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13th October 2017

Our Christian value for this term is - Community and we will be teaching through the parable of the Lost Sheep and the Lost coin - Luke 14

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 now finish with the new School Prayer, 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 and we always finish with the school prayer.
On Monday, Mrs Roberts had volunteers enacting ​The Prodigal Son with a modern twist, helping children (and adults!) to remember that making mistakes is OK, especially in school as that's how we learn. On Tuesday the children learnt and practised more songs and Wednesday's Collective Worship helped us all understand Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Thursday's Collective Worship introduced a wonderful book called The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross. We celebrated Celebration Assembly on Friday, and there were a lot of medals, prizes and many community value stickers awarded.
Our Christian value this term is community and we use Jesus' parables of The Lost Coin and The Lost Sheep (Luke 15: 4-10)  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!
This week we have several children who have been presented with the Community Award.  Well done to Olivia Gent, Joe Pentecost, Lillian Wilson, Jack Mercer, Elizabeth Khan, Ella Morris, George Mannion, Sam Tennant and Jessica Anderson. 
Our new 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.
Stars of the Week
Our stars for the week were:
Tara Bellhouse YR, Luke Hickmott Y1, MacKenzie Garstang Y2, Emily Widdowson Y3, Angus Murray Y4, Gemma Brassley and Ella Morris Y6.
Stone Age Day for Y3
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Last week Leopards class had a visit from Mr Victrix who taught us all about the Stone Age! We learnt about how the first hunter-gatherers lived, and how the invention of farming lead to Neolithic times. We enjoyed learning about different Stone Age weapons, and even tried our hands at group deer hunting (not a real deer, but a willing volunteer wearing antlers!). We've had a great day and learnt a lot!

After School Care
Thank you to all the parents who have used our after school club so far. We have 32 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

Thank you to those parents who are already using this service. 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        96.55%
Year 1 - Elephants    98.69%
Year 2 - Kudus         99.33%
Year 3 - Leopards     100.00%
Year 4 - Giraffes       100.00%
Year 5 - Zebras         99.33%
Year 6 - Lions           99.33%

The winners for last week after looking at the late arrivals was won by Y4 Giraffes , well done!  

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 -  Y1 for KS1 and Y5 for KS2.  Well done!

Art Projects for Schools
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For the benefit of our new parents, we are pleased to confirm that we will be taking part in the Art Projects for Schools Christmas Card Project again this year.  Other parents may remember there were problems with the company website last year, but we have been assured that these problems have been rectified.  These cards have proved to be extremely popular in the past and obviously are an additional fundraising method for the school.
During the next few weeks, the children will be designing their own Christmas card with their class teacher. 
The designs will be sent to Art Projects for Schools who will scan each design and allocate an unique ordering code which will be attached to each child's card design.   This information will be uploaded on to the Art Projects for Schools website ordering system.
The designs will then be returned to school with detailed ordering instructions for parents. 
*      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.  


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:

 19th October 1.30-3pm

3rd November  9.00-12pm

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

On Line Safety
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Online Safety: Do you know your digital rights.  Signing up for digital resources and you need to read those boring terms and conditions – just tick ‘yes’?  Watch this CCBC video to know you rights and be responsible.  See the video here.


Times Tables at home

Times tables at Home:  We are pleased to announce that the school has subscribed to Times-Table Rockstars, a super interactive online Times-Table resource.  It allows for children to challenge themselves with their times-table knowledge and compete safely against other people at speed.  Children create their own Rock Star avatar which they can customise with ‘money’ that they can accrue through interaction with the resource.

Times-Table Rockstars can be accessed online either on PC/Mac at or by downloading the free app

Children will need a username and password to access their ‘Rockstar’; these will be given to your son/daughter in the next few days if they haven’t already.

Any questions about the resource, please see the school Maths Leader, Mr Goodman.

Rock on!

Outdoor Shelter
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I am sure that you will have seen the wonderful outdoor classroom that is being built by Mr Russell in our school playground.  The funding for this amazing facility for our children has been recieved via a grant awarded to the school by Tescos. All of the staff and children are extremely excited and are looking forward to using this fantastic additional resource for the school.

Rememberance Poster Competition



Congratulations to Farah Neville who has won the Royal British Legion Poster Competition and well done to everyone else who took part.

