4. Archive Newsletter 04.11.15
I love days like today. The weather may be looking a little suspect but how can you not raise a smile when you are greeted by children and staff dressed in Victorian costumes? At a time when the newspapers and general media are talking about educational reform and the testing of children in Foundation Stage, Year 2 and Year 6, it is timely to be reminded about what primary education should really be about.
Today we have Creative Education visiting the school to deliver a series of drama workshops. These sessions are designed to reinforce and consolidate the work covered in class, but are also hugely entertaining and fun for all.
Year 1 are currently enjoying a workshop with a Goldilocks focus, the Year 2 theme of the Great Fire of London ties in with their history topic and the Year 4 children have a PSHE session later on today.
Whilst all of this is going on at school, the Year 3 children will be visiting Horton Kirby for their Victorian Workshop. They really did look the part this morning and it was fantastic that the teachers and TAs also got into character.
Education should be more than a series of continual assessments. It is important that we provide an exciting and relevant curriculum, which is why we will continue to promote days like today.
Sevenoaks Primary School Association Bonfire Night – Saturday 7th November
It is going to be a little emotional this Saturday. The SPSA Bonfire Night has been a feature of our social calendar for as long as I can remember but the event on Saturday will be the last, at least in the existing format.
If all goes according to plan, by this time next year we should have a new SPS emerging on the site.
Since a possible location for the new build is the lower field/playground, it would probably not be a good idea to consider setting off fireworks!
The event is hugely popular and for the last few years has been by tickets only. Unfortunately, due to the numbers wishing to attend, we will not be able to sell tickets on the night. So, if you do not want to be disappointed, please do buy your tickets as soon as possible. Application forms are available from the main reception.
Events like the Bonfire Night can only run with the support of the SPSA and the staff. We are in continual need of help for all our events, so if you able to be of assistance in any capacity, please do contact Pui Jellett or myself.
I will be there on Saturday, in my customary spot behind the barbecues, so please do pop by and say hello!
We are delighted to announce that Miss Smith in 2A is expecting her first child! We are sure you will all join us in congratulating her and her partner on the news and wish them all the best for the future.
During Miss Smith’s absence, from Easter 2016, the class will be taught by Mrs Ferrison and Mrs Godman.
Both teachers are extremely experienced and have been working at Sevenoaks Primary for a number of years. They have both taught in Year 2 and the transition will be seamless.
We are also bidding a fond farewell this week to Mrs Russell, one of our longest standing Midday Supervisors. She has been a true asset to the school and has cared for the children for almost ten years, both in the dining hall and in the playgrounds. Mrs Russell, you will be sorely missed and we wish you all the very best for the future.
Mrs Moore, one of our Foundation Stage teachers, will be returning to Sevenoaks Primary this term, back into the Tiger Cub class after a period of maternity leave. She will be working as a job share with Mrs Mac and we warmly welcome her back to the team!
Mrs Orton in Leopard Cub class has taken an extended leave of absence from the end of last term until May 2016. In her absence, Mrs Hart has kindly agreed to take the place of Teaching Assistant in the class and will be a very popular temporary replacement.
Any children wishing to contribute to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal can bring small change to school from tomorrow, where stick-on poppies will be available to purchase until next Wednesday.
Boys swimming trunks design
It has been noted by our swimming instructors that some of the boys are experiencing difficulties swimming in Bermuda shorts when swimming.
If at all possible, please could we ask that the boys wear trunks.
Spare underwear for Foundation Stage to Year 2
If you have any spare underwear that your child may have grown out of, we would greatly appreciate any donations to the school. This is for both boys and girls.
Midday Supervisor vacancies
We are recruiting for Midday Supervisors. The positions are term time only, 1.5 hours per day. For further details please contact Mrs Wood in the Finance Office.