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Submitted by headteacher on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 12:38
Wow! What another very busy and successful school year we have had and last Friday was a shining example of the day in the life of our wonderful school. It started at about 6.30am with parents and staff together setting up for sports day! Indeed it was a fabulous morning enjoyed by everyone. Well done to all the children but particularly those in Glassenbury and Scotney who won the KS1 and KS2 sports cup respectfully. Thank you to Mrs Mileham for organising the event, which as ever ran very smoothly. Thank you to the PTFA for providing refreshments and of course to you the parents, families and friends for all your support.

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!

I am sure you will also share our delight with the SATS results achieved by the year 6 pupils this year. 87% achieved the expected level in Reading, 87% in Writing and 90% in Maths.  Our provisional combined figure for Reading, Writing and Maths is 83% against the national figure of 64%, which is FANTASTIC! 

 

National   Interim KS2 results 2018

Kent   Average KS2 results 2018

Goudhurst   & Kilndown KS2 results 2018

Difference   (against National)

Reading

75%

77%

87%

12%

GPS  

78%

76%

87%

9%

Maths

76%

75%

90%

15.3%

Writing

81%

78%

90.3%

14.3%

Combined

64%

66%

83%

19%

Floor

65%

-

83%

18%

87% of our Early Years Children achieved a “Good level of Development” which is significantly higher than last year’s national figure of 71%.

Our KS1 children have also done extremely well. 80% achieved the expected level in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Everyone has worked very hard to achieve these results, so well done to you all and I know that you too will join me in thanking the staff for their continued hard work and dedication. Look in the school gallery to see more photos: http://www.goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk/gallery/sports-day-and-open-afternoon-2018

Today we celebrated Bastille Day as part of our teaching and learning of French. The children dressed in red, white and blue and enjoyed a variety of french activities this morning. This afternoon all the classes took to the playground for an afternoon of fun and a picnic with a french flavour! Thank you to the PTFA for providing the entertainment and food. Check out the wonderful cake!

Tonight we are looking forward to the KS2 Production of 'Ye Ha' which if the dress rehearsal yesterday is anything to go by, I know you are not going to be disappointed.

Tomorrow we have our final celebration assembly in St. Mary's Church at 9.15am - come if you can.

As we draw closer to the end of a very full year I would like to wish the children who are leaving every success at their new schools.  They have all grown, not only in stature but also in confidence and ability and have become young people that we can all be very proud of.  I would also like to thank their parents for their continual support during their child's time with us.
 
On behalf of all of governors and parents I would like to thank our wonderful staff.  As usual they have all worked incredibly hard throughout the year.  For some who are leaving us I would wish them every success in the future. 
 
On behalf of the staff I would like to thank all of the parents who have supported the school throughout the year, our amazing PTFA members who have raised so much money for the school, our volunteers who have listened to children read, helped transport children to sporting activities, helped at forest school and helped at after school clubs.  The staff and I all realise we are incredibly lucky to have your support and would like to thank you all.
 
And finally although we have the final week of school left, I would like to wish everyone a pleasant, relaxing and safe summer holiday along the fervent hope that the sun continues to shine!! I look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday 4th September.  
 

ArtsMark Gold Award

Submitted by headteacher on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 22:32

Today Ms Lane received notification of the outcome of our Artsmark application.

"Thank you for your submissions to Artsmark.

Your Statement of Commitment and Case Study have been reviewed by our assessment panel and we are delighted to inform you that Goudhurst and Kilndown Church of England Primary School has been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award. Congratulations!

The panel has made the following comment about your submissions:

The panel was delighted that Artsmark is ‘held accountable’ for such positive change in your school! Your commitment to the arts as a vehicle for learning, well-being, confidence and sheer pleasure is evident. You have further enhanced your focus on pupil voice and choice through the implementation of Arts Awards, your Arts Council and Arts Festival; you have extended your range of offer and have engaged parents and the wider community. The testaments provided with regard to children’s self-awareness and self-confidence are moving and powerful. Going forward, you will wish to continue to develop partnerships with outside organisations and should use this and other means to share your example and advocate for the arts, using your pupils as ambassadors.

