SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: This week saw the first of many of the school trips that are scheduled to take place this year. The Year 2 children visited South Malling church as part of their RE learning about places of worship. They enjoyed finding items that they had talked about in class, handling the communion vessels, and ringing the bells, as well as looking around the graveyard and sitting quietly for a while to get a sense of the spiritual quiet of Malling’s beautiful parish church, which is closely linked to the school. The Year 3 class had an exciting trip onto the Downs, learning more about the Stone Age. They carried out some Stone Age tasks such as flint knapping and fire starting, as well as learning about our local landscape and how it would have changed since prehistoric times. Next week the Year 4s are going out to Anne of Cleves’ House as part of their history learning about the Tudors. Also next week, the school is holding a workshop for parents to explain how they are going to assess the children now that there are no National Curriculum levels. South Malling staff have created their own exciting system that will mean they have a very accurate picture of each child’s progress. They hope parents/carers will join them on Tuesday to find out more.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: One of the Trinity churches, is now displaying a formal notice that it is seeking planning permission to put guttering around the roof. After last year’s successful refurbishing inside, they want to avoid the danger of damp eventually soaking through the walls, which in the past has led to paint flaking and plaster falling off. At the beginning of the year, the church was successful in gaining a grant to repair/improve the roof. The architect had already recommended guttering. This coming Sunday, the church will be marking the festival of St Michael the Archangel, who was named as its patron in Anglo Saxon times, when its predecessor, a Benedictine Monastery, was established to help bring Christianity to the land of the South Saxons. The service will be Holy Communion and it will be led by Associate Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber. It begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.

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