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5. Archive Newsletter 05.07.17

JULY - SEPTEMBER DIARY DATES
 
Friday 7th
Reports to parents
CLUBS END
9:15am Yr 1 moving to Yr 2 parents Meet the Teacher
session in Dining Hall
1:20pm 5C assembly to parents in the main hall
Monday 10th
9:15am Yr 3 moving to Yr 4 parents Meet the Teacher session in Dining Hall
Tuesday 11th
Lions, Leopards, Booster, 3C, 3A swimming
9:15am FS moving to Yr 1 parents Meet the Teacher session in Dining Hall
2:00pm taster session for our September Foundation Stage new starters
Year 6 Production – evening event
Wednesday 12th
9:15am Yr 4 moving to Yr 5 parents Meet the Teacher session in Dining Hall
Year 6 Production – evening event
Thursday 13th
9:15am Yr 5 moving to Yr 6 parents Meet the Teacher session in Dining Hall
Friday 14th
9:00am 1A/1B class assembly to parents in the main hall
9:15am Yr 2 moving to Yr 3 parents Meet the Teacher
session in Dining Hall
SPSA Summer Disco and BBQ
Tuesday 18th
NO SWIMMING
Thursday 20th
Year 6 Leavers’ Disco – evening event
Friday 21st
LAST DAY OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR
9:30am Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly
 
Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September
INSET DAYS. NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
Wednesday 6th
FIRST DAY OF TERM 1. CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL
 

Dear Parents/Carers,

I loved the Summer Fair on Saturday. I must admit to having had some reservations about the logistics of moving the event to the top field but it turned out to be perhaps the best one in my time at the school. The positioning of the activities in one place created a ‘village fete’ atmosphere and I just thought it was superbly organised and executed.

My thanks must go to Kelly, Corrie, Pui and the whole SPSA team, so ably supported by other parents and staff, a true team effort!

‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings

The ‘circle of school life’ keeps turning and it’s time for parents and children to meet their next teacher. The timetable has already been circulated to parents (see page 3 of this newsletter for a reminder) and we do hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend.

The meetings enable you to put a face to a name and allow the teachers to provide you with useful information to support the transition into the next year group.

Parking at the Adult Education Centre

The Adult Education Centre have been incredibly generous and allowed us to use their car park for morning drop off only. Unfortunately a number of parents have been abusing this kind offer – see note from the Centre Administrator:

 ‘Can I point out that parents are still persisting with parking in our car park in the morning, when the agreement was for them to drop off children. We are also finding that a large number of parents park in the car park at the end of the school day and leave their cars here for a very long time. Some until after school activities have concluded on the field and some until their conversation has concluded’.

We would like to continue to utilise the centre car park until the completion of the project but there is a strong likelihood that they may withdraw the offer from September onwards if this behaviour continues.

For the benefit of all parents, I would implore all parents using the centre car park to limit this to mornings and for drop off only.

Many thanks for your support in this matter.

Alan Duffy

 
 

Welcome to our new Sponsor! 

We are delighted to announce that Alison Wright, a wealth management specialist, has joined the SPSA sponsors. She would like to introduce herself:

‘I’m delighted to be joining the sponsorship team at Sevenoaks Primary School. I look forward to building a long-standing and flourishing relationship with the school and the community. I have been in the Financial Services industry since 2000, and I believe passionately that the best service is provided through personal, face to face advice. I specialise in meeting the financial needs of people whatever their requirements by maintaining a thorough understanding of their financial goals and aspirations.’

We look forward to working with Alison in the coming year.

Accent Catering Competition

Thank you to everyone who entered the Accent Catering quiz and colouring competitions. We received lots of beautifully coloured strawberries and the standard was very impressive. The winner was Nicole in Leopards and Ella in 4A has won the quiz. Both children will receive a £5 book token from Accent Catering in their next appropriate assembly.

We will continue with the competitions in September so please look out for more information on the ‘Appetising Apple’ when we return for the new school year with our brand new kitchen!

MEET THE TEACHER SESSIONS – DINING HALL

These meetings are designed for parents/carers to meet their child’s new teacher. It is a fantastic opportunity to ask any questions you might have, to hear about what they will be studying, plus any supplementary information that will be useful.

DATE

TIME

YEAR GROUP

Friday 7th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year 1 to 2

Monday 10th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year 3 to 4

Tuesday 11th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year FS to 1

Wednesday 12th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year 4 to 5

Thursday 13th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year 5 to 6

Friday 14th July

9:15 – 9:45am

Year 2 to 3

A phenomenal year for tennis

The Sevenoaks Primary tennis squads have enjoyed a fantastic season. The last two competitions of the school year served to complement their previous successes. We entered 9 boys pairs across all age groups at the qualifying rounds of the LTA Kent Annual Doubles Championships. All teams played well against extremely strong competition. Toby and George progressed to the finals on the 23rd June where they finished a terrific 3rd place in the Red Ball event.

