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Spring 2 Newsletter

posted 7 Mar 2014 06:04 by Office MIS

Congratulations to Miss Jones and Mrs Burley’s class who had the most children using sustainable travel to school during the first half of the Spring term.
We support Car Free Fridays and National Walk to School week particularly to ease congestion on Harvest Road. Therefore if it is impossible for you to leave the car at home on these days we ask that you park legally away from Harvest Road and suggest using the car park at Maidenbower Playing Fields or Frogshole Farm pub; and ‘stride’ from there. 

Thank you to all of you who park sensibly and safely.
May I remind you that there is no parking available to parents and carers on the school site. Please do not park in the Children and Family Centre car park or on the drive beyond the ‘hedgehog’ crossing. There have been some near misses when children have been using the crossing. Please help us to keep the children safe.
Many thanks for supporting the School Councillors’ request to push scooters to and from the scooter park. The playground feels much calmer (and safer) at the beginning and end of the day. The School Councillors are very pleased with themselves and are proud that through discussion and action they can make a difference for the better to school life.

We work closely with Brighton University to support Initial Teacher Training. We currently have students in Mrs Boxall’s class and Mrs Waters’ class. The students are well supported by the teaching team in each year group, a school based mentor and a tutor from the university. We wish them every success.
Unfortunately it’s that time of year when headline are becoming a problem! If you notice any lice or eggs in your child’s hair please treat immediately and inform the school office. 
I hope you all received the leaflet on Friday. 
Once you have informed the office staff we will then send a note to the class or year group concerned in the anticipation that you will all check and treat the family if necessary.
The grey eggs are unhatched, the white ones are shells and have hatched!

You may be aware that the Coalition Government has made funding available to schools for Years 1 and 2 to improve the provision of Physical Education and sport in primary schools. So far we have used the funding to provide a swimming course at K2 for all Year 2 children. We are now in a position to provide ‘Kicks Dance’ for all Year 1 children on Friday afternoons in school. The content will be slightly different from the after school club. 
The sessions will begin on Friday 21st March 2014, please see dates below:

Miss Jones and Mrs Burley’s class 21st Mar,  4th Apr,  25th Apr  and  2nd May

Mrs Waters’ class 16th May,  23rd May,  6th Jun  and  13th Jun

Mrs Kemecsei’s class         20th Jun,  4th Jul  and  11th Jul

**The children must have their PE kits in school**

Sports relief is happening on Friday 21st March this year.
To get into the spirit of it the children are welcome to wear sports clothing to school.
As we are focusing on raising funds for The Cocos Foundation ‘Build4TheFuture’ project we are not asking 
for donations for Sports Relief.

Diary Dates
Friday 14th March Dance Time at the Hawth
Monday 24th March Class photos
Tuesday    22nd April   INSET day. School closed for children

Friends’ Events
Friday       21st March        Quiz Night
Friday       4th  April           Easter egg hunt for all children during the school day

We're taking part in Waste Week...why don't you?

We are the Eco team and we are taking part in Waste Week as part of our Eco Schools work. We are trying to reduce the amount of waste produced by our school that goes to landfill sites. We want to reduce, reuse or recycle as much of our rubbish as possible.

During the month of March we will be running a ‘Lunchtime Crunchtime’ campaign. This is to raise awareness of how much lunchtime rubbish goes into landfill bins and hopefully to reduce this.

We need your help!!

Can you help us reduce our waste and help us achieve our Waste Watch certificate by…
Bringing lunch in a reusable lunch bag or box
Packing sandwiches in foil or a sandwich box
Putting crisps, biscuits, cake, cheese, fruit in small Tupperware or reusable plastic pots
Bringing a drink in a reusable drinks bottle
Cutting down on the amount of pre-packed and individually wrapped items
Packing food your child likes and of an amount they will be able to finish
We want to aim for ‘zero waste’ lunchboxes!

Perhaps together you would like to investigate how much waste you produce at home.

