Our community exists both within and beyond our school gates. We endeavour to seek ways in which we can bring our school and wider communities together to celebrate special occasions, challenge ourselves and develop our personal characters as well as to become good local and global citizens. As the community of Cranbrook continues to grow and develop, we want St Martin's to remain at the heart of life in the town.
December - Christmas at St Martin's
We celebrated Christmas in so many different ways:
- Two beautiful Christingle events in the forest with Rev Jon and Jude Carter
- Feel-good Christmas songs performed to parents
- A fabulous nativity play from Reception and Year 1
- A joyful Christmas celebration with the parents of our Little Parrots
- Our very first Christmas crafts event with parents
- A special Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day
The feedback from parents at the end of this action-packed week was overwhelmingly positive and they appreciated being able to come into school and celebrate with their children and the wider school community.
Here is some of the feedback we received.
November - The arrival of the rowing boat
We were joined by a wonderful group of volunteers from Ashford's solicitors who helped to transport a rowing boat, which had been kindly donated by a member of the public, onto our field. We are going to re-purpose the boat so that we can play in it during our time on the field. The volunteers also led an activity in Year one where they taught us about the importance of recycling and sustainability. We were so grateful to the team at Ashford's for their help.
November - Lantern Walk / St Martin's Day
On Friday 11th November, after dark, we came together to celebrate St Martin's Day with our home made lanterns. We sang songs together and Rev John told the story of St Martin. We also enjoyed hot dogs, chocolate cracknel and hot chocolate which helped to raise funds for our school.
October - Walk to School Week
We worked with Tara, the Cranbrook Town Ranger, to encourage our school community to walk, cycle or scoot to school rather than use the car. Elm class were the overall winners of the class competition with the highest percentage of children arriving on foot/wheels. We celebrated the end of the week with a Walkers' Breakfast which, despite the drizzle, was a huge success.
October - Harvest Festival
We celebrated our harvest festival with a special assembly from Rev John and we also did a collection for the EX5 Alive! Foodbank which supports families in our local area who are experiencing finanical struggles.