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6th October 2017

Our Christian value for this term is - Community and we will be teaching through the parable of the Lost sheep and the Lost Coin - Luke 15 4-10

What have some classes been learning this week?

Year 4 have been studying the Ancient Romans and a trip to Lullingstone Roman Villa on Wednesday this week, was perfect to consolidate their learning so far and has really inspired the children - so our learning will really take off!  They were kept busy with interactive games, dressing up, skeletons, deep holes, outside shrines and a chance to eat food similar to that of the Ancient Romans.  The mosaics were particularly 'awesome' and it was a brilliant day out!  Thank you to all the parents who accompanied class 4 and Mrs Omer on their trip.


Yesterday Year 6 were transported to the Ancient Civilisation of the Maya in Central America on Thursday.  Bedecked in traditional (and some untraditional) costumes, the class were treated to numerous activities about a culture which suddenly and mysteriously disappeared around AD250.  Role playing as the twins and  Jaguar Gods of the Mayan Underworld they learnt about how stories form the backbone of many civilisations and traditions.  The class also learnt about Gods, sacrifices and a rather gruesome ball game called Pok-a-Tok.  Next week, chocolate tasting!

Today year 3 are experiencing what life was like in the Stone Age and we look forward to hearing all about their adventures next week.

Little Princess Trust Fundraiser

Well done to Esme and thank you to everyone who donated to this very worthwhile cause - £50.00 has been sent to the Little Princess Trust.

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, Graham Nunn and Nancy from the Church Army came to give an animated version of Zacchaeus using Maltesers - ask your child about it!   On Tuesday the children learnt and practised more songs and Wednesday's Collective Worship was simple and song-led. Thursday's Collective Worship had a song and prayer with Street Dance in the middle! We celebrated Celebration Assembly on Friday, and there were a lot of medals, prizes and community value stickers awarded.
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!
Our Community Award was presented to Demi Barker, Oscar Dignan, India Shimmin and Beau Lane-Winch. Well done to them.
Our new 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.
Stars of the Week
Our stars for the week were:
Amelia Cresswell YR, Daisy Dennis Y1, Gryffon Payne Y2, Alex Lottering Y3, May yems Y4, Rebecca Page Y5 and Millie sheffield Y6.
After School Care
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

Thank you to those parents who are already using this service. 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        99.33 %
Year 1 - Elephants    100.00%
Year 2 - Kudus          98.67%
Year 3 - Leopards      98.33%
Year 4 - Giraffes        99.00%
Year 5 - Zebras         98.67%
Year 6 - Lions           98.67%

The winners for last week was won by 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 Y4 for KS2.  Well done!

Creative Play

We are planning a new and exciting project to further improve the play provision at break and lunch times for all our children.

It has been proven that children gain enormous benefit from having loose parts to play with as they create richer environments. Loose parts offer limitless possibilities for children and promotes and supports imaginative play. Many children find playtimes tricky, for many reasons, and we are aiming to ensure all children enjoy a fruitful and enjoyable time during their rest breaks from formal learning.

In addition to loose parts, we would like to create a large, ‘simply created’ sand pit and to have a large ‘tree’ for the children to climb on and build against.

We are very fortunate to have an amazing outdoor space to use for this project, but in order for it to be completely successful, it will require support from you, our parents, as well as the wider community. We will also be involving our newly formed School Council in order for all the children in the school to have a voice, and year 6 will be writing persuasive letters in English to local builders merchants and garden centres requesting donations of items.

How can you help?

Let us know if you have any contacts in the building, engineering or gardening trade who might be able to help us gather odds and ends of loose parts to provide our children with this wonderful opportunity.

If you feel you would be able to liaise with the staff team and manage a team of parents to help us provide this opportunity for the children, please contact Mrs Donoghue on

Our first task is to create some storage for the resources. This can be done very simply using wooden pallets to create 3-sided ‘boxes’, so children can access all the resources themselves without help from adults. This is where you can help: either by providing some wooden pallets and/or offering your help to put them together into 3-sided boxes on the playground.

Once these have been created, we can begin collecting the loose parts. These could be anything and everything which can be moved, and can be stored outside or in our green playground storage bins.

• Wooden pennies (slices of wood about 3 inches thick)

• Logs of different heights and widths

• A variety of lengths of wood

• Willow or hazel rods at least 1.5m long

• Sticks – various lengths

• Cardboard boxes – various sizes and shapes

• Leaves, feathers, shells, pine cones

• Stones / pebbles / cobbles

• Tree brashings

• Velcro straps

• Fence clamps and hooks

• String, paracord, high vis guy ropes

• Big karabiners

• Pegs – Ecoforce have spring-free pegs

• Quick drying materials such as organza, fleece blankets and shower curtains

• Tarpaulins (various sizes and colours - big, small, green, blue, white, transparent etc.)

