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7. Archive Newsletter 20.04.16

APRIL/MAY 2016
 
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
Hockey League (yrs 4&5) at Hollybush
Tuesday 26th
1B, 1C, 3A, 3B swimming
Basketball (yrs 4&5) at Knole
Wednesday 27th
Foundation Stage Forest School
Hockey for yrs 3-6 by Sevenoaks Hockey Club
Thursday 28th       
Foundation Stage Forest School
2:00pm Parent Council meeting
Friday 29th
1:20pm 5B class assembly to parents/carers in main hall
 
Monday 2nd May
BANK HOLIDAY – NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
Tuesday 3rd
1B, 1C, 3A, 3B swimming
1:20pm 4A class assembly to parents in main hall
Wednesday 4th
Foundation Stage Forest School
Mini red tennis for yrs 3&4 by Hollybush Tennis Club
Thursday 5th
Foundation Stage Forest School
 

Dear Parents/Carers,

The sun is shining, the sky is blue and all is well with the world – well, at least for five minutes!

A belated welcome to Term 5. Last week I was in sunny East Grinstead with the Year 6 children and it feels like a lifetime away since the Easter holidays.

The trip to Blackland Farm is a highlight of the school year for the Year 6 children and this trip was no exception. I was chatting to one of my group on our return to school and she said it had been one of the best experiences of her life, which is quite a recommendation!

It really was a fabulous week and this year we were blessed with glorious weather. The children were fantastic and lived up to the high standards shown by previous SPS pupils. They engaged in an array of activities, which included high wire challenges, team building tasks, canoeing, archery and much more.

As well as developing the childrens’ competence in a range of different activities, the week served to boost confidence and self-esteem and is also an invaluable preparation for the children in this transition year leading to secondary school.

With all of the emphasis on the new curriculum, the new methods of assessment and possible academisation, it is easy to lose sight of what education should be about. Spending a week with the Year 6 children and seeing what confident, well rounded and lovely children we produce (with your support obviously!), renews my faith in what we should be about and I would like to thank them and the staff for a wonderful time.

Alan Duffy

 
Drop Off Zone
 
Up until now the drop off zone has been in use for Breakfast and before school clubs and the barrier has been lowered at 8:20am.
 
To ease congestion on the road, and to fully comply with the terms of our pre-existing planning permission, the drop off zone may now be used by parents of Key Stage 2 children (years 3-6) in the mornings. The barrier will be lowered at 9:00am. Parents should enter at the Bradbourne Road entrance and exit at the Bradbourne Park Road entrance, stopping to drop children off in the clearly marked out section adjacent to the side of the school. Please note that this is not a parking facility, it is to be used for dropping off only.
 
Pedestrians entering via the rear gate – over the Easter break we have installed new hatching and marking to clearly define the pedestrian walkway to the path going around the school. Due to the increased traffic that will now be using the school site, please ensure that you utilise the walkways provided.
 
We will monitor the effectiveness of this measure over the next few weeks with a review point at the end of term.

 

Last request for money box houses
 
A huge thank you to everyone who collected up any spare change to be donated to the New Build fund, using the money boxes the children decorated.
 
This is a last call for any remaining houses to be returned to the Finance Office. We will also warmly welcome any donations that didn’t make it into the boxes!
 

Panini football cards and books

With the Euro 2016 football coming up, please could we remind you not to allow your child to bring in football cards for swapping. Previous experience tells us that cards are inevitably lost or traded with unfortunate consequences, and it only ends in tears!

Many thanks

Sport Relief fundraising total

Towards the end of last term we invited the children to come to school dressed in sporting clothes to raise awareness and money towards Sport Relief.

We can confirm that the children raised a fantastic £379.60. Thank you to everyone who participated in this fun day.

School Orchestra            
 
We would like to remind children that the Key Stage 2 orchestra resumes from Thursday 21st April, from 3:30 – 4:15pm in 4C with Miss Matthews.
 
Any new members would be welcomed – please could your child come and find Miss Matthews in her classroom for further details.
 

Phase 3 Focus

Year 5’s Terrific Trip – report by Alex, Ellen and Laurel, 5A

Year 5 went on a school trip on the 18th March to a replica of the Golden Hinde and Southwark Cathedral. 5A were the first to see the Golden Hinde. They described it as a magnificent galleon. While they were busy learning about life at sea, 5B went to learn all about monks and what they did in the Tudor times.

The Golden Hinde is a famous ship captained by the great Sir Francis Drake. Drake was a well-known explorer and was the first person to ever circumnavigate the world. 5A learned all about this because it was linked to their current topic – the Tudors. A very kind guide (Officer Ian) showed them around the replica of the ship and told them what happened there. Everyone loved all of the fascinating facts he told, for example; if someone stole food, they would have to put their hand on the mast and stay there for four hours.

