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Submitted by headteacher on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 12:38
Wow! What another very busy and successful school year we have had and last Friday was a shining example of the day in the life of our wonderful school. It started at about 6.30am with parents and staff together setting up for sports day! Indeed it was a fabulous morning enjoyed by everyone. Well done to all the children but particularly those in Glassenbury and Scotney who won the KS1 and KS2 sports cup respectfully. Thank you to Mrs Mileham for organising the event, which as ever ran very smoothly. Thank you to the PTFA for providing refreshments and of course to you the parents, families and friends for all your support.

Following a picnic lunch, the school then opened its' classroom doors and parents were warmly invited to experience an afternoon in the life of Goudhurst & Kilndown pupil. There was a real buzz throughout the school and lots of parents commented on how it had been a wonderful day, just perfect!

I am sure you will also share our delight with the SATS results achieved by the year 6 pupils this year. 87% achieved the expected level in Reading, 87% in Writing and 90% in Maths.  Our provisional combined figure for Reading, Writing and Maths is 83% against the national figure of 64%, which is FANTASTIC! 

 

National   Interim KS2 results 2018

Kent   Average KS2 results 2018

Goudhurst   & Kilndown KS2 results 2018

Difference   (against National)

Reading

75%

77%

87%

12%

GPS  

78%

76%

87%

9%

Maths

76%

75%

90%

15.3%

Writing

81%

78%

90.3%

14.3%

Combined

64%

66%

83%

19%

Floor

65%

-

83%

18%

87% of our Early Years Children achieved a “Good level of Development” which is significantly higher than last year’s national figure of 71%.

Our KS1 children have also done extremely well. 80% achieved the expected level in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Everyone has worked very hard to achieve these results, so well done to you all and I know that you too will join me in thanking the staff for their continued hard work and dedication. Look in the school gallery to see more photos: http://www.goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk/gallery/sports-day-and-open-afternoon-2018

Today we celebrated Bastille Day as part of our teaching and learning of French. The children dressed in red, white and blue and enjoyed a variety of french activities this morning. This afternoon all the classes took to the playground for an afternoon of fun and a picnic with a french flavour! Thank you to the PTFA for providing the entertainment and food. Check out the wonderful cake!

Tonight we are looking forward to the KS2 Production of 'Ye Ha' which if the dress rehearsal yesterday is anything to go by, I know you are not going to be disappointed.

Tomorrow we have our final celebration assembly in St. Mary's Church at 9.15am - come if you can.

As we draw closer to the end of a very full year I would like to wish the children who are leaving every success at their new schools.  They have all grown, not only in stature but also in confidence and ability and have become young people that we can all be very proud of.  I would also like to thank their parents for their continual support during their child's time with us.
 
On behalf of all of governors and parents I would like to thank our wonderful staff.  As usual they have all worked incredibly hard throughout the year.  For some who are leaving us I would wish them every success in the future. 
 
On behalf of the staff I would like to thank all of the parents who have supported the school throughout the year, our amazing PTFA members who have raised so much money for the school, our volunteers who have listened to children read, helped transport children to sporting activities, helped at forest school and helped at after school clubs.  The staff and I all realise we are incredibly lucky to have your support and would like to thank you all.
 
And finally although we have the final week of school left, I would like to wish everyone a pleasant, relaxing and safe summer holiday along the fervent hope that the sun continues to shine!! I look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday 4th September.  
 

Celebration Worship

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 23:00

On Friday we decided to take our celebration assembly outside and what a wondeful occasion it was! The children engaged purposefully with all our celbration activities despite the heat!

Manger Mouse

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 23:18
Wow didn't they do well!! Last week we were treated to three wonderful performances by Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The children spoke confidently and capably and sang beautifully. Well done to everyone, you were amazing!  
 
On Tuesday 12th Decemeber members of the community joined us for lunch, tea and mince pies and then enjoyed watching the dress rehearsal. I received this email following the performance:
 
Thank you for such a splendid lunch followed by the enchanting nativity play.  I am sure the subsequent performances will have gone well as the children were so confident and word perfect.  Whoever organised this production did a very good job.

My renewed thanks for inviting me.

With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Please take a look at all the other photos in the gallery http://www.goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk/gallery/manger-mouse

"We are such stuff that dreams are made of...."

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 13:30

This week I received a lovely letter from the Shakespeare for schools festival following Year 5's performance of the Tempest at The Trinity Theatre on 22/11/17.

"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."

Appraised by Natasha Rickman

Congratulations to everyone involved in this superb production.

The Tempest

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 23:37

What an amazing evening! The children of Y5 this week performed the Tempest at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Their performance was described as being "Magical, Mysterious and Marvellous." All the children spoke confidently and clearly, indeed their was vocal energy and their timing was excellent. Well done to everyone and thank you to Miss Wilkins and her team for all their hardwork preparing the children. I am a very proud Headteacher!

