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5. Archive Newsletter 19.06.19

DIARY DATES
JUNE
Friday 21st

SPSA Own Clothes Day

Tuesday 25th

Leopards, Lions, 3B, 3C swimming

Wednesday 26th

Year 4 Trip to Bore Place – all day
Foundation Stage 2019/20 Information Evening – Dining Hall/Main Hall – 6.30pm-8.30pm

Thursday 27th

Year 5 Taster Day – Hayesbrook School
KS1 Sports Day – 9.00am-12.00pm
Foundation Stage Sports Day – 2.00pm-3.00pm (please note revised start time)

Friday 28th

Year 5 Pond Dipping – Outdoor Classroom – all day

Saturday 29th

SPSA Summer Fair – 12.00pm-3.00pm

JULY

Monday 1st

Year 2 Trip to Wakehurst Place – all day

Tuesday 2nd

Leopards, Lions, 3B, 3C swimming
Year 1 Story Day
Year 6 Transition Day – Sevenoaks School – all day

Thursday 4th July

Class 1A Trip to Bat & Ball Station – 9.30am-11.00am
Class 3C Trip to Bat & Ball Station – 1.30pm-3.00pm
Parent Council Meeting – Staffroom – 2.00pm-3.00pm

Friday 5th July

Foundation Stage Trip to Rare Breeds Centre – all day
Year 2 – Meet the Teacher – 9.00am-9.30am


Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that everyone is getting the opportunity to enjoy some of the nicer weather this week.

We did well to avoid the rain during our KS2 Sports Day last week. I really enjoyed the team spirit and it was so good to be able to catch up with some of you during the day.

As we continue to make our way through the final term of this academic year, and as you would imagine, I have been looking at staffing for September. I have made some changes to ensure greater consistency across the school and also to prepare for the launch of our newly-designed curriculum. This includes some changes to the Phase Leader roles. You will receive your new class information within the next week.  A huge ‘thank you’ for your input into the curriculum survey; the key themes from your feedback have been included in the decision-making process. I plan to schedule a further meeting in September for parents to include your feedback in the new school development plan, which I am putting together. I will update you soon on this.

Have a wonderful week!
Best wishes,
Mrs Malone
Head Teacher

Hellos and Goodbyes!

We say goodbye to Mrs Kennedy and Mrs Tanner this year. They have both taken the decision to retire and we know everyone at SPS will wish them well and thank them for their continued commitment to our school; they have been with us for many years and worked hard to ensure that our children have been well cared for. 

We also say thank you and goodbye to Mrs Bracken and Mr Freeman from our teaching team this year, as they move on to new ventures. I know that you will join with me in thanking them for their hard work during our time with us and wish them all the very best for the future.

I am excited to welcome Emma Blear, Amy Greaves, James White and Abigail Brooks to our school. They will be joining the teaching team in September and will be here for the day on Monday, 15th July, when all the children will have the opportunity to meet their new teachers for next year.

Mrs Malone
Head Teacher

SPSA Own Clothes Day: Friday, 21st June

As a ‘fine’ for wearing children wearing their own clothes this Friday, and to support the Summer Fair, we would be grateful for the following donations:

KS1:                 Bottles and chocolates
KS2:                 £2 fine


Please pass your donations directly to your child’s class teacher. Thank you!

Lonely Lunch Boxes!

There is often a rather sad-looking collection of lunch boxes left on the shelves outside the staffroom – sometimes, for several weeks. Many are un-named and it is, therefore, difficult to reunite them with their owners.

With this in mind, please ensure all lunch boxes are named so that any forgotten ones can be returned.  

Thank you!

Secondary School Information Updates

Please note that registration for the Kent Test in September 2019 closes on Wednesday, 3rd July.

Please also take a look at the Transfer to Secondary School - Sevenoaks Primary School page on our school website for updates on forthcoming open days/taster days at secondary schools. Recently added:

  • Tonbridge Grammar School
  • Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls

Key Stage Sports Days: Foundation Stage / Key Stage One

Key Stage One and Foundation Stage are holding their Sports Days:

  1. Thursday, 27th June – Key Stage One, 9.00am to 12.00pm
  2. Thursday, 27th June – Foundation Stage, 2.00pm to 3.00pm (please note later start time!)

Please ensure your child comes to school on the day with the following: PE kit, House (colour) t-shirt, named water bottle, coat / sun-tan cream / hat, as appropriate, for whatever the weather throws at us!

As we are a secure site during the school day, the only access to the Top Field (where Sports Day will take place) will be via the gate next to the Adult Education Centre. Please arrive and leave via this gate as all other gates will be closed, as usual, until 3.00pm.

Foundation Stage parents/carers will be able to collect their children from outside their classrooms, as normal. For safeguarding reasons, please do not collect your child directly from the Top Field. As you will appreciate, there will be a large number of people on site and the children will need to return to their classrooms to collect their belongings before they leave for the day. Thank you for your understanding.

We look forward to seeing you at these fun-filled events!

Key Stage Two Sports Day

History was made at the 2019 Key Stage Two Sports Day. For the first time, one House triumphed as the overall winners for both Track and Field Events – congratulations to BRUNEL!

                                             

A huge ‘well done’ to ALL the children for taking part in the activities with enthusiasm and team spirit, and for displaying COURAGE in abundance! ‘Thank you’ to Mrs Shea for organising the event once again, and to all the staff who supported the children throughout the morning.

SPS Working Party

SPS team effort was again on display last Saturday, when a group of children, parents, carers, staff and friends rolled up their sleeves and ‘mucked in’ to get a range of tasks completed in the Key Stage One playground.