Winners were:

  1. Farah   Neville
  2. Monty Newman
  3. Joint:   Evie Newton

      Naomi Payne

Are you interested in becoming a School Governor?
The governing board of our school has two parent governor places on it.  We have recently run a parent governor election for a vacancy which has been filled.  The second parent governor place is now to be elected as the term office of the current incumbent is coming to an end.
The Governing Board of the school has three core functions:  to ensure clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school, to hold school leaders to account for the performance of the school and to oversee the financial performance of the school.  We have a board of 12 governors who come from all walks of life who meet regularly and monitor the work of the school throughout the academic year.  Governors are expected to have a strategic oversight of the school and are not involved in the operational side of the school which is delegated by the Board to the Headteacher.  It is an interesting and rewarding voluntary role and one of the biggest voluntary workforces in the country.  

Being a governor is an interesting and rewarding voluntary role.  It is a great opportunity to help to ensure the school serves its local community by ensuring the children receive the best education and care.  Effective governance has a positive impact on the educational outcomes and wellbeing for all children and importantly, can make a difference to the life chances for disadvantaged children.

If you would like to stand for election as a parent governor, complete the nomination form which was sent out today and return it to the school by Friday 20th October.  Each person nominated must be proposed and seconded by parents/carers who have a child at the school.  Anyone standing for election is invited to provide, with his/her nomination, a short personal statement (maximum of 100 words).  The statement should only include biographical information, your reasons for wanting to be a parent governor and the contribution you believe you can make to the governing board.

If the number of nominations received is equal, or less than, the number of vacancies, the nominees will automatically be elected as parent governors.  If, however, there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held during the week of 30th October.  More details will be sent to you together with copies of the personal statements and a ballot form.  Two weeks will be allowed for the return of ballot papers.  Each parent will have one vote for the vacancy, irrespective of the number of children s/he has at the school. 

We do hope you will consider standing as a governor or else nominating another parent/carers.  If you would like more information about being a school governor, please do contact us.

We are also recruiting “co-opted” governors so if you know anyone in the community who might have the skills we are looking for or who might be interested in governance, please do put them in touch.
Maths Open Morning
 Wednesday 18th October


Join us for collective Worship


Come if you can!

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As you are aware this year thanks to your generosity through the PTFA, we have introduced a new innovative maths programme. Following the success of the summer open afternoon and our maths parent forums, we would like to invite you into school to experience how we are now teaching maths across the school. The idea is that you will be free to visit all classess and see how all children are enjoying their maths lessons. You will then be welcome to join us for Collective Worship.

I do hope you will join us for some or all of the morning. To give us some idea of the number of parents able to join us please can you sign up on the clipboard in the entrance hall.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Pride Cup
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Well done to Ms Lane and the children for keeping the music room very tidy!



We have received today an email from a local resident complaining about inconsiderate parking in Beaman Close.  We have been given photographs of cars parked blocking the pavement and also the inconvenience of parents reversing on to driveways was mentioned.  This is not only extremely annoying for the resident concerned but also a safety issue for children who may be playing on the driveway. 


We are extremely fortunate to have such a large school car park and additional parking is also available at the top of Maypole Lane which is only a very short walk from the school via the footpath.  Please can we ask all parents to consider our neighbours, some of which have children at other schools and so require access to and from their driveways at the beginning and end of the day.


Thank you for your co-operation and support in this matter.


Coming Up/Dates for your Diary:

*** STOP PRESS *** 
Following the success of previous years we are hosting another INDOOR BOOT FAIR, 
 Need a bit of extra cash for Christmas? Why not have a clear out? Alternatively come along and grab a bargain. 
Refreshments available whilst you sell or browse. A lovely community event. 
If you would like to book a table or have any questions please contact Ashley Wilson on ‭07885 425940‬ or Teresa Steel on 07900 278564.

  • Year 4 Cake Sale - this afternoon! Friday 13th October
  • Buddy Magician - Friday 20th October
  • Non-Uniform Day - Friday 20th October
  • Bonfire Disco - Thursday 2nd November
  • Year 3 Cake Sale - Friday 3rd November
  • Non Uniform Day - Friday 3rd November
  • Indoor Boot Fair - Sunday 4th November
  • Sweet Jar Competition - Entries due back by 7th November please - adult entries too!
  • Film Creche at parents’ evening - Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th November
  • Year 2 Cake Sale - Friday 17th November
  • Late Night Shopping at St Mary’s - Friday 24th November
  • Christmas Bazaar - Saturday 25th November 2-4pm
  • Year 1 Cake Sale - Friday 1st December
  • Christmas Tree fundraiser - Friday 1st December - trees to be delivered. More details to follow soon!
  • 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 - £1,500 funded by the PTFA
  • 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


