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‘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
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Pupils achieve well at this school-Ofsted 2017
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3. Archive Newsletter 29.06.16

Friday 1st July
Year 5 trip to Horton Kirby
Saturday 2nd
SPSA Summer Fair 12:00 – 3:00pm
Monday 4th
1:20pm 5B class assembly to parents
Tuesday 5th
Lions, Leopards, Booster, 3A & 3B swimming
2:00pm New Foundation Stage children taster session
2:00pm New Foundation Stage parents coffee afternoon
REVISED Year 4 trip to Bore Place – Minibeasts and Habitats
Wednesday 6th
2:00pm New Foundation Stage children taster session
2:00pm New Foundation Stage parents coffee afternoon
Thursday 7th
2:00pm New Foundation Stage children taster session
2:00pm New Foundation Stage parents coffee afternoon
Friday 8th
Foundation Stage/KS1 Fairy tale Workshop
Year 5 children to Knole Academy Taster Day
Monday 11th
3:00pm Uniform Shop open
Foundation Stage Step Together Event
Tuesday 12th
Year 6 Production evening performance
Wednesday 13th
Year 6 Production evening performance
3:30 – 4:30pm Open Afternoon
Thursday 14th
Friday 15th
Year 6 Magistrate talk
SPSA Summer Family Disco & BBQ
Monday 18th
9:30am Children meet their new teachers
Tuesday 19th
Wednesday 20th
Leavers’ Disco
Thursday 21st
9:30am Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly
Monday 5th September
Tuesday 6th                         

Dear Parents/Carers,

I thought it was supposed to be summer! I know we live in Britain and the weather can be inclement but I feel I have devoted a disproportionate amount of time looking at the BBC weather updates! Currently it predicts sunny spells with scattered showers for our Summer Fair on Saturday but who knows? I will have fingers firmly crossed and umbrellas on order just in case!

Maths Success

On the 21st June, two teams from Sevenoaks Primary School took part in the Great Maths Race at Walthamstow Hall School. The competition involved state and private schools from across the Sevenoaks area. Both teams did incredibly well and the children are a credit to their parents and SPS. The Year 4 team achieved a very creditable third place, whilst the Year 5 team came first. This is an amazing achievement. Congratulations to all of the children that took part and a big thank you to Mrs Pas who led the teams. An article from the children has been included below.

Sporting Success

SPS has a reputation for sporting success but even by our usual high standards, this year’s success has been phenomenal. We still have three weeks before the end of the academic year but to date we have:

  • Won the Sevenoaks District Football and Netball tournament
  • Won the Sevenoaks District Football and Netball league
  • Won the Sevenoaks District Rugby tournament
  • Won the Sevenoaks School 5-aside football competition
  • Won the Sevenoaks District Cricket competition (we are through to the County finals being played today!)
  • Three teams reached the Kent School Games Final for Gymnastics. The Year 5 & 6 team came first (out of 16 teams) and the Year 3 & 4 team came fourth.
  • Achieved third place in the District Sports 
  • Many Tennis achievements!

The success is due to the hard work and commitment of the children, staff, parents and various external coaches who have supported the teams over the last year.

Sevenoaks Family 5K 2016 – Sunday 2nd October 2:00pm Knole Park

Following the incredible success of the event last year, we have decided to repeat the ‘sell out’ event. For any new parents, it is a 5km event for the whole family. You can run or walk at your own pace and raise money for your chosen cause.

We are encouraging families to raise money for MIND (this aspect is entirely optional), the mental health charity. MIND are working in collaboration with SPS and the other Sevenoaks Partnership schools over the next year, to support the mental health of our children.

A leaflet will be circulated to all parents this week and we would advise that you sign up ASAP as last year’s event was a sell-out.


Pets as Therapy Dog

I am currently exploring the possibility of bringing a ‘Therapy Dog’ into school to support the wellbeing of children and staff. We have a parent who has a dog suitably assessed for the purpose and if all stakeholders are in agreement, I will look to introduce the dog to SPS on a trial basis.

You will not be surprised to learn that I will need a school protocol/policy before starting the process and I will be circulating further information before the end of term.

Another local school is already one step ahead and have a ‘school dog’ already in situ. The dog has proven to be a huge boost for well-being generally amongst the whole school community and I would like to follow suit in the not too distant future.

