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Portraiture in the Gallery - the children had the opportunity to watch an artist at work and ask questions today

Our Mission statement in action as Years 5 and 6 organised a cake sale for charity.

Reading for Pleasure- the children enjoy "booknics" outside while the weather is kind

Thank you to all who contributed to this on Friday morning. What a way to start the new year!

                     Community means…


Having a common interest and pulling together to reach goals.

Community feel is happiness all around.

Being together brings happiness and laughter.

Community is helping each other and making people happier.

Community is helping each other to make our world a happier place to live.

Community is all about the unity in which we find strength.

Seeing everyone on the school drop-off and having a quick chat.

People supporting and looking out for each other.

It’s feeling part of something.

A shared effort to help and support one another

A sense of belonging.

Loving and caring for each other.

Sharing. Supporting. Thinking of others. Fun!

Helping. Sharing. Encouraging each other to be more resilient.

Loving service.

Working together and friendship.

Building something bigger and more beautiful together than you could ever do alone.

Working together and supporting each other. Looking out for each other.

Friendship, support and laughter.

Being kind, accepting other’s differences. Looking after each other.

Unity, support, togetherness.

Loving and caring. Always there to help.

Making new friends.

Coming together in times of need, being kind, helpful to those who are vulnerable. Coming together to achieve the same goals.

Pride in our area.

To us it is all the love you can get, support and always being there for each other.

A warm, welcoming and happy place that nurtures our children and supports our families.

Being part of a team, working together, looking out for one another. Caring, for families, elderly and the young. Everyone is always welcome.


We see community when we are together for school plays, assemblies and sports days.

We have missed the chances to be all together and get to know other parents.

We look forward to taking part in more family- based school activities, for example parents reading with children in school.


We are thankful for routine and seeing everyone again.


We feel part of a community through events like the football competition each year.

Tonbridge Community Day and Outreach


Many of you will know of the wonderful activities run by Tonbridge School as part of their giving back to the local community.

Usually our  Year 5s attend but this year they were away in the Isle of Wight on their residential trip, so it was the turn of the lucky Year 4s. While they were at Tonbridge School enjoying drama, cricket, hockey, science, pond-dipping and so on, boys and staff from Tonbridge were active in local primary schools carrying out projects on our behalf. 


Year 5 were very involved in generating ideas for the projects as they put their persuasive writing into practice. We took elements of their ideas and then further refined them in discussion with the Tonbridge team. I hope that Year 5 will be impressed by the effect of their letters!


We had a great group who created a seating area at the far end of our woodland trail. This will enable us to spread the use of our site more sustainably and minimise our impact on the environment. We are looking forward to using it for science, story-telling, Woodland Club, Forest School and much more. 


Here are photos of the initial clearing and finished area.

Year 3's medal ceremonies in the Gallery. The categories were: sprint, jumps, throws and long distance (400m).

Key Stage 2's Sports Morning was blessed with beautiful weather. The children supported each other enthusiastically and showed great spirit and determination. We hope that you enjoy these photos.

Sports Day - Early Years and Key Stage 1 had a wonderful morning and showed great sporting spirit, supporting each other so generously.

We made Lunchtime Art as a whole school to brighten our rainy Friday

This Week's Book Recommendations

Early Years and KS1


"The Enormous Crocodile" - zany illustrations which match the text perfectly.


"So Much"

My children loved this book when they were small, especially when they were pretending to be the baby and receiving"SO MUCH" love.




"It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" -  Antonio is more than a capable of dealing with any number of brigands!


"Artemis Fowl  - The Opal Deception" - Artemis is the master of sleight of hand, but has he met his match in Opal Koboi?


"The Magicians of Caprona"

A story of friendship and feuding; of how the over-looked members of two families become the ones to heal the quarrel, all set in a place rather like Italy, but not quite. 


"the dark horse"

Somewhere in Scandinavia, somewhere in the past, a threat is rising. Will the village survive and what is in the box which cannot be opened?


These books are all on display in the Library.

Books of the week

The school garden through the seasons.

The next stage in the garden - planting out.


