Please find below events and occasions that have taken place over the last few months at Headcorn School.
Basketball @ The Lenham School...
Headcorn School took part in a Kent School Games Basketball competition hosted by The Lenham School on Wednesday 15th November.
(More info can be viewed on the School Sport pages.)
With heavy pouring rain unleashed on our arrival at Cranbrook Rugby Club for the annual Cross Country, we knew that the event was going to be a very muddy one.
On Tuesday 7th October a team of 16 pupils from Years 3,4,5&6 took part in 8 races at the rugby ground, with separate races for boys and girls.
The team did exceptionally well with the majority of our runners finishing inside the top 10 competitors. It seems that our previous participation in events at Mote Park, earlier in the year, have really given the children an extra edge in this competition.
Individual medals were given to those children coming first in each event. With a team trophy presented to the school team that finished with the lowest cumulative time score. Goudhurst won the Year 3&4 trophy while Horsmonden retained the Year 5&6 trophy for second year running.
Well done to all those who took part. Below are a few of the results from the races that took place.
Isabelle - Yr6 - 2nd place
Josh - Yr6 - 11th place
Jack - Yr6 - 10th place
Sam - Yr5 - 3rd place
Freddie - Yr5 - 10th place
Nina - Yr5 - 4th place
Chloe - Yr5 - 10th place
Sports Hall Athletics...
Pupils from Years 3,4,5 & 6 took part in Sports Hall Athletics on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st October at Mote Park Leisure Centre.
Find out more on the School Sport pages...
Maidstone Schools Girls Football Tournament...
A fantastic performance from our Girl’s football team saw them finish joint 3rd with Roseacre Junior School on Tuesday 17th October. Find out more on the School Sport pages...
Kench Hill, Tenterden...
Year 4 pupils spent the day at the Kench Hill Centre, Tenterden on Thursday 29th September. There they learned about local wildlife, practiced their orienteering skills and built shelters.
One group was even fortunate enough to see a vole, which was very exciting.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the centre and are eager to revisit the site in the future.
Headcorn School was visited by author David Lucas on Monday 18th September. Mr Lucas worked with all year groups throughout the day and the children were really excited during his visit.
You can find out more about Dave Lucas by visiting his website via the following link...
http://davidlucas.org.uk/ (Click to Link)
Body Coach Workouts...
Pupils in Years 2 and 3 have been joining with millions of other children across the UK in a live body coach workout.
Led by the body coach himself, Joe Wick, pupils and staff have been encouraged to follow along with an array of body movements designed to maintain their health, stamina and fitness.
Headcorn will be having another go during the rest of September, to see if they can improve on their last performance.
Premier League, Primary Stars - Prize Draw...
Owing to some very thoughtful parent nominations the school was recently entered into a prize draw for the Premier League Primary Stars campaign.
As a result of this we have received a collection of amazing books, which will now go into the school library for all of our pupils to enjoy.
Thank you to those parents/carers who took the time to think of the school, we will put our prize to very good use.
The school pool was busy as pupils took part in the annual Headcorn School swimming gala on Wednesday 19th July.
Children from Year 2 upwards competed in races and diving activities to try and win the Swimming Gala plate.
When all the scores were added together Stevenson House(blue) were the winners for the third year running.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
Tuesday 19th July was Sports Day at Headcorn School. Parents and Carers joined pupils in various athletic activities that included shot put, javelin and long jump. At the end of the mornings events pupils took to the track for exciting flat races.
The House Cup was this year won by Thompson (Yellow) who gained 220 points over the course of the morning.
In the afternoon children from KS2 took part in four mini-tournaments that saw pupils from each house compete in Unihoc, Cricket, Netball and Football.
Stevenson were victorious in Unihoc (Blue)
Shackleton were victorious in Cricket, Netball and Football (Green)
Congratulations to all those who took part in a fantastic day of sport and well done to the eventual winners Thompson House!
School Games Mark...
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the BRONZE School Games Mark Award for the 2016/17 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.
We would like to thank all of the pupils, parents/carers, adults and staff who have been involved in making this such a successful year of sport at Headcorn School.
Pupils were treated to a musical feast during our whole school assembly on Wednesday 12th July.
Year 4, who have been learning the guitar for two terms, showed of their musical prowess while pupils from Years 5&6 also showcased their talents to a captive audience.
Lenham Football Tournament...
Saturday 8th July saw the 20th Annual Lenham 5-a-side Football Tournament take place at Lenham Primary School. This was our last inter-school competition of the sporting year.
This popular event involved 5 teams from Headcorn School across the year 3/4 category and the 5/6 age range. (see more information on the School Sport page...)
Headcorn pupils travelled to the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford to take part in the WOKSSA Athletics Festival on Monday 26th June.
Children took part in a variety of events ranging from sprinting, long jump, javelin and hurdles. Against a variety of schools from the Weald of Kent area.
A large number of parents and carers stayed and cheered the team on in fine voice from the stadium.
Headcorn finished in 3rd place in the large schools section of the competition. Well done to all those who took part.
Kent School Games Hockey Finals...
