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.
TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). The service this Sunday will be Informal Communion. It will be led by Associate Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber, with the South Malling Music Group providing the music. Children are welcome and have their own teaching for the most part, though staying with their parents at the beginning, and returning at the end of the service.
RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Members have been objecting to cars parking on grass verges around the estate. A photo from Peter Marchant, shows a large grey car parked on a grass island, clearly showing plenty of parking space on the nearby road itself. It is tagged with the comment: ‘I wish people wouldn’t park on the Green’. Laura Parsons shows more cars, and vans, similarly parked on grassed space. Sarah Mann comments; ‘this is so not on,’ and Liz Kaye, complains that people also park on grass at the end of Hereward Way. Mike Boice suggests that we should plant more trees where this happens. Maintaining green space in Malling is a key element of the association’s plan for Malling, where they are arguing for the development of more open spaces, to combat the threat from infill, building. The misuse of what we already have, only weakens the developers’ case.