7:00pm Family Learning Session on safety. Main Hall. NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN TO ATTEND.
Every year I am amazed at the array of creative costumes the children and staff wear on World Book Day. Today, I am sure, will be no exception. It is always a joy to see the efforts of children (and staff) in costumes ranging from astronauts to fairies and caterpillars to superheroes. Not to mention the puzzlement of the children decrypting the clues to guess each other’s and teachers’ book titles.
World Book Day is a global celebration of reading which allows the books children love to come to life. At SPS, the children read a range of fantastic books, and it is great to see which characters have a lasting impression. It is an educational day where the children can share their love of not only reading but writing. I think that it is even more inspiring to the children that an author has created these characters and perhaps one day that could be them.
We do like to go ‘all out’ at SPS with our annual costume competition which we celebrate in assembly, with the best-dressed winning extra book tokens for the children to treat themselves. But not to worry, I am glad to say that all of the children will have received a £1 book token with which they can buy special World Book Day books. I look forward to seeing the children enjoying their new books and finding new inspiration for next year.
PS. This introduction was written in the style of Mr Duffy by two former pupils, now at Tonbridge Grammar. Haven’t they done a marvellous job, and did you guess?!
Since September, the school has been conducting a tendering process for our catering service. Due to the value of the contract, this has been a very formal process which was undertaken with the assistance of a third party company in accordance with EU legislation.
A panel of five people from the school, including representatives from both the governing body and parent council assessed the bids from a number of companies and were unanimous in their decision to award the contract to Accent Catering.
Accent was established 14 years ago and is a similar sized owner managed company to Independent. They are based almost exclusively in the South East and specialise in the education sector. We were impressed by the quality of the meals provide and, as part of the process, we conducted a tasting which included a small number of our children and also visited a number of Accent’s schools unannounced to view their catering in operation. They pride themselves in offering locally sourced fresh food cooked from scratch. The panel also noted their more progressive attitude towards catering and the part they can play in educating the children about healthy choices by encouraging the children to try different types of foods including more varied fruits and vegetables.
Ian Crabtree, the Managing Director has told us that “Accent Catering are delighted and excited to have been appointed as caterer to Sevenoaks Primary School. We know the students will see a real difference in our approach to delivering fresh, healthy and outstanding, friendly service. We look forward to playing our part in contributing to the school’s ever growing reputation.”
The new contract will start at the beginning of Term 5 and the kitchen staff will all transfer to Accent. We are currently in the process of organising the handover and hope to be able to publish menus shortly, once these have been agreed. Their menus are produced seasonally and they will continue to offer main, vegetarian, pasta and jacket potato options. Emma Denby, our new area operations manager, is happy to meet with parents of children with severe allergies so that Accent can ensure a smooth transition. This can be arranged by contacting Mrs Wood or Mrs Anderson in the Finance Office.
A very confident team of Year 5 & 6 children attended a Hockey Tournament at Hollybush on Tuesday 2nd March.Our children played very well and the team won all their matches. One of our players was re-named “Danger Girl” by the referee for her particularly strong performance!
Well done to Josefina, Connor, Michael, Joe, Ellie and Lilly for showing great sportsmanship and setting such a good example for the school.
Thank you so much for all your colourful money boxes, which have been returned to the Finance Office. So far we have received a total of £293.00 and €50.00, all of which will be transferred to the New Build funds.
If you do have any spare Euros that haven’t got a home, or would like to donate any spare change towards the school, it would be very gratefully received!
HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY FROM THE OFFICE!
We raised a grand total of £212.20 from our Book Sale, which will be used to replenish our library.
Do look out for pictures of the children on our website in the next few days!!