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posted 19 Sep 2014 05:53 by Web Administrator   [ updated 19 Sep 2014 06:41 ]

Summer 2 Newsletter

posted 16 Jun 2014 04:12 by Web Administrator   [ updated 16 Jun 2014 04:31 ]

I can hardly believe that the final half term of this academic year and at last the sun is becoming a more familiar
feature of the weather! Please ensure that your children have a sun hat, have sun screen applied and a water bottle.

The transition programme for Year 2 preparing to move on to Maidenbower Junior School has been planned and the children will have opportunities to visit their new school to become familiar with the building and to meet the staff; they will also be spending time with the Brook children who will be attending the junior school to get to know each other and make new friends.

This is an opportunity for you and your child to celebrate the work they have done this year. There will be no crèche. Your child’s annual report will be coming home on Friday 11th July. Our reports are very detailed and therefore you may not need to discuss anything further. However teachers will be available should you need a quick chat.
Please return your report comments when you come to Open Evening or by Friday 18th July at the latest. Please note that the evening finishes at 7 p.m. so please arrive in good time to look through the work.
Thank you.

You will be informed of your child’s classteacher for September 2014 with the annual report; please take the opportunity to pop in and introduce yourself during Open Evening.

The Early Years Foundation Stage team will share your child’s annual report with you during consultation and you will have the opportunity to look through your child’s Learning Journal. You may then take the report home and return the completed comment section to school by Friday 18th July at the latest.
Lists to sign up for a consultation appointment will be displayed outside the Blue Unit from Monday 23rd June.

This week is e-safety week and we are teaching the children how to keep safe on the internet and linking this concept with Stranger Danger.
Please ask your children what they have learned about keeping themselves safe when using their electronic devices.

If your child will be in Year 1 or Year 2 in September 2014 please return your form if you do not ever want your child to have a free hot school meal. The local authority needs this information urgently.
Thank you.

Towards the end of each academic year we evaluate our practice and value your opinions and suggestions.
Please collect a questionnaire, that Governors ask you to complete as part of our school review, from the school office. Please return by Friday 20th June at the latest. Thank you.

You can also use this link Parent View which allows you to share your views of the school.

This term much of our PE is outdoor athletics in preparation for Sports Morning. Please ensure that your child
has a PE kit in school every day and that they have a pair of plimsolls or lightweight trainers that fit.
Thank you.

Sports Morning Friday 27th June 9.30 start
Our sports morning will be a little bit different this year. The children will take part in 6 different athletics events such as running, jumping, throwing and they will move around a circuit. You will be able to follow your child/children as they move around each of these events. The middle of the circuit will be available for parents to sit and watch.
The children will be working as a class and will earn points for each event. At the end of the Sport day a class from each year group will be announced as winners.

MIDSUMMER MADNESS 27th June 4pm – 7pm
A reminder that the Friends of Maidenbower Infant School are busy organising this amazing event.
Please come along and have some family fun!

Our children have benefitted from a range of activities this year that we have funded from the Government’s new initiative. Year 2 have enjoyed swimming lessons, Year 1 have had a great workout with Kicks dance and everyone has had the opportunity to increase activity through playground games led by a Play Leader.
Please see Primary Sports Grant for further details and to read our children’s responses to these new activities.

COCO’S FOUNDATION - Colours of South Africa
Due to your generosity we have almost raised enough money to complete a child led house for the orphans in South Africa that are supported by Coco’s Foundation. Ursula Woods, one of our parents, travelled to the village help.
Her diary is displayed in our library.
We are working with Pound Hill Infant School and The Brook School to raise some more money this term by holding a Colours of South Africa Day on Thursday 17th July.
In return for a donation we would love the children to come to school dressed in red, green, yellow, black and white. They could come dressed in one or all of the colours or a combination – entirely up to you!

Any lost property that has not been claimed by this Friday will go into the Clothes4Clothes bin to be recycled so that Coco’s foundation can buy school uniforms and new shoes to enable the children to go to school.

Diary date reminders
YR Summer Concert                Friday 4th July 9.30
Y1 Celebration of Learning       Friday 11th July 9.30
Y2 Celebration of Learning       Tuesday 15th July 2.00
Y2 Leavers’ disco                     Friday 18th July 4-5.30

Friends Summer 2 Newsletter

posted 16 Jun 2014 01:43 by Web Administrator   [ updated 16 Jun 2014 01:43 ]

Summer 1 Newsletter

posted 14 May 2014 06:19 by Web Administrator

Welcome to the Summer Term!

Last half term celebrations!

Our dancers had a wonderful experience being part of this West Sussex Schools celebration of dance. We opened the show and couldn’t be more proud of our children who were among the youngest performers. We were SO proud.
A huge well done to Miss Jones and Mrs Burley’s class who again had the friendliest feet last half term.
I think it’s time they had some competition……………so come on everyone let’s get walking on Fridays if you usually travel by car.
Many thanks to the Friends of Maidenbower Infant School and Nursery for organising a super Easter Egg Hunt on the last day of last term. The children had great fun!

The children have been enjoying some new experiences thanks to this funding.

Half of the Year 2 children have completed their swimming lessons and the others will go this term. They have loved this experience. I went to watch their final session and was so proud of each child’s progress whether this was overcoming a fear and becoming confident in the water or becoming a super swimmer.
Well done everyone!

You may have heard about Tom, our playleader from WSCC, who has been working us to make playtimes active and purposeful. The children have already learned lots of new games – Stuck in the Mud is a real favourite!

KICKS DANCE (or disco PE as I’ve heard it called!)
Year 1 children are having a great time following instructions, copying actions and showing off their talents to music. Their fitness MUST also be improving as each session is an hour of activity!

With reference to the letter I sent last academic year may I remind you that amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations removing references to family holidays and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a pupil can be away from school if the leave is granted. 

Therefore only unavoidable exceptional circumstances for a leave of absence from learning may now be considered by the Headteacher; this will seldom cover a holiday in term time.  It is anticipated that such situations will be rare and thus they must clearly illustrate why the request is considered unavoidable and exceptional and can only be undertaken during term time.

On Department for Education advice, any unauthorised holidays of five consecutive days or more will lead to the issuing of a fixed penalty notice. Currently the Regulations provide that the amount of penalty to be paid is £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice and £120 per parent per child if paid within 28 days. If payment is not made the matter proceeds to court.

These amendments came into force on 1st September 2013.

I’m sure that many of you have already noticed that Mrs Waters is expecting her first baby which is wonderful news.
Miss Hudson will be leaving us at the end of this term to take up a teaching post in Holland. I’m sure you join us in wishing both teachers the very best of luck!

We will be interviewing this term and I will let you know the names of the successful candidates as soon as possible.

SPORTS DAY – Friday 27th June
This year Sports Day will be different!
The event will be held in the morning (hopefully cooler than the afternoon) and will be a ‘carousel’ of activities. We will let you know the details nearer the time.

PE Lessons
Many PE lessons will be outdoors this term and therefore it is essential that the children have plimsolls or lightweight trainers in school EVERY day along with their PE kits. We still have several children relying on spare school kits – please ensure your child has their own PE kit in school every day as well. 
Thank you.

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.

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