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.
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.
This Week's Book Recommendations
Early Years and KS1
"The Enormous Crocodile" - zany illustrations which match the text perfectly.
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.
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!
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!
He Is Risen!
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 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.