How much do you throw away?
Do you compost organic waste?
Do you recycle everything that the council will take away in your red top bin?
Do you know what can be recycled and what has to go to landfill?
What do you do with clothes, toys or household items you no longer want?
Can you get creative and think of ways to reuse some of the things you would normally throw away? 

Together we want to take care of our precious planet by following the 3Rs…

                                          Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Thank you for helping,

The Eco Team   

P.S Visit www.recyclenow.org.uk for more information and fun things to do.

Friends Quiz Night 21/03/14

posted 3 Mar 2014 06:00 by Web Administrator

The Friends are holding a Quiz Night in the infant school hall on Friday 21st March at 7.30, doors open at 7pm. The Quiz is for adults only.

Tickets cost £3 per person. The winning team will be playing for a Delta Force paintball voucher worth £100 and a bottle of wine per team member. Teams can be made up with a maximum of 8 people. Any profit from the evening will go to the School and Nursery but our main aim is to provide a fun social evening.

You are invited to bring in your own food and drink. We are trying the night without a bar this time and any feedback after the night would be appreciated. We are unable to provide glasses, crockery or cutlery. 

If you wish to come, please complete the slip below and return to The Friends post box at the office, with payment, by Friday 14th March. Email confirmation will be sent out and this will act as your ticket. If you would prefer a paper ticket they will be distributed on Wednesday 19th March.

We hope to see many of you on the 21st and thank parents and families for their continued support. 

Kind regards, 

The Friends                            


Number of tickets required…………  Amount enclosed………. (£3 Per ticket) (cheques made payable to ‘The Friends of Maidenbower Infant School and Nursery’)

Child’s name and class………………………………………………………………………

Adult’s name………………………………………………………………………………………

Email address……………………………………………………………………………………

I require a paper ticket - Yes/No

Friends Spring Newsletter

posted 28 Jan 2014 01:44 by Web Administrator   [ updated 28 Jan 2014 01:45 ]

Happy New Year!

We hope you have all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the spring term (even if it is a little wet!).

We have some exciting things planned this term of which further details will be sent out via parentmail.

We would love to have more parents involved in the Friends so please let us know if you can help.

Along with our school fundraising this year we are working in conjunction with the school to raise funds for the Coco’s foundation and as part of this in May I will be taking part in their next trip to Africa. I shall be seeing first-hand the work that they do and finding out where and how the money you raise is distributed.
Along with this trip we are also looking for Knitters! I am hoping to take a number of ‘Coco’s Cuddles’ blankets over which have been hand
knitted/crocheted. Whether you can knit or would like to learn I will be having Knit and Natter mornings at Stepney’s every Friday 9am
after school drop off. (6” squares / 4mm needles / Stylecraft special DK Wool)

CoCo’s Foundation explained....
Over the past couple of years both the School and the Friends have been supporting the work that the CoCo’s foundation carry out. So far this year the Friends have raised over £295. With your help we have supported the CoCo’s Foundation to enable 7 families (35 orphans) to be kept together and spend Christmas in a home built by many volunteers through their Build4TheFuture project. They have also helped to supply 262,940 meals for children through the Food4Life project and through their Clothes4Clothes program 180 orphans
now have school uniforms, giving them the opportunity to go to school. If you would like to read more on this fantastic charity please visit their website www.cocosfoundation.co.uk or pop along to CoCo’s in Maidenbower Square and have a chat with Chris Connors, founder and devoted advocate.
Chris will also be coming into school as a guest speaker to explain and authenticate the foundations work at a date yet to be confirmed.

Money Raised 2013-2014

Adult Quiz Night Oct 2013
Another fun evening had by all raising £196 plus an additional £43 going towards the CoCo’s Foundation.

Fireworks Night 2013
A great night had by all and a fantastic amount raised of £2454 per school!

Christmas Disco Y1&2
With over 120 kids the disco was a fun filled evening and a credit to all for their good behaviour and although not advertised as a money raising event we still raised £143 which was donated to The CoCo’s Foundation.

Mad Hair Day Hair Spraying 2013
With plenty of crazy hair on display we managed to raise £15 donated to the CoCo’s Foundation.

