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4. Archive Newsletter 04.11.15

DIARY DATES
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015
 
Wednesday 4th
Creative Education Workshop in the Main Hall
Year 3 trip to Horton Kirby
Saturday 7th
SPSA Bonfire Night
Monday 9th
Inspire Art Project
Uniform shop open
Tuesday 10th
2B, 2C, 5A, 5B swimming
Flu program for Year 1 & 2
Wednesday 11th
Remembrance Day
SPSA Meeting – 8:00pm
Thursday 12th       
Foundation Stage Height & Weight check
Friday 13th
Children in Need Day – details to follow
Monday 16th
Year 2 trip to Sevenoaks Fire Station
Tuesday 17th
2B, 2C, 5A, 5B swimming
Thursday 19th
4C assembly to parents – RESCHEDULED – SEE BELOW
Friday 20th
Non Uniform Day – FS & KS1 a bottle/ KS2 a box of chocolates or £2.00 (towards the Christmas Bazaar)
Monday 23rd
Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 24th
2B, 2C, 5A, 5B swimming
Thursday 26th
Year 4 Roman Day in Main Hall
Saturday 28th
SPSA Christmas Bazaar
 
Tuesday 1st December
2B, 2C, 5A, 5B swimming
Thursday 3rd
9:30am Foundation Stage Christmas concert
4C assembly to parents

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

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!

Alan Duffy

Aquafun at Sevenoaks School – Tuesday 20th October
 
Towards the end of last term some of our SPS children joined 8 other local schools for an Aquafun event at Sevenoaks School.  Each child swam a width of breaststroke, backstroke or front crawl in their respective year groups.  They then spent over an hour playing water confidence games which included swimming through an underwater obstacle course (with the option to use snorkel and goggles), woggle Frisbee, water polo and had great fun with the floating mats, shapes and swimming aids. 
Most of the children won an individual badge, SPS came third overall and all the children left with a medal presented by the event sponsors, Sevenoaks Swimming Club.
 
Well done to Eleanor, Ellie, Phoebe, Jack, Cammie and Freddie in Year 3, and Charlotte, Beth, Molly, Jamie, Martin and Jago in Year 4. Your participation and behaviour was a true asset to the school.
 
Admission to Primary School – September 2016
 
If your child was born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 and, therefore, due to start in September 2016, you will be able to apply for your child’s place in primary school from 9:00am on Tuesday 10th November 2015. The application period will close at midnight on Friday 15th January 2016. If you do not have access to the internet and would like to come into school to complete your application, please contact Mrs Doleman, our Admissions Officer, in the school office to arrange an appointment.
 
CALLING ALL SIBLINGS
 
If the child you are applying for has a sibling currently at Sevenoaks Primary School, please come to the main reception to place your child’s name on the Sibling List by Mrs Potter’s Desk.
 

Staff News

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 
Remembrance Day – Wednesday 11th November

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.

Stranger Danger
 
We have been notified of an incident yesterday concerning an ex pupil from Otford. The Year 7 child was walking home when a car with two men in it stopped and asked the child to get into the car.
 
He sensibly ran away - the police have been informed and taken a statement.
 
We ask that you reinforce the importance of stranger danger to your child, particularly if they walk alone to and from school.
 

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.