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Latest News 2016/17 Academic Year


FoBS -Summer Fete

Sunday 9th July

The summer fete was a huge success. organised by Mrs Jarvis and Mrs Prenter and run by some amazing mums, dads, nans, grandads and teachers and year 6 children. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle, sponsored the programme and gave so generously for the stalls.

We made a total profit of..... £1445.00





 Kwik Cricket  'Night of Champions'

Tuesday 4th July

Our success in the preliminaries in May saw us have an incredible evening of Kwik Cricket. We won the quarter final and semi final leaving us to do battle with Deanwood in the final and what a game it was. Kieran bowled a hat-trick, the adrenalin flowed in the players and in the crowd of  supporters. The sportsmanship, camaraderie and determination  of the children shone through and brought the Bryony team to victory. A fantastic result and another sports cup for Bryony.



Tag Rugby 'Night of Champions'

Wednesday 28th June

The tag rugby team came runners up in the night of champions, getting through to the final. Having beaten St Andrews and English Martyrs, Strood on the way we  could not overcome Burnt Oak narrowly losing in the final. 


Kent Schools 'High Fives' Netball finals -

Wednesday 28th June

We played against some of the top teams in Kent today during the Netball finals and came 5th in our pool.


MYG - Series Standing for 2016-2017

Bryony School finished 4th out of a total of 66 schools that took part in this years games. This is a fantastic achievement for our school, taking into consideration our size, and we would like to thank all the children, sports teachers and parents for their commitment and support throughout the year. Well done Bryony.....


MYG - Athletics 'World Championships' Medway Park

Tuesday 27th June

We are so proud of the children who competed today against 52 schools in the Athletics, we finished a very credible 11th.


Netball and Basketball 'Night of Champions'

Wednesday 21st June

The children didn't disappoint and won the Basketball and came 2nd in the Netball. The results demonstrated the sheer determination and sportsmanship of  our children, especially as more than half of them were in  both teams...



Sports Day

Friday 23rd June

The Infant and Junior sports day went ahead in glorious sunshine. The children enjoyed the fun and competitiveness of the day. The Junior site are divided into 4 houses and the Yellow team, having scored the most points,  won the cup.




Royal Central School of Speech & Drama Perform 'Dickens Dictionary'

Monday 19th June

The whole school were fortunate to see this incredible outdoor performance by the RCSSD. All the children and staff were thoroughly entertained while learning about



Our thanks go to Mrs Goldsmith ( a reception parent) for arranging such an exciting event and to the performers and director for bringing a part of 'Dickens' to life at our school.



MYG -Football - Anchorians Sports Ground, Gillingham

Tuesday 13th June

Runners Up! What a fantastic result for our Football Team





Chitra Sounder (Wednesday 14th June) Sophie Plowden (Friday 16th June)

We welcomed two authors into the school this week. They talked about their work and their books and the children were able to purchase signed copies of their latest books. 


Year 1 Educational Visit to Rochester, 'Dickens School Friday'

Friday 9th June




Mini Youth Games (MYG) Kwik Cricket

Thursday 25th May

Well done to the Bryony Cricket team at the MYG Kwik cricket tournament. Out of 51 schools the team came third! Bryony have now qualified for our fourth Night of Champions events this year along with tag rugby, basketball and netball.



Our team won all of their six games but were beaten by teams who had a higher cumulative runs score. Before the event, Bryony were joint eighth overall from all the MYG events so far. Cricket will push us higher. We look forward now to the final MYG events; football and athletics. Well done Bryony!



Pre-School & Infant visit to Wingham Wildlife Park

Tuesday 23rd May




Y- ball Competition-Fort Pitt

Saturday 22nd April

Two teams, boys and girls, from the Juniors played in the Y-ball competition. This was a new game for the children and they all played well bringing home the runners up medals.







Infant & Junior Softball Competition  at Fort Pitt Grammar School for Girls

Saturday 6th May

Infants and Juniors took part in the softball competition. The children all came home with medals. The infants won their game scoring

14 - 9 , years 3&4 came second in the game they played 12-21and years 5&6 won their game 24-3.



Our Winning Infant Team



Living Land, Detling-Yr 4

Thursday 4th May

Year 4 had an exciting trip to Detling Showground where they were able to experience and learn about the Living Land. The children really enjoyed the day and didn't let the poor weather spoil the fun.





