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23rd February 2024

In this issue:

·  World Book day details

·  Year 3 and 4 football tournament

·  Great Bidborough Bake Off

·  TW Half marathon

·  Happy birthday Mrs Bateup!

· Important dates

New style newsletter...

Welcome to our new style newsletter! I hope you find it informative and entertaining. It’s been a busy start to the term, so there is plenty to catch up on this week. It is a short term so everything is crammed in - we’ll soon be at Easter!

TW Half Marathon

Tunbridge Wells half marathon took place on Sunday 18th February. The Parents of Bidborough volunteered their time on a rather damp morning to marshal the event. One parent said, “It was an amazing experience. My hands hurt from clapping so much and runners were inspiring.” PTA will also receive a donation from the organisers as a thank you. Thank you to those who were able to help and represented the school at this event.

Happy Birthday, Mrs Bateup!

Mrs Bateup celebrated a special birthday on Tuesday and we were fortunate enough that it fell on Worship and Praise day! The children raised the roof in the way only they can, with their voices echoing around the school site as they sang. Mrs Bateup had a ’party bag’ for each class and we all celebrated with her! I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing her a happy birthday!


Thank you for your on-going support for the village play park refurbishment.

The children have been fascinated by the diggers and heavy vehicles visiting the site and we look forward to watching as the new park takes shape!

Certificate winners:
Making a good start

Albie, Mia, Niamh, Monty, George, Caleb, Lewis,
Francesca, Freddie, Danny, Georgia, Harry, Amelia,
William, Maisy.

Uniform Owl: Class 5

Tidy Trophy: Class 3

Winning Team: St Andrews

World Book Day - Mrs Hard

World Book Day 2024 is almost here.

At Bidborough we plan on celebrating WBD on Friday 8th March.  Your child will take part in lots of fun bookish activities throughout the day, including revealing the winner of the school 500 words story competition. They may dress up as a book character if they wish, or come to school in their pyjamas ready for a bedtime story if that is preferable.

We will be having a book swap during the day so if you have a children’s book that is no longer required at home, send it in with your child and they can swap it for a book they haven’t read yet. We are also hoping to have some parent volunteers to pop in to school to read a short story to the children. If this is something you are able to offer please do email the office with details of the class and book you wish to read.


Footballers in action! By George

On Thursday, the year 3 and 4 football team played a tournament at Leigh Academy. Our first match ended 1-0 from a goal from George. Our second match ended 1-0 (2-0) Phoenix scored a great goal and George also scored a goal. I put 2-0 in brackets because as soon as George took a shot it went in but as he took the shot the whistle blew!The referee said no goal but we think it was a goal.

Our next game ended in a 0-1 loss - we were all devastated but we still had hope. And our fourth game was a Brodie masterclass even though it ended 0-0. At the end, we were all feeling good because we played amazingly well and we are all proud of ourselves. Credit to Mason, Phoenix, Brodie, Jonty, James, George, Austin and also Charlie. Also thanks to our coach, Mr. Carrick, who helped and shaped us as a team along the way.

We are not sure yet but we might be in the finals at the Tonbridge Angels stadium, Fingers crossed!

Breaking news: Mr Carrick says, “Year 3/ 4 smashed the qualifying round of the Avenue to Angels tournament. They’ve made it through to the final on 22nd May against Claremont, Hildenborough, Brenchley and Matfield.

     Well done everyone!

Great Bidborough Bake Off

There was a real buzz this morning as lots of carefully carried cakes were presented for the competition today! The School Parliament certainly had a tricky task this afternoon in judging the entries. Luckily, we were joined by guest judges, Claudia Newman and Emilia Bagge, to help make the final decisions. Whilst the votes are being counted and verified, I can confirm that the competition has already raised a whopping £542 for Breast Cancer UK. You can still donate via 

On behalf of School Parliament, Miss Birkett would like to thank all those that entered and all those that donated. Miss Birkett is very proud of how School Parliament conducted themselves this afternoon. Winners will be announced in Celebration Assembly next Friday.

Thanks to Miss Birkett for coordinating and Mrs Zerrad for her hard work in supporting this event.

 Reception Class have an almost perfect attendance record this week with 99.3%!