Archive for November, 2006

24th November 2006

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Christmas Performances

Our Christmas performances are taking place this year on: Thursday 7th December. Infants at 1.15pm and Juniors at 2.15pm.
Friday 8th December. Infants at 9.30 am and Juniors at 10.30am. Tickets will be available from the office from Tuesday 28th November

Year 5 Assembly

On Tuesday we all enjoyed a fantastic assembly put on for us by Year 5. The children produced their own script and play based on the story Perseus and the Gorgon Slayer. Well done Year 5, a great performance!

Head Lice Alert

We have had recent sightings of those pesky head lice. Please check your child’s and the rest of the family’s hair as soon as possible. If you do have continuing problems with head lice we are able to put you in touch with the school nurse who can advise you on the best course of action.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

If you have any spare kitchen utensils, in good condition that you would like to donate to the school we would be very grateful.

Cabinets and Pods

There will be no Cabinets and Pods on Tuesday next week. Mr Dyer sends his apologies. Monday’s Cabinets and Pods will take place as usual.

Book Order to Be Collected

We still have an uncollected book ordered from the Blue Green Book Club in the office. Could the parent/carer who ordered it please collect it from the office.

Christmas Raffle

We will be selling raffle tickets at the office from Tuesday 28th November. The prize will be a Christmas Hamper made up of donations of Christmas goodies from the staff. The draw will take place at the School Associations Christmas Afternoon Tea.

School Association Afternoon Christmas Tea

Another wonderful opportunity to enjoy some delicious food and a cup of tea or mulled wine organised by the School Association on Thursday 14th December from 3.00pm in the hall.

Congratulations to…

Ruby Smith, Katy Shirley, Sam Allsop and Ariel Matsui-Le Roy from Year 4. Ruby, Katy, Sam and Ariel have all had poems selected for publication after entering the ‘Young Writers’ competition organised by Forward Press. The poems will feature in ‘A Pocketful of Rhyme East and West Sussex Verses’ due for publication on 28th February 2007. Well done Ruby, Katy, Sam and Ariel.

17th November 2006

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Magic Lantern

Children from Year 1 to Year 6 enjoyed an informative visit to the cinema today set up by the Magic Lantern club. The club’s aim is to help children appreciate and learn about film and its history. The children can join a club if they enjoy today’s free taster session. Letters were sent home with children providing information about the club.

Y3 and Their Busy Week

Year 3 have had a very busy week this week. On Monday the children went along to the Jubilee Library to meet the author Julia Donaldson. Led by Julia they performed a play; The Magic Paintbrush. At the end of the session the children had their books signed by Julia Donaldson. On Wednesday the children enjoyed a Tabla drumming workshop led by Steve Morley. They learnt to play the drums correctly. There were different sized drums and a variety of other Indian instruments to play. Ms Busby especially enjoyed playing the large frog instrument.

Keeping Warm and Dry

Please ensure your child brings a coat to school during the autumn and winter months. The children are outside at least twice a day and many are cold because they do not have a coat with them to put on.

A Request from Mr Brazil

Mr Brazil is wondering if there is a Parent/Carer or older brother or sister out there who can play the Bass? If you have this talent and skill and would like to play at the school’s Christmas Shows please let the office staff know. You will need to be available to perform on the days of the performance and at rehearsals.

Year 5 Assembly

We are all looking forward to Year 5’s assembly on Tuesday morning at 9.05. Year 5 parents/carers are very welcome to come and join us in the school hall for this event.

Fire Safety Talk

Children from Reception to Year 6 will be joining in with fire safety discussions and watching a fire safety video given by the East Sussex Fire Service on Monday morning.

Case Studies Wanted

Case studies are needed for a magazine article. Cathy a freelance writer and Middle Street mum is on the lookout for single parents who have a child with a disability. If you would like to contribute to the article which will feature in the One Up Magazine a national publication aimed at single and step parents, please contact Cathy by November 24th on 01273 731213 or

Teenage Psychology

Are you living with a teenager, or a young person who thinks they are a teenager? Would you like to get a better understanding of the mind and behaviour of a teenager? If you would like to attend a one day session for parents/carers looking at the ups and downs of life with a teenager please contact Gill Hasson on 01273 272911 or The session will take place at Varndean College on Saturday 9th December 10.00am – 3.30pm

Congratulations to …

Sam Foot in Reception and Joe Foot in Year 3. Sam has passed his Red Belt and Joe his Orange Belt in Karate. Well done Sam and Joe.
Ariel Matsui-Le Roy in Year 4 has gained a first pass in his Karate Green Stripes Belt grading. Well done Ariel

Christmas Performances

Our Christmas performances are taking place this year on: Thursday 7th December. Infants at 1.15pm and Juniors at 2.15pm.
Friday 8th December. Infants at 9.30 am and Juniors at 10.30am. Tickets will be available shortly.

Christmas Dinner takes place on Wednesday 13th December.

School Association Afternoon Christmas Tea

Another wonderful opportunity to enjoy some delicious food and a cup of tea or mulled wine organised by the School Association on Thursday 14th December in the afternoon.

