Dear Parents,

It’s an exciting day here – Year 4 children are walking through the woods to Temper Temper. They have been studying the Amazon rainforest and will be finding out the links with chocolate making. This afternoon, children from across the school are taking part in the colour dash – they are joining with other Tunbridge Wells schools to ‘dash’ around Dunorlan park whilst potentially being doused in colourful powder! I’m looking forward to hearing about both these events – I am sure they will be photos on the Year 4 page of the website later on too.

Sports Day

Sports Day is on 20th July. We are planning to go back to our tradition of a picnic for the whole school on the recreation ground. We begin the day with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 taking part in their activities from 10a.m. until 12. The rest of the school then also come out to join for a picnic lunch. Key Stage 1 will head back in and Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will then have their activities from 1 until approximately 3pm. If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and you would like school to provide a packed lunch that day, please email to order one. The options are cheese, tuna or ham sandwich with fruit, vegetable sticks and a biscuit. Please note that on the last day of term, Thursday 21st July, kitchen will cook the Friday menu option of fish-fingers.

Summer Reading Challenge is back!

Children aged 4-11 are invited to join the Summer Reading Challenge in all Kent’s libraries this summer. The Summer Reading Challenge 2022 will start on 9th July and will continue to run through the summer, finishing in September.

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at keeping children reading throughout the summer while away from school, as well as supporting parents and carers with children already at home. And it’s completely free!

Gadgeteers is the theme for 2022, in partnership with the Science Museum - Join the Gadgeteers to discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around you, including some of your favourite things!

As children read library books, they will collect special rewards along the way and there’s a certificate and medal for everyone who completes the challenge.

The Challenge will be brought to life by top children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford.

The Summer Reading Challenge has been shown to help encourage children to continue their reading over the summer and we would love your help in supporting as many children to take part as possible.

So do encourage your pupils to join the Challenge and complete it by reading six books this summer. The class that has the most children complete the challenge will also receive a prize in school. See the attached flyer for more information.

We are also joining in with the friendly Tunbridge Wells district School League competition, which will be updated weekly on the Library Facebook page and in the Tunbridge Wells libraries Facebook page. In September, they tally up the numbers of children who have completed the Challenge by physically visiting the library (unfortunately, we’re unable to include any children who participate digitally in our tallies). The school with the highest percentage of students completing the challenge by September is awarded a special district school trophy in the autumn term. Please note that this is worked out proportionally to the number of students in each school, so smaller schools are not at a disadvantage! We have won this in the past.

Worship and Praise

We were so pleased to be able to have some of you join with us for Worship and Praise this morning. We hope to hold these more regularly in the new school year so that more of you get the opportunity. If you were not able to attend, you may still have heard the children singing from the tops of their voices further afield in the village! Special thanks to Mrs Bateup for inspiring the children as always and to Mrs Masters whose fingers dance across the keys of the piano creating a flurry of delight.

Netball Match

On Wednesday, we played a netball match against St James B team. Unfortunately, they won 2-1 but it was a very close match. They won the first quarter 2-0 however, we won the second 1-0. We drew the last quarters which meant they won the match. Tessa received woman of the match. We all played really well and enjoyed it!

Own clothes day Friday 8th July – Help us Save the Children!

A message from our School Parliament:

The own clothes day that Bidborough School is putting on isn’t just for fun, it’s actually for a charity that you might have heard of. Save the Children is an amazing charity that helps children around the world to keep safe, healthy and educated. We would be grateful if you could bring a pound donation on that day.

New Parents Welcome meeting

We welcomed the parents of our 30 new Reception children to the school yesterday evening. It was so lovely to meet them and feel the slightly nervous buzz of excitement as we discussed how we support the children and their families as they start at school. Two of our Year 6 children, Lily and Jemima, gave the parents a little flavour of their experience at the school. Here is a little snippet:

Bidborough Primary School is an excellent place for young students to flourish and become independent for the next step in life. The teachers and teaching assistants are understanding and helpful in tricky situations. Our time at Bidborough has been an adventure full of many exciting events and helped us to grow in confidence and achieve things we never knew we could…

When your child starts at Bidborough, they will make so many new friends and enjoy their time here. It is an amazing school and they are so lucky to come here.

I do truly feel lucky, too, to be part of this special community! I hope you have a lovely weekend – do enjoy the summer social if you are able to get down to the farm.

Kind regards,

Julie Burton


2nd July                 Summer Social at the farm

6th July                 Year 6 production
7th July                 Move up day
8th July                 Reports sent home
8th July                 Own clothes day
8th July                 Year 5 over-night event
12th July               Let’s Dance competition Assembly Hall
13th July               Children’s University Graduation
14th July               Summer Concert
19th July               Year 6 Parents invited to WaP – 9a.m.
20th July               Sports Day and Year 6 Leavers’ service at the Church
21st July                Leavers’ assembly and last day of Term 6