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8th December

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

Christmas dates for your diary
Tuesday 12th December - 2.15pm                 
KS1 Manger Mouse dress rehearsal to KS2 children, Goudhurst Pre-school, the lunch club and any parents who would like to  attend with pre-school children
- no tickets required
Wednesday 13th December                            
Christmas jumper day - please bring a £1 in support of Save the Children
Children's Christmas lunch
Thursday 14th December - 2.15pm               
KS1 performance of Manger Mouse to parents - tickets required
Friday 15th December - 2.15pm
 KS1 performance of Manger Mouse to parents - tickets required
 YR Cake sale
Monday 18th December                                
Whole school visit to pantomime - Aladdin
Tuesday 19th December                                
KS1 Christmas party - pm (party clothes to be brought in to change into for the afternoom)
Wednesday 20th December                            
Attendance and Super Silver Bounce
Church Service - St Mary's Church 2.00pm parents and friends are welcome to join us for this very festive service.
Teachers would be very grateful for offers of help to walk with the children to the church.  If you are able to help, please let your child's class teacher know.
Children can be taken home directly following the service but parents must ensure their child's name has been ticked off on the teachers class list.  Any children not collected will be taken back to school to be collected as usual.
If your son/daughter usually travels on the minibus, please ensure they are sure of their travel arrangements home after the service.    
Thursday 4th January 2018                            
First day of spring term
Little Donkey

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.

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 Roberts helped us think about the long wait of Advent and that it can be a time that reminds us to take pride in ‘giving’ as well as ‘getting’. The first Christians remembered a saying of Jesus: ‘There’s more happiness in giving than in receiving’ (Acts 20.35). It can take time to discover that secret!. Tuesday was hymn practice day and Rev'd Hugh led Wednesday's Collective Worship. On Thursday, we listed the characters present in the Christmas story as told in the Bible. (There followed interesting discussion on what the women were doing at the time!) Three volunteers showed how Joseph, a shepherd and a Wise Man might have felt that night. We reflected on how we might have felt and how there would have been a lot of misunderstanding and questions but that God is there to help.
We celebrated Celebration Assembly on Friday, and there were a lot of Stars of the Week as well as House Points, Walking Bug and
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 peace.  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.
After School Care
Thank you to all the parents who have used our after school club so far. We have more than 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.  

Sporting News

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.

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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.

School Run Clubs

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.

Stars of the Week
Our stars for the week were:
Amelia Liles YR, Jemima Bussey Y1, Oliver Steel Y2, Klara Blake Y3, Cayden Barker Y4, Jack Liversage Y5 and Julia Storms Y6.
Lillian the Attendance Bear
Year R - Hippos       89.00%
Year 1 - Elephants   95.48 %
Year 2 - Kudus         94.33%
Year 3 - Leopards    97.33%
Year 4 - Giraffes       97.42%
Year 5 - Zebras        95.67%
Year 6 - Lions          99.00%

The winners for last week was Y6 Lions, well done!  



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School Post Box
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Our school post box for delivery of all school Christmas Post will be available from Monday. 

Please ensure the recipient's name and class are clearly written on the envelope to help our Y6 postmen!

Thank you

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 Monday.  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.
Christmas Jumper Day


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.

Pride Cup

Congratulations Mr Russell as the Pride award for this week has been awarded to you for your workshop!

Online Safety

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.        

Lottery Grant


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Hopefully everyone will have seen the amazing fitness equipment that has been installed in the playground for the children!  The staff couldn't resist having a go!
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 -  for KS1 and  for KS2.  Well done!

"We are such stuff that dreams are made of"

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.

Natasha Rickman

Well done once again to everyone.

New Entrants - September 2018

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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
Christmas at St. Mary's, Goudhurst
Advent Challenge Christmas is such a busy time and we would love to help you make the most out of the next few weeks leading up to Christmas Day. We're giving the Posada a rest this year (but it may return next) but would really encourage you to get involved with the Advent Challenge - it encourages you to do something for someone else every day in Advent - and it's definitely something that you can involve the children in. Here's the link:
Nativity Service The Christmas Eve Nativity Service is always a highlight of the year and if your children would like to get involved as an angel or a shepherd, then come along this Sunday, 3 December, to St. Mary's at 12:00 for the first rehearsal. 
Memory Tree We know that, in amidst all the happiness and celebration of Christmas, there is also sadness, loneliness and grief for many. If you would like to remember a loved one, or to acknowledge something difficult in your life this Christmas, our Memory Tree will be in St. Mary's from Monday, 4 December. Come and write the name of someone you love but won't see over Christmas, or a prayer, or the name of someone who is suffering and hang it on the tree. The church is open all day every day during daylight hours, so you can come in whenever it suits you. 

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 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.

Becky Addis
Church Administrator
The Vicarage
Back Lane
Kent, TN17 1AN
Office hours: Monday 9:00 - 1:00, Tuesdays and Fridays 9:00 - 3:00
01580 211739
Guinea Pigs


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.

Best wishes
Lindsay Roberts