At the end of last week.......
Goudhurst & Kilndown's Swimming team were victorious at this week's WOKKSA Inter-Schools Swimming Gala. It was a fantastic team performance and we won by a fair margin; it is has also been a while since we last won the gala so victory was all the sweeter. Congratulations to the whole team, but especially Luke and Louis who had to step in at the last minute. A special big thank you again to Mrs Mileham for organising and leading the team.
The Goudhurst Traffic Action Group (GTAG) recently launched a competition for children at the school to create eye catching posters that will hopefully reduce the number of trucks in the village, speeding, parking of vehicles on pavements etc. The children certainly rose to the challenge! Look at the winning entries which will now be published and appear on signage and litter/wheely bin stickers all over the village - congratulations to: Harry (Hippos), Lucian (Elephants), Eddie (Kudus), Lily (Giraffes), Sophie (Zebras), Issie & Anna (Lions).
Thank you An, Mrs Benson and YR2 for creating a wonderful mosaic for the defibrillator phone box. On Saturday some of the pupils and Mrs Benson attended the official opening ceremony in the village and were treated to free awareness training.
Have you looked up recently and spotted some of the incredible ceiling art that
Year 2 have created? From Kadinsky to Jackson Pollock! Well done Kudus - stunning art!
All week, one of our many amazingly talented parents, Emily McKay has been running a series of workshops with children in Years 1, 2, 4 and 6. With old tights, socks, foam galore, the children had a huge amount of fun creating puppetry masterpieces, learning lots of new DT skills along the way. Have a look at some of the photos.
The staff and pupils have also created some wonderful wider curriculum displays around school.
The whole school enjoyed a wonderful celebration of the Harvest in St Mary's Church this afternoon. A big well done to all classes for their brilliant array of 'performances' that showed harvest in many different ways; reading, acting,dancing, singing, video-making - we had everything! A huge thank you to all families that donated food; This year the gifts will be divided between our own Community Cupboard and the Nourish Foodbank in Tunbridge Wells.
Finally a big well done to Year 6 for leading the service so well.
Following a picnic lunch, the school then opened its' classroom doors and parents were warmly invited to experience an afternoon in the life of Goudhurst & Kilndown pupil. There was a real buzz throughout the school and lots of parents commented on how it had been a wonderful day, just perfect!
Wow what an amazing show! This years production was very complex, very adventurous but it was executed brilliantly! It was hilariously funny and a spectacularly professional performance.
For 2 nights this week, Year 6 and the rest of KS2 astounded us with their 'West End Stage' quality end of year performance, (Highlights of) Bugsy Malone. The acting, singing, dancing and costumes were simply stunning - a true ensemble performance and a truly fitting end to Year 6s time at the school. As Mr Goodman said about his class "The children epitomised 'Being Brave and Bold." He would also like to thank the following people:
Sean & Robin - Directors extraordinaire.
Shereen & Greg - Incredible costumes, stage direction and sound.
Mrs Mileham & Mrs Plewes - Choreography Felix Goodman
Lighting Guy and Lucy Thompson - Filming & film editing
Mrs Wyatt, Mrs Omer & Miss Wilkins & their Teaching Assistants - singing/dance practice with their classes.
Stuart Murray - creating a cut out of Dandy Dan
Mr Alex Bolton - Bethany Head of Drama for assisting us in the initial Auditions
Most of all though, the children in Year 6 and Years 3, 4 and 5.
The refreshments and retiring collections across both nights raised an amazing total £1,138.90; £380 to the school, Weald Family Hub and Help for Heroes.
We are very proud of our most recent artistic creation in the school. You might have noticed some empty shelves that used to have speakers on them in our school hall. They were crying out for a whole school art project that would represent the sense of community and the bond we have with the church. We now have a decorated wooden cut out of the school on the left hand side and both Goudhurst and Kilndown church on the right hand side. All the children in our school painted a wooden cut out of a person and decorated a small wooden 3D person and they are now adorning the wall of the hall. It has been wonderful seeing the children looking for their own art work and enjoying the results of their creative work. We hope you will pop in and have a look whenever you are next in school. Thank you to Mrs Benson for leading this exciting project.
Since September, ten Year 5 students have been working incredibly hard to obtain their Arts Award Explore Certificate. From performing in the production of Twelfth Night, exploring a number of artists and creating their own artistic masterpiece to developing their creative writing and designing their own dragon, all children developed their work within the arts. We are delighted to announce that, after a very successful moderation, all children have obtained their Arts Award Explore! We are very proud of you all. Well done to everyone involved!
What can I say! What a wonderful evening was had by all on Wednesday 3rd April at our fourth Arts Festival. Our school motto is 'Enjoy Achieve Together' and this event 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 a spectacular performance from our Year 1 drummers - they 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, Emily Mckay returned to the stage reciting Roald Dahl's Dirty Beasts The Cow, as did Mr Golledge (a music producer and teacher and parent) and there was a surprise appearance from Batman! 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 performances to modern dance, to poetry recitals, to the school Choir and not forgetting a final staff performance in the form of the Spice Girls (and a Boy) . Thank you also to the PTFA for providing refreshments, indeed the evening was a truly magnificent affair, with children and parents beaming from ear to ear.
Don't worry if you missed it, click on the video to see a snapshot. Mr Thompson (who works for the BBC!) is busy editing the full video which we will post later.
Alongside the celebration we made a presentation of "The Lindsay Roberts Arts Award" this year it was in recognition of how performing arts have helped a pupil at our school be able to better express herself.
"The arts enrich our lives and give us the opportunity to create, achieve and be successful. There are so many health benefits from performing dance, singing, acting, playing an instrument, writing poetry, drawing, painting and making things. This can be particularly evident when someone/ a child finds it difficult to communicate and access the more structured, usual forms of learning and communicating.
Together these art forms help develop motor skills, social skills, body awareness, cooperation, confidence, calm anxiety, improve motor skills, pencil control, communication, expression of emotion and they enhance creativity which is so important in our modern world.
This little girl loves the arts, in particular, dance, singing, drawing and painting. There is always a smile on her face and you can see her enjoyment as she takes part in a dance class, gets time to colour or paint and singing. Her happiness flows out of her! These arts have helped her to gain more control of her body, helped her with her writing, calmed any anxieties, aided in communication, given her, her own unique voice. We have seen her grow through the arts and it’s a big part of her life."
Congratulations to Rebecca Page who was awarded the "Lindsay Roberts" Arts Award for 2019.
Thank you to all of the children involved, to the school Arts Council and Mrs Clewes, to all the staff who supported the event and Mrs Plewes and Mrs Morris who were the driving force behind this very successful celebration of the Arts.
Thank you for your continued support.