Archive for June, 2005

24th June 2005

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Music Celebration

It was wonderful to see so many family members joining us to celebrate Music at Middle Street. It was so good to share with you the fantastic range of musical activities that the children have been experiencing in their music lessons with Mr Brazil. What an incredible performance it was from all of the children from Nursery to Year 6.

Well Done to Felix Haxby in Year 3, who has recently won a “Chess for Wizards” Tournament. Congratulations you are very clever.

200 years of Middle Street

The celebrations to mark this important event are being organised by a very hard working group of parent volunteers, and Mr Dyer, along with help from staff from the Museum Service.
The exhibition at Brighton Museum to celebrate the bicentenary will open on Tuesday 12th July, but there is a special “private viewing” for Middle Street children families and staff from 3.30 until 7.00 pm. on that evening.

A special competition is being organised for the children to design a symbol for Middle Street to represent the next 200 years, or to write a new motto. Details are coming home.


There will be a meeting at Starbucks on Wednesday 29th June at 9.15 am to discuss how the MSSA can contribute to the 200 year celebrations on 15th October.
The Bugsy Malone Film night was a tremendous success – lots of children enjoyed the film, and the bar did a roaring trade. Over £300 was raised to add to the £2000 already in the kitty for new adventure playground equipment.
Thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a successful event.

Athletics Championships

Did you see the photo in the Argus on Wednesday, showing some of the children with the medals they had won in the Athletics Championships? They won a superb total of 9 bronze, 19 silver and 10 gold medals! This haul included the very impressive gold, silver and bronze won by Harlem, Declan and David in the Open boys’ 800 metre run.

Year 2 Cake Sale

It’s time for another cake sale, outside on the main playground straight after school today – come and buy! All proceeds to MSSA funds.

Special EiC ICT event

Five children from our Year 5 have been working all day with children from a range of other schools on a special ICT project with Mr Dyer and Mrs Zadeh. They have been taking digital photographs and working on them back here at school. It all looks very interesting.

Abseil for CLIC

Four teachers from the school are taking part in a sponsored abseil down Peacehaven Cliffs on Saturday July 9th in aid of the charity CLIC. I will be doing it, so will Julie Aldous, Julie Layzell and Mick Brazil. We would really appreciate your support with sponsorship, as we need to raise at least £400 between us.
It will make it even more worthwhile if we can raise as much money as possible. CLIC have been very supportive to Kaia in Year 5 and her family during her treatment for leukaemia. Kaia will not be in school for a while, and this is a very practical way of showing our support and letting her know that we are always thinking of her. Thank you.

17th June 2005

Friday, June 17th, 2005


Bugsy Malone showing for one night only, not to be missed!
If you still haven’t bought your ticket, get along to the office now! Adults enter free children pay £2.50.
The evening begins at 6.00pm and ends at 8.30pm. Popcorn and drinks are included in the price of the ticket. ‘Moonshine’ will be on sale for grown ups at FAT SAMS playground bar. Bring a cushion or blanket to sit on. All organised for your delight by the MSSA.

Primary Schools Athletics Championships

Hurrah we came second in our group at the Athletics championships. The event took place at Withdean Stadium on Wednesday! We won 10 Gold medals, 19 Silver medals and 9 Bronze Medals. Well done to everyone who competed and thankyou Ms Busby and Mrs Walker for taking the children and to those parents who came along to support us.

Michael Cox

Michael Cox the author enjoyed his visit to Middle Street. The children enjoyed his storytelling and other workshop activities. He certainly had us all laughing with his lively stories. Michael’s workshops are part of a long list of activities designed to promote writing as a fun activity and will culminate in a whole school exhibition on the 11th July. Staff are also being encouraged to write to act as good role models for the children.

Performance Arts Workshops

Years 4, 5 and 6 were involved in performance arts workshops on Thursday, run by ‘Theatre Workshops in Schools’. The children took part in drama, dance and music activities. Everyone had a very busy and productive day as well as having lots of fun.
There are a few children who have not yet paid for the theatre workshop. Please send in a payment of £2 a.s.a.p. Thank you

Year 1 visit to Seaside

Year 1 had a very enjoyable visit to the seaside today. They spent their time doing observational drawings and having a general look and chat about Brighton seaside.

Music Celebration

We will be holding our usual yearly Music Celebration on Friday 24th June at 9.30. Do come along and listen to the children singing and playing instruments. Mr Brazil and the children have worked hard in preparation, for this not to be missed musical event.