• Milk and bread crates

• Wooden pallets – tough ones

• Tough buckets

• Cable drums or reels

• Tubes, guttering and funnels (plastic or bamboo), hosepipe, bore pipes

• Nets

• Tyres – bicycle, motorbike and car

• Large shallow tray

• Trolley on wheels to help aid tidying up, e.g. garden trolley / sack trolley, tub truck trolley,

large metal trolley or small trolley

• Wheelbarrow

• Baskets for collecting / transporting

• Resources to enhance small world play, for example mini figures, dinosaurs and vehicles

• Steering wheel

• Computer keyboard

• Portable seats/ sit-upons: aluminium bubble wrap, camping ones, gardening mats

Thank you for your support; I am sure that you will agree this is a very exciting project!


 *** STOP PRESS *** 
Following the success of previous years we are hosting another INDOOR BOOT FAIR, 
 Need a bit of extra cash for Christmas? Why not have a clear out? Alternatively come along and grab a bargain. 
Refreshments available whilst you sell or browse. A lovely community event. 
If you would like to book a table or have any questions please contact Ashley Wilson on ‭07885 425940‬ or Teresa Steel on 07900 278564.

Recent Activity:

Thank you so much to those who donated and bought delicious cakes at the year 6 cake sale last Friday, 29th September. There was a wonderful spread and a total of £153.65 was raised (amazing especially as it was raining!) which will go directly towards equipment for the year 6 classroom - thank you again!

Coming Up/Dates for your Diary:

  • Tonight! DOGK - Dads of Goudhurst and Kilndown - meet up on the first Friday of every month - so this evening - 6th October! Calling all dads, for a social on the first Friday of every month at 8.30pm - meet in the Social Club for a relaxed mini pub crawl through the village. For more information contact Simon Russell @ or 07780 470975.


  • Year 1 Cake Sale - Friday 13th October
  • Butterflies - a new cross for the school hall is being created and we are organising for each child to paint a butterfly to be assembled on the cross. This will be happening in class over the next couple of weeks.
  • Buddy Magician - 20th October - please note date change
  • Non-Uniform Day - Friday 20th October - donations of chocolate for Christmas bazaar chocolate tombola
  • Bonfire Disco - Thursday 2nd November
  • Year 3 Cake Sale - Friday 3rd November
  • Non Uniform Day - Friday 3rd November - donations of small pocket money type toys or as-new toys for Christmas Bazaar Hook a Bag stall
  • Indoor Boot Fair - Saturday 4th November
  • Sweet Jar Competition - Entries due back by 10th November please - please see attached poster and get making over half term!
  • Film Creche at parents’ evening - Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th November
  • Year 2 Cake Sale - Friday 17th November
  • Christmas tree orders – more details to follow – but please put order in by Friday 17th November!
  • Late Night Shopping at St Mary’s - Friday 24th November
  • Christmas Bazaar - Saturday 25th November 2-4pm
  • Year 4 Cake Sale - Friday 1st December
  • Christmas Tree fundraiser - Friday 1st December - trees to be delivered. More details to follow soon!
  • 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 - £1,500 funded by the PTFA
  • Key Stage 1 Christmas Party - Tuesday 19th December
  • May Ball - booked for 19th May 2018 - please keep the date free!

Also please remember our “money back” schemes, especially with Christmas shopping on the horizon:

Household battery recycling: pleasebring us all your household batteries to the pink collection box in the foyer - between now and December these can be used to earn KCC vouchers for the school to spend. Ask your neighbours/grannies/friends please!


  • Clothing bin (outside front of school by hall): for recycling unwanted clothes, shoes, curtains, fabrics etc - raised over £800 for school last year.


  • Match funding: is anyone able to offer corporate match funding for any of our events? If so please get in touch.


  • Easy Fundraising: anyone can log into and sign up to Goudhurst & Kilndown Primary school - then for every purchase through major shops a percentage is then sent to the school. Costs nothing and contributions will add up!


  • Yellow Moon: If anyone buys through “Yellow Moon” could they please support the school by adding the code SGO1137 on checkout and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the school.


  • Micro Scooters: Please use the following details if you buy through Micro Scooter and the school will get 10% of your purchase value as a donation - worth having!! Name: Goudhurst & Kilndown CEP School, School Educational Code: 118601.


  • Give as you Live: Turn your online shopping into FREE FUNDS to your SCHOOL - an easy and simple way to raise funds simply by shopping online.  Go to and search for Goudhurst Parent Teach Association.  Then simply do your shopping online with most of the major retailers and they donate a % to your PTFA fund.


  • Stamp-Tastic: The fastest way to name all your kids' belongings - and raise 20 - 30% cashback for your PTFA.  Go on to and order your name stamps. Make sure to put the PTA code,TN171DZ , in the box when you check-out!



