MAY DIARY DATES
BANK HOLIDAY – NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
BACK TO SCHOOL
1C, 1A, 3A, 3B swimming
ANIMATE ARTS BEGIN PAINTING ON PLAYGROUND BLUE WALL. PLEASE KEEP CLEAR OF THE AREA FOR 1 WEEK.
Yrs 3&4 inter-house tournament
Acorns and Leopards mini sports event
Individual Floor and Vault Competition for Gym Squad – Holmewood House
Year 6 SATs tests
1C, 1A, 3A, 3B swimming
Year 6 SATs tests
Foundation Stage Height & Weight checks
Year 6 SATs tests
Year 6 SATs tests
3B trip to Pizza Express
Tri Golf at Westerham Golf Club
Year 5 Earth & Space overnight event at school
Year 4 trip into Sevenoaks town centre
Year 6 First Aid Training all day in main hall
Tigers, Lions, 3A 3C swimming
It seems an age since I wrote the last piece for the newsletter. The Easter holidays have passed, the Year 6 have enjoyed Blackland Farm (the best ever and tropical weather to boot!) and we have survived a flood of epic proportions!
There is never a dull moment at Sevenoaks Primary School and with an awful lot to catch up on, here goes...
The Great Flood!
During the Easter holidays we experienced a flood caused by a fault in the plant room in the new building. The room is situated on the first floor and upon my arrival at school, I was greeted with water pouring through the ceiling of the Kids’ Kitchen. The classrooms and shared teaching area in Phase 2 were also covered in a few inches of water. I must admit to being somewhat distraught at the sight and the possible damage to our lovely new building.
However, I needn’t have worried. The site team, aided by other members of staff, STEADFAST (our cleaning company), Musselwhite’s (a local plumbing company we have used for many years) and Bowmer & Kirkland did a phenomenal job of limiting any possible damage.
Thanks to the herculean efforts of all concerned, the classrooms were in working order for the first day of Term 5. There was a slight odour for a short while and a hum from the dehumidifiers, but other than that you would not have noticed that we had been affected by a flood.
When we returned from Blackland Farm, it was as though nothing had happened. We may need to replace a small number of water damaged floor tiles but otherwise we are unscathed. I would like to offer a huge thank to all those involved in ‘putting the school back together’, but in particular Dan and Tom Gadd, our fantastic site team, and Ann Williams, head of our IT Department.
The demolition stage of the process continues at a pace. Despite the delay earlier in the year, it is still anticipated that the demotion and landscaping will be completed over the summer holiday. The final piece of the jigsaw, which consists of the covered walkway linking Phase 1 to the new school, will be installed in September. This is slightly frustrating as we had hoped to have completed the whole project for the start of the new academic year but we have been assured that the additional work will be completed in Term 1.
Additional work to the modular builds
We have managed to obtain funds from the Local Authority to provide an additional covered walkway, which will link the back of the Year 1 modular buildings to the new doorway, which will be installed in the middle of the Foundation Stage link corridor. This will allow for safe, covered access between the different classes in Phase 1.
We are still hoping that the Local Authority will make further improvements to the external appearance of the modular builds. The plan is to add coloured panels to the exterior, which will tie in with the design of the new building. I will keep you informed of further developments.
The school was also successful in obtaining funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund, for a project to celebrate and remember the ‘old SPS’. The children have been involved throughout and their work and ideas will be a record for future generations of SPS pupils.
The project covers a number of different areas. An artist working for a company called Animate Arts has organised a number of workshops with the children. They have designed and produced an artistic representation of the new and old buildings, which will be displayed on the blue wall (close to Acorns Nursery).
A separate company called Geo Media have also been employed to produce several designs for the new building. One display is a timeline, which runs from the Second World War to the present day. The timeline covers key historical dates and also includes the history behind Sevenoaks Primary School.
We have a number of photographs to illustrate the display but would be grateful if any parent or grandparent had any additional pictures from the SPS past, which could add to the project.
Hockey Team Report
On 24th April 2018, a selection of pupils, Year 5 and Year 6, entered a hockey tournament located at Hollybush Park. The third team consisted of Year 5 students whereas the second held Year 6 students only. However our first team, holding a mixture of the two years left the tournament with pride over a second-place position.
Playing six-a-side, the three teams were separated into two leagues. In League 1, Team 1 and Team 2 took part, stealing the top two positions. In League 2, Team 3 played coming out with an impressive win placing above a team of Year 6 students!
