Non Uniform Day – FS & KS1 a bottle/ KS2 a box of chocolates or £2.00 (towards the Christmas Bazaar)
It has been noticed by the children and a number of parents that the male members of staff, normally so immaculately groomed, are looking a little hirsute. Indeed, it has been remarked on by one of the children no less, that your esteemed headteacher is looking a little tired and, for want of a better expression, the worse for wear! Now the first is obviously just an age thing but the second is by design. Yes, it’s that time of the year again when the male members of staff are doing their bit for ‘Movember’.
‘The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the mens’ health movement, raising £402 million and funding over 1,000 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.’
Over the last few years, we have added to the funds by doing our small bit for the charity. On November 30th, we will be organizing the’ big shave off’, which is a highlight of the year for the children. We invite a local barber into assembly to shave off the beards. I never imagined that shaving would be a spectator sport but the children appear to love it!
To raise money and awareness of the Movember Foundation, we invite the children and the female members of staff to wear their own facial hair for the day and give them the option of giving a small donation. More details to follow nearer the time.
So please, if your child is concerned about the well-being of the male staff, can you reassure them that it all for a very good cause
Sporting Success – Sevenoaks Five-a-side Football Tournament – Friday 13th November
On Friday the 13th November eight boys, five from Year 6 and three from Year 5, took part in the annual tournament at Sevenoaks School. It equates to the Champions League Competition for the Sevenoaks District and all of the top footballing schools participate.
Sevenoaks Primary and Amherst School reached the final, and after an incredibly hard fought contest, the SPS team emerged victorious. Congratulations to all of the boys and to Mrs Shea, our coach for the day. I would also like to thank Sevenoaks School for organising the competition and to the parents for supporting the boys.
SEN Co-ordinator vacancy (three days a week as part of a job-share)
We are currently recruiting for an SEN Co-ordinator with a start date of January 2016, or sooner if the successful candidate is able to do so.
Salary: Teacher MPS & SEN Allowance based on experience
Contract type and term: Fixed term January – August 2016, with a possibility of becoming a permanent position
We are looking for a qualified, hardworking, exemplary and enthusiastic non class based SENCO to become part of our SEN Team.
Sevenoaks Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applications must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the DBS.
To obtain a recruitment pack, including Job Description and Person Specification, contact Rachel Sermon by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please post your completed application back to School Secretary at Sevenoaks Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LB.
Closing date for applications is 30th November 2015 with interviews expected to take place the week commencing 14th December 2015.
Admission to Primary School – September 2016
If your child was born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 and, therefore, due to start in September 2016, you will now be able to apply for your child’s place in primary school through the Kent County Council website. The application period will close at midnight on Friday 15th January 2016. If you do not have access to the internet and would like to come into school to complete your application, please contact Mrs Doleman, our Admissions Officer, in the school office to arrange an appointment.
CALLING ALL SIBLINGS
If the child you are applying for has a sibling currently at Sevenoaks Primary School, please come to the main reception to place your child’s name on the Sibling List by Mrs Potter’s Desk.
Bradbourne Park Preschool – Vacancy for Preschool Manager
Bradbourne Park Preschool is a popular, independent, charity run setting in the grounds of Sevenoaks Primary School. We are seeking an experienced Preschool Manager to start in January or April 2016, depending on availability.
We are looking for a dedicated, highly motivated individual to take an active role in the overall management of the setting – working with staff, the committee, professionals, parents and carers to provide a high standard of preschool education.
Hours: 20-25 hrs per week negotiable
Salary: £20,455 - £26, 325 pro rata dependent on experience
Further information about the pre-school can be found on the website:
Please email the Committee Secretary Clare Smeaton at:
for an application pack. If you would like to visit the setting, please do not hesitate to contact Clare to arrange a time with our Chair.
Closing date for applications: 5pm Friday 27th November
Interviews: Monday 30th November – Friday 4th December
Netball report by Lilly – 6A
On Monday 16th November, Sevenoaks Primary School Netball team played against Otford Primary School. The defenders and attackers worked well together and managed an outstanding score of 13-1!
Midday Supervisor vacancies
We are currently recruiting for Midday Supervisors. The positions are term time only, 1.5 hours per day. For further details please contact Mrs Wood in the Finance Office.
Bringing Lego into school/ trading in school
The school asks that you do not allow your child to bring any Lego into school. Valuable teaching and learning time is being lost while teachers unpick issues over minifigure swapping and model trading.
This request also extends to Lego key rings, to ensure that there are no more issues over lost property.
We also politely request that toys of any sentimental or monetary value are not brought into school.
SPSA Own Clothes Day – Friday 20th November
We would like to remind you that the children are invited to attend school this Friday dressed in their own clothes. This is in support of the SPSA Christmas Bazaar.
As a ‘fine’, please could Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children bring a bottle of wine or similar (for the bottle tombola). A £2.00 donation or a chocolate gift (for the chocolate tombola) is requested from KS2 children.
Please note that the ‘fine’ is entirely voluntary, and we do not want any children to miss out if you would rather not make a contribution.
Kent Wildlife Trust – Visit Father Christmas in his bird hide Grotto
This year, Kent Wildlife Trust is converting one of the bird hides at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve into a Santa’s Grotto for the three Sundays leading up to Christmas. Each Sunday there will also be some fun and easy crafts to make, Christmas decorations and gifts to purchase, seasonal refreshments including hot chocolate, speciality coffess, gingerbread and muffins and not forgetting free entry to the reserve for a winter walk around the lakes.
The Father Christmas Grotto is on the three Sundays leading up to Christmas (6th, 13th and 20th December) from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Bookings to see Santa are not essential but advisable for one of four sessions and tickets cost £5.00 per child, to include a good quality wooden toy.
For more information, please contact the Kent Wildlife Trust on:
Dressing for the weather and sneezes & sniffles!
We have been very lucky so far with the unseasonably mild weather. However, the weather will be turning from the end of this week.
Please could you ensure that your child comes to school with coats, jumpers and hats if it is particularly chilly.
If your child comes to school with a cold, we ask that they please bring a packet of tissues in with them. We are currently spending a small fortune on boxes of tissues for the classes!
Thank you for your understanding.
The competitive chess season kicked off with a match away at Walthamstow Hall Junior School last Wednesday. Our team of six, including new players, won 4 - 2.
This was closer than in the past and reflects a transition period for the team. Our next match will be against Amherst - much tougher opposition!
Children in Need Fundraising total
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in Children in Need last week. The children thoroughly enjoyed bringing in their soft toys and their imaginations shone through the various costumes they dressed them in.
The school raised a grand total of £360.35 for this very worthy cause.
Our wonderful Lost Property helpers would like to ask that children’s surnames are put on uniform. This makes the process of reuniting the items with their owners infinitely easier and quicker!
Please could you also occasionally check that those names written, rather than sewn on, are still legible.
There will now be a four week turnaround for all lost property. All named items are sent back to the classes regularly. However, those items unnamed will remain in the Lost Property area for a period of 4 weeks before they are recycled or rehomed to a charity shop or the secondhand shop.
Stonepitts Christmas Trees
Stonepitts, a farm local to the school, would like to offer a £2.00 donation to the school for every Christmas tree bought by families, friends and staff.
If you would like to participate in this generous offer, simply produce a copy of this newsletter article when buying a tree and this will count towards the final donation to the school. If you are unable to print one off, call into our office for a copy from Mrs Sermon.
Additionally, Stonepitts are continuing their custom of making a donation for all trees sold to Help for Heroes, to whom they donated £1,250 last Christmas.
For further details, including directions please see their website: Stonepitts Farm