Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage. Year six visited the Cathedral on Tuesday along with a number of local schools and an enjoyable day was had by all. The children took part in a number of workshops and two of our pupils were invited to lead Collective Worship during the day.
Bishop Trevor commented, "Demi and Sam gave an extraordinary and flawless performance."
Well done to everyone!
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Royal British Legion once again this year by buying a poppy or related accessory.
This is our school.
Let love flow.
Let the rooms be filled
with joy and happiness,
Let the outside be filled with fun and
Bless us all as we learn
with you Lord in all that we do.
3.15 - 4.30pm - £4.00 per session per child
3.15 - 6.00pm - £12.00 per session per child to include a packed tea
4.15 - 6.00pm - £8.00 per session per child to include a packed tea
Just to remind you parents can book via the school money website using their usual password. Booking are available up to 12.00pm for the following day but must be paid for at time of booking. I do hope you will try and support this service; if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please note: In the event of the cancellation of a booking of less than 24 hours notice unfortunately full payment is required. For more than 24 hours notice please see Mrs Found who will discuss how to use a credit for a future session.
The winners for last week was Y2 Kudus, well done!
Last week I had the privilege to present to over a 100 delegates on the topic, "What makes our school outstanding?"
The latest Bansky which appeared in London in September, combines the great late graffiti artist protégé Jean Michel Basquiat images, with his own.
Like Banksy we are ever more creative, we are not afraid to take risks, we are always ‘moving our practice forward’ and we associate ourselves with other great people. He is outstanding in his field as are we.
Thank you for your continued support.
We now have an active school Twitter account and are regularly tweeting. Our tweets often include additional snippets of activities that are happening in school. Follow us to find out more!
Search for and follow us @gandkprimary
Meet by the beacon next to the Village Green from 8:15am for 8:30am "launch". Parking available along Back Lane (refuse collectors kindly request avoid parking near the corner on Mondays).
A signed consent form is needed if you wish to drop off your child or access certificates and prizes from our generous sponsors. We carry spare forms with us.
Jo 07981436897 (Mon, Thurs, Fri) & Emily 07939299753 (Tues, Wed)
The winners of the Walking Bus for this week are - Y1for KS1 and fY4 or KS2. Well done!
For classes YR, Y1, Y3 and Y4 (10 minute appointments):
Tuesday 14th November - 3.30 - 6.30pm
Thursday 16th November - 4.30 - 7.30pm
For Y2 (10 minute appointments ) :
Tuesday 14th November 3.30 - 7.00pm
Thursday 16th Nobember 5.00 - 7.30pm
For Y5 and Y6 (15 minute appointments):
Tuesday 14th November - 3.30 - 7.15pm
Thursday 16th November 4.30 - 8.15pm
Booking is available via School Money
Please note all school run clubs are cancelled next week due to Parent Consultation Evenings, however clubs run by outside providers will continue as normal.
We will be holding a book fair during both Parent Consultation Evenings and would be very grateful for offers of help from parents to man the sale for slots during both evenings. Names to Mrs Wyatt please
Important Information for Parents
If your child is due to start school next September the on-line KCC application form is available at www.kent.gov.uk/ola from Monday 6th November 2017. Please note the closing date for applications is 15th January 2018.
Open Days for new Entrants
The staff, governors and students of Goudhurst and Kilndown Church of England Primary School would warmly like to invite prospective parents on:
Last session - 13th November 9-12pm
Please let your family and friends know if they have a child starting school in September 2018. Appointments can be made via the school office on 01580 211365
Following our most recent parent governor election I am delighted to inform you that Adam Tuson was reappointed to the Governing Board.
Mrs Stanford would be very grateful of help from a group of parents to sort out the greenhouse and compost area. If able to help please can you let her know.
Ms Lane is trying to make Child-Initiated experiences for the children in Hippos class as 'real' as possible, specifically in role-play areas, the outdoor 'Home Corner' and the 'Mud Kitchen' area. She is in the process of filling these areas with real utensils such as frying pans, baking trays, whisks, mixing bowls, large spoons etc. If you have any old kitchen utensils that you know longer need, Ms Lane would very gratefully receive these items for the Reception class children.
PTFA Recent Events:
Firstly, a HUGE thank you to those who helped hugely with the boot sale, with a special mention to: Jane, Tom, William, Anna and Daisy Dennis; Jo, Lily and Miranda Driver; Kat and Evie Woodcock; Jayne, Ollie and Alfie Russell, Victoria, Charlie and Harry Aldwinckle; Alisha and Oliver Steel; Lillian, Violet and Own Wilson - for their combined help and patience in setting up the boot sale.
Year 3 cake sale from 3/11 - thank you to those who provided delicious cakes and to those who ate them. It earned an impressive £143.00.
Bonfire disco on 2/11 was a brilliant evening and enjoyed by all - this raised £128.20. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to keep the masses under control.
Indoor boot fair on 4/11 had a really impressive turnout and raised £338 (minus some expenses TBC). Thank you to everyone who helped set up, clear up and sell!
Sweet jar competition - thank you to all who have dropped some fabulous entries off to the school office. They look amazing and will be judged at parents’ evening with prizes to be awarded to best entries from KS1, KS2, best effort and best adults’ entry.
