3. Archive Newsletter 08.02.18
This has been a relatively quiet week in the life of SPS! By 10:00am on Monday we had already launched the Digital Sunset Challenge (more to follow). Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities, Housing and Local Government was in attendance and officially opened the event. There were other dignitaries also in attendance, including the Chairman and Vice Chair of the District Council, our local MP and representatives from MIND.
Press and local TV were in attendance to promote the event and conducted various interviews. It was a fantastic event and an extremely worthwhile cause that we feel passionate about.
Digital Sunset Challenge
The Sunset Challenge was conceived by parents from the Sevenoaks area. It was designed to help the children to learn good digital habits and, in particular, the importance of taking a break from technology at night.
Smart phones, tablets and interactive gaming consoles are incredible items but it is vital that we educate children on how to be ‘in control of’ and not ‘controlled by’ their devices, and to help them to develop the self-discipline to turn off technology and try alternative activities.
The aim of the week long challenge is to encourage years 5 and 6 to switch off all phones and other devices (such as iPads, tablets, personal computers and gaming devices) at an agreed time eg. 7:00pm and to keep the technology switched off every night for this week.
Research shows that this one small action has the potential to bring about three major benefits:
- Better quality sleep
- A much needed break from social media
- Less opportunity to experience cyber bullying
Though the challenge is targeted at our older pupils, all our pupils would certainly benefit from a break from technology.
Whilst this particular challenge only lasts for a week, we will be endeavouring to embed these positive digital skills throughout the year and would welcome your support.
Help keep our children safe on the way to and from school
There are increasing levels of traffic around the majority of schools across the country and SPS is no exception. On a daily basis there are incidents/driving reported, placing our children and other pedestrians at risk, and in a significant number of cases our own parents are responsible.
All of these instances endanger our children and are offences punishable by Kent Police or Sevenoaks District Council. We receive reports of, amongst others:
- Cars parking on double yellow lines
- Cars driving along the pavements
- Cars parking on the school zig-zags
- Cars parking opposite or within 10 metres of a road junction
- Pavements are blocked by cars so that a wheelchair or double buggy cannot get through
- Roads are blocked so that a car or emergency vehicle can’t get through
- There are even occasional instances of aggressive and abusive behaviour
Every parent would claim to have their child’s well-being as their overriding priority but yet we appear to have a minority who are placing the safety of other children at significant risk.
We set high expectations for our children and they are taught about politeness and kindness towards others, so we would ask that all parents/carers set a good example to their children by also being polite and courteous to all pedestrians, cyclists, local residents and other road users around the school.
Report to the police!
Despite this polite request, there will be undoubtedly continue to be instances of dangerous driving witnessed in the future. The police are responsible for any offence that causes an obstruction to the highway, whilst Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) is responsible for parking enforcement on yellow lines and zig-zags.
Both Kent Police and the SDC have asked that they are informed of illegal obstruction and parking incidents around SPS.
In all instances, please note the following:
- Nature of the offence
- Date & Time
- Names of those involved (if known)
- Registration number of vehicle concerned
I would implore all of you to support the school in helping to make a safer environment around SPS.
To report obstruction and parking incidents, please contact:
- Kent Police by calling 101 (police non emergency phone number)
- Sevenoaks District Council by calling 01732 227000 (for double yellow line and zig-zag offences only)
5th and 19th March
Your Governing Body Needs You!
Have you ever considered becoming a school governor? At Sevenoaks Primary we have a large governing body and oversee many aspects of the school, including the strategy, finances, safety and school improvement. We are made up of up to 20 parents, staff, community and local authority members, and are currently looking for 3 new parent governors.
We will be looking to hold elections after half term, and anyone can stand to become a governor. The most important thing is that you care passionately about our school, and can devote time to attend the governor meetings, and have some time to spend in school. Particular skills we are looking for this time include finance, technology, risk as well as an interest for improving standards.
Governors will be around during the Open Evening on Thursday, so please come and speak to one of us if you want to find out more. Alternatively, please feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Deal Friendly Tennis Tournament – Thursday 25th January
Twelve children spanning years 3-6 travelled to Deal Parochial C of E Primary School to compete in a friendly tennis tournament. The children were warmly greeted at the gates before being given a tour of the school – the music room and library were particular highlights.
They were then given a special ‘tennis players’ lunch that they ate with their opponents.
A short walk to Deal Indoor Tennis Centre preceded each player having at least two singles and one doubles timed matches, with the player with most points the eventual winner.
It was a wonderful experience for the children, who were encouraged to be independent with their scoring, to exhibit fair play and to respect and enjoy their tennis.
SPS played well with both sides winning various matches but Deal Primary were eventually triumphant. Well done to all our players – you were a credit to Sevenoaks Primary!