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Year 5, thoughtfully created a variety of Christmas themed artwork, last week. The children looked at the skills they needed for each option and the materials available, before deciding which ones to create. They were careful and enthusiastic during their work and considered their audience.
The children are very proud of their achievements, and rightly so.
These beautiful pieces of art are displayed at Treasure Chest soft play in Crawley.

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Dear Parents,

The footbridge leading from Parker Close to the school site was inspected on Friday 4 October.

The bridge has deteriorated since a previous inspection in April this year. Of particular concern are the timber guardrails on both sides, which are severely rotten in several places. The guardrails are at risk failure if reasonable force is applied, e.g. a child leaning on them or one child pushing another. The non-slip finish to the bridge deck is in very poor condition and poses a trip/slip hazard to pedestrians. This is exacerbated in wet weather and by fallen leaves and other detritus.

The report goes on to say that the Council strongly recommend that action is taken to mitigate the serious health and safety risks outlined above. Their advice is to close the bridge until repairs have been carried out and so we will be closing the bridge from and including Thursday 17th October.

Please find and allow time for alternative routes to the schools via either Maidenbower Drive or by using the footpaths to the shop area.

We will keep you updated with the timetable of repairs to the bridge once we are in receipt of this.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Mrs Jenkins
Headteacher

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The children of Maidenbower Junior School were thrilled to take part in the recent art installation at three bridges station. They enthusiastically researched and sketched their design ideas based around the theme of transport, creating some beautifully innovative scenes. We looked at the previous work of Lionel Stanhope, visited the station to get a feel for the area, and created bright, bold, eye-catching mural ideas. The children were truly inspired by the idea of being a part of an art installation that they would be able to show off to their friends and family about for years and years to come. Their enthusiasm, ignited through a sense of purpose – a real focus. Thank you for including us in this exciting experience, and we certainly think it has had a positive impact on the area!

Many thanks to all for inviting us to take part.

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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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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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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.

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Some of our Year 5 girls have been very busy making and selling Pom Poms to pupils, in order to raise funds for Breast cancer, we love their initiative and talents, and they sold all their pom poms (to staff as well!), well done girls for raising £40 in total, an amazing amount.

 

 

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In November 2017 we planted trees and a hedgerow at the end of the North field and have created an outside learning environment/forest schools area. Last month a group of workers from Gatwick Greenspace, part of Sussex Wildlife Trust came and helped us to maintain our trees and create a fire circle and pathways. We are very excited that this has created a welcoming environment for the children to enjoy the area and its wildlife. We have recently planted an Oak tree courtesy of Mrs Jenkins and a couple of trees donated to us by one of our pupils “Hermione”. We are looking forward to being able to go outside and use this are now.

 

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Dear Supporters

We are pleased to announce we have launched a school lottery dedicated to raising money through the community FOR the community.

Click here for details of how you can enter – it is a very simple online process. Just register, select your numbers or accept those chosen for you, and set up a direct debit or pay by credit/debit card. Easy.

Tickets cost £1 each week and you can buy as many as you like. All the profit from ticket sales comes back to the school to be spent on extra-curricular activities and resources for the children. Some of our upcoming projects will be literacy items, maps to inspire the children in the cloakrooms and Science workshops to enhance the curriculum.

There is a guaranteed prize paid every week – the more tickets that are sold, the higher the prize fund and the more we raise for our school.

Just click here to buy your tickets and start supporting our school:

https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/maidenbower-junior-school

And remember, anyone over the age of 16 can join in – staff, parents, carers, grandparents, friends, neighbours, local businesses…anyone willing to support our school. So please help us to spread the word and raise money for the school…and you might even be a winner.

If you have any questions then please pop and see me or contact YourSchoolLottery on 01865 582828 or via email, support@yourschoollottery.co.uk.

Many thanks for your support.

The staff at Maidenbower Junior School.