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Believe it or not, the term that we have just started is called Spring Term! You wouldn't know it with the chilly weather we have been experiencing! There are, as always, a wealth of events and trips going on over this term. Buttercups and 4M start their term of swimmming lessons, and January sees the Year 4's visit the Maritime Musuem and The 6's the Sussex Planetarium.

Year 3 has been getting hands on with history this month, including visits for the 'Hands on History' team, bringing the Ancient Greeks to life including lots of opportunities to dress up!

The annual school quiz takes place at the end of January, which see's parents and staff alike pit their wits against a range of questions thought up by Mr Pearson.

Then into March the fun continues with a trip to the British Wildlife Centre for the Year 2's and Seven Sisters Country Park for Year 1.

If you have any school-related news that would be interesting to our parents please do contact Nerys in the school office: neryslucas@goldstone.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Latest News

School PING!

Parents have got on board since September with the new way of communication from School to Home, with the launch of the SchoolPing App. The app now allows the school to send messages, request permissions, take payments and organise parents evenings all through one portal, instead of the range of old methods! We are very pleased that parents have been so encouraging in embracing this new technology, and despite a couple of teething issues, we are confident that it is going to greatly improve communicaton saving time and money for both parents and the school.

However it is important to note that the onus is still on parents to regularly check the app for updates. It's a lot simpler than checking your childs bookbag for a letter, and we recommend that you start a habit of checking and refreshing the app daily - at the end of the school day - in order to make sure that you have not missed a message. 

Be More Snail

We are very proud to have taken part in The Martlets 'Snail Trail' this year, following on from the success of the  'Snow Pups' of 2017!

With the help of one of our parents, the very talented artist Mel Sramek-Bennett, we decorated our snail in the Goldstone colours, with every child and grown-up in the school making a decorative finger-print on it's head or shell!

We have also held a non-uniform day in aid of the Snail Trail, raising over £1000 for this worthy cause, £250 more than our £750 target! Thank you to everyone who donated and took part.

Currently on display in The Martlets shop on Blatchington Road, 'Sheldon' will hopefully return to the school after the snail trail finishes, to join his much-loved friend 'Goldy' in the school reception!

 

 

 

What's coming up this term: Spring 19

7th Jan: Yr 2 Red Riding Hood Picnic / Yr 3 Greek Day

9th Jan: Indoor Athletics Competition (BACA)

10th Jan: Yr 5 'Fly to India'

14th Jan: Cinderella Pantomime (Yrs 1-6)

23rd Jan: 6S and 6L Planetarium Trip

24th Jan: 6Y and 6LC Planetarium Trip

25th Jan: FrOGS Quiz Night

30th Jan: 4SB Maritime Museum Trip

1st Feb: Year 5 Dome Cinema Trip / Harry Potter Evening

6th Feb: Parents Evening & Preloved Uniform Sale

7th Feb: GLO Disco

27th Feb: Class Photos

28th Feb: Yr 5 Cuckmere Haven Trip

4th March: Yr 2 British Wildlife Centre Trip

8th March: Goldstone World Book Day

11th/12th/16th March: Yr 1 Seven Sisters Trip

13th March: Lets Dance Competition

15th March: Red Nose Day

22nd March: Food Festival

30th March: Goblin Car Race at Plumpton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports News

Indoor Athletics Competition 9/1/19

 

20 pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in the first heat of the Brighton and Hove Indoor Athletics Competition. There were 6 teams in our heat, including some tough competition such as Brunswick and Patcham. There were a total of 22 events, including a range of running, jumping and throwing events. The Goldstone team performed incredibly well and very impressively came 1st in 14 events, 2nd in 2 events and 3rd in 3 events. Spectators were hugely impressed by the pace and determination of Saul and Oliver who won the 6 lap Paarlauf despite other teams taking an early lead! The boys 4x1 relay team (Saul, Oliver, Nelson and Kai) raced to victory, reaching the finish line metres before anyone else. We are immensely proud of all of our superstar athletes! Teachers from other schools commented on their impressive team work and team spirit. All pupils behaved incredibly well, even when they were full of excitement waiting to hear the final results. 

I'm sure you're wondering what the final results table looked like...

