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  • Bethersden
  • Ashford
  • Kent
  • TN26 3HA

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 Bethersden Primary School

School Road, Bethersden, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3AH

Mr Stuart Gawthorpe

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As the Christmas season is in full swing as you are reading this, I hope you have lots of exciting plans with family and friends.  We have had a busy term in school with some events still to look forward to as I write this edition of the newsletter.

One of the proudest moments of this term was watching a group of children from Year 6 at the recent village Remembrance Service to mark the centenary of the signing of the Armistice agreement.  Our children read out the names of the fallen from the village at the memorial and then, in place of a sermon, shared their research on the Bethersden fallen during the service in the church.  The children have totally immersed themselves in the research and were able to recount the life stories of the brave men in great detail.

Recently we were visited by world famous circus ringmaster Attila Endresz who took the children on a journey through the circus and taught them some of the basic skills that performers have such as juggling, diablo and plate spinning.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and we have a few budding performers out there.

Events we still have to look forward to, at the time of writing, include the annual infants’ nativity which always feels like the start of Christmas in the school and the Key Stage 2 Carol Service in the church on the last day of term as we go our separate ways to enjoy Christmas with our families.  We are also introducing Baubles and Biscuits afternoons where each class will welcome their parents in for an afternoon of festivities including decoration making and mince pies.  We hope this will be a well attended series of events.

Our Christmas Cracker is on Friday 14th December from 2pm which we hope many of you will be able to attend.  We have a fairground, inflatable Santa’s Grotto, stalls, crafts and fun and games to look forward to with all money raised going to support the opportunities the school offers to the children. Our choir will also be singing to open the event which is always a lovely opportunity for them to perform to an audience.

Over the Christmas period there will be some building work going on at the school to refurbish our tired looking external classrooms.  I have worked with the team involved to ensure that the minimum disruption and inconvenience will be caused to our neighbours as we create a better environment for our children to learn in and I hope it will go smoothly.

Finally, may I take this opportunity, on behalf of all members of our school, to wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas time.

Best wishes,
Mr. Stuart Gawthorpe

Dedicated to Excellence

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