Alan Duffy

Request for spare shin pads
If you have any spare shin pads that your child may have grown out of or no longer uses, please could we ask for donations to the PE Department?
Many thanks in advance
Safety concerns
It has been brought to our attention that parents are allowing their children to walk along the grass bank and wall outside the Nurture Room (opposite the KS2 playground). There is a danger that they will fall from the wall or slide down the grass.
There are also children being allowed to climb and play on the wooden fence outside the Villa. This fence is bending and swaying under the weight, and again, an accident is imminent.
Please could you refrain from allowing your child to play on these areas.
Thank you.


On the 21st June 2016, a team of four year 4 & four year 5 children took part in the Great Maths Race at Walthamstow Hall School, where fourteen schools competed to win the maths shield.

The year 4 team was Lucy, Lennon, Toby and Eve and the year 5 team was Emma, Tom, Katie and Ben.

The race consisted of 20 maths questions/problems which had to be answered within 30 minutes.  There were varying degrees of difficulty and it was possible to pass on any question to get the next one, but you couldn’t have that question back!  So we had to make very careful judgements.

The year 4 team came joint 3rd and were very close to coming 2nd but unfortunately they were just overtaken. The year 5 team drew in first place and had to go in for the tiebreaker. On their 3rd attempt they finally got the correct answer before the other school did.

The year 5 team are the first team from SPS to win!

Report by Katie, Tom, Emma and Ben

Girls Orange Tennis Doubles Annual Championship

On Wednesday 15th June, Lauren, Josefina and Olivia (all Year 5 girls), plus Celia in year 3 participated in the Kent Schools Tennis Annual Doubles Qualifying Event.
After a fantastic afternoon of tennis, Lauren and Josefina won their group and made it through to the finals. On Friday 24th June Lauren and Josefina played superbly and were placed 4th in the competition.
Well done to all the girls!

Sevenoaks School Cricket Tournament

On the 10th June Sevenoaks Primary School entered the Sevenoaks School cricket tournament. As reigning champions, we went into this tournament knowing we had what it takes to win it.
Our first game was against Ightham and they had a very strong side. We started the game well with Will having to retire after hitting 25 runs. Sam also wicket-kept very well, saving us costly runs helping us to win this match. During all the games both Hannah and Daniella bowled well.
Next up we faced Meopham, knowing we had to win this game to reach the final. We won the toss and decided to field first which was a good decision as Josh bowled a brilliant first over. After reducing them to a low score we chased the score down to reach the final. In the final we faced Amherst, who are a very strong side - a replay of last year’s final. This match we fielded very well and reduced their innings to the mid-30s.
Then, with a good batting performance we beat their score to win the tournament. A special mention to Joe who played very well considering he is a Year 4 and younger than everyone else.
The Team: Will, George, Hannah, Sam, Juan, Daniella, Joe, Peter, Josh and coaches Richard and James.

Report by Will, Josh and George 6A

Foundation Stage Forest School
We have all thoroughly enjoyed our recent Forest School sessions.   The children have loved making dens, journey sticks, models from clay and even the odd fishing rod.   The children have also climbed trees, toasted marshmallows and waded through very muddy puddles.  We have loved the freedom of being outside and interacting with each other away from the classroom. 
Here are a few comments from the children:
“I liked digging.”  Sami from Lions
“I liked digging.  I liked climbing trees.  It was good when it was time to sit down.  I loved the drop scones.”  Jake from Leopards.
“In Forest School I liked eating healthy food.  I loved the pancakes.”  Jenna from Tigers
Many thanks to all the parents for your support with our Forest School sessions.  The children have loved them! 
Mrs Menzies
Kent Assessment Test (11+) registration CLOSES TODAY
If your child is currently in Year 5 and you would like them to sit the Kent Grammar Test, you must register your child’s details by Friday 1st July 2016.
Registration can be made online at: Kent Test Registration
A printable copy of the paper form is available at: Kent Test postal form
Please could parents email through a copy of their registration to in order for us to keep a records of all applications.
The Kent Test will take place on Thursday 8th September 2016.
Flat Beethoven goes viral!
Thanks again to all the children, parents and carers who participated in the Flat Beethoven project. Flat Beethoven was designed by a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The DSO sponsors a website for children with activities to interest them in classical music and includes a spot for pictures of Flat Beethoven out and about.
Mrs Bracken contacted the DSO and told them about our Easter project, and they were delighted that the children of SPS had taken him on so many adventures. A select number of photos have been included on the DSO website, and can be viewed at this link:
Lauren’s Tennis County Cup experience
2016 was a great year for me as a tennis player as I got picked to trial for the county team because I won the Tunbridge Wells tournament, the Bromley tournament and the Rochester tournament as well this year. Training was held at Park Langley tennis club and 4 girls in Kent were chosen. We met our Kent coaches, Sarah and Harry. We did this for three weeks. When I found out I got in I was really happy!

