28th February 2014

Cross Country Stars

We had a group of 29 children who, on Wednesday afternoon went along to Waterhall to take part in the primary schools cross country competition. All the children did well, completing the course of just over a mile. They ran like the wind! So well done to all of them. Tabani did exceptionally well coming 9th in the year 6 boys race. Tabani will represent Brighton and Hove in the county championships This Saturday..

Ms Busby took the children along for the afternoon and has not stopped singing the children’s praises. She tells me not only did they perform well in the races they were also excellent ambassadors for the school. They were polite, friendly to other runners and praising other childrens performances. Thank you children we are all very proud of you!

Spelling Workshop

Ms Davies is holding a spelling workshop for parents and carers on Tuesday 2.15 – 3.00. You should have already had an invite to the event. If you did not receive one do ask at the office for a copy or just turn up on Tuesday. The event takes place in the hall.

Good Manners

Mr Smart has been working in recent assemblies on encouraging the children to use their good manners. We have seen an incredible improvement in children’s ‘pleases’ and ‘thank yous’ as well as very obvious respectful behaviour towards each other and the adults in the school. Mr Smart along with the rest of the school staff team are supporting the children by encouraging and developing these skills in the children over the coming weeks.

World Book Day

World Book Day is next Thursday. On the day we will be dropping everything and reading a book at a certain time in the day. All the staff as well as the children will join in. We are also holding a story book session in the afternoon. Adults in the school will be reading a selection of stories or poems and children can choose who they go to.

Big Pedal

Middle Street are taking part in the Big Pedal competition. The competition is based around encouraging children to cycle to school. Each day children who have cycled to school are recorded on a chart, totals generate a wheelie character. Children receive points and certificates for cycling to school.

Family Fun Bike Ride – 7th March

Please turn over to read about the Family Fun Bike Ride. Find out how you can join in. Joining in will help you add points for the Big Pedal competition

New Curriculum

Our recent training day (Monday) was focused on beginning our journey of reviewing our school curriculum in the light of the new national curriculum. We are excited by this opportunity to review the teaching and learning in our school. Although many learning journey titles will remain the same we are making some changes to them and introducing completely new ones. More importantly we have used the opportunity to review how our curriculum reflects our school community, how we use the school community and local environment to enrich our curriculum and what we feel we miss out on by being an urban city centre school.

On-Time Teds

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

Teachers Strike Day Information

You are probably aware the NUT is planning a strike day on Wednesday 26th March. This may mean we will be closed to children on that day. This will not affect Year  4’s residential trip in any way.

Another Middle Street Baby

Ms Lawrence our Year 5 teaching assistant gave birth to a baby girl in the half term holiday. Congratulations Ms Lawrence from everyone at Middle Street.

Site Manager Moving On

Toby our site manager has decided to move on to new challenges. He will be leaving us on Friday next week. We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Toby we have really enjoyed having him as part of the Middle Street team. He has looked after us and our school extremely well so we will miss him. We wish him luck in his new job.

We are therefore recruiting for a new site manager and have advertised the post in the Argus and on the Brighton and Hove website.

If you know anyone who might be interested in taking on the role of a site manager and joining our Middle Street team do let us know. The closing date for applications is next Friday. The role includes, cleaning, site security, general handyperson jobs etc.

Garden Help Needed Urgently

Mrs Purdy would like some muscular volunteers to help with building raised beds from sleepers which are very, very heavy. If you have carpentry skills please come and help. We also need to have some shrubs removed. Volunteers step forward and let the office know if you can help and we’ll put you in touch with Mrs Purdy.

Second Hand Clothes Sale

A couple of parents are planning a second hand clothes sale in the near future. Part of the sale will include the huge amount of unclaimed lost property which we gather each term. The proceeds from the lost property sale will be donated to the PTA fund.

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.

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