I would also like to extend my gratitude and pass on a huge thank you to Robyn Weaver and Sean Gilder for the enormous amount of time and patience they so freely gave in the preparation of what truly was an amazing performance on Wednesday evening.  I would also like to thank Mark Payne for all of his help with light and sound and also to Shereen Shimmin for her help with the costumes. 

We are so lucky to have such a talented and generous parents in our school community.

What makes us a great school?

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 22:14

Last week I had the privilege to present to over a 100 delegates on the topic, "What makes our school outstanding?"

The most recent Bansky which appeared in London in September, combines the great late graffiti artist protégé Jean Michel Basquiat images with his own.

Like Banksy we are ever more creative, we take risks, we are always ‘moving our practice forward’ and we associate ourselves with other great people.  He is outstanding in his field as are we.

Maths Open Morning

Submitted by headteacher on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:08

It was lovely to welcome lots of parents this morning for our Maths Open Morning.    The school has recently introduced a 'Singaporian approach' to learning Maths called Inspire and today was a perfect opportunity for parents to see first hand how we now teach Maths at Goudhurst & Kilndown and how engaged our children are as a result.  Many classes took to the outdoors and much of the Maths equipment that the PTFA had kindly donated was also in full use. See the short 'Spark' video below.

One parent commented:

Dear Mrs Roberts,

Thank you for the opportunity to see Maths in action this morning. It was a delight to see such creative and enriching teaching and learning in every classroom. Every child I spoke to was engaged and eloquent about the thinking they were doing and they were all so happy and relaxed. Wonderful!

I would like to thank all the parents who joined us this morning and I am sure you will join me in thanking the staff for their dedication and of course all the children for all their continued hard work.

Sports Day and Open afternoon 2017

Submitted by headteacher on Monday, July 17, 2017 - 13:07
Sports day took place on Friday morning and weren't we lucky with the weather! Well done to Scotney who won KS1 and KS2 cups. Indeed well done to all the children who took part. It was a fabulous morning enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to you the parents for your support, the PTFA for the refreshments and of course to the staff but particularly Mrs Mileham for organising us all! 
 
A special thank you must also go to Ellie Stanford who took all these lovely photos and Tescos for providing each child with a piece of fruit.
 

Parents and family members then visited the school in the afternoon to celebrate all that the children have achieved throughout the year. I felt very proud, there was a real buzz in the school, a sense of community and a feeling of success! It was also wonderful to see so many people, the school looked amazing thank you to all the staff and children for their hard work and thank you to you for your interest and support.

Success at the Julie Rose for the NINTH time!

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 22:59

Enormous congratulations to Lily Hughes, Antonia Barry, Cayden Barker, Will Tuson, Poppy Hensey, Fifi Chapman, Oscar Dignan, Boris Gallacher, Olivia Gent, Alisha Steel, Joe, Jack Mercer, Katie Brush, Minty Sargeant, Freddie Croft and Piers Arscott. A very big thank you to Oscar for stepping in at the last moment....he didnt do too badly....winning every event!!! Thank you also to all the parents who supported the event and of course to Mrs Mileham for training the children and leading them to success.

Now the pressure is on for next year!!!

The merits of Outdoor Learning

Submitted by headteacher on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 22:19

As the school year draws to an end and I am reflecting on everything that we have achieved, I am delighted to divert your attention to a recent article about the merits of Outdoor Learning. This confirms everything we know is true and supports our Outdoor Learning ethos.

Outdoor learning can have a positive impact on children's development but it needs to be formally adopted, a report suggests.

Childhoods were dramatically changing, with fewer opportunities to spend time outdoors, researchers observed. The loss of exposure to the natural environment would have negative long-term consequences, they warned. Establishing an "outdoor learning hub" would help teachers, and help shape policies and strategy, they suggested.

Long-term risks

The report highlighted previous studies that showed that busier family lives, combined with an increased sense of fear in society, children were having fewer opportunities to explore their surrounding natural environment.

This was hampering children's social skills as well as risking stifling their long-term physical, emotional development and wellbeing. Therefore, it was important that schools did not overlook the opportunities that outdoor learning provided to bridge this gap.

"At the moment, if outdoor learning is part of a school's curriculum in England, it is largely because the teachers recognise the value of it," said report co-author, Sue Waite, a reader in outdoor learning at Plymouth University, UK.

The report also proposed a "Framework for 21st Century Student Outcomes" that could be delivered through regular lessons in natural environments.

The outcomes were grouped into five themes:

To read the whole BBC article from Friday about outdoor learning - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36795912

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and encourage you to spend as much of the summer outside! 

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