Headcorn took part in the Kent School Games finals on Wednesday 21st June. A full report of how they got on will be featured on the School Sport pages in the near future.
Mote Park Cricket Tournament...
Find out how the Kwik Cricket team got on at the Mote Park event held on Tuesday 20th June by visiting the School Sport pages.
If you are interested in playing cricket at club level then the link below provides information about local clubs and other cricket workshops that are available to you over the school holidays and onward.
Pupils from Key Stage Two took part in pottery decorating workshops on Thursday 15th June.
Years 3 and 4 created plates which they designed and glazed to include healthy foods. Years 5 and 6 decorated tiles with images of British wildlife.
All these fantastic creations will be fired in our kiln and will go on display in school.
Fathers Day Breakfast...
Pupils were joined by male relatives and carers for a special Fathers Day breakfast on Tuesday 14th June.
Visitors tucked into delicious bacon rolls, tea and coffee to celebrate the occasion.
On Friday 19th May Headcorn School were joined by parents and staff as they visited The Big Cat Sanctuary, Smarden, to take part in a charity wildlife walk.
Each of our classes from Reception to Year 6 is named after a species of big cat that resides at the sanctuary and pupils got to see these amazing creatures up close and personal.
The Wildlife Heritage Foundation is set in the heart of the countryside in Kent and is not usually open to the general public.
The peace and tranquility of the site provides a sanctuary and excellent conditions for the successful breeding of the beautiful, yet endangered cats.
For more information about the important work that this organisation undertakes click on the following link www.thebigcatsanctuary.org
Building Work Continues...
Building work on the new part of Headcorn School continues at a rapid pace with the metal structure of this new area starting to take shape.
The photograph, taken by a drone, gives a good idea of the future of the site once everything has been completed.
Our school was recently inspected (March 2017) and our latest Ofsted report is now available to be viewed by following the link below.
We are extremely proud of our pupils, staff and the wider school community for their consistent and continued efforts that make Headcorn a great school - which was recognised on the day.
The inspector was very impressed with the pupils across the school. She praised their behaviour, respect of both adults and pupils, their infectious zest for their education and their ability to speak about their learning with confidence and a genuine sense of engagement and excitement. She also specifically mentioned their lovely sense of humour, their honesty and their desire and willingness to be a key part of school improvement.
This quote from the report epitomises the ethos of our school and is something we intend to maintain moving forward as we grow into a two form entry school:
‘Headcorn is a caring, friendly and happy school where pupils feel valued, behave well and enjoy all that they do.’
Tag Rugby Festival...
Headcorn took part in a Kent School Games Rugby Festival hosted by Cranbrook Rugby Club on Tuesday 2nd of May. (find out more on the School Sport pages...)
On Monday 24th April the school received a very special delivery from the Living Eggs company, in the form of ten brown chicken eggs.
These were swiftly transferred to an incubator and over the following days the eggs gradually hatched.
We now have ten chicks that we will be looking after over the next two weeks. The children have visited the incubator regularly and have recording any changes in the eggs and the chicks. This has been fascinating, and even the staff have been sneaking in to have a look at the chicks whenever they can.
Pupils at Headcorn were joined by some special visitors on Monday 27th March, as two lambs came to visit the school. Children had the opportunity to ask questions and find out a bit more about the animals.
Some very lucky children even got to feed the lambs with milk from a bottle. Their names were 28 and 8. The two lambs were twins. Everyone was very excited about having them in school!
Headcorn took part in a Netball Tournament on Tuesday 14th March. A full list of results from the competition can be viewed on the School Sport pages.
Well done to all those who took part in the event, especially the Headcorn A team who finished in second place.
Our Hockey team has recently taken part in a festival held at Marden Hockey Club on Tuesday 7th March, to find out more click on the Extra Curricular tab and go to the School Sport pages.
World Book Day...
Thank you to everyone who braved coming to school in their PJs for World Book Day. (Thursday 2nd March.)
We had a lot of fun reading together with parents and carers in the afternoon snuggled down on the Club Oasis beanbags. The combination of warm weather, fluffy dressing gowns and teddies to cuddle made for a lot of yawning as well as sharing of bedtime stories.
New Age Kurling...
Headcorn took part in a New Age Kurling Tournament held at the Weald Sports Centre in Cranbrook on Tuesday 7th February.
Further details can be viewed regarding a 'championship winning' performance on the School Sport pages.
New Jumpers Arrive...
Pupils whom represent the school in various ways received their very own personalized school jumper on Monday 6th February.
Now its very easy to tell which children are members of the respective Learning and Sports Councils here at Headcorn School. House Captains also have the honor of wearing a special school jumper.
We hope that these smart new uniforms will help our council members to continue to do their job throughout the school.
Safer Internet Day...
Although at Headcorn School we consider every day to be a Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 7th February is celebrated as the national Safer Internet Day.
Special assemblies were held for both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two and classes took part in activities throughout the day, which highlighted the careful use of images online.
Pupils will also be preparing for a Safer Internet Parent Assembly, which will take place on Friday 10th February.
