Archive for July, 2008

18th July 2008

Friday, July 18th, 2008

End of Year Reports Today

The end of year reports will be handed out today. Make sure you or your child collects it before leaving at the end of the day.

Y5 children on Meridian Tonight

Last week a group of children from Year 5 joined Mr Collins and I to take part in an interview with Meridian TV. They interviewed us about the successful work we have carried out on challenging homophobic language in the school. The interview forms part of a larger presentation on homophobic bullying in schools. The interview should be aired this evening on Meridian Tonight at 6.00 pm.

Y5 Child Wins Competition

Grace Owers in Year 5 is the regional winner of the TAC energy impact competition. Grace created a poster that was designed to encourage friends and parents to think about the impact of conserving energy. Grace has been entered into the national final, which will take place in October. Well done Grace and good luck!

On-Time Teds

The winners of the On-Time Teds this week are Year 2 and Year 6. Well done all of you for being so punctual all week!

Class Photos Last Day

Today is the last day to purchase your child’s class photo. Photos are on sale at the office.

Year 6 Bowling

Year 6 had a fabulous time bowling on Wednesday afternoon. The bowling trip was a special celebratory leavers treat funded by the School Association. Year 6 children would like to say a big THANK YOU to the School Association.

Open Afternoon and a Cup of Tea

Parents and Carers enjoyed looking through their child’s work this afternoon. They were then able to join other parents and carers for a cup of tea and cake in the hall. The Afternoon Tea was put on for us all by the School Association. Many thanks to Izzy Mackender for a delicious spread.

Clear Pegs and Lost Property

Please remove all your child’s clothing etc from their peg today. Please also check lost property as everything left will be bagged up and donated to charity.

School Dinners Next Term

The cost of a school dinner increases to £1.90 a day and £9.50 per week.

Deep Learning

You may have been aware that teachers have been working with the children in a slightly different way this term. Children have been exploring the curriculum through ‘Learning Journeys’. This is a cross-curricular approach to learning and aims to make learning irresistible to the children. The learning is themed and involves using visits, visitors, artefacts and much more to inspire and engage children. We are developing this way of working next term and I look forward to telling you more about it in September.

Nick Sharratt Appearing at Waterstones

Nick Sharratt would love Middle Street children to join him at Waterstones bookshop tomorrow at 12.00 noon. He will be reading from his book ‘More Pants’. Pop in for a chat and maybe buy a copy of ‘More Pants’ and ask Nick to sign it for you.

Chinese Festival for Children and Families

On Sunday 24th August from 1.00 till 5.00 the Royal Pavilion and Museum will be holding a Chinese Festival in the Pavilion Gardens. There will be a variety of performances, demonstrations and have- a- go activities led by the local Chinese community for all to enjoy. The event is free. Pick up a leaflet for more information from the table in the school foyer.

Congratulations to…

Felix Sheppard achieved his Green Belt in Nimpo Ti Jitsu on Tuesday evening. Well done Felix!

Ollie Hancock in Year 5 won 3 Gold and 2 Bronze medals in a Kung Fu and Tai Chi competition last Sunday. Well done Ollie!

Goodbye and Good Luck

Goodbye and good luck to Ms Sheldrick and Ms James who have both completed their teacher training with us. Goodbye and good luck to Mrs George, who has been a Teaching Assistant with us for 10 Years. Goodbye and good luck to Mr Dawson, who replaced Ms Stewart for the Year. We are sad to see you go. Thank you to all of the above for everything they have done for the school. We shall miss you all!

I would like to say on behalf of everyone at Middle Street a fond farewell and good luck to those children leaving us to move abroad or attend a school closer to home. Finally goodbye and good luck to all the Year 6 children, who are moving on to their secondary schools. You have been a fabulous Year 6 well done and thank you! Xx

End of Term

We close for the summer holidays at 3.05 pm on Tuesday 22nd July and re-open on Monday 8th September. Nursery Re-opens on Monday 15th September (Please note change of date from previous Friday News

Have a wonderful summer break everyone and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

11th July 2008

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Emergency School Closure

The school will be closed on Wednesday 16th July and Thursday 17th July (next week). This is due to Unison strike action. A letter was sent home earlier this week informing you of the 2 day closure.

End of Year Reports

The end of year reports will be out on Friday 18th July. There has been a delay with return of the end of Key Stage 2 SAT results. We are hoping to receive them at the end of next week. You may have read about the problems with the new systems put in place for marking SATs papers etc in the national press.

On Time Teds

The winners of the On-Time Teds this week are: Year R and Year 6. Well done to all the children in Reception and Year 6 for getting into class on time. Each class received only one late mark each in the register this week.

Year 6 Picnic

If the weather permits Year 6 should be joining Year 6 pupils from other local schools for a picnic and games on the field at BHASVIC. The children will be put into secondary school groupings. This provides them with the opportunity to make new friends before they begin Year 7 together in their new schools.

Nursery and Reception Sports Day

The rain stopped long enough on Tuesday for Reception and Nursery children to enjoy their sports day. Photos of the event can be found on our website.

New Classes

Children will be meeting their new teachers on Monday 14th July. They will spend from 9.30 until 11.30 in their new classroom taking part in activities in preparation for the new term.

