NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 DIARY DATES
7:00 – 8:30pm Family Learning Session. Phonics for Year 1. To be held Tiger Cub Class
Flu vaccinations for Years 1-3
12:00 – 3:00pm SPSA Christmas Bazaar
PARENT CONSULTATION WEEK (Years 1-5)
3:00 – 4:00pm Uniform Shop open
2A, 2C, 5A, 5C swimming
Netball league after school – Knole Academy
Friday 2nd December
Football 5 a side at Sevenoaks School
2:00pm 1B/2B Nativity to parents in main hall
2B, 2C, 5A, 5C swimming
2:00pm 1A/2A Nativity to parents in main hall
5:30 – 7:00pm Festival of Trees
2:00pm 1C/2C Nativity to parents in main hall
9:30am Foundation Stage nativity songs to parents in main hall
2:00pm Parent Council meeting
‘Sleeping Beauty’ pantomime. KS1 at 9:15am/ KS2 at 1:30pm
3:00 – 4:00pm Uniform Shop open
Foundation Stage and KS1 Christmas lunch
KS2 Christmas party
KS2 Christmas lunch
Foundation Stage and KS1 Christmas party
LAST DAY OF TERM 2
10:30am Years 3&4 Carol Service at St John’s Church (children to return to school afterwards)
2:00pm Years 5&6 Carol Service at St John’s Church (children can be collected from church afterwards)
JANUARY 2017 DIARY DATES
FIRST DAY OF TERM 3
2B, 2C, 5A, 5C swimming
2B, 2C, 5B, 5C swimming
Year 3 Ancient Egypt Day
Is it my imagination or does Christmas start earlier each year? The John Lewis advert made its first appearance a few weeks ago and the shops are already festooned with decorations. At SPS, the nativity rehearsals are already in full swing and we have the SPSA Christmas Bazaar on Saturday. To be honest, I love it and one of the best bits about working in a primary school is to see the sense of wonder and enjoyment in the childrens’ faces.
I do hope you will be able to share in the SPS Christmas by attending one of the nativity performances, the Carol Services in St John’s Church, the Christmas Bazaar or the Festival of Trees. It is a truly special time of the year and we would love to share it with you.
The ‘A Team’ – Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
You will be aware from previous newsletters that our A Team has been incredibly proactive this year. They have led a number of assemblies and were instrumental in our celebration of World Peace Day in Term 1.
The team are currently promoting our Kindness Wall, situated in the main school corridor. Children who are observed actively supporting others and being kind, are recognised on this Wall by name. My target to the children is to fill the entire main corridor before the end of the academic year.
Each class has a Kindness Arm Band, which can be worn by one of the children from the class that has been recognised on the wall.
During this month, the A Team has been supporting World Kindness Day. All children across Phase 2 and 3 will have the opportunity to be part of it by bringing £1 to school and buying a Kindness Wrist Band.
All money raised will go to Childline, the charity chosen by the A Team.
The A Team and the promotion of World Kindness Day, encourages the children to think of other people rather than just themselves. The children, staff and parents have a fantastic reputation for this and this year’s cohort of children is no exception.
Brilliant Bradbourne Girls’ Terrific Triathlon
On 29th October 2016, Erin and Neve in 4B participated in their own triathlon to raise money for the Brittle Bone Society. The idea came to fruition when Erin watched a CBBC programme called My Life, about a girl with brittle bones who climbed the Eiffel Tower – an incredible feat! She and Neve discussed the programme and thought it would be fantastic to raise money for others like her.
On the day, Erin and Niamh set off cheered on by their neighbours as they raced up and down Bradbourne Vale Road. Once the run was finished, they jumped on to their scooters and sped off, and completed the triathlon with the cycling section after almost an hour of hard work!
The girls raised around £150.00 for the Brittle Bone Society – what a tremendous achievement! Well done to the girls.
Year 6 girls fundraising news
At the end of the last academic year, a group of our current Year 6 girls took it upon themselves to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund. They decided to attempt a sponsored silence for a whole day.
