Archive for October, 2006

20th October 2006

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Halloween Disco

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the School Associations Halloween disco from the school office. The disco will be in the school hall on Tuesday 31st October from 3.15 until 4.15. There will drinks and snacks available including tea and coffee for the grown-ups. The DJ will be giving prizes for the best Halloween fancy dress and for the grooviest dancers so start practising those Strictly Come Dancing moves!

Black History Assembly

Key Stage 2 children very much enjoyed listening to 3 speakers in assembly on Thursday. They told the children how their families, who originated from Africa and the Caribbean came to England and then eventually to Brighton. The 3 speakers who come from a traditional background of storytelling captivated the children with their stories of new beginnings. They encouraged the children to imagine how it must have felt to arrive in a strange country with different traditions and cold weather! Our current PSHE topic: New Beginnings links well with the stories of our visitors and we have encouraged the children to ask their Parents and Carers to share their stories of how their families came to live in Brighton.

Parents Consultation Evening

Thank you to all those parents/carers, who attended Parents Evening. If for any reason you were unable to make either of the evenings please let the class teacher know and arrange another time to meet.

Cinema Visit

Years 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6 have all enjoyed visits to the cinema this week. Years 1 and 2 saw ‘Over the Hedge’, 3 and 4 saw ‘Ice Age’ , and 5 and 6 saw ‘Thief Lord’ which they were very excited about seeing. Many of the year 5 and 6 children have also read the book.

Bike It

Gary Ship, our Bike It representative, will be running a Bike First Aid after school club for children from Years 4 to 6. You should have received a letter about the club and a form to complete if your child is interested in the club.

Nursery Celebrate

Nursery children had an early celebration of the shortest day of the year on Wednesday. They enjoyed a Persian feast prepared for them by Minoo and her mum Phillipa.

MSSA Coffee Morning

Parents enjoyed a coffee morning today organised by the School Association. It was lovely to see you all there and we hope to run more coffee mornings in the future.

Time Out for Dads

A parenting group just for Dads is to be held at the Tarner Children’s Centre for 6 weeks on Wednesday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30 starting on 8th November. If you are interested and would like to know more please call Steve on 295362.

Congratulations to…

Meg Ward who has achieved the Swimming Puffin Award. This involved travelling 5 metres in the water using a buoyancy aid. Well done Meg!
Hardy Churchill who has achieved the Yellow Belt in Aikido and the 10 metres Rainbow swimming certificate
Well done Hardy!

Half Term

We close for half term today and open again on Monday 30th October.

The Autumn term ends on 15th December for the Christmas break and reopens on Thursday 4th January

Have a fun week next week, hopefully the weather will be kinder than today! We’ll see you all again on Monday 30th

13th October 2006

Friday, October 13th, 2006

“These Boots are made for Walking”

A reminder that next week beginning 16th October is Walk to School week so we hope as many of you as possible will join in the fun and walk to school.

Drawing Paper

The nursery and KS1 classes need lots of drawing paper. It can be out of date headed note paper or clean scrap paper, and it will be gratefully received.

MSSA Coffee Morning

Please see the back of this letter for details about a coffee morning for parents, especially new parents, next Friday 20th October at 9.15am in the school library

Secondary School Preference Forms

The pink preference form for Secondary School Admissions must be returned to the school office by 3.00pm next Friday 20th October. If for any reason you have not received a form, please contact the school office as we have one or two spare copies. A reminder there is a meeting on Secondary School Admissions on Tuesday 17th October at St Mary Magdalen Community Centre, Upper North Street.

Parent Consultations Evenings

Please remember to return your appointment form for meeting with your child’s teacher on Tuesday 17th or Thursday 19th October.

Ann of Cleves House

On Wednesday Year 4 travelled by train to Lewes to visit Ann of Cleves house. This was for their history topic work and they had a really informative and enjoyable time.

Black History Month

As part of celebrating Black History Month, two visitors will be talking in assembly on Thursday about their personal stories on coming to live in Brighton. On Friday Year 4 will be watching a film called Coming to England based on the book written by Floella Benjamin, followed by a discussion about the film.

