Jungle Book in this year’s Children’s Parade. It all begins on Tuesday 15th March at 9.15 a.m. in the hall. You don’t have to be particularly artistic, just willing to “muck in” – it is good fun and very sociable too!

Bicentenary Exhibition Group

We will be having the first meeting of the Middle Street Bicentenary Exhibition Group (MSBEG) on Monday 7th March in the library at 9.15 a.m. This is to help prepare for the school having a special collection exhibited in Brighton Museum to help celebrate 200 years of Middle Street School. The group will start by looking through some of the very old logbooks to see if there are any interesting “nuggets” of the school’s history to include in the exhibition. Please let the office staff know if you are interested, but can’t make that meeting.

Jubilee Library

On Tuesday, the children in Year 4 were lucky enough to be invited to the pre-opening celebrations at the brand new Jubilee Library. They were treated to a story telling session from the artist who created the wonderful ceramic story wall, and were able to browse around the superb new children’s library. They were shown, briefly, on the BBC South Today programme that evening, and were featured in a photograph in the Argus.
The new library is magnificent, and I know that all of your children will enjoy it, it is well worth a visit soon.

DT Week

Children throughout the school have been having great fun, getting active and working hard on their Design Technology activities this week. All classes have been exploring different design related themes, including a hands-on workshop in the hall today with lots of construction and problem solving activities.
There will be a chance for parents and carers to see some of the finished products from the week in a mini exhibition in the hall after school next Friday 11th March.

World Book Day Fun

We all had such a lot of fun on Thursday coming to school dressed as our favourite characters. There were lots of adult super heroes from the Incredibles around to make sure that everything was kept in order!
Mrs Layzell has set up a display of books from around the world in the entrance lobby to help everyone celebrate World Book Day. £1 World Book Day tokens are coming home with each child.

Parent Teacher Meetings Next Week

Hopefully you have all received your invitations to meet with your child’s teacher either next Tuesday 8th or Wednesday 9th March. If you have not returned your slip, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you.

Year 2 Music Workshop

Next Wednesday morning, 9th March, Year 2 children will experience a Music workshop with our Music advisor, Peter Walker.

Moving on

I hope that you received my letter informing you that I will be leaving Middle Street at the end of this school year, and taking up the Headship of Woodingdean Primary School from September. Of course, I will be very sad to go, but at the same time I am looking forward to a new challenge. Thank you for all your messages of support and good wishes so far – I still have nearly 5 months left here, and a lot to look forward to before I leave!