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10 July 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

School Fete – I cannot express my gratitude enough to the band of parents who put so much effort into the organisation and running of the school fete. It was a fabulous event with so much to do and with a lovely feel. Everyone kept saying how brilliant it was and how well it was attended. I would like to say a huge thank you to the office holders of the committee; Rebecca, Natalie and Susie who have driven so many events this year. Please don’t think I have forgotten you if I haven’t named you personally as thanks go to you all.

Tearfund – Thank you for helping to raise £92.58 for Tearfund through the school fundraising during Lent. We have received a letter of thanks saying that the donation will help farmers in Nigeria.

School Website – We have a new school website that is about to go live any day. Please log on and tell us what you think of it: Much hard work has gone into the production of this new website and thanks go to Mr Mark Hayman for the technical side and to Mrs Anna Kerman for organising and advising on the photographic side. I hope you all enjoy browsing the content.

School Uniform – Several children are wearing trainers or sliders to school. Please be aware that ALL parents of children in this school have signed the Home School Agreement in which you have agreed to send your child to school in school uniform. Footwear is black or brown shoes (no trainers). Please make sure everyone comes back to school in September wearing the proper uniform.

Secondary School Places – Congratulations to Year 6 who have been offered places at the following secondary schools.

Cranbrook School


Frewen College


High Weald Academy


Robertsbridge Community College


Skinners Kent Academy


Uplands Community College


We hope that Year 6 will be happy at their new schools and we wish them lifelong happiness and success.

Headlice – Headlice continue to be a problem in all schools (not just Hawkhurst) so please continue to be vigilant with your checking and treating, if necessary.

Snapchat warning – Schools are warning parents that a new location-sharing feature in Snapchat could put children at risk. Snap Map lets users share their exact location with people on their “friends” list in real time. The map raises “serious safeguarding concerns” because children could be tracked on the map. Snap, the company behind Snapchat, says the feature is opt-in and can be switched off at any time. Some schools have criticised the accuracy of the location-sharing feature, with one warning that it could be used to “build up a picture of home addresses, travel routes, schools and workplaces”. While location information is shared only with people on your “friends” list, that could include people you do not actually know, such as friends met on other apps and websites.’ The National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (Ceop) has published guidance for parents who want to know more about Snapchat and Snap Map.

Cranbrook Out of School Club – have asked us to publicise the following information:

We will be opening for 4 weeks, Tuesdays to Thursdays

July 25th-27th

Aug 1st-3rd, 8th-10th, 15th-17th

Full day 9am -6pm is £23.50

Half days and breakfast also available

We have our own setting with outside play area in the grounds of Cranbrook Primary School and all staff have enhanced DBS certificates and are qualified First Aiders. We run a breakfast and out of school club in term time and have been open since 2005.

For enquiries and bookings please telephone: 01580 720437 or email:

Sun cream and sun hats for sports day – please apply sun cream before your child comes to school on Tuesday. Children may wear PE kit all day and please send them with a bottle of water. Drinks and refreshments will be served to the children by Lisa Ridley from Tesco, as part of Tesco’s outreach work.

Parents may wish to bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Sports Day starts at 1.30 on the school field and the gates will open at 1.15. At the end of the proceedings children will be dismissed from their classrooms onto the back playground in the usual way.

Reading books and Library Books – please return all books by Monday 17th July so that we can stock take.

Parent Questionnaires – It is always useful to have feedback on how well we are doing at Hawkhurst C.E. Primary School and to that end I ask you to complete the questionnaire issued today. Your responses can remain anonymous, however, it would be very useful to know which class your child is in e.g. a comment relating to homework may not be applicable to every class in the school.

All questionnaires returned by next Monday 17th July will be entered into a Prize Draw and the winners (one for each Key Stage) will receive a free place for their child at one of the sports clubs run by Premier Sport after school. The free place will run from September to December 2017.


  • Open Afternoon is next Monday (17th) from 2.30 to 4.00. Please come and see your children’s work.
  • Play performed by Violet Class starts at 6.30 pm in the school hall on Tuesday 18th and again on Wednesday 19th All parents are welcome to attend. Tickets are not required.
  • Children will spend some time with their new teachers during the morning of Thursday 20th July
  • Leavers’ Service starts at 1.30 in St Laurence Church on Friday 21 July. We will leave school at 12.45 to walk up to church, if parents would like to walk with us. Lunch will be served as usual but please send packed lunches in a disposable bag.
  • Parent Governor Election ballot papers should be returned by noon on Thursday 20 July.

Staff who are leaving at the end of term – there are a number of staff who will be leaving Hawkhurst C.E. Primary School at the end of term. Mrs Whitehead our school cook will be leaving Caterlink, Mr Heath is moving to teach in an Academy and Miss Lewis and Miss Meyritz are moving on. They have all made massive contributions to the school and I would like to send them all good wishes and grateful thanks.

Additional News

Apologies are now offered to Mrs Ayling who was omitted from the list of staff who are leaving the school at the end of this term. Mrs Ayling came to the school in April on a fixed term contract pending an appointment of a year 2 teacher. She has worked incredibly hard and is loved by all the children – thank you!

Sports Day Weather – it appears that there is a possibility of rain tomorrow afternoon, although rain is predicted after school finishes. A decision about the suitability of the field will be made at 12.30pm and a text will be sent out anyway to advise if it is on or off.

Wishing you and your families a relaxing holiday. Children return to school on Wednesday 6 September.

Yours sincerely



E Hatcher