SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Head, Jo O’Donoghue says, ‘It was lovely to welcome some of our new Reception children this week. The Red Rabbits looked very smart in their new uniforms and have settled really quickly, exploring the school and playing new friends.’ Following a survey of staff, parents, governors and children the school has identified six core values for our school for 2015-16: Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Perseverance, Friendship and Equality. These values will be discussed and celebrated in assemblies and used as a focus in displays around the school. The school is looking forward to welcoming parents into their child’s class every week, to help them find out more about the homework that has been set and how to support their child to complete it. Next week the school council elections take place and the children of South Malling have a taste of democracy in action.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: (Now getting used to calling itself Trinity at South Malling). South Malling Church will be joining the other two Trinity Churches, Southover and St John’s, at 10.30am this Sunday, so there will be no service at South Malling this week. They are supporting the 11.15am congregation who are moving from Southover Church to worship, instead, at St John’s from this coming Sunday onwards. To accommodate everyone this Sunday, the service starts at 10.30am, though it will usually begin at 11.15am. Last Saturday, South Malling Church welcomed 23 people on the Ride and Stride tour, who had made it to South Malling, usually on their way to Ringmer and points north. As with Artwave, visitors are always surprised by the lovely, quiet church in its beautiful surroundings, where it has been, more or less, in one form or another, since the end of the sixth century. The last group to visit, around 4pm, had come from East Grinstead, they sat down with a welcome cup of tea to rest before their journey home and agreed that their long walk had ended on a very high note.