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Please check our Covid-19 News & Information here for updates from our Head Teacher, Chris Pearson. 

As always, if you have any school-related news that would be interesting to our parents please contact Nerys in the school office: neryslucas@goldstone.brighton-hove.sch.uk

New Reception Intake 2021 Parent/Carer Tours

Please visit the page 'New Reception Intake 2021' for updated information on tours, and scroll the news stories below for details of what Goldstone Children have been up to this Autumn term.

 
 

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FrOGS bring Christmas to Goldstone with some fabulous fundraising ideas!

As always our wonderful PTA, The FrOGS (The Friends of Goldstone School) have been pulling out the stops to raise funds for the school during this unusual year!

Ruth the Goldstone Gardener loaned her expertise in the form of a wreath making and foraging service, giving Parent and Carers the opportunity to buy 100% biogradable pre-made wreaths, as well as wreath-making kits and stars, at incredibly reasonable prices! With most of the items foraged by Ruth and Phillipa, and with the latter lending her kitchen as the wreath-making 'factory', it has proved to be an incredible success, with over £900.00 raised for the FrOGS.

Some of the lucky recipients of the wreath-making kits have reported back what a great time was had making the wreaths, and have even sent some pictures in of some of the more (and less!) successful attempts! What a fabuous testament to the ingenuity and talents of our wonderful FrOGS, and the artistic talents of our Parents & Carers!  

Charity comes to town in the Autumn term

The Autumn term has seen a couple of events which have allowed the children to dress up and have some fun and raise some money for both the school (via our winder PTA group the FrOGS) and also outside charities.

Just One Tree

The first if these was the 'Just One Tree' day on 16th October, with children wearing their own clothes into school for a suggested donation of £1.00. The charity pledges to plant a tree for every £1 received to combat climate change, pollution and deforestation globally. More details of their work can be found on their website: https://www.justonetree.life/about-us.html

Donations collected on the day totalled an impressive £612.00, with one Year 4 pupil donating £65.00 of his own money, which he collected over the year, as he really believes in the importance of the project.

In addition to this outstanding display of generosity, the school were equally impressed when a parent contacted the school to offer to increase the donation to include for a tree to be planted for every pupil and staff member! So with an additional £180.00 pledged by this one parent, the total reached was £892.00! What an amazing result for an amazing charity.

Dress Up Spectacular

Normally in the Autumn term the children would be able to enjoy the Halloween disco events put on by the FrOGS parent/teacher association. However this year, with Covid restictions in place, the event was unable to go ahead. Instead the FrOGS proposed a 'Dress-Up Spectacular' Day, where children could come into school wearing whatever they liked; halloween fancy dress, normal fancy dress, or just their own clothes!

As always children and staff members threw themselves into the event with enthusiasm and gusto! Thee office staff in particular have a reputation for their themed dress up, with this event being no different! Having been likened to 'fish in a fishbowl' due to the perspex screens in place at the hatch due to Covid, the team delighted the children with a fish-tank theme, with Nerys, Emma & Fleur starring as tropical fish, The Bursar Jane as a jellyfish and Chris the Head Teacher in the starring role as a lobster! 

As impressive £670.00 was raised for the FrOGS, whose fantastic work helps the whole school.

Anti Bullying Week 16-20th November

As part of a school-wide initiative to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week, Year 6 have been making some collages to represent feelings and emotions and mental health awareness.

Here are just a few fabulous examples; 

 

Snowdrops Enjoy a Funpacked Science Morning

Mrs Broadbent from Snowdrops class reports on a fabulous morning in Year 1, where they explored the five senses through a carousel of activities including a listening walk, tasting sweet, sour, salty and spicy food, smelling a range of aromas, sharing a feely bag and experimenting with different glasses and things to look through. The children look as though they absolutely loved it! 

November 2020

Year One Recreate Drusillas at school! 

On Tuesday 24th November the school became a zoo, when Year 1 tried to recreate their normal trip to Drusillas by having an animal day! The children wore their own clothes and brought a packed lunch which we enjoyed 'picnic' style in their classrooms. Mrs Conry even dressed up as a parrot to join them for lunch! 

In the morning we enjoyed a visit from Reptylers. Jem showed us lots of animals including: a skinny pig (hairless guinea pig), tarantula, poisonous toad, snake, Chamaeleon and a bearded dragon. Afterwards the children made a crocodile craft in choosing time. Then in the afternoon we had a zoom with Lindsay and Alex from 'Lindsays animal school'. They showed us even more animals - e.g. giant rabbits, harvest mice, magpie, macaw parrot, pug, terrapin, ferrets and much more! 

The children learned lots of new animal facts and used this information to write a non-fiction text the next day on an animal of their choosing.

All-in-all it was a great success with the children getting into the spirit and joining in with great enthusiasm. We hope that this has therefore helped to ease the disappointment of missing out on what would have been the Year 1's first proper school trip. Well done Year 1, we are very proud of you.

November 2020

Goldstone ECO Comittee

Our eco committee are up and running again in a covid safe way. This year the different year groups are taking it in turns to emet, so that they can remain in their 'bubbles'. At the moment it is the turn of the Year 6s. They are busy making videos about litter in the school and planning for a remote climate change protest. They also participated in the online youth climate summit. More news on this soon!

https://www.transform-our-world.org/youth-climate-summit-2020

Goldstone teachers Mrs Harris and Miss Lewis contributed to an online webinar about outdoor learning attended by 65 teachers. They made presentations about the work we do outdoors at Goldstone Primary School. Here's a link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzOshGx5BgE&feature=youtu.be

Feedback from teachers included comments such as:

Hearing the fantastic things that are going on in different schools’ – LOTS of responses similar to this

Hearing the teachers sharing their lesson ideas.’

‘Examples of others sharing good practice and linking to the curriculum – very inspiring’

‘Hearing about The Lost Words Project’

‘The confidence in the air that there is a different way of doing things’.

December 2020

 

Year 2 Great Fire of London Immersion Day

Great Fire of London - Wikipedia

The children in Year 2 were transported back in time to 1666 for a wonderful day of historical learning. Everyone in Year 2 dressed up to immerse themselves in their learning for the day. The children then experienced life in 1666 through various activities during the day. Mrs Harris helped the children to make bread over an open fire in the woodland area. This was brilliant fun and the children were captivated by the open fire and by making bread in a frying pan. Miss Enoch worked with the children to make Great Fire pictures where houses were engulfed in circles of flames. Miss Lush taught the children a brilliant Great Fire of London song which was filmed for everyone to watch.

We also read books and played interactive games to help us learn many new facts about this great period of history.

Ask your child:

Where did the fire start?

How many churches burnt down?

Why did the houses burn so easily?

What was used to try and stop the fire?

Which man wrote a diary about the great events?

This was truly a fun fact filled day where the hands-on experiences brought 1666 to life. Thank you to all parents and carers for embracing the dressing up with such enthusiasm and making the day such a success.

October 2020

 
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