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.
We've been reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes this term, and the children have created a beautiful display in the hall, which you might miss, so here's a picture of it for you.
It shows our poetry, sulptures and artwork.
We've been doing some different art projects this week, including using chalks to shade and using our sketchbooks to record observations. We've created some lovely pieces of art which are now in display in the classroom.
Here's a quick collage of what we've been doing
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.