The PTFA AGM is on Monday 9th October at 8pm, at the Goudhurst Inn.  Its a great chance to hear about what your PTFA is doing, meet the class reps and get involved in any aspect of it you fancy.  Hope to see you there!  If you can't join us, the PTFA meets monthly, on the 2nd Monday of the month (unless rearranged due to bank holidays etc), same venue, same time. 


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


Many thanks for reading and have a good week,

Anna Twyman (secretary)

Sweetie Jar Competition


Take a simple jam jar, fill it with sweets, jazz it up, make it sparkle and turn it into something amazing!

All children are asked to donate one (or more) decorated jam jar full of sweets to be used on our sweet jar tombola at the Goudhurst (St Mary’s) late night shopping event on Friday 24th November.

The entries will be judged at parents evening, with prizes awarded for the best from KS1, best from KS2, best effort and for the first time best adult entry.

Entries to be returned by

Friday 10th November 2017

(to the school office, with names and class on the bottom)

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.  


Community News
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Outdoor Church Sunday 15th October 2017 10.30am Glebe Field - come rain or shine (raincoats may be necessary!!!)
If your children are coming home from Forest School with a spring in their step then they may well enjoy Outdoor Church. As part of St Mary's Children's groups, we are encouraging families to participate in celebrating all that is good in the world around us. 
On October 15th at 10.30 am we will be holding our first ever Outdoor Church and invite you and your family to join us. There will be activities, singing, prayer and a whole lot of nature in our time together on Glebe Field. 
We will finish at 11.30 to go back into church to join everyone else for the end of the church service and then stay on for coffee and chat if you have time. 
We are really looking forward to welcoming as many of you as possible. Church doesn't have to stay in the building. If you find coming to church difficult, this could be right up your street - give it a go!
Please bring waterproofs!
We would encourage all parents to stay with their children but any unaccompanied children must have a completed registration form in case of emergency. Please click on the link to complete the form.
For more information, email:
Caroline Turvey
Lay Minister
Church Office
The Vicarage
Back Lane
TN17 1AN
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The community in which we live and the landscape that surrounds us are some of the main reasons we live in the Parish of Goudhurst.


On Saturday 21st October we are holding a workshop in which we will focus on framing the design and development policies for the Goudhurst's Neighbourhood Plan, ensuring that the impact of development on our community and landscape are carefully considered in our final plan.


In this workshop you will look at the issues raised in the Questionnaire and the proposals considered in previous workshops to ensure that policies to carefully manage change in our community.


These decisions will set the pattern of development in the community over the next 15 years.


This workshop will be held in Kilndown Village Hall on the 21st October starting at 9:00 am and finishing around 1:00 pm.


This will be an interactive session with plenty of discussions, brainstorming ideas and problem-thinking.  We’ll get to grips with some of the key issues raised in the questionnaire responses and look at them within the context of planning policies for Goudhurst.


There will be plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits to keep energy levels going!


We look forward to seeing you there – to give us an idea of numbers, please go to the Goudhurst NDP website and register your interest .


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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:

 13th October  9.00-12pm

19th October 1.30-3pm

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

On Line Safety
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Apps at Home: Tips and Advice

If your child wishes to download a new app then we’d recommend considering some of the following points:


  • Take an active interest in your child’s online life and      talk with them about how they use technology.
    • Ask your child why they want to use the app? How did       they hear about it?
  • Discuss with them how they will keep themselves safe      and make sure they know:
  • How to block and report other users and content
  • To speak to a trusted adult if they see anything or something happens online that makes them feel worried, upset or uncomfortable.
  • About websites such as ChildLine and CEOP?  and



  • Make sure that you understand how the app works so you      can decide if you are happy for your child to use it. You may even wish to      set up an account yourself first.
  • Consider:
    • Does it allow video chat or the sharing of images?
    • Does it allow user to communicate with ‘random’       strangers?
    • Does it allow anonymous chat?
    • Does it allow in-app purchases?
    • Can you restrict access to the content that your child       shares?
    • How will your child’s personal data be used by the       app?



  • What do other people (i.e. other parents and carers)      have to say about the app?
    • Ask your friends and family members or take a look       online. You may be able to find reviews via search engines or using tools       such as       and      


Age Restrictions

  • You can usually find age restrictions within the apps      terms and conditions. This is not the same as the app/google store rating.
  • The age limit for many popular social networking sites      is thirteen. This is due to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act      of 1998 (COPPA). The age limit is not based on suitability of content and      instead applies to any website, app or online service which collects,      stores or uses children’s personal information. Some apps will have age      limits of 18+ as they are exclusively designed for use by adults.
  • If children use apps that are aimed at an older age      group then this may leave them vulnerable to being exposed to unsuitable      content (including advertising), as well as being contacted by strangers.