The London Marathon 2017

Sunday 23rd April

Miss Bower, our early years teacher, ran in the London Marathon. This was a huge personal achievement for her and we are all extremely proud. All  26.2 miles were completed in 5:58:13. Well done Miss Bower!





Mini Youth Games Netball

Thursday 30th March

Its been a great year for sport at Bryony and this competition was no exception. Mrs Atkins and her team came 6th out of 47 schools to earn themselves a place at the Night of Champions in June. Well done everyone. We are very proud of you!






Open Afternoon Yr 6 Parents

Wednesday 29th March

The parents of Year 6 had the opportunity to  see some of their children's work and watch a great performance put on by the classes at an open afternoon. Mums and dads were first invited to look at the children's work.  Refreshments were served and then the parents made their way to the school hall to watch a production  based around the story of Neil Armstrong called ‘Showtime with Mick & Mack.’ The children excelled  themselves with their acting, singing and dancing abilities..       



Visit to Leeds Castle - Reception

Tuesday 28th March

The Reception classes went to Leeds Castle as an introduction to our ‘Castles’ topic. We couldn't have wished for better weather!  We were shown around the castle by expert guides followed by a picnic lunch on the lawn . Later the children dressed up as characters from the Swan Princess story and performed the play. Special thanks to everyone who made it such a great day particularly Mr Wood, Mrs King, Mrs Ali for chaperoning, Mr Sparks for getting us there and back and Mrs Margett and the team in our kitchen for a super picnic.    






Red Nose Day

Friday 24th March


We raised an incredible £1310.79 for Comic Relief on Red nose Day. A big thank you to everyone for your generosity.We had a great day in our red  accessories    raising money for Comic Relief. Highlights  included a cake sale, the Year 2 visit to the  Juniors for some fun and games (see pg. 2) and the sponsored Dance Off’ at the Infants organized by Miss Collier and Miss Hills.  The songs were from across the decades and the choreography was exceptional.  The judges found it hard to choose between the acts so they were all voted as ‘Winners’ . All in all, we had a fabulous day whilst learning about other people less fortunate than ourselves. Just look how much we raised! Thank you to  everyone who got  involved or supported us. the Infants organized by Miss Collier and Miss Hills.  The songs were from across the decades. The choreography was  exceptional.  The judges found it hard to choose between the acts so they were all voted as ‘Winners’ . We all had a fabulous day whilst  learning about and raising a lot of money for other people less fortunate than ourselves.


FoBS Mothers Day Shop

Thursday 23rd March

The Infant children had a lot of fun choosing Mothers day gifts from the FoBs Shop.



LCS Schools Cup-Netball Years 3/4 & Years 5/6

Saturday 11th March

Fantastic end to the week for Bryony. Totally smashed the Netball Competition with both Year groups coming first and bringing home the trophies.


Year 1 Victorian Day and Kent Life

Friday 10th March

The children from Year 1 looked fabulous as Victorians and had an informative and fun workshop at Kent Life. As part of our History curriculum,  Year 1 went to Kent Life to learn about Victorian times. We

went dressed  in Victorian costumes. We met Florence Nightingale who we had lots of questions for as we have been learning about her. We also visited a Victorian classroom and a teacher told Miss Hills to wear the dunce’s hat and to stand in the corner!  We learnt how to make rugs which were used to make houses warm. We met a factory owner and found out about all the horrible working  conditions for the children in Victorian times. The children gave a scullery maid a hand with the washing and had to scrub clothes on a washboard and use a mangle! This fantastic day brought our topic to life.




Farmyard Brought to Your Classroom- Year 3

Tuesday 7th March

The Farming and Education Committee came to our school. Maureen did a presentation for our Year 3 children.


Perform Drama Workshop Infant School

Monday 6th March

We were very pleased to receive a visit from Perform on Monday 6th March. The children had a wonderfully energetic time exploring the theme of Fairytale Forest and using drama, dance and singing to help develop their confidence, concentration and social skills.

To complement the workshop, there is a free educational app for iPhones and iPads based around the theme of Fairytale Forest. It contains fun games, creative tasks and videos of the themed songs and dances.

Dressing up as a Book Character For World Book Day

Friday 3rd March

Some of our Pre-school children in full character for our World Book Day celebrations.



Our junior school showing off their costumes on the day.


Year 3 & 4 are having a sponsored Readathon, raising money for Children in hospitals in the UK, from 27th February to 17th March. We raised £987.86.