Congratulations on your Artsmark Gold Award!

As a Gold Artsmark school Arts Council England celebrates your commitment to arts and cultural education at a leadership level and the opportunities embedded across your provision. Your children and young people have equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a diverse range of high-quality arts and cultural activities and you recognise the importance of development opportunities delivered by specialists for your staff in these areas. You engage with a range of arts and cultural organisations and can evidence the positive impact of these partnerships. Your children and young people have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture and you are working to share the expertise you have established.

Once again, congratulations on your Artsmark Gold Award.

With warm wishes,       

Amanda Rigler

Senior Officer

Artsmark

Arts Council England

I think you will agree this is an amazing achievement and demonstartes our commitment to providing all children here at Goudhurst & Kilndown a rich curriculum that places equal importance on providing high quality teaching and learning of the 'Arts' as it does on high attainment in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science.     

We have also been awarded a Music Mark from the Royal College of Music and we are a Trinity College accredited Arts Award Centre.http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64

                           

Year 1 Music- 'Your Imagination'

Submitted by class1 on Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 13:51

We have had wonderful term building up to these two performances. We learned the song, re-wrote it with some of our own lyrics, and practised using the instruments- learning the name of some notes along the way.  The song is all about the crazy, wild or just weird(!) things that exist in our imaginations, and I think Elephants captured that very well with their own lyrics. Everyone had a particular job and really stepped up to the mark.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Mud Ice-creams

Submitted by tawnyowl on Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 20:15

What a busy day today!

The sun shone which allowed Tawny Owl to dry some of the equipment which became so wet yesterday. The birds sang, and Willow group were able to do some tracking on their way to the Forest School area. We spotted deer footprints in the mud on the footpath, and also talked about rivers as the heavy rain yesterday had left a dry river bed on the footpath.

We began to create Woodland Journals today - each child created a leaf print and a bark rubbing to help learn how to identify some of the variety of trees on our woodland.

The children were keen to make bows and arrows like year 4, so Goldcrest helped some of them learn how to ties a clove hitch by using the story: make a fishy, then a dishy; place the fishy on the dishy.

The mud created after the rain was just the right consistency to make mud ice-creams.

The music tripod os also coming along and several children enjoyed creating melodies, while nearby others hunted for worms, centipedes and woodlice under the sitting logs.

One boy from Willow group also continued the work year 6 had begun on making a bridge.

Look at the class gallery for more photos.

May Day

Submitted by headteacher on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 22:05

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 danced and everyone enjoyed themselves. What a wonderful community we are!

A day of Nests

Submitted by tawnyowl on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 18:04

Year 2 had a wonderful day learning in the woods today.

They climbed trees and had a go at making shelters. Ratty showed the children how to create some woodland art, and Tawny Owl, Goldcrest, Blossom and Cuckoo worked together with Eva and Sebastian to begin creating a music stand. Thank you to Blossom who took the xylophone bars home to drill as using the brace and bit was really hard work, although Eva persevered to drill a hole in one of the bars with Goldcrest and Blossom's help, even though the wood was really hard.

Field Maple group sat quietly when they arrived, trying to see if the Thrush would visit it's babies in the nest in the Ash tree to feed them. Sadly the children did not see this happen as they were so keen to go and play! They all ran around playing noisily before settling down to make a see-saw, which the children enjoyed, and worked together to ensure everyone had a happy and safe time.

Tawny Owl showed the children a wood wasp nest which she found in the shed. Lily explained very well how the wasp makes the paper to create it's nest.

We had lovely weather today, although Field Maple groups had to rush to put their coats on when we had a heavy April shower.

Have a look at the class gallery to see more photos.

