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17th 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

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 that day or as close as we can to it.  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, Graham Nunn and Nancy from the Church Army helped the children understand the Bible as a set of instructions to follow carefully for a good life - he used cake making as a 'hook'. Although his cooking skills were questionable, he did produce two incredible fairy cakes (once he followed the instructions of course)!  On Tuesday the children learnt and practised more songs and Wednesday's Collective Worship helped us all understand Jesus saying 'I am the gate for the sheep' using a variety of gates to show their importance for protecting, allowing in (or out!), direction, etc. Next time you realise the Thames Barrier is actively protecting London from flooding, you may wish to think of Jesus protecting us!
Thursday's Collective Worship with Holly from Starfish Malawi helped the children understand just how precious water is around the world, how much water flushing the toilet actually uses and how people in different parts of the world use water effectively, not wasting a drop.  More things to think about ...
 We celebrated Celebration Assembly on Friday, and there were a lot of stickers awarded, as well as House Points, Walking Bug and a lot of spots.
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.
Congtratulations to Elizabeth Khan, Jake Bussey and Leonid Gallacher who were all presented with Peace awards 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.  

What a week for running!!!!

What a week for running!!!!

Last week our cross country runners entered 2 events. The WOKSSA festival at Cranbrook Rugby Club and the inaugural Run 4 Life event run by the Kent School Games team at Dunlornan Park. Both events were a huge success for us and also prove how much impact out Mile A day and Super Mile are having on our pupils.

We were very dominant at both events with top ten finishes in all the races that we entered.


WOKSSA results:

We won the overall first place trophy for years 3 & 4

Year 3 girls, Bella Barstow – 2nd

Year 4 boys , Leon Sherwin – 2nd

Year 4 girls – Lily Hughes -1st, Emilia Hope – 3rd

Year 4 boys – Luke – 2nd,

Year 5 boys – Boris Gallacher – 3rd

Year 5 Girls – Poppy Hensey – 1st, Fifi Tineo Chapman – 3rd

It was a rather wet and gloomy afternoon at Cranbrook Rugby Club but none of the children seemed to notice this!!!

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Run 4 Life results:

KS1 Boys – Gus Tuson – 2nd

KS2 girls – Savvy Barker – 2nd, Eva Weekes – 3rd

Year 3 & 4 boys – Luke Draper – 1st, Cayden Barker – 3rd

Year 3 & 4 girls – Lily Hughes – 1st, Anna Dennis – 3rd

Year  5 & 6 – Poppy Hensey – 1st, Sophie Butler – 2nd

The weather was dryer and the children had an amazing time running around Dunlornan park.

A huge thank you to the many parents who brought along our 42 strong squad and delivered then back to school. Thank you too for walking the route with them and for helping out the organisers out by standing in strategic points on the route.

Thank you to Sarah Newton and Gemma Hughes for bringing me hot drinks!

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A huge thank you to Mrs Mileham as always for all her hard work and dedication to the delivery of high quality school sport and PE; organising participation in events such as these, is no mean feat!

Well done to everyone.

Lillian the Attendance Bear
Year R - Hippos        96.67%
Year 1 - Elephants    96.13%
Year 2 - Kudus         100.00%
Year 3 - Leopards     98.67%
Year 4 - Giraffes       99.68%
Year 5 - Zebras         99.00%
Year 6 - Lions           99.00%

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

Big Lottery Funding
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We are absolutely delighted to let parents know that we have today, received the amazing news that we have been successful in our bid for funding from the Big Lottery Fund.  We have been awarded the fantastic sum of £10,000 under our bid heading
We would like to thank Mrs Donoghue and Mrs Mileham who were instrumental in putting this bid together for our school.  Watch this space for further details of the improvements we have planned for our children.
Congratulations to Olivia who is in Y6 who attended the Battle of Britain 2017 national bouldering competition at the Depot Climbing Depot in Manchester as part of the Kent & Sussex Climbing Squad. Olivia shared 1st place in the junior female category with a score of 217/250. #BOB17
To find out more about Livvy’s climbing
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Children in Need


Thank you to everyone who donated this morning, we raised £179.20!!


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 - Y2 for KS1 and Y3 for KS2.  Well done!

Art Projects for Schools
Thank you to everyone who has placed an order with Art Projects for Schools.
We expect delivery of orders by 23rd November.
Pride Cup

Congratulations to Y3 who were awarded the pride award this week.

Stars of the Week
Our stars for the week were:
Maxine Brown YR, Alana Golledge Y1, Anna Cooper Y2, Anais Ambrose Gordon Y3, Courtney Webster Y4, Boris Gallagher Y5 and Jake Bussey Y6.
Rememberance Sunday

Thank you to our Head Boy Jake Bussey and our Head Girl Elizabeth Khan who represented the school at the rememberance service on Sunday at St. Marys Church. They read the Roll of Honour very confidently and eloquently.

They were a credit to both themselves and our school.

New Entrants - September 2018

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Operation Christmas Child
Last 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. Thank you to all the families who have provided shoeboxes to date. 

PTFA Recent Events:

 A huge thank you to everyone who manned the creche at parents’ evening this week.

Thank you also to those who have donated sweet jars (which all look fabulous) as well as items for hampers and for the Christmas bazaar.


PTFA Events Coming Up:


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  • Christmas Trees - please place your orders by today, Friday 17th. Trees will be ready for collection at the end of the school day on December 1st. Sample Christmas Trees can be viewed at The Star & Eagle and The Vine on Friday 24th November at the late night shopping event Also the School tree will be on display on Sat 25th at the Christmas Bazaar. In light of this, have kindly agreed to extend the deadline for placing our final order to just after these 2 events! The trees are guaranteed - see website for details or speak to Joanna Bowman 07981436897.
  • Year 2 Cake Sale - Friday 17th November - this afternoon!
  • 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
  • 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


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)



Christmas Bazaar 2017…… How YOU can help….


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 1st December for collection.


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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.


Jewellery Stall: Any old or unwanted jewellery 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!


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 fun 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.






Contract Dining Company - special fun week menu
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Contract Dining Company
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Community News

First Class Football

Are running indoor football and multi-sport fun days on Thurs 21 & Fri 22 December in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge for children aged 5-12 in split age groups.  The days will consist of skill games, challenges, tournament matches, competitions and prizes and are run by Level 3 and Level 2 FA coaches.  They have been awarded the 'Gold' award by the Kent FA .  Full details can be found at


Local Residents,

All Parish Council meetings are open to the public.  However we make an event of our November meeting by inviting everyone to come along this coming Monday evening 13 November  at 7.45 in Goudhurst Parish Hall.  It is an opportunity for you to meet your Parish Councillors, to hear about what is going on and to put your questions to the Council as a whole.

 Refreshments from 7.45 pm and the Chairman, Cllr Anthony Harris will open the meeting at 8.00 pm. 

 We look forward to seeing you.

Anthony Farnfield

Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council    

01580 212552








Best wishes
Lindsay Roberts