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June Update - Village News

By Kim Buggins High Halden Village

Wednesday, 17 June 2020


High Halden Village Contributor


During these strange times village life has gone on and we thought you might welcome an update on what is happening with some of our village "institutions". A second newsletter will follow shortly with more updates.

High Halden COVID 19 Community Group

Group volunteers continue to offer support to anyone who needs it. The co-ordinators do not ask questions as to why help is needed. Speak to one of our co-ordinators if you need assistance with essentials; all enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. If you know of someone that is struggling to feed themselves and/or their family please let them know about the group as no one should go without necessities in our community.

Volunteers can provide support with prescriptions, shopping, phone chats and assistance with navigating your way around the internet

To get in touch, please call one of the co-ordinators:

Pauline Rose: 07754 797968 / 01233 850935 Kristina Hoath: 07966 396877 / 01233 850198

Or email [email protected] Alternatively, if you feel more comfortable, Helping in Tenterden also covers High Halden residents and they can be contacted on 01580 761060”

High Halden CEP School Update by Mrs Kelly Burlton - June 16th

During the months of May and April, the school remained open for a small handful of children whose families needed to keep working during the pandemic, the vast majority of children were learning in the safety of their homes. From 23rd March, the teachers started to prepare a wide range of lessons which children could access via our school website:

We’ve tried to ensure that the children receive a broad and balanced curriculum, so they have been working on acquiring knowledge in all subjects. The teaching team have made videos to support learning, whether it be how to pronounce certain sounds during phonics lessons, reading aloud to the children or explaining mathematical concepts. Additionally, we have set our families daily challenges, these have ranged from photo tasks, riddles, scavenger hunts and the ever so popular Garden Gameshows! Alongside all of this, we have provided a daily opportunity for worship, as a church school, this is important as it a significant part of our school day and helps giving time and space for this sort of thinking and reflecting in order to enrich pupils’ spiritual development as well as their knowledge and understanding of the Bible. Our aim, has been to work alongside our families to ensure they are engaged and enabled to support their children as best they can.

More recently, we have been able to welcome more children back in to school. Currently we have three ‘bubbles’ (groups) of children working in their designated classrooms. We’ve needed to make several adjustments to the day to day logistics such as staggered drop off/collection times, rotation of equipment and separate desks within the classroom as well as stringent hygiene routines. The children have been amazing- they are ever so resilient and have coped exceptionally well with the changes put in place. Equally, our families have been fantastic, we received many messages of support and thanks during this period. It’s important for me to share, that the staff have risen to the challenge and adapted to new ways of working, not only are they in school teaching, they are also continuing to support the children who are learning at home.

High Halden War Memorial Hall

The hall has been closed since the middle of March and sadly we don’t know when we will be able to reopen for our organisations and private bookings. However, the trustees are taking the opportunity to have important maintenance work done (much easier when the hall is empty). Early planning and preparation for reopening is underway so that we will be ready when government guidance changes. Over the past few days the wooden floor in the main hall has been stripped, resealed and polished - it looks so much better! We are keeping in touch with the organisations who use the hall and look forward to welcoming them back as soon as we safely can.

Contact Information

Kim Buggins

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High Halden War Memorial Hall, Ashford Road (A28), High Halden, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3LY