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Ofsted Inspection

We have had our Ofsted inspection! We received the call at around 11am on Tuesday 23rd January, and two inspectors visited us on Wednesday 24th January. As predicted, we only underwent a short inspection of one day. We expect to receive the full report in 2-3 weeks time. Our staff, parents, Governor's, volunteers and most importantly our children did us proud on the day, and numerous people commented on the display of teamwork between all of these groups, which is undoubtedly one of the strengths of our school. Also, thank you to all those parents who took the time to fill in the Ofsted online survey. A staggering 301 surveys were received, which proves the tremendous amount of support the school receives from it's parents. We look forward to revealing the results of the inspection in the next few weeks!

There is still time to express your opinion to the inspectors at: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk 

Give the council your views on the two week autumn half-term

Brighton & Hove residents can give their views on the recent two-week school half term in October. Brighton & Hove City Council is running an online survey on the impact of the recent two-week break. The survey will be open from 11 December to 31 January 2018 and can be found at: 

www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/autumn-half-term-survey

Last year the council agreed to try out a longer autumn break for 2018 and 2019, and also to consider the impact of the change before making any decisions further into the future.
As well as getting residents’ views, the council will look at the impact of the two-week break on overall attendance, the progress pupils have made this term, and the experiences of staff. A report on the results of the consultation will be considered by the council’s children, young people and skills committee on 5 March 2018.

Ensuring that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children receive the council’s support in all areas is one of the council’s key priorities.

The extra week’s holiday in October aims to enable families to have more flexibility about when they can spend time together without missing school, and to take excursions or holidays outside the peak holiday period.It was also hoped that the measure would help address the issue of parents taking their children out of school during term-time for unauthorised holidays, missing valuable learning.

Latest News

Pantomine Time? Oh Yes it is!

Children from Years 1 through to Year 5 had the fantastic opportunity to watch the pantomime 'Jack and The Beanstalk' on Wednesday 10th January, performed by M&M productions. The sounds coming from the Junior Hall ranged from loud cow moos to Justin Bieber 'classics' to the best sound of all, the delighted laughter of happy children! The school were so impressed that the same company has already been comissioned to provide another pantomime next year! 

The first week back flies by, with lots of fun!

The school was awash with actiivity in the first week and a half, with a range of fun and interactive activities seeing the children from Year 5 'travelling to India', Year 3 embodying the ancient Greeks and Year 2's dressing up as the characters from Little Red Riding Hood! Our Year 3 children continue the fun next week with the 'Hands on History' team visiting the school to carry on with their Greek theme and the Year 1's join in later in the month when they visit Seven Sister's Country Park to enjoy bushcraft acitivities. Year 4 also get in on the action with a visit to the Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich. With Let's Dance practice underway, and a 'Harry Potter Evening' to look forward to on the 1st February there is certainly no evidence of the 'January blues' affecting Goldstone this month! Happy January everybody!

Christmas Fair

Friday 8th December saw another successful Christmas Fair at Goldstone, with a wide range of fun activities for the children, and plenty of food and drink on offer. Particular high-lights this year have to be the spinning horse ride out in the Infant playground which was great fun to watch - if anyone knows who stayed on for the longest please let us know! Also, it was amazing that for yet another year Father Christmas not only managed to fit us into his busy schedule, but this time he also brought his wife - Mother Christmas - with him! What a treat for our little ones - thanks Santa! A massive haul of over 60 prizes were on offer in the raffle, with parents and friends of the school proving how generous they are as always. A list of the winners can be found on the 'Whole School Letters' page. Finally, it must be mentioned that it is only thanks to the hard work of our PTA - the Friends of Goldstone (or FroGs for short) - that we are able to hold such a wonderful event. It was particularly lovely to see so many of our new Reception parents taking part, as well as a few of our soon departing parents helping at their last event. A massive thank you to all of you. 

 

Reindeer Run

Thank you to all children who took part in the inaugural Goldstone 'Reindeer Run'! It was a lovely event, and the children all looked wonderful walking and running around the school playgroud/field in their antlers and flashing noses! They even got to take them home to wear over the festive period, which was a wonderful surprise for them. We are also delighted to report that, thanks to the kind donations of children, parents/carers, staff and friends, the school raised an impressive £1330.00 for the Chestnut Tree House charity.