Thanks to very generous support from local growers, we received more than enough to fill all the beds. The children, from Years 1 and 2  to Years 5 and 6 had a wonderful time following the plan we had worked out. It chimed very well with Mental Health Week, as some of the older children mentioned. In their words, "This is so relaxing. I really feel calm when I am gardening."

We look forward to sharing the fruits of their labour,  literally!

The school garden is readied for the new growing season

Fund-raising for Sustain over the May Bank Holiday

In their words:

We made a stall to raise money for a charity  called Sustain, and guess how much money we earned? £112.36p in an hour and half! Isn’t that amazing? We made white chocolate Oreo fudge, cookies - chocolate chip - and bracelets. And loads of people came! 


Welcome to the new term

He Is Risen!

Signs of spring around school

World Book Day

Tudor roses in different media

School early this morning

'Snow problem! Maths in action

February's Snowman

Abstract sculpture in Early Years

Computer-aided artwork - the new David Hockneys

Happy Christmas to all!

What a Winter Wonderland!

Year 2 created their own "Magnificat".

Thank you, God, for everything you give us: our friends,  our families, each other, brothers and sisters, this world, our teachers, joy, food, nature, learning, our school,  assembly, the light of God, for being created.

We are joyful and thankful.

The Christmas tree is up!

Our CAFOD fund-raising display - reminding us of the spirit of giving at Christmas

Some examples of Yr 5's artwork

The Gallery in school has a new resident

Our library and dragon have installed themselves happily in the space

The dragon has acted as inspiration for poems.

SMC Harvest 2020

Harvest Festival from St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School

Harvest Directors Cuts!

Still image for this video

Habitats around the school - the children use these to compare diversity of species, see the cycle of seed to seed, notice which plants grow where and how they are pollinated

                                             Gardening Club

The children learn how to plan, sow and then recognise weeds as compared to the seedlings. They learn self-reliance and fortitude as persevere through the cold and wet of winter and early spring before the rewards of growth and harvest which they share with the local community through the Harvest Festival and through "pop-up" sales at the school gates.


They learn the economic realities of  having to buy their own seeds and reinvesting any profits in extra tools or equipment. 

They enjoy being responsible for a productive garden which is a valuable space for all the school to experience at first hand germination, growth, pollination and the life-cycles of plants and insects.


They develop their teamwork as they negotiate and work on a common project, sharing successes and failures. 

A common theme this year has been their acknowledgement of the mental health benefits of being outside.

Today was a little poignant - Early Years made this for their Year 6 buddies who left today!

Year 6 end of year Liturgy

Pebble Art

Life cycle of butterflies - Early Years children (and other) have beeen watching this with fascination

KS1 have been working on adding details to their paintings: here is an example of their landscape work.

VE Day celebrations - in all different ways

Rainbow balloons - thank you to all key workers!

Special Deliveries!

Easter Transient Art

Easter Wreath

Chalk Art on our playground

World Book Day. Parents and children joined forces to re-tell favourite stories

Budding classical thespians at The Globe!

'The Snail' by Henri Matisse viewed by Year 5/6 at Tate Modern and Reception's Collage response

Careers Day: We were fortunate in having a variety of careers showcased: magazine editorial team, film-maker, nursing, artist, conservation officer, local politician.

Battle of Bosworth re-enactment- the moment of truth as the Stanleys change sides...


Red Riding Hood...with a twist!

Mayan-inspired weaving

Christmas Lunch

The Senior Citizens' Lunch: invitations, decorations, refreshments, service, entertainment all taken care of by Years 5 and 6, with great enjoyment and pride.

Our Backwards Advent Calendar

Hedging and planting around the firepit area. Thank you to Trees for Schools which provided the hedging as part of carbon-offset. Thank you also to Gardening Club children who planted them over several weeks. It was not easy!

Harvest Gardening!

Active Nature Trail

Sports Day - 26 June 2019

Our Fathers' Day Breakfast

Our cookery club 'Pop Up' Cafe with ingredients from our school garden

Our fantastic gymnasts taking part in the recent Key Steps Gymnastics Festival

Our amazing Cafe run by Year 6 boys!

Eggs-citing Arrivals!

World Book Day 2019

My Heart Soars When....

Maths Morning 2019

Christmas Fair Fun!