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 http://www.goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk/gallery/manger-mouse
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.
It snowed! We all danced around and got very excited. It was very icy and the snow landed on our noses, making them feel cold and tickly. When the snow came down we ran to Stump Central while shouting "It's snowing!"
We were all freezing in the woods today, due to our poor choice of clothing; so we warmed up by running around, collecting and sawing wood and carrying the timber back to Stump Central for firewood.
I learnt that making a sword and doing 'Jumping Jacks' when you're very cold will warm you up. (Kalel)
Some of Whitebeam Group and I explored by the stream and found beautiful and amazing places I had never seen before. (Farah)
We found we had too much dead wood in our den taking up space, so we ran through the dead wood to make more room. We used the dead wood to make a wall to guard the master bedroom and prevent animals entering.
I found out how to structure a den and work as a team. (Finley)
We even sang songs (not in an American accent) which had the adults 'in stitches'.
I learnt that the wood has lots more to it than just what we can see from Stump Central, as we went to collect timber for firewood. (Gemma)
I learnt how to identify and collect timber from a dead tree. (Jack)
I learnt that you don't have to have two people carrying timber if you leave the heavy end on the ground and drag it by the lighter end. (Ellie-Marie)
Fifi, Dorie and I learnt to work together more by helping Fifi with her Christmas tree. (Evie)
I learnt that if you stay still you will be cold. If you run you will be warm. (Harrison)
I discovered how to make different things using my imagination. (Naomi)
I discovered that if you have a problem you need to communicate by listening, speaking and solving the issue. (Lucy)
At Forest School I was taught how to create all the lovely Christmassy bits, like snowmen, reindeer and lots more. (Lauren)
I learnt how to be patient making snowmen out of wood, particularly while using a palm drill, which was hard. (Anthony)
At Forest School I learnt how to make place holders and Christmas trees, and I needed to use all my patience and perseverance. (Gracie)
At the end we sat round the fire circle drinking yummy hot chocolate and crunching on biscuits.
With red noses we walked up the hill to say goodbye to the lovely sweet snow.
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.
Today Year 6 were one of a number of schools who visited Canterbury Cathedral. They took part in a variety of workshops and thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Demi and Sam were invited to lead Worship at the event which they did with confidence and eloquence. Indeed Bishop Trevor made a point of speaking to Mr Goodman afterwards and said: "Your worship leaders gave an extraordinary and flawless performance."
We are all very proud of you year 6!
It was lovely to welcome lots of parents this morning for our Maths Open Morning. The school has recently introduced a 'Singaporian approach' to learning Maths called Inspire and today was a perfect opportunity for parents to see first hand how we now teach Maths at Goudhurst & Kilndown and how engaged our children are as a result. Many classes took to the outdoors and much of the Maths equipment that the PTFA had kindly donated was also in full use. See the short 'Spark' video below.
One parent commented:
Dear Mrs Roberts,
Thank you for the opportunity to see Maths in action this morning. It was a delight to see such creative and enriching teaching and learning in every classroom. Every child I spoke to was engaged and eloquent about the thinking they were doing and they were all so happy and relaxed. Wonderful!
I would like to thank all the parents who joined us this morning and I am sure you will join me in thanking the staff for their dedication and of course all the children for all their continued hard work.
Parents and family members then visited the school in the afternoon to celebrate all that the children have achieved throughout the year. I felt very proud, there was a real buzz in the school, a sense of community and a feeling of success! It was also wonderful to see so many people, the school looked amazing thank you to all the staff and children for their hard work and thank you to you for your interest and support.
Enormous congratulations to Lily Hughes, Antonia Barry, Cayden Barker, Will Tuson, Poppy Hensey, Fifi Chapman, Oscar Dignan, Boris Gallacher, Olivia Gent, Alisha Steel, Joe, Jack Mercer, Katie Brush, Minty Sargeant, Freddie Croft and Piers Arscott. A very big thank you to Oscar for stepping in at the last moment....he didnt do too badly....winning every event!!! Thank you also to all the parents who supported the event and of course to Mrs Mileham for training the children and leading them to success.
Now the pressure is on for next year!!!