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Term 6


Year 2 Trip to Hastings


Year 2 visited the Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings during the last week of term and had a great day.  They really enjoyed seeing all the fish and marine life in the aquarium, enjoyed a lovely beach lunch and were super excited to go on a coach - their first trip due to Covid restrictions over the last couple of years.  Happy times!




Year 5 Campout


Year 5 had a very successful and enjoyable campout at school on July 7th and 8th.  Our thanks to Really Wild Education for ensuring they had a fantastic 2 days.  The children embraced all elements of forest school skills and games and fun was had by all.



Library Grand Opening


On Friday, 8th July we opened our new library - The Story Kingdom Library.   The PSA have been fundraising and raised £10,000 to redecorate, refurbish and restock our new library. We are grateful to all our stakeholders, especailly our parents, who have raised the money through competitions and events.  We would also like to say thank you to Gail's Bakery - - for their very generous donation of a new floor in the library and to The Mason Foundation Charity - - for their monetrary donation.  


Our new library was opened by the cutting of the red ribbon by Mrs Owen, Headteacher, and two children from our school who, this academic year, have made amazing progress in reading.  Well done to Belle from Year 3 and Archie from Year 1 - very well deserved.   Lastly our thanks to Mrs Kyte, HLTA, who spearheaded this project on behalf of the school and Mrs Wood-Lynch and Mrs Ahmed, TAs, who helped Mrs Kyte over many hours so the children of Bishops Down can enjoy many years of reading in their wonderful new library. Thank you all.


The Story Kingdom Library - opened Summer 2022


Dunorlan Park Colour Run


Friday, 1st July - a very excited day for selected Bishops Down pupils, being part of the Dunorlan Park Colour Run!  They all showed great determination to get over the finish line! Bishops Down had 5 children finish in the top 10 out of 50 in their particular race.  Best part - we all got covered in paint!  Great day.


The Amelia Scott Culture Centre

On Monday, 27th June, Year 3 went on a successful school trip to The Amelia Scott Culture Centre in Tunbridge Wells (locally known as just The Amelia)  as part of their science curriculum.  The children took part in exciting activities and were able to look at, and investigate, dinosaur bones found from the local area.  Year 3 also made their own fossils using setting clay and worked as paleontologists back at school digging out fossils.

The Amelia is open to all parents and children and is an amazing local resource.  It has free entry and we urge you to visit.



Swimming Gala


Thursday, 23rd June:  Children from Years 5 and 6 represented Bishops Down at the annual Tunbridge Wells Primary Swimming Gala.  The children did incredibly well, they worked hard and overcame their nerves resulting in them achieving personal goals, excelling in team work and of course having fun! Thank you to Mrs Tizzard and Mrs Parks for organising our entry and guiding our children to do their best.  Great job!



Year 5 and 6 - Singing Festival


On Tuesday, 21st June, years 5 & 6 participated in the Tunbrdige Wells Singing Festival held at the Assembly Halls in town.  Thank you to Mrs Kyte for organsing our amazing entry at this event.  Our children enjoyed the collaboration with other schools and had an amazing time. Well done to all involved.



KS1 Intrasport


On 17th June, KS1 children took part in a fun filled Intrasport event at the school.   An external company called Tonbridge and West Kent Sports Partnership visited the school and the children took part in lots of activities.    Here they are trying archery which is what they enjoyed the most!     



Sports Day 2022


We have kick started term 6 with our Sports Day.  Well done Derwent House (blue) for winning the most house points and receiving the 2022 Sport Day Trophy.  We were so lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy a lovely picnic lunch with our parents and all the children.  Our thanks to Mr George, year 2 class teacher and PE lead, for organising a truly wonderful day for staff and children.



Term 5


Whole School Jubilee Tea Party


Today, on the last day of term, Friday 27th May, the whole school came together for a Jubilee Tea Party.   Cake, sandwiches, biscuits and crisps were served and we also planted a commemorative apple tree, kindly donated by the PSA, to mark her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.



Football Tournament

The school football team took part in the annual Tunbridge Wells Schools Football Tournament on Saturday, 21st May. We started strong with a fantastic cross from Matthew which Will got his head to leading to our first goal and win! We were knocked out of a spot in the final by strong Beechwood and Groombridge teams. 

We are proud to say this team did win the league this year, along with Tom, Zak, Julia and Alec. We would like to thank Peter for his commitment to football and our school.

Year 6 Residential Trip


Year 6 had a wonderful time on their residential trip earlier this term.  The days were packed full of challenges and activities which all the children really rose to.



We have received some wonderful comments from parents including this one, ‘Thank you for leading such a wonderful residential trip with all of your usual care and support for all. He had a wonderful time! His dad asked him to give it a score out of 100 and he said definitely 100!’.  We are so proud of what they have all achieved!