PTFA Events Coming Up:
Film Creche at parents’ evening - Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th November. Thanks to people who have volunteered to help with this really useful service. We still need some help! Please sign up outside school office.
- Year 2 Cake Sale - Friday 17th November
- Late Night Shopping at St Mary’s - Friday 24th November
- Christmas Bazaar - Saturday 25th November 2-4pm. Please see below-further details.
- Year 4 Cake Sale - Friday 1st December
Christmas Trees - please place your orders by handing in the emailed form into school office by Friday 17th November. Trees will be ready for collection at the end of the school day on December 1st.
Community Nativity Lunch - Tuesday 12th December
- Whole School Christmas lunch - Wednesday 13th December
- Year R Cake Sale - Friday 15th December
- Whole School Pantomime Visit - Monday 18th December
- Key Stage 1 Christmas Party- Tuesday 19th December
May Ball - booked for 19th May 2018 - please keep the date free!
Please remember our recycling and “money back” shopping schemes…
- Household battery recycling in school foyer
- Clothing bin outside front of school by hall
- Easy Fundraising: easyfundraising.org.uk
- Yellow Moon: code SGO1137 on checkout
- Micro Scooters: School Educational Code: 118601.
- Give as you Live: http://www.giveasyoulive.com/ + search: Goudhurst Parent Teach Association
- Stamp-Tastic: http://www.stamptastic.co.uk/ with code TN171DZ
Christmas Bazaar 2017…… How YOU can help….
We know!! It feels like life is only just returning to normal after the long summer holidays so we apologize for mentioning Christmas already but please note that this year’s Bazaar will take place on Saturday 25th November 2-4pm.
As all our older (or should we say more experienced!) parents will know, the Christmas Bazaar is a big date in the children’s diary. They love coming into the transformed school to play games, win prizes and meet the man in red. The Christmas Bazaar is one of our main fundraising events and ensures the children enjoy many additional experiences throughout the school year. It is also a great chance for parents to sit and chat over a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine, as well as picking up some great gifts for family and friends.
We could not run this event without the amazing parent support that our school enjoys and with that in mind please take a minute or two to look through the list below to see how you can help with this year.
Things you could do now:
Christmas Trees: - Order your Nordmann Christmas Tree through the school. Order forms have been sent out and are in the foyer. All trees will be delivered to school on Friday 31st November for collection.
Tea Towels: These are being designed and ordered in the next week so watch out for the order form and the sample in the foyer.
Jewelery Stall: Any old or unwanted jewelry gratefully received. Please leave in the labelled tray in the foyer.
Teddy Tombola: Donations of good condition cuddly toys needed. Please drop in the foyer.
Raffle Prizes: As well as the dazzling hampers we put together from your donations, we also like to include as many enticing prizes as possible, these have included theatre tickets, days out to local attractions, golf days, pamper days etc. If you have any contacts that would be willing to support us please let us know. They are most gratefully received.
Craft Stall Creations: If you are a creative diva we would love to be able to sell your creations on the stall (lavender bags, vases, purses, decorations – anything children or adults might like to buy.) A few of whatever you can make would be most welcome.
Adult Prizes: The teacher’s tombola will need donations of wine, chocolates, bath time treats and anything else you think a grown-up might buy a ticket for. Donations to the office please.
Secret Santa: This is a stall where NO ADULTS ARE ALLOWED. The children have the chance to buy you a delightful surprise for Christmas. Perfect items for this stall include unwanted corporate gifts, hotel toiletries, anything from last Christmas that somehow never found its way out the box… Please put all donations in the Secret Santa box outside the office.
We’re Jammin… (Preserves, Pickles, Chutneys): If you are making a batch of jam, pickle or chutney from your recent harvest please save one for the produce stall. Flavoured oils, Vodka / Sloe gin are wonderful sellers too!
Have a clear out! The toys and book stalls are always popular with the kids and a good chance to de-clutter! Working toys, books, dolls, teddies, CDs, DVDS please (no videos though). There will be a box outside the office for donations a week before the bazaar.
Watch this space!
Now we are back from half term, lists of items required for HAMPERS will go into each class window. Please put your name against an item (or two!) and bring into school before Thursday 16th November, as hampers are made up on the Friday and will then go on display for a week in the school.
Keep your eyes open for the BOGOF’s at your local supermarket of choice, and slip the “free” in for the school!!
Refreshments: We will also be begging for mulled wine and minced pies for the refreshments stall.
Closer to the day we will be asking for donations of cakes for the cake stall.
Manning the stalls: Each class is allocated the running of one or two stalls at the Bazaar. Your class rep will be in touch shortly with details of which stall your class will be running. Please see your rep or the list that will be available and put your name down for a slot. Its great funs and is the only way we can make this huge event the success it is. We are aware that everyone is feeling the pinch, and are even more grateful for your continued support.
We look forward to seeing our beautiful Grotto this year which is again very kindly being designed and fitted out by Shereen & Greg Shimmin.
Many thanks for reading and have a great weekend,
Anna Twyman (secretary)