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10th November 2017

Our Christian value for this term is - Peace and we will be teaching it through the parable of The good Samaritan - Luke 10: 30 - 37

Cantebury Cathedral School Days

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!

Remembrance Day

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Royal British Legion once again this year by buying a poppy or related accessory.

There will be a service for Remembrance this Sunday on 12 November at St. Mary's Church.
If you would like to join the Parade to St Mary's please gather at the War Memorial by 10:30. It begins at 10:40. The service starts in church at 10:45. Please feel free either to come to the Memorial or to go directly to the church.
There is no Sunday Club during the service, although the Children's Chapel will be open for younger children. 
Parking will be available on the Glebe Field. The entrance is on the Cranbrook Road just before the church. Please be aware that the church will be very full and you are advised to get there early if you need a seat.
The service at Christ Church begins at 10:45 and starts with a broadcast of the service at the Cenotaph which is followed as far as the 2-minute silence, after which the service continues from the church service sheets.
An act of remembrance will also take place at 11:00 on the 11th of November at the War Memorials in both Goudhurst and Kilndown.
Collective Worship and Christian Value Award
Our Collective Worship is a daily gathering of the whole school for worship, praise and prayer.  The children enter the hall quietly and we always begin with beautiful music and the lighting of a candle, lit by someone with a birthday.  We always finish with the new School Prayer (which now feels embedded within our worship so is perhaps not as 'new' as all that!) as well as prayers from the school prayer wall where children have written their own prayers. Sometimes we finish with a gentle sign of the peace.
On Monday, Mrs Omer helped the children understand that our bodies are made up of different (equally important) parts as is the body of the Church.  On Tuesday the children learnt and practised more songs and Wednesday's Collective Worship helped us all understand the importance of feeling valued and how we can help others.  Rev'd Hugh did this by telling the children about Operation Christmas and the Shoebox Appeal. Information was sent home and we hope you will be able to supply a filled shoebox using the criteria in the information sheet.  Children understood that those without gifts at Christmas may well feel 'invisible' and this gift goes a very long way!!
Thursday's Collective Worship was about working together linked to the British Values of responsibility, justice, law, tolerance, respect and democracy as well as our new British Values signs that are now up on the school walls on the playground side.  There was also the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand to support the aim of the Collective Worship. We're working on our excellent behaviour throughout school and collective worship is a very well behaved place to be! Perfect for worship.  We celebrated Celebration Assembly on Friday, and there were a lot of medals, prizes and many peace value stickers awarded.
Our Christian value this term is peace and we use Jesus' parable of The Good Samaritan from Luke 10:30-37 as a way of helping us understand the concept of community.  Yet again, as with all parables, it's not an easy one - there is a lot to 'unpick'. Small stories with big meanings!
Please pop into the entrance hall too, where Ms Bowman has been working very hard on the amazing bunting!
Our School Prayer:
Father God,
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.
 Congratulations to Ella Denny Y4 and Jake Bussey Y6 who were awarded our Peace award this week.
After School Care
Thank you to all the parents who have used our after school club so far. We have 40 children signed up on the register already which is amazing and we hope the numbers continue to grow. Watch out for special activity sessions leading up to Christmas- an ideal opportunity for you to be able to have an extended day completing your Christmas Shopping.
A reminder of the options available to parents -

Session times

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.  

Lillian the Attendance Bear
Year R - Hippos        98.00%
Year 1 - Elephants    98.71%
Year 2 - Kudus          99.00%
Year 3 - Leopards     97.00%
Year 4 - Giraffes       95.67%
Year 5 - Zebras         91.95%
Year 6 - Lions           95.67%

The winners for last week was Y2 Kudus, well done!  

What makes us a great school?

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

Walking Bus
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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).

All welcome.

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!

Art Projects for Schools
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The Art Projects for Schools online shop is up and running and ready to take Christmas Card orders!
Enter the 16 digit unique code and your child's surname (found on the sticker on the back of your child's artwork0 to bring up your child's design.  You are then able to begin your order:
*      Parents are able to select choose from a selection of messages, create a personalised greeting or to leave the card blank.
*      Can select whether to order cards, wrapping paper and/or gift tags.
*      A choice of standard or luxury cards are available.
Please note the deadline to place online orders is 13th November.
The ordered Christmas Cards will be delivered to school by 20th November.  
Parents Evenings
The Autumn term Parent Consultation Evenings are arranged for Tuesday 14th November and Thursday 16th November.

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.

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Book Fair

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


Pride Cup

Mrs House, Mr Coleman and Mrs Vincent were very surprised and pleased to be awarded the Pride award this week! Thank you

Stars of the Week
Our stars for the week were:
Charlie Barstow YR, Tommy Cooper Y1, Tula Cottingham Y2, James McCarmick Y3, Issie Franklin Y4, Harrison Hardy Y5 and Demi Barker and Sam Tennant for Y6.
School Photographs
School Photographs
Many thanks to everyone for ordering their children’s school photographs.   
We have had a number of requests to extend the deadline, so if you would still like to place an order, it is still possible either by bringing the proof-card and payment to the school office or by using your unique access code on-line at   
Please order by this Monday, 13th November.  
The prints will be delivered to school via the children’s book bags during the last week of November.
Thank you. 
Children in Need
Join us to celebrate the annual Children in Need fundraiser this year which is on Friday 17th November.
Children are invited to join in the fun by taking part in a non uniform day when they are asked to where something spotty and bring in a £1.00 coin for this very worthwhile cause.
Open Days
 New Entrants September 2018

Important Information for Parents

If your child is due to start school next September the on-line KCC application form is available at 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 

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Following our most recent parent governor election I am delighted to inform you that Adam Tuson was reappointed to the Governing Board.

Adult parent helpers needed!

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.

Thank you

Wanted - Items for the YR Outdoor Area

Dear Parents

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.

Many thanks

Operation Christmas Child
This week Rev Hugh talked to the children about this year's Operation Christmas Child, inviting them, and their families, to put together a shoebox of gifts to be sent out to children around the world. Operation Christmas Child provides a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference to a child's life who wouldn't otherwise receive anything else for Christmas. Leaflets will be coming home in book bags, otherwise to find out more please go the GK church website ( - from the home page go to connect, and then shoebox appeal) - all boxes will need to be dropped off at school by next Friday, 17 November please. Thank you so much.

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
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  • 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
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 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



 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.


 Any questions/comments on the PTFA, please contact co-chairs Victoria Aldwinckle ( or Jo Bowman (

 Many thanks for reading and have a great weekend,

Anna Twyman (secretary)

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Lindsay Roberts