..a stimulating, well managed environment for learning has been created. Here as in other areas, a concern for detail makes the school a special place.
Dear Parents and friends,
We have all enjoyed a truly wonderful and successful summer term. Academically your children are ambitious and working hard and it has been a pleasure to write their end of year reports ac-knowledging their myriad efforts, experiences and achievements.
As I join the rank of Year 6 leavers and reflect on the last 30 years I can endorse and recognise for myself my hope for every Meadite - “Those were truly terrific years!”
“Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverb 22.6
Miss Victoria and Jane Ovenden with the help of a great many wonderful people covertly man-aged to contact generations of ex-Meadites,1987-2016, who all came together on Saturday 1st July to celebrate 30 years of The Mead and my retirement.
It was the most wonderful and amazing afternoon - gold and blue balloons, sandwiches, cup cakes, an extraordinary birthday cake, pimms, tea and prosecco! All in the garden - so Mead like. Meadites had travelled from all over including Spain and Amsterdam to be there and there were some who had been pupils on 10th September 1987!
I was so humbled yet so proud of them al - each unique and forging their own futures with an amazing array of careers. Happy memories and stories bounced through the building and grounds. The common bond and thread between them all was tangible - they really are the liv-ing testament of our mission statement.
Thank you to everyone who helped in the organisation of such an incredible afternoon and thank you to everyone who came!
Sponsored Family Cycle Ride/ Push in Aid of The Royal National Children’s Foundation
Calling all children, parents, grandparents, dogs, relatives, friends!
This will take place on Sunday 24th September 2017 along the ‘Forest Way’ from Groombridge to Forest Row. Please see the enclosed letter and sponsorship form for further details.
We are delighted that after many years of waiting that we have managed to secure a second swimming session at Goldsmiths on Friday. This enables us to split the groups to the benefit of all. As from September please note the following:
- There will no longer be any Kindergarten & Pre-Reception swimming on a Wednesday morning.
- Reception and Year 1 will swim on a Tuesday afternoon.
- Years 2 & 3 will swim 11.00 am - 12.00 noon on a Friday morning.
- Years 4, 5 & 6 will swim Friday afternoon as usual.
We display our Prize-Giving cups together with the photographs of prize winners in the display cabi-net on the downstairs landing. We would like to remind this year’s winners that we would like all cups/ silverware returned to us engraved by Christmas, together with a named photograph of the current winner in order that we can display them. This way the whole school is able to appreciate the different accolades to which they will be able to aspire in the future.
Each Key Stage 2 Teacher for the next academic year (Year 3 to Year 6 next term) has devised a reading list for their class, a copy of which you should find in your envelope. We cannot over stress the value of keeping the reading routine going throughout the holiday and we are confident that eve-ry child will find something on the list which will appeal to them. We do rely on your commitment and encouragement in this so please help us to help your children. Should your child really enjoy a book which is not on the list please tell the class teacher as these lists are constantly evolving. Please also see the letter from Isobel Feaver on our Summer Reading Challenge further on in the newslet-ter.
We are very proud of our uniform which looks smart whilst also being practical. Please be aware of the details within the list and ensure all necessary items are purchased through DJ Uniforms. This includes boys’ trousers, shirts/blouses and girls’ hair scrunchies/ bands. Please also en-sure every item is clearly and permanently named.
We do have samples of the uniform in school and if you wish your child to try our samples prior to ordering please contact Elizabeth in the office to arrange an appointment.
Together with Mr and Mrs Webster we are delighted to wel-come the following new staff to The Mead in September:
Jane Cobbold, a well known and existing parent will be the Teaching Assistant in Pre-Reception.
Stephanie Sheppard - whose brother is an ex-Meadite, joins us from Claremont Primary School to become a Teaching Assistant in Reception.
Emma Marston, who is currently working at Sacred Heart School, Wadhurst, will become a Teaching Assistant in Year 1.
Emmaline Brown joins us from St Barnabas to become the second Year 1 Teaching Assistant.
We are absolutely delighted to welcome Judy Price back to The Mead. Judy has had four chil-dren through The Mead and knows us very well. She is still a member of Mrs Biggs’ sewing bee and many of the show’s costumes are evidence of her skill. Judy comes to us from St Thomas School, Groombridge to be our KS2 support teacher.
The PE department also see new faces to help and support Mr Leroy. Kate Mitchell has al-ready moved in to help with the swimming and will extend this to help during the KS2 sports af-ternoons .
Katherine Marsh comes to us from Rosehill to be a Year 2 Teaching Assistant in the morning and a Sports Assistant in the afternoon.
We are thrilled to announce that Mrs Victoria Lake will be joining us to teach Year 4 next year. Mrs Lake currently teaches at St Margaret’s Collier Street Primary School. She too knows The Mead very well for her son Xavier left in 2015 to go to Skinners. We wish all our new teachers and families every success and happiness as they join The Mead family.
As we all put this academic year into our personal histories and look forward to the next, I send my personal love and best wishes to every single one of you and every past ‘Meadite’.
“Once a Meadite always a Meadite”, The Mead experience, life and soul will be in all our hearts. Good luck to everyone and especially to the Webster family as they pick up the reins and carry the school into its and therefore your new era.
With kind regards,
Mrs Angela Culley
Message from Andrew Webster, Headmaster from September 2017
I am writing to you from my kitchen table, surrounded by packing boxes, astonished by some of the items we deemed precious enough to keep, and thoroughly thrilled at the prospect of our move to Royal Tunbridge Wells.
I fell for the school on first impression and my impression has only been enhanced with every visit. I cannot really quantify the size of the thank you I wish to give to the staff, children and parents I have had the pleasure to meet so far as you have all given me the warmest of wel-comes.
I am very much looking forward to getting to know the entire community and taking up my post as your new Headmaster this September. I will be in and out of school during the summer holi-days and I hope I will have the opportunity to meet many more of you but, if not, I wish you a wonderful summer break and look forward to welcoming you all at the door on the first day of term.