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FREE CHILDCARE FOR KEY WORKERS DURING THE EASTER HOLIDAYS
Please note that the school answerphone is not being manned daily. Please use the email information below.
If you are a key worker in the community and your role is crucial to the fight against Coronavirus and you require childcare during the school Easter Holidays – our childcare dates are Monday to Friday commencing from Thursday 2nd April to Friday, 17th April. This includes both Good Friday on 10th April and Easter Monday on 13th April. Times each day are 7.30am to 6pm. THIS SERVICE IS FREE FOR ALL KEY WORKERS. Please email our Holiday Play Scheme called Beehive. Their email is:
If you have any other enquiries please email the school office on:
Dear Parents, Guardians, Friends and Stakeholders,
Thank you for visiting our school website. As from Friday 20th March 2020 our school, along with all other schools in the UK, closed our doors for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.
Our school, like many others, will provide childcare/education for our parents who are Key Workers so they can continue to do their jobs. However, the vast majority of my pupils will be at home. My staff have worked hard to ensure that home learning is fun and educational whilst also recognising their mental health and general well-being is also being looked after. This is a difficult time for all involved – the children, my staff, and my parents and guardians.
This is also a very sad time for me, and I am sure I speak for all my fellow Headteacher’s in Tunbridge Wells, and across the country, that our most important message to you all is to stay safe and to stay indoors so we can all play our part in ensuring that we reduce the spread of this virus.
It is hard to not see my pupils and staff, hard for my teachers and teaching staff to not be able to interact with their classes. We will get through this and I look forward to the day when I can open the school gates again - until then stay safe, be kind to each other and remain positive.
With kindest regards,
Mrs C Owen
On The 10th of March two teams combined of year 3 and year 4 students took part in a quick sticks hockey tournament hosted at TWGGS. The tournament featured 14 schools from the local and surrounding areas with Bishops Down entering two teams. Both teams played in 6 different games back to the back at high intensity with the games being a total of 7 minutes long. The A team coached by Mr George came away with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss including a 5 goal thriller against St James'. And the B team coached by Mr Nelson came away with 1 win, 4 draws and 1 loss. Including a fantastic hard fought win against a nail biting draw against Claremont A.
After a fantastic evening of hockey our two teams finished 7th and 9th out of all 14 teams who competed which is a huge credit to those who played, with their hard work transitioning from chilly Tuesday morning practices to playing back to back games in a tournament. Also a massive thank you to all the parents, guardians and brothers and sisters who came to show their support.
Bishops Down A Bishops Down B
Ruby, Kaiya, Evie, Elliott, Tom, Matthew Giulia, Lena, Sebastian, Henry, Rupert
World Book Day
Well done to all the children who had a great day on World Book Day, Thursday 5th March. The children and staff looked great in their costumes. Here is a picture of our best dressed from each class.
Year 3 and 4 had a fantastic day at the beginning of Term 4 at a workshop run by Living History Workshops (https://www.livinghistoryworkshops.co.uk/) about the Romans. They had a Roman school lesson, went to gladiator training and learnt about how different stratas of society lived. The day ended with them witnessing a gladiator contest between the teachers and TAs... well done Mr George - the champion!
Online Safety Workshop
On Thursday, 6th February, children from Years 2 to 6 took part in Online Safety workshops at Bishops Down School. We asked PERFORM to come to our school and engage with them by involving them in role play scenarios around keeping personal details safe and being a responsible internet user.
On Friday, 7th February, in celebration of Safer Internet Day on 11th February, we are encouraging our children to keep a record of their Internet use over the weekend. We will then be looking at what our digital footprint says about us.
PERFORM use arts games and exercises to help boost child development and they developed a workshop for our children around internet safety. All out children had great fun whilst learning through role play. You can learn more about PERFORM'S ethos and how they work by looking at their website:
On Wednesday 29th January a team of year 4 children attended the Active 30 Festival. The team had a fantastic afternoon taking part in karate, boxing, boccia, yoga and team challenges. Our team of children challenged themselves in every event and worked with pupils from other schools. Well done, we were super proud of you!
Mrs Tizzard and Miss Donegan
Team: Addison, Carys, Ruben, Max, Lena, Olaf, Evie, Ellary, Ella and Roxy.
School Council 2020
Bishops Down have elected a new School Council! Two children from Year 2 to Year 6 have been chosen by their peers to represent the views of their class. After our first meeting, it's clear the classes have chosen wisely. Already up for discussion have been playground equipment, school dinner ideas, assembly ideas and some school trip suggestions.
Well done to:
Charlotte and Daniel (Larch)
Zac and Sophie (Oak)
Tommy and Edie (Y5)
Riley and Lily (Y4)
Evie and Sonny (Y3)
Otto and Matilda (Y2)
Welcome back to all our children and staff and we hope you all had a restful Christmas and Happy New Year. We welcome 11 new children into Nurery this term and 3 new members of staff. Fingers crossed the weather stays kind but please make yourself aware of the severe weather letter in the link above.
Carolathon at Tesco, Pembury
Children in year 6 took part in a Carolathon on Thursday, 5th December at Tesco in Pembury to raise money for Demelza House (hospice care for children). 4 local schools took part entertaining the christmas shoppers! Well done to you all.
Maple Class Trip to Pizza Express
On Wednesday, 27th November children from Year 3 Maple Class visited Pizza Express in Tonbridge as part of their learning journey. Their topic for term 2 is Europe and this trip included science and maths! They all had a great time and will enjoy their pizzas at home for tea!
Fantastic Fred visited the school in early November and held assemblies for both KS1 and KS2.
F.R.E.D is an acronym for the four practical ways in which children can help to look after their own good mental heath:
Food – eating the right foods
Rest – getting enough sleep
Exercise – being active
Digital Devices – managing time online
Fantastic Fred and his professor will teach children how to look after their own mental health in a positive and memorable way.
Year 2 - Book Launch
Year 2, Apple Class have been working so hard in the last week of term 1 writing their own books about themselves. On Friday, 18th October the children had their very own "Book Launch" and had a fantastic time showing Mrs Owen, Headteacher, and Year 3, Maple Class their fabulous work! Well done Apple Class!
Year 6 Residential to Wales
Our year 6 children left today (Monday, 14th October) for their 5 day residential in beautiful Wales. After a long coach journey they are finally on Pensarn Beach having some fun.
Food and Fashion Festival
Today, Wednesday, 9th October, Bishops Down held their annual Food and Fashion Festival. This cultural event is looked forward to by the children where they can come dressed in an outfit of their choice. In the afternoon parents bring in food from around the world so we can all taste different flavours and experience amazing cultures.
Tag Rugby Festival
Children from years 3 and 4 represented Bishops Down at the Tunbridge Wells Tag Rugby Festival on Friday, 4th October at Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club. This was a friendly round robin tournament and our children gained lots of experience in this fun school sport. Hopefully, they will all want to continue playing when we have competitive matches to play. Well done years 3 and 4!
Tunbridge Wells Museum Visit
Year 1 and Year 2 children were so lucky on 26th September when Tunbridge Wells Museum came to visit! They saw lots of fascinating toys from the past and learnt about how toys that we have now are different.
Our early morning Running Club is already in full swing. Well done to all the children who participate, you are doing a great job - especially as it is an 8.00am start! Our thanks to our staff and parent volunteers who help with this very popular extra curricular club.
Boogie Tots for Acorn Class
Nursery children enjoy a weekly dance sesssion with Chloe from Boogie Tots!