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May Ball

Submitted by headteacher on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 21:41

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.

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Submitted by headteacher on Friday, May 18, 2018 - 17:18

Today we were delighted to welcome The Rt Hon Greg Clark to officially open our Outdoor Classroom and newly refurbished pond area. We were joined by members of our Governing Body and PTFA, members of the Parish council, Lisa and Chris from the Tescos store in Hawkhurst, it was a Tescos community grant that enabled us to build the 'The Hide', Toby, Debbie and Jackie from the Co-op store in Cranbrook and Sarah Easton who is the General Manager of Hush Heath Winery and all of whom are sponsors of the recent refurbishment of the Pond Area and of course Mr Russell who was the mastermind, designer and builder behind both projects. The Minister was very impressed with both the Hide and the Pond Area and he also spent time talking to the school council and he took questions from the children in year 5 and 6. The sun shone, the children behaved impeccably and it truly was a memorable occasion. As I stood on the veranda of the Hide, I felt very proud of everything we have achieved and are striving to achieve.

Greg was born in Middlesbrough in 1967, he attended the local St Peter's Comprehensive, South Bank. He went on to study Economics at Cambridge University and was awarded his PhD at the London School of Economics.

Before entering politics, Greg worked for the Boston Consulting Group, one of the world's top business strategy firms, and was posted to the USA, Mexico, South America and Iceland, as well as working for clients in the UK. Greg was appointed MP for Tunbridge Wells in May 2005 and following the General Election, Greg was promoted to Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government in May 2015. In July 2016 Greg was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

May Day

Submitted by headteacher on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 22:05

Thank you to the Goudhurst Morris Dancers who entertained pupils, staff and parents this morning and helped us celebrate May Day. The sun shone, the music played, the men danced and everyone enjoyed themselves. What a wonderful community we are!

Mothering Sunday

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 22:52

Mothering Sunday celebrations started on Friday when the children created their mums, grandmas or someone special in their lives a lovely hand tied bunch of flowers. Thank you to all the members of the PTFA who turned the library into a pop up florist shop.

At lunch-time 62 mums, grandmas and carers then joined the children for a delicious lunch. 

Today was not only Mothering Sunday but also my birthday! My daughter and I joined many of our children and their families at St. Mary’s Church and were treated to a very enjoyable service lead confidently by the young people of the Church. During the service some of our children from our Trinity Lights represented the school singing Shine from the inside out. I was very impressed by their enthusiastic, well co-ordinated actions, not least their singing. Thank you to everyone who took part - take a look at the video below:

 

My husband then surprised me with a helicopter ride over the local area taking in Scotney Castle, Bewl Water and an aerial view of the school. Can you spot our pond? Outdoor classroom? 

What a wonderful end to a very busy week! 

Mothers Day Lunch

Submitted by headteacher on Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 15:48
We were thrilled that 62 mums, nans, grannies and aunties joined us for our special Mothers Day lunch today.  With tablecloths and flowers on the tables and the room filled with children and mums the dining room looked amazing.  Several of the parents mentioned the wonderful atmosphere in the hall and were extremely complimentary about both the behaviour of the children and also the delicious food served. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our kitchen staff and midday meals supervisors who worked incredibly hard to accommodate the extra numbers! Also a big thank you to all of our visitors.

One mum has emailed me already and her kind words are very much appreciated:

"I just wanted to pass on my thanks for a lovely afternoon today for the Mother’s Day Lunch. Everyone I was sitting with and spoke to, had a lovely time and the children were so excited to share it with us.

We are all very grateful to have such a fantastic school, and appreciate the effort that goes into arranging such events for us and our children, Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy your own Mother’s Day on Sunday!"

The Beast from the East

Submitted by headteacher on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 14:29
 

In all my thirty years of teaching, this is the first time snow has closed down so many schools including Goudhurst & Kilndown Church of England Primary School. This was not a decision Headteachers all over the country took lightly and despite our best efforts to open this week, in the interest of health and safety, treacherous driving conditions and sub-zero temperatures, alas this was not to be. As I am sitting here writing this, the snow is falling heavily once again and I know we made the right decision! We are all very much looking forward to starting a fresh next week.

Thank you for your continued support, keep warm, stay safe and have a nice weekend.

As you shelter from the weather take a look at Tawny Owl's blog http://www.goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk/blog/snowy-days

And this is very funny - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjE72Q8s8wo

Choir Young Voices Concert at the 02

Submitted by headteacher on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 14:10

Well done and thank you to everyone invovled in the Choir - Young Voices Concert at the 02 on Monday. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric, all the children sang enthusiastically and their amazing voices filled the arena. I would like to share some comments that I received from one of the parents in the audience:

Dear Ms Lane, Mr Gray and Mrs Mileham

We wanted to say a huge thank you to you both for the wonderful experience of last night’s Young Voices choir at the o2, the culmination of your months of hard work and dedication to our children.  

Some of the singing and harmonies, particularly ‘Africa', were spine-tingling, it really was a joy to be part of and what a rewarding and memorable achievement for our school choir to be part of something bigger than themselves and which needed a great deal of self-application and stamina on their parts.
 
One of the many things we love about our school is that you lovely teachers go that extra mile for our kids - this event must be a headache to organise but so worthwhile and you must feel very proud!  Last night is an evening that Will as part of the choir, and Gus and us as part of the audience, will never forget.

You are amazing - thank you!!

We are looking forward to next year already!

Christingle

Submitted by headteacher on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 10:05

On Friday, it was wonderful to celebrate, as a whole school, the annual Christingle service.  The service and the 250 Christingles were prepared by Year 6; the readers, in particular, spoke with real confidence, clarity and expression. Year 6's performance was only equalled by the superb singing from the rest of the school during our special Christingle hymns.

Click here to watch the video that was collated by Year 6 to show what the Christingle represents:

Thank you for all your kind donations to the Children's Society. So far we have raised £398.10 which is amazing.

Forest School Makeover

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 23:07

Thank you to all the parents, Mrs Stanford and Mr Stanford for all their support last weekend improving our Forest School. Particular thanks must go to Rob Tywman for donating two truck loads of bark chipping! We were very fortunate with the weather and i was delighted wth the 23,000 steps recorded on my fitbit by the end of the day! If you would like to help in future 'Make, Do and Mend' sessions, please contact the office and leave your details:

office@goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk or admin@goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk

Visit to Canterbury Cathedral

Submitted by headteacher on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 00:02

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!

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