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It is that time of year, one of our absolute personal favourite moments, when we present our very special “Anne Newson” awards to one child from each year group.

The award was setup a few years ago, in tribute to one of our very loyal and dedicated school governors, who sadly passed away, and at her families request, for us to keep our school in her memory, the award was created. All our teachers and teaching assistants, get together for each year group, and choose one child, who they have felt that are role models, always smiling, always working hard, and even in the face of adversity, have continued to try to do their absolute best, and have have been an absolute inspiration to both their teachers, and their peers.

So this afternoon, we had a very emotional assembly, in attendance were the selected children’s parents who had been told earlier in the week, even though the children had no idea, and we heard from each of the children’s teacher exactly why they had been chosen, and the reasons were inspirational and moving, and all of our 600 children walked from assembly with their heads held high in pride for their friends.

The well deserved awards were presented to:

Millie Grubb, Year 3

Tyler Voice, Year 4

Alyssia Phelps, Year 5

Gabz Shackleton, Year 6

Well done to all of you, you have made our school very proud.

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We are overwhelmed with some lovely presents we have received at our school, and wanted to share a couple with you, Thank you to the parents and children who have given us these, we feel very special.

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At Maidenbower Junior school, we love to share in the celebration of achievements of our pupils who participate in out of school activities, and we are very pleased to share that Erika Sait has been awarded her breaststroke trophy, points award and medals from the club championships. Well done Erika, we are very proud of you, and thank you to mum for allowing us to publish this.

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What an amazing Science week we have had! From parents coming in to talk about using science in their jobs, to parents coming in to watch crazy science experiments, “Blast Science” coming in to show all our children how much fun science can be, and finally, a dressing up event, to which all children and staff threw themselves into and an amazing array of costumes !

Thank you to all our children, parents and staff, and Blast Science, who have contributed to this week. You have proved that indeed:Science Rocks!

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Well what a busy couple of days!

An amazing sports day as always for Maidenbower Juniors, despite the last minute change to split across 2 days, and the scorching temperatures that Lower School had to endure on Wednesday, and the torrential downpour and thunder that Upper school endured on Thursday (only in England can this weather climate change so quickly), all the children still put 110% into all their events and an amazing couple of mornings were enjoyed.

Thank you to all the parents, carers, and Grandparents who came along to support our children, in all weathers, it was a fantastic turnout.

And lastly, but certainly not least, a huge well done to Ivory House who claimed the trophy this year!

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We are absolutely delighted to inform you that a comprehensive Ofsted inspection of our school on the 9th and 10th of May produced the following gradings;

Effectiveness of leadership and management – GOOD

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment – GOOD

Personal development, behaviour and welfare – GOOD

Outcomes for pupils – GOOD Overall effectiveness – GOOD Hoorah! I

I hope you are all as thrilled as we are with the confirmation that we are a GOOD school and that we work really hard to ensure all children in our care are taught well and are happy here. We know we are a good school but how great is that feeling now? We can stand taller, carry ourselves proudly and look folk in the eye knowing the journey we have been on, what we have achieved and can achieve in the future!

I would like to draw your attention to particular comments from the report; 

The curriculum is well-planned and imaginative. 

Teachers sustain pupils’ interest, providing them with a range of engaging and exciting and learning opportunities. 

Our children make good progress in reading, writing and maths. 

A strong culture of safeguarding is threaded through the school

Please read the full report here. It makes very enjoyable reading!

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We have had a lovely morning, celebrating the official grand opening of our new school library, our Choir sung, we had book recitals, and lots of thank you’s all round to all the people who have planned, fund raised, and supported us to be able to achieve such a wonderful reading area, that is loved by all our children and staff !

Romesh Ranganathan finished off our opening by cutting our ribbon and a heartwarming speech about his fond memories of reading at his own school library when he was younger.

Thank you to our PTA, Governors, parents, staff and our children, for all your support.

 

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On Friday Maidenbower Junior went on lots of adventures! We went up Mount Everest, travelled to Ancient Greece, visited Egypt and perused round some Roman Ruins !!! All thanks to Google who brought in their  Pioneer Program kits and used it in conjunction with “Google Expeditions”, a free app that can be downloaded onto any smart device and in conjunction with Google Cardboard, made a 3D Virtual reality system for all of our 600 children to enjoy and be amazed with !!!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Google for coming in and allowing us to experience this, and I know a lot of children have asked us about how they can get this at home and further information can be found here.

 

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Thank you so much to Helen Dennis who came in and did 4 presentations to each year group, reading extracts from her books, engaging children in the storylines, getting them to help act out some stories, and sharing her experiances as an author, a good time was had by children and staff. You can find out more details about Helen and her books at http://hldennis.com/

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What an amazing day we had at Maidenbower Junior School on World book day and our Maidenbower Mile, some superb costumes from both children and staff for our book characters, and such determination and stamina shown by the children in their efforts to run the Maidenbower Mile, and raise funds for our new school library, we have had some amazing money come in.

We would like to thank all parents and children for their sponsorship and partaking in the Dress up.