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‘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

2. Archive Newletter 13.01.16

Thursday 14th       
Mrs Edwards gets her hair cut off!! Details below…
Tuesday 19th
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
Year 3 History off the Page
1:45pm Family Learning Session on Assessment
6:30pm Family Learning Session on Assessment
Friday 22nd
6:30 – 8:30pm SPSA Key Stage 2 Disco
Monday 25th
3:00pm Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 26th
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
Thursday 28th
2:00pm Parent Council meeting
Saturday 30th
3:00 – 5:30pm SPSA Beetle Drive
Monday 1st February
9:00am 1B class assembly to parents
2:45pm 2B class assembly to parents
Tuesday 2nd
1A, 1B, 4A, 4C swimming
Thursday 4th
9:00 – 1:00pm School Nurse Clinic. Appointments are necessary. Please call the office to book.
Year 5 Gamelan at Sevenoaks School
2:45pm 2A/2C assembly to parents
Monday 8th
Year 1 trip to Drusilla’s Zoo
O2 Young Voices
3:00pm Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 9th
1A, 1C, 4A, 4C swimming
Kent School Games Gym Competition

Dear Parents/Carers,

A belated Happy New year to you all. I hope you enjoyed the festive period and are looking forward to the exciting opportunities that 2016 will bring.

It will be a historic moment in the life of SPS as the work on the long awaited New Build should finally begin. I am sure it will bring with it numerous challenges to overcome but the end result will be well worth the effort.

My New Year’s resolution for 2016 is to be more ‘mindful.’ It is the latest buzzword and there are numerous books (including colouring) and articles being written on the subject. If you can see through the inevitable jargon, the underlying message is that we spend too much time worrying about the past and the challenges of the future, and not enough time enjoying the present.

This is going to be my focus for the year and I am hoping that I can encourage the children and the staff to do the same.

Staff News

The New Year brings with it changes to the SPS staff team. I would like to welcome Emma Duncan. Emma will be operating as our Special Needs Coordinator for three days a week and will form part of our Special Needs Department. She will be joining Rowena Banks, who will be fulfilling the same function for the other two days of the week, when she returns from sick leave.

Nicola Joyce (SENCO from Chevening School) has been supporting the school in Rowena’s absence and this will continue until she returns.

The SPS Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team

SEN Coordinators:
Rowena Banks (2 days a week)
Emma Duncan (3 days a week)
Nicola Joyce (temporary ad hoc cover)
SEN Admin Support:
Sue Thompson - If you would like to contact a member of the team, Sue is your ideal first port of call.
Learning Mentor & Family Support:    Jane Cunnington

Family Learning Session on Assessment – Tuesday 19th January at 1:45pm and 6:30pm

You will have received information on the Family Learning sessions planned for next week, which are designed to inform you of the New Assessment procedures. There will be a general overview of the arrangements, followed by Year Group presentations to outline the expected standards for that Year Group.

It is a starting point and we will ask for feedback through the Class Representatives to see if future information sessions are required going forward. If you are planning to attend the session and have not yet booked, could you please do so as soon as possible, so we are aware of the numbers to accommodate.  A reminder of how to book your places is included within this Newsletter.

Alan Duffy

Admission to Primary School – September 2016. FINAL CALL
If your child was born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 and, therefore, due to start in September 2016, you will now be able to apply for your child’s place in primary school through the Kent County Council website.  The application period will close at midnight on Friday 15th January 2016. 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.
If the child you are applying for has a sibling currently at Sevenoaks Primary School, please come to the main reception to place your child’s name on the Sibling List by Mrs Potter’s Desk.
Appointment of new Phase 3 Leader
I am delighted to announce that Mrs Jeffery has been appointed our new Phase 3 Leader. She will, without doubt, be a fantastic replacement for Mrs Barker who, herself, set a very high precedent as the previous Lead for Year 5 and 6. With the changes to the National Curriculum and increased expectations in both Literacy and Year 6, Mrs Barker is going to devote her energies to these two key areas.
I would like to take this opportunity to once more thank Mrs Barker for all her hard work and dedication to the role, and look forward to seeing it develop further under Mrs Jeffery’s leadership.
Alan Duffy

Hi, I’m Samantha Jeffery and I am the Phase 3 Leader and class teacher in 5A. After completing my degree in Primary Education at Brighton University, I worked for several years as a Year 5 and 6 teacher and Mathematics Coordinator at Wateringbury CE Primary School. I joined Sevenoaks Primary in 2012 to continue my experience in upper Key Stage 2. Alongside teaching in Year 5, I am currently Assessment for Learning Coordinator and Lead Mentor for students from Canterbury Christ Church University, taking great enjoyment in mentoring the next generation of teachers. I am also privileged to run the Ballet Club for Years 1 and 2 here at Sevenoaks.

I began teaching because of my own love of learning and my passion for helping children to reach their potential. I feel lucky to be part of a school which shares the same values as my own and which puts the children at the heart of everything we do. I am delighted my new role will enable me to make a difference to children’s education beyond those in my class through working closely with my Year 5 and 6 colleagues and facilitating the sharing of expertise. I look forward to the challenges and rewarding experiences that this role as Phase Leader will bring.

Staff News
We are delighted to announce that Mrs Edwards in Tigers is expecting her first child!
I am sure you will join me in congratulating both Nat and her husband Ross, and we look forward to meeting the youngest Tiger Cub during the warmer months.
Midday Supervisor vacancies
We are currently recruiting for Midday Supervisors. The positions are term time only, 1.5 hours per day. For further details please contact Mrs Wood in the Finance Office.


Mrs Edwards’ charity Hair Cut – Thursday 14th January

Tomorrow, Mrs Edwards (formerly Hornsbury) will be having her hair cut for charity. Little Princess Trust was originally set up in memory of a little girl called Hannah T by her parents, school and friends, who sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2005.
The charity provides real hair wigs free of charge to boys and girls throughout the UK who have lost their own hair through treatment for cancer. These wigs cost the charity over £350 each.
Nat will be getting 50cm cut off her hair, which is an incredible amount, and we are so proud of her for making the decision to do this for such a worthy cause.
If you would like to donate towards her fundraising for Little Princess Trust, there is a form in the main reception by Mrs Potter’s desk.
Donations can also be made via a JustGiving website:  
Registered Charity No. 1113172
We look forward to seeing a transformed Nat, and well done from all at SPS!
School nurse appointments  4th February 9:00 – 1:00pm
Our school nurse, Roddy Montgomery, will be holding a Clinic here at school, on Thursday 4th February from 9:00 - 1:00pm. This is available to any parent who would like to discuss their child's medical health, and for Roddy to offer advice and support.
Please note that the clinic will be by appointment only, with each timeslot for 20 minutes. If you would like to book an appointment, please drop by to see Mrs Potter on the reception desk, or call the school on 01732 453952.
The booking form does require a brief description of what you would like to discuss with Roddy. Please be assured that this information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Family Learning Session on Assessment

Tuesday 19th January at 1:45 & 6:30pm

to book your appointments. Log in with the following information:
Your name and email address
Student’s First Name
Student’s Surname
Student’s Date of Birth
You will then be given the option to book up to two spaces on one of the sessions.
For any help or further information, please ask to speak to Mrs Sermon in the school office.