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We have many proud moments in our school year. One of our proudest is The “Anne Newson” Award Assembly. This Award is dedicated to the memory of a former Governor who, at an early age, passed away due to illness, some years ago. We honour her bravery, her resilience and her positivity by giving this yearly award to one child in every year group. Staff in the year group select the child who have shone throughout the year in all manner of ways and no matter what adversity might have beset them. These children truly reflect our MJS values.

We also have new award in memory of Ursula Woods called “The Spirit of Sport”, this is an annual award given to one child in the school for sport.  This could be sporting achievements, sporting attitudes or an act of fair play and support for others.  Congratulations to Hayden in Year 5 for winning this year’s award.  This was awarded for an incredible act of sportsmanship during a recent Maidenbower Mile.

This morning we had a very emotional assembly, attended by parents and friends of the five chosen children. We heard in turn from their teachers as to why they are so deserving of the Award. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house by the end of the assembly!

Well done to such deserving winners. We are all immensely proud of you!

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Well done to our Year 3’s for putting together an amazing display of all their learning for the Roman era, work was displayed via art, writing, electronic presentations and quizzes and was enjoyed by all the other year groups, our new Year 2 children who will be joining us in September, and all parents, grandparents and carers. We thought you may enjoy a small selection of photo’s of the showcase.

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The school has recently achieved the Autism Awareness Award which demonstrates that provision for pupils with Autism meets national standards intended to support equality of access for ASC children. The Award sets the school apart from other providers, giving recognition of the fact that inclusive approaches are fully embedded throughout the year groups. We attended the award ceremony that included some excellent speakers on the autistic spectrum. Joe Jones, a professional photographer gave a particularly though-provoking speech about his difficult journey through the education system. Daniel Wakeford professional singer/songwriter, musician and of ‘The Undatables fame’ performed his inspirational music and was interviewed by his father in relation to his successes and how his diagnosis of autism has not held him back in any way. Quite the opposite! We are extremely proud to have been a part of the process in gaining the Autism Aware Award and having met the standards to achieve the award.

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Artwork in MJS has taken on an Easter theme at the request of our most recent commission, Treasure Chest Softplay in Crawley!
 
The children were given a choice from different stimulus and were able to use a variety of materials and methods to bring the template to life. The artists were asked to think about their audience and to recognise 3D art compared to 2D.
 
The children were very proud of the work that they produced and we are grateful to staff at Treasure Chest for giving us the opportunity to share the artists’ talents.

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We have been celebrating World Book day at Maidenbower Junior and are enjoying the vast array of costumes and dressing up, and the wonderful imagination of our children and parents, we have Harry Potters, Wally’s, Disney, animals, PT Barnum’s,  Boys in dresses, Tom Gates, and so many many more, here is a few of the many photos we have taken and are able to share with you.

Thank you to all parents, carers and grandparents for supporting and providing outfits for today.

 

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It is with great sadness that as a school, we are having to share the news of the death of our colleague and our  friend. 
Ursula Woods sadly passed away on the afternoon of  Friday 22nd February leaving her four children.
We think of her affectionately and for all she contributed to the children, to the school and to the Friends committee in which she played such an active part right up to the end manning the tombola stall at the Christmas Fair! She also supported the Coco’s Foundation too.
 
With thanks for all you have done for us, Ursula. 
With love from us all at Maidenbower Junior School.
 

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The children have transferred their creative skills to Christmas this term and have designed and created some beautiful works of art. The children thought carefully about what passengers would like to see on their travels and developed new skills as they produced these inspiring pieces. You will find these on a variety of Fastway 100, Fastway 20 and Fastway 10 buses. 
 
As we did before, we have set the children a challenge!
 
Spot a piece of art – take a selfie – send it in.