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Years 5 and 6, PGL Camp, Pré Catelan in France

24-27th June 2016


Year 5 and 6 and their teachers went by coach to a PGL Activity Camp in Pré Catelan in France for a long residential weekend.  During the weekend we visited Arras and the tunnels in Wellington to learn about life during World War One.

We went shopping in a traditional French market to practice our French. We also visited a sweet factory and chocolate factory and learnt how these products were made - we even got to try them. We enjoyed eating traditional French food including escargots! We had great fun playing team games on the sandy beach, playing badminton, doing an assault course and dancing at a PGL disco party.  We also had a fun twilight walk through the woodlands with our PGL instructors to look for (what turned out to be imaginary) 'drop bears'.... !


We all returned back to school full of very happy memories of an action-packed weekend. A huge thank you to Mrs Parker for organising the French Trip. Thank you also to all other staff who gave up their time to help on the trip and to the children themselves for their impeccable behaviour, great sense of adventure and positive attitude which all helped make this a thoroughly enjoyable trip.


Year 3 Fizz Pop Science Workshop, BP

Friday 10th June  2016


The children enjoyed a really interactive Fizz-Pop Workshop to learn about the wonders of water as part of their science curriculum. Thank you to BP Isle of Grain for this fantastic opportunity.


Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations

Friday 10th June


We all had a great time celebrating Her Majesty the Queen's birthday with a street party in our party hats and lots of fun and games. 


MYG Football

Thursday 9th June


The second MYG event of the term was the 7-a-side football held at Anchorians Sports Club and was held to honour the European Football Finals. We were given the country Ukraine. We were in a group of six other schools. We won three games, drew one and lost one. This placed us second in our group and within the top sixteen of the whole competition out of over 50 schools! In the afternoon we played a further four games in which we won two and lost two. This placed us overall 12th in the competition out of 56 teams. The children were quite rightly mighty proud of their achievements. For this we were invited to a special football competition to mark the 50th anniversary of England’s win in the 1966 World Cup.


However our elation became slightly deflated when we heard that the date of the competition clashed with Years 6's very last Speech Day! What a shame! Well done to our footballers on a great result.




Hip Hop Champion


Congratulations to Shannon Bennie in Year 6 for coming 8th in England and 63rd out of 197 children in the European Hip Hop Championships. Well done. We are all very proud of you.



Softball Development Competition, Fort Pitt

 Saturday 23rd April


Congratulations to our Softball teams who played a friendly competition in the LCS Schools’ Cup. We won two out of three final matches. We are very proud of you all.


Final scores:


Infants    =  Bryony (won) 17 v 15

Years 3/4 = Bryony (won) 18 v 10

Years 5/6 = Bryony  12 v 15


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Netball Competition at Cobham Hall
27th February 2016

Well done to our Netball Team. We won the first two games but the third was a 0-0 draw. We ended up coming 5th out of 8 teams in the Competition.


Champions of the Medway Kickball Development Competition
13th February 2016

Congratulations to our Bryony teams who won both trophies in the Kickball Inter-Primary Development Competition.

Final scores: Years 3/4 won 13-12  and Years 5/6 won 11-0.

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Beauty and the Beast Christmas Pantomime - Central Theatre

December 2015

Year 1 to Year 6 enjoyed our annual trip to the Central Theatre to watch the Christmas Pantomime. This time we watched 'Beauty and the Beast'. The children (and staff) all really got into the show and had a wonderful time. We were back later than expected as the show overran -thank you parents for your patience in waiting for our return to school!


Pre-School/Reception Christmas Outing - Brook Theatre

9th December 2015

Our Early Years had a festive trip by coach to watch the interactive performance of the Timid Hedgehog and the Forgotten Christmas Forest. The children loved being involved with the story and came back to school buzzing with excitement!


Junior Choir Carol Singing, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre 

8th December 2015

Junior children from Years 3 to Year 6 proudly represented Bryony School by carol singing at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre. They sang a selection of carols beautifully whilst drawing a large crowd of their own families, friends of Bryony and members of the public. The children raised a tremendous £150.50 for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.