Arts Festival March 2018

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:28

What can I say! What a wonderful evening was had by all yesterday at our third Arts Festival. Our school motto is 'Enjoy Achieve Together' and last night certainly was an example of this. It was so lovely to see the whole school community, parents, children, governors and of course the stars of the show 'children' coming together to provide an evening of entertainment, fun, laughter and celebration. This year the event was opened by an amazing performance from Emily Allen (known to you as Mrs Mckay who is an actress in her own right)-she certainly set the bar high! This was then followed by a showcase of a wide range of talent by children from the full breadth of the school, an ex pupil Charlotte Ensor, Mr Golledge (a music producer and teacher and parent) and a surprise appearance from Wonder Woman! All the acts received a rapturous applause from a full house of performer's family, friends and members of staff. The evenings proceedings were masterfully led by the schools Arts Council as the audience enjoyed performances ranging from instrumental, to modern dance, to poetry recitals, to the school Choir and forgetting the Staff SClub 8. Thank you to Ella for doing Lighting, Jake for the Sound and the PTFA for providing  refreshments during the interval, indeed the evening was a truly magnificent affair, with children and parents beaming from ear to ear.  Video to follow!

Alongside the celebration we made a presentation acknowledging the outstanding contribution to the Arts by one of our children. The Lindsay Roberts Arts Award recognises talent, commitment and aspiration towards achievement in the Arts, be it at performance level of something someone has simply done for joy. Congratulations to Gemma Brassley who was awarded the "Lindsay Roberts" Arts Award for 2018.

Her love of drama began with the school nativity plays in KS1 and she has participated in the drama club productions. She had her first major part last year, playing Prospero in her class production of The Tempest at the Shakespeare School Festival at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Mr Gilder describe his experience of working with Gemma:

“Gemma was a true leader by example when Year 5 rehearsed and performed The Tempest at the end of last year. I particularly remember one rehearsal, about two weeks in, when we were sitting in a circle going through the play and got to the final scene, in which Gemma's character had most of the lines and was responsible for tying up all the loose ends of what is Shakespeare's most complex play. Robin didn't have her script with her, so Gemma said she could borrow hers but asked Robin to keep it open so if she forgot any lines she could look down and see them. She proceeded to deliver all her lines crisply and clearly, with a total understanding of the script. When we finished the whole of the Year 5 cast were silent and just looked at her in astonishment. Then they clapped her. It was a great  moment for Gemma but also for the rest of the children because it made them really believe in each other and that they really could do Shakespeare. So, when it came to writing this scene for the Arts Festival I knew I needed to stretch Gemma. I deliberately wrote her a character that firstly sits and listens which is a vital discipline for actors to perfect. Then she had the big wordy difficult speech towards the end that I knew she would relish.”

Gemma is also an enthusiastic and committed member of the school choir and has enjoyed two trips to the O2 as well as performances at the Summer fetes and church services. This year I am sure you would agree that she flourished in delivering her first solo performance to you this evening. She has singing lessons with Kent Music at school and will be taking her Grade One exam this Summer.

She is also a member of the Kilndown Youth Choir meeting every Saturday morning. Her choir master, Julian Wells says "Gemma is a truly inspirational member of the Kilndown Community Choir. She has a beautiful singing voice, incredible musicality for her age and an ability to really engage her audience. Her ability to learn all of the words is also legendary! She inspires all of her fellow choir members, both children and adults and is such an asset to the choir."  She has performed at several concerts and sang her first solo at the Advent Family Service in Christ Church.

Congratulations Gemma.

Don't worry if you missed it, click on the video to find out more.

 

....and a memorable finale to this years' Arts' Festival - S Club 8 hit the stage.  

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.

Sunshine at last!

Submitted by tawnyowl on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 17:05

Year R had their last Forest School session today for this year. We were blessed with some lovely warm sunshine which meant we could do some more 'static' activities rather than having to keep moving all the time. Goldcrest lead the day and the children had fun making music, playing in hammocks and making bird feeders.

Have a look at the class gallery for more lovely photos taken by Daffodil.

BBC Ten Pieces

Submitted by headteacher on Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 15:55

Ten Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to 7-14 year-olds across the UK and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the music. On Thursday the whole school went to Benenden Prep School to see 'Kidenza Classical Music Concerts for Kids' for the 4th consecutive year. The theme of the concert was 'A Recipe for a Musical Feast' where the children enjoyed learning about all the different ingredients involved in creating a classical composition. A great time was had by all. Thank you to the parent helpers that volunteered on this trip and particular thanks to Ms Lane for organising it. We are looking forward to next year already.

 

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