Archive for January 10th, 2014

10th January 2014

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Welcome Back and Happy New Year to You All

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a restful break. The first week back has been great. It was a real pleasure to see the children bouncing through the door on Monday with happy smiling faces. They all settled quickly back into school and their learning. If you are new to the school I would like to extend a warm welcome to you from the Middle Street community. We have some new members of staff and they are: Ms Laura Burrows who is covering maternity leave. Ms Burrows is teaching year 5. Ms Nicky Reid is the temporary teaching assistant in year 3 while Ms Sayers is away. Ms Harli Scourfield is a working as a teaching assistant in year 4.

Time to Say a Fond Farewell to Mr Dyer

Mr Dyer has decided to leave the world of education and say goodbye to Middle Street. Mr Dyer will be leaving us at the end of this half term. We are very, very sad that he will be leaving us. He has been very much a special part of Middle Street having had links with the school for 30 years and worked in the school for 16 years. We will be having a get together for everyone to say thank you and celebrate the years Mr Dyer has worked at Middle Street. I shall let you know the date very soon.

Snakes Alive

Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a slithery experience when ‘Zoolab’ visited their classrooms with a selection of reptiles and other animals as part of their stunning learning journey start. The children learnt lots of facts and asked questions to help them with their learning journey. They also all had opportunities to touch the snakes and their slithery and spidery friends. How lovely!

Travels to India

Years 3 and 4 travelled to India yesterday. They went by plane, experienced passport control and customs. They then drove through the streets of Mumbai in a taxi arriving at a hotel in time to learn a Bollywood dance. The dance was filmed and the director was very impressed by their dance skills. Wow! The things Middle Street children get up to!

Year 5 Meet the Teacher

Ms Burrows has organised a meeting for year 5 parents on Monday 20th January at 9.10 – 9.30. This is an opportunity to come and meet Ms Burrows and she will share with you the learning and expectations for the months ahead.

Jig-Saws Please

Do you have any (complete) unwanted jig-saw puzzles at home that you could donate to the Family Room’s new puzzle table? The mentors would like 50 to 500 piece puzzles please.

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Reception and in Key Stage 2 the winners are Year 6.Well done to both classes for being on time for school!

Good Communication

A reminder to everyone that you are always welcome in school to talk through any problems or worries you may have and you feel we should know about it. (We also like to hear about the good things too.) We are all here to help my door is always open as is Mr Smart’s and Mrs Jones’.

School Counsellor News

Our school counsellor Ruth Lazarus is expecting a baby in March. Mr Hugh Miller will be covering her maternity leave from after half term.

Donations of Cars Please

Nursery and reception are in need of Matchbox and other toy cars. If you have some at home that are no longer played with they would love them for their current learning journey. Please hand in any donations directly to nursery or reception or if you prefer the school office. Thanks.

Bike It News

Bike it Ben will be in school on Monday so bring your scooters and bikes in for a free check. There will be a special bike it day for reception and nursery on Wednesday 15th January. So the younger children should bring their scooters and bikes in on that Wednesday for a free check.


Ruby from Year 6 has lost her very special converse trainers. They are new black with a ‘bubbly tops’. She left them at school on the day of the Christmas show but has since disappeared. Please check at home and if you find them please return them to the school office.
Ruby’s dad has also lost his black umbrella (full length not telescopic). He thinks he left it in school so if you spot it please bring to the office.

Half Term Break

We end for the half term break on Friday 14th February and return on Tuesday 25th February.