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.




FODJ Winter Fair 9th Dec Friday 3.30pm-5.30pm. Come along and join the fun!

WHEN: Friday 9th Dec 3.30pm – 5.30pm
WHERE: The school canteen

xmas-fair-2016Santa does his best, but he’s stressed. He’s got a few backroom staff, a couple of IT geeks, nine smelly reindeer, plus a factory full of overworked elves, but they’re tiny and on zero hours contracts.

Santa needs our help with Mr Franceschi’s Christmas list, because he’s asking for a sack of iPads. That’s what Downs Juniors needs (to replace some that are running down) and not just so the kids can watch Dan TDM or play Minecraft like they do at home. No, the school needs them so the kids can learn history and geography and literature and respect for their elders and not to bully their parents and… Loads!

So how can you help? I’m glad you asked. You can volunteer to help at the Winter Fair on December 9th after school. We need you to bake, donate a raffle prize, run a stall, help in the kitchens – something! Anything! Just help by filling in the lovely VOLUNTEER FORM

And don’t think you get out of it if you don’t believe in Santa or Jesus, because everyone believes in Winter (if not then try going out in shorts). So if Hanukkah is your thing, or Kwanzaa or Diwali or Pagan Yule or Liz at 3pm then volunteer, and show the world that Winterval is about generosity of spirit. Ho Ho Hope you sign up.

PS: Non uniform day in return for chocolate donations for the EPIC chocolate-lucky-dip-TOMBOLA confirmed as Weds 7 December.


FAB fireworks online booking form for Saturday 12th November

Book here: online

Our friends up the road at Balfour (Friends at Balfour – FAB) will be holding their popular firework display on Saturday 12th November (doors open at 5pm for a 6:30 start).

They have kindly offered FODJ 150 advance tickets for the show, to sell at special prices of £4 (child), £5 (adult) and £17.50 (Family, 2+3). Prices on the gate are £5/£6/£20 so this is a great way to support FODJ and start the winter season with food, drink and a dazzling display!

To reserve your tickets just apply online here and pop the money in the red postbox by the school office. First come, first served, and when they’re gone – they’re gone (but you can still pay at the gate on the night…just a bit more!).


1. RESERVE YOUR PLACES by completing & submitting this online form. – Everyone in your party will need a ticket including Pre-Schoolers (FREE)

2. PAY FOR YOUR TICKETS by putting your cash or cheques (payable to FODJ) in a sealed envelope writing YOUR NAME & CHILD’s NAME/CLASS on the front (& HOW MANY TICKETS YOU ORDERED). Leave envelopes in the FODJ box at the school office.

3. TICKETS PAID FOR BY TUESDAY 8th NOV (end of day) will be distributed via class teachers on Wed 9 & Thurs 10 Nov. Any tickets reserved but unpaid by this deadline will be resold. Families without tickets can still buy tickets on the door but prices are higher (£6/£5/£20). Any questions please email the team on



FODJ sharing SAS beach cleans Oct 22th – 30th. Join in to improve the local area.



Beach Clean! Join in the local community over half term and help clean up Brighton’s beaches. Surfers Against Sewage are running a series of events Oct 22nd-30th Oct generally 12-3pm ish.

It’s free, a great thing to do and the kids can get involved. FODJ & FODIS are planing to attend on Sunday 30th Oct 12-3pm at Hove Lawns. Do come along and help out, even 20min can make a difference.