It has been an absolute joy to be able to welcome all our pupils back and once again be united as a school community. Indeed, it has been so lovely to see the children’s happy smiling faces as they come through the gate in the morning and hear their voices and laughter fill the classrooms, corridors and playground once more.
Over the summer we worked really hard, putting in place all the necessary measures to ensure that everyone will be able to stay safe over the coming months. The children as you are aware have been grouped into class ‘bubbles’ for all their lessons; we have staggered drop-off and pick-ups, breaks and lunch-times and we are limiting the number of external visitors to the school. It is early days yet, but so far everything is running smoothly and I would like to THANK YOU enormously for your continued support and patience while we adapt to our new normal.
Last week the staff from both Goudhurst and Benenden, spent 4 very enjoyable and productive INSET days, virtually of course! We have carefully planned the curriculum for the ‘first 60 days’ ensuring there is a strong focus on well-being, safety and learning behaviours. The aim will be for learning to be reactivated as soon as possible, with a strong focus on recovery of core subject curricula knowledge and skills whilst maintaining breadth in the curriculum to ensure children remain engaged in their learning. We have been really impressed with how eager and happy the children are about being back at school.
In addition, for the first seven weeks, we are following the "Worry & Wellbeing" Intervention Programme (written by Benenden Independent Girls School), to help our pupils manage their emotions and to ease them back into school. The skills-based emotion regulation programme focuses on anxiety, as well as anger (often a manifestation of anxiety in children and adolescents), and self-esteem building activities.
All the classrooms have had a good spring clean (thank you Mrs Baldock); Mr Russell has repainted the EYFS, YR1 and the YR3 classrooms. Infact our EYFS classroom and outside area have had an amazing face lift. The Hide is in the process of being converted into two usable spaces; one for Godly Play sessions and the other for Outdoor Learning and Design Technology Workshops- watch this space! All these improvements contribute to a more effective learning environment. We are certainly ready to go!
Year one Bubble B enjoyed 2 amazing days in the woods on Friday and Monday.
We played games, built dens, made name badges (using palm drills and scout knives), went on an adventure walk, climbed trees, had delicious fish and chips on Friday and jacket potatoes with cheese and beans on Monday, played in the stream (and got very wet and muddy), went on bug hunts, played on the rope ladder, and lots more!
Watch the video to see what they have been up to.
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
Well done to all the children who took part in last weeks Dance-a-thon. We have collected over a £1,000 already which is amazing. There is still time to collect your sponsorship money and bring it in as soon as you have it all - all proceeds will go to the NSPCC, one of the school's official charities for 2019-2020.
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).
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.
We have new, taller netball posts for our upper ks2 children
Last night I popped down to Bewl Water to join Year 6 for dinner! They are all having a fabulous time, they have been so lucky with the weather this week, they all looked so healthy and were full of excitement having spent two whole days on the water already. Please read their blog to find out more.
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!
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!