Newsletter: Friday 8th December

There was a lovely buzz around the school this afternoon as we opened our doors for our Open Classrooms.  We hope that those of you who were able to attend enjoyed sharing your children’s learning with them and thank you for your patience as we ensured all children were safely signed out!  There will be further opportunities to come into school later in the academic year so please do not worry if you were unable to attend today.  You should also have received your child’s December data report today, along with their attendance certificate to date for this academic year.

It has felt particularly festive in school this week!  On Tuesday morning, the KS2 choir had a wonderful opportunity to sing for their grandparents at St Lawrence Church.  Ivy and Bonnie said:

‘We saw all of our Grandparents at the church which made us really excited and happy.  Then we got onto the stage and sang the songs that we had been learning.  Our favourite was ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ because we were in a trio.  We also enjoyed signing to ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’.  We felt so proud whilst we were singing, especially to be singing in a trio to all of those people.   Once we had finished, there was an amazing round of applause and it was great to have all of our grandparents there.  We went to give them hug and had some cake!  We would like to thank Mrs Bateup, Mrs Lindley, Mrs Entwistle and Mrs Burton for giving us this opportunity.’

Mrs Bateup returned from the church beaming with pride.  We hope that the grandparents that were able to attended left with the same warmth in their hearts as the staff and children did; we certainly hope to arrange more events like this in the future.

Later on Tuesday, our Early Years and KS1 superstars shone so brightly in their Nativity performances!  The hall was filled with joy as they told us the story of Jesus’s birth.  We know that you will all be so proud of them, as we are.  Thank you so much to the whole team for their hard work in supporting the children, with a special thanks to Mrs Lindley for her piano skills and, of course, Mrs Bateup for all of her amazing efforts to put on such a wonderful show for you all.

On Monday, children in KS2 will come home with tickets for their performances on Thursday 14th at 2pm and 6.30pm.  Please remember that there is an allocation of one ticket per family per performance, but you may wish to swap these between yourselves to suit your availability.  The children have been busy preparing and we can’t wait to see it all come together next week!  Here is a little taster of what to expect:

‘This year, our KS2 Christmas performance has been inspired by a classic Yuletide song. Each part of the song, like the partridge in a pear tree or the two turtle doves, actually tells a special story about Christmas and the Christian faith. Even though some people aren't sure about the history, the "12 Days of Christmas" is now a cheerful and timeless part of Christmas celebrations all around the world.’

A few other notices for next week:

  • As the children will have their Christmas Lunch on Friday, the meal served on Wednesday will be fish and chips.
  • Please see the attached information that we have been asked to share regarding a gas network upgrade in Tunbridge Wells in January.
  • The following resource is a useful place to look for advice regarding a range of topics, from bed time struggles to toileting to supporting children though changes in family relationships:

Have a brilliant weekend and we will see you all next week for the final week of this term!

Julie Burton and the Bidborough Team

14th – KS2 performances (2pm and 6.30pm)
15th – Christmas lunch for children



2nd – Inset Day

3rd – Children return to school

12th – Class 5 assembly (9am)