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2. Archive Newsletter 23.09.16

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 DIARY DATES
Friday 23rd
6:30 – 8:30pm SPSA Family BBQ & Disco
Monday 26th
CLUBS START
Foundation Stage children in full time
3:00 – 4:00pm Uniform Shop open
Rugby fixture after school
Tuesday 27th
2A, 2B, 6A, 6B swimming
Netball fixture after school – Knole Academy
Thursday 29th       
Van Cols individual and sibling photos
Wednesday 28th
8:00pm SPSA meeting
 
Sunday 2nd October
Sevenoaks Family 5K Event at Knole Park – advance places only (see Newsletter for further details)
Monday 3rd
Sevenoaks Literary Festival in Main Hall
Rugby fixture after school
Tuesday 4th
2A, 2B, 6A, 6B swimming
Wednesday 5th    
2:15pm Mental Health first aid session for parents
Monday 10th        
2B trip to London
3:00 – 4:00pm Uniform Shop open
Rugby fixture after school
Tuesday 11th
2A, 2B, 6A, 6B swimming
Year 1 Great Storm trip
Wednesday 12th
2A & 2C trip to London
Thursday 13th
Kent Test results emailed to parents from 4:00pm
Friday 14th
Harvest Festival
Saturday 15th       
Charity Gig – Knole Academy. Proceeds towards SPSA
 

Dear Parent/Carer,

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.

Drop Off and Pick Up
As mentioned above, the new build has necessitated changes to our drop off and collection arrangements. Whilst the response has been generally positive, there have been concerns raised by parents relating to the children/parents exiting by the side gate near to the Foundation Stage classrooms.

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.

Adult Education Centre
Adult Education have always been supportive of the school and been receptive to any suggestions we have made. However, they have asked if we could request that NO parent should be parking in their car park. The centre is now up and running for the new year and they will require all of the space available. A number of our parents are currently using their facilities and we would kindly ask that they look for an alternative place to park.
 
Security Protocol
‘Our aim is to make Sevenoaks Primary school safe, happy and welcoming to everyone’ – Sevenoaks Primary security motto.
We do recognise that to achieve this goal it does require the patience and understanding of all concerned – good security can be frustrating!
 

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.
Safeguarding Information
‘Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility’.
Sevenoaks Primary School is committed to the safeguarding of all our children.
 
Spotting Abuse
Most children enjoy happy childhood experiences. Unfortunately for some, this is not the case. The signs of child abuse are not always obvious. The effects of abuse may be short term or long term.
Abuse can take many different forms, such as neglect, physical abuse and even emotional abuse. It is important that you do not assume that someone else will take responsibility.
 
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child at Sevenoaks Primary School, please speak directly to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
The current Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr Duffy, Miss Durkin and Mrs Haslam.
 
Alan Duffy
 

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.

In 2010 I decided to undertake the first part of a Masters Degree in Early Years. This gave me the opportunity to study the work of many different early childhood theorists and also undertake some action research looking at high quality play experiences in my own setting. I have, most recently, worked for Kent County Council as an Early Years Improvement Adviser, supporting teachers, teaching assistants and headteachers in schools across Dartford, Gravesham, Sevenoaks and occasionally down by the seaside! It’s lovely to now be back in the classroom with my terrific Tiger class.
 
I feel there’s something magical about early years education and I am passionate about ensuring that these wonderful experiences follow children into Key Stage One, which is why I feel so pleased to be able to work so closely with the staff and children of Year One too.
 
I really look forward to getting to know you all better, but please feel free to pop by and say hello!
 

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.

Van or trailer for occasional school use
Is there anyone who owns a van or trailer that we could occasionally call upon for help?
This might be for school or SPSA events when equipment or supplies need to be moved around.
 
If anyone can help out in any capacity, please let the school office know.
 
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
Midday supervisor vacancies    
We are actively recruiting for Midday Supervisors. If you enjoy working with children and would like to join the team, please contact the office for an application form.
 
Please note that the hours are approximately 1.5 a day, five days a week, term time only.
 
Offensive language
We would like to ask that parents/carers refrain from using offensive language in the school grounds and the neighbouring area.
Children can pick up on new words very easily and we would like to ensure that they are not exposed to any whilst in the school environment.
 
Thank you.
 
Pupil Premium Funding
Are you in receipt of Government benefit payments? If so, your child can benefit from Pupil Premium Funding.   See below for more details:
 
For every registered child, Sevenoaks Primary School receives £1,320 per year which, in the 2016-17 financial year means as a school we will receive £54,480.
This money is used in many different ways depending on the needs of the children, among them:
  • 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
It is now easy to apply on-line at
 

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!