 

In 3rd place with 152 points was Brunswick.

 

In 2nd place with 198 points was Patcham.

 

In 1st place with 228 points was Goldstone!

 

A well deserved victory for a wonderful team full of amazing athletes.  

 

 

Year 6 Football

05.10.18

On Friday the 5th October the Goldstone girls football team took part in Brighton and Hove football tournament along with 27 iother teams entered, with  the girls only having had a handful of training sessions before the tournament.

Despite this, the girls got off to a flying start, winning their first 3 games of the group without conceding a goal and scoring 5 goals!

Having made it to the cup, with another group to try and win, we then faced down the team that knocked our boys team out of the cup the week before, as well as Balfour and Brighton college.

 

Once again the girls played brilliantly and won the group without dropping a point or conceding a goal. Into the semi finals they went, . 

facing a tough tie against st Marys, which ended 2-0 to Goldstone! The girls had reached the final, in what was the first competetive event for many of the girls!

 

In the final they faced St Lukes again another tough game which ended 0-0 for what was a end to end game both teams having chances to score. Extra time was very similar ending 0-0. pens it was to decide.....

 

Goldstone 2 - St Lukes 0

 

Goldstone girls won the tournament without conceding a goal and scoring 12 goals, making their PE teacher Mr Hurley and the rest of the school very  proud. The team, consisting of  Darcie, Maisy, Mira, Ruby, Daisy, Leah, Georgia, Tia, Sarah and Darcy will now go and reprsent Brighton and Hove in the county championship.

 

26.09.18

 

On Wednesday 26th September Goldstone played in a football tournament at Brighton college, on what was a lovely  sunny day, prefect for a football tournament. Both the boys and girls did incredibly well considering lack of training and to have never played with each other before.

 

The team had to play Brighton College, St Nicolas and CA Whitehawk. Up first was St Nicolas with a 3-0 win for Goldstone. Next up was Brighton College, ending in a 1-0 win for Goldstone and last game of the group for Goldstone was CA Whitehawk with another 2-0 win for Goldstone. So far undefeated and yet to concede a goal. they were on fire and nothing was getting past Goldstone at this point. 

 

We topped the group which meant we were then put in to another group with the winners and runners up from some of the other groups. First up in the cup was St Lukes, a game which could have easily been 5 or 6 nil was a brilliant effort of 3-0  to Goldstone. St Johns Baptists were up next against the mighty force of Goldstone. only a single goal in it this time for Goldstone. Still undefeated and still yet to concede a goal, Balfour were the next targets a game of end to end sees Goldstone concede and lose their first game: 1-0 to an own goal. 

 

However Goldstone still topped the group and made it through to the semi-finals for a game against Downs Juniors. The hardest game of the draw, Downs were the team to beat. Goldstone's players were confident and up for the challenge with the trophy in sight.

 

Both teams struggled to take charge of the game, with both looking to get the early goal.  0-0 at half time. and into the second half Goldstone looked to start taking control of the game. However luck was not onon their side and Goldstone went 0-1 due to nerves. Pushing to get the equalizer Downs counter attacked, and the ball hit one of the Goldstone players on the arm. Penalty for Downs Juniors. Full time 0-2 to Downs Juniors.

 

Goldstone may have not reached the final but the team can hold their heads  high and look forward to the leagues fixtures. A massive well done goes to the captain of the tournament Charlie and the rest of the team Darcie, Zain, Zabi, Tom, Leo, Olly, Ethan and Ayub, representing Goldstone brilliantly and makinf us all very proud.

Athletics

On Thursday 21st June, Goldstone sent an all-star team of athletic talent to Withdean stadium to compete against other local schools. As always, Goldstone performed outstandingly, coming 2nd in our division and 3rd overall out of 26 teams! We came back with 12 gold medals, 9 silver and 9 bronze. Worth particular mention is the fantastic performance from the Year 4 boys relay team, who won a clear 3m ahead of the other teams! 

