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Submitted by headteacher on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 23:20

Let’s celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day this Friday in Benenden & Iden Green by putting out the bunting, ringing the bells, toasting the heroes of WWII from our front gardens and singing along with Vera Lynn.

The village timetable

  • Flags will be raised on the village green flagpole and on the church for the day and flowers will be left on the Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard and at the war memorial.
  • 11am: Two-minute silence
  • 11:15am: VE Day livestream: listen to stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, as well as recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.
  • 2.45-3.45pm: BBC One Special Programme including the nation’s toast at 3pm. Break out the bubbles and join in a village-wide toast from your front door
  • 7pm: St George’s Church bells rung by Rod & Karen Lebon, so join in from home in any way you can. The church will be floodlit until midnight.
  • 8.00pm-9.10pm: BBC One Special Programme includes the ‘Cry for Peace’ and ‘Tribute’ and Singalong with Vera Lynn. Why not join with neighbours and sing from your front gardens.


Useful links:

- Plan your VE Day party with original recipes

- Toolkit to make your own bunting and posters

- Dan Snow’s VE Day Challenge

- Royal British Legion website with lots of information and learning packs

- We’ll meet again lyrics



Story Writing Competition

Submitted by headteacher on Monday, February 10, 2020 - 23:35

Before Christmas, the children were given the opportunity to enter a Christmas Story Writing Competition run by Cranbrook Rotary Club. We were one of 22 schools in the area that entered stories. Stories were chosen from each year group across the 22 schools and prizes were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The judges had trouble choosing between some stories and a new category of Highly Commended was created. In our celebration assembly, Norman Freestone came to award the children who had been chosen with book tokens.

Well done to all children who took the time to write and enter their stories and congratulations to the following children who won a prize:
Year 6 Archie 2nd prize, Tommy 3rd
Year 5 Sevvie Highly Commended
Year 4 Sophie 2nd prize
Year 2 Ella 3rd prize

Don't forget to get writing for the Radio 2 500 word story competition!

Christingle Service

Submitted by headteacher on Friday, January 31, 2020 - 18:13

It was lovely to see so many of you in Church today for our very special Christingle Society. The children thoroughly enjoyed making their own Christingle-thank you to Reverend David Commander and his team for preparing everything. The children read and sang beautifully.

Every year we collect donations for the Children's Society , a charity devoted towards changing the wellbeing and lives of young people all over the country.  This year it is their 50th Anniversary.   Thank you all for your donations - we will let you know how much we raised next week.  If you would still like to donate money, please bring it in to school and hand it in to the school office or class teaching team. 

Parent Support – Drop in

Submitted by headteacher on Monday, January 27, 2020 - 22:01


 Would you like the opportunity to chat about emotional support, behaviour guidance, boundaries and establishing routines at home?


Pop in for a coffee with Mrs Brook and volunteers from the support group, Parents Supporting Parents


Date:           Monday 10th February 2020

Time:           8.45am (after drop off)

Location:     Library


Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be provided!



Submitted by headteacher on Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 23:31

Well Done to everyone for talking part in our Dance-a-thon on Thursday last week. We raised a massive £1,000 for our chosen charity Starfish Malawi.

A huge ‘Thank You’ to Mrs Plewes who organized the day so successfully. We saw some great dance moves!!

Young Voices Concert

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 16:51

Yesterday 22 children and 3 adults left Benenden to journey to London to take part in the Young Voices Concert at the 02. We picked up the choir and staff from Goudhurst on the way which added to the excitement of our adventure. The concert as always was amazing; the energy in the stadium was quite electric and the children were an absolute joy. Indeed, all the children were impeccably behaved; what a wonderful community we are and what an adventure we all had. A huge thank you must go to Mrs Brook, Miss Harris and Mrs Deshmukh-Hayes for accompanying the children on the day and a special thank you to Mrs Brook and Miss Harris for leading and preparing the choir. Please see below an email that I received from a parent:

"Good morning

I trust you had a good nights sleep and have recovered a little from the monumental effort of taking the children to Young Voices. I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you both for giving the children such a fantastic life affirming experience. I know it’s lots of extra work and I wanted you to know how much our daughter enjoyed it and how much we appreciate it. When we got into the O2, the atmosphere was electric and excitement palpable - the whole experience was joyous.

Once again thank you."

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