Archive for February, 2010

26th February 2010

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Hooray We Have a New Deputy Head!

I am very pleased to announce that Ms Katie Whiting has been appointed as our new Deputy Head Teacher. Ms Whiting, along with 3 other candidates went through a tough interview process on Wednesday. Ms Whiting received a Celebration certificate from us all in today’s Celebration Assembly. Well done Ms Whiting!

Ben the Bike-It Man

On Monday children in Key Stage 2 enjoyed finding out about the history of bicycles and other helpful cycling information. Ben our Bike It expert regularly visits our school and spent time in each class sharing his extensive cycling knowledge. Ben is also helping us improve our cycle racks and organising some cycling training for children.

Spring Bling

Bring your bike to school on Friday 12th March along with some sparkly and colourful recyclable materials. During the day you will have the opportunity to decorate and bling your bike. There will be prizes for the most wonderful blinged bikes.


Year 5 began their Soundmakers programme on Thursday morning. Each child is learning a musical instrument. As I sat in my office I could hear keyboards, guitars, drums and loud parps from trombones and trumpets! Later in the year we will invite parents and carers in to enjoy the final musical performance the children are working towards.

On Time Teds

The winners this week are Reception who had just 3 late marks and Year 5 with only one late mark. Well done both classes.

What’s it Like to Live by the Sea?

Children in Years 3 and 4 are meeting with children from Banstead Junior School in Surrey on Tuesday.The children from Banstead Juniors want to find out from our children what it’s like to live by the sea.

Festival Parade

Help Please Calling all parents and carers. We would like to get a team together to help with the production of Middle Street’s main build for the Children’s Festival Parade in May. We would love you to get involved in this school community project. If you are interested in helping either on a regular or occasional basis please leave your name at the school office. A meeting will be arranged later next week. Don’t worry if you are not artistic it’s your enthusiasm and commitment that’s most appreciated. We look forward to hearing from you.

Congratulations to..

Tala and Tate who completed the 800 metres Sussex Beacon Youth race on Sunday. Well done Tala and Tate!

Maia Matofska-Dyer in Year 2 for achieving her 25 metres swimming certificate. Maia is now at stage 4 with her swimming. Mum and Dad are very proud! Well done Maia!

Easter Holidays It’s a short half term. School finishes for the Easter break on Wednesday 31st March and opens again on Monday 19th April

12th February 2010

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Year 5 Assembly

Year 5 performed a brilliant assembly for everyone today. The assembly was based on their Space Learning Journey. The mini play was set in a classroom with ‘professors’ and ‘aliens’. The aliens were finding out about emotions. The assembly ended with a song. Unfortunately I missed the assembly, but Year 5 kindly sang the song for me later this morning. I have been very impressed by their fantastic spaceships designed and made by the children for their take home task. The models have working parts and must have taken a lot of thought and time to produce. Well done Year 5!

Nursery Visit

Nursery children have been to visit ‘Mrs Armitage’ as part of their learning journey. The children are familiar with Mrs Armitage and her bicycle as a character in a picture book. The children travelled by public transport to Mrs Armitage’s house. They remembered lots of details from the book and information about different modes of travel. Ms Layzell and the Nursery team were very impressed by the children’s excellent memories and knowledge.

Year 5 Making Music

Year 5 begin the Soundmakers programme on Thursday after half term. Each child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument for a number of weeks. At the end of the programme the children perform for the rest of the school and the Year 5 parents and carers.

Deputy Head Post

Interviews take place for the position of Deputy Head at Middle Street on Wednesday 24th February.

Congratulations To…

Dixie Dickie in Year 4 who has gained her yellow and white belt in Ninpo Taijutsu. Well done Dixie! Bee Dickie in Year 1 who has gained her blue and white belt in Ninpo Taijutsu. Well done Bee

Please check lost property and clear coat pegs before going home today. Thank you.

Half Term Holiday

School closes for the half term break today and re-opens on Monday 22nd February. Have a fun and hopefully restful half term break and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 22nd February.

5th February 2010

Friday, February 5th, 2010

School Uniform Day for Haiti

I am very pleased to announce we raised £350 on out school uniform day for Haiti. The money will be donated to Unicef.

Reception Meet Mrs Armitage

Reception children enjoyed a visit to ‘Mrs Armitage’s’ house on Thursday as part of their learning journey. Mrs Armitage is a story book character who rides a rather unusual bicycle.

Brighton Library Request Return of Book

A current Year 4 child borrowed ‘Batman – Gotham Adventures’ by Ty Templeton last year but has not returned the book. The library is urgently requesting the return of the book. Please could everyone check to see if they have the book at home and either return it to us of directly to Brighton Jubilee library.

Home Computer Grant

You may or may not be aware that the Government has set up a programme that helps eligible low-income families to buy a computer and Internet access. If you wish for more information please refer to last week’s Friday News or ask at the office

A Funny Thing Happened

A funny thing happened in assembly to day! An alien arrived from outer space and told us all about the Thunderkids Superdads club in school this Saturday. He invited children to bring along their dads, male carers, granddads uncles etc for activities and fun.
The club is free and is ideal for children aged 5 to 10. The children get to have a go at a variety of activities with their dads, male carers and or male relatives with some time built in for the men to get together for some grown up chat. The session is held in the hall at Middle Street on Saturday February 6th starting at 9.00 and ending at 12.00. Drop in for the morning if you are interested.

On Time Teds

The winners this week are Reception and Years 3 and 4. Well done all three classes.

Subsidised Afterschool Care Club Fees

Starfish Kids Club who collect children from Middle Street are able to offer subsidised afterschool care places. They can offer a reduced fee from £9.45 per session to £3.00 per session. If your child is eligible for free school meals then they are eligible for the reduced rate sessions. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. For bookings and further information contact Dale Maloney on 01273 719520.

Sad News

Some of you may remember Mrs Amerena who used to come in and help the younger children with reading and sewing activities. She was a very kind old lady who gained a lot of pleasure spending time at Middle Street before she became unwell. We also appreciated her help and kindness so it is with sadness I am you that Mrs Amerena died the week before last. Mrs Denyer kindly represented Middle Street at the funeral.

Half Term Holiday

School closes for the half term break at 3.05 pm on Friday 12th February and re-opens on Monday 22nd February.