Archive for May, 2007

25th May 2007

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Grassed Boyces Street!

Mr Collins and I have attempted to super glue the grass to the road in Boyces Street and we’ve padlocked all the plants to the walls and fences. Now we’ve finally got some greenery we don’t want to lose it! What a great start to the day and what a difference a bit of pretend grass makes. It was very amusing to see everyone’s faces as they turned into Boyces Street. Every face turned into a beaming smile which was wonderful to see. Lots of you have walked or cycled to school this week including staff so it has been great to celebrate the end of Walk to School Week with today’s activities. Take a look at BBC South and Meridian tonight we should be on the television.

Visits to Fabrica Exhibition

This week children have been visiting the exhibition at Fabrica. The visit and their observational drawings will provide inspiration for their work during Art Week which begins on 11th June. If you are able to help during Art Week please let the class teacher know.

Tag Rugby Tournament

The Middle Street Tag Rugby team played extremely well on Monday at Hove Rugby Club. The team made it through to the semi- finals Their coach was so impressed with how quickly they learnt the game and how skilled they became despite having little space to practice in at Middle Street he awarded each player a medal as well as a certificate. Well done to them all!

Girl’s Football Tournament

The Middle Street Years 5 and 6 girl’s football team played some stunning football at a Tournament on Tuesday. The team came second in their group. Well done girls you certainly bend it like Beckham!

BBC Orchestra Performance

The BBC Orchestra are visiting Middle Street on Thursday June 7th. They will be performing to classes and running workshops too.

School Association Coffee Morning

The School Association are holding their regular monthly Coffee Morning on Wednesday 6th June 9.00am – 10.00am. Please drop in for a chat and a coffee it will be lovely to see you.

School Nurse Drop In

The school nurse will be available again on Wednesday 6th June during the Coffee Morning if you wish to informally chat over any health issues with her.

Mrs Purdy’s Plant Sale

Mrs Purdy and her helpers did a roaring trade with her plant sale on Wednesday. With the money raised Mrs Purdy is going to purchase more goodies and equipment for the Gardening Club. I hope you have been admiring the Gardening Club’s pots and planters springing up around the playground. There’s more to come. Thank you to Mrs Purdy and the Gardening Club for cheering up the playgrounds.

Half Term Holiday

School closes for half term at 3.05pm today and reopens on Tuesday 5th June. The school staff have a training day on Monday 4th June.

11th May 2007

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Children’s Parade

Can we say a big thank you to all of the children and parents who joined us on the children’s parade last Saturday. The costumes were fantastic and everyone helped to create a sunny, carnival atmosphere. Well done to the samba band who not only sounded brilliant but also showed a great deal of resilience by playing the whole length of the route. We also need to say thank you to Mr Brazil for practising with the band in order to get them to such a high standard and to Mrs. Purdey and parents for giving up their own time to make the wonderful Flintstone car.

Tag Rugby Tournament

Our Tag Rugby team has been training very hard and they are looking forward to taking part in a tournament on Monday 21st May at Hove R.F.C. Their last practice before the competition will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Hove Lawns (weather permitting) next Monday 14th May. Those children who are not picked up by parents/carers from the lawns will be walked back to school for 4.00 p.m.

Independent Infants

Firstly can we remind parents/carers of children in Years 1 and 2 to bring their children into school through the entrances to classrooms from the back playground. This really helps us to cut down on congestion in the main corridor of the school.

We would also like our infants to be as independent as possible, so leaving them at the door and giving them the responsibility for hanging their coats and putting their own book bags and water bottles away would really help with this.

Middle Street Choir

Choir starts again today and will take place every Friday after school in the library from 3.05 until 3.45. This was previously only open to Years 5 and 6, but now we would like to offer places to Year 4 as well. If you are interested in joining then please speak to either Mr Brazil or Miss Moriarty.

Athletics at Withdean

It is athletics season again and that means that we have booked Withdean Stadium for our athletics lessons. Years 3 and 4 will be going next week on Friday 18th May. They will need to ensure that they have their Middle Street P.E. kits and either plimsoles or trainers. It is always possible that it could be a sunny day so they will also need to take a water bottle and some sun lotion. The stadium is also booked for our sports day which will take place on Thursday 28th June.

Swimming Lessons

We have been contacted by Adele Hamilton who has competed at a national level in swimming for her native country of Australia for over 10 years. She is now living in Brighton and, in affiliation with Prince Regent Leisure Centre, is running swimming lessons every day of the week as well as intensive courses during school holidays. If you are interested, her contact details are:
Phone: 07942221360 Email:

Lost Property

A message went out in last weeks Friday News about checking through before it gets bagged up and donated to a charity shop. This will be happening next week so this really is your last chance to collect any lost items.

Payments for Pyke House and Little Canada

The deadline for final payments has now passed so please come to the office to settle up any outstanding money as soon as possible.


Well done to Caine Lewin Turner in Year 5 who played for Saltdean United Football Club’s under tens team at the Sovereign Saints ground in Eastbourne. It was a fantastic achievement for his team to win the competition for their age group out of the 21 teams who entered.

4th May 2007

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Children’s Parade

We are all looking forward to the Children’s Parade on Saturday. Our number is 35 and we will meet in Pelham Street at 10.00am. The Samba band will meet at 9.30.

Brighton Morris Men

We had great fun on Tuesday morning when the Brighton Morris Men danced for us in the playground. They also performed for us in assembly and taught a very large group of children, ages ranging from 3 years to 11 years a special dance.

School Nurse Drop In

The school nurse will be available again on Wednesday 6th June if you wish to chat over any health issues with her informally.

Polling Day Closure

While the children enjoyed the sunshine during the polling day school closure school staff were hard at work at school updating school policies, discussing the learning environment and working in their classrooms. We did miss the children though.

Massage in School Meeting

Year 3 and Year 4 parents and carers have been invited to attend a meeting with Mrs Noble on Wednesday 9th May. The meeting will outline how we have introduced the massage in school programme with Reception class, the benefits of the programme and introducing the programme to children in Year 3 and Year 4. The programme will be rolled out across the school over the coming months.


Sue Fears our Education Welfare Officer and Lauren Wheeler our Education Welfare Assistant are working hard to improve attendance and punctuality in the school. If you do have any difficulties getting to school on time or your child’s attendance record is poor and you would like some advice or support please alert Mrs Walker in the office and she will arrange a meeting with either Sue or Lauren.

Violin Demonstration

Year 2 will have the opportunity to listen and observe the violin teacher and a group of our children who are learning the violin perform for them. They will then have the opportunity to consider if they too wish to learn to play the violin when they move into Year 3. A meeting for parents and carers of interested children will take place in the next few weeks.

Brighton Festival Fringe

On Saturday 5th May following the Children’s Parade a free Brighton Festival Fringe event has been organised for the afternoon. There will be music, theatre, comedy and much more. The event takes place at Jubilee Square (the Library).

Lost Property

Please come and check through the lost property before we bag it up and donate to a charity shop.

Don’t Forget:

It’s Bank Holiday Monday this Monday (7th May).

Half Term

School closes for half term at 3.05pm on Friday 25th May and reopens on Tuesday 5th June. The school staff have a training day on Monday 4th June.