Archive for May 6th, 2005

6th May 2005

Friday, May 6th, 2005

New Headteacher for Middle Street Primary School
Please see the letter attached to find out who it is…….

End of Key Stage SATs

The children in Year 2 are continuing very sensibly and calmly with their assessments for their end of Key Stage 1 SATs. Year 6 children will be sitting their national SATs test next week. We are confident that they will all do their very best, and will rise to the challenge.

Events Next Week

There are lots of events and activities planned for next week. On Monday, Year 2 are visiting the Booth Museum in the afternoon. Year 5 are having and art workshop at school.
On Tuesday, Nursery children will be treated to a Music Workshop, kindly funded by Family Investments. Year 5 are going to Fabrica Art Gallery for a workshop.
On Wednesday Year 5 children are off to Foredown Tower to find out about the planets, and to look at the countryside via the wonderful camera obscura.
Thursday sees Year 5 off to Brighton Museum and then Preston Manor for their Victorian role-play. Children in Years 3 and 4 are starting to make some models as part of the historical display at Brighton Museum to celebrate our bi-centenary. Year 1 children will be treated to a handling session of Victorian household artefacts.
On Friday, Year 5 are having an art workshop. Children in Years 3 and 4 will continue with their clay model making.

Festival Parade Tomorrow

Everything is ready for the parade. Props, masks and costumes are finished and Mr Brazil and the Band are ready to Samba. Our school will be meeting at point 39 in Pelham Square at 10 a.m. The Samba Band should arrive earlier at 9.30 a.m. Please remember that staff will not take responsibility for any children before, during or after the parade. It looks like the weather will be fine, and hopefully everyone will wear costumes to match the Jungle Book theme– jungle animal colours or traditional Indian costume for children and adults.
The props are absolutely magnificent and represent a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication by a relatively small group of parents and carers. Thank you so much to those who have worked away for hours on end, your perseverance and amazing dedication is really appreciated. It will all be worth it on the day!

“Low Tide” Event

After the parade, from 12 noon to 5p.m., there will be lots of family centred, free activities on Rottingdean Beach.

National Awards

I am very proud to report that the school has recently achieved two prestigious awards in recognition of excellent teaching and learning. We have achieved an extension to our Active Mark Gold Award, which recognises that the provision for PE and Games throughout the school is of the highest quality. We are one of only 72 schools throughout the country to be assessed at this highest level for the second time.

We have also been re-assessed for the Basic Skills Quality Mark, signifying that the provision for the teaching of Literacy and Numeracy throughout the school continues to be of a very high standard.

Julie Aldous to be the new Headteacher (attached letter)

I am delighted to inform you that following a lengthy and thorough selection process overseen by advisors from the Local Education Authority, the governors have appointed Mrs Julie Aldous to be the new Headteacher of Middle Street Primary School from September 2005. There was a very strong field of applicants for the post, as there were several highly qualified and very experienced candidates who wished to become Headteacher of this school.
As you know, Julie Aldous is currently Deputy Headteacher and SENCo at the school, and I am sure that you will all be as delighted as the whole staff group and the children are that she will take over as Head of the school next year. Julie has proved herself to be an exceptional Deputy Headteacher, and I am more than confident that she will lead Middle Street Primary on to even greater things in the future. I know that she is extremely happy to have been appointed, and is looking forward to working in even closer partnership with all of you in the future as Headteacher.

On a personal note, I could not have been happier that the governors have chosen Julie. It will be very difficult for me to leave Middle Street Primary, however, leaving will now be much easier as I have every confidence that Julie will be a superb Headteacher. Not only is she an outstanding teacher and Deputy Headteacher, but I know that she has the best interests of the children, the staff and the whole school at heart. She has a real passion for her work, and is highly dedicated and committed to making Middle Street the best school that it can be for all of the children here. I could not have passed on the leadership of this wonderful school to anyone better.

I am sure that you will all join me in congratulating Julie on this wonderful news, and wishing her well as she takes over the reigns from September.

Gina Hutchins