April 2023 news

The school has had a busy few months.At the start of March, we welcomed over 30 staff from other schools to come and be part of our OPAL lunchtime. This event was led by our OPAL mentor, Cath Prisk, and the visitors were able to chat all things "play" and most importantly observe lunchtime play. We are incredibly proud of how hard our staff have worked over the past 18 months to implement our OPAL play programme to ensure our children have the best play experience every single day. There cannot be many schools in the area who can say that there hasn't been a single indoor playtime due to the rain over the past few months. Our children are brilliantly prepared in their wet weather gear, thanks to the immense support from the parents, and so are our staff.....and so we go out to play whatever the weather. And what a wet few months it has been!
Our children continue to amaze us with their creativity, imagination and ability to assess their own risks. As in previous terms, our parents and carers are invited to come and enjoy lunchtime play on any day during the week before half term (week beginning 22nd May). If there are any villagers who would also like to experience our wonderful playtimes and see what we have been up to, please email the school direct to arrange a time to pop up and see using headteacher@hernhill.kent.sch.uk. You would be most welcome. 
The children have also been very busy with their learning over the past months, as well as playing. Year 2 have enjoyed forest school and this term it is the turn of Year 4. Year 3 spent a fascinating morning at the Faversham Magna Carta exhibition. Year 1 & 2 visited Herne Bay to expand their knowledge about pioneering English pilot, Amy Johnson and enjoyed an artistic experience of decorating a tile at Activity Box. Year 5 took part in a collective worship service at St Mary Charity church with Year 5 classes from other local schools. The school has also been busy with sporting activities organised by the East Kent Sports Partnership - with teams competing at the Infant Agility festival, Infant and Junior speedstacks competitions, local schools' football matches, hockey competition and cross country competition.