Christmas Holiday Dates

We break for the Christmas holidays on Friday 15th December and children return to school on Thursday 4th January. Staff are having a training day on Wednesday 3rd January.

10th November 2006

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Book Week

We have had a fantastic book week and the children have enjoyed many different activities in their classes. The whole school also enjoyed a talk given by the illustrator Nick Sharratt on Wednesday, who showed us the different illustrations that he has produced over the years, as well as asking children to act out some of the characters that he has created. The week ended today with a ‘Dress as your favourite character day’. Thank you to all of the children who took part in this, you looked amazing!

Woodwind Recital

Yesterday KS2 enjoyed a recital given by the Brighton and Hove Woodwind Quartet. These talented musicians put on a wonderful show and have hopefully inspired some of our children to take up a musical instrument themselves.

Julia Donaldson

On Monday 13th November, Year 3 will be meeting the author Julia Donaldson at the Jubilee Library. If the children have any books by her at home, they are allowed to bring up to 2 of them to be signed. If they would like to buy a book then please hand £5 in a named envelope to the office on Monday morning.

Year 5 Assembly

Year 5 have been working very hard learning their lines for their assembly which will take place at 9.05 am on Tuesday 21st November. Parents and carers are welcome to come along and watch them perform.

Magic Lantern

Next Friday morning, all year groups from Year 1 up to Year 6 will be visiting the Odeon Cinema to watch a presentation by the Magic Lantern Cinema group. There will be leaflets coming home to you on Monday of next week, so please find the time to have a look at them with your child as this will act as a good introduction to the visit. If there are any parents with CRB checks who would like to join us on the trip, please see your child’s class teacher.

Free Christmas Party

A free Christmas party has been organised for children whose parents are unemployed or unwaged on Sunday 10th December at the Brighton Unemployed Centre. Families Project on Tilbury Place. If you would like your child to go then please contact them directly on Brighton 671213.

Can You Help?

We have had a plea from a parent who is looking for someone who would be able to pick up a Year 6 child from school and then look after them for 2 – 3 hours per day. If you feel that you may be able to offer this service then please contact Jules on 07986173982.

Parent Governor

A reminder that the closing date to return any parent governor application forms to the headteacher is 3.30pm Friday 17th November.


We have had complaints from businesses on Boyces’ Street about parents parking on the pavements and causing an obstruction at certain times of the day. Unfortunately they have also been concerned about people being quite confrontational when they have been asked to move. As a school we pride ourselves on the links that we have with the local community and would like to see these develop even further. Please be considerate to our neighbours so that this can happen. Thank you.

3rd November 2006

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Bike It

Well done to all those children (and grown-ups) who have cycled to school this week. Please let Mrs Brill know in the office and she will reward you with a sticker. Hopefully, on Monday morning we will have a new bicycle shelter for your use just inside the main gates. Please take care when bringing your bike through the gates.

Fireworks Safety

The children are all aware of the safety issues around fireworks. They know they should hold sparklers with care and that, adults only should light the fireworks. Please have a safe and enjoyable bonfire evening.

Halloween Disco

We all enjoyed the School Association’s Halloween disco. It was very well attended and raised £401 for the school which is very much appreciated by us all.

Christmas Dinner

The school’s Christmas dinner will take place on 13th December. Please return the Christmas dinner letter you should have recently received by Friday 17th November. If you did not receive a letter please obtain one from the school office.

No Violin Lessons

There are no violin lessons this coming Tuesday the children concerned have all been told.

Spaces in Clubs

We have a few spaces left in the following after school clubs:
Cricket (years 4,5 & 6)
Sports (years 3 & 4
Basketball (years 4,5 & 6)
Bike It (years 4, 5 & 6)
If your child is interested in joining one of the clubs please ask for details from Mrs Walker at the school office.

CRB Certificates

If you have completed a Criminal Bureau Check (CRB check) and have received a reply certificate please would you show the certificate to Mrs Brill in the office. Mrs Brill will then be able to photocopy the certificate and put it on file. You will then have the go ahead to help in school or on school trips.

Parent Governor Vacancy

Many apologies but there has been a little confusion over this last parent governor vacancy. We didn’t give a closing date for this final appointment. If you are interested in becoming a parent governor please ask for an application form at the school office and return it to the school office addressed to the Head Teacher by 3.30pm Friday 17th November. If more than one parent applies there will be an election.

Curriculum Committee

The Governors Curriculum Committee is meeting on Thursday 9th November. The minutes of the meeting will be available on the Governors notice board.

Book Week

Book week begins on Monday. The children will spend the week engaged in a variety of exciting activities involving the world of books, reading, writing and illustrating. On Friday we will celebrate the Book week by dressing up as book characters. So please help your child chose a favourite book character to dress up as and donate 50p to the school fund. Please hand the 50p donation in to the office on the Friday morning. School staff will also be dressing up. See if you can identify which characters, they are supposed to be.


Children in Year 4 should return their Pyke House residential visit permission slips and deposits as soon as possible please.

Congratulations to…

Roman Waters-Stewart and Monica Marshall in Year 4. Roman and Monica have both passed their 2nd Grading White Crane Kung Fu. Well done to you both.