Year 4 Assembly

Year 4 will be presenting their assembly to the school and the Year 4 parents on Monday. I just know it is going to be a fantastic assembly!

Year 2 Cake Sale…

will take place on Friday 24th June at 3.00pm. Cakes will be on sale in the main playground.


Nathan Davis-Winstanley for winning the Litter Bin Design competition. His design is going to be produced on a litter bin for our school. There were lots of runners up from Middle Street who will also receive a prize each. Well done to Nathan and all the runners up.

Rosa Steele has successfully completed a beginners Junior Climbing Wall course and has a certificate to prove it. Well done Rosa, we know who to ask now when we need to rescue our footballs from the school rooftops!

200 Years of Middle Street School

The exhibition at Brighton Museum to celebrate 200 years of Middle Street School will be opened on Tuesday 12th July. There will be a private viewing for Middle Street children, families and staff from 3.30 until 7.00.

Swimming Notice

Children now need to pay £1.50p to enter the swimming pool for their lesson on a Monday morning. At the moment this applies to Year3 who are swimming this half term.

Year 4 – Pyke House

Reminder for the final payment which is now due. Further details of the trip will follow on Monday.

Please find attached a special invitation to an event I think you will all want to attend. Please RSVP to ensure we provide enough cakes.

10th June 2005

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Cinema Night – Bugsy Malone

You really can not afford to miss this fantastic event arranged especially for you by the MSSA. Not only is there entertainment for the children allowing the adults to relax and chat but there’s popcorn and delicious beverages too! Wonderful!
Tickets are available at the office for the cinema night. The tickets cost £2.50 for children but entry is free for Parents and Carers!
Don’t forget to keep your ticket to enter the prize draw.

Write On

You will find attached to this Friday News a letter about our whole school focus on the enjoyment of writing. There will be lots of activities going on encouraging children to write. We have invited the author Michael Cox in to work with children and…. Well read the attached letter and find out all about this project and how you can get involved.

Year 3 Swimming

Year 3 begin their swimming lessons on Monday 13th June. Please meet Ms Busby at the Prince Regent at 8.45 am. Please wait at the entrance door with your child until Ms Busby arrives

Athletics Championships

Ms Busby has a busy week next week. As well as swimming with Year 3, Ms Busby will be taking a group of athletes from Years 5 and 6 to Withdean Stadium. The children will be competing with pupils from other schools in the Brighton Schools Athletics Championships. Good Luck to everyone competing.

Performance Arts Workshops

Years 4, 5 and 6 will be taking part in workshops on Thursday, covering a range of performance activities. Sounds like great fun for all our budding actors, dancers and musicians. Ms Whiting has organised the workshops which are run by ‘Theatre Workshops in Schools’. Ms Whiting says please ensure children are wearing suitable clothing as stated in the earlier letter.

Lost Property and Lunchboxes

We seem to have rather a lot of lost property and abandoned lunchboxes. It seems a shame that so much clothing etc is left unclaimed especially as some are expensive items. Please check the lost property basket regularly to help us keep the mountain of clothing etc under control.

Visit to Sussex University

A group of children visited Sussex University with Mr Dyer. They met a Nobel Prize winner and asked lots of questions as well as passing on some handy scientific hints to help him with his work. They were also involved in undertaking some interesting scientific experiments. The group were able to show just how very knowledgeable they are. All adults involved were very impressed with the children’s skills and understanding of scientific concepts. Well done to all!

Congratulations to…..

Ariel Matsui-Le Roy in Year 2 for gaining his Yellow Belt in Karate on 29th May. Well done Ariel!
Well done Sophie Walters, also in Year 2 for passing your Royal Academy of Dance Primary Classical Ballet exam, with merit.


Friday News

Please remember if your Friday News does not arrive home after school on a Friday that it is also available on the school website. A spare copy can also be collected from the office. All children are encouraged to ensure they pass on the Friday News to you on a Friday as it contains a lot of very important information. Many children arrived at school on our recent INSET day even though the INSET date had been given in at least 3 Friday News leading up to half term. So please remind your child to hand that Friday News over!

Thank you

I would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the many kind and supportive words I have received from you all since my appointment as Headteacher. I have been truly touched by the whole experience. I’m really looking forward to September and building on all the good work that makes Middle Street such a special place.