Team 2 won most games, resulting in a record of one draw and two wins as they headed into the fourth and final match. The game was tense as the team faced Sevenoaks1. The match was close, however Team 1 pulled out a goal to put them in the lead. With a smooth game, Sevenoaks 2 managed to level the scores to 1-1 with short time left on the clock. Sevenoaks 1 were worried that this result could disable their position in the final. However, this fact motivated them into scoring another goal comfortably earning a place in the final.
After many lessons learnt from the previous game, Sevenoaks 1 went into the final with full hope and information. Watching Amherst walk onto the hockey field with confidence could have thrown Sevenoaks off guard, however the team went into the match with full spirit. The match was end-to-end as Amherst pulled off an impressive start matched by Sevenoaks’s efforts. Drastically, Amherst slid the ball into the net as they took a 1-0 lead. With the last scraps of hope left in Sevenoaks, the whole team were able to rely on their strong defence. Finally, our striker, Joe H, pulled off a late goal with the help of our grateful team mates, taking the score to 1-1, however, substitutions were in order as two strong players were taken off the pitch for equally capable players. Unfortunately, Amherst stole the winner with seconds to go in late extra-time.
Overall, Sevenoaks Primary were able to come out proud as all players performed well and worked as a team leading to a fun and exciting day.
By Jago O-D and Joe H
Vacancies at Sevenoaks Primary School
We currently have vacancies for teaching assistants – for both a June 2018 and September 2018 start. For further details and an application form, please use the following links:
There are also further vacancies for teachers in September 2018 and for a SENCO or SENCO/AHT. Further details can be found below:
Plea for spare towels
The PE department would be grateful for any donations of spare towels for our swimming lessons. They can be dropped off at the main office.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
The second-hand uniform shop will be open EVERY MONDAY in Term 5.
We have received a massive amount of unwanted uniform recently – thank you to everyone who has kindly donated.
We can now only accept uniform with logos, due to storage.
Does your child’s maths homework seem a little different from when you were at school?
Do the words used in their work seem like another language?
We have some fantastic resources and information available on the following link:
These should help you and your child with the key vocabulary used in class.
Breakfast Club staff vacancies
We currently have vacancies for Breakfast Club staff. The working hours are between 1 and 2 hours per day, and there is also flexibility on the number of days worked per week.
For further details, please contact the Finance Office or drop by the school officer to speak to Miss Houston, School Business Manager.
Primary Maths Challenge
Back in November, 2017, a number of our Year 6 pupils sat the first round of the Primary Maths Challenge – a national maths competition which Sevenoaks Primary has taken part in for some years now. Across the country 68,000 children competed, and of these, 3255 pupils went on to participate in the Bonus Round in February.
Each paper is out of 25 marks and in the final round, just 6% of those competing achieved a Gold Medal by scoring 21 or higher. We are pleased to announce that Edward E was one of these pupils. Further success was achieved at the Bronze Medal level and these were awarded to Toby N, Lennon W and Edward N.
Our other competitors did well to make it this far and gave their best effort on what is a very taxing paper. So, congratulations also go to Lila S-H, Alex W, Harry T, Ollie D, Danny O and Connor R-Y.
Great maths by all!
We will be bidding farewell to some of our staff in the coming months, and would like to update you on the changes.
After an incredible 14 ½ years here, Mrs Scordel will be leaving us in July. Whilst we are very sorry to see her go, we are also very excited for her and her family. They are embarking on a new adventure, relocating to France. We wish you all the very best!
Miss Fearfield will also be moving on to pastures new, albeit locally to Dunton Green Primary School to continue her teaching career. She has been a very popular member of the Phase 2 team, and both the staff and the children, in particular the Cheerleading Club, will be sorry to see her go.
At the end of this term 5, we shall also be bidding farewell to our teaching assistant Mrs Wilson. After eight years of service to the school, she is moving to an academy school in Tonbridge, and we wish her all the very best.
Mrs Webster, our year 5/6 teaching assistant, will move on at the end of the school year to Lady Boswell’s. We would like to wish her lots of luck in her new role.
Please join us in thanking everyone mentioned for their outstanding service to the school, and to wish them all the very best in their new adventures.
Scholastic Book Club
Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to: Scholastic Book Club
to browse the latest books and to order online.
Remember, for every £1.00 that you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 25p in Scholastic Rewards.
Please place your order online by Friday 18th May 2018