2. Archive Newsletter 23.09.16
It is now week three of the new academic year and it already feels like we have never been away. The Foundation Stage intake and our new members of staff have settled into life at Sevenoaks Primary and now seem at ‘home’ in their new surroundings.
There have been changes to routines as a result of the new build e.g. the use of the Top Field as the main playground and the alteration to the drop off and pick up points (more later) but otherwise it is possible to forget that we have a building site metres away from the current school.
My current fear is that the work will be completed and we will not have taken full advantage from a teaching and learning perspective of the opportunities presented by the build. To that end I am arranging to meet with Bowmer and Kirkland (our wonderful builders) to discuss ways in which we can involve the children with the project.
I have discussed ways in which we can improve the arrangements with the staff team and taken on board suggestions from parents/carers
From Monday 26th September, I am proposing the following:
- For parents entering via the front of the school/St James’, we will continue to operate a one way system and we would encourage parents/children to enter through the Foundation Stage play area in the morning (parents will vacate using the side gate). For collection at the end of the day, parents should enter using the side gate and vacate through the Foundation Playground (the reverse of the morning procedure). This will hopefully relieve some of the pressure created by parents and children using the side gate at the end of the day and will also mean that the children are not walking out on to the busy road.
- To relieve pressure during collection time, I am proposing a temporary adjustment to the collection times for Foundation Stage and Year 1. We would ask the Foundation Stage parents to collect at 3.10pm (5 minutes earlier) and the Year 1 parents to collect at 3.15pm (5 minutes earlier).These alterations will be just for the duration of the build.
- We would encourage parents who live in Woodside Road, Lakes etc., to walk to school via Linden Chase and across the Adult Education Centre and then down through the upper field.
- Year 5 and 6 children may enter and vacate the premises using the pathway at the front of the school and through the car park.
- The top gate will be closed at 9.00am for Safeguarding reasons.
I am hoping that the arrangements listed above will serve to improve the situation but we will be reviewing on a regular basis to see if they can be enhanced in any way.
We would encourage all parents/carers do their bit to ensure the school remains a safe and happy place. To this end could you please ensure that:
- If you need to enter the building, please come to the main office entrance, report to the receptionist, sign in the visitor’s book and wear identification or visitor’s badge
- If you need to make an appointment to meet with a member of staff, please organise it through the office and follow the procedure detailed above
- Please inform the school if you see anyone acting suspiciously near the school at any time.
We would like to introduce our new Phase Leaders to you all:
Kathryn Hawes – Phase 1 Leader
Hello, I’m Kathryn Hawes and I feel very fortunate to be one of the newest members of the Sevenoaks Primary School family. I have recently taken on the role of Phase One Leader which allows me the chance to support and monitor teaching and learning across all of the Reception and Year One classes. I can mostly be found (covered in paint or mud!) with Tiger class in Reception.
I completed a BA (Hons) in Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and gained my teacher training experience in three Kent schools across Early Years and Key Stage One classes. My teaching career was spent in three more schools in Medway and South London with the majority of those years spent as a Reception teacher and year group leader.
Matthew Walker – Phase 2 Leader
Hello, my name is Matthew Walker and I am very proud to have joined the team at Sevenoaks Primary School as the Phase 2 leader and class teacher in Year 2. I have a degree in education from London’s South Bank University and have spent the past 10 years teaching across both KS1 and KS2 at a community primary school in West London.
During this time I have gained a huge amount of experience in the differing approaches needed to ensure that every child is making progress in class, as well as the pastoral care that is vital to make sure children are happy and enjoy coming to school.
I love being a teacher and am passionate about children becoming lifelong learners; this process needs to begin as early as possible in a child’s life and I want to ensure that children transition into Key Stage 2 with not only all the skills they need to thrive but a desire to keep on constantly improving themselves as they get older.
My phase leader role will allow me to have an impact on as many children as possible through monitoring the teaching and learning throughout Years 2,3 and 4, as well as working with all the staff to share and expand our knowledge of how to provide the best possible primary education for all your children. I consider myself very lucky to be working with a very talented team of hard working staff and look forward to the challenges ahead!
Kate Perkins – Phase 3 Leader
Hello, my name is Kate Perkins. I am the Phase 3 leader and class teacher in 5A. I have worked within education for 20 years, mainly in Phase 3, although I have had experience of all year groups which I feel has given me a great insight into how our children develop academically, socially and emotionally.
I have been the English manager at three primary schools and in 2004 I completed my Master’s degree in Literacy and Learning. I have also lectured at Canterbury University on the teacher training course. Gifted and Talented leader has also been a role I have enjoyed and for several years I chaired the Sevenoaks Partnership’s Gifted and Talented group . However, my great passion within education is to raise children’s self-esteem, help them to recognise their own potential and provide experiences and challenges which enable them to achieve their goals.
The greatest moments in teaching are watching a child move from, “I can’t” to “I can” and to play any part in that is a great privilege.
Taking on the role of Phase Leader is particularly exciting at SPS as I am joining a very experienced team who are equally as keen to provide the best education for your children.
Continued free school meals for children in Years 3-6
Providing small group work with an experienced teacher
1-1 support for the child
Additional teaching and learning opportunities, either in-house or with an external provider
Financial support for swimming and curriculum visits
Alternatively come into school, bringing just your National Insurance number and Mrs Wood or Mrs Anderson in the Finance Office will be happy to go through the process with you.
Receipt of these funds plays a vital part in the education that we can provide for children throughout the school. Many thanks to everyone who is able to apply and does!