Bikeability 2017 Year 6

W/c 20th February

This week some of our year 6 children took part in the Bikeability training provided by Medway Council. Over the week 3 groups of children all achieved a Level 1 or a Level 2 award.




Infants Superstars Competition

Saturday 11th February

What an amazing day it was for the Infant children who claimed first place against St Andrews after a tough event including, 15m Beep Test, Squats, Cup Stacking, 20m Speed Test and Power Bounce. They brought home the cup.




Juniors Basketball Competition Yr3 & Yr5

Saturday 11th February

Due to the Superstars competition running late the  Year 3 and Year 5 teams  played one short game of basketball each. Sadly both teams lost but they all received medals for their hard work.



Kent School's Primary Basketball mixed finals, Medway Park, 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Thursday 2nd February

We are so proud of our mixed Year 6 Basketball team who after excellent teamwork at the Medway Mini Youth Games,  qualified for the Kent Primary School Basketball Finals day this week. Winning all 6 games in the pool stages, followed by a nail biting semi final clash, our team qualified for the Final.  The team worked so hard but narrowly missed out in the Final ending the day as runners up.  Well done to the whole team and Mrs Atkins for all their hard work. 










Mini Youth Games Basketball, Medway Park

Tuesday 31st January


Our mixed Year 6 team came 4th out of 49 schools in the Basketball competition. This qualifies us for a place in the finals of the Kent School's Primary Basketball finals on 2nd February and the Medway School's 'Night of the Champions' on 21st June. Well done everyone we are incredibly proud of you!






Medway Schools Cup Kickball Competition (Infants and Juniors),

 at Fort Pitt

Saturday 21st January

Our Infants played a great game of Kickball against St Andrews but lost 14-18. Year 3 came back winning their game with a great team performance.  Our Year 5 team took  second place.

Kickball is a development game and fairly new to us, however we played well and the children all received medals and enjoyed taking part. Special thanks to our Junior children who gave some expert coaching to our infants really turning the game around.


Mini Youth Games Swimming, Medway Park

Thursday 12th January


Eight Year 6 children represented  Bryony at the annual  Swimming Gala held at Medway Park.  Bryony came a very creditable 19th out of  39 schools entered.  The children performed brilliantly and supported each other  throughout. Well done  Bryony!


Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 16th December

On our last day of the Autumn term the whole school was invited to wear a Christmas jumper for a donation of £1.00. The children and staff wore some fantastic jumpers. This year saw some that had lights on and others that played a selection of Christmas songs!

We raised £126.00 for Save the Children.


Christmas Fun - Ho Ho Ho!

We have had a fantastic festive week. We have enjoyed Christmas fayre games, Christmas dinner and a visit from Father Christmas with presents from FoBs for all children. We all went to a Christmas show: Key Stage 1 and 2 watched the 'Jack & the Beanstalk'  Pantomime and our Early Years watched 'The Smallest House Mouse and Christmas Cat' at the Brook theatre. Our Juniors made us proud carol singing at Hempstead Valley and at Platters Centre in Rainham. Thank you to everyone who has made this week such a success. More details to follow in the newsletter.


Brook Theatre 'The Smallest House Mouse and Christmas Cat' Pre-School & Reception

Tuesday 6th December

The children from our pre-school and reception classes went on their annual Christmas Pantomime visit.  They were all very excited to be going on a bus to the Brook Theatre. The pantomime was a huge success with the children. They  loved the listening to the Christmas story and  and watched intently  as the smallest house mouse and the Christmas Cat tried to stop the Evil Weasel in his tracks to stop Christmas forever.


Junior Choir Carol Singing-Hempstead Valley

Wednesday 7th December

 The junior school sung Christmas carols to the shoppers of Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre today. Mr Johnson and Mrs Harrison accompanied the children. They sang an assortment of traditional Christmas carols , modern Christmas hits as well as a sneak preview songs from their much anticipated Christmas Nativity Carol service. The singing was not only to entertain the public but also to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children. In a little over an hour of  beautiful singing they raised £146.83 for the charity.


Christmas Dinner & Father Christmas

Thursday 8th December

Christmas was in the air today in our school. Thanks to the friends of Bryony school, Father Christmas paid the children a visit. Santa and his Elf gave out presents to the children and talked to them about Christmas. The children were very excited and had more to look forward to at lunchtime when they were served a wonderful Christmas dinner. They wore their own Christmas hats that they had made in their classes and everyone had a Christmas cracker.  