Two weeks later I had to go to Brighton to the qualifying competition and played lots of counties including Surrey and Dorset.
 This meant that we went on to compete in the National Finals in Sunderland, to play the top 8 counties out of 42 who entered. We played Leicestershire but sadly lost- they had 2 GB players!
We drew with Hertfordshire and had to play a nail biting 'shoot out'. We won 11-9! Yeah! We won against the North of Scotland and narrowly won against Avon. This meant we came third overall in the UK. There were loads of pictures.

I loved representing Kent U10 and now I want to qualify for U12 and do it all again!

Lauren – 5B


St Gregory’s School   Football Tournament

On Wednesday 22nd June 2016, 21 children from years 4 and 5 attended a football tournament in Tunbridge Wells.

The boys 1st team played fantastically well in their group matches, scoring 25 goals and conceding just 1 goal.  There was a great team spirit present and dedication was shown throughout these matches, which saw us through to the knockout stage. Unfortunately, we conceded the 2nd goal of the tournament which eliminated us from the competition.

Team: William, Ben R, Sam, Joe, Charlie B, Ashton and Quinn.

The boys 2nd team, run by Mr H-R, played some outstanding football in their group, with Charlie D (yr 4) scoring 4 goals in one game, including an unbelievable volley.  Even though the team dominated many of their matches, the results didn’t go their way, resulting in a 3rd place position, thus meaning they were knocked out of the quarter finals.

Team: Ben H, Jack, Stefan, Frankie, Charlie H, Charlie D, Callum.

Finishing on a high, the newly formed girls 1st team outshone the rest of the competition, demonstrating formidable enthusiasm and working together to progress through to the knockout stage, against St Thomas’ for the final.

A great battle was fought, finishing 0-0. There then followed a penalty shootout to determine the winners of the tournament. Goalkeeper of the day Ellen held her nerve, stopping the majority of St Thomas’ kicks.  This gave Sevenoaks Primary Girls the opportunity to win the shield for the first time!

Team: Ellen, Josefina, Jessica, Robyn, Laurel, Lucy, Bonnie


Additional report by Jessica – Year 4

I was so proud of myself when we won the football after the penalties. I didn’t think we would win – on the way I had butterflies all over my stomach!

After we had won a few games we started building up our confidence, but I think that Josefina in Year 5 was our hero…without her we would not have come first!

I am so proud of our brilliant team.


Gold Medal Success at Kent School Games Gymnastic Finals

Congratulations to the Year 5 & 6 Level 3 Team who came first at the Kent School Games Key Steps Gymnastics Finals at Pegasus Gym Club in Maidstone.  The team comprised of Edie (who won a silver medal last year), Nikisha, Olivia, and Jamie (who is actually in Year 4!).  The Team came first out of 16 teams from all over Kent. 
Well done to the Year 3 & 4 Team (10th out of 23 teams) and the Year 1 & 2 Team who enjoyed a great experience using the Olympic standard equipment at Pegasus and will receive Kent School Games T shirts and certificates.  All the gymnasts worked hard and performed their routines with great enthusiasm.
Thank you also to Mrs Libralato who has assisted with the Competition Squad and Gym Club this year – we are very grateful for all her help.
Mrs Potter
Gym Coach
Thursday 7th July – Friday 15th July 2016
Dining Hall




Thursday 7th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year 3 to 4

Friday 8th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year 4 to 5

Monday 11th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year 2 to 3

Tuesday 12th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year 5 to 6

Wednesday 13th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year 1 to 2

Friday 15th July

9:15 – 10:15am

Year FS to 1