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New Starters September 2020!

Today parents/carers find out their allocated Primary School. We couldn't be happier to welcome 90 new children to our Reception classes in Sept'2020. If you are one of those parent/carers that has received the email, please forward your registratin form to emmalynn@goldstone.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Welcome to the Goldstone community!  

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

 
 

Coronavirus Update from Mr Pearson:

And so it begins!

The school is now closed for all but those children who fall into specific categories and are unable to find other childcare arrangements. We hope that you have found the information we have given you helpful. If not, get in touch and we will try to sort it out.

At 9 am this morning many of the children (and adults) were joining Joe Wicks on The Body Coach-on You Tube. This is a morning ‘PE’ lesson and lasts about 30 minutes. It would be really good if everyone in the school joined Joe in the mornings every day to get their day off to an active start. We shall be trying to do this with the children who are here. For your information- We are aiming to have as few staff on site as possible. Staff will be working at home to answer messages and plan new work for the children. Obviously this is causing some people some anxiety. Will they be able to do the work? Will it be too much? Etc. The answer to all of these questions is – do your best. We don’t expect everyone to be able to do everything. We know that some of our parents are qualified teachers and some are not. Do what you can and ask us questions. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

We are aware that there was a problem with DB Primary and Ping this morning, but we believe that this was simply the overwhelming demand and hope that it will calm down a little. We have been asked about doing some live assemblies or experiences which we are looking at trying to do. I shall be posting my daily blog and giving some challenges for the children to try to do. Maths stars is our table learning programme. Most children who are doing this (some of year 2 through to year 6) will have brought their current book home. It is very important to do these in the right way. I shall be pinging an explanation sheet out so that you can help your children. We shall also make new books available at the school for those who are doing them and able to get them. If you have any suggestions or some top tips of your own let us know. I have done a few tips which might help. Thank you for all of the support we have received it means a huge amount.

Very best wishes. Chris

Latest News

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!

 

 

 

 

 

What's coming up this term:

 

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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