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‘We are all equal and our teachers are all kind’ (Pupil quote)-– Ofsted 2017
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2. Archive Newsletter 26.01.17

JANUARY/FEBRUARY DIARY DATES

Tuesday 31st
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
Rescheduled 2:30pm 1C class assembly to parents
Netball fixture after school at Knole Academy
 
Wednesday 1st
5A & 5C trip to Southwark Cathedral & Golden Hinde
Thursday 2nd         
Year 5 Gamelan at Sevenoaks School – afternoon
1:20pm 3A & 3C assembly to parents/carers
Friday 3rd
Year 2 Fairytale Day
Tuesday 7th           
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
Key Steps Gymnastics competition
Wednesday 8th    
5B trip to Southwark Cathedral & Golden Hinde
Thursday 9th
Year 5 Gamelan – Sevenoaks School
Antibullying Event for selected Ambassadors
OPEN EVENING AT SCHOOL
Friday 10th
LAST DAY OF TERM 3
 
Monday 20th
FIRST DAY OF TERM 4
Tuesday 21st
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
 

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is an extra special edition of our newsletter as we have exclusive photographs of our new build! Members of the news team and various staff members visited the site this week to obtain a sneak preview of the school.

The news team were tasked with reporting on the latest developments and they will be reporting back to the children in forthcoming assemblies and to parents/carers in upcoming newsletters.

The selected photographs on pages 3 and 4 provide an insight into the future SPS and the scale of the project. I visited the site the previous week and was delighted by what I saw. Having been involved in the design of the school from the outset, it was incredibly exciting to see a real building evolve and I am genuinely pleased with the progress to date.

We are hoping to provide further visiting opportunities to the children, staff, governors and representatives of the parent body in the coming terms but will also keep you informed through the newsletter.

Creative Education

For the children to learn and achieve their full potential, it helps if they are stimulated by the subject matter and by the delivery. We try to be as creative as possible and the teachers supplement their excellent class teaching with various trips and visits from theatre companies.

This term Year 3 have recently enjoyed an ‘Ancient Egyptian Day’ and the Year 4 children celebrated the work they had produced about ‘The Romans’ and experienced in a Roman Day last term in a class assembly delivered to Phase 2 children and parents and carers.

The most recent class assembly was today and was delivered by 2B on the subject of the ‘Princess and the White Bear’, a fairy tale which is the current Year 2 topic for the term in Literacy.

The children love showing off and celebrating their work to their parents/carers and the assemblies provide a positive boost to their confidence and self-esteem. I know it may be inconvenient for some parents to attend but if you do get the opportunity, I would urge you support the class.

The ‘A Team’

The ‘A Team ‘(Anti- Bullying Ambassadors) continue to be incredibly proactive and supportive under the guidance of Mrs Wright.

The Year 4 & 5 Ambassadors are attending the regional catch up session on the 9th February and on the next day the school will be participating in ‘Compliments Day’. If you would like to support the event, please feel free to encourage your children to practice in advance at home!

The ‘Kindness Wall’ is progressing at a pace. Children are being recognised for selfless acts and their names written on the corridor wall. I have challenged them to fill the entire corridor before the end of the school year.

Building walls seems to be ‘on trend’ at the moment but the SPS version is designed to be a positive experience that will benefit the whole school.

Alan Duffy

Uniform Shop opening times/dates

6th/20th February              2:45 to        3:45pm

6th/20th   March                 2:45 to 3:45pm
We are unable to take any more second hand uniform, other than PE T-shirts and jumpers with logos.

Cold weather and winter closures – update
 
Thank you to everyone who made a sterling effort to attend school during the recent snowfall. It was, thankfully, brief, and disruption to the local area was kept to a minimum.
We trialled emailing/texting parents this year with new software. However, on the day it caused massive technical issues which resulted in multiple messages being sent to more contacts than required. This is still under investigation by the company who provides the software, and unless it is resolved we will revert to our previous arrangements. This will continue to be the case until we inform you otherwise.
 
  • The school website (www.sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk) will indicate whether we are open or closed as soon as Mr Duffy makes his decision.
  • This will also be posted on Twitter with immediate effect (@SevenoaksPri).
  • The same information will also be indicated at www.kentclosures.co.uk. This is then fed to the local radio stations who will announce any closures.   
  • Parents/Carers will not receive an email or text to announce the school’s status.
 
