From the Heads

As we reach the end of our penultimate summer half term, we are filled with positivity and pride when reflecting on all we have achieved and experienced as a school. The children have been exposed to so many opportunities, initiatives and pursuits and we feel a sense of growing strength in our community.

On that note, we are extremely thankful for our beautiful school and grounds. We are all so fortunate to be surrounded by such beauty and nature every day we come to school. We want our children to feel proud to come to school and this should extend to their uniform. We want to reiterate our expectations relating to our uniform and ask for your support in this. To clarify, trainers are not permitted as footwear with our day uniform. Black polishable shoes should be worn with the day uniform and trainers are to be worn with PE kit. Children should have two pairs of trainers, one for inside (sports hall) and one for outside. In addition, PE hoodies should not be worn with the day uniform. Grey knitwear (Yr1 to Y6) and blue sweaters (Year 7 and 8) should be worn with the day uniform. Class teachers and form tutors will contact you should there be concerns regarding your child’s uniform and we thank you for your support.

Mr Gavin Franklin and Mrs Jo Parpworth

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School Last Week

Bollywood Dance Workshop

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Kalpesh last week where we learned about the art of Bollywood dancing and the Holi Festival. It was a cultural experience and a real boost to our overall well being. We are currently looking at the possibility of running some adult Bollywood exercise classes with Kalpesh and we will let you know as soon as we have more details.

RNLI Lifeguard Talks

We welcomed lifeguards from the RNLI to talk about beach safety last week, one of whom was an ex Haddon Dene pupil. They gave us some very useful tips about general safety in the sun, what to do if we become lost and how to survive if we become out of our depth. As the weather warms over the coming weeks and we head to the beach, we hope that all our children take heed of this invaluable advice.

Women’s Crystal Workshop with Evie Montila

On Thursday evening, Evie joined us to run an Empowerment Circle for women. It was a highly informative evening with great tips on how to improve mindfulness and wellbeing. With nearly thirty women in attendance, the session provided time to focus on the important things and to be thankful for all that we have. Using dance, meditation and positive affirmations, everyone left feeling extremely positive having released any negative energy focusing on renewed energy for the future. Thank you very much to Evie who not only donated her valuable time but also the proceeds of £260.00 to the PFA. Thank you so much!

Athletics Duke of York’s Cup: U13 Mixed

On Friday Mr Martin and a team of 10 athletes from years 7 and 8 travelled to the Duke of York’s to compete in an athletics Meet. The athletes’ individual performances were impressive across most events and some even partook in events they had never experienced before the day! Due to restrictions in the number of events each athlete could partake in we could not fill our allotted 2 per event, but even so we ended up in a respectable 6th position.

Thanet School Netball U11 A & B

Congratulations to our netball team for their performance at the Thanet Netball Festival Tournament. Our A team drew their first game and won 6 games coming third overall against sixteen other teams. A special mention must go to Luca and Ragsika who won star players. Thara and Luca came second overall in the shooting competition. It was truly excellent play by everyone who took part.

Mini Marathon Update

We are delighted to announce that we raised £420 during our Mini Marathon, smashing our target of £250. We have been contacted by Great Ormond Street who thanked us for our efforts, stating that the money raised will help them to build a new Children’s Cancer Centre. This amazing new building will mean their doctors and nurses can give kinder treatments, find new medicines to treat diseases, and help more children get better.

Parents and sons / daughters Golf Invitational, Royal St George’s Golf Club

Yet again, we are privileged to be able to host the annual school Invitational at Royal St George’s Golf Club.  Pupils, parents and guests enjoyed a magical day at Sandwich on Sunday for this flagship event in our sporting and social calendar. The day began with coffee and a briefing in the Writing Room before the (30-strong) party headed into the dining room for the renowned RSG Sunday lunch. The real business began at 13:25 on the first tee, when the competition-proper began. 10 pupils and their parents (or appropriate substitute) took on the world-famous links in glorious sunshine. The fresh breeze, firm greens and thick rough made an already demanding course just that little more challenging. However, there was some superb golf on display, with all players (young and old-er) producing their own champagne moments. The day finished with a very informal presentation on the terrace, where all were congratulated on their efforts and spirit. Will F and his father took the main trophy and Freya and Jemma Ralph won the plate competition. Wilbur Henry won nearest the pin on the 6th and Thomas Spanton won the longest drive on the 17th. Very well done to Freddie and Mr Loudon, Rio and Mr Goddard, Jamie and Mr Montgomery, Henry O and Mr Boyne, William O and Mr Martin, Barnaby Williams and Aiden, Wilbur and Mr Henry, Thomas and Mr Spanton, the Ralphs and the Franklins, and thanks to other family members who supported the event. It was an unforgettable experience for all and our thanks go to the staff at Royal St George’s for their first class hospitality.

