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
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.
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.
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.
Today Year 6 were one of a number of schools who visited Canterbury Cathedral. They took part in a variety of workshops and thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Demi and Sam were invited to lead Worship at the event which they did with confidence and eloquence. Indeed Bishop Trevor made a point of speaking to Mr Goodman afterwards and said: "Your worship leaders gave an extraordinary and flawless performance."
We are all very proud of you year 6!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
"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:
- A healthy and happy body and mind
- A sociable, confident person
- A self-directed and creative learner
- An effective contributor
- An active global citizen
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!
Last week we saw KS2 deliver three wonderful performances of Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits. Sports day took place on Friday morning and weren't we lucky with the weather! Well done to Scotney who won KS1 and Pattenden who won KS2. 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! Parents and family 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! Indeed I received this email over the weekend which I think sums up what a special place Goudhurst and Kilndown CEP School really is:
Dear Mrs Roberts
I wouldn't normally send an email but I felt I had to write to say that last night's performance was a delight to watch. Most importantly, the sheer joy on ALL the children's faces during the encore is an absolute credit to you and all the staff. The unity is evident. In fact the whole day was filled with team spirit and true friendship. It is one big, happy family and we feel blessed to be part of it.
Please click on the gallery to see all that the children have achieved, along with the fun and laughter, that we have all shared together this year.
Only 3 more sleeps until the end of term!