 Well done to Mr Johnson and Mrs Harrison for organising the event and to everyone that took part or came to support us


Junior Choir Carol Singing, Platters Farm Lodge

7th December 2015

Junior children from Years 3 to Year 6 sang carols to members of our elderly community at Platters Farm Lodge -a local Day Care centre which we also visit every year to deliver Harvest Festival gifts. The children were made to feel very welcome and received lovely gifts from the staff there. Thank you to Mr Johnson for organising the event, to all those who took part and to the lovely team and guests at Platters team for having us.


Friends of Bryony School (FoBs) Christmas Fun Day

4th December 2015

Children from the Nursery to Year 2  had a wonderful morning of fun. They met Father Christmas and received a present (kindly donated by FoBs); played games at the Christmas Fayre run by Year 2 and FoBs; and bought presents for their family at the Christmas shop.

In the afternoon, it was the turn of the Juniors with stalls run by our Year 6. Children especially enjoyed decorating and eating the gingerbread men and cakes! A special thanks goes to Mrs Jarvis and Mrs Clarke and the rest of the FoBs team for all their help in organising and running these events.


Nursery - Christmas Letters Craft

24th November 2015

Our Nursery children have enjoyed preparing letters for Father Christmas and posting them at the local post box.


Reception - Christmas Craft  

23rd November 2015

Children visited Mid-Kent College for an afternoon of Christmas craft activities. We all thoroughly enjoyed making cards and collages with glitter, decorating cup cakes and gingerbread men, playing games and  dancing. 


LCS Schools Cup - Cross Country Development Competition

21st November 2015

Well done Bryony children! We came second place overall in what was a very cold and wet  morning.  Special mention must go to Thea Walker for winning the Year 3 Girls race and Kieron Morgan for  winning the Year 5 Boys Race. Thank you to the children for participating and for parents for their support in all weather conditions!        


Year 1 Visit to Maidstone Museum

20th November 2015

Year 1’s visit was in order to extend their knowledge of local explorer Julius Brenchley as part of our History curriculum incorporating heroic historic figures. 


This was our first of three trips to Maidstone Museum this coming year. We saw the canoe used by Brenchley in his travels and many of the artefacts, including native masks that he brought back in the Cabinets of Curiosities.  


After lunch we had the chance to make our very own native masks.  We were all very pleased with our creations! Ms. Caller and Mrs Tovey


Children in Need 'Hero Day'

13th November 2015

On Friday 13th November we held a Hero Day.  The children dressed as a number of different ‘heros’ - from doctors, nurses, soldiers, and superheros! 


Thank you to Miss Collier for organising this event and to all children and parents who baked and helped sell all the delicious cakes.


Many of the classes held sponsored events such as; sponsored colouring which helped to raise even more money, so a big thank to those who sponsored our children.  During playtime, the children in the infants brought in all their spare change to cover our giant Pudsey Bear.  The final total raised by the Juniors and Infants was an impressive £500.50  Well done and thank you to everyone!


Year 2  Ancient Egypt Day at Kent Life

10th November 2015

Year 2 had a tremendous trip to the Ancient Egypt Day at the Museum of Kent Life. We all had a really interesting day which helped bring our class topic on Ancient Egypt to life. The children looked splendid dressed up as Ancient Egyptians for their trip.


We participated in a series of  workshops which included: Fashion and Make up, Mummification, House and Home and Myths and Legends.  We particularly enjoyed building pyramids, dancing for the Pharaoh, making ropes using a traditional technique and making hieroglyphics. On return to school the children wrote about their day. Here are some extracts:


“A beautiful lady showed us how to dance. Some people held instruments and the others danced” (Lara Mutabchi)

 “My best bit was the mummy wrapping because it was interesting” (Lucca Russell-Gridley)


“The girls were Queens and the boys were Tutankhamen” (Taim Abu-Sayf) . 


 ‘My favourite [workshop] was the pyramid building and we won!’  (Stanley Bucknall)   


By Mrs. Farnes and Mrs. Paice



LCS Schools Cup - Ultimate Frisbee Development Competition

7th November 2015

Our Year 5 and 6 children battled the blustery conditions to win the Year 5 Plate and for our Year 6 to be Runners Up in a close final. Well done Bryony !


