Archive for April, 2006

28th April 2006

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Year 3 Dancing at the Dome

Year 3 performed their dance at the Dome on Monday evening. Their performance was fantastic and very professional. They really enjoyed the evening and were a real credit to their parents and the school. Well done Year 3 and thank you Ms Busby, Ms Priestman and everyone else who helped the children with this wonderful dance.

Children’s Festival Parade

The parade is almost upon us. I can’t believe a year has flown by since the last one! Our theme is Brazilian food. The children have been busy making shakers and lots of palm trees have appeared all over the school. The children have made headwear for the day and should be dressed in yellow, green and orange and parents should dress in the same colours. If you really want to pull out all the stops you can dress as a piece of exotic Brazilian fruit. Mrs Purdy tells me Hennes sells cheap colourful T shirts.
Our flag number is 67 and we will assemble in Sydney Street, zone F at 10.30. The Samba band should arrive a little earlier at 10.15 to meet with Mr Brazil. Please can I remind you that all children should be accompanied by an adult as staff will not be responsible for the care and safety of children before, during and or after the parade.

Community Police Officer visiting

Our community police officer, WPC Lesley Owen will be visiting the school in the very near future. She will be talking with children in the infants and the juniors about keeping safe, looking after possessions and respecting the possessions of others. WPC Owen has also offered to security mark children’s mobile phones. She is planning to do this on the afternoon of Wednesday 7th June. Children who wish to have their phones marked need to know their postcode. I will remind the children nearer the time.

Holidays in Term Time

As you know there has been a lot of discussion in the press recently about parents taking children on holiday during term time. At Middle Street we try to be as flexible as possible but I have to remind you that children are really only allowed up to 10 days out of school for a holiday but even this should be avoided if possible. I completely understand the many reasons you have for taking children on holiday during term time but please can I ask you to think very carefully about when you take your holidays and also the length of the break. I sympathise with you but I am also accountable to the Local Education Authority for school absences. So I have to also take into account government legislation regarding requests for holidays during term time.

Bank Holiday

Please remember not to come to school on Monday as it is a Bank holiday and unfortunately I think it’s going to rain! School will reopen on Tuesday 2nd May.

Half Term

We finish for the half term break on Friday 26th May and reopen again on Tuesday 6th June as we have a teachers training day on the Monday.

21st April 2006

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Welcome Back

We hope you all had an enjoyable and restful Easter break. Did the Easter bunny leave lots of chocolate eggs for you? We have a busy term ahead of us which we are all looking forward to.

Easter Tea and Raffle

We all very much enjoyed the School Association’s Easter Afternoon Tea. They have raised £291.72. We still have some plates used for the tea, belonging to parents who helped on the day. Please come and collect yours from the Family Room.

Guess the Baby competition

It has been very amusing watching everyone trying to match the baby photos to members of staff. The children have been intrigued and even staff members have not been able to match everyone. There is still time to enter the competition. The prize is a box of chocolates.

Dance at the Dome

Our Year 3 children have been practising their stunning stomp style dance ready for their performance at the Dome on Monday evening.
Good Luck Year 3!

French Classes

You should have received a letter about after school French Classes beginning next week. If your child is interested in joining this class please let the office know as soon as possible. The cost is £40, which includes a CD to use at home.

Residential Trips Payment

Parents of Year 6 children who are going to Little Canada and haven’t paid up to date must do so now as we have to send off the payments to Little Canada.
Pyke House payments from Year 4 parents are also required. If you have any difficulty with payments please let me know.

Valuables in School

Please can I remind you of our school policy on children bringing valuable items in to school. Many children bring mobile phones and Gameboys to school, Tamagotchies (have I spelt that correctly, I wonder) are also very popular and precious to the owner. The Governors and staff, some time ago agreed that we would allow such items into school but only on the condition that parents and children understood that the school can not take responsibility for their safe keeping. Children are welcome to hand in their phones etc in to the office but many children chose not to do this. If something is really precious or valuable then our advice is to keep it safe at home.

Summer School Booklets

We have booklets available at the office detailing the Brighton and Hove Music and Performing Arts Summer School activities. Please come and collect one if you are interested.

Congratulations to…

Anna Rubinstein in Year 1 for achieving her 5 metre crawl, swimming certificate. Well Done Anna.
Ruby Webber in Year 5 for achieving her level 6 British Gymnastics Trampoline Award. Well Done Ruby.