Today Ms Lane received notification of the outcome of our Artsmark application.
"Thank you for your submissions to Artsmark.
Your Statement of Commitment and Case Study have been reviewed by our assessment panel and we are delighted to inform you that Goudhurst and Kilndown Church of England Primary School has been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award. Congratulations!
The panel has made the following comment about your submissions:
The panel was delighted that Artsmark is ‘held accountable’ for such positive change in your school! Your commitment to the arts as a vehicle for learning, well-being, confidence and sheer pleasure is evident. You have further enhanced your focus on pupil voice and choice through the implementation of Arts Awards, your Arts Council and Arts Festival; you have extended your range of offer and have engaged parents and the wider community. The testaments provided with regard to children’s self-awareness and self-confidence are moving and powerful. Going forward, you will wish to continue to develop partnerships with outside organisations and should use this and other means to share your example and advocate for the arts, using your pupils as ambassadors.
Congratulations on your Artsmark Gold Award!
As a Gold Artsmark school Arts Council England celebrates your commitment to arts and cultural education at a leadership level and the opportunities embedded across your provision. Your children and young people have equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a diverse range of high-quality arts and cultural activities and you recognise the importance of development opportunities delivered by specialists for your staff in these areas. You engage with a range of arts and cultural organisations and can evidence the positive impact of these partnerships. Your children and young people have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture and you are working to share the expertise you have established.
Once again, congratulations on your Artsmark Gold Award.
With warm wishes,
Arts Council England
I think you will agree this is an amazing achievement and demonstartes our commitment to providing all children here at Goudhurst & Kilndown a rich curriculum that places equal importance on providing high quality teaching and learning of the 'Arts' as it does on high attainment in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science.
We have also been awarded a Music Mark from the Royal College of Music and we are a Trinity College accredited Arts Award Centre.http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64
What another wonderful evening we all had at our annual May Ball. The sun shone, the lanterns twinkled and the laughter filled the air. Thank you to London Beach for hosting the event, Box of Frogs for providing the entertainment, all the parents new and current, the staff, and of course members of the PTFA who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the evening happened. Particular thanks must go to Emily McKay who championed the event and Tim Widdowson for his energetic comparing during the Heads and Tails and Auction. So far it looks like we have raised about £2,500-amazing! If you missed the event this year please put the date in your diary for next year as it truly is a lovely evening.
Yesterday I had the privilege of accompanying Year 2 to Forest School. I had a wonderful time; sitting watching and listening to the children immersed in their activities amongst a carpet of delicate swaying bluebells, was simply amazing! There was so much learning taking place without the children even realising it.
Help us fund-raise! A team of parents & teachers are taking part in a Three Peaks Challenge climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell & Snowden (& driving between them all) in 24 hours! The money raised will be shared equally between Demelza Hopsice Care for Children and the PTFA of Goudhurst & Kilndown School. Help us raise money for these two great causes - go online to https://smartgiving.org.uk/event/goudhurst-kilndown-primary-school-2018-three-peaks-challenge
Thank you for your support.
Last Thursday 26th April, Emily Hanna came in to teach us all about the art of storytelling. The day began with assemblies for KS1 and KS2. Both assemblies were amazing and children had a wonderful time. We learnt about how to tell stories using different voices, actions, narration and emotions. These qualities really bring stories to life.
Each class then had their own workshop which again, was outstanding. Year 5s learnt a Viking Tale, Year 3s learnt about pirates and Year 6s heard a ghost story. These experiences really inspired the children to get involved and join in with her storytelling and will help us all in the future.
Overall it was a great day!
What can I say! What a wonderful evening was had by all yesterday at our third Arts Festival. Our school motto is 'Enjoy Achieve Together' and last night certainly was an example of this. It was so lovely to see the whole school community, parents, children, governors and of course the stars of the show 'children' coming together to provide an evening of entertainment, fun, laughter and celebration. This year the event was opened by an amazing performance from Emily Allen (known to you as Mrs Mckay who is an actress in her own right)-she certainly set the bar high! This was then followed by a showcase of a wide range of talent by children from the full breadth of the school, an ex pupil Charlotte Ensor, Mr Golledge (a music producer and teacher and parent) and a surprise appearance from Wonder Woman! All the acts received a rapturous applause from a full house of performer's family, friends and members of staff. The evenings proceedings were masterfully led by the schools Arts Council as the audience enjoyed performances ranging from instrumental, to modern dance, to poetry recitals, to the school Choir and forgetting the Staff SClub 8. Thank you to Ella for doing Lighting, Jake for the Sound and the PTFA for providing refreshments during the interval, indeed the evening was a truly magnificent affair, with children and parents beaming from ear to ear. Video to follow!
