MARCH/APRIL DIARY DATES
Creative Education Workshop all day. WW2, Tudors and Explorers
Parent Consultations for Years FS – 5
1A, 1C, 4A, 4B swimming
Parent Consultations for Years FS – 5
Parent Consultations for Years FS – 5 (LATE NIGHT)
Years 5 & 6 inter house tournament
Chance to Dance at the Stag Theatre
Parent Consultations for Years FS – 5
1A, 1C, 3A, 3B swimming
Years 3&4 inter house tournament
Love to Dance – Stag Theatre
9:00am Volunteers Meeting. Kids’ kitchen
Yellow Day to support A Team. £1 donation to wear a yellow item.
2:30pm Year 2 SATs parent information meeting
LAST DAY OF TERM 4
Tuesday 18th April
FIRST DAY OF TERM 5
The New Build is progressing at a pace and, fingers crossed, remains on schedule to be completed in Term 6. It is all incredibly exciting and the children and staff have watched with huge interest as the new, improved SPS has emerged from behind the barriers.
Having visited the site recently, I am delighted we were so ambitious with our fundraising as the end result justifies the conviction and hard work.
The challenge now remains to ensure that we reach our fundraising target. The funding crisis in schools features heavily in recent news, which is anticipated to affect budgets over the next few years. Faced with this news, it is even more important that we try and ensure that we are not burdened with repayments for the build going forward.
I have always taken the view that, rather than make concessions and cutbacks that impact on the quality of teaching and learning at the school, we should be creative in obtaining funds and this is the approach we have used to the new build.
We could have accepted what was offered by the Educational Funding Agency or, alternatively, accept the challenge and add to the scheme by raising money ourselves. To date we are on target to raise over £400,000 with ambitions to hit the £500,000 figure.
The next two terms represents our last big push. At the end of this academic year, our extremely generous matched funding, provided by the Hands Trust comes to an end. They will match anything we can raise up to £500,000 and so this represents an amazing opportunity, particularly considering the present financial climate.
The contribution from our fabulous SPSA continues to be outstanding with more exciting events planned for the summer. I would like to thank them in advance for their incredible hard work, desire and passion to do the very best for the children of SPS.
As a sequel to my gruelling Sevenoaks Challenge, back in 2015, I will be completing a 25k walk over 15 iconic bridges and across 10 historic landmarks in London on Friday 28th April 2017. Beginning at Putney Bridge and finishing at the top of the Shard, this is a monumental challenge!
I will be attempting to raise significant funds for the new build whilst also supporting the charity ‘MIND’ to promote awareness of mental health.
The event has already been sponsored by CONWAY and Baby Bel and we are hoping that other companies will also support the walk.
How can you help?
- You can join me on the walk! I am particularly looking for parents/friends who work for companies offering matched funding for charitable causes. If you can encourage friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you, your company may be prepared to match fund the amount you raise. You could complete a short leg of the walk if you cannot spare the time to finish the full 25k
- If you run a local business, consider becoming one of the sponsors. We are hoping to generate a huge amount of interest both locally and nationally with the walk.
CONWAY (a major infra-structure company) are already involved and Michael Fallon (Defence Minister and local MP) has offered his support
- Sponsor me – this is our last push! The matched funding provided by The Hands Trust finishes at the end of this academic year and so we are keen to make the most of the opportunity. I promise not to pester anyone for sponsorship after the challenge!!
- Offer your time to investigate sponsorship opportunities amongst the business community.
A JustGiving page has been set up for any donations/sponsorship, and can be found using the following link:
Mr Duffy Building Bridges Challenge
Many thanks in advance for your support and you may well be seeing me in the local area, limbering up in preparation!
Years 5 & 6 Hockey Tournament
On Tuesday 28th February, a group of year 5 and 6 children attended a hockey tournament at Hollybush Park.
As there were 13 teams of schools from the area, each year group were put into different leagues. With nine matches to play it was a very busy afternoon. Plenty of rolling subs ensured that all the children were able to play for quite some time.
