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SevenOaksPrimary School

‘We are all equal and our teachers are all kind’ (Pupil quote)-– Ofsted 2017
Pupils are proud of their school and enthusiastic about their learning-Ofsted 2017
Pupils feel safe and said that they trust there is always an adult they can go to if they feel concerned-Ofsted 2017
Sevenoaks Primary is a fantastic, caring school, where my children blossom and flourish, both academically and emotionally-Parent
We are very proud to say that our children go to Sevenoaks Primary-Parent
Pupils achieve well at this school-Ofsted 2017
Although it is a large school, a real family feel is fostered - it is palpable-Parent
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3. Archive Newsletter 08.02.17

FEBRUARY/MARCH DIARY DATES
 
Thursday 9th
Year 5 Gamelan – Sevenoaks School
Antibullying Event for selected Ambassadors
6:00 – 8:30pm OPEN EVENING AT SCHOOL
Friday 10th
LAST DAY OF TERM 3
Monday 20th
FIRST DAY OF TERM 4 – CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
Tuesday 21st
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
Thursday 23rd
Year 5 Gamelan – Sevenoaks School
 
Wednesday 1st
NATIONAL OFFER DAY FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES – PARENTS EMAILED FROM 4:00pm
Class and club photos
Thursday 2nd         
World Book Day
Year 5 Gamelan – Sevenoaks School
Friday 3rd
SPSA Film Night
Monday 6th

Year 6 Parent Consultation Week

Dear Parents/Carers,

Tomorrow evening we have our annual Open Evening. We introduced the event in my first couple of years at the school, close to 17 years ago, and it has proven to be a highly popular event.

One of my failings is that I tend to focus on the next task and challenge at hand and forget to place enough focus on celebrating all of our fantastic achievements. We have an awful lot to be proud of at SPS and this is an opportunity to showcase some of the things we are proud of.

This year will have greater significance for the whole school, as it will be the last Open Evening in the current building. It might seem odd to an outsider but it does feel like we are moving from our home. There are a lot of memories in this building and we hope to capture as many as we can and take them with us when we move in September.

I do hope that as many parents/carers as possible will be able to attend tomorrow evening. The children are our best ‘tour guides’ (much better than the head teacher) and they would love to show you around the school and talk you through our many achievements.

Legacy Project

We are currently working on a legacy project with the children and trying to capture a picture of life at SPS in 2017, so that we have a record for future pupils. As part of the scheme, the School Council are helping to produce a time capsule which will be incorporated into the structure of the new building.

We are also looking at producing an art project with some of the older children, which will be a visual record of the current building.

Memories – At the Open Evening, we will begin collecting memories from parents. There will be ‘memory bubbles’ available on the front desk and I would be grateful if you could include your thoughts. The intention will be to display the ‘bubbles’ and then record them in a book that can be kept for posterity.

Reasons to be proud

The recent class assemblies have been most enjoyable and were well attended by parents/carers and grandparents. We have enjoyed listening to the children talking about what they have learnt about the Ancient Egyptians (Year 3), The Romans (Year 4), ‘The Princess and the White Bear King’ (Year 2) and Antarctica (year 1).

The children love showing off their work and your attendance is genuinely appreciated by the pupils and staff. The assemblies serve to show the quality and variety of work undertaken at the school. They also provide an opportunity for the children to boost their confidence and self-esteem performing in front of a larger group.

I was really proud of all of the children and would like to thank them and the staff for their hard work.

Basketball & Hockey

Last year was our most successful sporting year ever and I doubted whether it would ever be surpassed. However, the children continue to excel and appear set to compete with the last year’s achievements.

The basketball and hockey teams both qualified for the Kent County finals and returned victorious. We sometimes take for granted how talented our children are and accept it as normal that they are competing at such a high standard. To qualify for such an event is an achievement in in own right but to win is truly amazing.

Congratulations to both teams, to Mr Parniss, our hockey coach from Sevenoaks Hockey Club and to Mrs Shea who was the member of staff at both events.

Alan Duffy

Uniform Shop opening times/dates

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 .
 

Sevenoaks Primary School’s new build – report by Ellie and Abigail in Year 4

Sevenoaks primary school’s new school build is getting along well. Some of the children from the school have been to visit it and they couldn’t wait to see it. In the new school there is plenty of space and rooms, for everything that we need.

Every classroom on the 1st floor has a door leading to the playground. In the corridors, there is lots of space for the children to go outside the classrooms and do work. Also, ICT 1 and 2 will have no windows for security purposes.

There will be two levels. On the ground floor will be year 2 and 3, and on the 1st floor there will be 4, 5 and 6. Reception and year 1 will be staying where they are. There is a very big kid’s kitchen. The dining room has lots of place to eat and the hall is gigantic. There is a space for a lift that will be moved in soon.

When the old school is knocked down, all that will be left is a nice, big patch of green grass. Mr Duffy will receive the keys on the 28th of August 2017. Nobody can wait till the new school is done.

