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SevenOaksPrimary School

‘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
Although it is a large school, a real family feel is fostered - it is palpable-Parent

6. Archive Newsletter 16.03.16

Diary Dates
Thursday 17th
Love 2 Dance Performances for Dance and Cheerleading Clubs – Stag Theatre
Year 6 deadline for acceptance/refusals of Secondary school allocation
2:00pm Parent Council meeting
Friday 18th
Sport Relief Day – come to school in sports clothing with a voluntary donation to Sport Relief
Year 5 trip to the Golden Hinde
Monday 21st
3:00pm Uniform Shop open
Chance to Dance Event at the Stag Theatre
Tuesday 22nd
1B, 1C, 4C, 4B swimming
Wednesday 23rd
Yrs 5&6 inter house tournament
Rescheduled Creative Education Workshop for Yr 6 (WW2) and Yr 5 (Tudors)
Thursday 24th
Monday 11th April
3:00pm Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 12th
Wednesday 13th
Thursday 14th
Creative Education Workshop – Knights (Yr1), Vikings (Yr4), Mayans (Yr5)
Friday 15th
Monday 18th
Foundation Stage NHS hearing screening
1:20pm 5A class assembly to parents/carers in main hall
Tuesday 19th
1B, 1C, 4C, 4B swimming
Foundation Stage NHS hearing screening
Wednesday 20th
Foundation Stage Forest School
Thursday 21st
Foundation Stage Forest School
Friday 22nd
9:10am 1C class assembly to parents/carers in main hall
7:30 – 10:00pm SPSA Quiz Night
Monday 25th
3:00pm Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 26th
1B, 1C, 3A, 3B swimming
Wednesday 27th
Foundation Stage Forest School
Thursday 28th       
Foundation Stage Forest School
Friday 29th
1:20pm 5B class assembly to parents/carers in main hall

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope by now that the majority of you will have signed up for the parent consultations timetabled for next week (Year 6 and class 2A, this does not apply to you). This is an opportunity for your child’s class teacher to share, discuss and celebrate general progress, effort and attainment.

You will be aware from the family learning sessions and other general communication provided over the year, that the children are following a new curriculum and system for assessment. The expectations are significantly greater than previously and it is an achievement for the children to achieve the expected level, let alone to exceed it.

Next week, teachers will:

  • Provide you with a prediction of where they expect your child to be at the end of the year
  • Highlight areas of progress and achievement, whilst also identifying areas that require improvement or have not yet been achieved
  • Discuss in particular the areas that are key to progress (your child’s next steps)
  • Endeavour to provide you with an update on your child’s general development and behaviour.

This is quite a lot to fit into a ten minute consultation but, in the majority of cases, it will be sufficient. If you find that you require longer discussing any issues, the class teachers will be happy to arrange another meeting and this can be arranged through the office.

We will have other parents waiting and so I would ask that you support the class teachers by adhering to the allotted time.

Alan Duffy

Netball Match Report

On a freezing cold Monday afternoon, Sevenoaks Primary’s Year 6 Netball team bravely played two league matches at Knole Academy.

The first match was against St Thomas’ Primary. After Hannah scored a quick first goal, Sevenoaks got into their stride and played really well with some excellent shooting by Daniella and tight defending by Niamh. The team kept up an excellent attack and defence, beating St Thomas’ 10-0.

The second match was against Chevening. One of our players was ill so Olivia, from Year 5, had to substitute – nervously! After a slow start the goals began to flow with help from very quick passing from Henry and Will and some super shots from Juan. Olivia scored a great goal in the 2nd quarter. Again the team worked really well together and won the match 20-2.

Our Netball team:Will, Niamh, Daniella, Juan, Hannah, Olivia, and Henry

Primary Maths competition result
Back in November, Mrs Alexander’s Year 6 maths group entered the Primary Maths Challenge. Katie (6B), Nic (6A), Rosie (6B) and Sam C (6B) scored very highly, thus allowing them to be entered into the final.
The children participated in the final at the beginning of March and we are delighted to inform you that Nic and Sam C were awarded the Bronze.
Our heartiest congratulations go to all four children for showcasing their talents in Maths and reaching the Final.
Phase 1 Focus

We would like to introduce a Phase Focus in each Newsletter, collating news on one particular Group per fortnight. This first issue is from Phase 1.


Phase 1 have enjoyed a fantastic, book-themed couple of weeks!

We always enjoy World Book Day in Phase 1, and this year we celebrated with a whole week dedicated to our favourite books. Across the phase, children brought in their favourite books to share, and went shopping at the second-hand book sale in the main hall. Some of the classes buddied up with Year 4 and enjoyed reading with the older children and, of course, a highlight saw the children and staff dressing up and showing clues of characters from their favourite books.

