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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 

 

Latest News

Year 1's visit Seven Sisters Country Park

The week starting 5th March saw all three Year 1 classes visiting the beautiful Seven Sisters Country Park in East Sussex. The classes enjoyed a variety of bushcraft activities including building animal shelters, carving and decorating their own necklaces (which they could take home with them) and building a campfire to enjoy a hot chocolate around! Upon their return to the school all children expressed what a fabulous time they'd had, with the hot chocolate being the uncontested winning element of the day!

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!

 

What's coming up...

8th March 2018: World Book Day

Children and adults will be dressed ad their favourite literary character, and various activities will take place throughout the day.

 

7th March 2018: Author Book Signing

KS2 children will enjoy the treat of the authors of 'The Nothing To See Here Hotel'  - Steven Butler and Steven Lenton - visiting the school today, to hold a special assembly, and sign copies of their celebrated book. In association with The Book Nook, the Hove-based childrens speciality book shop. 

 

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

Hove Juniors 0 - 4 Goldstone Primary

On a cold and miserable Wednesday 21st February afternoon, arriving late to the game vs Hove Juniors, the boys played some very nice football on what was a sticky, muddy pitch.  Goldstone emerged 4-0 victors for their first league win this season, with two goals coming from Leo, one from Rueben and another from Abdullah. In defence Mahdi, Suliman, George were exceptional, with  Finley in goal pulling some great saves to maintain the clean sheet. Kierollos, Seth and Ashraf also played their part in the game, running up and down defending and supporting the attacking players. Congratulations should also go to Hove Juniors for providing a good and exciting game.

Goldstone Primary 3 - 2 Cottesmore

On Monday the 5th February Goldstone played Cottesmore in the Spearman Cup. The last time that these 2 teams played Cottesmore emerged 6-0 winners, so there was a lot to play for in this game; particularly some pride for the players. On another cold afternoon, both teams played some lovely passing football, with Goldstone getting off the mark in the first half with a goal from Kareem. 1-0 Goldstone. The second half began, and unfortunatelt the nerves kicked in, and whilst Finlay made a number of brillant saves again and again, Cottesmore got the goal they were after. 1-1 final whistle. Extra time was to follow, with both teams trying to get the winning goal, but neither could break the deadlock. So to penalties it was for the decider. Goldstone came out 3-2 winners on penalties and are now through to the next round ready to play Hove Juniors. Well done to all the players; Finlay, Alex, Frankie, Oliver, Seth, Luca, Louis and kareem.

We also played a 'B' game againat Cottesmore on the same day, losing 4-0. However we have some new players in this team, representing Goldstone for the first time, so a huge well done to all those that took part; many being Year 5 pupils who have a good future for next year. B team: Ronnie, Ahmed, Abdullah, Jakob, Tom, Max, Burhan, Jamie.

 

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......

Wednesday 28th March 1.15pm-4.30pm - Can our girls become champions 2 years in a row? With Mrs Maca's belief and the girls determination, it's a strong possibilty! Good luck girls! 

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