Year 6 Leavers Assembly

The Year 6 leaver’s assembly takes place on Monday 21st July at 1.30. Year 6 parents and carers are invited along to help us celebrate this special event.

Class Photos

Class photos are displayed in the school office for you to look at. You may purchase a photo from the office for £8. If you are unable to get into the office to view your child’s class photo please phone the office to make another arrangement. Photos must be paid for before Friday 18th July.

Dinner Money and other Debts

Please could all dinner money and trip payment debts be paid up by the end of next week. These debts impact on the school budget and in turn impact on provision for the children. Please keep up to date with payments.

Lost Property Etc

Please check lost property this week before it is sent off to charity. Please also take home bikes, scooters and skateboards daily. There are a number of scooters and one or two bikes that appear to have been abandoned. Any bikes etc left at the end of term will be donated to charity.

Road Safety

Please could parents and carers take extra care of their children when leaving the school. With the road works and congestion around the school making it difficult to move safely along the pavements at the moment it is very important that children should walk with parents rather than run ahead. Please also be wary of cars backing out of the school car park and leaving other car parks near by.

Roman and Mimi on the Radio

Roman Year 5 and Mimi Year R can be heard on the radio from 11.30 until about 1.00 tomorrow morning. They will be in conversation with CBBs presenter Sid Sloane talking about black community champions and Roman will be also reviewing a book.

Congratulations to…

Eden Nathaniel in Year 1 who has achieved his Blue Belt in Jujitsu. Well done Eden!

End of Term

We close for the summer holidays at 3.05 pm on Tuesday 22nd July and re-open on Monday 8th September.

Nursery Re-opens on Monday 15th September

4th July 2008

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Nick Sharratt Presents Award

Nick Sharratt the children’s author and illustrator joined us for assembly this morning. He told some of his stories and then the children helped him choose a page for his new book. Nick then presented our Artsmark Gold Award to Drew Marriott from Year 4 who accepted the award on behalf of the school. Many thanks to Nick Sharratt for giving up some his time to join us for this special celebration assembly.

Little Canada and Year 6

Year 6 had a fabulous time at Little Canada on the Isle of Wight over the weekend. They were all outstanding in their behaviour and their positive attitude to some challenging activities. Mr Dawson, Ms Sinclaire, Mr Collins and I were all extremely proud of them. Well done Year 6!

Year 2 Visit Pavilion

Year 2 enjoyed their visit to the Royal Pavilion on Wednesday. They explored the many rooms and found out lots of interesting facts about the Pavilion’s history

Year 3 Servants

Year 3 children dressed up for a visit to Preston Manor and spent the morning under a strict Edwardian regime working as children and adults did during that time period in the house. They then enjoyed a picnic and games in Preston Park.

Nursery and Reception Sports Day

Nursery and Reception children are looking forward to their Sports Day on Tuesday 8th July.

Year 5 to Visit Preston Manor

Year 5 are visiting Preston Manor on Tuesday 8th July.

Year 6 Picnic

Year 6 children have been invited to join other Year 6 children from local schools for a picnic and games on the field at BAHSVIC on Friday 11th July. They will all need to bring a packed lunch on that day to take with them.

Year 6 Bowling

As their special treat we are taking Year 6 bowling on Wednesday 16th July in the afternoon. They will also have a snack and a trip there on the Volks railway. The children will need collecting at the end of the afternoon from the Bowlplex at the Marina. A contribution of £1 will be greatly appreciated. More info to follow.

Year 6 Leavers Assembly

The Year 6 Leavers Assembly, always a special event, takes place on Monday 21st July at 1.30. Year 6 parents are invited to attend.

Class Photos

The children will be having their class photos taken on this coming Monday.

Health and Safety Message

When you have collected your child at the end of the day please could you ensure they do not come back into school. This is because teachers are worrying that certain children are returning unaccompanied and are putting themselves at risk. It also makes it difficult for the teacher to be sure who has or has not been collected. They worry about the safety of the children which, I am sure you understand how stressful this is when there are so many people around and the gates are open at the end of the day.

Please could we ask that that all parents and children leave the school grounds by 3.30 and not use the play equipment in the front playground. We need to ensure the premises are secure and it is hard to do this if parents are still in the school grounds. Thank you for your co-operation.

Possible Strike Action

There is a strong possibility that members of Unison will be on strike on the 16th and 17th July. We may not have enough staff to open on those dates so pleased be warned of a possible school closure. I will let you know as soon as possible the final decision.

School Association Update

The final amount raised at the School Summer Fair is £3821! Thank you to everyone who came along on the day, bought raffle tickets or contributed in another way it is down to you that we have raised so much money. Well done everyone!

Congratulations to…

Monica Marshall in Year 5 who has achieved the 5th grade in White Crane Kung Fu A grade. Well done Monica!

Mason and Kyle Bohannan and Ella Scott who took part in the ‘Run for Children’ on Saturday at Preston Park. All three children did very well and won medals. Well done Mason, Kyle and Ella!

End of Term

We close for the summer holidays at 3.05 pm on Tuesday 22nd July and re-open on Monday 8th September.

Nursery Re-opens on Monday 15th September