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!
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!"
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
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!
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.
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:
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!
Thank you to all those parents who kindly donated harvest gifts this week. Also to those parents who transported the gifts and decorated St. Mary's Church in preparation for our service. Indeed what a wonderful service it was! Caroline reminded us that Harvest was a time for thanksgiving and generosity. She retold the story of the Rich Fool to help us reflect on the folly of placing too much value on material wealth. Moreover, the children filled the church with their singing, poems, paintings and prayers. Indeed it was a delight to see so many parents and members of the community coming together at the service to help us celebrate, enjoy and achieve, together!
All your donated gifts will be taken to the Food Bank in Tunbridge Wells known as Nourish or will be distributed to local people.
If you would like to continue to help people in our own Community beyond Harvest time, please leave food items particularly dry food stuffs in St. Mary's Church which will then be stored in their Community Cupboard. Anyone who is struggling with bills and food costs can then go and take what they need - no questions asked.
Once again thank you for your support.
Well done to everyone involved in our end of KS2 production. The clue is definitely in the name, it was truly an AMAZING production. It was hilariously funny, the children spoke and acted confidently, the costumes, scenery and props were fantastic, the dancing had such energy and the singing simply raised the roof.
Thank you particularly to Mrs Mileham for being such a good sport leading the encore wearing her PANTS!
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.