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Penultimate Session, Planting and Performance

Submitted by tawnyowl on Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 20:24

Almost year 6's last ever Forest School Session.

They planted tree seeds for their buddies - the idea being that the seeds will be germinated and growing before the end of the year, when year 6 will hand them on to their buddies in YR, who will then nurture them throughout their time at Goudhurst and Kilndown; planting out when large enough.

'Poetree' was composed, practised and performed. Friendship and teamwork was a key theme to today's sessions.

Leon and Jack were noticed especially for all their hard work in composing, practising and performing their poem as well as finding and transporting LARGE pieces of timber for cutting for the fire. Well done boys!

Look at the year 6 gallery for more photos, and watch this space for a video of their poetry.

English Open Morning

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 19:49

English open morning was an amazing success! Each class took part in different grammar, punctuation, spelling, phonics, reading and writing activities.

Among the many activities were year 5 doing poetry and dance, year 3 doing 'contraction surgery' and year 6 using the outside classroom to do 'banksy punctuation'

Brilliant all round!

Thank you to all those parents who were able to join us.

English open morning

Submitted by class3 on Friday, March 16, 2018 - 15:42

English open morning was an amazing success! Each class took part in different grammar, punctuation, spelling, phonics, reading and writing activities.

Among the many activities were year 5 doing poetry and dance, year 3 doing 'contraction surgery' and year 6 using the outside classroom to do 'banksy punctuation'

it was great to see all the different hands-on learning going on around the school, and using different spaces to help the children learn and progress though all of the different English skills.

Fun in the snow!

Submitted by headteacher on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 21:24

This week some of our youngest children saw snow for the first time. Committed to outdoor learning, we pulled on our wellie boots, wrapped up warm and played in the snow. One parent told me that her son had commented, "Mrs Roberts is the best headteacher ever for letting us play in the snow!" Once the children were back in class, it was lovely to see the teachers abandon their plans to follow the interest of the children; paper snowflakes were created reinforcing symmetry and pattern; snow poems and stories were created; the difference between solid, liquid and gases; the water cycle was revisited to name but a few activities that captured the children's imagination.

Toys From The Past theme day

Submitted by class2 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 14:50

We have had an amazing day today! The children looked absolutely fabulous and they have all enjoyed a range of activities including a costume parade. Please see our gallery for further pictures. 



Manger Mouse

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 23:18
Wow didn't they do well!! Last week we were treated to three wonderful performances by Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The children spoke confidently and capably and sang beautifully. Well done to everyone, you were amazing!  
On Tuesday 12th Decemeber members of the community joined us for lunch, tea and mince pies and then enjoyed watching the dress rehearsal. I received this email following the performance:
Thank you for such a splendid lunch followed by the enchanting nativity play.  I am sure the subsequent performances will have gone well as the children were so confident and word perfect.  Whoever organised this production did a very good job.

My renewed thanks for inviting me.

With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Please take a look at all the other photos in the gallery

"We are such stuff that dreams are made of...."

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 13:30

This week I received a lovely letter from the Shakespeare for schools festival following Year 5's performance of the Tempest at The Trinity Theatre on 22/11/17.

"I would like to offer sincere thanks and congratulations to Goudhurst and Kilndown CE Primary School for your wonderful production of The Tempest as part of the 2017 Shakespeare Schools Festival. Students and teachers alike have put hard work, imagination, determination and passion into this production, and were a credit to the school. I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight just a few fantastic moments that you should be especially proud of.

What an atmospheric and creative Tempest. I loved the use of live sound by the actors, as well as the soundtrack, which combined brilliantly. Your use of ensemble throughout was fantastic, creating landscapes from just your bodies and beautiful choral moments like becoming the rain of the storm. It was fantastic having you all onstage throughout, which created an intimate playing space and it was lovely having that focus on the centre of the action.

Physically you were brilliant, opening out and sharing the text with the audience. I also loved the physical language of the magic in the play.

You had brilliant performance energy which was so punchy, and you picked up your cues showing you were really listening to each other. Technically, you had fantastic vocal energy, projecting your voices with clarity.

You brought out the humour within this play beautifully and I loved your physical comedy choices, particularly your comic timing, your use of slapstick comedy and the modern asides. Your student technicians also worked hard over the day, helping to cue and run the show and tech - Kudzai, William and Thomas. The whole company was focussed and hardworking throughout.

Thank you for a magical, mysterious and marvellous Tempest."

Appraised by Natasha Rickman

Congratulations to everyone involved in this superb production.

The Tempest

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 23:37

What an amazing evening! The children of Y5 this week performed the Tempest at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Their performance was described as being "Magical, Mysterious and Marvellous." All the children spoke confidently and clearly, indeed their was vocal energy and their timing was excellent. Well done to everyone and thank you to Miss Wilkins and her team for all their hardwork preparing the children. I am a very proud Headteacher!

I would also like to extend my gratitude and pass on a huge thank you to Robyn Weaver and Sean Gilder for the enormous amount of time and patience they so freely gave in the preparation of what truly was an amazing performance on Wednesday evening.  I would also like to thank Mark Payne for all of his help with light and sound and also to Shereen Shimmin for her help with the costumes. 

We are so lucky to have such a talented and generous parents in our school community.

Amazing writing - Year 6

Submitted by Lions on Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:01

I was very proud of Year 6 last week, when they amazed me with some sublime creative writing (Narrative) using World Mountain bike Champion, Danny Mcaskill's 'The Ridge' film as a stimulus.  

Here is some of the children's work.

Harvest Festival

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 23:08


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.


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