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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.

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We are very proud to have just received a letter, from Sir Lenny Henry, thanking us for being a “Super School” for our efforts on Comic Relief Red nose day !! Well done to all teachers, children and parents who have helped us raise so much money for this charity in previous years.

Letter from Sir Lenny Henry

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We had such a fun Maths day on Friday, we would like to give a huge thank you to all the parents, grandparents and relatives that gave up their time on Friday morning to talk to the children about their job “with numbers”, the children, and staff enjoyed listening to you all !

And we are overwhelmed with the number of parents and relatives that joined us in the afternoon for our maths games, we really appreciate your support with this amazing day !

Also, the children looked so good with their costumes, here are a few photos that were taken to show some of the amazing dressing up we had.

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Well done to all our 20 Eco Representatives across our schools, they successfully planted 150 trees in our North Field, to make start on Maidenbower Junior School having their very own forest for forest schools !! and a big thank you to Tom from Sussex Wildlife and all his youth rangers for supervising and all their professional advice to the children, they have learnt a great deal.

 

 

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Yesterday we were told that we have been selected to win £1000 to spend at the newly opened Sport shop in Crawley “Decathlon”, we are very excited and looking forward to spending this money.

Thank you to all the children involved in helping this happen, and a huge thank you to Decathlon !!!

This is the post we received:

 

Congratulations to Maidenbower Junior school who won our School competition for our opening !!!
A £1000 voucher for you to spend in sports equipment… Let’s play more sports at school !