Christmas Cards
All the fantastic children’s card designs raised £94. Each winning design received a £5 book voucher.

Christmas Fair 2013
With a slight change in proceedings this year this two school event was a success with the amount raised yet to be confirmed.

2013-2014 Events Calendar
Book Swap 31st January 2014
Small Change Race TBC
Adult Quiz/Race Night 21st March 2014
Easter Egg Hunt 4th April 2014
MSM/Family Fun Day 4th July 2014
Y2 Leavers Disco 18th July 2014
(Please note these are provisional and a few dates may change slightly)

Spring 1 Newsletter

posted 27 Jan 2014 05:51 by Web Administrator

Happy New Year!

We started last year with snow and this with torrential rain! 
I do hope that most of you managed to escape any flooding disasters.

Yet another fantastic performance by our wonderful children and staff.
We raised £680 for Coco’s Foundation bringing our total to £1360. As you may remember we are working with Pound Hill Infant School and the Brook School to raise £5000 to build a home for a child led family. We are almost there and will be concentrating on supporting just this charity for the rest of this academic year.
On Friday, during a brief spell of sunshine some School Councillors and I went over to Coco’s to present Chris Connors founder of Coco’s Foundation with our cheque. Needless to say Chris was delighted. He showed the children pictures of the family we are supporting and the tiny ‘stick shack’ they are currently living in and a picture of the brick construction we will provide. The children are really motivated to raise the rest of the money needed and get the house built.
Many thanks for your generosity.

It seems like a long time ago now!! 
Thank you for supporting us in the pouring rain!
Each school will receive £2454.10

The Christmas Fair
Another superbly organised event by the Friends of Maidenbower Infant School and Nursery, and The Brook School and Nursery.
We do not have a confirmed total raised yet. The Friends will inform you as soon as they can.

This term we are preparing workshops for parents focusing on reading, spelling and maths. Each workshop will be held in the studio. See diary dates for dates and times, you will receive a reminder nearer to the time.

This term Miss Jones and Mrs Burley’s consultation evenings will be Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February; both evenings will begin at 3.30. If you are unable to make your own child care arrangements there will be a crèche in Mrs Harper’s room in Red Unit.
All other consultation evenings are on 11th and 12th February. 
Lists to sign up for a 10 minute appointment with your child’s class teacher and Mrs Ayres (if appropriate) will be available from Monday 27th January.
If you are unable to make your own child care arrangements there will be a crèche in the studio. Some pre-school children find the time in the studio quite distressing – if possible please make alternative arrangements or keep them with you for the consultation.

Last term the School Councillors thought our school would be even better if we had a swimming pool! Therefore I was delighted to be able to provide swimming at K2 by using our Sports Funding. Last Friday we had to cancel due to the road conditions.

Teacher Training Students
This term we welcome student teachers into reception and Y1. The students will be supported by a tutor from Brighton University, the class teacher and a mentor.

May I remind you that the car park is for staff ONLY. Please do not drop children off or park in the staff car park while taking children to classes.
Parking is available in the junior school drop-off zone (parallel to harvest Road); at the shops or Maidenbower Playing fields.

Help us to keep everyone safe.
Thank you.

Autumn 3 Newsletter

posted 4 Dec 2013 02:10 by Web Administrator


I was amazed by your response to Mrs Fretwell’s appeal for help for the people of the Phillipines. With only two days’ notice we had gathered so much to send.

You’re amazing!


The children enjoyed a fabulous pyjama day for Children in Need and we managed to raise £304! I’m sure this will go a long way to making children’s lives better.

Thank you again!


The book fair was a huge success. Thank you for helping us raise enough to have £450 worth of books for the school.
Another big thank you.


CHRISTMAS DISCO (Y1 and Y2)             Friday 6th December 4-5.30

CHRISTMAS FAIR                                       Saturday 7th December 12-3.00

A CHRISTMAS RECIPE                              Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th December

PARTY DAY                                                  Friday 20th December


A Christmas Recipe 2013 Christmas Performance DVD

This year’s DVD will be filmed on the Wednesday morning performance and copies can be ordered at a cost of £5 each.
Please complete and return the reply slip to the school office no later than Friday 20th December 2013.
They will be distributed via the Book Bags when we return to school in the New Year. 