Thanks to their efforts, the playground is looking fantastic, with freshly-painted seats and planters as well as new raised beds for the allotment:

   

Thank you so much to those of you who gave up your spare time (some were here from the very start to when the last drop of paint was applied!) to help provide the children with a colourful and exciting playground. It couldn’t have been done without you!

Kent Schools Boys Team Tennis

On Friday, 24th May, Sevenoaks Primary School entered three boys teams into the annual Kent Primary Schools Tennis Championships. 

It was an extremely fun and busy day with two Orange teams playing in the morning and our Green team in the afternoon.

I can honestly say I have never been more proud of the boys. Last minute squad changes made for a challenging start, but the strength, support and commitment the children demonstrated was truly inspiring. 

That, in combination with some great team tennis, resulted in a 4th and 7th place for the Orange boys and 4th for the Green team.

A special mention goes to Ollie who courageously stepped in at the last minute and found himself in a doubles shootout with Jack - a fast-fire first to five points to reach the semi-finals.

Team - it was a pleasure to support you all at this event and, in the words of the organiser, you were 'brilliant and a credit to your school', once again.

Mrs Gwinnell
Tennis Coach
  

Tennis: Invitational Tournament - Surbiton Trophy - ATP Tour June 2019

Before I start telling you about my amazing day, I would like to thank the other three brilliant team members alongside me, Huw, Dehong and Alex. All through the day they were helping, supporting and congratulating the other team members. But behind the scenes I would like to give a special thanks to Dom and Helene Jackson for picking us and helping us get through the day.

As soon as I got there, I went to watch the exciting game: Brands (German) against Lopez (Spanish.) There were lots of tense and superb points, but unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the whole match because it was nearly time to get warmed up and play our tournament!

Secondly, we got to see the end of our Sevenoaks girls team against Bromley. As well as beating Bromley themselves, they also won their whole tournament and came home with a shiny new gold medal!

We started ours soon after. Firstly, we had to play Bradfield, and comfortably won it, winning all our matches. At about 15:15 we had our break. Shortly after, the team played against WTA (Weybridge Tennis Academy). Again, we won all our games, everyone playing superbly, using brilliant shots, hitting all four of the opponent’s corners. Everyone did brilliantly! Amazingly, we had got to the final against Surbiton tennis club! We got off to a fiery start, winning our first two games. Our number one/two lost our doubles, but three/four won. The team lost one, making it 3-2. It was all up for grabs! With only one more game to play, everyone was shaking with nerves. With a great deal of effort, Huw significantly secured Sevenoaks’ win!

At the end, we got women’s 51st in the world (Alison Riske) to present our gold medal! After celebrating our glorious win, we finally watched Nick Kyrgios in doubles until it was time to go home.

What a great day!
By Toby 4C

The Bridge Tournament 2019

On Friday 17th May, a group of Year 5 and 6 children, who belong to Bridge Club, went to Weald Community Primary School for a Bridge tournament. Bridge is a card game that requires skill, but mostly luck. Well done to Ben and Theo who came first!

Here is a report from two of the children who took part in the Tournament:

There were a lot of children from many different schools. We came second out of all of them.

Two of our teams won trophies, and it was overall, an excellent Friday afternoon. Other rewards that were given out during the tournament were: The Quiet Assassin - you were given a special Bridge book, it was given to you if you were quiet and just got on with the game. Another reward was a pen for the people who were most polite (Thank you partner, etc.).  Everyone else who didn’t get a trophy or any other prize was given a gold medal.

During breaks there were also running, hopping and egg and spoon races to take part in and we were given squash and biscuits as well.

This was the first time Sevenoaks Primary have had a Bridge tournament or club, so for a first time, we did extremely well. Hopefully, our next-in-line five and sixes can help us get us to number one again.                                                                                  

By Carla and Namira – Year 5
                

Year 5 & 6 Sleepover – Lost Property!

We have various items left over from the Sleepover last Friday, including jackets, tops and a sleeping bag!

If you think you might be missing something, please visit the outside Lost Property Area (next to the playground by Acorns Day Nursery). A table has been set up for Sleepover Lost Property.

Thank you!

Uniform Shop

Our next Uniform Shop opening times are as follows:

  • Friday, 5th July (2.45pm to 3.15pm) - CANCELLED
  • Monday, 15th July (9.00am to 10.00am) 
  • Saturday, 29th June – SUMMER FAIR (12.00pm to 3.00pm)

SPS Midday Supervisor – Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a Midday Supervisor. 1 ½ hours per day, term-time only, starting in September 2019.

For further information, please contact the School Office on 01732 453952 or manager@sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk

Teaching Vacancy: Maternity Cover (Full-Time)

Sevenoaks Primary School has a vacancy for a Maternity Cover (Full-Time) ‘Outstanding’ KS1 Class Teacher: commencing October 2019.

Applications are invited from outstanding NQTs or teachers who are energetic, enthusiastic, innovative practitioners, keen to develop their teaching and inspire our children.

The position provides an excellent opportunity within a strong team of talented, supportive and caring colleagues for a candidate who:

  • is looking to plan and work as part of a team within an inclusive school, with high standards of attainment and behaviour
  • has an excellent working knowledge of the National Curriculum
  • is flexible and adaptable
  • is committed to excellence in education and would relish working with children who are lively, highly motivated and keen to learn

Sevenoaks Primary School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Criminal Records Bureau.

A school tour will form part of the interview process, should your application be successful. 

Please apply for the position via www.kent-teach.com

Pay Grade: MPS
No previous applicants need apply.

Closing date: Friday, 6th September 2019