NOVEMBER 2016 DIARY DATES
Foundation and Year 6 height and weight checks
7:00 – 8:30pm Family Learning Session. Phonics for Foundation Stage. To be held in the Studio
Year 3 trip to Horton Kirby
SPSA OWN CLOTHES DAY. Voluntary ‘fine’ is KS1 bottle of wine or similar, KS2 chocolate gift or £2.00
6:00 – 8:00pm SPSA Film Night. ‘Angry Birds’
3:00 – 4:00pm Uniform Shop open
2A, 2C, 5A, 5B swimming
Creative Education Workshop in main hall
4:00 – 5:30pm KS2 basketball KSG – Knole Academy
CHILDREN IN NEED Spotacular. Own clothes with spotty theme/face paints (no hair dye). Monetary donations welcome
2A, 2C, 5A, 5B swimming
Year 4 Roman Day. Toga wearing will be welcomed!
Football League after school – Knole 3G
6:00 – 7:30pm Family Learning Session. Phonics for Year 1. To be held in the Studio
7:00 – 8:30pm Family Learning Session. Phonics for Year 1. To be held in the Studio
Flu vaccinations for Years 1-3
12:00 – 3:00pm SPSA Christmas Bazaar
PARENT CONSULTATION WEEK (Years 1-5)
3:00 – 4:00pm Uniform Shop open
2A, 2C, 5A, 5C swimming
Netball league after school – Knole Academy
DECEMBER - JANUARY 2016 DIARY DATES
Friday 2nd December
Football 5 a side at Sevenoaks School
2:00pm 1B/2B Nativity to parents in main hall
2B, 2C, 5A, 5C swimming
2:00pm 1A/2A Nativity to parents in main hall
5:30 – 7:00pm Festival of Trees
2:00pm 1C/2C Nativity to parents in main hall
9:30am Foundation Stage nativity songs to parents in main hall
2:00pm Parent Council meeting
‘Sleeping Beauty’ pantomime. KS1 at 9:15am/ KS2 at 1:30pm
3:00 – 4:00pm Uniform Shop open
Foundation Stage and KS1 Christmas lunch
KS2 Christmas party
KS2 Christmas lunch
Foundation Stage and KS1 Christmas party
LAST DAY OF TERM 2
10:30am Years 3&4 Carol Service at St John’s Church (children to return to school afterwards)
2:00pm Years 5&6 Carol Service at St John’s Church (children can be collected from church afterwards)
Tuesday 3rd January
FIRST DAY OF TERM 3
2B, 2C, 5A, 5C swimming
Well, we managed to reach the month of November without significant rain but today the clouds gathered to welcome the new President of the USA! Let’s hope the downpour was a temporary blip and the dry spell continues to support the construction work.
I attended an update meeting for the new build earlier in the week and the development is currently progressing to plan (fingers firmly crossed). A large crane is due on site this week and the builders will begin to install the SIPs (large panels). Up to this stage they have focused on the foundations and the installation of general services but we should soon see an actual building begin to emerge. It is exciting to think that by this time next year we will have moved into the new Sevenoaks Primary School.
It’s hard to believe that this time last week, the Year 6 children and staff were enjoying the delights of Blackland Farm in sunny East Grinstead. The four day residential is a highlight of the year for all concerned and provides life long memories.
It was the first year we have attempted the trip so early in the year and I must admit to trepidation that the weather might negatively impact upon the trip. However, such are the vagaries of the British climate that we enjoyed better conditions than the previous trip in the spring!
Last Thursday afternoon, between 3:00 – 5:00pm, my group enjoyed a canoeing adventure until an autumnal sunset and it was fantastic.
For some of the children, Blackland Farm is their first trip away from home without their parents. It builds their self-confidence and general independence and is ideal preparation for the transition to secondary school. They attempt a range of activities, many outside of their comfort zone and surprise themselves with how much they can actually achieve when they put their mind to it.
I was genuinely proud of them. The feedback from the TrekCo staff was extremely positive and they commended the children on their positive approach and general behaviour. They were a credit to SPS.
It is with regret that we must announce the imminent departure of some staff members.
After 14 years of service and dedication to the school, Sarah Sykes is leaving us on 15th November, moving down to Dorset to start a Bed and Breakfast business.
Adam Hughes will be leaving on 29th November to train as a driving instructor after being with us since 2013. Our very own resident DJ has also supported SPS and the SPSA on many occasions and we will miss his tunes and dance moves!
Claire Dixon, one of Midday Supervisors, is also leaving the team to move on to pastures new.
They will all be much missed, and we are sure you will join us in wishing them the very best on their respective new adventures.
SPSA Own Clothes Day – Friday 11th November
We would like to invite the children to come to school in home clothes, to raise money for the Christmas Bazaar. The ‘fine’ for doing so is for Foundation and KS1 children to please bring a bottle of wine or similar (for the bottle tombola) and KS2 children to bring a chocolate gift or £2.00 donation.
Please note that the donations are strictly voluntary and all children are welcome to participate, regardless of whether they bring an item in or not.