Friday 20th December
We party all day!!!!

Children may wear party clothes to school however they will need sensible school shoes. Please remember a coat as playtimes are likely to be chilly.

Hat parade
Please help your child to make a Christmas themed hat to wear at the Hat Parade.

Party food
We would be grateful for a contribution of 50p per child for party food. The teaching assistants will go shopping so please would you send your 50p into school by Thursday 19th December at the latest.
No donations of food thank you.

The children will be enjoying a performance by a children’s magician!! There will also be dancing and party games.


See you all on Tuesday 7th January 2014


Autumn 2 Newsletter

posted 29 Nov 2013 04:59 by Office MIS

This term seems to be flying by!
The weather is beginning to feel more autumnal now so please make sure your children bring a coat to school from now on.

Important reminder!
We encourage the children to walk or use their scooters to travel to school.
Please do not bring bicycles to school.

Please, please ensure that your child has a complete PE kit in school EVERY day. We are now preparing for our Christmas performance and the children will need PE clothes frequently.

This half term our thoughts turn to celebrating Christmas and the second part of this newsletter will inform you of the fun activities we have in store. 

Thank you so much for your generosity in providing tinned foods to help the Easter Team ensure that many people less fortunate than us in Crawley will have access to good food. Thank you for also providing some ‘treats’ such as biscuits and cakes for Christmas.
I’m sure this will make the festive season a little more special for them.

We will be running a Scholastic Book Fair On Monday 25th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th November. It will be held in the Studio from 3.00 to 3.30pm, please enter the Studio via the door on the main playground. Do come along and have a look there will an excellent range of children’s literature. If we are able to reach a target of £300 the school receives 100% commission which means…..for every book sold the schools gets one free!

Remember it’s pyjama day to raise money for Children in Need on Friday 15th November!!

Crawley Library is starting a new after school story time session on Tuesday afternoons 4-4.30pm. It is aimed at 5-7year olds to encourage them to continue to enjoy listening to stories even though they may be reading independently. It’s a free activity and there is no need to book a place, just come along on a Tuesday after school. 
They are also promoting their regular Saturday story time, 9.45-10.30am. On Saturday 16th November they have a new author, Michael Davidson, who will be reading his picture book ‘Ready Teddy Go’ followed by a craft activity, so any children and their families are welcome to attend.


Friday 29th November is Mad Hair day. The children may come to school with crazy hairstyles in return the donation of a Christmas gift to the value of at least £2 for dads. These gifts will then be displayed and sold in the Secrets Room at the Christmas fair. Please do not wrap the gifts as the children will do this in the Secrets Room. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS DISCO Friday 6th December
A fun disco for Years 1 and 2 ONLY.
Please see Friends Newsletter coming soon.

CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 7th December 
Please see Friends Newsletter coming soon.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Friday 13th December
Please order directly from Chartwells at www.mealselector.co.uk  for first time users you will need to register, choose the 13th December which looks like a normal day on the website but is definitely the Christmas lunch.
Please note the deadline for ordering is Sunday 1st December.

Christmas is fast approaching and I thought you might like to know about a couple of jolly seasonal services which will help you feel festive!
St Nicholas, Worth @ 11.30am & St Barnabas, Pound Hill @ 3.00pm, both on Sunday 1st December.
This is a service where we create an orange with sweets all around it to represent how God loves us all.  All the money raised goes to the Children's Society to help children wherever they may be both at home and abroad. 
St Nicholas, Worth & St Barnabas, Pound Hill BOTH @ 4.00pm on Christmas Eve, 24th December.
This is a wonderful service for all the family to enjoy, we remember the story of Jesus’ birth and we ask God to bless us all at this very special time of year. We are looking for children who would like to be part of this year’s Nativity play in either of the churches as one of the main characters so if you would like to play a special part in this please contact Revd.Angela on 01293 404127, there will be a dress rehearsal before the day and we've got lots costumes to go round!!  If not a special part then just dress up as any of the characters from the Christmas story, shepherds, angels, kings, camels, sheep, stars or anything else that might have been there and come along and join in on the day! We look forward to welcoming you all.
With every blessing, Revd. Angela


This year our production is A Christmas Recipe.

