Archive for September, 2007

28th September 2007

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Walk to School Month

October is walk to school month so we have decided to celebrate the month by having a focus week beginning the 15th October where every one will be encouraged to walk all or some of the way to school. There will be charts to fill in and stickers to collect. Most of you already walk, cycle or use public transport, which is brilliant!

NSPCC Fund Raising

You will already have received sponsor forms home for our fund raising event. All the children from Nursery to Year 6 will be completing a circuit of PE activities on Monday 1st October to raise funds for the NSPCC. A representative from NSPCC spoke to the children in assembly last Monday and told them a little bit about the NSPCC and how the charity helps children.

Puppets in Year 5

On Tuesday the children in Year 5 enjoyed a creative literacy lesson using puppets. The children had to create characters and tell stories using the puppets. This was an excellent opportunity for the children to further develop their speaking and listening skills.

Magic Lantern

In Thursday’s assembly the children enjoyed a film presentation from the Magic Lantern group who work to inform children about the wonder and beauty of cinema.

Visit to Hove Museum

Year 1 are visiting Hove Museum on Tuesday 2nd October to find out all about toys and to handle old and interesting toys from the past.

Sporting Events

Teams of Middle Street children will be taking part in two sporting events next week. On Tuesday after school our Tag Rugby team will take part in a Tournament. Also on Tuesday our boys 6 a side football team will take part in a football tournament at East Brighton park after school. Thank you Ms Busby and Ms Whiting for accompanying the children to these events.

School Association Coffee Morning

The school association’s monthly coffee mornings resume this term. Our first of the year takes place next Wednesday 3rd October from 9.00 till 10.00. Join us in the Family Room for a coffee and a chat.

Parent Governor Applications

A reminder that the closing date for handing in your parent governor application is Friday 5th October.


The office staff have asked me to remind you to hand in payments for clubs, dinner money and deposits for Year 6 Little Canada residential. Thank you. Please do let us know if you have difficulties with payments.

Please Pick Up On Time

Once again we seem to have a small group of distressed children who are regularly left waiting in school for a half an hour or more at the end of the day to be collected. If you are persistently having problems collecting on time from school please make arrangements for someone to collect your child.

Kai Scott-Bridge in Year 6 is at it again! Kai is becoming quite a trapeze artist. Kai appeared at the Pavilion theatre last Sunday as part of Brighton’s Youth Aerial circus ‘The Circus of Wonders’. Well done Kai I have certainly heard lots of glowing reports of your performances. Kai very much appreciated his many school friends and teachers that were in the audience to support him.

Half Term
School finishes on Friday 19th October for half term and reopens again on Tuesday 30th October as we have a training day on Monday 29th October.

21st September 2007

Friday, September 21st, 2007

FA Charter Standard Awards Evening

Ms Busby and Mr Collins went along to receive our FA Charter Standard School Award on Tuesday evening. We are the county winners of the award beating many schools in the county so we feel very proud. You can take a look at the award, which is displayed in the cabinet situated by the main doors. There are also photographs on our web site of Ms Busby receiving the award. Well done Ms Busby!

School Council Representatives

Well done to the following children who have been elected to represent their class on the School Council.

Year 1: Flynn Smith and Millie Whitfield.
Year 2: Scarlett Clark and Ombaashi Grech Cato.
Year 3: Anna Rubinstein and Max Chandler.
Year 4: Otto Goldsmith and Salty De La Poer Monsell.
Year 5: Louie Nangle and Katy Shirley.
Year 6: Hannah Dunsmore and Caine Lewin Turner.

Meeting for Reception Parents

Mrs Noble is holding a meeting for Reception parents on Wednesday 26th September at 2.30 in the school library. The meeting is to inform parents/carers on daily routines and curriculum coverage.


Our Education Welfare Officer will be monitoring children’s punctuality in the mornings. Just to remind you children should be in school and in class by 9.00 a.m. when the register is taken. If they are later than this then they receive a late mark in the register.

Spanish Club

I have been informed of a Spanish club running for children at the Hanover Community Centre in Southover Street. If you wish to find out more please tel: 323431.

Joyoti and Chetana would like to thank everyone who sponsored their bike ride last term. They raised over hundred pounds half of which they are donating to the Norwood Children and Families Trust and the other half to the School Association. Well done Joyoti and Chetana and thank you very much on behalf of the School Association.

Mr Brazil’s Workshop

As part of Brighton’s car free day this coming Sunday Mr Brazil will be running a drum making workshop outside Brighton Town Hall. Mr Brazil would love it if lots of Middle Street children came along to join in. The workshop will run throughout the afternoon.