  • Many popular apps will have ‘help’ and ‘safety’      sections, either within the app itself or via its website. Some apps will      even have content specifically designed for parents and carers.
    •       has some useful parent guides which highlight safety tools on popular       devices, and signpost to report mechanisms.
  • Does the app have any privacy settings? If so then help      your child to apply them appropriately – for example is it possible to set      the app so that only trusted friends can see information they post?
  • Explore the block and report features. Can your child      block or report concerning users or inappropriate behaviour?
  • If the app doesn’t have safety or help sections or      doesn’t provide the ability to report and block then you may wish to      consider if it is safe for your child to use.


For more advice, see Mr Goodman, the school’s Designated Safety Lead (Online Safety).


Don't Forget to Follow us
To help keep you informed and up to date, we have entered into the 'Twitter-Sphere'. If you wish to receive ‘tweets’, why not follow us - @GandKPrimary. As well as giving up to date news, this feed should give messages, reminders and details about what is happening around school on a day to day basis.


Kent Messenger -First Class Supplement

You may remember that the Kent Messenger photographer came into school recently to take a photograph of our new Yr children.  This will be published in the 9th October edition.

Are you interested in becoming a School Governor?

The governing board of our school has two parent governor places on it.  We have recently run a parent governor election for a vacancy which has been filled.  The second parent governor place is now to be elected as the term office of the current incumbent is coming to an end.

The Governing Board of the school has three core functions:  to ensure clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school, to hold school leaders to account for the performance of the school and to oversee the financial performance of the school.  We have a board of 12 governors who come from all walks of life who meet regularly and monitor the work of the school throughout the academic year.  Governors are expected to have a strategic oversight of the school and are not involved in the operational side of the school which is delegated by the Board to the Headteacher.  It is an interesting and rewarding voluntary role and one of the biggest voluntary workforces in the country.  

Being a governor is an interesting and rewarding voluntary role.  It is a great opportunity to help to ensure the school serves its local community by ensuring the children receive the best education and care.  Effective governance has a positive impact on the educational outcomes and wellbeing for all children and importantly, can make a difference to the life chances for disadvantaged children.

If you would like to stand for election as a parent governor, complete the nomination form which was sent out today and return it to the school by Friday 20th October.  Each person nominated must be proposed and seconded by parents/carers who have a child at the school.  Anyone standing for election is invited to provide, with his/her nomination, a short personal statement (maximum of 100 words).  The statement should only include biographical information, your reasons for wanting to be a parent governor and the contribution you believe you can make to the governing board.

If the number of nominations received is equal, or less than, the number of vacancies, the nominees will automatically be elected as parent governors.  If, however, there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held during the week of 30th October.  More details will be sent to you together with copies of the personal statements and a ballot form.  Two weeks will be allowed for the return of ballot papers.  Each parent will have one vote for the vacancy, irrespective of the number of children s/he has at the school. 

We do hope you will consider standing as a governor or else nominating another parent/carers.  If you would like more information about being a school governor, please do contact us.

We are also recruiting “co-opted” governors so if you know anyone in the community who might have the skills we are looking for or who might be interested in governance, please do put them in touch.
School Council

Attached is the photo of the school council – names below.


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Year 1 Elephants

Tristan McCarmick & Darcy Knight.

Year 2 Kudus

Anna Cooper & Henry O’Sullivan

Year 3 Leopards

Louis Canclini & Siena Weston

Year 4 Giraffes

Cole Fitz & Lily Hughes

Year 5 Zebras

Fifi Chapman & Tommy Guider

Year 6 Lions

Elizabeth Khan (Head Girl) & Jake Bussey (Head Boy)


 Congratulations to them all on being elected to represent the children on the School Council.



Starting Monday 9th October

3.25-4.05pm 4-7yrs (School pupils only)

4.05-4.50pm 8-11yrs (Also open to outside students, places permitting)

Contact Lucy to book on for a free taster class


Maths Open Morning

Wednesday 18th October


Join us for collective Worship


Come if you can!

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As you are aware this year thanks to your generosity through the PTFA, we have introduced a new innovative maths programme. Following the success of the summer open afternoon and our maths parent forums, we would like to invite you into school to experience how we are now teaching maths across the school. The idea is that you will be free to visit all classess and see how all children are enjoying their maths lessons. You will then be welcome to join us for Collective Worship.

I do hope you will join us for some or all of the morning. To give us some idea of the number of parents able to join us please can you sign up on the clipboard in the entrance hall. Thank you for your co-operation.

Forest School

Mrs Stanford would be very grateful for donations of knitting wool (any thickness).  Thank you.

Pride Cup

Well done to Year 5.

Best wishes
Lindsay Roberts