Tuesday 17th December Dress Rehearsal for pre-schools 1.30

Wednesday 18th December Performance 9.45 and 1.45

Thursday 19th December Performance 9.45
Please note that there will be no crèche and pre-school siblings, including babies will not be able to watch the performances on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make your own child care arrangements.

You will be able to order 2 tickets per family for a single performance nearer to the time. 

There will be a limited number of tickets for the dress rehearsal for grandparents, aunties and uncles to bring pre-school siblings but no babies. There will be a maximum of 2 tickets subject to availability.

Friends Quiz Night

posted 26 Sep 2013 02:52 by Office MIS

The Friends are holding a Quiz Night in the infant school hall on Friday 11th October at 7.30, doors open at 7pm. The Quiz is for adults only.

Tickets cost £2 per person. The winning team will take home 50% of the ticket sales. Teams can be made up on the night or you can make your own with a maximum of 8 people. Any profit from the evening will go to the School and Nursery but our main aim is to provide a fun social evening.

You are invited to bring in your own food but we are unable to provide crockery or cutlery. Please don’t bring any drink as there will be a bar available selling soft drinks as well as alcoholic beverages.

If you wish to come, please complete the slip below and return to The Friends post box just outside the office, with payment, by Friday 4th October. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Email confirmation will be sent out and this will act as your ticket. If you would prefer a paper ticket they will be distributed in book bags on Wednesday 9th October.

We hope to see many of you on the 11th and thank parents and families for their continued support.

Kind regards,

The Friends



Number of tickets required...........…………  Amount enclosed……...........…. (£2 Per ticket)

(cheques made payable to ‘The Friends of Maidenbower Infant School and Nursery’)

Child’s name and class……………………………………………...............…………………………

Adult’s name………………………….........……………………………………………………………

Email address………………………………..........……………………………………………………

I will be making up my own team - Yes/No.     I require a paper ticket - Yes/No

Friends Autumn Newsletter

posted 26 Sep 2013 01:36 by Web Administrator   [ updated 26 Sep 2013 05:20 by Office MIS ]

Autumn 1 Newsletter

posted 26 Sep 2013 01:21 by Web Administrator   [ updated 26 Sep 2013 01:23 ]


Welcome back to the new school year.

All the children have settled into their new classes brilliantly.  


We are delighted to welcome new members of staff to our school team. Mrs Sarah Harper, our Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Olena Leach and Mrs Charlotte Theobold, Special Needs Support Assistants.


This year our In-Service training days will be as follows: Friday 25th October,

Monday 6th January, Tuesday 22nd April and Monday 2nd June.

School will be closed for the children on these days.



This is a very busy term with lots to look forward to and many opportunities to help you to be involved and informed.

Back to School Talks for Y1 and Y2 parents.

You are invited to come along to the studio to find out more about the learning that your children will be enjoying this year and how you can best support them. Please do try to come along.

Wednesday 9th October at 2p.m in the hall for Y1 parents and Thursday 10th October at 2pm in the studio for Y2 parents

I will give a short presentation about the year ahead and then your child’s teacher will talk to you in the classroom.

 Please note we are unable to provide a crèche on this occasion and ask you to make your own child care arrangements for any pre-school siblings.

Thank you.

 Consultation Evenings

This term consultation is by appointment.

Wednesday 16th October 10 minute appointments from 3.30 - 6.00

Thursday 17th October 10 minute appointments from 5 – 7.30

 Lists to sign up for an appointment will be displayed in year group cloakrooms from Tuesday 1st October

If it is impossible for you to sign up in person, due to work commitments, please call the School Office.

If you are unable to make your own child care arrangements there will be a crèche for your children in the studio so that you can talk to their teacher.

