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Ian Rothery

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: As we come to the end of this term many of the classes will be showcasing the wonderful work and learning they have been doing for the last six weeks around the theme of Curious Creations. Parents and carers have been invited into school to join their children for our open afternoons. The Year 2 classes are producing pizza to sell, the Year 1 class have written their own Billy Goats Gruff stories to share, the Year 4 class is putting on a performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the Year 5 class are mounting their own art exhibition. Learning is never dull at South Malling.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: As the temperatures dropped and the snow began to fall last week, there was a buzz of excitement in school. On Friday morning, once Mr Vinall had done an amazing job shoveling snow at the crack of dawn to make sure the site was safe for us, the children spent a wonderful playtime making snowmen, ice factories and skating rinks on the playground. One of our 6 year olds was delighted that he had been able to make the second snowman of his whole life. In assembly the children were told they could play in the snow but not throw snowballs as it was too dangerous with so many children. It was a testament to the respect, understanding and trust in our school that nobody did throw a snowball and everybody enjoyed a fun, happy and truly magical playtime.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Parents often tell us that the way we teach maths is so very different to the way they were taught it when they were at school.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: At the end of last term you may have noticed that the builders had moved in if you were passing by the school. During the holidays they have worked tirelessly, installing a much needed new lighting system across the whole school. The upgrade in the corridor has required a completely new ceiling to be fitted, plastered and decorated. The result is quite dramatic and we now realise how dark the old lights were. The works have not been without their troubles, a flood in one classroom, plaster dust across the school, displays dismantled and the alarm systems crashing on Christmas Eve. Mrs Warren and Mr Vinall have been real heroes, sorting out the problems, cleaning up and opening the school, up early in the morning and locking up late at night every day except for Christmas and Boxing Days. We are really lucky to have such committed and caring people on our staff team who go the extra mile for our school. We really hope they can know how much we appreciate and value what they do for us all.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: As we start 2019, lots of us will be making New Year resolutions many of which will centre around improving ourselves, our health and our lifestyles. At South Malling we are no exception! As you may know, all state schools receive a pot of funding to promote healthy and active lifestyles in children. This is given on the back of Government concern about increasing rates of childhood obesity and associated illnesses and concern about young people’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as recognition that children are generally less active now than in the past. We are continuing to use this money to support our children in learning about healthy lifestyle choices and to develop and increase the amount of sport and PE provision in school. In September, after training the staff, we introduced an exciting new PE curriculum to increase physical activity. We have also seen how outdoor learning has a huge benefit on our children’s physical and emotional wellbeing, so we are really keen to develop this provision through our wonderful Space to Learn, Space to Grow project. But we still need extra funds to complete it. Please vote for us. Tesco customers vote in-store for a local project, using the blue token given to them at the checkout. You will receive one blue token per transaction (please ask for a token if you are not given one). Then pop your token in the South Malling voting box. Thank you.

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TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). This Sunday there will be an All Age Service, led by Dianne Hamilton, and Revd Jules Middleton will be speaking. Music will be led by Martin Dyer with the contemporary music group. The focus of teaching will be on children, who take part in the whole service this week. The service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.

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TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). After a Good Christmas Season, with good attendances for most services, Trinity is settling down to its second year of existence. On Sunday, at South Malling, there is a fairly relaxed (informal) Service of Holy Communion, and Revd Jeremy Bamber will be asking the question, ‘Why do people believe in God when there is little evidence that He exists?’ The question will challenge those who are already Christians, to examine the basis of their faith and for those who are unsure, provide an opportunity to consider one of the biggest questions about Human existence. All are welcome. There is good provision for children in the Sunday Club. They rejoin their parents for communion, before the end. As always, the service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: says,“After a very busy, and a very successful, term, we finished for the Christmas holidays this week with a wonderful Nursery and Reception Nativity, the Key Stage 1 Church service, two Key Stage 2 Carol concerts and our much loved Talent Show. We would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing the children again on Monday 7th January 2019!”

