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‘We are all equal and our teachers are all kind’ (Pupil quote)-– Ofsted 2017
Pupils are proud of their school and enthusiastic about their learning-Ofsted 2017
Pupils feel safe and said that they trust there is always an adult they can go to if they feel concerned-Ofsted 2017
Sevenoaks Primary is a fantastic, caring school, where my children blossom and flourish, both academically and emotionally-Parent
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Pupils achieve well at this school-Ofsted 2017
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6. Archive Newsletter 12.12.18

DIARY DATES
DECEMBER
Thursday 13th


Foundation Stage and KS1 Christmas Lunch
KS2 Christmas Party
Festival of Trees - evening event - 4.30-6.30pm

Friday 14th

KS2 Christmas Lunch
Foundation Stage and KS1 Christmas Party

Monday 17th                    

Foundation Stage/KS1 Pantomime - am
KS2 Pantomime - pm

Tuesday 18th                             

NO SWIMMING
Whole school assembly - 9.00am
Year 3-6 Carol Service practise - St John’s Church - am

Wednesday 19th               

Year 3/4 Carol Service - St John’s Church - 10am
Year 5/6 Carol Service - St John’s Church - 2pm
LAST DAY OF TERM 2

JANUARY
Thursday 3rd

INSET DAY - NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL

Friday 4th

INSET DAY - NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL

Monday 7th

FIRST DAY OF TERM 3 - CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
Whole school assembly - am.

Tuesday 8th

2B, 2C, 4A, 4B swimming

Monday 14th

Clubs start
Foundation Stage & Year 6 Heights and Weights (revised date)

Tuesday 15th

2B, 2C, 4A, 4B swimming

Wednesday 16th

5B trip to Golden Hinde

Thursday 17th

5A & 5C trip to Golden Hinde

Friday 18th

A Team ‘Yellow Day’
SPSA KS2 Disco 6.30-8.00pm

Dear Parents/Carers,

‘And now, the end is near and so I face my final curtain…’ – name that tune?!

It’s, ‘I did it my way’ by Frank Sinatra, but I am presuming that the majority of you are too young to know the song! It was actually played at my mother’s leaving do at the end of her time in headship and the tune has been in my mind during the past few weeks.

I would like to think, at SPS, that we did it ‘our way’. The last 18 years have been marked by teamwork and a sense of everyone working together for the good of the children.

Sevenoaks Primary has felt like my family and I consider the bonds and friendship to be the greatest strength of the school. I know that Mrs Malone shares the same values and I am confident that you will all make her feel welcome.

Recently, I have been asked on numerous occasions by members of staff and parents, how I feel. To be honest, life at SPS is always so busy, that there has been little time to reflect. I do, however, feel content that I have made the right decision for myself and the school.

The emotions are all positive and whilst I am sure there will be tears shed, they will be tears of joy rather than of sadness.

I was also asked at a recent tour, what I would be most proud of or what I would have done differently.

The first is easy: it is not the new building, OfSTED, or our outstanding SATS results - it will always be the children. They are the joy and the reason I have remained at the school for 18 years. They are a true delight and make me laugh every day. I bumped into a Year 1 child yesterday and they exclaimed, ‘Are you still here?’ The answer is, yes, but for only a few more days!

The second question required a little more thought. Have I made mistakes along the way? I know it is hard to believe, but I certainly have! However, I have made every decision with the interests of the children at heart and have always done my best with the resources that I had at my disposal.

Now it is time to pass the baton on to Mrs Malone. Genuinely, I could not have chosen a more talented replacement. She will provide a fresh voice and her experience as an outstanding Head teacher is just what SPS requires on the next, exciting stage of its journey.

It will be impossible to see all of you in the next few days but as I bid farewell, I would like to thank all of you for making the last 18 years the most rewarding years of my professional life.

As I have said on numerous occasions, a school is only as good as the staff who work in it and I have been blessed with outstanding teams throughout my time here.

