Archive for March 7th, 2014

7th March 2014

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Spelling Workshop

Ms Davies our literacy leader ran a workshop on spelling on Tuesday afternoon. Parents and carers found out lots of useful information on the English language and the challenges for children when learning to spell. There were lots of useful tips shared and opportunities for parents and carers to try out spelling activities led by the children.

World Book Day

World Book Day has been celebrated in school this week. On Thursday adults and children joined in with ‘drop everything and read’. At 11.00 everyone in the school stopped what they were doing and read for 15 minutes. At the end of the day all the adults chose books to read and children were able to join the adult of their choice for a storybook session. There has also been a book competition for designing a bookmark. See who the winners are later in the Friday News. We also had a book character dressing up day today. Lots of children dressed up and looked amazing and one child has won a prize for being the most imaginative and best dressed book character. Read who won later in the Friday News. The adults dressed as the Very Hungry Caterpillar but guess who the butterfly was?

Front Playground

I must apologise for the current state of our front playground equipment. We have been let down by the company who checks and mends it. We have been waiting for months now for bits and pieces to be mended so the children can start using it again. The equipment is rather old now so we may need to remove some of it. What I would like to do is completely redesign and redo that area. We are hoping to apply for some funding to do this but if anyone has any idea of other funding sources or help for improving the outdoor space please let us know. I have some ideas for improving it involving garden space and play areas so if you are interested in helping us with this do get in contact.

Strike Day Information

You will be aware the NUT is planning a teachers’ strike day on Wednesday 26th March. If the strike day goes ahead which I think it will then we will be closed to children on that day. So please make child care arrangements for that day. This will not affect Year 4’s residential trip in any way.

Toby’s Last Day

We are saying goodbye to Toby Earle our site manager today. Toby has only worked for us a short while but he has been a great member of the Middle Street team. Toby, thanks for looking after our school so brilliantly we shall miss you.

Anti-Bullying Workshop

We are holding an Anti-Bullying workshop for parents and carers in school on Tuesday  1st April. No, it’s not an elaborate April Fool’s joke so do look out for further information very soon.

On-Time Teds

This week’s Key Stage 1 winners are Year 1 and in Key Stage 2 the winners are Year 3 and Year 6. Well done again to all three classes for being on time for school!

Governors News

Our team of governors had a training morning on Thursday. The training was on the changing and developing role of a school governor. Governors found out what is expected of them generally and when Ofsted come calling. A very interesting morning for us all.

Congratulations to…

Tabani in year 6 represented Brighton and Hove schools on Saturday at the Sussex School Games final in Bexhill. The Brighton Boys team, of which Tabani was a member came second overall and were awarded School Games silver medals. Well Done Tabani!

Betsy in Year 1 and Tia in Year 6 are the winners of our book competition. They won book tokens each. Well done Betsy and Tia and thank you to everyone who took part.

Eleanor in Year 2 who won a Tom Gates book by L. Pichon today for being the most imaginatively dressed book character. Eleanor was a Fantastic Mr Fox. Well done Eleanor!

Clothing Sale

Pre-loved and Worn Again will be running a second hand children’s clothing sale in the school hall on Wednesday 18th March. Sale starts at 3.15. Any unclaimed lost property will also be sold and profits will go to PTA. Children can sell their unwanted toys and books etc and earn some extra pocket money. PTO for more info.

Easter Break

Children finish for the Easter break on Friday 4th April Children return to school on Tuesday 22nd April.
The school is also closed for Polling Day on Thursday 22nd May. The day will become a staff training day replacing one planned before Easter.