We would also like to ask for parent volunteers who live in the nearby vicinity to help shovel snow off the school paths, when (if) needed.
 

Staff and News Team Visit the new school

Main Entrance & Office area                                                 Outside the Main Hall & Classrooms

   

Dining Hall                                                                            Main Hall

   

Shared Teaching space                                                        Outside the classrooms facing the bamboo

   

News Team inspecting                                                     Inside a Classroom

   

News Team with current school behind                              Classroom interior

   

Looking into one of the ICT Suites -          Suited & booted for our visit -
no windows                                                Health & Safety comes first!

   

Staffing update
 
Miss Smith will be returning to school after the February half term, following completion of her maternity leave. She will be teaching class 4A on Thursdays and Fridays, job-sharing with Mrs Godman.
 
Mr Farman’s last day here will be Friday 10th February. We would like to say a huge thank you to him for teaching during Miss Smith’s absence. He was hugely popular with the children, and we hope to work with him again in the near future.
 
Stonepitts Farm donation to the school
 
Thank you to everyone who chose to buy their Christmas tree from Stonepitts, a local farm in Seal Chart.
In return, the owners donated £2.00 for each tree sold back to the school, and we recently received a cheque for £28.00 from them.
 
The farm also customarily chooses to donate an amount from every tree sold to a recognised and worthy charity, which was once again Help for Heroes.
 
They managed to raise £1,350 for the cause and we would like to congratulate them on this great result.
 
Speed Stacking event report
 
On 12th January, twelve children from years 2-6 attended a speed stack event at Knole Academy.
 
Every child had to be timed for a 3-3-3 stack, 3-6-3 stack, then a year 2&3 relay, followed by a year 4-6 relay. The trick to good speed stacking is to keep your cool under pressure, as just one mistake can add extra seconds to the clock!
 
After an unsure start from a few of our younger children, they settled into the event, gained confidence and were a credit to the school.
 
Our team members consisted of:
 
Year 2 – Ethan, Oliver, Michelle, Vibha
Year 3 – Yasmin, Abigail
Year 4 – Tanya, Molly
Year 5 – Alex, Lennon
Year 6 – Jack, Lewis
 
A special well done to Tanya and Oliver, who were in the top 2 for their year group out of all the schools attending.
 
Basketball qualifier – Tuesday 24th January
 
Our team participated in a qualifier for the Kent Schools Finals. We travelled to The Holmesdale School, Snodland, to play against St Katherine’s School, from the same town.
Four quarters were played on the full size court and we emerged triumphant, scoring an incredible 15-4!
 
The team have now qualified for the Kent Schools Games basketball Finals on Thursday 2nd February.
 
Huge congratulations to the team for a sterling job, and wishing you lots of luck next month.
 
Our Basketball team: Charlie B, Tom, Max, Stefan, Charlie H, Ben, Lauren and Fleur.
 
Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers
 
We are now collecting these vouchers in order to supplement our PE equipment, and a dedicated collection box will be displayed in the main reception.
 
If you have any vouchers at home that you would like to donate to the school, please could your child bring them to the main office.
 
Thank you

 

Healthy snacks and lunch boxes

Following discussions in the last Parent Council meeting, please could we ask parents/carers to ensure that their child is bringing in healthy snacks for breaktimes.

Increasing amounts of doughnuts, cakes, crisps, sweets and other items that are not appropriate are being brought in to school.

Following the February half term break, any child bringing in food items which are deemed unsuitable as a snack or in lunch boxes will have them removed by a member of staff for parents to collect from the office.

Please join us in encouraging the pupils to make healthy food choices.

Thank you.

Absences from school/collection details
 
We would like to remind parents/carers to call the school on 01732 453952 or to use the dedicated email address absence@sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk to record their child’s absence.
 
Please could you ensure changes to your child’s collection details for the end of the day are received by the school office on 01732 453952 as early in the day as possible.
 
Absences and any changes to collection details emailed through to the address manager@sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk may not necessarily be forwarded to Mrs Potter or the classes in time for registration or the end of the day.