Karate

The school enjoys a wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs, with Karate proving a popular choice with children from Reception age right through to Year 6. SAMA Karate provide us with a fantastic teacher, and support team, who have created a well-run and enjoyable club which has yielded some excellent karate practitioners. It is therefore with great pride that we recognise the achievements of one of our Year 6's - Peter Slimin - who on 10th June passed his 1st Dan (Black belt) grading in Sama Karate. This was awarded to him by Hanshi Alan Gibson 8th Dan.

He achieved this, not only through attending the club at Goldstone, but also by practising and attending SAMA karates clubs out of school - sometimes training up to five times per week! It takes alot of hard work and dedication to achieve a black belt, which should not be taken lightly. The karate website blackbeltathome.com call it 'The ultimate Achivement', citing Perserverance, Dedication and Leadership three of the key factors needed, stating that if you can achieve a blackbelt, you cvan achieve anything. Peter certainly has a bright future ahead of him, and it is probably best not to get in his way! Well done Peter. 

Fencing

Goldstone competed at a Fencing Competition in Ardingley at the weekend, and it proved to be a very successful day for the school. Twenty-four fencers took part and our Fencing teacher, Mark Barrowcliffe, reported that it was a high standard of competition, with some highly ranked British Public Schools fencers appearing, along with the ten Goldstone fencers, making us the most well-presented school out of all those competing.

Louis from Year 6 got silver in the 10-13 category, only narrowly losing to a boy three years his senior from Worthing Fencing Club in the final. What an amazing result from a naturally skilled player.  

Alex in 6L also did brilliantly, achieving a bronze medal in the same category. Another Goldstone pupil, Hugh from 6L, was even singled out by top British epee-ist and senior coach Aaron Gardener for his excellent footwork  and fencing style. Aaron made a point of congratulating Hugh and said he expected to see him doing very well in competitions in coming years.

As if that wasn't good enough, the Yr 4 category saw a Goldstone clean sweep! Oliver from 4LC won gold, Felix in 4L Silver with Penelope 4SB and Maisie 4SB achieving Bronze.
What a wonderful result for the Goldstone Fencing Club. More details on the club can be found on the 'Clubs' page of the website.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basketball

On the 16th November Goldstone primary took part in a basketball tournament at BHASVIC. a very well organised and run tournament which nine schools took part in. We played five games winning two of them, the children that took part never put the heads down and just supported one another, showing great spirit to try and win the games whilst also enjoying playing the game. We took ten players, rotating them around every game. They represented Goldstone excellently, doing the school proud  with their display of sportsmanship and team effort. Holly S won Goldstone player of the tournament, with Reuben, Jack , Liam, Frankie, Spike, Amy, Holly B, Finn and Alex are all deserving of mention.

Cross Country

On the 22nd November 17 Goldstone took part in the Brighton and Hove Cross Country Championship. Goldstone took twenty-one runners to the event, which was a lot better organised than last year, making it a safer environment for everyone. The sun was also shining on a dry afternoon, making it enjoyable for all those attending. Forty-three schools took part in the event with a whopping 1,266 children participating, over four races. First off was the Year 5 boys, with 9 pupils representing Goldstone; Leo, Ralph, Frankie, Jamie, Jasper, Charlie, Ethan, Sid and Tom. Ralph was the first boy to finish in 23rd place. The boys team finished in15th place out of a total of 39 teams. Year 5 girls were up next with 4 taking part; Olivia, Mira, Ruby and Darcie who was the first to finish in 63rd place. Our girls put in a brave effort finishing in 19th place out of 35 schools. 

Up next are the Year 6's. The boys were first with the course now a little longer then the Year 5 races, and they finished 10th out of 38 schools. Frankie.M, Liam, Jamie, Leo and Luca - who was the first to finish in an impressive place of 9th and will now be representing Brighton and Hove in the Sussex championship later in the year. The last race of the afternoon was the Year 6 girls; Xanthe, Yasmin - who had broken her leg 8 months ago - and Aisha. The team did not get a finishing place as there was not enough runners, 4 to a team. However that did not stop the 3 of them completing the course, with Xanthe finishing an excellent 11th place, just missing the entry place for the Sussex competition.

Overall every individual did done Goldstone proud and they all finished with a smile on their face. They displayed fantastic support for each other and the other competitors, and we are very impressed with their efforts. Well done Goldstone!

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