Finally (for this year), huge congratulations to Celia, Jack, William and Moritz who were crowned Kent Schools Games’ Champions, following a super performance at the Canterbury finals on 26th June. The team showed tremendous spirit qualifying over 3 sessions to emerge victorious over Canterbury (2nd) and East Kent Coastal (3rd). A special mention for Beatrice who stepped in at the last minute to help the team progress to the final day, and without whom the team would not be celebrating the fantastic result.

Thank you to all our players, parents and, especially to our most excellent tennis coach, Mrs Macey. As one of our pupils said, she is simply ‘one of the best PE/tennis coaches the school will ever have.’ We will miss you, and good luck for the future.

 

 
 

Years 4-6 after school Biking Club

Ollie Ireland’s Biking Club will resume in the autumn on Tuesdays after school and is open to pupils in years 4-6.

The first session will take place on Tuesday 12th September and will run for six sessions from 3:30 – 4:45pm, the last session being on 17th October.

The cost for the Club is £60 per child. To book, please use the following link:

Years 4-6 After School Biking Club

Children will be required to bring their own bicycles, which must be in safe working order, with the brakes tested and the tyres fully inflated. Please ensure your child brings a helmet and ideally gloves and a waterproof.

If your child does not have access to a bike or helmet, please contact Ollie about using school issued equipment (ollie@livebiking.co.uk )

If your child has specific medication or medical needs, please ensure the school records are up to date, and will an online consent form found on the web page.

Please book before the last day of this term – if there is insufficient or surplus interest then payment will be returned and the sessions cancelled.

A farewell to the lollipop lady!

After nearly 30 years of dedicated service, our much beloved Road Crossing Patrol, Audrey James, will be hanging up her lollipop at the end of term. The end of an era – she will be greatly missed!

If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for her, there is an envelope in the main office.

Attendance at Sevenoaks Primary School

Good attendance at school is very important to us at Sevenoaks Primary.  We constantly monitor pupil, class and whole school attendance figures, paying particular attention to children with below 90% attendance.

Our current whole school attendance figure is 96.25% (Sept 2016 – June 2017) and we hope this figure will increase before the end of the academic year. 

Last year we received an email at the start of Term 1 from Dr Ming Zhang, Head of Kent County Council PRUs, Inclusion and Attendance Service regarding our attendance figures for the last academic year which we were very pleased with – see below:

“The latest attendance release of Autumn and Spring 2015/16 indicates that your school’s attendance rate of 96.6%, is good, being very close to the 1st (best) quintile of Ofsted attendance performance measurement.

In achieving the good and excellent attendance outcomes in past two years, there is no doubt that you and your staff have been putting in a great deal of hard work in winning the support and cooperation of parents and students. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the excellent work.”

We would like to thank the parents for your support with our good attendance and look forward to another positive response from Kent County Council this year.

Mrs Potter

Attendance Officer

Attendance per class September 2016 – June 2017

Leopards

96.76%

2A

96.89%

4A

97.18%

6A

97.11%

Lions

94.11%

2B

97.42%

4B

97.46%

6B

95.68%

Tigers

93.43%

2C

97%

5A

97.11%

 

 

1A

96.22%

3A

95.86%

5B

95.54%

 

 

1B

95.86%

3B

95.59%

5C

97.74%

 

 

1C

94.95%

3C

97.31%

 

 

 

 

SPS Chess Club News
 
The SPS chess club has had a fun and successful year.  Our club is on Wednesday lunchtimes and we are mainly children from years 4-6, with a few invited younger players from years 1,2 and 3.
 
EPSCA National Primary Schools’ Competition Semi Finals
The SPS teams played at the National Primary Schools’ semi-finals on 20-21st May. They had a great time playing some fantastic chess matches against some very strong school teams from around London and the South East.
 
The U11 Team came away with their best ever result of a Silver Award.  The team were: Danny, William, Edward N, Toby, Charlie and Edward E.
 
The U9 Team, also did very well and won a Bronze Award. The team were:  Scarlet, Lucas, George, Ella. Alex and Misha.
 
UK Chess Challenge – Kent Megafinals
This is the biggest school chess competition in the country with over 6,000 young players from schools around the country.  
The first round is an internal school competition which was won by Danny in year 5 with a perfect score of 7 wins.
Five players also got enough points to qualify for the Kent Megafinals in May/June.  Our players did very well and congratulations go to:
 
Year 5 - Danny– for winning the U10 section outright and getting the Supremo title.  Danny also competed in the U10 section and played some very close games against opponents from other local schools.
 
Year 2 - Scarlet– winning the U7 girl’s section and Suprema title and George– gaining a great score of 4/6 and qualifying for the Gigafinals.
 
Year 1 - Lucas– Playing in the U7 section and getting 4/6 and qualifying for the Gigafinals.
 
Matches against other local primary schools
This year we have also played some great friendly matches against local primary schools.   We maintained our unbeaten record against Walthamstow Hall Junior School and played a couple of close and difficult matches against Amherst.  Thanks to everyone who took part.