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Organised by the 3 Maidenbower schools please come join us for an evening of fun and fireworks. Based at Maidenbower Junior School the doors open at 6pm where a funfair, refreshments, bar, BBQ and flashy toy stall are all open.

The fireworks start at 7.15pm come rain or shine and we hope to see you all there.

Pre sales is now closed, but you can purchase tickets on the evening at the gate. On the evening at the gate family tickets are £25 and individual £8.

Please note any stalls selling outside the school grounds do not contribute to the success of our event. Please can we kindly request that you do not buy from these sellers.

Please also ensure you either select your child’s class for us to deliver your ticket via your child or alternatively select the required school office. All child delivered tickets will be distributed on 5th/6th November and all office collection tickets will be available for collection from 3pm Wednesday 6th November 2019.

 

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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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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.