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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.

 
 

Goldstone News

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 2 Visit The British Wildlife Centre 

On the 25th February Year 2 visited the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield where they learnt about many different British wild animals, including what they eat,their habitats and predators. They were lucky enough to see red squirrels, red deer, mice, rats, badgers, rabbits, otters, polecats, foxes and owls. 

Year 1 Enjoy Some Beautiful Music

On Friday 28th February Year 1 were visited by two fabulous musicians; Sergio and Alice. They introduced them to the music of the violin and lute and the children were absolutely mesmerised! As well as hearing them play, each class had the chance to create their own percussion to accompany the instruments. Year 1 were in awe of these talented musicians, enjoyed joining in and loved every minute of the visit! Thank you Sergio and Alice!

Thank you so much for supporting JUST ONE Tree. 

Every £1 really does make a difference, so thank you, we really do appreciate it.

Your tree purchase will be supporting a reforestation project in one of the following countries:

Mozambique
Nepal
Haiti
Indonesia
Madagascar
Kenya

Because of you, 423 seeds will be chosen and planted by our partners in one of their nurseries. Once the next rainy season is upon us, your seedlings will be transported to their carefully selected new homes, where they will be planted and nurtured over the coming years. 

Your 423 trees will then start to remove roughly 5.20 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each and every year.

 

New MagicBooking System proves a resounding success!

At the end of the summer term Goldstone introduced a new booking system for the Summer Playscheme, along with Breakfast and After School clubs; MagicBooking! The main raison d'etre for introducing this system was to reduce the debts the school was covering from unpaid bills, by ensuring that parents pay for the clubs in advance. Secondly, by introducing a parent-managed system, it was hoped it would give parents even more flexibility to book and cancel their own sessions, with bookings possible up until 12pm and cancellations up until 11am on the day of the booking. Despite some inevitable teething problems which can always be expected with the launch of any new software system, parents have been extremely enthusiastic and willing to embrace the new system, with over 1200 bookings already having been made! Parents can now book daily, weekly, monthly, termly or even a whole year in avdvance and payment can be made by card or childcare vouchers. In order for any new users to gain the best from the software, we have put together the following top tips: 

  • The system will only allow you to make one booking at a time until you put funds into it and the balance is back to zero or in credit. Therefore if you want to book multiple days, do this on one booking, and then pay for the whole lot rather than making lots of individual bookings. This will save you alot of time and be more convenient.
  • If you are paying via CVS (childcare vouchers) bear in mind that they can take up to 7 working days to clear in our bank account. Therefore make sure that you make all the necessary bookings within this timeframe.
  • The new taxfree childcare scheme is slightly quicker, and should clear the bank within 1-2 working days.
  • If you book a large number of sessions in advance, and agree to pay via monthly installments, the system will think that you are in debt. This may mean that making adhoc bookings will be difficult. Therefore to give yourself extra flexibility think about only booking as fas in advance as you are able to pay.
  • Bear in mind that places at ASC are limited to 120. This is due to heakth and safety and staffing reasons. It most frequentally gets full on Tues/Weds/Thurs so make sure that if you need those days that you book a few days un advance. 
  • Finally if you are struggling to use the system, or need to make an emergency booking or cancellation, please call Nerys in the school office and she will be happy to help!

We are very pleased that this new service continues to improve our after school club, which is undoubtedly the best value and most flexible of any similar service offered in the area, and provides a valuable resource to the school. 

 

Goldstone achieve the Gold Standard for sport!

We are delighted to announce that we, Goldstone Primary School, have achieved the School Games Gold Sports Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. Our sporting achievements this year include: 1st place at indoor athletics competition 1st place in both age categories in the climbing competition Success in both cross country events 1st place in netball league 1st place in girls football league 2nd place at Withdean Athletics Winning the track trophy at Withdean With a total of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfill criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. A special thanks to: Vic Leon-Cutler for co-ordinating PE events and sports leagues. Liam Hurley for being a fantastic coach. Sam Maca for providing excellent netball coaching. Emma Greenough for organising all of the 2018/19 School Games competitions. We look forward to applying once again in 2020!

 

Goldstone Gets the Green Flag Eco Award!

October has been a great month for Goldstone Primary with the fabulous news that we have achieve the coveted 'Green Flag' award for our efforts to be green!

This achievement is in no small part due to Year 2 teacher and Eco warrior Raphaela Henry, who with the help of Ruth the Gardener and their team of children and adult helpers have transformed the school and garden. With composting, battery and crisp packet recycling just some of the initiatives underway, we look forward to supporting every effort we can to make Goldstone as green as possible. 

Parents will notice other changes underway, such as no longer having plastic drinks cups at lunchtime, cutting down (and eventually eradicting) single-use plastics at events (such as Spooky Disco) including our aim for a plastic-free Christmas Fair! 

Please see our dedicated Goldstone Garden and Eco Comittee pages for more details. 

 

 
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