 

School Council Election Results

Following weeks of campaigning, including posters, flyers and even promotional videos on the Goldstone TV Channel, votes were cast throughout the whole of KS1 and KS2, and in a closely fought contest we finally have a winner!

As such, we would like to say a huge 'Congratulations' to Oonagh, for winning this years election to become Chair of School Council, and also a 'Well Done' to the Vice Chair which has been secured by Liam.

We also have a new 'Healthy Schools Representative' which will be Evie. Congratulations Evie!

The full list of candidates can be found below, and thank you to all of them for putting their names foward and for being part of such a vibrant and fun campaign:

Oonagh, Liam, Evie, Romeo, Frankie, Abdullah, Robbie and Finlay.

 

Christmas PlayScheme

Dates of the Christmas PlayScheme have been released: 21/22/27/28/29 the December. Full details and an application form can be found on the 'Whole School Letters' page. 

 

What's coming up...

Christmas Shows

Dates have been released for the seasonal Christmas shows. Please check the calendar for the dates, and make a note in your diary! The Early Years event is non-ticketed, and tickets for the KS1 and KS2 shows will be available on the 'School Interview' site here. The code has been sent via text or call the office to obtain it. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. 

Beach Hut Advent Calendar

The children attending The Outdoors Project After School Club this term have all contributed to the decoration of the Beach Hut Advent Calendar this year.

The Outdoors Project will be opening the doors of Beach Hut No. 177 (close to King Alfred Centre) 5.30 - 6.30 to show off their creations on Thursday 7th December.  Mince pieces, mulled wine and hot chocolate are provided.

Brighton Fringe seeks budding artists! 

Brighton Fringe announces its 2018 Family Guide cover competition

Children from across Brighton and Hove are being invited to design the cover of the 2018 Brighton Fringe Family Guide.

England’s largest arts festival is challenging children under 11 years of age to create a piece of original cover art inspired by the tagline for Brighton Fringe 2018: “Set Yourself Free”. They should use an A4 piece of paper to design what they think ‘setting yourself free’ looks like. The final cover image will be shrunk down to A5 – so they should make sure not to write or draw too small.

The winner will see their work on the front of 80,000 Brighton Fringe Family Guides and receive a gift voucher worth £200 to spend on tickets at Brighton Fringe 2018. They will also receive a Gold Friends membership entitling them to 2 for 1 offers on events and many more benefits. Three runners-up will win two tickets to a Brighton Fringe children’s show of their choice.

Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, said: “Life is full of people always telling you what to do, following rules and traditions. Imagine being free to be who or what you want to be. Brighton Fringe is all about the freedom to create, so have fun with it and you never know where it will lead you!” 

This year’s judging panel includes Child Friendly Brighton, Door22 Creative and The Pebble Trust.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, 20 December. Include your name, age, school, and your parent or guardian’s email on the back of the picture and send your A4 artwork to:

‘Set Yourself Free’ Competition
Brighton Fringe Ltd
Brighton MET
Pelham Street
Brighton, East Sussex
BN14FA

If you have any questions please contact:

marketing@brightonfringe.orgBrighton Fringe 2018 runs between 4 May and 3 June.

Sports News

Fencing

Goldstone competed at a Fencing Competition in Ardingley at the weekend, and it proved to be a very successful day for the school. Twenty-four fencers took part and our Fencing teacher, Mark Barrowcliffe, reported that it was a high standard of competition, with some highly ranked British Public Schools fencers appearing, along with the ten Goldstone fencers, making us the most well-presented school out of all those competing.

Louis from Year 6 got silver in the 10-13 category, only narrowly losing to a boy three years his senior from Worthing Fencing Club in the final. What an amazing result from a naturally skilled player.  

Alex in 6L also did brilliantly, achieving a bronze medal in the same category. Another Goldstone pupil, Hugh from 6L, was even singled out by top British epee-ist and senior coach Aaron Gardener for his excellent footwork  and fencing style. Aaron made a point of congratulating Hugh and said he expected to see him doing very well in competitions in coming years.