After an extremely long 24 hours, they were triumphant! The girls managed to raise a fantastic £90.00 for this very worthy charity and recently received a certificate from the WWF to commend their efforts.
Well done to all involved.
If you have been in the entrance hall since the beginning of this academic year, you will hopefully have seen a ‘Safeguarding Board’. The display highlights how we can keep the children safe.
Periodically, I will provide safeguarding reminders in the school newsletter, which will include the actions to be taken if you should have any concerns about a child’s well-being.
‘Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility’.
Sevenoaks Primary School is committed to the safeguarding of all our children.
Most children enjoy happy childhood experiences. Unfortunately for some, this is not the case. The signs of child abuse are not always immediately obvious and can take many different forms, such as neglect, physical abuse and even emotional abuse. The effects of these may be short or long term for the children.
It is important that you do not assume that someone else will take responsibility.
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child at Sevenoaks Primary School, please speak directly to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
The current Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr Duffy, Miss Durkin and Mrs Haslam.
The governor with responsibility for Safeguarding matters is Peter Davies.
Christmas Bazaar donations
We were inundated with very generous bottle, chocolate and monetary donations following the Own Clothes Day on Friday 11th November. The bottles and chocolates will be raffled off at the Christmas Bazaar.
The goodie baskets that Mrs Dark kindly organised to be filled by children have been piling up in the main entrance, and the stall should be a most popular new addition to the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday.
Thank you for all your donations – please continue to bring them to the main office up until Friday afternoon. We look forward to seeing you all at the Bazaar from 12:00 – 3:00pm this Saturday 26th November.
A Spotacular Success!
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in Children in Need last week.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and their imaginations shone through the inventive ways they chose to show their spots!
The school raised a grand total of £614.27 for this very worthy cause.
Admission to Primary School – September 2017
If your child was born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 and, therefore, due to start in September 2017, you will be able to apply for your child’s place in primary school from 7th November 2016. The application period will close on 16th January 2017. 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 office to place your child’s name on the Sibling List in the main office.
Uniform Shop opening times/dates in 2016
28th November 3:00 - 4:00pm
12th December 3:00 - 4:00pm
Confident Parent Confident Children
We will be holding a five week course in the New Year 2017, designed to help parents learn how to become more assertive, as well as to build their children’s confidence.
A highly experienced external tutor will run these discussion-based sessions to share experiences, ideas, concerns and possible solutions. The course will also be tailored towards the specific group of parents, according to what they will find helpful.
The sessions will be on: 11th/18th/25th January & 1st/8thFebruary, all from 9:00 – 11:00am
Please note that spaces are strictly limited to 9 parents only, on a first come first served basis.
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
Basketball team enjoy Kent School Games qualifier success
Our Basketball team recently played at Knole Academy, to qualify for the finals of the Kent School Games.
The team played superbly and successfully qualified.
They will be heading off to the Finals in February 2017, and we wish them all the very best!
The team were: Charlie B, Stefan, Tom, Lauren, Charlie H, Max and Fleur.
Improper use of the top field area after school
It has come to our attention that some parents/carers are allowing their children to play unaccompanied on the top field after school.
The school does not condone such arrangements and it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure the safety of their children at these times. Please do not make arrangements with your children to allow this to continue.
Similarly, children are not permitted to climb the trees along the path towards the Adult Education Centre. We appreciate that tree-climbing is just so tempting for little ones but, should an accident occur, the school will be held liable.
We ask that all parents/carers ensure that these rules are enforced and explained to their children.
Thank you for your cooperation.
A parent has reported that their daughter’s scooter went missing from the bicycle shed yesterday afternoon (23rd November )whilst they were collecting their children.
The scooter looks like this:
It is very distinctive, with light-up wheels and covered in name tags, including the parent’s telephone number.
If someone has picked it up in error, please could they return it to the school.
New Build update
We thought you might like to see how the new build is progressing, from the current school’s viewpoint! The rooms and corridors can now be clearly seen and we can imagine walking around it now!