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.
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.
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.
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.
The winners for last week was won by Y1 Elephants , well done!
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!
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 email@example.com
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
• 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
• 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!
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Following the success of previous years we are hosting another INDOOR BOOT FAIR,
SATURDAY, 4TH NOVEMBER, 10 - 12 NOON
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.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org 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 easyfundraising.org.uk 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 http://www.giveasyoulive.com/ 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 http://www.stamptastic.co.uk/ 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.
Many thanks for reading and have a good week,
Anna Twyman (secretary)
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)
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 .
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:
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
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? www.childline.org.uk and www.thinkuknow.co.uk
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- www.saferinternet.org.uk 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).
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.
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.
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.
Attached is the photo of the school council – names below.
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.
Wednesday 18th October
Join us for collective Worship
Come if you can!
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.
Mrs Stanford would be very grateful for donations of knitting wool (any thickness). Thank you.
Well done to Year 5.