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Sevenoaks Primary School

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

3. Archive Newsletter 08.02.18

Thursday 8th
Year 2 Fairytale Day
6:00 – 8:30pm Open Evening
Friday 9th
Phase 2 Stephens Own Clothes Day
Phase 3 Rowling Own Clothes Day
Monday 19th
Tuesday 20th
1A, 1C, 4A, 4B swimming
Tuesday 27th
1A, 2C, 4A, 4C swimming
Wednesday 28th
Van Cols class and club photographs
Thursday 1st March
Friday 2nd
SPSA Film Night. Details to follow…
Monday 5th
Foundation Stage and Year 6 parent consultations
Tuesday 6th
1A, 1C, 4A, 4C swimming
Foundation Stage and Year 6 parent consultations
Wednesday 7th
Foundation Stage and Year 6 parent consultations
Thursday 8th
2:00pm Parent Council meeting
Foundation Stage and Year 6 parent consultations
Monday 12th
Years 1-5 Parent Consultation week begins

Dear Parents/Carers,

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)

Many thanks

Alan Duffy

Uniform Shop opening times 2:45 – 3:45pm
The uniform shop will be open as follows:

19th February
5th and 19th March
It is located in the old Studio building, next to Bradbourne Park Preschool.
 Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal
We have recently received our certificate from the Royal British Legion, confirming that we raised a grand total of £243.33 to support the armed forces community, both past and present.
Thank you for all your support and generosity towards this very noble cause.
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 .

Lost Property Help
We have recently lost our amazing Lost Property helper, Mrs Rowland. We would like to thank her profusely for all her tireless efforts in keeping the Lost Property levels down over the past few years.
If anyone is able to offer an hour a week on a fortnightly basis to help get us back on track, please could you let the school office know.
Ideally, a Friday morning to help would be best, so that we can attempt to reunite items with the children before the weekends, but appreciate that this may be difficult.
Many thanks in advance


Donation of saplings from The Woodland Trust – Invitation to Dig Deep on Sunday 18th March
We are delighted to announce that The Woodland Trust are donating 120 saplings to the school. These native UK trees will replace the wooden fencing currently located between the school and Bradbourne Park Road. If successful, they will flourish to create a natural hedgerow.
Initially, we will be inviting our 2018 Year 6 leavers to plant 45 of these saplings, to commemorate their time at the school and to provide a living legacy.
On Sunday 18th March, we would like to invite parents/carers and current pupils to join us at 10:00am and plant the remaining saplings. It would be greatly appreciated if you could bring wheelbarrows and spades with you. We promise to provide hot beverages!
If you would like to help with our spot of gardening, please let the SPSA know via email: by Thursday 1st March.

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!