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 - www.kent.gov.uk/education
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.
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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!
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.
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!
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).
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Important Information for Parents
If your child is due to start school next September the on-line KCC application form is available at www.kent.gov.uk/ola 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: 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 https://ttrockstars.com/ or by downloading the free app https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/times-tables-rock-stars/id973811326?mt=8
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.
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…
- Household battery recycling in school foyer
- Clothing bin outside front of school by hall
- Easy Fundraising: easyfundraising.org.uk
- Yellow Moon: code SGO1137 on checkout
- Micro Scooters: School Educational Code: 118601.
- Give as you Live: http://www.giveasyoulive.com/ + search: Goudhurst Parent Teach Association
- Stamp-Tastic: http://www.stamptastic.co.uk/ with code TN171DZ
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.
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 www.twciviccentre.co.uk. 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
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.
Cllr Tracy Moore, Portfolio Holder for Civic Development Communications
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council