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18th December 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

Manger Mouse
Wow didn't they do well!! Last week we were treated to three wonderful performances by Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The children spoke confidently and capably and sang beautifully. Well done to everyone, you were amazing!  
Please take a look at all the other photos in the gallery
Christmas dates for your diary
Tuesday 19th December                                
KS1 Christmas party - pm (party clothes to be brought in to change into for the afternoom)
Wednesday 20th December                            
Attendance and Super Silver Bounce
Church Service - St Mary's Church 2.00pm parents and friends are welcome to join us for this very festive service.
Spring term 2018
Thursday 4th January 2018                            
First day of spring term
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Class Information Sessions
Thursday 11th January 2018
Class Information Sessions
Collective Worship and Christian Value Award

Our Collective Worship is a gathering of the whole school for worship, praise and prayer every day.  The children always enter the hall quietly and we alwys 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 our 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. 

On Monday, Mrs Roberts gave us all a Christmas quiz with questions about the Christmas story.  The children answered nearly all the questions and earnt the chance to add something to Mrs Roberts' daughters' Advent calendar!  Tuesday was hymn practice day and Caroline led Wednesday's Collective Worship all about hope.  We were all reminded that hope is believing that good things will happen, so please think about that! On Thursday, we learnt more about God's special messengers, the angels with the children involved in telling the Christmas story and various artists depicting the angel's visits to different people while telling the story of Jesus' birth.
We celebrated Celebration Assembly on Friday, and there were a lot of Stars of the Week as well as House Points, Walking Bug and Christian Value awards (which can be nominated by the children and discussed with their teacher).
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!
Congratulations to Aiden Brown and Eryn Rivers who were awarded the Peace award for this week.
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.


After School Care
Thank you to all the parents who have used our after school club this term. We have more than 40 children signed up on the register already which is amazing and we hope the numbers continue to grow in the New Year.
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.  

School Run Clubs

All school run clubs have now finished for this term.

A new club list for the spring term will be sent home in January.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in running a club and indeed attending a club!

Stars of the Week
Our stars for the week were:
Joseph Whitby YR, Jack Shimmin Y, Emily David Y2, Anais Ambrose-Gordon Y3, Matthew Coronna Y4, Evie Newton Y5 and George Mannion Y6.
Lillian the Attendance Bear
Year R - Hippos        99.00%
Year 1 - Elephants    98.06%
Year 2 - Kudus         97.00%
Year 3 - Leopards     95.67%
Year 4 - Giraffes       98.06%
Year 5 - Zebras        97.67%
Year 6 - Lions          98.33%

The winners for last week was YR Hippos, well done!  



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!


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School Post Box
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The last day to post Christmas post will be Tuesday! 

Please ensure the recipient's name and class are clearly written on the envelope to help our Y6 postmen!

Thank you

Pride Award

Congratulations to Y6 who were awarded the Pride award for this week.

Staffing News

This week we say goodbye to Mrs Reid who has worked at the school since 2008 as a Teaching Assistant. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Reid for her hard work and commitment during her time with us. She will be sorely missed but we wish her best wishes for the future.

Christmas Lunch
Last Wednesday all our children enjoyed their Christmas lunch in school - this was a very colourful occasion with lots of amazing Christmas Jumpers being worn. Many thanks to the PTFA, lunch staff and teachers who helped to make this a fantastically festive occasion. Thank you also for all your donations to Save the Children. The money they raise will go to making sure every child, no matter where they’re born, has essentials like food and water, healthcare, education, protection and shelter.

PTFA Recent Events:

THANK YOU to everyone who has helped to support the PTFA this term, especially as it has been such busy term. There are so many events on in the run up to Christmas and we are enormously grateful for everyone’s hard work, time and contributions.

Particular thanks to Ashley Wilson and Ellie Baton for their amazing and generous contribution to Christmas fundraising and events.

PTFA Events Coming Up:

Year R Cake Sale - Friday 15th December which raised an amazing £148 well done and thank you to everyone for their support.

  • Whole School Pantomime Visit Today - Monday 18th December
  • Key Stage 1 Christmas Party- Tuesday 19th December - thanks so much to those who have volunteered to help with each class.
  • May Ball - booked for 19th May 2018 - please keep the date free!

*** We have also been successful in our application to the Co-op Local Community Fund to raise money for the Goudhurst and Kilndown School Pond Project. Every time a member shops at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to this fund - and you can select to give this 1% to the school project until 27th October 2018. Go to to join if you’re not a member - many, many thanks.***

 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 holiday.