Missing Denim Jacket

Unfortunately Leila’s denim jacket has still not been found. Could you please check no one has it in mistake for his or her own jacket.

Deposits/Payments for Residential Visits

Please could any deposit payments for Pyke House or second instalment payments for Little Canada be brought to the school office by Friday 20th October.
Thank you.

Mr Brazil’s Band

Several parents wanted to know when Mr Brazil and his band would next be playing. His band – Mike O’ Mera Quartet, are playing at the Waggon & Horses, opposite the Dome, on Sunday evening 15th October from 8.00 – 11.00pm. Entrance is free..

Halloween Disco

It’s the time of year to find your spookiest costume and buy your ticket for the Halloween disco. It will be on Tuesday 31st October at 3.15 – 4.15. There will be drinks, snacks, tea & coffee for parents, and the DJ will give prizes for the best fancy dress and best dancer. Tickets will be available next week from the office – £3.50 per child, parents free.

Cinema Visits

Years 1 & 2 are going to see Over the Hedge on Tuesday.
Years 3 & 4 are going to see Ice Age on Wednesday, and Years 5 & 6 are going to see Thief Lord on Friday. We have been lucky enough to be given free tickets for these visits.

Holiday Dates

We finish for the Autumn half term on Friday 20th October and school re-opens on Monday 30th October.

Christmas Holiday

We finish on Friday 15th December and the children return on Thursday 4th January 2007.

6th October 2006

Friday, October 6th, 2006


Our Ofsted report is now available. If you would like a copy please ask at the office. The report will be on line in approximately three weeks time. The web site address is

The report highlights among other very positive judgements our excellent ICT and sporting provision, how well children do overall in English Maths and ICT and that the children are happy and well cared for by the school. The areas we are working on to improve include the development of writing skills in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage. The inspectors also highlighted our poor attendance figures and were very concerned about the amount of parents taking children on holiday during term time. I will be writing a separate letter to you all regarding this problem in the near future.


Our 6 a side football team played well on Friday at the Sainsbury’s Small School Tournament. The tournament took place after school at East Brighton Park. They played very well as a team, so good in fact they have been invited back in the near future to play against the Brighton College team. Very well done to all team members and we look forward to some exciting results in the future.

Trip to Bignor

Year 3 enjoyed their trip to Bignor Roman Villas despite the awful weather. They discovered a lot of interesting facts and information about the Romans and how they lived. This will help them with their topic work in the classroom.

Book Week

We are having a Book Week starting Monday 6th November. We know how talented you all are and were wondering if there are any parents/carers who would like to come in and share their literary skills with the children. Please let your class teacher know if you are able to help in any way during the Book Week.

Meeting on Secondary Schools Admissions

I have been asked to inform you of a meeting on secondary school admissions scheduled for 17th October. If you would like to know more please contact Lisa Ebdon on 07969724996 of Chetana Parmar on 07769672173.

City in Bloom Competition

If your child is interested in designing a flowerbed for City in Bloom 2007 competition please collect a design planner and accompanying information from the office. The closing date for the competition is October 20th

Data Protection Info

Please find attached information regarding the data protection act.

Lost Dog

Scarlett is feeling very sad as she has lost her toy dog. He is white, fluffy and very cute with a collar. If you know where he is hiding please could you help him find his way back to Scarlett by showing him the way to the office. He is very friendly and won’t bite.

Missing Denim Jacket

Leila in Year 5 has mislaid her denim jacket. Leila thinks it has her name in it. It has animal badges on it too. If you come across the jacket please hand it in at the office.

Parent Governor Vacancy

We still have a vacancy for a parent governor. If you would like to become a member of our governing body please speak to Mrs Brill in the office.

Walk to School Week

We will be encouraging everyone to walk to school during Walk to School Week in the week beginning:16th October So get your walking shoes warmed up and ready!

Congratulations to..

Anna Rubinstein in Year 2 who has just received an award in her Primary Ballet exam and was highly commended. Well done Anna!