Amendment to Your Diary Dates

You may or may not have noticed a clash of dates in the class assembly section. Please amend you dairy dates sheet for Year 2 class assembly which should read Friday 15th February. Sorry if the mistake has caused any confusion.

Half Term

School finishes on Friday 19th October for half term and reopens again on Tuesday 30th October as we have a training day on Monday 29th October

14th September 2007

Friday, September 14th, 2007

School Council Elections

Each class will be holding their School Council elections on Tuesday next week (18th September). Reception class hold their elections a bit later in the year when the children have settled in. The newly elected council members will have their first meeting in the very near future.

Parent Governor Vacancy

We have a Parent Governor vacancy at the moment. You should have received a letter containing information on how to apply. If you wish to become a Parent Governor please collect an application form from the school office no later than Friday 21st September. The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 5th October.

New Course for Parents/Carers

There will be a new course running for parents and carers on Saturdays at the school beginning on 3rd November. The course is aimed at parents/carers of children aged 8 to 10 years and will support parents in developing positive strategies for dealing with some of those difficult moments we all experience with our children. If you would like to find out more and whether this is the course for you then please come along to a coffee morning on Wednesday 26th September in the Family room. You can drop in for a chat about the course any time between 9.00 and 10.30 am. There will be posters up in the school and letters sent home with all children in Years 4, 5 and 6 with further information.

Emergency Contact List

You should find attached to this newsletter an emergency contact form for you to complete and return to the office. Please ensure you return the completed form as soon as possible as we need to update our files.

Water Problems!

Yet again we are dealing with another leak. We have had to switch off the hot water supply and are currently only able to use cold water. This has been fine for the rest of the school but has affected the kitchen. As a result today children having school dinners had to have sandwiches. I have apologised to the children who were kind and understanding when I told them there would be no chips today. I would also like to apologise to you on behalf of the kitchen staff. We hope to have the problem resolved by Monday.

After School Care

If you require your child to be cared for after school please ask for information at the office on the After School Clubs that pick up from Middle Street. I have also been given information about an after school play worker who can offer school pick up and baby sitting in the Southover area. You can contact Rosana on Tel: 07729876085. I am not able to vouch for this person and is therefore your responsibility to ensure this person has been CRB checked, has the relevant references and training and is the right person to care for your child.

Watch Found

A watch has been found in the Year 1 and 2 shared area. Please ask at the office if you have recently lost a watch.

7th September 2007

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Hello and welcome back!

A very warm welcome to you all and an extra special welcome to all the new children and their families joining us this year.
I hope you all had a very enjoyable holiday. I don’t know about you but I am still hopeful summer will finally arrive!

Curriculum Letters

Over the next week you will receive a letter from the class teacher outlining the areas of the curriculum your child will be working on this term. You will receive a curriculum letter at the beginning of each term.

Meet the Teacher

There is an opportunity next week for you to meet your child’s teacher and to have a chat about the coming year. You will have the chance to ask questions and find out more about the class routines and expectations. The dates and times are as follows:

Reception: Wednesday 26th September at 2.30.

Year 1 and Year 2: Monday 10th September at 9.10.

Year 3 and Year 4: Thursday 13th September at 9.10.

Year 5 and Year 6:Tuesday 11th September at 9.10.

The meeting will take place in your child’s classroom. Please wait outside the classroom until the teacher has taken the class to assembly. The above information can also be found on the attached ‘Dates for your Diary’ sheet.

Diary Dates

You should hopefully find attached a ‘Dates for Your Diary’ sheet which outlines the main events etc for the year. Please remember the dates are subject to change and you will receive further information regarding the events nearer the time. Please read the Friday News to keep up to date with all the other exciting things that happen through the year.


Hopefully as the year progresses I will be able to manage to speak a little more Spanish than Hola and dos cerveza as the whole school will be learning to speak Spanish this year. Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 will learn informally a few basic Spanish words and children in Key Stage 2 will have Spanish lessons building up their vocabulary and understanding of the language. Later in the Year we will be holding a ‘Spanish Week’ in school focusing on everything related to the language and to the countries where Spanish is spoken.

Listen to the Friday News

Clever Mr Dyer not only does he have the Friday News for you to read on our web site but he now has a Lion reading the Friday News aloud to you too. Check it out, we were all mesmerised by this very well spoken lion reading to us when we took a look at the web site on Monday.

Lost Property

We currently have a lost property mountain in the hall. Please check the mountain very soon for any lost items before we send it all off to a charity shop.