Join FODJ for Night of the Dancing Dead

What’s happening on the night?

  • Disco (email with your requests!)
  • Fabulous – free! – photo booth
  • Frightening food
  • Campfire with s’mores & spooky stories written by Year 6 students
  • Chill-out movie rooms (email us movie ideas!)
  • Zombie Nerf wars
  • Makes with puppets & skulls
  • Costume prizes & Thriller dance-off


Air raid shelter goes spooky!  Spaces limited / £1 per ticket / Year 6 priority / pre-booking required. Complete Tomb booking form on page 2 and give to your teacher / school office OR email with the information on the form.

Who can come?

All Downs Junior students – this year we’re having ONE amazing event, not two.

How do I get tickets?

On the door only. £3 entry / £1 extra for Tomb of Doom + lots of small change for those spooky activities.

How can I help?

We’ll need some fun loving, crazy parents to help us shoot zombies, roast s’mores and show the kids how to dance to Michael Jackson. So don’t just drop the kids off – come and join the fun! Email

Save Our Schools: Arms around our school & tea with your MP

It’s all happening right now with SOS!  Please join in these two actions to keep the schools funding crisis in the news and on the agenda.  Together we can reverse the cuts!
EVENT: Arms Around Our School
WHEN: Wednesday 4 October, 3.20pm, Downs Junior School, Rugby Road entrance
Save Our Schools is holding a national event next Wednesday.  We will assemble at Downs Juniors, outside the Rugby Road school entrance, to hold hands with  friends and family to show how much we love our school. Schoolchildren across our city, as well as West Sussex, Birmingham and Manchester will be joining in the action at the same time.
Parents are invited to take pictures and post them on their own social media.  We will be taking pictures to post on the SOS Facebook page, tweet and send to the media.


WHEN: Now until Friday 6th October


  1. Colour in the SOS flyer that came home in book bags, take a picture of yourself with it and email the photo to AND
  2. Put it up in your window.
  3. 15 photos will be selected w/c 9th October – if your picture is chosen you’ll be one of 15 children (and parents) having tea with your MP at Westminster.

ALL TERMS & CONDITIONS ARE ON THE FLYER – if you didn’t get one (or want an extra!) please email and we’ll send you another.

Please like our Facebook page to get updates:


FODJ Summer Fair 2017

Summer fair

FODJ is holding a Summer Fair and Picnic on July 7th. Come and share some food and some laughs, and if you are able, lend a hand! We have lots of jobs (some big, some small) available in the lead-up to the event and on the day – have a look at the form below and let us know what you are able to do.

Come and be a part of the fun team who help put the event on, and help to raise some funds for our school and children!

Save Our Schools! Join the School Assembly on 26th May

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Save Our Schools are a rapidly-growing Brighton and Hove-based group of parents, teachers and heads who want to protect our schools from massive funding cuts and ensure every child’s right to a decent education.

Across the country, entire schools will come together in mass picnic gatherings to show just how many of us oppose the funding cuts. SOS are holding a School Assembly on May 26th May at 3:30 pm at The Level, Brighton. Bring your children, a picnic, a pen and paper and join other parents, heads, teachers and support staff in a city-wide School Assembly.

When and where? Take your pick from two Assemblies in Brighton & Hove: The Level from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and Victoria Park, Portslade from 3.30pm.

This is a brilliant opportunity for heads, teachers, parents and children to come together and have fun as a community. It’s not a school trip, so ALL children must be accompanied by a responsible adult! Let’s get together and make sure politicians from all parties know that we will not stand by and let our children become the lost generation. Join SOS and take action now. @saveschoolsuk

Take Shelter Volunteers: May 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st. It’s going to be spiffing, do sign up, old Chap.

This May at Downs Junior School we will once again be opening our amazing underground Air Raid Shelter and hosting 1940’s events on the middle two weekends in May (13th, 14th, 20th & 21st May) . Last year ‘Take Shelter’ was a huge success because of people like you!

SIGN UP HERE (give the link a min, it can be a bit slow)
Please help us by signing up to run a stall, “Kids loved adventuring into the underground shelter and experiencing a glimpse of what the 40s must have been like”… we all had great fun last time and really got into the spirit of the 40’s, mucking in to make a truly memorable community event.

So please sign up yourselves and other family members too if you like (if you put in the notes we can put you together on a stall or nearby) The form takes seconds to fill in and we will be in touch with you nearer to the event.
Thank you in advance FODJ & Take Shelter team
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FODJ Spring Disco! FRIDAY 28th APRIL. Sign up Sign up !

FODJ Spring Disco! FRIDAY 28th APRIL.

Yeah, the Friday after Easter hols, we like to live dangerously.

Disco 1 – Yrs 3 & 4 – 5.00pm – 6.15pm
Disco 2 – Yrs 5 & 6 – 6.45pm – 8.00pm

Loads of fun to be had; dancing, popcorn, snacks, and most importantly all your favourite requested choons with DJ Ghost!
Ticket price £3, payable on the door ONLY. Drop off & pick up from the top playground. Healthy snacks will be available for purchase.
Raising money for the new exciting Garden Room!
Please register your child in advance to keep that pesky queue down:
Any questions: email us







FODJ QUIZ NIGHT on Friday 31st March 2017 in the Canteen at Downs Juniors – support the school and have a barrel of laughs.

This year, we are offering delicious Fish and Chips, as well as a licensed bar selling wine, beer and snacks.

Please enclose Cash/Cheque, payable to FODJ, with this slip in a marked envelope and place in the FODJ box in the school office. Download the booking form or there will be one sent round in book bags soon here

Fish and Chips: £10.00 per person

Veggie Burger and Chips£10.00 per person

Teams consist of six or eight players. If you can’t make up a team of six, we will help you make up your team on the night (a great way to make new friends).

So book your babysitter for a great evening on the 31st March!

Grantham Road entrance – the gates that Class of their Own use.

Download the booking form or there will be one sent round in book bags soon here:





FODJ Kids’ quiz Tuesday 7th Feb – at the school 5pm – 7pm


LINK HERE or use the embedded form below.

Includes a succulent cheese or Marmite sandwich and a carton of apple juice. Obviously we need to know how many children are coming to provide enough sandwiches, so thanks for booking!

There will also be a chance to buy other snacks and cakes, so bring a little change if you like.

Time: 5 – 7 pm. Drop-off and pick-up from the main school entrance (Rugby Road)

Prize: International glory (and maybe a small something else…)

Note: each team will be made of two children from Y3, two from Y4, two from Y5 and two from Y6; we will try to make sure that everybody is with any friend they have asked for below.




FODJ thanks all our volunteers for their help before, during and after the Winter Fair on Friday. Over 2k was raised to help the school fund school trips and a set of replacement iPads!

Thanks to the food, makes, drinks, presents orderers.

Thanks to the cake makers.

Thanks to the setter-uppers.

Thanks to the stall runners.

Thanks to the kitchen staff – it got HOT.

Thanks to the Grotto Staff.

Thanks to the clearer uppers.

Thanks to the office staff, Jacqui, Guile, teachers, GF, Mr & Mrs Button, their family and Sol Herne. We couldn’t do it without them.

Thanks to Ms Rusbatch for the tunes.

It’s a bloody big job to put on the Fair so thanks to everyone that came and spent money to make it worthwhile.