As if that wasn't good enough, the Yr 4 category saw a Goldstone clean sweep! Oliver from 4LC won gold, Felix in 4L Silver with Penelope 4SB and Maisie 4SB achieving Bronze.
What a wonderful result for the Goldstone Fencing Club. More details on the club can be found on the 'Clubs' page of the website.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basketball

On the 16th November Goldstone primary took part in a basketball tournament at BHASVIC. a very well organised and run tournament which nine schools took part in. We played five games winning two of them, the children that took part never put the heads down and just supported one another, showing great spirit to try and win the games whilst also enjoying playing the game. We took ten players, rotating them around every game. They represented Goldstone excellently, doing the school proud  with their display of sportsmanship and team effort. Holly S won Goldstone player of the tournament, with Reuben, Jack , Liam, Frankie, Spike, Amy, Holly B, Finn and Alex are all deserving of mention.

Cross Country

On the 22nd November Goldstone took part in the Brighton and Hove Cross Country Championship. Goldstone took twenty-one runners to the event, which was a lot better organised than last year, making it a safer environment for everyone. The sun was also shining on a dry afternoon, making it enjoyable for all those attending. Forty-three schools took part in the event with a whopping 1,266 children participating, over four races. First off was the Year 5 boys, with 9 pupils representing Goldstone; Leo, Ralph, Frankie, Jamie, Jasper, Charlie, Ethan, Sid and Tom. Ralph was the first boy to finish in 23rd place. The boys team finished in15th place out of a total of 39 teams. Year 5 girls were up next with 4 taking part; Olivia, Mira, Ruby and Darcie who was the first to finish in 63rd place. Our girls put in a brave effort finishing in 19th place out of 35 schools. 

Up next are the Year 6's. The boys were first with the course now a little longer then the Year 5 races, and they finished 10th out of 38 schools. Frankie.M, Liam, Jamie, Leo and Luca - who was the first to finish in an impressive place of 9th and will now be representing Brighton and Hove in the Sussex championship later in the year. The last race of the afternoon was the Year 6 girls; Xanthe, Yasmin - who had broken her leg 8 months ago - and Aisha. The team did not get a finishing place as there was not enough runners, 4 to a team. However that did not stop the 3 of them completing the course, with Xanthe finishing an excellent 11th place, just missing the entry place for the Sussex competition.

Overall every individual did done Goldstone proud and they all finished with a smile on their face. They displayed fantastic support for each other and the other competitors, and we are very impressed with their efforts. Well done Goldstone!

 

Yr 5/6 Football

06.12.17:

Brunswick 2 - 0 Goldstone

Goldstone travelled to Brunswick School on a muddy and cold December Wednesday to continue their Winter schedule of games. Brunswick turned out in full force, scoring a well worked goal within the first few minutes. Goldstone struggled with the pace of game and could not get out of their half  after being pegged back. Not long afterwards Goldstone found themselves 2-0 down thanks to a lucky goal coming off the back of the post and striking the goalkeeper Romeo's leg to go in.  Despite this set-back, Goldstone defended well with Romeo pulling off some impressive saves. The second half came and Goldstone were a much better and well-organised team, pushing forward whilst trying to claw back the much-needed equalisers. In fact it was Brunswick who found themselves pegged back for most of the second half, only occasionally launching a counter-attack. Mr Hurley, the team coach, was keen to award full credit to the Goldstone players for not letting theirs heads go down, always trying to get back into the game. Despite the loss, they should be commended for their team spirit. Onwards and upwards Goldstone!

13.11.17:

Cottesmore 6 - 0 Goldstone

On a freezing cold November evening Goldstone were unable to get their motors running efficiently and succumbed to a talented and organised Cottesmore team who put them to the sword with 2 goals before half time followed by another starlight from the second half kick off. Despite this, the boys never let their heads drop and chased the game but ultimately it was not enough.

09.11.17

Bilingual School 'A Team': 2 - 2 Goldstone 'A Team'

Bilingual School 'B Team': 6 - 0 Goldstone 'B Team'

01.11.17

Aldrington School 'A Team': 4 - 1 Goldstone 'A Team'

 

Netball

 

18.10.17

Hove Juniors: 11 - 0 Goldstone 

 

Coming Up......

Basketball Competition - Thursday 16th November

Crosscountry Competition - Wednesday 22nd November

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