'Jack & the Beanstalk' Christmas Pantomime at the Central Theatre

Friday 9th December

This years Pantomime  was  Jack and the beanstalk. An amazing amount of behind the scenes effort goes into arranging this annual event to make it the success it is for the children. The logistics of making this event successful was down to the organisational skills behind the scenes and the impeccable behaviour of our children.


MYG Badminton

Thursday 24th November                                  


Well done to our Mini Youth Games

Badminton team. The four boys and

four girls came 21st out of 39 schools

that took part in the tournament. They won 4 out of the 8 games played. We are all very proud of their achievement and a big thanks to their coach Mr Johnson for his constant support and dedication.


Ultimate Frisbee Competition Yr 3/4 & Yr 5/6 at Fort Pitt

Saturday 19th November


On Saturday Years 3/4 and Years 5/6  took part in the  Ultimate Frisbee competition held at Fort Pitt Grammar School. We  played against St Andrews, Yrs 3/4 did very well and drew 2-2 but lost 1-2 in the Frizz off. Yrs 5/6 won 7-2. The children played with determination, teamwork and skill. Well done to all the children...a full report and photos to follow...








Children In Need

Friday 18th November


We have had a fabulous day dressed in spotty accessories. The Nursery, Pre-School and Infants enjoyed putting spots on Mrs Oliver  and decorating  biscuits.  The Juniors enjoyed cakes made and sold by Year 6.  Both the Infants and Juniors had a visit from Pudsey Bear A.K.A. our very own Mrs Saroya! Thank you to all the children, staff and parents who have made today so enjoyable whilst raising money for Children in Need. Final total raised £381.59.


Kent Junior Schools Cross Country Championships

12th November 2016


A small but dedicated team of runners took part in the Kent Junior Schools Cross Country Championships which were held at the Detling Showground.  In difficult conditions the children competed strongly for Bryony. Stanley Bucknall came 9th for year 3 boys out of 167 competitors. His brother Ben came 46th for year 4 boys out of also 167 competitors. Mabel Reinelt came 66th out of 129 year 5 girls and Kieran Morgan came 43rd out of 159 year 6 boys. Well done to all the children. This was the first time that Bryony has taken part in this event and we intend to put a larger team into the competition next year.


Year 2 Egyptian Day

Wednesday 9th November

In November Year 2 went to 'Kent Life',  where they were able to be Egyptians for the day. The children participated in workshops where they enjoyed building pyramids, rowing boats, pretending to catch fish and learning about medicine. They were able to experience the life of the Egyptians, a topic they have been studying this term. They looked splendid in their Egyptian costumes and thoroughly enjoyed the events during the day.

Mrs Farnes & Mrs Paice


Year 6 Visit by the Magistrates

Tuesday 8th November   


Our Junior school were paid a visit from the local magistrates office on Tuesday. The year 6 children were involved in role play activities and discussions about what happens inside the Magistrates Court!


Visit from the Fire Service

Monday 7th November


A great start to the week with a visit from the Fire Brigade. All the children enjoyed the visit as well as learning some very important fire safety information. As well as the safety talk the infant children were lucky enough to see a real fire engine and try out the fire hose!




MYG Hockey at Holcombe Hockey Club

3rd November 2016


A Yr 6 team, along with Mrs Atkins, came back from the half term break to represent the school in the mini youth games hockey tournament. The children played well, although they were few and the cold they were determined and played with great spirit to finish 39th.



Friends of Bryony School (FoBs), Halloween Party

Friday 28th October 2016


Children from our infant and Junior schools attended the Halloween Party arranged by Mrs Jarvis of FoBS. The children dressed up in a fantastic assortment of ghouls, ghosts, witches and pumpkins. A great event enjoyed by all the children and subsidised by the FoBS. A special thank you goes to Mrs Jarvis for her much appreciated efforts. 



Year Six Trip to Dover Transport Museum

Tuesday 8th October 2016


Year 6 had an enjoyable day out at Dover Transport Museum. The museum remarked on how well behaved and dressed the children were. What great  ambassadors for our school.






Cross Country Medway Schools Cup

Saturday 15th October 2016


Bryony came 2nd out of six participating schools in the Medway Schools Cup for Cross Country at Fort Pitt on Saturday. Well done to all the children who took part from Reception through  to Year 6. Parents, friends and fellow students did an amazing job supporting each year group with some great finishing sprints from Mr Johnson and Mrs Atkins!






