2. Archive Newsletter 23.01.19
‘French Day’ – all year groups
4A/4C class assembly - Main Hall - 2.15-3.15pm
‘School Values’ vote week
2B, 2C, 4A, 4C swimming
Year 5 Shakespeare for Schools - Main Hall - all day
5A/5B/5C class assembly - Main Hall - 2.30-3.15pm
5A Gamelan Workshop - Sevenoaks School - 1.30-3.00pm
4B class assembly - Main Hall - 2.15-3.00pm
3B class assembly - Main Hall - 2.15-3.00pm
1A, 1B, 4A, 4C swimming
3A class assembly - Main Hall - 2.15-3.00pm
3C class assembly - Main Hall - 2.15-3.00pm
Year 1 Antarctic Day
5A Gamelan Workshop - Sevenoaks School - 1.30-3.00pm
2A class assembly - Main Hall - 2.15-3.00pm
We start the week with a noticeable dip in temperatures. The school looked extremely picturesque on Monday as the grounds glistened with frost.
As you know, we are currently reviewing the school’s shared values. I have been inundated with ideas and enthusiasm over the project; it has been a pleasure to hear everyone’s thoughts about this. Thank you to all those who have shared how pleased they are that we are doing this - your feedback has been very useful.
‘Yellow Day’ was another success for the school last week. The children looked very colourful on Friday and talked passionately about the cause. I held assembly with Phase 3, who discussed the difference that the A-Team has made to the school and how we behave as a member of the Sevenoaks school community.
Finally, let’s hope that the weather is kind to us over the next few weeks! If you have any queries over the school’s procedures, please refer to the winter planning section of the newsletter.
Have a lovely week!
Mrs C Malone
A Team – ‘Yellow Day’
Last Friday, the A Team held their ‘Yellow Day’, with the aim of raising money for the Buddy Bow Benches.
Children and staff wore an amazing array of yellow accessories and a super total of £327.89 was raised. Thank you, everyone, for donating to such a good cause, and for making a January day look so cheerful!
Thank you again to the wonderful A Team and their staff helpers, Mrs Wright, Mrs Hughes and Miss Lopez for organising the event.
Stonepitts Farm – Christmas Trees
Thank you to everyone who bought their Christmas tree from Stonepitts Farm. Your purchases helped to raise £28 for SPS.
SPSA ‘One Last Dance’ Christmas Ball
A wonderful night was had by all at ‘One Last Dance’ – a special event, which also celebrated Mr Duffy’s time at SPS.
Estimates indicate that approximately £6000 has been raised for the school. This is a fantastic figure! A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended the event and donated so generously.
Additional Flu Vaccination Clinics
We have received the following information from the Kent Community Health Foundation NHS Trust:
‘We are still very much in the grips of winter pressures and flu is yet to hit us. With this in mind, and due to unprecedented demand, we have added additional clinics across all areas to give parents the opportunity to have their child vaccinated if they were unable to receive this at school.
There will also be further, additional clinics at the end of January, and I will be sharing these dates with you in due course.’
WEST KENT FLU VACCINATION CLINICS:
- Saturday, 26th January 2019 (10am - 13.30pm)
Tonbridge Cottage Hospital, Vauxhall Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0NE
FRENCH DAY: Thursday, 24th January (tomorrow!)
Mr Kirby has been delighted with the fantastic response to our French art competition. We have received dozens of entries, and all of them are fantastique! They are currently being displayed around the entrance hall, next to the school office. Please do come and see what the children have produced. Winners of the competition will be announced on French Day.
The day itself, will be full of French activities:
- All children at SPS will receive a French Day Passport featuring activities to complete over the day. If the children show their completed Passport to Mr Kirby, they can earn three house points!
- There will be French activities in class, in the corridors, and in assemblies.
- French-themed, outdoor play activities will be running over lunchtime.
- Winners and prizes will be announced for our art competition.
- A crêpe serving station will be running in the kitchen for those children eating school dinners.
- Secondary school children from Knole Academy will be coming in to run French activities with Years 4, 5 and 6.