The children in Year 6 said:




Essex Outdoors Mersea said:

To: Bishops Down Year 6,

"The team at Essex Outdoors Mersea would like to say a "huge well" done for being such a friendly, respectful and hard-working team, You should all be very proud of everything that you achieved during your stay with us. We were all so impressed with your team work, effort and resilience throughout the week and so many instructors had individual stories to tell. You were all a pleasure to work with and we can honestly say that when we saw that we were working with your school, on a certain activity, then we knew we were in for a good day.

So a massive well done and good luck for the future.

From all of us at Mersea"


Year 1 Chicks!


Year 1 are so excited to introduce six new members of the class! Over the past three weeks they have been incubating six chicken eggs that have now all hatched - we have gorgeous chicks! Welcome to Hector, Florence, Samuel, Old Man, Henry & Fluffy!   We hope they behave!




Year 5 Girls' Football

Monday, 16th May was a fantastic day for Bishops Down sport! 

Our amazing year 5 girls, and some talented year 4 girls, played in the Road To Culverden Football Tournament finals and were absolutely outstanding. Despite being the youngest team by far, our girls narrowly missed out on getting into the final. 

We drew 0-0 in our first game against St Johns - we defended so well as a team

We lost 2-0 against Slade - a very tight game against a team of year 6's

We then drew 0-0 against Claremont - however, we deserved to win in the very last moments of the game! 

This put us into the 3rd/4th play offs against St Johns, which we lost 1-0. 

The girls have really done the school proud, working diligently together as a team no matter how hard the conditions!  Well done!   (Mr George) 


Reception Class visit the Fire Station!

Reception class had their first ever school trip and went to Tunbridge Wells Fire Station on Thursday, 12th May. They were able to try on some protective clothing, sit in the fire engine and learn about the equipment that the fire fighters use to rescue people. They also got to spray water to knock some bollards over. We have since heard from the fire station that we were the best school group they had had! Well done Reception class!

After the trip Mrs Holliday, class teacher, received the following message from a parent:-

Just a note of thanks for your preparation and supporting “child” to have such a successful and positive experience today at the Fire Station. He told us all about it this evening which was lovely to hear.  The social story was very helpful in “child’s” processing and anticipating what to expect and manage his anxieties. We read this together every day.

We have uploaded a quick video to show “child” following the Social Story for the visit to the fire station....this has really helped with preparing him and managing his anxieties. He excitedly told us the story of his trip, who he sat next to, the colour of the coach and what things he saw, what he wore and using the hose. Thank you for the preparation and for a lovely visit for the class.


Cricket - Y3/4 Tournament

Well done to our amazing year 3/4 children at Bishops Down. On Wednesday the 11th of May, our children took part in the Tonbridge and West Kent Sports Partnership Dynamo's Cricket event! 

Despite being very nervous when they turned up at the Nevill Cricket Ground, they gradually improved and impressed me after each game! They ended up winning 2 and losing 2, and finishing 2nd in the group! 

They should honestly be so proud of themselves for their attitude to learning, sportsmanship and enjoying a sport which they are very new to!   Well done.   Mr George


Welcome Back


We do hope you all had an enjoyable and restful Easter break.  Please do take a look at your class pages and their topic webs for term 5 - so you can see what the children are learning.


Summer terms 5 and 6 are always busy with lots of outside activities planned and we look forward to sharing the stories and photos with you on the website.


It is always lovely to see the children return to school in their summer uniforms and eager to embrace their summer learning journeys.


Term 4


Year 5/6 Hockey  

I am delighted to say that our team did themselves proud in the last week of term 4 at the Hockey Tournament held at Hawkenbury. Our scores were: 0-2 loss , 5-0 win , 6-0 win, 1-0 win which meant we got through our group into the semi finals!  Sadly, we lost in sudden death against Claremont but it was a very close nail-biting game.  We then won the 3rd and 4th play-off match against Slade, who we lost against in the 1st game!  Our team showed determination and growth mind-set which we had been speaking about this term.  Another huge thank you to Mr Nelson for all his support out of school time!  Overall our team came 3rd out of 14 schools!   Report by Mr Sam George, PE Lead


End of Roman Topic - Year 4


Year 4 celebrated the end of their Roman topic with a performance of "Roman's Rock" which enabled them to showcase their Roman knowledge and skills to their parents.  Well done year 4 for a great performance.




Great Fire of London

Children from year 1 and 2 were excited to witness their very own Great Fire of London with a ceremonnial lighting of their very own Pudding Lane houses for a fabulous finish to their Spring Learning Journey.  They have learnt so much from this historic story and the school has enjoyed learning along with them the events that took place in 1666.  What an amazing journey we have all been on.  Well done year 1 and year 2.

Year 3/4 Hockey Tournament

Our year 3/4 hockey team entered a large hockey tournament at Hawkenbury consisting of 20 teams and 4 different groups. The top team from each group progressed to the semi final and final.  

In our group games we started really well beating Slade 3-2 in a very tight game! After that we played Brenchley and won 3-0! Next we came up against a very strong Claremont 'A' team and managed a win of 2-0! Our last group was against Shipbourne and again we won 3-0!  This put Bishops Down at the top of their group and into the semi final! Lastly, in our semi final, we played a very strong Goudhurst side who beat us 3-1! This put us in 3rd place overall in the tournament because of the amount of points we got in our group games.  Fantastic!

