SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: The school term ends today, Friday, with Enterprise Day. Parents and carers are invited to come into school to see and then buy some of the products that have been made by the children during their Design Technology and Computing lessons this term. There is a wide variety of things on offer, including homemade bread, puppets, healthy snacks, shoebox houses and computer games created by the Year 6 children.

Two Year 4 children did a great job organising an RSPB Day on Thursday, to raise money for the charity as well as encourage children to ‘bird watch’. As well as wearing bird-related clothes as part of a non-uniform day, they provided a range of bird-based activities and led an assembly to inform the rest of the school.

The school wishes everybody a safe and enjoyable half term break and looks forward to starting Term 4 on Monday February 22.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Last Sunday’s Thanksgiving service was very positive and upbeat. The costs of future refurbishment are not daunting to a congregation which has already shown its commitment to making the church a bright and comfortable space for the community as a whole. The associate vicar set out a range of activities throughout the summer which will offer all Malling people a chance to use the space, to learn about the history of their parish and to provide more opportunities for children. Over the coming weeks, the church will be changing its patterns of worship to make sure it is welcoming to those who come only from time to time, and to provide a wider range of service. The coming together of the three Trinity Churches has been a prime mover in supporting this process, which is also in line with Chichester Diocese’s strategy for growth throughout East and West Sussex. This Sunday there is an all age Family Service at 9.30am, with the Trinity Children, Schools and Families Minister, Neil Chisnall. The theme is, The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy Ever After. All are welcome.

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