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3. Archive Newsletter 14.10.16

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2016 DIARY DATES
Saturday 15th       
Charity Gig – Knole Academy. Proceeds towards SPSA
Monday 17th
Creative Education Workshop. Romans, Stone Age & Victorians
Parent Consultation Week for FS & year 6
Year 6 parents with Mrs Williams for any Blackland Farm medical concerns
Tuesday 18th
2A, 2C, 6A, 6B swimming
Football league after school – Knole Academy 3G
12:15 – 3:15pm Aquasplash at Sevenoaks School. Selected yrs 3&4 children
Wednesday 19th
Year 4 trip to Crofton Villa – morning only
Cross country at Radnor House (Combe Bank). Yrs 3-6
Friday 21st
LAST DAY OF TERM 1
Monday 31st         
FIRST DAY OF TERM 2 – CHILDREN AND STAFF
Year 6 parents with Mrs Williams for any Blackland Farm medical concerns
3:00 – 4:00pm Uniform Shop open
 
Tuesday 1st November
Year 6 at Blackland Farm
NO SWIMMING
Wednesday 2nd
Year 6 at Blackland Farm
Thursday 3rd
Year 6 at Blackland Farm
Friday 4th
Year 6 return from Blackland Farm
Tuesday 8th
2A, 2C, 5A, 5B swimming
 

Dear Parents/Carers,

This fortnight’s newsletter has a ‘New Build’ theme as I thought you might be interested in hearing about the latest developments.

Fingers crossed and touch wood, the build is still on schedule. Aided by the super weather so far, the builders are cracking on, the foundations are being laid and the floor plan for the school is beginning to appear.

We are endeavouring to include the children as much as possible in the scheme. Representatives from the News Team and the School Council have visited the site and interviewed the Construction Manager. He has been fantastic and very keen to engage with the children and to involve them in the project. He will be coming into assembly to speak to the children and show them the latest pictures of the work.

We have included a small sample of the photographs but will provide a greater selection in the next edition of the News Build Newsletter, which will be out soon.

CONWAY – My favourite infrastructure services company!

If anyone is in need of a motorway to be constructed, bridges to be maintained or cycle lanes installed, I can strongly recommend Conway!
 
Conway relocated its head office to Sevenoaks in June of this year.
 
They are based on the Vestry Industrial Estate in the building formerly called Becket House.
Family is at the heart of their business. The original company was established by Francis Michael Conway. In 1961 he returned home without his car but with a lorry instead! The company has subsequently been taken over by his son Michael Conway and it has grown to become a leading infrastructure company or, as one of our News Team succinctly put it, ‘They make stuff and move stuff’!
 
 I contacted Conway to see if they would be willing to support our fundraising campaign for the New Build and I am delighted to inform you that they have donated an amazing £50,000 to the project. This is incredibly generous of them and I would like to thank them profusely on behalf of everyone at Sevenoaks Primary School.

The £50,000 will be subject to match funding from The Hands Trust and so is actually worth £100,000!

Pictured is our News Team at the collection of the cheque at Conway HQ. Thank you to George, Kezia, Owen and Kerry for setting such a good example for the school.

Alan Duffy

Children going to the top field in the morning
For the safety of the children, please could we remind parents/carers that all Key Stage 2 children (years 3-6) MUST go to the top field in the morning to line up with their class.
 
They should not remain with, or without their parents in the school grounds, waiting for their class to come down.
Children, unless by prior arrangement with a member of staff should NOT enter the school building before 8:50am (with the exception of Breakfast Club and school club members).
 
Part time midday supervisor vacancy
We are actively recruiting for a part time midday Supervisor. If you enjoy working with children and would like to join the team, please contact the office for an application form.
 
Please note that the hours are approximately 1.5 a day, two days a week, term time only.
 
Foundation Stage Bilingual Library
We are hoping to develop a bilingual library in Foundation Stage to support the children and families who come to us with English as an additional language. By providing bilingual text we hope to provide opportunities for the children to become literate in a more comprehensive way.
 
Allowing them to hear the same story in different languages and providing opportunities for them to discuss the story line at school and at home in those respective languages, is a powerful way to strengthen their overall understanding. We will be purchasing a small selection of books to get started but would be very grateful for any donations of unwanted bilingual picture books your child may now have outgrown.
 
Thank you
 
Admission to Primary School – September 2017
If your child was born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 and, therefore, due to start in September 2017, you will be able to apply for your child’s place in primary school from 7th November 2016. The application period will close on 16th January 2017. If you do not have access to the internet and would like to come into school to complete your application, please contact Mrs Doleman, our Admissions Officer, in the school office to arrange an appointment.
 
CALLING ALL SIBLINGS
 
If the child you are applying for has a sibling currently at Sevenoaks Primary School, please come to the main office to place your child’s name on the Sibling List by Mrs Potter’s Desk.

