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24th 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

Shakespeare Performance of The Tempest

What an amazing evening! The children of Y5 this week performed the Tempest at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Their performance was described as being "Magical, Mysterious and Marvellous." All the children spoke confidently and clearly, indeed their vocal energy and their timing was excellent. Well done to everyone and thank you to Miss Wilkins and her team for all their hardwork preparing the children. I was a very proud Headteacher.

We would also like to extend our gratitude and pass on a huge thank you to Robyn Weaver and Sean Gilder for the enormous amount of time and patience they so freely gave in the preparation of what truly was an amazing performance on Wednesday evening.  We would also like to thank Mark Payne for all of his help with light and sound and also to Shereen Shimmin for her help with the costumes.  We are so lucky to have such a talented and generous parents in our school community.

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 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 Omer used Monsters Inc to help the children design a 'greedy' monster which gave us the opportunity to realise all the characteristics of greed.  We then used the phrase 'God so loved the world that He gave his only son' to show the opposite of greed. Tuesday was hymn practice day and Wednesday's Collective Worship helped us all understand Jesus saying 'I am the way, the truth and the life' as Caroline's final look at the 'I am's' of Jesus before we move onto Advent.  It's been an inspiring series of collective worships, do have a chat with Caroline if you are keen to learn more.
Thursday's Collective Worship was extra special as each class had the rare opportunity to celebrate in each class with a range of worship taking place from reading The Big Story (some of it anyway) to celebrating friendship.
 We celebrated Celebration Assembly on Friday, and there were a lot of stickers awarded, as well as House Points, Walking Bug, etc.
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!
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.
 The winners of the Peace award for this week were Jacob Adams and Lucy Baker
Kent Junior Schools Cross Country Championships

Kent Junior Schools Cross Country Championships

A huge well done to all the children that entered the Kent Junior Schools Cross Country Championships last Saturday at Detling Hill. The day dawned dry and cold. This year we had 16 children take part. The children ran very well, all of them managing to finish the quite brutal course.

Special mention to  Lily Hughes for coming 4th out of 145 runners, to Luke Draper for coming 6th 176 runners and to Poppy Hensey for winning the bronze medal in the year 5 girls race. This means that she can now go on and represent the country at the National Cross Country Championships in the Spring. We wish her lots of luck with that.

Well done on some great running to Siena, Leon, Louis, Dylan, Anna, Violet, Cayden, Tommy G, Tommy P, Oscar, Fifi, Demi and Lillian.

Thank you to parents for coming along with their children and for all their encouragement, it was a great day for all.

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.  

Goudhurst Late Night Shopping

As you know, this evening is the Goudhurst Late Night shopping event.  There will be lots of people and cars in the village and it will be dark.  We all know that space on the footpaths in the High Street is sometimes restricted and therefore we would ask parents to keep their children with them for their own safety.  

Our choir will be singing in St Mary's Church at 5.30pm and then again at Weeks Cafe about 6pm-come if you can and enjoy the fesitve fun.

Lillian the Attendance Bear
Year R - Hippos        94.67%
Year 1 - Elephants    94.84%
Year 2 - Kudus         94.67%
Year 3 - Leopards     96.67%
Year 4 - Giraffes       96.13%
Year 5 - Zebras         96.67%
Year 6 - Lions           97.33%

The winners for last week was Y6 Lions, 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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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!

To help alleviate the queues outside the school office and to save parents time we have installed a black post box on the left just INSIDE the entrance hall.  Parents will now able to post reply slips, and any other school correspondence in the post box.  Please note if money is being posted this must be in a securely sealed envelope on which you have written your child's name, class, and what the money is for.
KS1 Production Manger Mouse
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Rehearsals for the KS1 production are going extremely well and the children are all looking forward to performing for their parents.  Tickets will be available from the school office from Monday but due to fire regulations are limited to two per family.  There will be a clipboard available for parents to request additional tickets and these will be distributed to parents on 8th December.  Please collect your initial two ticket allocation as soon as possible.
There are two performances for parents - Thursday 14th December and Friday 15th December, both beginning at 2.15pm.  We would ask those parents with pre-school children to come to the dress rehearsal which is on Tuesday 12th December.  This is when the remainder of the school will watch the performance.
Pride Cup

The winner of the Pride award for this week is YR - Hippos, well done!

