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3rd November 2017

Our Christian value for this term is - Peace and we will be teaching it through the parable of the 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.  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, Mrs Omer helped the children understand that peace and calm is needed in our lives and the story of Jesus sailing on the Lake of Galilee was acted out with the whole school joining in to explain the importance of peace and calmness. On Tuesday the children learnt and practised more songs and Wednesday's Collective Worship helped us all understand Jesus as the light and how even in darkness, a little light goes a very long way.  Jesus talked about how He is the light and Caroline talked about how Jesus can lighten our lives in many ways.  Thursday's Collective Worship was about our Christian value of PEACE and how there are many different ways to show peace.  Please ask your child for a selection! We celebrated Celebration Assembly on Friday, and there were a lot of medals, prizes and many peace value stickers awarded, as well hearing about all the childrens' achievements outside of school.
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 Kalel Bass, Elizabeth Khan, Angus Murray and Jack Knight who were all presented with Peace awards 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.
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I would like to say a huge thank you to Jo Bowman for the wonderful bunting displayed in the entrance hall. Thank you also to Year 4 who created the lettering and Caroline Turvey for her inspirational idea. Jo is already planning for Advent so please watch this space!



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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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
Well done to all the children who achieved 100% attendance last term and to our Super Silver Awardees; they all enjoyed a very well earnt bounce on their return this Monday.
Year R - Hippos        98.33%
Year 1 - Elephants   100.00%
Year 2 - Kudus          97.33%
Year 3 - Leopards     96.13%
Year 4 - Giraffes       99.00%
Year 5 - Zebras         97.67%
Year 6 - Lions           96.67%

The winners for last week was Y1 Elephants, well done!  

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 and tie between Y3 and Y4 for KS2.  Well done!

Art Projects for Schools
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You may have heard via your child that everyone has now completed designing their Christmas card and these have now been collected by Art Projects for Schools. 
These will be scanned 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.  
Young Voices Concert

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The deadline for children of the choir wishing to attend the Young Voices Concert 2018 is approaching. Permission slips and order forms for tickets and t-shirts need to be returned no later than Friday 10th November to Mr Gray please.

Thank you,

Ms Lane

Parents Evenings

The Autumn term Parent Consultation Evenings are arranged for Tuesday 14th November and Thursday 16th November.

For classes YR, Y1, Y3 and Y4 (10 minute appointments):

Tuesday 14th November - 3.30 - 6.30pm

Thursday 16th November - 4.30 - 7.30pm


For Y2  (10 minute appointments ) :

Tuesday 14th November 3.30 - 7.00pm

Thursday 16th Nobember 5.00 - 7.30pm


For Y5 and Y6  (15 minute appointments):

Tuesday 14th November - 3.30 - 7.15pm

Thursday 16th November 4.30 - 8.15pm


Booking will be available via School Money and parents will receive a text/email with login details on Monday.


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Book Fair

We will be holding a book fair during both Parent Consultation Evenings and would be very grateful for offers of help from parents to man the sale for slots during both evenings.  Names to Mrs Wyatt please


Stars of the Week
Our stars for the week were:
Lucy Hughes YR, Millie Liddiard Y1, Fred Hammerton-Stove Y2, Sam Staton-Barrachina Y3, William McInerney Y4, Fifi Chapman Y5 and Lillian Wilson Y6.
School Photographs

We were pleased to send out the proof-cards via the children’s book bags for the 2017 school photographs on Wednesday.  

The proof-cards contain detailed ordering instructions.  To place an order, you can do this either online or via school - to order online, please go to, click on the ‘Schools’ tab and enter your unique access code.  If you’d prefer to place an order via school, then please follow the instructions on the proof-card and return your envelope to the school office.  
Please place your orders by next Wednesday 8th November for delivery by the end November.   Postage will be free of charge for orders received by this date.
We hope you like Ali’s more natural and informal style of pictures - the photographs are an additional fundraising method for the school so please support if you can.
Thank you. 
Open Days
 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:

 Last session - 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


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Wanted - Items for the YR Outdoor Area

Dear Parents

Ms Lane is trying to make Child-Initiated experiences for the children in Hippos class as 'real' as possible, specifically in role-play areas, the outdoor 'Home Corner' and the 'Mud Kitchen' area. She is in the process of filling these areas with real utensils such as frying pans, baking trays, whisks, mixing bowls, large spoons etc. If you have any old kitchen utensils that you know longer need, Ms Lane would very gratefully receive these items for the Reception class children.

Many thanks


Pride Cup

Hippo's were the proud recipients of the Pride Cup for their ever evolving outdoor area! 


Hope you all had a most fabulous half term.

Please have a look below at some more detailed information on the Christmas Bazaar coming up on 25th November including early order forms and how to get involved…

PTFA Recent Events:

The Buddy Magician visited on 20th October - a great afternoon for Y6/YR buddies.

Bonfire Disco – Thursday 2nd November – thank you very much to all helpers/bouncers/dancers for getting involved.

Non-uniform Day – Friday 3rd November – thank you very much for donations of toys for “Hook a Bag” event at the Christmas Bazaar.

PTFA Events Coming Up this Half Term: 

  • Year 3 Cake Sale – Today! Friday 3rd November outside school at pick-up.
  • DOGK - Please note DOGK (Dads of Goudhurst and Kilndown) are meeting this evening at 8.30pm in the Vine. All are welcome.
  • Indoor Boot Fair - Sunday 4th November 10-12pm in the School Hall.


  • 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 – please see info below…
  • Year 4 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 ready for collection at the end of the school day on December 1st.

 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

 Christmas Bazaar 2017…… How YOU can help….

 We know!! It feels like life is only just returning to normal after the long summer holidays so we apologize for mentioning Christmas already but please note that 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 31st November for collection.

 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.

 Jewelry Stall: Any old or unwanted jewelry 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!

 Now we are back from half term, lists of items required for HAMPERS will go into each class window.  Please put your name against an item (or two!) and bring into school before Thursday 16th November, as hampers are made up on the Friday and will then go on display for a week in the school.

Keep your eyes open for the BOGOF’s at your local supermarket of choice, and slip the “free” in for the school!!

 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 funs 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.


 Any questions/comments on the PTFA, please contact co-chairs Victoria Aldwinckle ( or Jo Bowman (

 Many thanks for reading,

Anna Twyman (secretary)

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Blind Lane, 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 Blind Lane, Goudhurst will be closed to through traffic, on or after 30 October 2017 for up to 5 Days.

The road will be closed at Various Areas Throughout.

The alternative route is via Lidwells Lane - North Road.

The closure is necessary to enable Pothole Blitz 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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   Dated this 30th day of October 2017




Adult / Child's Hat and Glove collection

Please if you are having a clear out please hand these items to either Jayne Russell or Elle Batten who will donate to where there is desperate need.

Club News
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Best wishes

Lindsay Roberts