8. Archive Newsletter 05.05.16
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.
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.
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.