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We have had an amazing amount of entries of Poems for our Book Fairs “Rhyme Craft” from our children, Thank you to to everyone who entered, we wish you could all win, but we could only select one winner from each year group, and we are so impressed with them, we would like to share their poems with you.

Year 3 – Clara, Winner of £5 Book Voucher
Bluebells
Bluebells are glistening bright
In the darkness of the night.
Glistening like streetlight,
People pass and feel just right
the wonder of nature glows
beautifully even in the fading light.

Year 4 – Calleigh, Winner of £5 Book Voucher
Autumn
Longer nights will soon be here once the day has passed.
Chilly winds shake the leaves to the ground.
The light Grey squirrel collecting his nuts storing them for winter
Crunchy leaves denote the frost, summer is finally gone.

Year 5 – Farah, Overall winner of £10 Book Voucher
Spring
The long cold winter is melting away
A single red bird was spotted today,
Through the mist the sun is peeking
Squirrels are about and acorn seeking,
New life has come to fields and woods,
Kids venture out in sweatshirts with hoods,
In just a few weeks the river will flow.
Blossoms on trees will be starting to show,
There’s still a chill in the spring time air
Winter has gone, but the memory is still there,
Summer is waiting a few months beyond
To warm the air and the meadow and pond,
A gopher peers out from the holes that he makes
Springtime is when the whole world awakes!

Year 6 – Donovan, Winner of £5 Book Voucher
Technology
Phones at use
Kids playing virtual games,
Electricity produced,
Every single day.

Letters out the window,
Board games in the past,
People look on super screens,
Until they will exhaust.

Money flying around,
Wires on the ground,
Nobody knows what is happening,
Everywhere else around.

People trying to reach out,
Letters with no replies,
We’re all using cloud,
Nobody thinks outside.

Happiness commencing,
Letters now arrive,
We can’t depend on tech,
When we all have lives.

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What a wonderful set of parents and children we have at Maidenbower, we were overwhelmed at the food contributions donated for this years Harvest Festival, which were collected and very much appreciated by Crawley Open house, Thank you all so much for your generosity.

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We were very lucky today to receive a visit from Jim Smith, famous author Barry Loser and new book “Future Ratboy”.

He gave a presentation to all our year 3 and 4 children, which they were totally enraptured with, and then signed the books that children had brought.

A big thank you to Jim, and the Book Nook crew who thoroughly entertained our children this morning.

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What a fab start to our staff fundraising week for Macmillan, our star bakers were busy yesterday providing a much enjoyed morning coffee break today! We were more than happy to part with our money for a slice of cake and a pastry. Cakes will be baked and brought in all week by different staff. As usual, Miss Negus was tasting and judging, Mr Pike had to refrain from judging this year, due to having submitted his own Cake entry! so the very gallant Mr Davies stepped in as Miss Negus’s sidekick in trying a piece of all the goodies, and our Bake off star will be announced at the end of the week, along with the grand total of money raised.

      

 

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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!