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A big thank you to Fairways Residential Home, Littlestone for the snowflakes their residents have made. Normally, children in Amber and Turquoise classes would take the time to go and visit the residents to sing carols and open Christmas cards. It was more important than ever this year that the residents knew we were thinking of them so the children have sent a special Christmas video filled with personalised messages - we hope you enjoy them. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to Litter Picking Watch Romney Marsh who kindly donated equipment in order for us to keep our local environment clear of litter. ... See MoreSee Less

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A big thank you to the Dunelm, Ashford as part of their ‘Deliver Joy’ campaign for their generous donation of presents for families who need a little extra support at this time of year. We warmly welcome your support and generosity. ... See MoreSee Less

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Dear Parents and Carers

If you haven't already seen our virtual tour on our website, please take a look (it's at the bottom of the main page) on greatstoneschool.co.uk/ and you will see our happy children talking proudly about our school. Enjoy!
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These very special postcards will be sent in the post for children who have amazed us with their learning. I wonder who will be the first to get one…? ... See MoreSee Less

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Starting School at Greatstone Primary School
Is your child due to start school in September 2021?

We are now booking 1:1 tours of the school following on from our virtual conversations.


Please phone the school office on 01797 363916 to make an appointment where you will:
• Have a 1:1 with the Headteacher
• Meet the YR teachers and look at the YR classroom
• Have a wider tour of the school with senior leaders
Each appointment will last for 45 minutes and will begin at 3.45pm.
Appointments are available on the following dates: 1st Dec, 7th Dec, 15th Dec and 17th Dec

We look forward to meeting you.
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Please be aware if you booked a tour of the school they are being done virtually at the moment. If you booked an appointment and we haven't contacted you please call the school office to arrange your virtual meeting. We are hoping to start tours if lockdown is lifted at the beginning of December - please look out for dates! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Addison Construction & Civils Ltd, Diamond class are loving their new 'mud kitchen' ... See MoreSee Less

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A big thank you to Kevin Addison of Addison Construction and Civils Ltd for their kind donation and delivery of 337 pumpkins today. Every child will be coming home at the end of the day with their own one to carve over the half term break.

Thank you so much for thinking of our children and for your amazing support.
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Good morning. Here are some more physically active challenges for you to have go at. They target: muscle strengthening, bone strengthening, moderate activity and endurance. Choose one of the activities and try to do it at least three times this week.
Some of the challenges might need to be adapted.
Have fun... 🤸‍♀️🏃‍♀️⛹️‍♂️🏋️‍♂️
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Hello, everyone! If the rainy weather sets in later / over the next few days and you want to stay active indoors, why not try one of these 'Move It Movie' cards (shown above). If you don't have access to any of the films shown, you could create your own version using a different film.
Have fun... 🤸‍♀️🏋️‍♂️

Here is the link to the Kent School Games website where you can access these activities and lots more.
www.kentschoolgames.com/stayhomestayactive
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BOOK FAIR

Come and support our Book Fair, open after school on Friday 13th March and Monday 16th March from 3.15pm until 4pm in the hall. Book Fair Brochures will be coming home on Monday.

Look out for your £1 book voucher coming home with your child on World Book Day (Thursday 5th March)!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Miss Gorham and Miss Jones
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4th March
A huge “Well done!” to the Year 5&6 children who battled their way through the rain and mud in a cross country event after school today. You were all magnificent.
Thank you, parents, for your support. Greatly appreciated, as always.
Details and photos to follow when we are all less soggy!
Watch this space...
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A slightly delayed post from Feb 29

The end of a busy first week. Sport once again seems to have been the theme of the week, with tag rugby and gymnastics coaching provided by specialist teachers from the Shepway Sports Partnership. I’ve also seen badminton lessons, a yoga session and dance lessons! We shall be able to put on our own Olympics soon!

The winds of recent storms have sadly caused damage to our outdoor canopies. Unfortunately one of them has had to be condemned for safety reasons. This will be removed during the weekend. Fortunately one was repairable, and that work was carried out during the half term break.

We have parent consultation meetings coming up on the 10th and 11th of March. Please book your appointments via Parentmail. There will be no hot dinners served on the 10th as we use the hall, so children will need to bring a packed lunch please.

We continue with the recyclying, this term we are doing this in school time. I believe another consignment was posted off this week which is a further £25 in the kitty. We would always welcome help with this scheme, if you feel you can offer any support Mrs Davis can be contacted direct on davisk@greatstoneschool.co.uk

We have a competition running this week for World Book Day: Design a potato as a book character. All entries need to be in class on Thursday 5th March please. I think you will agree that there is far to much commercialism now surrounding costumes for dressing up, which totally misses the point of celebrating reading. I would much rather money was spent on books than increased supermarket profits! (we shall have our turn for dressing up for our VE day celebrations, watch this space).