Anna Twyman (secretary)

Online Safety

The BBC have launched an excellent new website to help 9-12 year-olds navigate "the day-to-day pressures and dilemmas of life online".

The site, Own It, features video clips and content by presenters and vloggers talking about issues including cyberbullying, privacy and online safety.  The site is called ‘Own it’, because it’s there to help children and young people take control and be the 'boss' of their online lives, and to assist them in developing "confidence and resilience" when dealing with online dangers.

Please do take a look – it is very up to date with the latest trends and strategies concerning safety online and will help you communicate with your children on such important matters.    

Important advice for all parents

A letter has been emailed to all parents today giving advice on how to keep your child safe whilst using the internet.  Suggested websites for additional information is also available.        

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 Y4 for KS2.  Well done!

Save the children

Thank you to everyone who has donated towards the Save the Children collections.  We are delighted to report that £154.39 was donated following our Christmas Jumper Day and a further £165.30 was donated following the two KS1 performances of Danger Mouse.  Therefore we are able to send a cheque for £319.60 to Save the Children.


Stationary List

Stationery List



2 HB pencils

1 rubber

1 pencil sharpener (preferably with case for shavings!)

1 small pack of coloured pencils (no more than 12)

1 small Pritt Stick

A small pencil case to fit inside drawer


The teachers would be grateful if you could replenish your son/daughter's pencil case over the holiday period. 


 2 HB pencils

1 rubber

1 pencil sharpener (preferably with case for shavings!)

1 small pack of coloured pencils (no more than 12)

1 x small Pritt Stick

A small pencil case to fit inside drawer

Pack of four small highlighter pens – different colours

Y6 only -  1 fountain pen (blue washable ink)


Thank you for your support

New Entrants - September 2018

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Community News
Do you know anyone who’ll be on their own this Christmas? St Mary’s will be hosting a Christmas lunch, on Christmas day itself, for anyone who’d like some festive company. There will be turkey and all the trimmings, decorations, silly hats etc - 12.30 to 2.30pm. It will all be free. If you know someone who might like an invitation, or for more information, please email
Christmas at St. Mary's, Goudhurst
Advent Challenge Christmas is such a busy time and we would love to help you make the most out of the next few weeks leading up to Christmas Day. We're giving the Posada a rest this year (but it may return next) but would really encourage you to get involved with the Advent Challenge - it encourages you to do something for someone else every day in Advent - and it's definitely something that you can involve the children in. Here's the link:
Nativity Service The Christmas Eve Nativity Service is always a highlight of the year and if your children would like to get involved as an angel or a shepherd, then come along this Sunday, 3 December, to St. Mary's at 12:00 for the first rehearsal. 
Memory Tree We know that, in amidst all the happiness and celebration of Christmas, there is also sadness, loneliness and grief for many. If you would like to remember a loved one, or to acknowledge something difficult in your life this Christmas, our Memory Tree will be in St. Mary's from Monday, 4 December. Come and write the name of someone you love but won't see over Christmas, or a prayer, or the name of someone who is suffering and hang it on the tree. The church is open all day every day during daylight hours, so you can come in whenever it suits you. 

Christmas Day LunchThis year we are laying on Christmas lunch for anyone for whom Christmas Day is just not that much fun – it might be that you’re on your own and would enjoy some company, or you’d just like to have lunch with other local people that day, or you might know someone in the village who might like to be invited. To find out more or to come along please let Becky in the Church Office know so that we can cater for everyone – Becky’s email is or the Church Office number is 01580 211739.

There's lots more information on the church website, including times of our Christmas service, but if you have any questions do get in touch with Rev Hugh or Caroline Turvey.

Becky Addis
Church Administrator
The Vicarage
Back Lane
Kent, TN17 1AN
Office hours: Monday 9:00 - 1:00, Tuesdays and Fridays 9:00 - 3:00
01580 211739


B2079 Bedgebury Road, 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 B2079 Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst will be closed to through traffic, on or after 14 December 2017 for up to 1 Day.

 The road will be closed between the junctions of Peasley Lane and Goudhurst Crossroads.

 The alternative route is via A262 the Plain - West Road - Clayhill - Station Road - Spelmonden Road - Goudhurst Road - A21 Lamberhurst bypass - Hastings Road - London Road - B2079 Lady oak Lane.

 It is planned the road will be closed between the hours of 20:00 and 05:00.

 The closure is necessary to enable Cat Eyes Maintenance works 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

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