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.

FODJ Halloween discos MINDCRAFT ZOMBIES Friday 14th Oct – info for parents and kids…

Correction: drop off, pick up, volunteering is now all through the TOP GATE at the TOP PLAYGROUND.

FODJ would like to let the kids and parents know about arrangements for the Halloween Discos: This year it’s in the canteen and the Orange Room (Mr. Myers’ room near the loos) and a little photo booth in the tiny marquee awning alongside the canteen.

The children will all be safe and there will be no spaces for crazy running around, just crazy dancing!

There will be grown ups in high vis to help with name labels on and 5 teachers each session. And at any time any child can leave the disco in the canteen and go and chill in the film room where Mr Myers teaches. 

There’s going to be popcorn, lots of nibbles, cakes, tattoos, films and photos, lots of minecraft stuff dangling from the ceiling and plenty of silly dancing and fun.


Volunteers for the Year 3/4 disco are requested to come at 5pm to the TOP GATE at the TOP PLAYGROUND.

Volunteers for the Year 5/6 disco are requested to come at 6.30pm to the TOP GATE at the TOP PLAYGROUND.

Drop off at the TOP GATE at the TOP PLAYGROUND.On arrival, you child will be expected to wait with their class (look out for the class signs!) until they are signed in. You are of course welcome to wait with your child until they enter the building.

Collect your child from the TOP GATE at the TOP PLAYGROUND. There will be helpers at the gate to ensure no child leaves unaccompanied.

Please email with any questions.

Date: Friday 14th Oct
Times: Year 3 & 4: 5.15pm-6.30pm
Times: Year 5 & 6: 6.45pm-8pm

Please pay £3 on the day.


FODJ Halloween disco MINDCRAFT ZOMBIES Friday 14th Oct – – book NOW




Googleform link, so you may not be able to get to it from work. It can take a while to load, blame google.

Email: if the link doesn’t load.





oooooooooo something spooky is coming………

Book your ticket online to assure a place, speedy boarding AND request a tune from the DJ. Available online on Monday.

Date: Friday 14th Oct
Times: Year 3 & 4: 5.15pm-6.30pm
Times: Year 5 & 6: 6.45pm-8pm
Fund raising Target 2k
Fund raising Goal: Raising money for school trips (£500 a year group)

Theme: Mind craft zombies yeah go Steve!

Take Shelter volunteer form for general & Y5 volunteer now online; roll up roll up!


The Air Raid Shelters under the DJS playground lay undiscovered for 35 years until the 1980’s and since then have vary rarely been opened up to the local community. FODJ and Mr Button decided to change all that by revitalising the shelters for the local community and to aid children’s learning.

The Take Shelter events celebrate the amazing history of DJS during the war years.Whilst the tours are taking place underground we will be hosting 1940s themed stalls and activities in the playground which will include a live music act each Saturday . To make the events a success we need parents to support us by volunteering to help with the following stalls and activities:

We’ve invited you to fill out the form Take Shelter at Downs Junior School general volunteer form: Please be patient, they can take a little while to load from Google HQ

General Volunteers

Year 5 Volunteers 



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