1A performed their class assembly on Friday 4th March. They retold the story of ‘Oi Frog’  by Kes Gray & Jim Field. The children had great fun dressing up as different animals including gophers sitting on sofas, and apes sitting on grapes.
They sung the popular nursery rhyme ‘5 little speckled frogs’ to a fantastic audience of Phase 1 classes and parents. It was lovely to see the other Phase 1 classes enjoying the assembly and trying to guess the rhyming patterns.
We look forward to the next term and all the wonderful reading opportunities it will bring!
Miss Dunmore

Phase 1 Leader

Staff news
We are delighted to announce that Mrs Wilson in 2B is expecting her first child! We are sure you will join us in congratulating both her and her husband Tim, and look forward to welcoming another staff baby this year.

Mrs Wilson will be teaching for the remainder of this academic year before embarking on her maternity leave in the Summer holidays.


Informing the school of alternative collection details

The school office politely requests that any changes to your child’s collection arrangements are communicated to the office before lunchtime, wherever possible.

It is not only difficult and time consuming to pass the requests to classes during the afternoon. It is also disruptive to the teacher and teaching assistant, who often have to pause teaching to receive the information.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Lost Property clear out

Despite the heroic efforts of Mrs Rowland and Mrs Evans, our tireless Lost Property volunteers, a huge amount of lost property is making its way down to the main office.

In order to prevent it taking over the entire staff room corridor, we ask that you drop by to claim any items that may belong to your child.

After next Wednesday 22nd March, any remaining items will be recycled, donated to charity or disposed of.

NB. The main office also has a collection of unclaimed watches and pairs of glasses locked away. Please provide a description of your missing item in order to be reunited!

Parking outside the back gates

We kindly request that cars do not park in front of, or partially block the entrances to the school in the mornings. Staff members have been unable to get through the gates, making them late into class or main reception.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Scooters/bikes in the school grounds

Please do not allow children to ride bikes or scooters in the school grounds during drop-off or collection.

The volume of pedestrian traffic during these times means that an accident will be inevitable unless we ask children to refrain from using them.

Thank you

Netball District Tournament – Saturday 12th March 2016

The Sevenoaks Primary School Netball Team took part in a District Schools Netball Tournament at Knole Academy.

In the Pool matches we won every one:

SPS 17–0 St Johns                                            SPS 10–0 Halstead                                           SPS 4–2 Otford

In the Semi-Final we played against Plaxtol. They were a good challenge, but we went ahead winning 6–0.

In the Final we faced Anthony Roper – strong opposition, but we scored the first goal in the first half. In the second half, Anthony Roper put us under pressure and led by 3–1. But SPS fought back strongly and we won 4–3! Excellent teamwork and hard play by each player.

Our SPS Netball team: Hannah, Daniella, Juan, Izzy, Henry and Niamh.

Report by: Juan – 6A


Bringing medication into school

Any prescribed medication that your child requires during the school day MUST be brought to the main reception. You will also be required to complete a medical administration form and hand in the medication for secure storage. We are unable to give your child any medication without this consent.

Please note that we are only able to administer prescribed medication, which must be in its original container with the prescriber’s instructions and child name on.

Football District Tournament – Saturday 12th March 2016

On Saturday 12th March, Sevenoaks Primary School took part in a tournament at Knole Academy.

In the first match of the group stages we played Sundridge & Brasted who we beat 4-0. We then played Halstead who we again beat 4-0. In our final match we faced Otford – we knew the winner of the match would go through to the semi-finals. Eventually we were comfortable winners winning 5-0, making our goal difference look rather nice.

After the long wait we were drawn against St Katharine’s . They were a tough and physical opponent but Sevenoaks’ skills were too superior: the final score was 2-0.

In the final we faced our bitter rivals Amherst. At the end of normal time it was still level due to some influential saves from our Goalkeeper Nic. For the first few minutes of extra time the game was still deadlocked, but after a long throw into the box Will pounced on a loose ball into the box, which turned out to be the final and only goal of the game.

It wasn’t just the natural ability that helped us win the tournament, it was also our determination and team morale. As a reward we were presented with a beautiful trophy that will definitely look nice in the trophy cabinet at school!

Thank you also to the Netball team for great support shown.

Our football team: Peter, Nic, Freddie H, Will H, Will C, George, Charlie, Freddie K, Richard (Manager), Sam (Assistant Manager) and Joe (Assistant Manager)

Report by Sam – 6A