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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
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Pupils achieve well at this school-Ofsted 2017
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4. Archive Newsletter 27.02.19

DIARY DATES
FEBRUARY

Thursday 28th

5C Gamelan Workshop - Sevenoaks School - 1.30-3.00pm

MARCH

Friday 1st

Secondary School Offer Day

Monday 4th

Foundation Stage & Year 6 Parent Consultations

Tuesday 5th

1A, 1B, 4B, 4C swimming
NSPCC Online Safety Workshop for Parents/Carers - Main Hall - 2.00-3.00pm
Foundation Stage & Year 6 Parent Consultations

Wednesday 6th

Foundation Stage & Year 6 Parent Consultations

Thursday 7th

World Book Day
Year 1-6 - Author Visit - Luke Temple
4A Additional Parent Consultations - 1.20-5.00pm
5B Gamelan Workshop - Sevenoaks School - 1.30-3.00pm
Foundation Stage & Year 6 Parent Consultations

Friday 8th

Book Signing by Author - Luke Temple

Tuesday 12th

1A, 1C, 4B, 4C swimming
NSPCC Visit - KS1 & KS2 Assemblies

Wednesday 13th

Class & Team Photos - Van Cols

Thursday 14th

5B Gamelan Workshop - Sevenoaks School - 1.30-3.00pm
Parent Council Meeting - Staffroom - 2.00-3.00pm
1A Class Assembly - Main Hall - 2.30-3.15pm

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly, I would like to wish you all a very warm welcome back to school. The children have settled beautifully this week and it was a pleasure holding assembly with them all on Monday. Their insightful comments were very engaging and contributed to a wonderful start to Term 4. The weather has also been lovely and I hope that you all had the opportunity to enjoy some of the sunshine and the sense of wellbeing that it brings.

I have been busy putting the whole school strategy together, and this term, I have set up a driving standards team in school. This team will work together to drive forward all of our school improvement work. The feedback has already been very positive and I am looking forward to all the opportunities this will bring for our children.

Wishing you all a great week.
Mrs C Malone

SPS Values

Following the exciting vote last term and Mrs Malone’s announcement, we now have colourful banners proudly displaying our new SPS Values: Courage, Kindness, Love of Learning, Perseverance, Creativity and Team.
We hope you will agree with us that they look fantastic!

Secondary School Information
The following schools have upcoming Open Days:

Radnor House:            Saturday, 2nd March
Walthamstow Hall:     Thursday, 7th March

For further details, please see our website Transfer to Secondary School - Sevenoaks Primary School

Please note: the date for the Kent Test is Thursday, 12th September 2019.
 

SPS Breakfast Club Assistant – Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for an assistant to work in our busy and fun Breakfast Club: Monday to Friday, 7.50 to 8.50 a.m.
Please contact Sue Thompson in the School Office for further details/ an application form:
manager@sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk

NSPCC visit to SPS: ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’

We are excited to be having another visit from the UK’s leading children’s charity, the NSPCC, with their ‘Speak out. Stay Safe.’ programme. This helps to provides children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe. Over the coming term, we have several events planned:

  • Tuesday, 5th March: Online Safety Workshop for Parents/Carers in the Main Hall, from 2.00 to 3.00pm - do come along if you can (please see details in the letter from Mrs Malone and the NSPCC attached to this newsletter email)
  • Tuesday, 12th March: KS1 & KS2 Assemblies
  • Friday, 15th March: Year 5 & 6 Workshops
  • Thursday, 21st March: Sponsored Dance-athon! - organised by the School Council for all year groups - a fun way to raise money and show our support for the NSPCC
  • Wednesday, 27th March: sponsor money collected in school
  • Monday, 1st April: Thank You Assembly - the NSPCC will receive the sponsor money raised by the Dance-athon

Further details regarding the ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme will be emailed to parents/carers shortly.

A busy school!

The broader curriculum is important to us and, as such, we have a busy timetable of activities, performances and competitions for whole classes and individuals that take place both during, and outside, the school day. This disrupts the normal timetable but we know that the benefits are worth it.

However, to keep disruptions and lost learning to a minimum, and to ensure consistency across the school, could parents please note that siblings will not be pulled from class to watch other year group activities, with the exception of nativities and the Year 6 Production.

Thank you for your understanding.

Staff news

We were sad to say ‘goodbye’ to Mrs Kim Tschorn as a member of staff of SPS at the end of last term. However, Mrs Tschorn remains a parent of the school so she won’t become a stranger!                    

Mrs Sam Jeffery’s last day before going on maternity leave is Friday, 8th March. We wish her and her family all the best over the coming months. We are very pleased that Mrs Amy Woodhouse will be joining SPS to teach 4A alongside Mrs Godman. We know that you will join us in welcoming Mrs Woodhouse to SPS.