Year 6 Trip to the Battle of Britain Experience

20th October 2015

In October, year 6 visited both the Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge and the Memorial wall in Capel Le Ferne to link in with their study of the Second World War in Kent.  Our visit to the Memorial wall enabled the children to realise how many men lost their lives in this war and to look at the wing of the newly built centre. Once we arrived at the Museum the children were interested in investigating the exhibits of the Hurricane aeroplanes and all the memorabilia in the display area. They were especially keen to try out the Morrison, Anderson and Bell shelters and understand why there was more than one type of shelter needed.  

A worthwhile visit to complement their studies.     By Mrs. Harrison


Harvest Festival

October 2015

Thank you to Reverend Paul Matthias from St. Luke’s Church in Gillingham for conducting two wonderful assemblies for our Harvest  Festival.


It is important to take time to think about and help those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you to all who  contributed gifts. Year 2 and year 5 delivered the gifts to older members of our local community  including Platters Farm Lodge. It was a lovely  opportunity for our  children to see first hand who their gifts were going to.


We would like to also say a big thank you Mrs Batchelor, a parent (and owner of PYO Pumpkins, Beluncle Farm, Hoo) who came to speak to the  Infants about how pumpkins are grown and showed us lots of different  varieties.

Mrs Batchelor even kindly left lots of pumpkins for us to carve and to enjoy at the FoBs Halloween Party.


It was an extremely busy time of year for the Batchelor family at their farm so we are even more grateful Mrs Batchelor was able to come and visit us.



Mini Youth Games - Tag Rugby

6th October 2015

A team of ten year 6 children participated in the first of this year’s mini youth games events at  Medway Rugby Club.


A total of over 50 schools  competed in the event. We won all of our morning games and came top of our group. This  allowed us to compete for the main ‘Rugby World Cup.’ In the afternoon we played    another 4 games but only won one of them.


However we came a very creditable 14th place overall which was a tremendous achievement.


Tag Rugby Development Competition

26th September 2015

Congratulations to Bryony who won the Cup Final 4-3 ! Excellent results from our children.

We are ever so proud of you all!


Pre-School Visit to Capstone Farm Country Park

17th September 2015

Seat belts done up, off we went, in the school buses, to Capstone. "Bye" waved the children to Mrs. Edmunds and the school. We looked out for colours on the way. What colours were the cars? Children called out what they could see. They burst into "Baa Baa Black Sheep" as we passed the fields.

Mr. Reid was waiting for us all and he led the way to the Visitor Centre. In the garden here, the children picked flower petals and stuck them on card. They were seeing how many colours they could stick down. Then we went down to the lake. We could see black moorhens, a grey heron and white gulls. We continued our walk over the bridge. We could see spiders, ducks and a fish. We walked on, right round the lake to Tangle Wood. "It's dark in here!"  said one. We climbed up the steep path and then found apples all over the ground. Mr. Reid gave out magnifying glasses for a closer look. The children found slugs on an old, fallen branch. Then they found a carpet of fallen leaves to explore. We went back down the hill, past the carved spiral tree, past three geese to get ready for lunch. Children chose their sandwiches and had an apple, crisps and a drink too.


We tried pond dipping next. Children surrounded trays of pond water while some of the adults used nets to see what they could find. We had baby newts, dragonfly larvae, pond skaters and our star find. Well done to Mrs. Robinson for catching an adult smooth newt. It was our best catch ever! It was very exciting to see what we would get next. Mr. Reid brought a very lively slow worm to show us. Although this animal looks like a golden snake, it is a legless lizard. It has eyelids and can blink. Mr Reid showed all the children.


Then it was on to Arts and Crafts.  The children made collages of snails and butterflies. We walked around the lake again and a mallard (duck) had landed with its green head, yellow beak and curly tail feathers. We went on to the playground. The children went straight onto the slides, climbing frames and swings.


All too soon Mr. Edmunds and Mr. Sparks came to collect us to go back to school. They had a look at the beautiful lake first though! It was a quieter trip back, with happy, worn out children. We would like to thank everyone who helped us make this trip such a success.


 Mrs. Reid


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