As a school we are receiving constant updates from both the Local Authority and Public Health England with regard to the Corona Virus. Should any action be required this will be proportionate to the advice given. We continue to work on good hygiene practices with the children.

We said farewell this week to teaching assistant, Mrs Harman who left to pursue other interests. We have also said a goodbye to Miss Harkins, Diamond class teaching assistant. Both Mrs Harman and Miss Harkins have worked tirelessly for the children in our school and we wish them well for the future. We welcomed Mrs Liddell back after a period of absence and thank Mrs Day for stepping into the world of Jade class to support during this time. We continue to send positive wishes to Mr Sharp, Mrs Brinan and Mrs Ryan who continue to absent from school. We miss you! Miss Reeves resigned from her post as Diamond class teacher, following her maternity leave and we are looking forward to Miss Rachel Turner joining the team after Easter.

Following Mr Cayley’s departure in the autumn I have finally got to grips with how to update the school website and while it’s early days I have begun to add more information about the learning that goes on daily. I have added a tab called ‘Our Learning Journey’ and here you should find photographs of work and activities linked to the subject areas. I am also adding this dojo post to the website each week and it can be found under News and Events…Weekly Round up. I am aware that often family, grandparents etc don’t get to see Dojo so I am trying to reach a wider audience and showcase our work. But all this takes time so bear with me!

I think that’s all for now. I’ve broken my own rules by posting on Dojo at the weekend but time just ran away with me yesterday!

Stay safe in the windy weather and have a good weekend.

Mrs Wood
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Well that’s half the academic year done and dusted! Long awaited spring and summer are on the horizon, but first a weeks break from school routine.

Thank you to you and the children for the Valentine Bake Off entries. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see them but Mrs Spink, our catering manager, tells me she had a tough time judging as the entries were all amazing. Congratulations to all the winners and a special thank you too to all the helpers at the event too. Given we only have two PTFA members the afternoon couldn’t have happened without you. Thank you.

We shall be back to school on Monday 24th February.
Have a super week.

Mrs Wood
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Friday, and the sun is shining, what’s not to love?!

There has been all sorts going on in school this week. Zoolab visited our younger children giving them the opportunity to have some seriously close, wild encounters. They learned about, and saw, a range of creatures including giant African land snails, a Chilean Rose Tarantula, a giant African millipede and a Madagascar hissing cockroach!

We also hosted a Shepway Sports Games football tournament and fielded three teams of year 1’s. They played ferociously and were a credit to the school.

The sports theme continued with year 1 having some specialist gymnastic teaching and years 5 and 6 enjoying hockey sessions with our regular coach Marc. We are so fit!

Coming up we have the PTFA Valentines Bake Off competition. Please bring entries into school on Wednesday. After school prizes will be awarded and the entries will be on view and available for purchase. Happy baking!

Don’t forget next Friday (14th) we have a staff training day. No school for children. Teachers will be in school planning new and exciting curriculum events for the final two terms.

Have a lovely weekend, and don’t forget to batten down the hatches, storm Ciara looks a bit feisty!

Mrs Wood
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Well, the award for the muddiest classes this week goes to Jet, Jade and Onyx! What a fabulous time they had at Brockhill Park, and what a beautiful day it was for them too. Looking at the photographs they clearly had a great deal of fun, from building dens to popping popcorn on an open fire! Thank you to all the teachers, support staff and volunteers who made this lovely experience a reality for our children.

We have had the last round of the Canton Martial Arts and I think the children learned a lot, especially about how to keep themselves safe.

We will have our next round of Parent Consultations in March. These will be held all day on Tuseday 10th and afterschool on Wednesday 11th. As usual booking will be via Parentmail and details will follow nearer the time.

Keep up the good work with the uniform, we have certainly all looked a little smarter over the last few days. Can we still try hard with punctuality too please, and as a parent commented last week, the road works so much better without the double parking at the top of the waiting area and also the illegal parking opposite the zig zags. Let’s not be selfish, as a school we are incredibly lucky to have the huge car waiting area that we have.

Next week we are hosting a SEND talk; Wednesday 29th at 1.30pm. This is an informal meeting for parents of pupils with SEND and is run by Shepway Tutoring. It’s a really good opportunity to talk to someone about SEND provision and how you can access support, especially for yourselves and at home. The meetings will be held every term and the dates for the future meetings are: 26th February, 25th March, 29th April, 20th May, 24th June and the 15th July.

Well done Amber class for a lovely assembly today; We all know that we should Reach for the Stars now! Next week its Turquoise class turn to talk to us about our value of aspiration; can't wait! Assemblies start at 9.15am

That’s all for now
Have a good weekend

Mrs Wood
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