7. Archive Newsletter 20.04.16
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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!’