JULY - SEPTEMBER 2016 DIARY DATES
6:30 – 9:00pm Year 6 Leavers’ Disco
LAST DAY OF TERM 6
9:30am Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly
Monday 5th September
INSET DAY – NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
FIRST DAY OF TERM 1 – CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL
SPSA Dragon Boat Festival
2A, 2B, 6A, 6B swimming
9:15am 3C Meet the Teacher – Dining Hall
2A, 2B, 6A, 6B swimming
SPSA Family BBQ & Disco
I can’t believe that another year is over and we say goodbye to our lovely Year 6. They have been sensational, my favourite Year 6 (as always) and I am so proud of all their achievements. They are truly amazing ambassadors for SPS and I look forward to hearing of their many and varied successes in the future.
Remember Year 6, you may leave but a part of you will always remain at SPS!
We are also saying goodbye to a number of staff and parents this year. On behalf of everyone at SPS, I would like to offer our thanks for their support, commitment and friendship shown to the school (and to me) over the years. Don’t be strangers and please do visit the new and improved SPS in the future.
This year has been a year of unprecedented change in education. There has been the introduction of a new curriculum and assessment framework to contend with and, if that wasn’t enough, we have had to contend with the excitement of a new school build at SPS.
It is to the credit of the children, staff, parents and governors that we have achieved so much this year in spite of the obstacles put in front of us. The children have been successful academically, on the sports field (unprecedented success) and in the creative arena. The truly fabulous Year 6 performance of The Lion King was a
notable highlight. I could go on but the list is too long for one newsletter. It is, however, important that we do take time to reflect on our successes. This year has had its up and downs but, as ever at SPS, the highs far exceed the lows.
Thank you to the children, our wonderful staff, to the governors, SPSA and the Parent Council. It is a true team approach and I look forward to working with you all again in 2016-17. Have a lovely summer and see you in September for another exciting adventure!
The Lion King – collection
Thank you to everyone who kindly donated money to the collections at the end of the Year 6 productions of The Lion King last week.
We raised a grand total of £504.25, which will be spent on creative arts at the school.
We are delighted to announce the safe delivery of baby Iris Joan Edwards to Mr and Mrs Edwards.
Although she left recently, Mrs Edwards has already returned to the school to introduce Iris to her former colleagues!
New Build arrangements
The building works will commence on 25th July. From this date the front entrance will become unavailable to both pedestrians and vehicle traffic as it will be used by the building company for their site traffic and deliveries.
All vehicles and school deliveries will enter from the Bradbourne Road ‘rear’ entrance. Parents may continue to use the ‘drop off zone’ until 8:15am for Breakfast Club or early morning club attendees. This will mean driving carefully both ways through the one way system. We will review the effectiveness of these arrangements after a term.
Pedestrians will access the school via the Adult Education entrance and path parallel to Bradbourne Road, via the small blue gate next to Foundation Stage or via the rear car park entrance.
Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 children are to go direct to their classrooms as usual. Years 3-6 are to congregate on the top field where they will be supervised from 8:40am and brought down to school via the path between Acorns and Preschool. Please ensure that children do not arrive on the top field prior to 8:40am. If it is raining, children should come into main reception as before.
If it is muddy or damp, children will use their outdoor PE trainers when on the field. Wellies will be considered during the winter and suitable outdoor storage provided.
In light of our recent announcement regarding the maths setting from September, and following conversations with some parents, we would like to include some of the research undertaken by our Maths Coordinator on the school website. This can be located using the following link:
There was also an article in the BBC recently, which may be of some interest:
With the support of Animate, pupils from five participating primary schools across West Kent, (including some of our Sevenoaks Primary School pupils) created an extraordinary cardboard installation of Rio’s favela homes.
Over 600 houses were made entirely out of paper and cardboard to create Rio’s favela town which was then installed in the Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks.
Hosting an exhibition in a flagship gallery in Kent, a professional visual arts space highlights the quality of the work the children created and is an empowering experience to take part in. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public between the 13th - 31st July, so go and check out this amazing cardboard favela!
With the installation of a favela, young people involved in the project explore and learn about the different communities and cultures in Brazil. With Rio 2016 around the corner, it is an opportunity to deepen pupils’ understanding of how some communities live in Brazil. The project celebrates Rio’s colourful culture and anticipates the excitement during the build up to the Olympic Games 2016.
The project is part of the INSPIRE legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games and encourages leadership and creativity in young people.
We would like to say a huge thanks to Mrs Rowland and Mrs Evans for providing a weekly tidy and return service for all the named lost property throughout the year. It is quite astonishing to see the amount of lost items that make their way down to the office on a daily basis!
We are, however, facing a mountain of Lost Property as this year draws to an end. Please could we ask that you visit today or tomorrow to check whether your child’s missing items may be found, before we clear the area for recycling or a charity shop after the term ends.
Tennis t shirt amnesty
ALL school tennis t shirts must be returned to the school this week. Sadly, due to unreturned items, some of our children were unable to wear them to Wimbledon this year.
Data collection sheets
Your child will have brought home their annual data collection sheet at the end of last week. Please ensure that you check through all the details, amend if necessary, and return to the school office as soon as possible to be ready for the next academic year.