1st October 2004

VIP Visitors

We had a visit on Tuesday morning from the Education Secretary, Charles Clarke, and our local MP, Dave Lepper. They were interested in finding out about our Breakfast club, and how it helps working parents. Mr Clarke thought that the children were “delightful”, and commented on how polite, confident and assured they all were.

Year 6 Secondary Transfer

This is a reminder in advance that your preference forms for secondary school must be handed in to the school office by no later than 3.00 p.m. on 22nd October. Please do not be late with your child’s form, any handed in late will not be looked at until all of the forms sent in on time are dealt with. In the recent past, some families have been very disappointed not to be considered for first preferences, as this rule is rigorously applied throughout Brighton and Hove.

Year 6 Assembly

It was lovely to hear all about the children’s experiences in Little Canada in a special assembly this morning. They showed a video of some of their exploits. You can see photographs of the visit on our frequently updated website www.middlestreet.org

Black History Month

We have some copies of leaflets about the Black History Month activities in Brighton and Hove.

Parent Governors

As we have had more parents interested in becoming governors than vacancies, Mrs Brill is organising an election. Ballot papers will be coming home late next week.

School Association

The School Association supports the school by organising and running social and fund-raising events. The association does not have a representative role, but it is very import to the life of the school. At the start of a new school year, you are invited to meet with some current members of the School Association, at an informal gathering on Thursday 7th October in the Family Room. Do come along to find out how you can get involved, you don’t have to commit a lot of time, anything that you can do will help.


Our Education Welfare Officer, Mark Flemming has been in school looking at our registers. He is rather concerned at the level of lateness throughout the school. He is aware of the particular circumstances regarding traffic congestion and the Labour conference this week, but there is still a lot of lateness. He wants me to remind parents that the law not only requires that children should attend school, but that they should be punctual. This is important because children who are late often miss out on important instructions and organisation, it can be very embarrassing for them to come into class or assembly late, and also, punctuality is a good habit to get into for later in life.


I am afraid that we have some cases of head lice in school – please work with us and check your child’s hair regularly and treat if necessary. Could you all have a blitz this weekend?

In School This Week:

Year 6 Artists

Four children went to Falmer School on Wednesday to take part in an Art Extravaganza funded by Excellence in Cities. Molly, Ivy, Agnes and Miles enjoyed getting messy and creative with clay, masks-making, sculpture and Aboriginal art activities, with the help of Mr Dyer who went with them.

Year 1 children had a very exciting visit to Hove Museum to look at the toy exhibition.

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