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5. Archive Newsletter 13.03.19

DIARY DATES
MARCH
Thursday 14th

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

Friday 15th

Year 5 & 6 - NSPCC Workshop - Main Hall

Monday 18th

Year 1-5 Parent Consultation Week

Tuesday 19th

1A, 1C, 3A, 3B swimming
Year 1-5 Parent Consultation Week

Wednesday 20th

Year 1 & 2 - Infant Agility - Knole Academy (selected children only)
Year 1-5 Parent Consultation Week

Thursday 21st

Whole School Dance-a-thon - Fundraising Event for NSPCC
Year 1-5 Parent Consultation Week

Monday 25th

NSPCC Visit and Collection of Money (revised date)
Year 3 Horton Kirby Visit

Tuesday 26th

1A, 1C, 3A, 3B swimming

Wednesday 27th

Year 5 & 6 Inter-House Tournament

Friday 29th

Year 1 Countries Day

Dear Parents/Carers,

The sun is back! It has been lovely to have some sunshine around school this week and the children have really enjoyed using more of our outdoor provision.

If you are following our twitter feed, you will have already noticed that our new pond now has frogs! It is wonderful for the children to see first-hand all of the wildlife that is arriving.

Our outdoor classroom/gazebo is now finished; we are hugely grateful to all our parents who work so hard to enable us to have these extra resources. As you probably know from the news, school funding is constantly being reduced, so any support that we receive ensures that our children continue to have access to provision which we would be otherwise unable to afford.

Thank you, as always, for your support. Working together makes our school a wonderful place to be.

Best wishes,
Mrs Malone
Head Teacher

SPS children ‘buddy up’ on our new Buddy Bench!

On Tuesday, 5th March, SPS took ownership of a colourful Buddy Bench, kindly donated by local DIY store, Wickes.

An initiative created by our hardworking friendship ambassadors - the A Team, the Buddy Bench is a dedicated place to foster friendships in the playground. Made from recycled plastic, it is also environmentally-friendly!

Miss Durkin, one of our Assistant Head Teachers, is very impressed, ‘Helping new and existing friendships blossom is an important part of school life and growing up…We are very grateful to Wickes for gifting us the bench and look forward to seeing more friendships grow as a result.’

Our A Team Leader, Mrs Wright, added, ‘The Buddy Bench is such a lovely, vibrant addition to our playground and will help children nurture friendships and act as a focal point in the playground for those children wanting a quiet place to confide in others.’

The A Team receiving our Buddy Bench from the Store Manager at Wickes on a gloriously sunny day!

SPS Tennis

Tennis at Sevenoaks Primary School continues to thrive as ten players took to the court in the U9 Schools Doubles hosted by Sevenoaks School, in February. The four Boys teams and one Girls team (selected from Year 4 and 5) were a credit to themselves and the school. All of them competed well throughout their matches, played in the right spirit and contributed to a successful event.

The SPS squad faced strong competition and, although we played a relatively young squad, one pair made it through to the quarter final stage before narrowly missing out to New Beacon.

Congratulations to the squad made up of Bea, Aya, Toby, George, Matthew, Charlie, William, Adam, Misha and Nathan. They all demonstrated great team work, perseverance and courage. Well done!

Mrs Gwinnell
Tennis Coach

                        

Uniform Shop

A reminder that the Uniform Shop will be open on the following days this term:

Monday, 18th March: 9.00 – 10.00am
Friday, 5th April:         2.45 – 3.15pm

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

Kent School Games Gymnastic Competition Success

Congratulations to the gymnasts who took part in the Kent School Games Key Step Gymnastic Competition at Aylesford Sports College, in February. 

All the gymnasts had to complete a body management routine, a floor routine and two vaults.  The gymnasts had to adapt to new equipment in a new location to perform their best gymnastics in front of the judges from Aylesford Sports College.

This competition was a qualifier for the Kent School Games Finals and we are delighted that our Year 5 and 6 Team came first, winning Gold, and our Year 3 and 4 ‘B’ Team came second, winning Silver medals. Both teams have, therefore, qualified for the Finals in June.

Our remaining Teams also did very well!  The Year 1 and 2 ‘A’ Team and Year 3 and 4 ‘A’ Team both came third and will receive Bronze medals. Our Year 1 and 2 ‘B’ Team came seventh and will receive ribbons.

All the gymnasts worked hard, performed strong routines and were a credit to the school. 

Thank you to our coaches who help at the club each week: Mrs Maharjan and her daughter, Lucy Maharjan, who was given permission to attend from her secondary school, Knole Academy.  We really appreciate your help.

Good luck to the teams competing at the Finals in June and well done to all the gymnasts for showing such strength and commitment at this competition.