School Photographs
Many thanks to everyone who ordered their children’s school photographs.  
The prints will be back in school on Monday and will go out in your children’s book bags on Monday afternoon so please look out for them.    
We’ve had a couple of approaches about late orders.  If you missed the deadline for prints and would still like a photograph, then it is still possible on-line.  Please go to, click on the ‘Schools’ tab and enter the unique access code contained on your child’s proof card.  Postage will now apply.  
Thank you!
Online Safety


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Online Safety:   ThinkUKnow and excellent website dedicated to education children about online safety is expanding their remit to education younger children as young as 4-7.  Our school already uses the Thinkuknow education programme amongst others to help your child learn about staying safe online. Please complete this survey to have your say about what you would like to see in their next resource for 4 to 7 year olds.

Stars of the Week
Our stars for the week were:
Evelyn-Rose Kemmenoe YR, Tristan McCarmick Y1, Toby Drury Y2, The whole of Y3!, Lily Hughes Y4, Lola Crysell Y5 and Caty Higgs Y6.
Childcare Vouchers
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New Entrants - September 2018

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Car Parking -- Again!




We have again, been contacted by a local resident concerning inconsiderate parking after an evening club that is reguarly held in the school.  Quite rightly the neighbour was extremely annoyed not to have easy access to his property, especially as the school car park was virtually empty.  Please can we ask for your co-operation in this matter as we do strive to live harmoniously with our neighbours and are extremely fortunate to have such a large car park.

In addition a parent has informed us that whilst leaving school last week a car mounted the pavement and nearly knocked her and her son over. This was obviously extremely frightening for both parent and child so can we please remind parents to take extra care when driving in Beaman Close. 

Thank you for your support in this matter.


PTFA Recent Events:

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Congratulations to the winners of the Sweet Jar Competition :

KS1 - Jack Shimmin

KS2 - Grace Wilkinson

Best Effort - Gracie David

Best Adult - Millie's Gran

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. The hampers look amazing!

Also thanks to those who donated and bought cakes for the year 2 cake sale. An impressive total of was raised.

PTFA Events Coming Up:


  • Christmas Trees - thank you to everyone who has placed an order. Trees will be ready for collection at the end of the school day on December 1st.
  • Late Night Shopping at St Mary’s - TONIGHT! From 4pm to 9pm - Friday 24th November. Please come along and support the school stall in the Church.
  • Christmas Bazaar - TOMORROW! At school, Saturday 25th November 2-4pm.
  • 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)

Assembly Hall Art Project

Year 6 have been involved with this year’s Assembly Hall Theatre Art Project.  Having spent a morning with  an illustrator learning about this year’s production, Aladdin, the children were tasked to create their own illustrations, two of which would be chosen to go inside a special giant advent calendar that is to be displayed at the Theatre.  Goudhurst ‘sponsored’ and created doors 7 and 14 and we are delighted to announce the Ella Morris and George Mannion’s work was selected to go in the calendar.  If you happen to be in the area over Christmas, why not pop in and see Ella’s and George’s work – of course you will have to wait until the 7th and 14th December to see both doors open!


Our Butterfly Cross

We have created a beautiful Cross formed of butterflies.  Every child and member of staff in the School designed their own butterfly as part of the whole piece of art. Thank you to everyone involved in making this project happen; Mrs Omer for leading us, all the parents who worked alongside the children creating their butterflies, Mr Coleman for building the actual cross and Mr Russell for errecting it in the hall. Next time you are in school please do take time to have a look.

This butterfly cross:

  • Celebrates our community: everyone contributed to the creation of the artwork;
  • Celebrates our diversity: each individual created a butterfly of their own unique design;
  • Reminds us of Jesus' resurrection: the Caterpillar becomes a Chrysalis and then is born again to a glorious new life.

Contract Dining Company
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Please return your child's menu choices for their Christmas Lunch by 1st December at the latest
Can we also remind parents that school lunches must be paid for in advance.  Please ensure all outstanding money owed is paid before the end of term.  Thank you
Advent Service


The children in Y1 have been invited to sing at the Advent Service on 3rd December.  This is a service where they will have fun, sing and see our young people lead the service - from the talk, to prayers, to games and drama!  It would be great to see families from the school come along - there is even breakfast served!  Fun for the whole family with food thrown in!

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


Children in Need

Thank you to everyone who supported Children in Need last week. This photo appears in this weeks Kent Messenger (Weald) Edition.

Best wishes
Lindsay Roberts