I am a huge fan of the Christmas Bazaar. It is one of my ‘Top 5’ favourite SPSA events and Saturday was no exception. For a change, I was moved from my position next to the front door into the Main Hall. It was most enjoyable being on a stall and proved to be a prime spot for chatting to the children and parents. I apologise if you were one of my ‘victims’ and left our conversation with an unwanted SPS bag, water bottle, cuddly toy, t-towel and a free trial to The Better Body Shop. On a positive note, it is all for a good cause!
The atmosphere was fantastic and everybody seemed to be having a lovely time whilst raising money for the school. The provisional total for the Bazaar was £6,000, which, with matched funding, equals a staggering £12,000 towards the New Build.
I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks to Sam French and Wendy Hill for coordinating the event, Pui Jellett and the unbelievably brilliant SPSA team for their efforts, and not forgetting the parent and staff helpers and representatives of our Governing Body for all their support.
We now move on to one of my new favourites, the Festival of Trees, which will take place on Tuesday 8th December. This event is combined with our Christmas Bake Off, which proved to be incredibly popular for all those with an interest in cooking or with a sweet tooth!
You should all now have received an invitation to a public consultation regarding the plans for new Sevenoaks Primary School buildings. The consultation is this Thursday 3rd December and will run from 3pm until 8pm.
After years of deliberation, we finally have something to show you. During the afternoon/ evening, there will be representatives from Bowmer & Kirkland (the building contractor). You will be able to review the proposal, ask any questions and give us your feedback.
Success at Gymnastics Competition for Sevenoaks Primary School Gym Squad
Congratulations to Sevenoaks Primary School Gym Squad, who took part in the British Schools Gymnastic Association (BSGA) Under 11 Floor and Vault Competition at Hazelwood School in Surrey on Sunday 8th November.
The children taking part were some of our more experienced gymnasts - many of whom won medals and ribbons including:
Freddie, Year 3 - 1st place
Harry, Year 3 - 3rd place
Lucy, Year 4 – 3rd place
Molly, Year 4 - 5th place
Maisie, Year 4 – 10th place
Molly, Year 3 – 9th place
Nathan, Year 4 – 3rd place
Katie, Year 6 – 6th place
Ellie, Year 2 – 6th place
Bronwyn, Year 2 – 5th place
All gymnasts were also presented with certificates.
‘All the gymnasts had worked hard learning their routines since September and we are delighted with the results’ said Mrs Potter, Gym Squad Coach. “We are very proud of them”.
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.
Unclaimed watches and glasses
The school office has a number of unclaimed watches and glasses, and would very much like to reunite them with their rightful owners before Christmas.
Please contact the office with a description of your lost item – hopefully we can save some of you a trip to the opticians/extra Christmas present!
Thank you to everyone who donated cakes for our Christmas Bazaar. We have a number of unclaimed tins outside the school office. Please could these be collected by their owners.
Years 1 & 2 combined Nativities
We are very much looking forward to watching this year’s Nativities!
Monday 7th December 1A & 2C
Tuesday 8th December 1C & 2B
Friday 11th November 1B & 2A
They will all commence at 2:00pm, and we warmly invite you to take your seats in the main hall from 1:45pm.
Following each performance, the children will return to their classrooms - you will be able to collect them early from there. Any children not collected early will remain with their teacher until the normal collection time of 3:20pm.
Sevenoaks Primary Tea Towels
The school has produced new SPS tea towels, printed with self-portraits of every child in the school! There are two available – one for FS/KS1 and the other for KS2.
They will be available for sale at our Festival of Trees on Tuesday 8th December at a cost of £4.00, or 3 for £10.00
A huge thank you to Mrs Wilson in 2A for organising the production of these big sellers.
Club Information for Term 2 and Term 3
The majority of clubs will end on Friday 4th December unless you have been notified by the club leader, as some clubs continue eg. Gym Squad, Cookery Club. Clubs will resume in Term 3 in the week beginning Monday 11th January 2016, unless notified by your club leader.
Thank you to all the club leaders and volunteers who assist each week and enable the clubs to run. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to another active and rewarding year in 2016!
The male staff members that participated in this worthwhile cause were subjected to a ritual shave-off in front of the Phase 2 & 3 children during assembly on Monday.
Thank you so much to Frank from Frank’s Barbers in Riverhead for taking time out to de-fuzz the staff.
The children were also lining up in droves in reception to have their moustaches and beards painted on and the atmosphere all day was such fun! The school raised a total of £139.25 for the Movember charity. Thank you so much for your kind donations towards this very worthy cause.
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