School This Week

Team of the Week

Very well done to the U9A cricket team for their superb performance against SLC last week. In a closely fought contest, they emerged victors by the barest of margins. More impressive than the result, however, was the teamwork and determination that the boys and girls showed throughout the match. They will enjoy squash and cookies with Mr and Mrs Franklin during a break time this week. Well done to Lucio, Lyndon, Sam, Sammy, Teddy, Darcey O, Darcey P and Hector.

Music on Monday

Congratulations to Laurie Symington-Mills for his stunning performance of Bach on the cello. It was a wonderful way to start the week.

Trip to Kent Mining Museum (Yr 2 & 3)

On Tuesday Year 2 and 3 are off to the Kent Mining Museum at Betteshanger. We are expecting a fun-filled day, including a guided tour of the museum, a talk with a Miner and two curriculum based workshops covering fossil fuels and the impact of mining on village life. We hope to complete our day with a play in their activity centre!

Reading volunteers

We are currently looking for reading volunteers to work with a chosen class for weekly reading sessions. We are very lucky to have a number of parents and retired staff who work with us on a voluntary basis to boost daily reading. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Mrs Parpworth or Mrs Murray to discuss this further.

Pre-Prep Values Awards

Reception Eva Roberts for always being a team member and helping out.

Tilda Hempstead for super progres in reading longer words and texts independently.

Year 1 Felicity O’Dell for making fantastic progress with her writing and her use of imaginative alliteration in poetry this week. She has shown eagerness and most importantly joy in her learning.

Harper Donnellan for being such a kind friend to her classmates inside and outside the classroom. Harper is excellent at sharing with others and works well as part of a team.

Sadie Manning for always having a positive attitude and for excellent progress in phonics!

Ezra Jeffrey for his brilliant attitude towards improving his presentation and letter formation – well done!

Year 2Marlo Montila for demonstrating  perseverance and resilience in all his lessons. Marlo is focused and keen to apply his skills to achieve his very best. 

Elena Roberts for her improved focus in lessons and her effort to speak up and share her thoughts in class discussions. She has also worked hard to improve her scissor skills.

Year 3Teddy Lawson for working hard on maths problems and showing workings to check results.

Georgie Crompton for raising his reading level by reading daily to improve his fluency and understanding.

Prep Values Awards

Year 4 Darcey Owen for her fantastic work in Maths – always trying her best and challenging herself.
Year 5 Olivia Ross for making a fabulous effort with her reading.
Year 6 Ava Harris for going out of her way to help organise some of her peers.
Year 7 Felix Butterfill for his calm and mature approach to all aspects of learning and school life.
Year 8 Kerry Kong for being polite and respectful of teachers and adults.

School Calendar

Please click here and scroll through for the most up to date calendar of events for the term.


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Matches This Week

2.00pm start unless otherwise stated

Monday, 22nd May

Tennis v Simon Langton: Boys U13 A (h) 5pm CANCELLED

Tuesday, 23rd May

Yr4/5 A Football Tournament (a) 4pm

Wednesday, 24th May

Cricket v Kent College: U11 A (h)

Cricket v Northbourne Park: Mixed U9 A (h)

Cricket v Northbourne Park: Mixed U9 B (h)

Tennis v Northbourne Park: Girls U13 A (h)

Cricket v Sutton Valence: 2nd XI (a) 2:30pm

Cricket v Sutton Valence: 1st XI (h) 2:30pm

Thursday, 25th May

Tennis v Kent College: Girls U13 A (a) 3pm

Tennis v Kent College: Boys U13 A (h) 3pm

Please always refer to the website calendar as it is the most up-to-date place to check for fixture changes and locations.

If your child has been selected for a fixture, we will communicate with you prior to the fixture with information regarding the recommended pick up time from Wellesley HD.


Matches Last Week


Badminton v JKS: Boys U13A Lost
Cricket v Northbourne Park: Girls U13 A Lost
Cricket v St Faith’s: U11 A Lost
Cricket v St Faith’s: U11 BLost
Cricket v St Faith’s: U11 C Lost
Cricket v St Lawrence: Mixed U9 A Won by 2 runs
Cricket v St Lawrence: Mixed U9 B Lost by 30 runs
Thanet School Netball U11 A3rd Place
Thanet School Netball U11 B4th in group
Cricket v Junior King’s: 1st XI Won by 9 wickets
Cricket v Junior King’s: 2nd XI Lost



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