Harvest Festival

Wednesday 12th & Friday 14th October


On Wednesday, as usual, it was the privilege of our Year 2 children to distribute the Harvest Festival Gifts to members of our local community. Thanks to the generosity of parents we had some beautiful and useful parcels to deliver following our morning service at the school conducted by  Reverend Matthias from St Lukes in Gillingham. People commented on the good manners , excellent behaviour and smart appearance of our pupils and as always they were delighted to meet them.

On Friday Reverend Matthias held a service for the children and staff at our Junior school. He explained to the children the importance of sharing with the help of his trusty parrot. The children brought in a very generous  selection of produce which was distributed amongst local residents, Platters Farm and Age UK.


As is the tradition, our Year 5 children, distributed the goods to Platters Farm and Age UK and entertained the clients with a few harvest songs. Age UK made the display above with goods donated by the children and staff of Bryony School. We received several thank you cards as well as  many positive comments about our well behaved children.


MYG Tag Rugby

Tuesday 11th October 2016  


Bryony School came 2nd out of 52 schools at the Mini Youth Games (MYG)Tag Rugby tournament at Medway Rugby club in Rochester.


A mixed team of 10 boys and girls worked tirelessly throughout the day to remain unbeaten.














The final result determined by the try count. Well done to all the competitors and to Mr Johnson for training our fabulous team. We are very proud of you all.









Macmillan Cancer Support Cake Sale

Friday 30th September 2016


A well supported event organised by FOBS raised a staggering £321.33. Thank you to Mrs Jarvis and the team of organisers, the cake makers and volunteers  during the cake sales.



Perform Drama Workshop 'Around the World with Phileas Fogg'

Monday 3rd October 2016


We welcomed 'Perform' (a regional drama group) into our infant school for a drama workshop. The children from all year groups enjoyed performing the story of Phileas Fogg set to music.



Year 1 'Roman Day', Kent Life 

Wednesday 28th September 2016


On Wednesday 28th September, Year 1 (and the teachers!) came to school

dressed in their finest gowns and gladiator costumes ready for our Roman Day. So off we went to Kent Life on a nice sunny morning. We were so excited to see what our day entailed! First, we met a Centurion, he explained that he was in charge of a group of Roman soldiers and he showed us all how to march in formation and how to sword fight!




Tag Rugby 7s Competition (Years 3/4 and Years 5/6) Fort Pitt Grammar School

Saturday 24th September 2016


Bryony took part in a Tag Rugby 7s competition at Fort Pitt .


We played against St Andrews, Yr3/4 worked really hard and with one player down they won a cup for Bryony.








After a close and exciting game the Yr5/6 team came second to St Andrews. Well done to everyone who took part.



Pre-School Visit to Riverside Country Park

Tuesday 20th September 2016


We were very excited to be going to a new venue for us, this year, at Riverside Country Park. Mr. Reid was waiting for us as we pulled up. Excitedly, off we went into the education room. There are hidden wildlife sensors in the walls, that make sound effects. These were great fun and the children loved looking at the stuffed foxes too. We went for a walk and found a pigeon's egg, newly hatched. There were butterflies, squirrels, birds and a rabbit. We collected flowers, seeds and leaves on our way, to make our sticky sticks. We walked along the board walk over the pond and saw many birds and a duck. Then came the long walk out to Horrid Hill looking at interesting things. The children used binoculars to bring the view closer. We had sandwiches, fruit and crisps for lunch. Then the children chose which mini-beast shape they would like to decorate. They used crayons, sequins, glitter and more to produce beautiful art work. We went pond dipping. We found water boatmen and a damselfly nymph. Lastly it was time for the playground. Children played imaginative games on the pirate ship, and had great fun on all the equipment. It was a sad moment when it was time to leave. We arrived back to school tired and happy.


Mrs Reid, Miss Bower and Mr Nye


Speech Day, St Barnabas Church, Gillingham 


We had a lovely time celebrating the children’s achievements of the past year at our annual Speech Day in St Barnabas. We enjoyed entertaining Zumba routines , recorder ensembles and songs. Sadly we had to say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils and their parents as they leave us to start their new journey in Secondary School. Goodbye and good luck –we will miss you! A special thanks went to Mrs Lorraine Clark for her work and that of her team of FoBs helpers. Mrs Clark has handed over the reins to Mrs Jarvis.