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: We’ve had another busy, Christmas-themed week at school. We have all enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch, the Key Stage 1 Christmas performance Lights, Camel, Action, the Secret Present shop, and today is the Christmas Fair organised by the fantastic Friends of South Malling. Although this time of year can be very hard work in schools with such a lot going on, it is also a very magical and special time bringing people together and helping us reflect on the warmth and support in our community.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Last week we welcomed prospective parents to our lovely school. Our Year 6 pupils did an amazing job as ambassadors, showing parents round the school and answering their questions. They were a credit to our school and demonstrated the South Malling character strengths of professionalism, humanity and eloquence really well. This week we are beginning our Christmas celebrations and will be looking forward to enjoying several events and activities with parents, carers and families. Each class will be having a decoration morning in which the children and many of their parents, will be making creative, mathematical and recyclable decorations for the school whilst they sing along to Christmas songs. By next week the festive spirit will really be upon us as we start our nativity performance for Key Stage 1, Lights, Camel, Action and our choir go to sing at Glyndebourne as part of the Big Sing Festival. The festive season has arrived.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: We were delighted to find out this week that the Friends of South Malling have been awarded a grant of £5,000 from the Southover Manor Trust. This money will be used for our exciting outdoor project, Space to Learn, Space to Grow. We can now begin to design and build fire pits, vegetable plots and den areas on the school field. We were also very pleased that our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme was successful and we were selected as one of three projects which will be voted for in-store, during January and February. If we win the most votes we will raise £4,000 towards our project. A huge thank you to the Friends of South Malling for all the amazing and highly successful grant applications. The funds will make an enormous difference to what we can provide for the children of South Malling.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Once again the children of South Malling school amazed us with their creativity and humanity when they took part in Children in Need, last Friday. Representatives from all the Key Stage 2 classes created games and stalls for the mega-market sale in the Hall. All the classes had the chance to come and spend their money, play games and then eat their winnings. They all had great fun and raised a lot of money in the process (we are still counting it). Everybody also enjoyed dressing up in their yellow and spotty clothes. A huge thank you to Miss Schulte for organising the event and well done South Malling pupils.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: On Friday the whole school came together for a Remembrance assembly. The Year 5 children led the school in thinking about the importance of remembering those who served in World War 1. They specifically explained the role and significance of the Indian and West Indian soldiers, many of whom were hospitalised in the Brighton Pavilion and commemorated at the Chattri memorial on the Downs. The children read some moving poems based on their research and the whole school joined them in singing It’s a Long Way to Tipperary. They showed great respect and compassion throughout a very special assembly.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Is looking forward to welcoming parents of children due to start school in September 2019, ‘to look around our lovely school on Wednesday November 28 at 2pm, and Thursday November 29 at 10am.’ Head Teacher, Mrs O’Donohugh, says, ‘If you are unable to make either of these dates, please contact the school so we can arrange an appointment for you.’ Also, the school is delighted,’that we are able to commemorate Remembrance Day this year, on the 100th anniversary, with an assembly featuring the stunning work completed by the Year 5 class as part of their Trench Brothers project at the Dome. They will read their poems, sing songs and explain the significant contribution of the Indian soldiers during the war.’

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The head teacher, Mrs O’Donoghue, looks back to the school’s Harvest Festival before the Holidays, and says: Thank you to all our parents and carers for the many donations of food for our Harvest assembly. During the assembly, we sang a selection of modern and traditional songs, enjoyed performances and prayers based on Bible themes from the children in Years 2 and 4 and listened to an inspiring talk from Dianne from Trinity about inequalities in the distribution of food and wealth around the world. After the assembly, the food was packed up by our very efficient Year 6 children and distributed to the Newhaven Foyer. Thank you. Since September we have also been harvesting our own crops. There has been an abundance of apples in our orchard which the children have enjoyed tasting and the Year 1 children made a delicious apple pie with them. Thank you to Mrs Swan for arranging a beautiful Harvest display in our entrance hall, which was enjoyed by the school and by members of South Malling Church when they came for their Sunday Service held at the school.

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TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). This Sunday there is a service of Morning Praise, led by the Associate Vicar Revd Jeremy Bamber, who will be preaching on the final Chapter of Revelation: Chapter 22. Somewhat surprisingly (from the book’s reputation) this has been a very interesting, even impressive sermon series and is all set to end very positively. On a sad note however, regular members of the congregation will be sorry to hear of the death of Peggy Jones on Monday Morning (October 22). Peggy has been a Malling resident and a member of the congregation since she moved from London in the early 1980s. A while ago, she left her home in Spences Field and moved to a flat in St Thomas Court in Cliffe. In her last few weeks she has been cared for in Baron’s Down Nursing Home. Those who know her will remember her as a loyal and outspoken Christian woman, a regular and determined attender, often leading the prayers in church and always identifying the right subjects and a model of clarity and succinctness. Details of her funeral will be reported when available. It will be at Trinity South Malling Church.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Head teacher, Jo O’Donoghue, says: We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Mark, Bronze Award for the 2017/18 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 participation includes the Primary Schools Swimming Gala, Year 5/6 Football League, Year 5/6 Netball League, Year 4 Basketball Tournament, Year 6 Dance Workshop, District Sports/Cross Country, Badminton Festival, Tennis Festival, Wallands Netball Tournament, Southover Football Tournament, Lewes Primary Schools Dance Showcase and Chance to Shine Cricket. With a total of 80 KS2 pupils representing South Malling and competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil 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. We look forward to applying again in 2019. Well done South Malling.

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TRINITY AT SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). This Sunday combines Harvest with the children’s Family Service and takes place in Malling School Hall beginning as usual at 9.30am.

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TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a Harvest Craft Morning for children, from 10am to noon. It will be followed by a barbecue in the church grounds, from noon to 2pm (children £1 and adults £3). On Sunday, the informal Communion Service will be led by the Revd Jules Middleton, who will also be giving the talk (on Revelation 20) with music led by the church music group. Children go to their own activities during the sermon. The service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: This term, the Year 5 Emerald Eagles have kicked off their year with a timely and very engaging learning journey focusing on World War One, continuing and building on their participation in the Trench Brothers project. This project brings the First World War to life for students through the experiences and personal stories of an Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British Soldiers. Last term, whilst in Year Four, the children took part in various immersive workshops and learned about the stories of Manta Singh and Khudedad Khan, who was the first South Asian recipient of the Victoria Cross. The children’s creative responses are currently on show at Newhaven Fort until November 4, as part of the Trench Brothers exhibition. The culmination of this important project will see the children mark the approaching centenary of the end of the conflict, by performing in an exciting musical theatre production alongside professional actors and musicians and children from other local primary schools at Brighton Dome on Wednesday October 17.

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