Sevenoaks Primary School’s new build – report by Angus and Laurel in Year 6

On 24th January, whilst all the children were busy at work, four lucky pupils were chosen to visit the new school building. The group consisted of Laurel Y6, Angus Y6, Ellie Y4 and Abigail Y4. We were overjoyed to have a chance to visit the new school, and to add to it, we were accompanied by Miss Durkin, Mrs Pas, Mrs Doleman, Mrs Anderson, Miss Hawes and their guide Wayne. As well as an opportunity for the children to see what next year will be like, it was also a tour for the staff to get their bearings.

Before we could get to the construction site, we had to go an office where we could get some safety gear. First we needed a hard hat, small for the kids, large for the adults, then a bright jacket so we can be spotted by others, and finally some wellington boots for anyone who was wearing expensive shoes — it was going to be a rough trip!

As we entered through the back entrance, we saw how spacious it was, with a vast corridor running down the building, and the Y2 and 3 classrooms along the sides. First we were shown the lift running from floor to floor for the disabled. Then we saw the new studio, which is inside, along and to the right. Next we visited the lunch hall, with an offcut for receiving the food, which was side-by-side with the main hall. The main hall was agreeably the largest room by far, for it had a ceiling two stories high! Lastly, we visited the upstairs, which had a few more offices and the Y5 and Y6 classrooms.

Overall, we think that the design of the new building is very well thought through, with a room for almost every occasion! It still needs a little paint and furniture, but already you can picture young children happily walking to their classrooms.

       

U11 Kent Cup Hockey Championships, Canterbury - Report by Ben & William

10 Children from Year 5 & 6 entered a hockey tournament in Canterbury on Tuesday (Ben H, Will, Charlie, Sam, Ben R, Jack, Sam, Michael, Joe C and Joe H).

The first match against Canterbury Wingham was tough with a very close score of 1-1. Our second match was easier and we won 10-1. We were all feeling confident by the third match, we found our strength and won again 10-1.

We were through to the semi-finals. This was a tight match but we pushed through and won taking us to the finals where we had to play Canterbury Wingham again. Charlie scored a smashing goal and we won 3-0!

The defenders and goalie did a great job when the ball got through and the midfielders were getting down low tackling and taking the ball up.  We were a strong team and we now look forward to the Regionals.  Well done everyone.  Thank you to Mrs Shea, Mr Parnis and the parents for taking us.

Kent School Games Basketball Finals
 
On Thursday 2nd February, the Sevenoaks Primary School basketball team attended the Kent Schools Games finals, at Medway Park, Gillingham.
 
There were 14 teams involved from across the county who were divided into two leagues.  SPS played 6 matches in their league of which they won 4 games, drew 1 and lost 1.  This allowed them to go through to the semi-finals.
 
After a tense start in the semi-final, SPS managed to show their strength and won that match 10 - 6.
The final match, against Medway Howard Primary School, was thrilling with both teams playing with tenacity, neither wanting to concede a goal!
 
However, SPS came through in the end with a sterling effort from all players in our team and we are very proud of them.  They won the final match 12 - 8 - fantastic!
 
Our team were: Stefan, Max, Charlie H, Fleur, Lauren, Tom H, Charlie B, Ben and Olivia
 
 
Accent Catering competition - Rhubarb
 
We are pleased to announce the winners of Accent Catering's rhubarb quiz and colouring completion.  Ben in 3C correctly answered all the questions and Cordelia in Leopards coloured in her rhubarb stick beautifully.  Both will receive a £5 book token in their next phase assembly. 
 
The fruit for February is bananas and the quiz and colouring completion will be sent out separately by e-mail.  Paper copies are available from main Reception and will also be available in the dining hall during the open evening when Accent Catering will be providing samples of their food.
 
SEND policy
 
The SEND Policy has been approved by our Governors, and is now available on the school website.
It can also be found using the following link:
 
We would like to open the Policy up to parent consultation. If you have any comments on the Policy, please send an email by Monday 13th March for the attention of Nicola Joyce, Inclusion Manager using the address: manager@sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk   
 
World Book Day – Thursday 2nd March
 
A little bit of advance warning – we shall be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March. As in previous years, we will be inviting the children to come to school that day dressed as a character from a book, or, if they prefer, they can bring in an object relating to a book for the rest of the class to guess the title.
 
Please note that this is entirely voluntary, and your child should not feel obliged to participate if they do not wish to do so.
We look forward to seeing lots of fantastic dressing up!
 
Use of the staff car parking spaces
 
Please could we ask parents/carers to not use the staff parking spaces when dropping their children off at Breakfast Club. There is a designated and marked out drop-off zone next to the entrance to Breakfast Club, and this should be used by parents/carers.
 
Staff have been unable to park at school on many occasions recently because all the spaces have been taken by parents parking up and walking their children into school.
 
Parking at the Adult Education Centre
 
Please could we remind parents/carers to exercise caution when parking at the Adult Education Centre. There have been a number of near misses recently, involving both humans and cars.
 
It can get extremely busy in that vicinity during drop-off and collections, therefore please could drivers and pedestrians remain vigilant at all times.