Children in Need – The Big Spotacular!
Friday 18th November
We would like to invite the children to wear home clothes, with a spotty theme, if possible.
Facepainted spots will also be allowed (no hair dye, please). Voluntary monetary donations will be collected towards this very worthy and popular charity event.
Many thanks in advance for your help and understanding.
Midday supervisor vacancies
We are actively recruiting for midday Supervisors. 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, five days a week, term time only.
Uniform Shop opening times/dates in 2016
14th November 3:00 - 4:00pm
28th November 3:00 - 4:00pm
12th December 3:00 - 4:00pm
Homework Club at Sevenoaks Town Library
Sevenoaks Library is running a Homework club for Primary aged children, every Wednesday during term time from 4:30 – 5:30pm. Run by volunteers, it is held in the Children’s area, and allows the children to use the resources available, including free printing and photocopying (5 mono and 1 colour page each day).
Tag Rugby Tournament
Thank you to all the children who participated in the tag rugby tournament last term. There was a lovely mix of children ranging from year 3 to 6 and it was great to see them all working together as a team. Although we didn’t win all of our games, everyone put in 100%, so well done to Ben, Luca, Max, Charlie, Rosie, Heidi, Edward, Henry, Zach, Rory, Maxim, Jack, Ella and Fergus.
A special thanks to Zach’s dad Steve, who provided our team with some professional coaching and lots of guidance from the side-line.
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 in the main office.
Unclaimed watches and glasses
The school office has a large number of unclaimed watches and glasses, and would very much like to reunite them with their rightful owners before Christmas.
Please contact the office with a description of your lost item – hopefully we can save some of you a trip to the opticians/extra Christmas present!
A reminder that children should not be bringing squash into school. If bottles leak, we are left with a sticky residue on the bags, books and on the floors.
Children must only bring water into school, and they can top up their bottles from designated points around the building.
Dressing for the weather and sneezes & sniffles!
We have been very lucky so far with the unseasonably mild weather, however, it is now turning and we are conscious of the need for appropriate clothing.
Please could you ensure that your child comes to school with a waterproof coat and jumper, plus hat if it is particularly chilly.
If your child is in years 2-6, please could they also bring a pair of boots suitable for playing on the top field.
Finally, if your child comes to school with a cold, we ask that they please bring a packet of tissues in with them. We are currently spending a small fortune on boxes of tissues for the classes!
STONEPITTS CHRISTMAS TREES
Stonepitts, a farm local to the school, would like to offer a £2.00 donation to the school for every Christmas tree bought by families, friends and staff.
If you would like to participate in this generous offer, simply produce a copy of this newsletter article when buying a tree and this will count towards the final donation to the school. If you are unable to print one off, call into our office for a copy from Mrs Sermon.
Additionally, Stonepitts are continuing their custom of making a donation for all trees sold to Help for Heroes, to whom they donated £1,250 last Christmas.
For further details, including directions please see their website: Stonepitts Farm
Blackland Farm leftover items
The children and parents have been invited to the Lost Property area this week to sift through and remove any items that might belong to them.
Most have been removed, but there remain several pairs of trainers and coats.
Please note that, for hygiene reasons, we will have to dispose of any items after this Friday 11th November.
Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, known as The A-Team, have been very busy introducing various events at SPS to make children aware of what bullying is and how to STAND UP to it.
In Term 1, the school celebrated World Peace Day and as a part of it the A team set a challenge to all the children - to be kind to everyone around them.
In Term 2, the school is celebrating the World Kindness day and Anti-Bullying Week.
The A team has chosen to raise money for:
The A team members will be selling “WORLD KINDNESS DAY” wrist bands.
All children across Phase 2 and 3 will have an opportunity to be part of it by bringing in £1 to school and buying a wrist band. They will be on sale throughout November.
Once the money is raised, it will be donated at one of the school assemblies to the Childline JustGiving charity and all the children will be able to be part of it.
SPS and the A - team would like to thank all the parents for their support.
Parking around the school perimeter
In the summer of 2014, the Parent Council and school produced a leaflet to help keep our children safe on the way to and from school. The document was produced as a result of the concern felt by parents, staff, governors and local residents about the increased levels of traffic around the site.
The amount of traffic has increased further since the leaflet was distributed and the situation has also been impacted by the construction of the new build.
The Parent Council and school will continue to work with the Sevenoaks District Council, Kent Highways and local residents to improve safety but we do require your support.
Please see below for a reminder of details from our Road Safety and Parking Leaflet.
If you are driving:
Do you realise that almost all the following instances happen on a daily basis around SPS?
All of them endanger our children and are offences punishable by Kent Police or Sevenoaks District Council:
· Roads are blocked so that a car or emergency vehicle can’t get through
· Pavements are blocked by cars so that a wheelchair or double buggy can’t get through
· Cars park opposite or within 10 metres of a road junction
· Cars park on double yellow lines
· Cars park on the school zig-zags
There are even occasional instances of aggressive and abusive behaviour.
Slow down around schools!
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 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 and time
· Names of those involved (if known)
· Registration number of vehicle concerned
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)