Please find below events and occasions that have taken place over the last few months at Headcorn School.
Belated World Book Day...
Due to the recent inclement weather our World Book Day celebrations were moved to Wednesday 7th March.
Pupils and Staff from across the school came dressed as their favourite book characters. During the day lots of activities took place with teachers swapping classes to read their favourite stories to other pupils. In the hall a 'book swap' took place whereby children could bring in a book and swap it for another.
Activities continued through the week.
An enormous THANK YOU to the 50 plus parents, carers, staff and villagers who gathered together on Saturday morning to clear the school grounds in preparation for Monday morning opening.
This amazing volunteer army armed with shovels, spades, wheelbarrows and brooms tackled all paths, three entrances, two playgrounds and the car parks in under an hour and a half.
It was incredible and uplifting to be a part of...such community spirit. #GoTeamHeadcorn
Introducing the Keeler Building...
In honor of a member of the Headcorn School community who embodies our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Courage, Compassion and Hope our brand new key stage two building has been named after our long serving Chairman of Governors, Mr Jack Keeler.
This ceremony took place on Tuesday 9th February with the buildings official opening to take place at a later date.
Congratulations Mr Keeler!
Monday 5th February was an exciting day for the pupils at Headcorn School as children got to look around our new building for the first time.
This building, will become home to Years 3,4,5 & 6 and will be a great new resource to our site, as Headcorn continues on its journey to becoming a full two form entry school.
The new area also features an additional hall space, which will be used for a range of activities by all children from both key stages. Its been a long time in the making but we cant wait to start populating this new space and making it our own.
New Age Kurling...
On Tuesday 6th February a team of year 3 and 4 children went to a New Age Kurling Tournament at the Weald Sports Centre, there was no pressure to perform well but we did win the trophy last year!
Find out how the team got on by viewing the School Sport pages...
Football Match vs Oaks Academy...
The second of our Maidstone league fixtures took place on Tuesday 6th February and was against Oaks Academy. Find out how we got on by visiting the School Sport pages.
Headcorn played Loose Primary School on Tuesday 23rd January in the Maidstone Schools League, an event kindly organised by Greenfields Community School. Find out how they got on by visiting the School Sport pages.
Find out how well our swimming team did at the recent swimming gala that took place at Benenden Girls School on Thursday 18th January. A full report can be viewed on the School Sport pages.
A Rockin' Merry Christmas...
Children at Headcorn School were treated to a visit from the God’s of Rock on Friday 15th December as various headline acts performed for the pupils and staff.
The school was treated to outstanding musical performances from bands such as; The Wannabe Wallabies, William and the Conquerors, The Musical Pandas and finally headline act Crazy Monkey Bandits, with their hit song Monkey Chutney.
All this before the Teacher Super Group took to the stage performing a plethora of hit songs that got the whole assembly hall rocking. We look forward to reading reviews in the latest addition of the NME.
Kent School Games, Basketball @ Cranbrook School...
Under the warm fluorescent glow of the gymnasium lights of Cranbrook School, Headcorn took part in a Kent School Games Basketball competition on Wednesday 29th November. With so many children wanting to take part we were able to field both an A and B team at this event. Teams were made up of a mixture of year 5 and 6 pupils, who really complimented each other with their styles of play.
Read more information on the School Sport Pages...
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.