3. Archive Newsletter 08.02.17
Year 6 Parent Consultation Week
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.
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.
20th February 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.