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

8. Archive Newsletter 05.05.16

Monday 9th           
Year 6 SATs Week
Deadline for submissions to Queen’s Cake competition
Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 10th        
1B, 1C, 3A, 3B swimming
Wednesday 11th  
Foundation Stage Forest School
Selected Yrs 3&4 Cricket at Raleys grounds
Thursday 12th       
Foundation Stage Forest School
Tuesday 17th        
Gala training and 3A, 3B swimming
Wednesday 18th  
Foundation Stage Forest School
Year 3 Indian Dance workshop
Selected Yrs 5&6 Cricket at Raleys grounds
Thursday 19th       
Foundation Stage Forest School
1:20pm Year 3 assembly to parents – main hall
Saturday 21st       
SPSA Spring Ball – Walthamstow Hall. Advance tickets only
Monday 23rd
Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 24th
Tigers, Lions, Booster, 3A & 3B swimming
Wednesday 25th
Yrs 5&6 Tag Rugby
Selected yrs4-6 girls’ cricket at Raleys grounds
Thursday 26th
Foundation Stage Forest School
6:30 – 8:30pm Swimming Gala for years 5&6
Friday 27th            
Monday 6th June
Tuesday 7th
First day of Term 6

Dear Parents/Carers,

Each term we identify a theme for the whole school display boards and the subject chosen for this summer is British Values. There are five core values. For a headteacher sticker, how many of you can name them all? (No peeping at the answers below!!)

Let’s see how many you got right! 5A will provide the answers.

 ‘In the United Kingdom we have five British Values -  democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, which are also shared around other countries globally as well.

Values are often shown by peoples’ actions and beliefs (5A)’.

Each class chose an aspect of the British Values for their displays and I think the results are fantastic.

A number of classes used the Paddington bear character to explore their theme. 3B have been thinking about diversity.

This is something we celebrate because of the many nationalities, cultures and religions that we find here in Britain. In Britain, it’s okay to be unique and perhaps a bit quirky just like Paddington!’

2B maintained the Paddington theme and asked…

‘If you met a bear from Peru, what would you tell him makes Britain special?’

4C adopted a different approach to the theme and investigated Fairtrade.

‘In 4C, we have been learning about Fairtrade. We discussed what we thought was fair and unfair and discovered that Fairtrade makes sure that people are paid a fair amount for their work. We explored which products are Fairtrade and even tried some Fairtrade chocolate!’

4B have been exploring their responsibilities and their hope to become responsible citizens – the class display highlighted some of the important things they do already.

I could go on, but the newsletter will resemble a short novel and so I would suggest you take a look at the displays yourself the next time you visit the school.

Over the remainder of this academic year, I will provide examples of how these values form an integral part of life at Sevenoaks Primary School.

New Build

The more observant of you will have noticed that the much publicised New Build has yet to commence. The plans are due to go to the Kent County Council Planning Committee on the 18th May and fingers crossed, if they are approved, we would anticipate the work commencing in Term 6. I will obviously keep you informed if there are any developments.

Alan Duffy

Basketball Festival
On Tuesday 26th April, seven children from Year 5 entered a basketball festival at Knole Academy.
A training session took place beforehand and all the children practiced the skills required to play basketball.
There were 4 teams altogether, and we are pleased to say that our group of boys and girls showed great skill and drive and managed to win all their games.
We had to have one girl on the court at all times, so Lauren and Fleur played throughout. All the boys were very keen and they managed to score many baskets.
Well done to Fleur, Lauren, Tom, Stefan, Max, Charlie B and Charlie H.
Quicksticks Hockey Festival
On Wednesday 27th April 2016 six children from years 3 and 4 competed in a Hockey Festival at Hollybush Park.
Some of the children hadn’t had many hockey lessons but nevertheless their enthusiasm to play well was a credit to everyone.
We had to play 5 matches and with each match progression was made. Once they reached the final game they managed a win, which was readily deserved!
Well done to Andrew, Connor, Joe, Molly, Emma and Tilly.


SPS Netball Team – League Winners!
 The SPS Netball team played their last League match on Monday 25th April against Anthony Roper School.
We started off slowly but by half time were a draw at 2-2. Following a brief break we really upped our game. Everyone played brilliantly and we went on to win the match with a convincing 8-3 result!
With excellent team work and hard training we became the League winners for 2016!
Well done to the team: Hannah, Daniella, William, Juan, Niamh, Henry and Izzy.
Caught short?
If your preschool child needs to go to the toilet during their sibling’s drop-off or collection, they are welcome to use the facilities in the main reception.
We respectfully request that children are not given the opportunity to relieve themselves in the roads surrounding the school.
Breakfast Club Assistant
We are currently recruiting for a Breakfast Club Assistant, to work from Monday to Friday from 7:30am – 9:00am.
For further details, please contact Mrs Wood in the Finance Office.
Nail varnish reminder
We would like to remind parents/carers that the wearing of nail varnish is not permitted for children. Please ensure that your child does not come to school wearing any.
Thank you for your help in this matter.

Governing Body Activities

We are pleased to provide our first termly contribution to the newsletter.