Their commitment and dedication to SPS has been complete and I am grateful for their loyalty, friendship and support.

I would also like to thank the School Association, Parent Council and Governing Body. They do so much for the school, particularly the children, and with very little recognition for their efforts. We have delivered so much over my time at the school and they should be incredibly proud of their significant contribution.

I have tried to avoid picking out individuals but I would like to thank Steve Collins, our wonderful Chair of Governors. He has been required to endure listening to my voice for close to 18 years, which surely merits some form of reward in itself! Steve has been a rock throughout and provided invaluable guidance and support, particularly during dips in the rollercoaster ride.

Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank the children – I love you all! Remember, ‘Work hard and be kind to people!’

My rollercoaster ride will continue, but away from SPS, and my wish is that your new ride with Mrs Malone is even more enjoyable and successful.

It has been an honour and a joy and I will miss you all.

Alan Duffy

A message for Mr Duffy – looking back over some of your newsletters, we found a phrase that you used to describe Year 6 as they left the school. It seems appropriate to use it again here, for you:

‘You may leave SPS but a part of you will always remain.’

 SPSA CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

Thank you to everyone who came along to the SPSA Christmas Bazaar. The school was buzzing with festive fun and your support raised a fantastic £6000!
Well done to the amazing SPSA team and thank you to all those who helped with the preparation and on the day – a real team effort!

    

Christmas lunches and parties

A reminder that the children will be enjoying their Christmas lunches and parties this week, as follows:
Foundation Stage / Key Stage 1

  • Thursday, 13th December: Christmas lunch - don’t forget your Christmas jumper! (optional)
  • Friday, 14th December : Christmas party - children may come to school in party clothes (sensible shoes, please)

Key Stage 2

  • Thursday, 13th December: Christmas party - children may come to school in party clothes (sensible shoes, please)
  • Friday, 14th December: Christmas lunch - don’t forget your Christmas jumper! (optional)

Calling all siblings!

If your child will be ready to start in Foundation Stage next September 2019 (children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015), please apply online via Kent County Council: www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children

Additionally, you can let Sevenoaks Primary know of your application by using the following link on our school website: http://www.sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk/form/?pid=252&form=16

Applications close on Tuesday 15th January, 2019.  Kent County Council will email you after 4.00 pm on 16th April to advise you which school place you have been offered.

Phase 2 Christmas door competition

Phase 2 have once again fully immersed themselves in the Christmas spirit and held a Christmas Door competition. The children produced some fantastic creations and the unenviable task of judging fell upon Mrs White, Mrs Alexander and Mrs Potter. After much deliberation, it was announced that the winners were 2A – congratulations! 2nd place went to 3C and 3rd place to 2B. Here are 2A, 3C and 2B’s stunning doors:

                       
                   2A                                                        3C                                                    2B
Well done to all the classes that took part in helping to make the school look amazing!

Informing the school office of absences

Please could we ask that you inform the school office as early as possible if your child needs to leave the school for any appointment. Any paperwork which shows the appointment details will also be gratefully received.

With this information, the office can then ensure that your child is called upon your arrival to collect.

Thank you.

Stonepitts Farm Christmas Trees

We are pleased to say that Stonepitts Farm Christmas Trees are once again supporting Sevenoaks Primary School.

If you present this newsletter when you buy a Christmas tree from Stonepitts Farm, they will make a £2 donation to the school. 

For further details and directions, please visit www.stonepitts.com

Many thanks for your support!

Year group curriculum outline plans – Terms 3 & 4

For the most up-to-date information regarding your child’s year group overview plans, please follow the link below to our website:

Year Group Information - Sevenoaks Primary School

House point winners!

The following houses have won the most house points this term:

Phase 2            WILBERFORCE

Phase 3            ROWLING

Well done! Rowling house mates are invited to wear their own clothes all day, this Friday, 14th December.

As Phase 2 are already wearing their own clothes for their Christmas parties on Friday, Wilberforce are invited to wear their own clothes on Monday, 17th December instead.