Meanwhile, 5B were having lots of fun dressing up in the cathedral. They were learning what it was like to be a monk in Henry VIII’s reign. One piece of information was that the king demolished the monasteries but this one was re-built. They also learnt the jobs of the holy people such as doctors. 

At lunch, everyone came back to the lunch area to eat their fill. Soon the hall was full of the sound of happy students chatting away.  Afterwards, the classes swapped subjects so they could know everything they needed to.

After that, it was a long journey back to school through the London traffic. Overall, everyone enjoyed the trip a tremendous amount.

Year 6 Residential Trip to Blackland Farm – report by Christina and George, 6A

Last week, Year 6 went on a 4-day residential trip to Blackland Farm. Blackland Farm is located near East Grinstead and is in a lovely, rural, tranquil environment. It has 122 acres of land and is home to lots of fun activities.
Each day was action-packed full of exhilarating and nerve-wracking challenges. These activities range from high-wires to archery and were enjoyed by everyone. A favourite was All Aboard (a high wire activity) where four children climbed up a narrow pole onto a small platform. Here, the children were given challenges to complete.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all filling, tasty dishes and many people had seconds. The dormitories were all very cosy and helped get a good night’s sleep. The instructors were very humorous and made us laugh; on the other hand, they provided encouragement when needed.
All the children brought back lots of memories, whether they were funny or scary.

 

The new school dinners
 
We do hope that those children who eat school dinners will have been telling you about the recent changes and the breadth of choice now available.
 
We have uploaded images (see link below) from the dining hall so you can see the food and displays and perhaps chat to your children about what they ate that day. Any feedback would be gratefully received, particularly with the change to Accent Catering.
 
 

New Yoga Class at Better Body Group

Mrs Hadfield, a parent at our school, will be holding Yoga classes at the Better Body Group in Sevenoaks (one of our SPSA sponsors).

Any London Marathon runners can come for free on Tuesday – you may be in need of a post race stretch! 

 

Playing on the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 playground
 
Whilst we appreciate that the beautiful weather at the moment allows us the opportunity to spend more time outdoors, we must reinforce the message that both preschool age children and pupils are not allowed to play on the playground apparatus in the Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage playgrounds after school.
 
For insurance purposes it is imperative that you ensure that your children understand this rule and that everyone vacates these areas by 3:30pm when they will be locked.
 

Multi Gym for Year 1 and 2

We have spaces in our Multi Gym Club for Year 1 and 2 children beginning on Thursday 21st April from 12.30pm – 1pm in the main hall.  Children can wear PE kit.  If your child would like to attend, please contact Mrs Potter in the school office.  Thank you.

Midday Supervisor vacancies
 
We are actively recruiting for Midday Supervisors. If you would like to join the team and enjoy working with children, please contact the office for an application form.
 
Please note that the hours are approximately 1.5 a day, five days a week, term time only.
 

Uniform Shop information

Thank you for all your second-hand uniform donations. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and as such will not be accepting any more donations at this time.

The Sports mornings will be taking place in June – if you would like to purchase a t shirt for your child to wear in their house colour, these are available in the uniform shop.
 
Staff News - the stork has arrived!
 
We are delighted to announce that Miss Smith has safely delivered a baby boy called George! All is well with both mother and child – welcome to the world George!
 
In other baby news, Mrs Jeffery is expecting her first child! Please join us in congratulating her and her husband Will and we look forward to meeting baby Jeffery in the Autumn.
 

Message from one of our sponsors: Sevenoaks Plans Ltd

Sevenoaks Plans are very excited to be sponsoring Sevenoaks Primary School. We offer 5% of your fee back to the school for fundraising should you choose to use us.

Sevenoaks Plans specialise in creating high quality architectural design plans for a wide range or projects including house extensions, loft extensions, garage conversions, house refurbishments and more. We offer free consultations and can often arrange for a free consultation with a recommended builder at the same time which will offer you the opportunity to ask design and build questions at the same time. Please see www.sevenoaksplans.com
 
KM Green Travel Mark  

 

SPS are now the proud owners of the KM Green Travel Mark. This has been earned as a result of your children’s participation in the 2015/2016 KM Walk to School Scheme.

A huge thank you to everyone who has participated in the scheme and made their journey to school just that little bit ‘greener!’

 

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers
 
We are collecting the Sainsbury’s vouchers once more this year, and any donations would be warmly welcomed.
The donation box can be found underneath the TV screen in the main reception.
 
                                                     
 
 

ADULTS NETBALL

Get Back To Sport - Pay & Play, £1:00 per session

18th May, 25th May, 8th June and 15th June

 
Sessions are held at:
Churchill Primary School
Rysted Lane
Westerham
6.30-7.30pm
 
Come and have fun and fitness with 4 sessions of netball - get back to sport and get fit for summer!
 
For further details:
Mrs Clare Strange                                         
School Sports Co-ordinator
Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN133LE
Tel: 01732 454608 Ext 118  Fax: 01732 742262