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Ian Rothery

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Head Teacher, Mrs Jo O’Donoghue, writes: As another very busy term drew to a close last week, the key stage 2 children were able to take a morning out of school to reflect on the meaning of Easter for Christians when they went down to South Malling Church for our Easter service. This year the children explored the themes of Service and Salvation from the Easter story and thought about how they might relate these to their own lives. They read poems, sang songs and showed some wonderful Art Work. Neil, the children’s minister from Trinity, also explained all the many different ways that Trinity serves the Community. A big thank you to Miss Harrison for organising a very thought-provoking service.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Last Friday, our Year 6’s took over the school. As part of the whole school behaviour treat, the Year 6 pupils took on the jobs of teachers, teaching assistants, caretaker, secretary, headteacher and deputy headteacher. Not only did they each need to teach a lesson to a class of their choosing, but the headteacher (Miss Lewis), led the whole of Friday Stars assembly and then wrote the Head’s report to governors whilst the deputy grappled with a timetabling issue and the caretakers made sure we all had supplies of soap and paper towels. At playtime they had a well-earned cup of tea or coffee (decaffeinated) in their own ‘staffroom’. They all did a fantastic job and took their responsibilities really seriously, showing us that they have the making of great citizens for the future.

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TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church).This Sunday is Mothering Sunday, when in the past people were called to honour their Mother Church, perhaps where they were christened, perhaps in the town or village where their families still lived, though they had moved on. It is an appropriate gesture as we come towards the end of Lent, to remember our mothers and hopefully happy childhoods, paying some kind of homage to family and particularly parents and mothers, church and school. This week’s service at South Malling will be a cafe service led by Revd Jules Middleton, sociable, friendly and informal. Music will be provided by the music group. All are welcome. Children have their own teaching, after the opening and back for a pleasing conclusion, when flowers will be distributed. All are welcome as usual. The service begins at 9.30am.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Well done to our amazing Year 6 swimmers who participated in the Lewes Schools Swimming Gala on March 7 at Ringmer pool. Racing against eight other schools, the competition was tough. However, with grit and professionalism, the South Malling Team put in a fantastic performance and finished in third place. The children were awarded their bronze medals in Stars Assembly. Congratulations to Iford and Kingston School, who were overall winners. Also a big thank you Mrs Harley and Mrs Poulter for their help on the day.

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TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). This Sunday the service will be Holy Communion, led by Revd Steve Daughtery, Vicar of the three churches. Steve will be speaking on Partnership. The service begins at 9.30am. As usual, children have their own Sunday Club, after joining the adults at the beginning and end of the service. They join their parents at the end for Communion. All are welcome.

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SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Term 4 is the time of year when we start to discuss what we need to work on for the coming year, in preparation for our new budget in April. Unfortunately, our plans for the next school year will be severely restricted by a much reduced budget. As you are probably aware, East Sussex County Council have announced huge cuts to all budgets and will only be able to provide what they call a ‘core’ service. This, combined with the loss of our double class last year, has had a devastating impact on our own school’s budget. We are now faced with some very difficult decisions about what we can provide for our children. At South Malling we will of course continue to put high quality teaching and learning at the heart of all we do and will strive to do our best in increasingly difficult circumstances.

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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Everyone in Malling should have received voting cards for their Neighbourhood Plan. You can get an introduction to the plan using www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk. (Other contact details are also available on the back of the voting card which you should have received through your letter boxes). The vote takes place on Thursday March 7. Councillor John Lamb urges everyone to vote: ‘The poll is a straight yes or no to accept or reject the plan’. ‘Please vote yes,’ he asks, ‘there are good things in it, such as the idea of Lewes Low Cost Housing, the price of which is based on what people in the town on average earnings can actually afford’. The Greens, in their recent circular also ask people to vote: ‘The plan gives us more say in how Lewes is developed. They also warn: but it won’t be adopted unless a majority vote,Yes.

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TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). This week, Sunday worship begins with a joint breakfast which starts at 9am and finishes at 9.30am, when the service begins. This Sunday, there is an informal service of Morning Praise. The Associate Vicar responsible for South Malling, Revd Jeremy Bamber, will lead the service which introduces a series on the teaching of St Paul to the people of Colossae (eastern Turkey). He picks up the teaching that they have already begun to listen to and goes on to help them build Christian lives, firmly fixed in a sound understanding of who Christ is and what his teaching means to them. In the service as a whole, the breakfast kind of breaks the ice and helps people to get to know each other better, very appropriate when the teaching is about living and learning a new way of life. Children have their own activities during the service. All are welcome.

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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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