 

Netball Success

The netball team have started the year on top form! Last week they played against Plaxtol, beating them

2-0, and went on to a strong victory against Amherst, with a final score of 4-0 to Sevenoaks Primary!

Well done to Josefina, Luca, Olivia, Lauren and Maggie!

 

 

 

Uniform Shop opening times/dates in 2016

31st October 3:00 - 4:00pm
14th November 3:00 - 4:00pm
28th November 3:00 - 4:00pm
12th December 3:00 - 4:00pm

Baby news
We are delighted to announce the safe delivery of Amelia Jeffery this week! All is well with both mother and baby – welcome to the world Amelia!
 
Please join us in congratulating Mrs Jeffery and her husband Will on this wonderful news.

No parking on Linden Chase
We have received a complaint from a resident of Linden Chase. Parents have been dropping off Sevenoaks Primary children in their road and driving off, sometimes at speed. Please note that this is a Private Road with some areas without a pavement, and the agreement is that parents should be using the road to walk with their children to the Adult Education Centre/top field.
 
Thank you
 
Sevenoaks 5k Event
The sun shone for the second annual Sevenoaks Family 5k through Knole Park on Sunday 2nd October.
Organised by the school in aid of our new build project, the event was hosted by Sevenoaks School and supported by other local schools, community groups and businesses.
 
Cheered on by Sevenoaks Town Mayor, Andrew Eyre, there were  800 participants including families, sports groups, school children and local organisations, gathering at Dukes Meadow, Sevenoaks School where there was a pre-race warm up led by Better Body Shop.
 
Mayor Eyre started the race in Knole Park at exactly 2:00pm and the participants set off, all at their own pace around the 5km course. There was a mixture of experienced club runners, walkers, families and young children taking part by running, walking or strolling around the beautiful scenery of Knole Park.  Marshalls from Sevenoaks School and our school encouraged all the runners and walkers, with water served at every 1k point and a variety of fun stickers for the primary children to collect. 
Tesco also provided refreshments at the half way point.
 
One of the Sevenoaks School students was the first runner to the finishing line with a quick time of approximately 20 minutes, with the last walkers back after around an hour and forty minutes. On completion all entrants were given a medal, a goody bag and a certificate, with timings published on our website.
 
Major sponsors of the event were Sevenoaks Medical Centre. There was also sponsorship and great support from several local businesses such as: A Plan Insurance, Berry and Lamberts, Ibbett Moseley, Sevenoaks Plans, Sevenoaks Computers,  Better Body Shop,  Up and Running, Fe Man consulting,  Nizels, Berry and Lambert's, Sevenoaks Computers and  Ibbett Mosely. Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer's also provided water at the finish.
 
Also thanks to Lord Sackville West and Natural England for kind permission to use Knole Park and to the team at Sevenoaks School. Bat and Ball Sports for providing the inflatable finish line and Rawstone Hire for providing a free generator.
 
The Thank Yous
 
We would like to thank all those who helped organise the day, both beforehand and during the event itself (and the clearing up afterwards!):
 
Lead organisers – Melanie McInerney, Ginny Al-Rais, Pui Jellett and Vanessa Fitzgerald from Sevenoaks School.
 
Wendy Lissenden, Kim, Terry D’Avrincourt, Katherine Ratcliffe, Sandra Pierce, Corrie Kevan, Tim Carroll, Bruce Stigant, Tom Jones, Andrew Al-Rias, Simon Hooper, Laura Huntly, Sue Thompson, Alison Potter, Janet Shea, Katy Holmes, Amanda Manuel, Natalie Fitz-gerald, Simon Leigh, Steve Collins, Jo Williams, Perry Killington, Pete Shannon, Kate Perkins, Steve Williams, Jane Durkin, Hayley Mellor, Ruth Maloney, Kelly Jepp, Jo Wildman, Tesco staff, the students at Sevenoaks School and for all the cake contributions.
 
The list is by no means exhaustive, and I do apologise if I have missed anyone off.
 
Finally, please could we remind all participants that they can drop off any sponsor money raised for Mind at the school main reception.
 
A huge thank you to everyone for making this such a successful and enjoyable event. Same, time, next year?
 
Alan Duffy
 

 

The New Build commences!
Article written by our News Team:
 
On Tuesday 11th October the News Team and the School Council got to go on the new school building site and interview the builders. We met the site manager, called Wayne, and he told us all about the things he has done. We asked a few questions on what the new school build might look like and about the company Bowmer & Kirkland.
 
Q:           How many buildings have you built?
A:            50, maybe more
 
Q:           How long will it take you to finish the build?
A:            This time next year
 
Q:           How many builders are working on this building?
A:            Right now there are 14 builders working but there will be up to 50 at one point
 
Q:           How long will the building last?
A:            Approximately 1,500 years!
 
Q:           What happens if you are not finished in time?
A:            I’ll get told off by Mr Duffy