Welcome to Bishops Down
"Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"
Autumn 2016 Open Mornings and Afternoon for Reception 2017 and Nursery
The three Open sessions we had this term for parents interested in Reception Year 2017 were so popular that we have decided to hold another session the first back after half term. Parents who are also interested in our Nursery Provision for intake in 2017 and early 2018 are also invited to join us on:-
Thursday, 3rd November - 9.30am
Please can you let the school office know if you would like to attend so we are aware of numbers. These meetings are designed for adults only - thank you. The office number is: 01892 520114. We look forward to meeting you.
Bishops Down Assessment Data Compared to Kent and National Data 2016 can be viewed by clicking here. Please also look at School Results under the Information tab above for more data outcomes for our pupils.
What's been happening so far in Term 1?
Food and Fashion Festival
On Friday, 21st October the school hosted its first ever Food & Fashion Festival! We are so fortunate to have a multi-cultural community here at Bishops Down and we can’t wait to celebrate all of our cultures through food and fashion!
Children turned up for school dressed in clothes from a culture that they picked - below is a photo of children chosen from each class who they thought looked fantastic!
At the end of the day each classroom was designated a different country, parents and children were able to try a variety traditional foods from all over the world. Thank you to all our staff, parents and children for dressing up and making such amazing cultural food dishes. We all had a great time.
Disability Awareness Day
On Monday 17th October Bishops Down Primary School took part in a Disability Awareness Day. The reason for the day firstly, was to celebrate our strengths and the things that make us unique. We are so proud of our inclusive school and the range of needs we make superb provision for.
1. To highlight everyday barriers
2. To underline the idea of respecting differences between people
3. To understand that there are laws and obligations around this (Equality Act, etc)
4. To be able to reflect on our strengths and difficulties
The school welcomed two visitors from Valence School, Jake and Kirsty. They are both 18 and use power chairs. Jake and Kirsty visited year 5, 4, and 3 to have question and answer sessions. The children from BD were thoughtful and reflective. Jake and Kirsty were inspiring, honest and confident. It was an incredibly moving day.
All the classes took part in different activities to explore different forms of disability, including visual impairment, physical disability, hearing impairment, dyslexia and dyspraxia. The children reflected on their learning and enjoyed taking ‘thought bubbles’ home to share their experiences with their families.
Carlo in Hazel class commented: ‘People with disability are no different to us. We can all do a lot of things. Nothing is impossible, always believe in yourself’
Cross Country Tournament
Children from Bishops Down represented the school at the annual Cross Country Event at Somerhill School in Tonbridge on Friday, 7th October. Well done team you did brilliantly!
Charity Day at School
Update re Brainstrust day below. The school raised over £280 for this amazing charity. Well done everyone!
On Friday, 30th September the school will be supporting Brainstrust, a UK based brain tumour support charity. A £1.00 donation per child is suggested for students to come to school in their own clothes trying to make their unique look as grey as possible. This can be a little accessory or go the full way with your whole outfit! Thank you all for your support towards this great charity.