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20th October 2017

Our Christian value for this term is - Community and we will be teaching it through the parable of The Lost sheep and the Lost Coin Luke 14

Important Reminder for Y6 Parents

A reminder for all Y6 parents that applications for secondary school places for September 2018 must be completed by 31st October 2017.  Parents are able to visit each individual school's website for dates and times of their open days.  Parents should apply on line via the Kent County Council website -

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 Donaghue helped the children realise what makes a good friend and that celebrating differences and capabilities is essential for developing friendships with everyone. On Tuesday the children learnt and practised more songs and Wednesday's Collective Worship helped us all understand Jesus as the vine and us as the fruit.  There was some excellent instruction and realisations about what the 'fruit of the spirit' actually means and just how important it is to try our best. Thursday's Collective Worship continued enjoying the wonderful book called The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross by Carl Laferton. The children sat in total silence as it was read to them. We celebrated Celebration Assembly on Friday, and there were a lot of medals, prizes and many community value stickers awarded, as well as the Merit Cups and Buddy Cup.
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!
We were delighted to present Community awards to Alisha Steel, Cole Fitz, Lily Hughes, Farah Neville, Jack Shimmin and Henry O'Sullivan.  Well done to them all!
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.


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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Maths Open Day

Many thanks to everybody that was able to join us on Wednesday.  I hope that you agree that the bold moves that we have made to take Maths at Goudhurst & Kilndown to another level are already showing in the high level of engagement in our classrooms.  Here is a short video showing some of the activities taking place.

We plan to hold other future 'subject themed' Open Mornings and Afternoons in the near future. Watch this space!

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

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        98.67%
Year 1 - Elephants    97.67%
Year 2 - Kudus         99.33%
Year 3 - Leopards     99.03%
Year 4 - Giraffes       100.00%
Year 5 - Zebras         97.67%
Year 6 - Lions           100.00%

The winners for last week  was a tie between Y4 Giraffes and Y6 Lions, well done!  


We are delighted to report that the average % attendance figures for this half term for the whole school is 98.6 - well done everyone!

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!

 Dear All

 KM Charity Team Forum feedback.

 I attended the KM Charity team's walk to school forum last Friday where they announced that 2018 is the KM Year of Walking. 

 I collected 2 awards on behalf of the school - a walking bus birthday award and the "platinum pledge" for the Active WOW scheme : Mrs Roberts has promised to pay a 3 year subscription which is the new criteria for attaining the much coveted "platinum plus" green travel mark. 

  Active WOW has merged two previous schemes - active bug and WOW (walk in Wednesdays). As part of this package there are two new initiatives this year - green champions and road safety skills test.

 I coordinate the school walking bus with brilliant support from Emily McKay. Mr Gray collates hands up data for Walk On Wednesdays.

 Did you know?

 100 schools have signed up across Kent for Active WOW. There are now 1000 children across Kent in 50 walking buses since Sept 2017. 

 Our walking bus has had 29 children making 227 green Travel journeys to school since Sept 2017 - fabulous efforts kids and grown ups!

 Green Champions

 The nominations for green school awards are open now and our sponsors want me to vote in as many categories as possible for our school. They want to champion good practise and publish winners in a booklet that goes out to 600 primary schools. Anything the children are involved with in school or the community counts: gardening; recycling; green spaces; eco clubs; green travel; forest school development. If you think of others please drop me a line - a headline is enough for judges at this stage. 

 Road Safety Skills Test

 I was really inspired to get the 'road safety skills' tests up and running and  Mr Goodman has kindly agreed to launch this after half term. It's open to the whole school and has three levels of achievement - Bronze, Silver and Gold. The 'test' is online, friendly and children can be helped! They need to recognise road signs and understand what the green cross code is and how to use it in different road side scenarios. Do discuss any you see on your travels- foreign ones are often interesting too! 

We don't have any road signs on our walking bus route - I'm looking into this and Mrs Roberts has a good idea for Y6 to get involved in the Summer!