Considering our team had never played before at the start of the year, overall we came 3rd place out of 20 schools! Myself and Mr Nelson have been so impressed with their desire to improve week after week and taking on feedback from the two of us! They have really made the school proud! What an achievement.

A huge thank you needs to be given to Mr Nelson for giving up his time out of school hours to help and support the club!

                                                                                             by Mr George, PE Lead

Standing:  Matthew Y4, Henry Y3, Sofia Y4 & Mr George

Kneeling: Elsie Y3, Ralph Y3 & Lavinia Y3

Girls' Football Tournament

Year 5/6 girls played amazingly at the Interschools Football Tournament on 9th March.  Winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 1,  saw them come second in their group which means they have been invited to the Finals Day which will take place at the Tunbridge Wells Football Stadium in late Spring.  A huge achievement from the girls - Well Done! 


Healthy Eating Roadshow

Years 4, 5 & 6 took part in the Healthy eating roadshow in term 4, delivered by Tonbridge and West Kent Sports Partnership. They learnt the importance healthy eating has on our lifestyles and how a balanced diet can help us during sport. They used bikes to make smoothies which they absolutely loved!

Reading Adventure Day


We have kicked started term 4 with a fantastic Reading Adventure Day!  Thank you to Subject Revolution for delivering a fun and exciting escape room experience for all our children - they all had a great time solving the clues to crack the codes to Crow Castle!



Term 3


Well done to the children who participated in the Year 3 and 4 Indoor Athlectics on 6th February at the Angle Centre in Tonbridge.  Mrs Tizzard was very impressed with your hard work.





Term 2


Well done to all the children, staff and volunteers for a fantastic term 2.  We do hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break and enjoy the holidays.  See you all in January.






PSA Christmas Fair

A huge thank you to our amazing PSA for running their Christmas Fair on Saturday, 27th November.  This year the Fair was held outside in the playground and it was a great success. Thanks also go to the staff, governors and all the parent volunteers who helped set up and run stalls.  Our PSA is currently fundraising for a refurbishment of our library which should be completed by next Spring.  Below is a photo of Santa and his Elves in their wonderful Grotto!



Children in Need


On Friday, 19th November the school fundraised for Children in Need.  Bishops Down pupils were asked to wear their pyjamas or onesies for the day for a monetary donation to this worthwhile charity.  Year 1 below enjoyed their comfy snoozy day in their pyjamas!



Running Club


On Wednesday, 17th November, we saw the return of the Bishops Down Running Club. A fantastic 39 runners turned up which is just amazing - all with smiles on their faces, eager to get going. Our route took us up into Rusthall and along Tunbridge Wells Golf Course. Every runner tried their best and a great run was had by all.  




What's going on in Term 2?  Christmas organising and celebrations are in full swing already here at Bishops Down. There is always so much going on: the  PSA Christmas Fair on Saturday, 27th November (2-4pm all welcome!), Children in Need fundraiser, school performances to parents, school Christmas dinner, parties and lots of dress up!  We like to call  it "organised chaos" but we, all the children and staff, love it and we are so grateful that we are back to normal enjoying our children and the joy of term 2!



Term 1


Welcome back everyone, and hello to our new Reception and Nursery children!   We hope you all had a fantastic summer break and are ready for academic year 2021/2022.  We have kicked off the new school year with a school trip already!


Tag Rugby Schools Tournament


Three teams set out to Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club on Wednesday, 13th October to take part in a tag rugby round robin tournament.  We entered 3 enthusiastic teams and played against various schools from around the Tunbridge Wells area.


All involved had a fantastic afternoon and everyone's hard work, from our morning club sessions, was reflected in the energy and effort throughout the afternoon with lots of tries on show, as well as some fantastic teamwork. 




Cross Country Inter School Event

On Monday, 11th October we took teams of runners from KS2 to the local inter-schools cross country event at Somerhill. This was the first time many of our children had entered a school cross country event and they all did fantastically. We had 8 runners in total representing our school. Not only did they perform brilliantly on the course, they were also a credit to our school with their impeccable manners and sportsmanship and everyone had lots of fun. Well done to all of you who took part.



Year 5 visit Kent Police Training Centre


On Monday, 6th September,Year 5 went to the Kent Police Training Centre in Maidstone to learn about many aspects of policing.  They had a fantastic time including watching a dog show, seeing police horses and witnessing a demonstration of police officers in riot gear!


The children were really well behaved and enjoyed this amazing day.  Our thanks to Mr Milne, Year 5 Class Teacher, for organsing this amazing day and thanks also to our Teaching Assistants and volunteers for assisting.



Boogie Tots  - Nursery Class


Chloe, from Do4Kidz Danceworks,  was back at school at the beginning of term 1 to teach dance and movement with our nursery childen in her popular club called Boogie Tots.   Go Nursery!




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