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


Many thanks for reading and have a good week,

Anna Twyman (secretary

Community News
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Outdoor Church Sunday 15th October 2017 10.30am Glebe Field - come rain or shine (raincoats may be necessary!!!)
If your children are coming home from Forest School with a spring in their step then they may well enjoy Outdoor Church. As part of St Mary's Children's groups, we are encouraging families to participate in celebrating all that is good in the world around us. 
On October 15th at 10.30 am we will be holding our first ever Outdoor Church and invite you and your family to join us. There will be activities, singing, prayer and a whole lot of nature in our time together on Glebe Field. 
We will finish at 11.30 to go back into church to join everyone else for the end of the church service and then stay on for coffee and chat if you have time. 
We are really looking forward to welcoming as many of you as possible. Church doesn't have to stay in the building. If you find coming to church difficult, this could be right up your street - give it a go!
Please bring waterproofs!
We would encourage all parents to stay with their children but any unaccompanied children must have a completed registration form in case of emergency. Please click on the link to complete the form.
For more information, email:
Caroline Turvey
Lay Minister
Church Office
The Vicarage
Back Lane
TN17 1AN
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The community in which we live and the landscape that surrounds us are some of the main reasons we live in the Parish of Goudhurst.


On Saturday 21st October we are holding a workshop in which we will focus on framing the design and development policies for the Goudhurst's Neighbourhood Plan, ensuring that the impact of development on our community and landscape are carefully considered in our final plan.


In this workshop you will look at the issues raised in the Questionnaire and the proposals considered in previous workshops to ensure that policies to carefully manage change in our community.


These decisions will set the pattern of development in the community over the next 15 years.


This workshop will be held in Kilndown Village Hall on the 21st October starting at 9:00 am and finishing around 1:00 pm.


This will be an interactive session with plenty of discussions, brainstorming ideas and problem-thinking.  We’ll get to grips with some of the key issues raised in the questionnaire responses and look at them within the context of planning policies for Goudhurst.


There will be plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits to keep energy levels going!


We look forward to seeing you there – to give us an idea of numbers, please go to the Goudhurst NDP website and register your interest .


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Lidwells Lane, Goudhurst


Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – Section 14 (2) as amended by

The Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991

 Kent County Council gives notice that Lidwells Lane, Goudhurst will be closed to through traffic, on or after 10 October 2017 for up to 3 Days.

 The road will be closed between the junctions of North Road.

 The alternative route is via Blind Lane - B2079 North Road.

 The closure is necessary to enable Safety Critical Carriageway Patching to be carried out by KCC Highways.

 This Notice applies when the relevant signs and barriers are on site, and is valid for a period of no more than 5 days.


Signed for and on behalf of the Kent County Council by Roger Wilkin, Director of Highways, Transportation & Waste or by his authorised signatory

Authorised signatory



   Dated this 4th day of October 2017


Kent County Council, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ



 Emergency Road Closure - Lidwells Lane, Goudhurst - 10 October 2017 (Tunbridge Wells)

 It will be necessary to close Lidwells Lane, Goudhurst from 10 October 2017.

 It is likely the road will be closed for up to 3 Days.

 The road will be closed between the junctions of North Road.

 The alternative route is via Blind Lane - B2079 North Road.

 This is to enable Safety Critical Carriageway Patching to be carried out by KCC Highways.

 This bulletin contains public information and can be freely forwarded to any other road users who may be affected.  Every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, but no liability can be accepted for any changes or errors.

 For details of roadworks, please see     


 West Kent Roadworks Team

Kent County Council – Highways, Transportation & Waste


 Subject: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Proposals for a New Theatre and Offices


Dear Sir / Madam,


Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is proposing to build a new theatre and civic centre in the town centre. As the Portfolio Holder for Civic Development Communications, I am keen to reach out and engage with as many people as possible in the borough, to tell them about the scheme and hear their views. I am open to invitations if your PTA would like me to talk to them about the proposal. If not, I’d be grateful if you could add the following line about the proposals to your school’s newsletter:


Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is proposing to build a new theatre and civic centre in the town centre. You can find out more about the proposals at The website includes dates of public exhibitions to attend if you would like to speak to Tunbridge Wells Borough Councillors and staff.


28 October 2017

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Vestry Hall, Cranbrook

4 November 2017

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Library, Southborough

7 November 2017

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Library, Paddock Wood

11 November 2017

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Royal Victoria Place,

Royal Tunbridge Wells

  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to ask any questions.

 Yours faithfully,

 Tracy Moore

 Cllr Tracy Moore, Portfolio Holder for Civic Development Communications

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council




Best wishes
Lindsay Roberts