JANUARY/FEBRUARY DIARY DATES
Speed Stacking at Knole Academy for selected pupils
2B, 2C, 5C, 5B swimming
1:20pm Year 4 assembly to parents/carers
1C class assembly to parents/carers - POSTPONED
8:00pm SPSA meeting
6:30 – 8:30pm SPSA KS2 Disco in the Main Hall
Football league after school at Knole Academy
2B, 2C, 5C, 5B swimming
1:20pm 2A & 2C class assembly to parents/carers
2B class assembly to parents/carers
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
Rescheduled 2:30pm 1C class assembly to parents
Netball fixture after school at Knole Academy
5A & 5C trip to Southwark Cathedral & Golden Hinde
Year 5 Gamelan at Sevenoaks School – afternoon
1:20pm 3A & 3C assembly to parents/carers
Year 2 Fairytale Day
Happy New Year and welcome to the last year in our current home! I have just celebrated my 17th year at SPS and, if I’m being honest, I never thought I would see the day when we would be moving into a new, state of the art building!
I am still a relative newcomer, however, and some staff have an association with the building from when it was a secondary school. So their experience, in some cases, includes life as a pupil, parent and as a member of staff.
This building has formed an important part of our lives and it will be an emotional year as we move into our new home. Considering the current facilities have served us so well for over 50 years and thousands of children have passed through its doors, I think it only fitting that we leave on a high.
I would like this to be a very special year in our history and a celebration of the past 60 years or so.We are thinking of ways that we can do so and will be asking past present pupils, staff and parents for their memories which we can record and keep when we move into the new SPS.
If anyone has any photographs of their own time at the school that they would be willing to share, I would be very interested to see them.
Resolutions for 2017
I have discussed two resolutions with the children for 2017. The first is a continuation of the challenge set by our Anti-Bullying Ambassador Team, which encourages and acknowledges act of kindness. Our ‘Kindness Wall’ is growing by the day and I have set the children the challenge of filling the main corridor by the end of the year.
The second relates to my introduction above. I have asked the children to take pride in the school, and in particular this building in its last year.
It is a particular challenge this year maintaining the general tidiness of the school. Having over 200 children using the Top Field as a playground presents its own particular issues in terms of mud. It would be easy, with the new building emerging in front of us to neglect the one that we are in. I am adamant that this will not happen and am encouraging the children to do their bit to look after the school.
I also want them to maintain the highest possible standards in terms of their appearance and to take pride in the uniform and the fact that they are a pupil at SPS.
The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Thank you to all those who kindly donated money towards this very worthy cause towards the end of last year.
The children raised a grand total of £339.17
Primary Maths Challenge
In November, some of our Year 6 pupils took part in the Primary Maths Challenge. After awaiting confirmation of the national results, we can now confirm that three of our pupils have made it through to the final!
Emma H, Lauren F and Charlie H from 6A will be taking part in the Grand Final in February.
Well done to all those who participated and best of luck to our three finalists!
Volunteering at school & Volunteer Handbook
Thank you to our large bank of volunteers, who regularly come to school to help in the classes in various capacities. You are a much valued resource and the school is immensely grateful for your time.
We would like to draw all volunteers’ attention to our Volunteer Handbook, which we ask you all to read carefully, with particular attention given to the Safeguarding aspects.
A link to the Handbook can be found below:
Admission to Primary School – September 2017 FINAL CALL
If your child was born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 and, therefore, due to start in September 2017, you will be able to apply for your child’s place in primary school from 7th November 2016. The application period will close on 16th January 2017. If you do not have access to the internet and would like to come into school to complete your application, please contact Mrs Doleman, our Admissions Officer, in the school office to arrange an appointment.
CALLING ALL SIBLINGS
If the child you are applying for has a sibling currently at Sevenoaks Primary School, please come to the main office to place your child’s name on the Sibling List in the main office.