Ultimately, our Year 6 team achieved a very credible 3rd position.
A special thanks goes out to Mr Callaway, who took on the coaching of the year 5 team.
The Year 5 team: Emile, Maisie, Eve, Maggie, Joe C, Jago & Daniel
The Year 6 team: Katie, Lisha, Owen, Angus, Josefina, Callum, Quinn & Laurel
Bake Off competition results
After receiving some delicious entries for the Sevenoaks Partnership Great British Bake-Off completion, the results are as follows:
First place – Grace (Y3)
Second place – Emma (Y4)
Third place – Josefina (Y6)
As winner of the competition, Grace now has the opportunity to represent Sevenoaks Primary School in the Finals, taking place at Knole Academy in April 2017.
Maths Competition result
Congratulations to Emma in 6A for achieving a Bronze Award in the final of the National Primary Maths Challenge. This placed her in the top 37% of the pupils who sat the competition paper.
Congratulations also go to Lauren and Charlie H in 6A for reaching the final and giving it their very best efforts.
Well done to you all.
Year 5 & 6 inter-house tournament
On Wednesday 22nd March the years 5 & 6 pupils will be participating in an inter-house tournament.
Please could we ask that they come to school dressed in their PE kit that day, with a t shirt in their house colour. They will remain in the kit for the day.
If they do not own a t shirt in their house colour, they can wear their usual PE t shirt.
National Primary Schools’ Chess Competition
Congratulations to the SPS Chess Teams who had a fun and very successful day at the National Primary Schools’ chess completion zonal on Saturday 4th March. It was held at Wouldham Primary School near Aylesford. There were three other schools competing and an additional ‘aardvark’ team to make up a four-team double all play all competition (this means they played each team twice, so every player had six games of chess throughout the day).
The U11 team easily won their section with some great chess games and some of our players were undefeated throughout the day.
All from year 5, the U11 team were: Danny, William, Edward, Toby, Ollie, Edward and Charlie.
The U9 team also did really well in their section and got second place, just losing out on winning the section by two points.
This was a great achievement for the young team as they were all playing against older opponents. The U9 team were: Scarlet, Lucas, Ella, George, Alex and Misha.
Both teams have now qualified for the National Schools’ Competition semi-finals which will be held at Pontins, Camber Sands, over a weekend at the end of May.
Yellow Day – Thursday 30th March
We would like to invite all the children to wear something yellow on Thursday 30th March, to show support for the Antibullying Team, affectionately known as The A team!
It can be any yellow item to be worn with the school uniform, and the ‘fine’ for participating would be £1.00.
Please note that participation and donations are purely voluntary.
The money raised will go towards the A team fund, and they will announce next term how the funds will be spent.
Please refrain from blocking the entrance/exit to the school and parking on the pavements. This is causing considerable problems and is a safety risk for people walking in to school.
Breakfast Club parents/carers are also reminded that the parking spaces are for STAFF ONLY. Using them to park up and walk your child into school is preventing staff from getting into work promptly to prepare for the day.
The drop off zone must be used by parents/carers.
Volunteer meeting – Thursday 30th March
Mr Duffy would like to invite ALL current volunteers in for a meeting on Thursday 30th March at 9:00am in the Kids’ Kitchen.
He will be running through the Volunteer Handbook, with particular reference to Safeguarding. It will also be an opportunity for you to share your experiences with each other.
Any parents/carers wishing to volunteer in the future will now be subject to a short, informal interview, as recommended by the Schools Personnel Service, the company which administers all DBS checks.
Absences from school/collection details
We would like to remind parents/carers to call the school on 01732 453952 or to use the dedicated email address email@example.com
to record their child’s absence.
Please could you ensure changes to your child’s collection details for the end of the day are received by the school office on 01732 453952 as early in the day as possible.
The school should be notified of any absences for ANY reason, with as much notice as possible. This should be done through the phone number and email above, not the general school email address as they may not necessarily be forwarded to Mrs Potter or the classes in time for registration or the end of the day.