Mrs Potter
Gym Coach

Year 1 & 2 A Team:          Leo (2C), Mylo (1C), Sophie (2C), Emmeline (2A)
Year 1 & 2 B Team:          Dane (1C), Anaiya (2A), Max (2C)
Year 3 & 4 A Team:          Jake (3B), Megan (4B), Amy (4A), Martha (3B)
Year 3 & 4 B Team:          Luca (4B), Emily (4C), Phoebe (4A), Eliza (3B), Isla (3A)
Year 5 & 6 Team:              Erin (6A), Neve (6A), Jack (6B), Sarah (6B), Tilly (5B)

NSPCC Online Workshop: Tuesday, 5th March

We were pleased to see so many parents and carers at the Online Workshop held by the NSPCC, last Tuesday.

The NSPCC are keen to receive feedback – if you would like to provide this, please follow the link below to our school website and scroll to the bottom of our Online Safety page to locate their Evaluation Survey.

https://www.sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk/page/?title=Online+Safety&pid=312

Similarly, if you were unable to attend the Workshop and would like to access the information shared on the day, please go to our Online Safety page.

Thank you to everyone for their support with this important initiative.

SPS Midday Supervisor – Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a Midday Supervisor. 1 ½ hours per day, term-time only.

For further information, please contact the school office on 01732 453952 or manager@sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk

Working Party – SPS Grounds: Come along and help!

We have our lovely new building, a wildlife pond and now a fantastic gazebo – amazing!

We don’t want to stop there so now we are turning our attention to the grounds around the school. As you know, our grounds are extensive and, with this in mind, we are planning a Working Party in Term 5. Details to follow shortly but we will need help with painting the KS1 playground and the wall in Playground 2, installing donated play equipment and building/filling planters.

As they say, ‘many hands make light work’: we would be extremely grateful if as many parents and carers as possible can help out on the day. No special skills required – just enthusiasm!

Thank you in advance

 

Rapid Fire Cricket – Year 2 Event: Thursday, 7th March

Year 2 recently took part in a Rapid Fire Cricket event at Knole Academy. The aim of the session was for children to have fun whilst practising their cricket skills.

Nine local schools took part and SPS came fourth – a fantastic effort! Well done to Ralph, Alex, Ben, Emily, Lukas, Krish, Sophie and Reese.

Mrs Shea, who accompanied the children, commented, ‘There were balls everywhere, children everywhere, but everyone had fun!’

Primary Mathematics Challenge                              

The Primary Maths Bonus Round, which is part of the Primary Mathematics Challenge, was undertaken in February and the results are now in for this national competition. 

Ellie in 6B scored a fabulous 16/25 and gained a Bronze Award, just one mark away from Silver.  Jack and Cammie in 6A both scored a credible 13 which saw them narrowly miss out on a medal, needing 14 points to gain Bronze. 

Congratulations to all of them in their efforts in what is a very difficult maths competition.  Just 2375 pupils were invited back out of the many thousands who sat the first round in November.  From those, 1496 medals are being awarded this year.  Well done!

Mrs Alexander
Year 6 Teacher

Swimming Report: Saturday, 9th March

Sevenoaks Primary School competed in the Kent Schools’ Swimming Championships at Hartsdown Pool, Margate on Saturday, 9th March.

The 8-strong team consisted of Mili, Ella, Sidney and Max from Year 5, with Sarah, Phoebe, Jacob and Harry representing Year 6.

Session one started with the individual 50m races, with Jacob’s impressive 5th place in the 50m Butterfly. Sarah performed admirably in the girls’ Fly, finishing in 26th place. In the 50m Breaststroke, Jacob finished 3rd with a time of 44.54 seconds: one-tenth behind the second-place swimmer! Ella looked speedy throughout her Breaststroke race. In the Backstroke, both Harry and Mili put in strong performances, finishing 22nd and 24th, respectively. Finally, in the 50m Freestyle event, Sidney and Max produced superb performances - Sidney finishing in 15th place, with a time of 39.52 seconds. In the girls’ event, Phoebe produced an excellent swim to finish with a time of 45.31 seconds.

In the second session, SPS swimmers competed in both boys’ and girls’ Freestyle and Medley Relay events, performing competitively throughout.

              

Overall, this was a successful event for our swimmers and they deserve to be congratulated for an excellent day in the pool. Well done, all of you!

Mr Jarrett
SPS Swimming

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the SPSA, ‘Buy a Brick’ fundraising scheme.

We sold 100 bricks to parents, carers, staff and various organisations associated with the school.  The bricks have now been installed in a path leading to the gazebo.  This area forms part of our new outdoor classroom which looks amazing and is a superb legacy!  Thank you, again – we couldn’t have created this path without your support!

 Please see the pdf. booking form attached to this newsletter email.