The 10:10 Primary Federation
On Thursday 5th March governors from both Benenden Church of England Primary School and Goudhurst and Kilndown Church of England Primary School, following a six week consultation process voted unanimously to proceed with the federation of the two schools.
Well done to our after school running club (and friends/siblings) for completing the Goudhurst Junior Parkrun (4-14yr olds) last Sunday. Everyone finished the 2k course in fine style with smiles on their faces. If you are interested in taking part go along every week Sunday morning 9.45am The Glebe Field, Back Lane, Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 1BL. See Course page for more details.
WOKSSA Hockey Festival
On Tuesday 10th March a group of children from years 5 and 6 attended the WOKSSA Hockey Festival at Marden Sports club. The children worked very hard with some mixed results this time, losing 2 matches and drawing 2. The enjoyed their games and never gave up battling. Their sportsmanship was creditable. Many thanks and well done to Will T, Daria, Cayden, Anna, Jasmine, Eryn, Anna, Sam, Klara and Bella B.
Thank you too to the parents who helped with lifts and supported the team.
CARIBBEAN STEELPAN WORKSHOPS
The weekend was welcomed in with a fantastic day's Steel Planning with Junior and Marcela from the Irie Steelpan workshop. After an amazing Collective Worship including an epic Carribean 'Dance-a-thon', each class was treated to a workshop throughout the day. Even the staff had a go after school. Emilia Hope in Y6 said "That was the best Collective Worship we have ever had!"
TTRS- TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD!
We have finally made it! We are now the top ranking school for Timestable Rockstars (average of 3.37 seconds per question) within 20 miles of Goudhurst - Well done everyone and keep on rocking!
Well down to these outstanding Rockstars
1. Beau Lane Winch & Klare Blake
2. Maximilian McKay & Siena Weston
3. Tula Cottingham & Anais Ambrose-Gordon
1. Harry Aldwinkle & Eryn Rivers
2. Miles Whipp & Tom Liddiard.
3. James McCarmick & Luke Draper
Congratulations to the fantastic choir who once again represented our school at the incredible Young Voices 2020 concert on Wednesday 22nd January 2020. As ever, it was a very special day and whilst it was a late night, it was amazing for the children to be part of such an inspiring, collaborative performance. This was the first year that I did not go but I know everyone had a great time singing along with 'The Voice' Winner, Ruti, top Country & Western singers 'The Shires' and last but not lease, Spandeau Ballet's very own Tony Hadley.
A big thank you to Mrs Cooper who accompanied the children and staff brilliantly on the day. Miss Huxley has been fantastic leading the choir and has given up countless lunchtimes organising and rehearsing with them. Thank you too to Miss Wilkins for showing the way (literally) and keep everyone safe and on time. The choir were truly fantastic and along with the children from Benenden they were superb ambassadors for both our schools.
Well done to everyone.
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.
Today I was delighted to receive this email:
We would firstly like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your school are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.
You have been nominated, and supported financially by Kent Music . They have recognised the value that you place on music and requested that you become a Music Mark School Member.
Music Mark works to enable our members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people. Our thanks for all that you are doing and will continue to do to support our collective vision.
Membership and Events Administrator
This is the second year that we have received this award; a huge achievement for the whole Goudhurst & kilndown Church of England Primary School community. We are very proud! Well done to everyone,
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.
On Saturday 15th June the school choir joined Cranbrook Choral Society for a concert of music at St Mary’s Church in Goudhurst. The children were at the church from 4.30 until 8.30, rehearsing and then performing. They were, as ever, a huge creditto the school. They sang beautifully and powerfully. Many of the audience and members of the choral society came to speak to me afterwards to commend their excellent singing. Thank you so much to those of you that came along and supported the children. Thank you also to Mrs Mileham for preparing and accompanying the children on the day.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Fete, it was truly a wonderful community affair. The May Queen and King, Lola and Finley, spectacularly opened the fete. Well done to our Maypole Dancers who performed beautifully. Thank you to Mrs Plewes and Mrs House for preparing the children. Indeed, I received many comments from members of the community about how lovely it is to see children dancing around the Maypole. The inclement weather did not dampen anyone's spirits; in good true British style, we all kept clam and just carried on. Particular thanks must also go to all those parents who gave up their time to set up, run stalls and then at the end helped us clear away. How lucky we are to have such an amazing community! I think you will agree the pictures courtesy of Ali Tuson capture the atmosphere brilliantly!
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 and me, danced and everyone enjoyed themselves. What a wonderful community we are! Don't miss the video created by Year 6.