School Pond: Kent Year of Green Action

You may have spotted our new school pond!

Kent County Council’s Kent Environment Strategy focuses on the environment, health and the economy. The aim is to encourage communities to protect and enhance their environment and the creation of a wildlife pond is one example of this.

A huge thank you to the staff and volunteers from North West Kent Countryside Partnership who worked in all weathers (mostly wet!) to create our own, SPS wildlife pond. They were ably assisted by Hassan, Emma, Esme, Alex, Dana and Riley from Year 6, as well as parent volunteers – thank you, everyone!  Thank you also to Mrs Ratcliffe for organising the event on behalf of SPS.

To celebrate the completion of the pond, special guests were invited to the school on Wednesday, 6th February, including representatives from KCC. You can read more about the event via School children dip into Kent Year of Green Action - KCC Media Hub

    

Operation Encompass: A joint initiative with Kent Police

Sevenoaks Primary School has signed up to Operation Encompass, working together with Kent Police to help support children and families.

Kent Police have provided the following information which explains Operation Encompass in more detail.

https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/community-support/op-encompass/

SPSA Campout

A very popular event last year, the SPSA are holding another Campout for 2019 on 22nd June. The location is the Scout Hut in  Mill Lane, Sevenoaks.
More details to follow!

Netball update
The Netball Team has been involved in some exciting matches recently!

Monday, 11th February at Knole Academy:

The team, consisting of Teddy, Freddie, Thomas, Oscar, Carly, Eliana, Ellie and Esme, played three matches:

SPS vs Otford Primary
It was a very close match.  The children worked really hard as a team keeping Otford at bay!
By the end of the last quarter, the scores were equal. However, in the last few minutes, Otford scored a final goal. 

SPS            Otford
   3                   4

SPS vs Lady Boswell's
Another fantastic effort from SPS, against a strong Lady Boswell’s.

SPS       Lady B's
   7            11

SPS vs Anthony Roper
SPS played their best netball against Anthony Roper – a nail-biting match!

SPS         Antony Roper
  4                        4

Tuesday, 26th February at SPS:

SPS vs Amherst
Amherst came to SPS. The beautiful weather was matched with a great netball match. SPS played extremely well and it was a close game. 

SPS      Amherst 
  3               5

Well done to the team and thank you to Miss Gillam for coaching the team and providing the above reports!

Drop-off / Pick-up time

At drop-off time, the gates to the playgrounds either side of the main building will be closed at 9.00am. This is to ensure that classrooms are closed to outside access when the children are in school. Children arriving after 9.00am MUST be signed in at the school office. Thank you.

At pick-up time, may we politely ask that younger siblings do not play with school playtime equipment whilst waiting for brothers and sisters to come out of class. Equipment can get left out on the playground which then needs to be cleared away again at the end of the day.

Thank you for your help in keeping the playgrounds tidy at the end of the day!

World Book Day – Thursday, 7th March

A reminder that World Book Day is coming up on Thursday, 7th March - costumes at the ready, everyone!  Children are welcome to come in dressed as a story character, or with a simple prop or clue, if they prefer.

The theme of this year's World Book Day is 'Share a Story' and we would love to celebrate this by inviting children to bring in a photo or illustration of themselves sharing a story with a sibling, pet, teddy, or whoever else they choose!  Please mount the picture onto a piece of card or paper, with a short caption explaining who the photo is, what the story is and who they are sharing it with, e.g. 'Maggie (3A) sharing her favourite copy of the Beano with her hamster Reggie'.

Please send these in to your child’s class teacher by Monday, 4th March so that we can display them in time for the day.

We are also very excited to be welcoming the author, Luke Temple, back to Sevenoaks Primary, on World Book Day.  Children from Years 1-6 will hear him talking about his love of writing and his latest books.  On the eve of World Book Day, information will be sent out regarding the opportunity to purchase Luke Temple books and have them signed by the author on Friday, 8th March.

Notice of temporary parking restrictions: Bradbourne Road

We have received notice of the following drainage works taking place:

Please be advised that a single lane priority system will be in place at the bottom of Bradbourne Road, by the junction with the A25, from Friday, 1st March for at least five working days, whilst drainage work takes place.

The parking bays in the immediate vicinity will also be suspended.

We apologise for the inconvenience which this will cause.

We strongly advise parents/carers to consider the above at drop-off and pick-up time for the duration of the works.

Thank you!

SPSA Barn Dance – put it in your diary!

We have further information regarding the much-awaited Barn Dance on 28th March – please see the poster below.
For tickets, please use the booking form attached to this newsletter email