Kent School Games - Indoor Athletics January 2017
On Thursday 26th January pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in a Kent School Games Indoor Athletics event held at the Weald of Kent Sports Centre.
Find out more via the School Sport pages...
What Will Be Your NEW YEAR Digital Resolution?
Many people use the start of the New Year to have a resolution for the coming twelve months, but why not also have a “digital resolution” that you and your family could try and uphold over 2017.
Below are some ideas for resolutions you could implement at home to help you be more mindful, focus on what is important and get the most out of media and technology…
Why not have device free dinners? There is lots of research that show the benefits of eating together but the simple act of leaving your devices off the table -- just a few times a week -- allows you to role-model good digital habits (and actually talk to your family).
When it comes to media, think quality not quantity. Instead of counting up every minute your child spends watching YouTube, strive for a balance of online and offline activities throughout the week. Help your family to find high-quality movies, TV shows, apps, games, and books so their screen time has some nutritional value.
Use media for relationship strengthening. While there are concerns that media isolates us, it can absolutely bring us together -- if you take advantage of how it connects you. If you don’t already, why not try videochatting, scrolling through digital photo albums together, playing video games, and even sharing music playlists to bond with your family.
Don’t ban, have a plan. Keep an open mind about your children’s media and tech, and accept the important -- and often beneficial -- role they play in your family life. When you have clear lines of communication, you can slip in your messages. Create a family media plan to ensure that children stick to limits. Encourage them to behave positively online and be up standing digital citizens. Talk to them about what they watch, play, create, and read.
Seek out diverse characters. Exposure to a variety of types of people increases tolerance and acceptance and dispels dangerous stereotypes. Being able to get along with all types of people is a skill that will help children whether they're interacting online or in the real world.
Raise media savvy children. If 2016 was the year that fake news went viral, make 2017 the year your family learns how to view all media (not just "news") critically. Explain how to see through fake news, and teach children media smarts during breaking news.
Tighten your privacy. Take the time to insure that privacy settings are kept up to date. Ensure that you and your family have the latest versions of apps and software to protect yourself from harmful spyware.
Make sure children use strict privacy settings on social media, apps, and other accounts, and make sure they know not to share any personal information (name, age and address) with people they meet online. The ability to share anything at any time can be especially unpredictable between young adults, who may not be able to think through all the ways their posts can be used by others in negative ways.
Taken from Common Sense Media
Pupils took part in Christmas Jumper Day celebrations at school on Wednesday 14th December with children from all year groups wearing their finest Christmas attire.
In addition to this at lunchtime pupils enjoyed a full Christmas dinner. As school staff served the children with turkey and all the trimmings, followed by a selection of desserts and a full cheeseboard!!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
School of Rock
Pupils and Staff were treated to a musical extravaganza as the School of Rock performed during the morning of Wednesday 14th December.
Special guests TJ Rock, Falling Stars and the Crazy Monkey Bandits performed original pieces from their latest albums to a crowd of adoring fans.
The school was then treated to an amazing performance by the staff super group, Walt, Wilf and the MIM’s, who performed the rock classic Johnny B Good by Chuck Berry.
Lights Camel Action – A Strictly Nativity
Key Stage One performed, Lights Camel Action to parents and pupils from across the school, to rave reviews this week.
Lights, Camel, Action, tells the story of the Christmas Nativity through a series of dances and interviews with characters who witnessed the event as it unfolded in Bethlehem. Each performance was judged by the Donkey, the Inn-Keepers wife and sometimes rather harshly by Caesar.
This colourful production was a feast for the eyes and a great way to celebrate the start of the festive season here at Headcorn School. This production definitely gets more than a '7.'
Headcorn School, the 100th development!
Representatives from Headcorn’s Learning Council met with Kier and Scope on Tuesday 6th December, as further work progresses on the site in readiness for our new build and journey to becoming a larger school.
This is the 100th project that Kier and Scope have undertaken of this type and we look forward to the continued development of Headcorn School over the coming months.
Big Cat Assembly
On Wednesday 7th December pupils were visited by a guest from the Wildlife Heritage Funds, Big Cat Sanctuary which is based in Smarden.
Headcorn is partnering with the organisation, and in doing so, each class has been named as one of the rare breeds based at the sanctuary.
Our visitor came to talk about the big cats and gave us lots of information on the animal’s individual characteristics, personalities and names. She presented each year group with a personalized photograph and placard which will be displayed in class.
We hope to all visit the Big Cat Sanctuary in the New Year and meet some of these magnificent creatures in person.
Golden Crested Newts
Some very special visitors joined the school on Friday 2nd December during our Celebration Assembly. Anne Bristow from Headcorn Medical Surgery and Brian Banks from Flag Ecology joined the pupils to present a special award to a Year 5 pupil.
Jessie Mae was the winning entrant for the surgeries recent poster campaign. She had carefully designed a notice informing people about the Golden Crested Newts, which share their home with the site of the new village surgery.
The Golden Crested Newt is a protected species, its breeding grounds and habitat are protected by law.
Well done to Jessie Mae who has had her design made into a permanent notice, that will be displayed at the surgery in the near future.