This week, we have been reflecting on Koinonia – fellowship and community. We have thought about our school community as a body, each with its part to play in the life of our school and with the range of activities we have been involved with this week, I'm glad we have plenty of 'parts'!
First, there is the sporting side. Some of our children have represented the school in cricket this week. Girls from Year 5 and 6 travelled to Bells Yew Green and dodged the hail to compete across 2 leagues. They were thrilled to come 3rd in the A ‘Googlie’ league and to win the B ‘Googlie’ league. Their perseverance and sense of fun prevailed throughout.
In Year 3 and 4, we discovered some talented golf players yesterday evening. The team played against schools in Tunbridge Wells and came 2nd! For many of these children, it was their first opportunity to play competitively against another school and they took on this challenge with pride and enthusiasm.
Then there are those that perform. Year 3 treated us to a fantastic performance in their assembly this morning. From instructions for mummification to exploring tombs and of course, singing, Year 3 gave us a whistle stop tour of Ancient Egypt!
Next, creativity and fundraising: Our youngest children have been creating little paper caterpillars! They have caterpillars in their classroom and it has definitely captured their imagination. The children decided to have a ‘Caterpillar sale’ and sold their creations for 1p or 2p, running the shop very conscientiously. They raised £4.99 which they are donating to Blink.
We also ran a 2nd hand uniform sale (thank you Mrs Trueman). We do have a good stock of summer dresses particularly. If you are about to purchase a new school dress, please look for the darker green checked style (like the school jumpers). The girls have also asked if they can wear skorts for PE; as long as they are plain black, I am happy to accommodate their request.
We are very excited to be welcoming new members to our Bidborough family. Firstly, many congratulations to Mrs Dance and her husband on the birth of their second daughter, Katy Louise, last night. We are looking forward to meeting the new addition in person!
We are also very pleased to say that we have appointed a Deputy Head teacher to join our team in September. I can’t yet tell you the name yet but I am confident they will be an asset to our school. The selection process was rigorous, especially the School Council ‘grilling’. Rhian Bowler, our Chair of Governors, was particularly impressed with the questions, finding them “well structured, perceptive, balanced and thought provoking”. The Worship Assembly also had a part to play, evaluating the assembly from each candidate. As ever, I was proud of how all our children conducted themselves. The School Council were asked to describe the school in one word; their responses were: kind, together, joyful, free, helpful and amazing. I couldn’t describe it better!
Tuesday 9th June: SRE meeting – Year 5 & 6 Parents only
Saturday 13th June: Gardening Working Party
Saturday 20th June: School Fair
Friday 26th June: Class 1 assembly
Thursday 2nd July: Sports Day (a.m. KS1, p.m. KS2 with picnic lunch for all on the recreation ground).
Saturday 4th July: PTA Camp Out
Have a fantastic break. See you all on Tuesday 2nd June.