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.
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!
Year 3 created a video for the Easter service about the Last Supper. Please watch and enjoy!
For those of you unable to join us in the Church for the Easter Service, have a watch of our contribution!
As part of our Easter Service, Year 6 created their own version of Palm Sunday.
On Monday 18th March we welcomed Bishop Trevor to the school for one last time as he is due to retire in May. He visited each class and led us in Worship. As always he left us filled with encouragement, wisdom, hope and love for the future.
This week we are so grateful to @Allchurches for their grant of £1,800 towards our next project-creating a Godly Play space adjacent to the Peace garden. Mrs Omer with the support of Mr Draper are running a Godly Play after school club, but our vision is that we will have a dedicated building and resources in order to embed Godly Play sessions into our RE Curriculum and SMSC development areas of in the School.
Godly Play promotes knowledge, skills, empathy, values, spiritual growth and develops the needs of the whole child:mind, body and spirit. It provides a multi-sensory approach to learning, developing language and communication skills and encourages children to make meaning for themselves.
Our project has the full support of Reverend Hugh Nelson and his team and our vision is that St. Mary's Church Community will use the building and resources as part of their mission to improve the spirituality and mental health and well-being of everyone in the community.
At our school we take emotional well-being of our students and staff very seriously. We strongly believe that by developing spirituality, we can improve resilience and emotional well-being which in turn will lead to happiness. If you are happy you will learn!
Reverse Advent calendar
Every day during Advent we’re inviting the church community to give something small towards people in need this Christmas; the items are going to three charities, a local homeless shelter, a women’s refuge and a village school that we support in Zambia. Items that we've asked for so far are warm hats and socks for a man and shower gel and shampoo / conditioner for a woman. You can find out what the item is each day on the GK Church Facebook and Instagram page. There are collection boxes in St. Mary's, Goudhurst, Christ Church, Kilndown, Goudhurst Primary School and Colliers Green Primary School. We'd love everyone to support this as much as they can - thank you.
* Advent windows Have you found a window yet? Join our Christmas adventure by finding an Advent window every day somewhere in Goudhurst, Kilndown or Curtisden Green.
They will only be revealed on the specific day and then for the rest of the Advent season. Each window will be different - they might be simple or elaborate, but they should all be pretty prominent if you're driving or walking around the area. Your job is to find them - and the person who finds the most windows, wins a prize!!!!
RULES All you have to do when you find a window is:
1 Take a photo of the window (you can be in it if you would like)
2 Send the photo to either our GK Church Facebook page, our gandkchurch Instagram or firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Include #FollowTheStar in your post (this year's theme)
A note of all the entries will be kept so get everyone involved and enjoy the treasure trail.
On Friday we decided to take our celebration assembly outside and what a wondeful occasion it was! The children engaged purposefully with all our celbration activities despite the heat!
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