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!
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!
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.
We are so grateful to the PTFA for putting on a magnificent tea party for the whole school. With a magician, balloon artist and delicious cakes, it was a lovely way to celebrate the end of the year. Well done to Noah and Anais for wining the KS1 'best hats' and Edith and Joe for wining the KS2 'best hats'.
Please click here to see all the photos.
Only one more sleep to go until the last day of term!
On the evening Thursday 15th June, our newly formed Arts Council together with Ms Lane and Mrs Donoghue, proudly presented our first Arts Festival. Ms Lane joined the school in January 2014, she herself attended the Royal Guildhall of music and is an accomplished Clarinetist! Between us we have been planning organising this event over the last couple of years and I am delighted it has now finally been born. Indeed it was an amazing evening, one to watch out for next year as it will be an annual event! At the end of the evening Ms Lane announced:
"This year we have been proud to bring you a celebration of the Arts. Alongside this celebration we would like to make 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.
The recipient of this award has been a committed musician since the age of 2. They have hands in many musical pots; a Cellist, a Singer and a Cornetist. They dedicate daily practice sessions to their instruments of choice as well as time at the weekend participating in their local Colour Strings Group. In their recent Grade 3 Cello exam they were awarded a high merit. They have performed numerous solos as part of the school choir and have been invited to become a member of the Cranbrook Town Brass Band. This person is also a budding actress, recently awarded a distinction in her LAMDA Grade 1 exam, she is part of the Italia Conti theatre group in Tunbridge Wells and the East Sutton Community Youth Centre. Currently, she is part of our School Arts Council and we very much look forward to seeing her name up in lights. Congratulations on your Music Scholarship to Sutton Valence, Martha Tatnel."
If you missed the event don't worry you can watch this video to get a feel of evening:
Well done to all the children who performed and produced wonderful art work for the event, the staff, the children who helped with the lighting and sound, the PTFA for serving refreshments and of course to you the parents who continue to support your children and the school. I am looking forward to next year already! Click here to look at the gallery.
Today Wednesday 15th June the children in KS2 went on their annual visit to Christ Church, Kilndown. A short service led by Year 6 pupils and Kevin Draper began at 9am following which the children in Y4, Y5 and Y6 walked back to school via the Millennium Walk. Thank you to all of the parents who kindly offered to walk with the children back to school. Please click here to view the wonderful pictures taken by Mrs Chapman.
The children in Y3 remained in Kilndown after the church service when David Denton told the class all about the history of the village, followed by a tour of the vicarage.
Talking to the children once back at school, it was clear they all had had a truly enjoyable and informative day.
Thank you to everyone who was involved.
On 11th June 2016, to commemorate the Queen's 90th Birthday the annual village Fete was held on the Glebe Field and what a truly British affair it was! I received this email from Anthony Richards:
We were all so pleased to see the school children on parade at the Fete and to hear their marvellous singing. A great deal of hard work had obviously gone into the performance and please pass on out thanks to all those involved.
The Maypole dancing was also well received by everybody. " Good to see some traditional dancing" was heard in more than one place.
Then there was the Tug of War between the children and the grown ups, which was a hoot.
Goudhurst can be proud that it put on a Fete which was really inclusive for all who attended and I do thank you for the part you played in that.
with kind regards
Click here to look at some of the pictures.
Last week in the Budget the government announced that all schools in England must become an academy by 2022. Interestingly, the governors and I had already been discussing the idea of acadimistaion and last Wednesday evening, we held a meeting with Annie Wiles COO of Aquila the Diocese of Canterbury Multi-Academy Trust and Simon Foulkes Assistant Diocesan Director of Education (School Organisation) to explore this now very real notion. Click on the link to find out more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35814215
Following this on Thursday the government issued a White Paper Education Excellence.
White Paper proposals:
- All schools in England to move to academy status.
- New funding system designed to benefit disadvantaged areas.
- Heads who take over struggling schools given a two and half years reprieve from Ofsted inspections, to enable them to turn things around.
- An end to the legal obligation for academies to have parents as governors in all schools.
- A shake-up of governance, with a greater obligation to consult with parents.
- Accreditation system for teacher training to focus on a teacher's effectiveness in the classroom, and be approved by head teachers.
Click on the link to read the full news article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35833863
I would like to reassure all parents that whilst the Governors are currently exploring the idea of academisation, we are not in a rush to leave Local Authority control. We are mindful that it is crucially important that we consider at all the options that are open to us before making the correct choice for our very special school.