At the start of 2016 we welcomed 3 new parent governors – Alex Kevan, Deborah Neale & Silvia Schwark; they have completed induction and are already making a great contribution to our work. We said farewell to Victoria Kerton who had served as a very active Community Governor for 8 years and Anja Lehmann who has served as a Parent Governor for 4 years. We are extremely grateful for the contribution, expertise and enthusiasm that they have brought to the school. We are now inviting applications for the vacant parent governor post - full details will be distributed shortly. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.

At the end of term 3 we met with staff & children to monitor the delivery & impact of our continuous improvement plan in respect of:

  • teaching & learning including the new curriculum & assessment procedures
  • pupil progress, use of pupil premium and behaviour

The monitoring included pupil interviews – these are always impressive, the children presented their views in a very considered way & spoke with great enthusiasm.

We regularly meet with parents at parent council meetings and assisted the team with drawing up and reviewing the recent parent survey. 

At the February Inset day our focus was on the Wellbeing of staff and pupils. This was followed up with a staff survey on Wellbeing. We are exploring ways of introducing aspects of our learning to the children.

Spring brings the start of the financial planning season which includes our annual review of staff structure and drafting of the 3 year budget. Like all schools, we will see a fall in per pupil income of 1.5%. We are fortunate to have a very experienced team working on this, led by our Bursar, Mrs Wood.

We re-tendered the catering contract and are pleased that the new service has got off to a good start, the feedback from the children has been extremely positive.

In addition to our statutory duties we have been involved in the new build planning meetings and these are pending approval from KCC.

This is just a snapshot of how we have fulfilled some of our varied duties over the past 3 months. You can find lots of information about our work on the Governor pages of the website.

Newly formed Competition Squad in Kent School Games Finals
Congratulations to all the gymnasts who competed in the Kent School Games Key Steps Gymnastics Trials at Aylesford Sports College earlier this year. The gymnasts were part of the newly formed Competition Squad who had trained weekly since September to perform two routines and two vaults in the qualifying heats.
Our Year 1&2, 3&4 ‘B’ and Year 5&6 teams all came first in their groups winning gold medals. These teams have all qualified for the Kent School Games Finals at Maidstone in June.
The year 3&4 Team came 4th, each winning a ribbon and all the gymnasts were presented with Kent School Games 2016 certificates.
Well done to all the gymnasts who had worked very hard, including Jamie from year 4 who competed in the Year 5 and 6 team, and we look forward to representing Sevenoaks Primary at the County Finals in June.
The teams are:
Year 1 and 2 team                                                         Year 3 and 4 ‘A’ team
Isaac, Emilia, Roxy, Pearl                                              Ethan, Maggie, Hannah, Freddie
Year 3 and 4 ‘B’ team                                                   Year 5 and 6 team
Daniel, Holly, Christine, Marlene                                Nikisha, Edie, Olivia, Jamie
Mrs Potter
Gym Coach
Phase 2 Focus
Phase 2 have entered springtime at full speed! A huge range of sporting and academic opportunities have been keeping us all very busy.
Year 2
Year 2 have been very busy botanists this week! We have been planting seeds and carrying out a scientific experiment to find out what is needed for them to grow. We will be monitoring their progress over the coming weeks and hope to see some sunny sunflowers sprouting.
Year 3
Year 3 have been busily gathering their favourite ever poems to recite to their friends and contribute to their class anthologies, whilst also taking time out to relax in their weekly yoga sessions (perfect preparation for next term’s ‘India’ topic).
Year 4
4B have been writing some brilliant newspapers in literacy and learning how to program in ICT. Connor, Toby, Ollie and Sam have had great success in sporting competitions, and we were also very lucky to be joined by a new friend, Esme.
4A also gave their class assembly to the school and parents/carers. The children had worked so hard to perfect their performance and we hope that you enjoyed watching them.
Kent School Games Tennis Success
On Wednesday 4th May 8 children, from Years 3 and 4, took part in the Kent School Games Mini Red Tennis Festival at Hollybush.  Two teams of four played 10 minute timed doubles matches against seven other schools. All played extremely well with the A team making it through to the final.
The final consisted of two doubles matches against St Thomas' A team, both of which Sevenoaks Primary A team won. This win means that the A team goes forward to represent the Sevenoaks and Malling District in the Kent School Games Final in Canterbury later this summer.  
Well done to all players, a real credit to the school.
The children who participated were: Andrew, Samuel and Ollie (Year 4) & Celia, Jack, William, Marlene and Alfie (Year 3).


Phase 2 Focus continued…
Years 3&4 Interhouse Tournament – Wednesday 16th March 2016
Our first ever year 3 & 4 inter-house tournament took part on the playground and bottom field this week. We had three sporting events which all the children had to participate in.
There was a hockey course, which tested the children’s ball and stick control.
Football proved to be the usual competitive sport that we have come to expect from the children at SPS. There were many close games along with clever skills and strategies.
The popular activity (benchball), had many year 3 and 4 children fighting for the ball. The game can change so quickly from having one child on the bench, to a few minutes later half the team up there!
Well done to all the 150 children who participated. Winners for 2016 were:
Hockey – Wilberforce                                    Benchball – Wilberforce                                                Football - Rowling