Thank you to all the children in Year 1 who represented the school at the Advent service in St. Mary's Church last Sunday. They sang Little Donkey beautifully and very confidently.
Indeed the service led by all the young people, was filled with fun, singing, games, drama, prayers and laughter. It was so lovely to see so many children and their families from the school at the service.
Thank you to Mrs Found for accompanying the children.
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.
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
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.
School Sports organising Crew Training.
On Thursday 23rd November some of our year 6 children attended the SSOC training at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge. They spent the morning thinking about and discussing the skills required to be part of the crew and how they can support Sport within their school. There were about 250 children at the training so it was an extremely busy morning with chances to work with your own group and other children. Thank you to Bethan, Ryan, Sophie, Hugo, William, Caty, Sam, Aiden, Lillian and Julia. Thank you to the parents for help with transportation.
On Wednesday 29th November some children from year 5 and 6 attended the Kent school Games Basketball competition. The children had received some training in the weeks beforehand from 2 sixth form boys from Cranbrook school. They all played with great determination and finished the competition in 5th and 4th place.
Thank you to Mrs Omer for accompanying the children and to the parents for transportation and support. Well done to Hugo, Kudzai, Sophie, Naomi, Fifi, Harrison, Jake, Oscar, Demi, Bethan and Alisha.
All school run clubs will finish on Friday 15th December.
For clubs that are run by outside agencies, please confirm with the club tutor of finishing dates for this term and also dates for next term.
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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On Wednesday 13th December we’re inviting all pupils to take part in ‘Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day’.
We’re asking pupils to make a £1 donation, or whatever they can give, to help save children’s lives around the world.
The money they raise will go to Save the Children, making sure every child, no matter where they’re born, has essentials like food and water, healthcare, education, protection and shelter.
All your child needs to do is wear a festive woolly and bring in a suggested £1 donation. There’s no need to splash out on snazzy new sweaters to join in the fun you could borrow or bling up an old woolly with a few decorations.
Thank you for your support.
Congratulations Mr Russell as the Pride award for this week has been awarded to you for your workshop!
The BBC have launched an excellent new website to help 9-12 year-olds navigate "the day-to-day pressures and dilemmas of life online".
The site, Own It, features video clips and content by presenters and vloggers talking about issues including cyberbullying, privacy and online safety. The site is called ‘Own it’, because it’s there to help children and young people take control and be the 'boss' of their online lives, and to assist them in developing "confidence and resilience" when dealing with online dangers.
Please do take a look – it is very up to date with the latest trends and strategies concerning safety online and will help you communicate with your children on such important matters.
Important advice for all parents
A letter has been emailed to all parents today giving advice on how to keep your child safe whilst using the internet. Suggested websites for additional information is also available.
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 - for KS1 and for KS2. Well done!
As you are aware Year 5 performed the Tempest a couple of weeks ago at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and this week I received this appraisal from Natasha Rickman:
"I would like to offer sincere thanks and congratulations to Goudhurst and Kilndown CE Primary School for your wonderful production of The Tempest as part of the 2017 Shakespeare Schools Festival. Students and teachers alike have put hard work, imagination, determination and passion into this production, and were a credit to the school. I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight just a few fantastic moments that you should be especially proud of.
What an atmospheric and creative Tempest. I loved the use of live sound by the actors, as well as the soundtrack, which combined brilliantly. Your use of ensemble throughout was fantastic, creating landscapes from just your bodies and beautiful choral moments like becoming the rain of the storm. It was fantastic having you all onstage throughout, which created an intimate playing space and it was lovely having that focus on the centre of the action.
Physically you were brilliant, opening out and sharing the text with the audience. I also loved the physical language of the magic in the play.
You had brilliant performance energy which was so punchy, and you picked up your cues showing you were really listening to each other. Technically, you had fantastic vocal energy, projecting your voices with clarity.
You brought out the humour within this play beautifully and I loved your physical comedy choices, particularly your comic timing, your use of slapstick comedy and the modern asides. Your student technicians also worked hard over the day, helping to cue and run the show and tech - Kudzai, William and Thomas. The whole company was focussed and hardworking throughout.
Thank you for a magical, mysterious and marvellous Tempest.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this superb production. I hope to see Goudhurst and Kilndown CE Primary School in the Festival again next year.
Well done once again to everyone.
Christmas Day LunchThis year we are laying on Christmas lunch for anyone for whom Christmas Day is just not that much fun – it might be that you’re on your own and would enjoy some company, or you’d just like to have lunch with other local people that day, or you might know someone in the village who might like to be invited. To find out more or to come along please let Becky in the Church Office know so that we can cater for everyone – Becky’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org or the Church Office number is 01580 211739.
There's lots more information on the church website, including times of our Christmas service, but if you have any questions do get in touch with Rev Hugh or Caroline Turvey.
Class 5 treasured Guinea Pigs need a home for Christmas. If you would like to take them home over the festive season please contact Mrs Stanford directly:
Thank you for your support.