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As the October half-term fast approaches, Goldstone Primary has enjoyed a fantastic seven weeks welcoming our new Reception children, who have settled into their new classes beautifully! We very much look forward to watching them learn and grow during their next seven years at the school. 

It's not just the childrens faces that have changed in the Reception classes this year. Our EYFS lead, Mrs March, has reduced her hours and now joins Mrs Owen in Kingfishers, with the Robins class enjoyng the full-time attentions of Mrs McGhie who joins Reception from Year 1. Woodpeckers continue under the watchful eye of Mrs Barrett-Allen. In Year 1 Dandelions have gained Ms Bowring in addition to Mrs Kelly, with Bluebells gaining Miss Knight, with the rest of the teaching team in KS1 remaining the same. 

In KS2 there are also a few changes, one of the most notable being the exciting move from TA to Class Teacher for Mr Lowe, who takes over the helm in 5L having completed his teacher training with flying colours. Congratulations go to Mr Lowe, and to his class who are very lucky to have him. We were very sad to see Mr Youles leave us at the end of the summer term, but with the Year 6 classes reducing from 4 forms to the normal 3, there was no gap to fill. We have however welcomed a couple of new faces to the teaching personnel in Years 4 and 5. Ms Matthews joins Year 4 and Mrs Calder joins Year 5. It already feels as though they have always been here, and are both very welcome additions to the Goldstone family. 

Finally in the administrative department, it was with heavy hearts we bade goodbye to our bursar, the wonderful Jayne Packham, who retired in August after a 32-year stint at the school! She enjoyed a fabulous send-off, which very much in the style of the Queen herself, seemed to go on for weeks rather than days! Whilst she is undoubtedly missed by all, she has already returned to see us during the McMillan coffee morning, and we know that she will stay in touch and visit when she can. The bursars position has been seemlessly filled by Jane Paynter, who's financial expertise will no doubt mean the school continues to be run with effortless efficiency. 

Finnally we have some new faces on the Board of Governoers and the FrOGS PTA team! Jeremy Kempton joins us as a new Parent Governor. More details on Jeremy and his background and experience can be found on the Governors blog page. After the stepping down of the Co-chairs of the FrOGS, Hannah Hopwood and Jo Harrington at the end of summer term, the wonderful Sara Gregory takes up the reins, continuing her tireless efforts to help the school, and she is ably joined as Co-chair by one of our Year 1 parents, Stef Fallows, who is already proving to be an enthusiastic and capable addition to this wonderful team of parents who do so much to provide the school with much-needed resources. Thank you to all those members of both bodies - the Governors and the FrOGS - both incoming and outgoing. Your help to make our school the wonderful place that it is. 

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

 

Latest News

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!

 

 

 

 

 

What's coming up this term: Autumn '19

NOVEMBER

04.11.19 INSET DAY

05.11.19 Blatch Science Trip
             YR5 Noisy Toys Show

07.11.19 YR2 Perform Theatre Company Visit

11.11.19-15.11-19 Anti-Bullying Week

12.11.19 YR3 Butser Ancient Farm Trip
              YR5 Blast Science-Victorian Show & Workshops

14.11.19 YRR Library Trip

19.11.19 6LC Blatch Science Trip

21.11.19 EYFS & KS1 Julia Donaldson Afternoon

22.11.19 Non-school Uniform Day 'Plant One Tree'

 

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 3 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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