 29 children have walked with the school's walking bus at least once since September which is fantastic totalling 226 "walks" to school. I say walks but some days we mostly scoot! Alice Rahtz has walked the most so far (25 times) with Lily D (24) Miranda (23) and Molly Leavens (22) hot on her heels! (Girls that's 188 HOUSEPOINTS for Bedgebury!) These boys are doing their bit for the environment & 108 house points for their houses: Max (15), Jake Smith with his dog Lola (14), Josh Gale (13) and Brandon (12). Well done to everyone else too!

 We have another 40 walks before the certificates and prizes get handed out in December- come and do your but for reducing pollution at the school gates and getting fresh air & scooter fun!

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 Every walk earns a housepoints. Additional housepoints for displaying good road safety skills / neatly folding the fluorescent jackets!

  If anyone would like to join the bus or volunteer for the rota please get in touch with us! Thank you if you made it this far!

 Enjoy the break!

 Jo Bowman



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.  
School Council

Mr Goodman would like to publically apologise to Hayley in Y6 for failing to celebrate her inclusion to the new school council.  Hayley is the council clerk and with Mr Gray responsible for organising the meetings including writing Agendas and Minutes.    

On Line Safety
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This week an interesting article entitled 7 Tips for Raising Confident Kids in Our 'Like'-Obsessed Culture


Open Days
This term I have already proudly shown round new and familiar families to our fantastic school. There are two open mornings still coming up after half term. Come if you can! 
 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:

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

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!

Pride Cup

Well done to YR Hippos, Y2 Kudus and Y4 Giraffes who were joint winners of the Pride award this week for their amazing raised flowerbeds. Thank you also to all the parents who helped these classes to prepare the beds to look so wonderful!

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Cup Winners

Congratulations to the children who have been presented with cups this morning:

House Cup  -  Glassenbury

Buddy Cup - Owen and Leon

KS1 Merit Cup - Tilly

KS2 Merit Cup - Amelia

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Forest School - help needed!
Can you help with tidying the Willow Tunnel?
Mrs Stanford would really appreciate some help in tidying and maintaining the Willow Tunnel this Autumn.  Its a fairly easy job involving pruning and sawing.  The bundles of cut willow will be used around the pond, to fill in gaps in the tunnel and for woodland crafts for the children.   If you would like to lend a hand, please contact Victoria Aldwinckle on . Many thanks!
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PTFA Recent Events:


Year 4 Cake Sale - thank you so much to everyone who contributed treats and donated - year 4 raised a stunning total of £147.15 to be used directly towards classroom equipment for their class.


The Buddy Magician is visiting today to entertain YR/Y6 buddies - sure to be to top entertainment and funded by the PTFA.


PTFA Events Coming Up after Half Term:


  • 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  to school office by 10th November please - adult entries too! Entries to be judged at parents’ evening with prizes awarded for best efforts from KS1, KS2, best effort - and best adult entry!


  • 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 Trees - please place your orders by handing in the emailed form into school office by Friday 17th November! Trees will be delivered to school by 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 half term,

Anna Twyman (secretary)

PE Kit Reminder


Many children are still wearing their PE kits home after a club and then forgetting to bring it back in for PE lessons. Please make sure that your PE kit is at school every day.


A few children still have plimsolls for PE. They need to have trainers at school for their Mile Run and for outside PE sessions.

Many thanks for your help with this.

Maria Mileham

Community News
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Job Vacancy - Sissinghurst School
Sissinghurst school are looking for a cleaner for 1- to 17 hours a week (flexible).  Job share arrangments would be considered.  If interested please contact the school office



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 




Club News
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Car Parking

We have again been sent a photograph illustrating the continuing problem with cars parking on the footpath.  Please can we ask everyone to park responsibly and to consider our neighbours.

Thank you for your support.

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Best wishes
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and wish you a lovely half term. We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 30th October.
Lindsay Roberts