Uniform Shop opening times/dates
23rd January 2:45 – 3:45pm
6th February 2:45 – 3:45pm
20th February 2:45 – 3:45pm
6th March 2:45 – 3:45pm
20th March 2:45 – 3:45pm
We are unable to take any more donations of second hand uniform, other than PE T-shirts and jumpers with logos.
Accent Catering Colouring competition and quiz
We are delighted to announce that the winners of the ‘Quinoa’ colouring and quiz competitions were Daniel G-S in Leopards and Thea W in 3B. Both children received a £10.00 book token, courtesy of Accent Catering.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the competition.
Details of the latest competitions about ‘rhubarb’ have been sent out via email to the relevant year groups and are also available on our website. Spare copies are also available in the main reception.
Hockey Stars in Barcelona – article by Josefina
At the beginning of a cold, English December, five Sevenoaks Primary School students attended la Inmaculada Tournament in sunny Barcelona.
The weekend consisted of hockey matches playing against teams from Russia, The Netherlands, Belgium and various Spanish teams.
Everyone fought really hard and we won of our matches. The Under 11 girls won their tournament.
It was a great experience which we will never forget!
Our Barcelona players were Josefina H, Will C, Charlie B, Ben H and Michael R.
Vacancies for Breakfast Club staff
We currently have vacancies for Breakfast Club staff. The hours are from 7:30 – 9:00am five days a week, although we would consider job-share options too. These positions are for term time only.
Smoking near the school entrances
We are grateful that any parents/carers that do smoke, are doing so outside the school boundaries.
However, we have received a message of concern that some are lighting up in very close proximity to the various entrances to the school.
Whilst we appreciate that this is outside the premises, it is still not an ideal place to do so, where many parents and young children are passing.
We kindly ask that adults are mindful of passing pedestrian traffic.
Thank you for your consideration.
We would like to remind parents/carers of the school uniform colour requirements (including accessories), which can be found here:
Please also ensure that your child has their complete PE kit in place.
Distractions during lesson time
Please could you ensure that any younger siblings are kept away from classroom windows prior to the children being dismissed at 3:20pm. It can be difficult for the teachers to continue lessons with such distractions.
Any parents who need to enter the school, MUST do so through the main entrance and not through the classrooms.
Cold weather and winter closures
Could we remind you all that coats are essential for the children during the winter months. Should the weather take a turn for the worse, please also ensure that your child brings in a change of shoes in snowy conditions – small, cold wet feet get very painful!
You may well have seen the snow forecast for the next few days, and we hope that, by pre-empting it, it might warm up and avoid our area completely!
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.
As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.
We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. We will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting pathways and clearing access points.
How will we let you know if the school is closed?
If we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, Mr Duffy may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website. To determine whether the school is open or closed please visit www.kentclosures.co.uk.
Search for the school in the search box.
An alert will also be put on the school website (www.sevenoaksprimary.co.uk
) with immediate effect, tweeted (@SevenoaksPri) and emailed to parents.
We also recommend parents sign up for SMS/Email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an SMS or email alert to let parents know if we are closed. Parents can also listen to KMFM, BBC Radio Kent or Heart FM to hear if the school has closed.
What can you do to help?
Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/winter
for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.
If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back‐up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.
Handball session – Knole Academy
On Wednesday 7th December, nine children from Year 5 attended a Kent School Games Handball coach and learn session at Knole Academy.
Handball is a combination of basketball, football and netball all rolled (no pun intended!) into one. It is a fast-paced game that is easy to learn. The children were taught 7 drill exercises that showed them the fundamental aspects of the game, and at the end of the session played a mini match.
The children were a true credit to our school and a member of staff there commented on their keenness throughout the session. Well done to Callum, Tom, Isabella, Matilda, Austin, Brooke, Joe, Kezia and Sam.
Overview Plans – Years 1-6
The overview plans for terms 3&4 can be found on the school website under Parent Information – Year Group Information – choose year group.
They can also be found using the links below: