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SevenOaksPrimary School

‘We are all equal and our teachers are all kind’ (Pupil quote)-– Ofsted 2017
Pupils are proud of their school and enthusiastic about their learning-Ofsted 2017
Pupils feel safe and said that they trust there is always an adult they can go to if they feel concerned-Ofsted 2017
Sevenoaks Primary is a fantastic, caring school, where my children blossom and flourish, both academically and emotionally-Parent
We are very proud to say that our children go to Sevenoaks Primary-Parent
Pupils achieve well at this school-Ofsted 2017
Although it is a large school, a real family feel is fostered - it is palpable-Parent
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1. Archive Newsletter 26.04.17

MAY DIARY DATES
Monday 1st May
BANK HOLIDAY
Tuesday 2nd
CHILDREN BACK IN SCHOOL
1B, 1C, 3A, 3B swimming
Wednesday 3rd    
Yrs 3/4 tennis at Hollybush Park
Thursday 4th
1:20pm Year 3 assembly to parents/carers
Friday 5th
7:30pm SPSA Quiz Night in Main Hall
Monday 8th
Year 6 SATs
Tuesday 9th
Year 6 SATs
1B, 1C, 3A, 3B swimming
Wednesday 10th
Year 6 SATs
Thursday 11th
Year 6 SATs
1A/1B trip to Bodiam Castle
2:00pm Parent Council meeting
Friday 12th
2:00pm 5A assembly to parents/carers
Tuesday 16th        
3A, 3C and gala training swimming
1C trip to Bodiam Castle
Wednesday 17th
Foundation Stage hearing tests
Thursday 18th
Foundation Stage hearing tests
Years 3 &4 Tri Golf at Westerham Golf Course
Monday 22nd
Year 2 trip to Knole Park
Tuesday 23rd
1B, 1C, 3A, 3C swimming
Wednesday 24th
Rugby at Sevenoaks Rugby Club
 

FRIDAY 28th APRIL 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

With only two days to go before the ‘Building Bridges Challenge’, I must admit to feeling rather apprehensive. For my last challenge I spent months preparing for the event, but on this occasion my preparations have been limited to a few short walks. How difficult can it be?!

The walk will commence at Putney Bridge at 9:00am on Friday morning and will finish at the top of The Shard at 3:33pm, if all goes according to plan.

The total raised so far is just over £3000 (£6000) with match funding. I am incredibly grateful to those that have donated so far.

The money will be added to our current overall total of £400,000. This is an astonishing amount of money and I am incredibly proud of our fundraising team. In reality, this team is a small handful of individuals, who have contributed a huge amount of time and energy for the benefit of your children.

The title ‘Building Bridges’ was suggested by MIND to reflect the partnership between the school and the charity, but it also reflects the link established between local and national businesses and ourselves. These organisations have donated well over half the total amount raised towards the New Build fund and, with the pressure on school’s budgets, it will be even more important to foster these relationships.

Challenges to the school budget – School budgets are tight and irrespective of which political party is in power, the reality is that this will remain the case for the foreseeable future.

Schools are faced with hard decisions and Sevenoaks Primary School will not be immune from this process. We have benefited over the years from strong financial management and this will be key over the next few years.

However, what I am not prepared to do is to compromise with what we offer as a school, and I took the same line with the new building. We could have accepted the plan that was offered by the Educational Funding Agency but that would have resulted in a reduction in the curriculum and extra-curricular activities we could offer our children.

I would prefer to look creatively at how we can raise additional income, which allows us to continue the improvement of the school and the education we provide to your children.

This is why it is so important that we make the most of our current fundraising campaign and the benefit achieved through the match funding, which will cease at the end of this academic year.

We have two terms to go and the ‘Building Bridges Challenge’ is the start of our final push. If you haven’t contributed already, I would be incredibly grateful if you could do so.

If I do not get the opportunity to do so in person, I would like to thank all you that have or intended to contribute.

JustGiving link: Building Bridges Challenge

Alan Duffy

Visitor badge amnesty!
 
We appear to have lost nearly all of our visitor passes/lanyards. If you volunteer at the school, please could you check that one has not accidentally made its way home, and return it to school at your earliest convenience.
 
Thank you.
 
School Crossing Patrol absence
 
On Friday 5th and Monday 8th May, there will not be a School Crossing Patrol officer at the junction with St James’ Road.
 
Please ensure that you exercise extreme caution, if using that point to get into and out of school.

 

Lost property clear-out

All coats and leftover items in Lost Property will be cleared out this Friday 28th April, and either recycled or thrown away.
 
Please ensure that, if your child is currently missing items, you visit Lost Property this week, located by the School Office.
 
Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers
 
The deadline for receipt of Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers is next week. If you have any at home that you would like to donate, the collection box is in the main reception.
 
Thank you
 
Vacancies at Sevenoaks Primary
 
Breakfast Club staff
We currently have vacancies for Breakfast Club staff. The hours are from 7:30 – 9:00am five days a week, term time only. We would also consider applications with job-share options.
 
Midday Supervisor staff
We are actively recruiting for Midday Supervisors. The hours are approximately 1.5 per day, five days a week, term time only.
 
For an application form for both positions, please contact Mrs Sermon on 01732 453952, by email: manager@sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk or drop by the school office.
 
Kitchen Assistant vacancy
Accent Catering have a vacancy for a kitchen assistant to work with our lovely kitchen colleagues. The hours are 16 hours per week, term time only. No particular expertise is required as training will be given.
 
For further details, please contact the Chef Manager, Kate, by email: sevenoaksprimary@accentcatering.co.uk

 

Uniform shop opening times
 
The school uniform shop will be open on the following dates from 2:45 – 3:45pm
 
Monday 24th April
Monday 8th May
Monday 22nd May
Monday 12th June
Monday 26th June
Monday 3rd July
Monday 17th July
 
Sevenoaks Partnership Great British Bake-Off
 
You may recall that last month we held a heat (no pun intended!) for the Sevenoaks Partnership Great British Bake Off. Grace in 3C won and this week went head-to-head with heat winners from Partnership schools, baking in the Knole Academy Food Technology Room. Grace was asked to make and decorate a Victoria sponge cake - all the entries were judged and finalists were selected.
 
We are delighted and proud to announce that Grace went on to be selected for the Grand Final, taking place on Thursday 4th May at Knole Academy again. Judging this time will be renowned chef Rosemary Schrager, headteacher Mrs Boyle and the Chef. Grace will need to bake a cake with a Celebration theme.
 
Congratulations to Grace for reaching the Grand Final, and best of luck!

Grace, with her Victoria Sponge