As if this wasn’t enough, there will also be a French café at the end of the day, by the main entrance. Adults and children can buy some French treats, practising their buying and selling language with our French-speaking shopkeepers! Please bring in some change to buy a pastry or two (gluten-free options will be available).
- Children will wear school uniform, as usual. However, they are invited to wear a ‘French’ accessory on the day: this could be something red, white, or blue – très français!
It’s going to be a fanstastic day; raising the profile of French within the school and encouraging the ‘love of languages’ SPS children are known for!
We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs Carr for her ideas and efforts in helping to bring French Day together.
Football - Match Report
Sevenoaks Primary vs Otford, Knole Academy, Monday 7th January 2019
Score: 0 - 0
Team: Oliver, Jack, Thomas, Teddy, Ronnie, Oscar, Moritz (Year 6)
The game was a tough match. Even though it was 0-0, there were some great chances at either end. Oliver, Moritz, Teddy and Jack all came close to scoring with Oliver and Jack hitting the woodwork. Thomas, our goalkeeper, did really well making some brilliant saves. Towards the end of the match, Oliver had a great chance after dribbling past 4 players but had his shot blocked by an Otford defender.
Great defending by Oscar and Ronnie combined with some fine saves by Thomas, resulted in a closely fought goalless draw.
We are playing Lady Boswell’s at Knole Academy on Monday 4th February at 3:30 so please do come and support us.
Oliver, Jack & Thomas
Walk to School
Please see the latest Walk to School newsletter in the pdf. attachment to this newsletter.
Winter planning – Snow Policy
We are well and truly in the depths of winter! Please see below a reminder of our policy regarding the possibility of school closure due to adverse weather.
Information for parents/carers regarding Sevenoaks Primary School’s Snow Policy
The Department for Education’s guidance for schools states, ‘As a fundamental principle, every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However, there will be circumstances where schools may have to close due to unavoidable circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be on-site.’
Procedures for advising staff and parents whether the school is open during severe weather:
Our default is that we will be open.
These are the procedures for informing you whether our school will be closed, should there be snow, or any other extreme weather conditions.
- www.kentclosures.co.uk will be updated once the decision to remain open or close has been made – by 7:30 am. Search for the school in the search box. We do recommend parents sign up for SMS/Email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service sends an SMS or email alert to let parents know if we are closed
- A large banner will be placed at the top of the school website
- The following radio stations will also have details on school closures:
- BBC Radio Kent
- Heart FM
- We will send you an email via the school system - we know from past experience that the email messaging systems get overloaded and the message can be delayed quite severely
- A message will be tweeted on @SevenoaksPri
We advise parents not to set off for school without first confirming that the school will be open.
If the school is open during snowy weather (a ‘Snow Day’):
1. Before bringing children into school, parents are asked to ensure they have arrangements in place to collect the children from school early, if the need arises.
2. Parents should ensure that the school has contact details on which they can be reached
throughout the day. Most information will be relayed by email message, where possible.
3. We aim for the children to play outside in the snow if they wish, so please make sure
they are well dressed for very cold weather: a change of suitable shoes are essential.
If children arrive late, it is important that children sign in and register at the front office. School will close at the usual time, but should the decision be made to close earlier, parents will be notified in the usual way.
Please be mindful of local advice from the police and motoring organisations. If you decide not to travel and the school is open, please contact the school and leave a message on the absence line.
If heavy snow falls during the day, when the school is open:
If conditions worsen within the school day, and we feel, for safety reasons, that the school should close, parents will be informed by email and a message will be displayed on the school website.
1. If disruption is foreseeable, then parents should set off from their place of work, or from home, in plenty of time to ensure that they arrive at the school before the school closes.
2. It may be that parents are asked to pick children up early due to the need to close the school part-way through the day to allow children and staff to get home safely before the weather deteriorates. Please be alert for messages throughout the day.
Additional clubs /activities:
There will be no after school activities, games or clubs on ‘Snow Days’. Breakfast club will be open, if possible, dependent upon staff availability and travel conditions.
Parents of children due to attend Play4Ages need to contact them directly to determine whether they will be open.