Celebration Assemblies

We will continue to offer you the opportunity to join us for Celebration Assembly on the Friday that we celebrate your child’s birthday. YR assembly will be in the studio at 10.00 and Y1 and Y2 assembly in the hall 10.30. There is no expectation that you will come but you will be most welcome.

We celebrate birthdays from the Monday to Sunday each week.



This year we will be celebrating Harvest in our assemblies. The Lighthouse Project who have been leading occasional assemblies in school for some years now and Mrs Boxall have links with the Easter Team who support many of the neediest people in our town. At this time of year we would like to help by collecting food to share with them

Please would you help us by contributing one tin of food (vegetables, fish, meat, fruit etc) that we will display during the week beginning Monday 14th October.

They would also appreciate sweets, boxes of biscuits etc to share at Christmas.



We have achieved the Eco Schools bronze award and gained our Travel Plan that shows our commitment to caring for the environment and sustainable travel. To this end we encourage children to come to school by any means other than by car! Every Friday is car free and children are asked to come to school on foot or by scooter. The week beginning Monday 7th October is our International Walk to School Week and we ask the children to walk or scoot every day. Please note children may NOT ride bicycles to school. The class with the most children who have not travelled by car (on Fridays and/or Walk to School Week) are rewarded with an extra playtime. 

Enriching the Curriculum

We are very proud of our curriculum. We strive to enrich children’s experiences by inviting a variety of visitors and theatre groups to support learning. This is very expensive and unfortunately our school budget doesn’t stretch far enough to pay for all of these events. Therefore we ask parents to donate a contribution of £10 per year to enable us to continue to provide an exciting curriculum full of first hand experiences.

To give you an idea of the cost:

Cuddle-Me-Do Farm: £200

Man from Story Mountain: £440

Timespan: £280


Please complete the reply slip below and return along with your contribution in an envelope to the School Office or your child’s class teacher.

Many thanks in anticipation of your support.

And while we’re on the subject of money…………………………

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) known as the ‘Friends of Maidenbower Infant School and Nursery’ have raised huge sums of money for our school through a variety of really fun fundraising activities. We have come to rely on this money to provide the very best of equipment for your children; (on average £10.000 per year) For example most recently we have been able to provide an artificial grass area for Blue Unit outdoor learning garden, replenish books and topic resources, update ICT equipment, provide shade and shelter, and improve our wild area and pond, with a viewing and dipping platform.

Unfortunately support for organising and helping at these events is dwindling. If you can spare some time to get involved please let us know.

A few reminders……

 School clothing:

·       Please make sure everything is named – it’s almost impossible to reunite unnamed clothing with owners!

·       Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school EVERY day. It is essential that children are dressed appropriately for the activity.

·       Long hair must be tied back for school; not only for safety but also to impede the spread of headlice!

·       Children may not wear any jewellery for PE activities and earrings should be removed on PE days unless recently pierced and then they may be covered with tape for the first six weeks. Please provide your own tape.

The school day:

·       May I remind you that the doors open at 8.40 for the children to change books and to begin early morning activities that settle them for their learning.

·       Register is at 9.00 and children arriving after this time will be marked as late.

·       If your child has an appointment during the school day please ensure the school office staff have sight of an appointment card or hospital letter.

·       If your child is unwell and unable to come to school please ensure that you let us know on the first morning of the absence – you may leave an answerphone message informing us of the symptoms/diagnosis if calling before 8.30. Thank you. 


Please only enter the playground via the two pedestrian gates and never through the staff car park. The car park is for staff parking only; if you do drive children to school please use the car park at the shops or the playing fields.

 Waterlea Fun Day, Furnace Green

I have been asked to advertise that Waterlea Adventure Playground is hosting a day of bouncy castles, parachute games and other activities including a BBQ on Sunday 6th October.


£10 Enriching the Curriculum contribution

 Child’s name……………………………………………………………………………………………………………Class………………………………………

 I enclose £10 contribution towards enriching the curriculum.



Friends Summer News Letter

posted 13 May 2013 04:52 by Web Administrator   [ updated 13 May 2013 04:53 ]

Summer Term is here!....please see our news letter for more details

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