Alongside the celebration we made a presentation acknowledging the outstanding contribution to the Arts by one of our children. The Lindsay Roberts Arts Award recognises talent, commitment and aspiration towards achievement in the Arts, be it at performance level of something someone has simply done for joy. Congratulations to Gemma Brassley who was awarded the "Lindsay Roberts" Arts Award for 2018.
Her love of drama began with the school nativity plays in KS1 and she has participated in the drama club productions. She had her first major part last year, playing Prospero in her class production of The Tempest at the Shakespeare School Festival at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Mr Gilder describe his experience of working with Gemma:
“Gemma was a true leader by example when Year 5 rehearsed and performed The Tempest at the end of last year. I particularly remember one rehearsal, about two weeks in, when we were sitting in a circle going through the play and got to the final scene, in which Gemma's character had most of the lines and was responsible for tying up all the loose ends of what is Shakespeare's most complex play. Robin didn't have her script with her, so Gemma said she could borrow hers but asked Robin to keep it open so if she forgot any lines she could look down and see them. She proceeded to deliver all her lines crisply and clearly, with a total understanding of the script. When we finished the whole of the Year 5 cast were silent and just looked at her in astonishment. Then they clapped her. It was a great moment for Gemma but also for the rest of the children because it made them really believe in each other and that they really could do Shakespeare. So, when it came to writing this scene for the Arts Festival I knew I needed to stretch Gemma. I deliberately wrote her a character that firstly sits and listens which is a vital discipline for actors to perfect. Then she had the big wordy difficult speech towards the end that I knew she would relish.”
Gemma is also an enthusiastic and committed member of the school choir and has enjoyed two trips to the O2 as well as performances at the Summer fetes and church services. This year I am sure you would agree that she flourished in delivering her first solo performance to you this evening. She has singing lessons with Kent Music at school and will be taking her Grade One exam this Summer.
She is also a member of the Kilndown Youth Choir meeting every Saturday morning. Her choir master, Julian Wells says "Gemma is a truly inspirational member of the Kilndown Community Choir. She has a beautiful singing voice, incredible musicality for her age and an ability to really engage her audience. Her ability to learn all of the words is also legendary! She inspires all of her fellow choir members, both children and adults and is such an asset to the choir." She has performed at several concerts and sang her first solo at the Advent Family Service in Christ Church.
Don't worry if you missed it, click on the video to find out more.
....and a memorable finale to this years' Arts' Festival - S Club 8 hit the stage.
English open morning was an amazing success! Each class took part in different grammar, punctuation, spelling, phonics, reading and writing activities.
Among the many activities were year 5 doing poetry and dance, year 3 doing 'contraction surgery' and year 6 using the outside classroom to do 'banksy punctuation'
Brilliant all round!
Thank you to all those parents who were able to join us.
The children and staff were introduced to our exciting Creative Play project during Collective Worship on Monday morning.
Mrs Stanford showed everyone pictures of our beautiful outdoor classroom areas and contrasted this with some very unexciting examples. She explained what our playtimes were going to become. All children are now allowed to enjoy all areas of the outdoor classroom, and have been given the responsibility for managing their own risk. A particular emphasis was put on the children considering the use of sticks and how to carry timber safely (with the help of YR who are well practised at this). Lots of discussion has taken place around the need for being considerate and using negotiation. This is exactly what happens at Forest School and is a vitally important aspect of children’s development.
They were reminded about guidelines for safety and success – we look after ourselves, each other and the environment.
Children gain enormous benefit from having loose parts to play with as they create richer environments, and promote and support imaginative play.
The ethos of loose play is that children learn best when they play.
Play is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. (Play Wales)
Initial signs are that playtimes have indeed become more engaging for the children. Children have been playing together in mixed age groups, structures are being created (both on the ground and in trees) and there have been far fewer arguments, bumps and scrapes.
I have received lots of positive comments from the parents also and parent emailed
"I just wanted to e-mail to say I've heard wonderful things about the new 'outdoor' playground set-up that's been going on at School. My two boys have been so thrilled with it - most notably by the prospect of playing, planning and interacting with older and younger children. Every afternoon I ask them what their favourite thing at school was that day and now the answer is invariably playing in the 'old' forest school, playing with so-and-so from Year X,Y,Z, getting messy, working on some scheme or building plan, being in the Hide etc etc.
I think its a enormously beneficial for the children and if the others are as enthusiastic as as mine are, then you must have a lot of very happy, active and interactive kids on your hands!
I think its really wonderful that Goudhurst embraces adventurous play, being outside and getting dirty. Just brilliant!"
Click on the link below to find out more about the benfits of this initiative.
Thank you for your continued support.