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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 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!

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!

The school garden is readied for the new growing season

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 school garden through the seasons

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

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!

KS2 Christmas Dinner

Sports Hall Athletics Festival December 2018

Diocese Advent Service

Celebrating Christmas