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4. Archive Newsletter 10.02.16

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016
DIARY DATES
  
Thursday 11th
LAST DAY OF TERM 3
Open Evening 6:00 – 8:30pm
Friday 12th
INSET Day – No children in school
Monday 22nd
FIRST DAY OF TERM 4 – CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL
3:00pm Uniform Shop open
2A Parent Consultations only
Tuesday 23rd
1A, 1C, 4A, 4C swimming
2A Parent Consultations only
Wednesday 24th
Year 6 First Aid training in Main Hall all day
Thursday 25th       
Year 5 Gamelan at Sevenoaks School
Friday 26th
Netball Festival at Sevenoaks School
 
Tuesday 1st March
1A, 1C, 4A, 4C swimming
NATIONAL SECONDARY OFFER DAY. PARENTS/CARERS TO RECEIVE EMAIL FROM 4:00PM
Wednesday 2nd    
Van Cols class photographs
Thursday 3rd
World Book Day
Year 5 Gamelan at Sevenoaks School
Friday 4th
9:10am 1A class assembly to parents/carers in Main Hall
Monday 7th
Year 6 Parent Consultation Week
3:00pm Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 8th
1A, 1C, 4B, 4C swimming
Esafety talk to Year 5&6
Wednesday 9th
NB. 5A CLASS ASSEMBLY POSTPONED TO 18TH APRIL

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Another term draws to a close, Christmas is already a distant memory and the first daffodils are beginning to bloom. Time passes at such an alarming rate at Sevenoaks Primary School and we are already half way through the academic year. The children experience so much here and it is difficult to capture it within the newsletter but hopefully it provides a flavour of life at SPS.

This week’s edition is no exception and includes articles covering the Primary Maths Challenge, the O2 Young Voices Concert, the National Primary Schools Chess Challenge and much more.

Tonight is our Open Evening and provides a fantastic opportunity for the children and staff to showcase their learning. I do hope you are able to attend.

16 years ago when I first started at SPS, the Open Evening/AGM was on a slightly smaller scale to the version that you will experience tonight. The majority of children and parents now attend and last year we had over a thousand people walking through our doors.

Classrooms will be open for you to look at the various displays and to see examples of the children’s work. There will be performances in the Main Hall, refreshments in the Dining Hall courtesy of the SPSA and Independent Catering and there will be also be representatives on hand from the SPSA, Parent Council, Play4Ages and the Governing Body.

Once again, it can only be a taster of life at SPS. It is genuinely only the tip of the iceberg and only represents a snapshot of all that the children and staff undertake over a year at the school.

I am genuinely proud of SPS and I am sure you will be after  having attended the Open Evening.

I look forward to seeing you all.

Alan Duffy

Maths Competition – Wednesday 3rd February
 
Back in November, Mrs Alexander's Year 6 maths group entered the Main Primary Maths Challenge competition: a series of problems to solve and challenge the mind.  Katie (6B), Nic (6A), Rosie (6B) and Sam (6B) scored very highly on this first test, thus allowing them to be entered into the final. 
 
On Wednesday 3rd February, the same children then took part in the Primary Maths Challenge Final. 
 
This second paper contained a much harder set of problems but all of the children worked to the best of their ability.  The results of this national competition will be published in March. 
 
Well done to the children and good luck to all involved!
 
Mrs Alexander
 
Year 4 e-Safety triumph – Tuesday 9th February
 
Some of our Year 4 pupils participated in the Sevenoaks District Council’s interactive e-safety quiz for Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9th February.
 
They joined other local primary schools to take part in the live quiz, competing against each other to win Amazon vouchers for the school.
 
All our children demonstrated incredibly well rounded e-safety knowledge, were fantastic ambassadors for the school and scored a very impressive 100% in the quiz!
 
Well done to all our participants!
 
Tennis Success
 
On Sunday 31st January, Lauren (5B) and Daniella (6B) competed in the Girls School Doubles Mini Green Tournament at Sevenoaks School.
 
The girls won the tournament, beating the Granville School team in both the semi-final and final. Lauren and Daniella are delighted with the result as they were runners up last year.
 
Granville currently hold the trophy but this will be passed to our school in due course!
 
O2 Young Voices Concert
 
This year we were invited to attend a very special one-off Young Voices concert at the O2 to celebrate both 20 years of Young Voices and 20 years of the Nordolf Robbins music charity.
 
Along with 7805 other children from the South of England, fifty members of our Key Stage 2 choir sang along with Katie Melua, Ben Haenow, Lemar, The Beatbox Collective and Laura Wright (who opened the Rugby World Cup this year).
 
Considering the dreadful weather and chaos on the roads that day, we arrived in good time. The children were impeccably behaved and, although it can be a rather daunting experience, they all followed instructions very well and there were no hiccups at all.
 
It was a very long day and night for us all, but is a memory that will be treasured. The children have all worked so hard, spending many lunchtimes practicing for this occasion, and they all seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
                            
 Mrs Cruse, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Sykes , Mrs Williams, Mrs Shea and Miss Durkin
 
Year 1 trip to Drusilla Zoo
 
Year 1 had a fantastic day at Drusilla Zoo this week. We learned about how penguins have adapted to their habitats and enjoyed watching them feeding and swimming. We saw some amazing animals, and particularly enjoyed looking at the snowy owls. We got to stroke chinchillas and snakes and had fun exploring the amazing play area.
 
The teachers would like to say a big thank you to our parent helpers who helped the day run smoothly, and a huge well done to the children.
We were very proud of their super behaviour and impeccable manners!
 
Miss Dunmore, Mrs Scordel and Miss Collins
 
Chess Success – Saturday 6th February
We entered an U9 team into the National Primary Schools Chess Challenge which took place on Saturday 6th February at Anthony Roper School. Our team came 3rd, qualifying for the semi-finals which will be held at Camber Sands later in the year. Despite beating Amherst B they finished in first place with Amherst A a close second. Although we had to scratch our U11 team as too many players pulled out, Jacob (6A) came along and played for the combined Aardvark team. Our team comprised Danny (4B), William (4C), Edward (4C), Edward (4B), Scarlet (1A), Ethan (4C) and Tobi (4A). Everybody played and behaved really well. Certificates and medals will be awarded to the children in the near future.

 

SPS Netball Match report by Hannah in 6A

On Monday 1st February, the SPS netball team played two league matches at Knole Academy. The team worked hard to keep possession of the ball, showing off their netball skills. They had lots of fun and won 10-1 against Lady Boswells School and also won 14-0 against Churchill Primary School.
Well done to everybody who played.
 
The Team: Niamh, Daniella, Hannah, Izzy, Henry, Juan and William
 
 
Gym Club notice
 
Gym Club for Year 3 will begin on Wednesday 24th February – 27th April.
Years 4-6 will now begin on 4th May – 29th June.
 
This will give the children more sessions than previously arranged.
 
Apologies for any inconvenience.
 
Mrs Edwards’ Final Fundraising Figure
 
We are sure many of you will have seen the coverage in the Sevenoaks Chronicle and our Newsletter on Mrs Edwards’ hair cut for the charity Little Princess Trust. This was set up in memory of a little girl called Hannah Tarplee by her parents, school and friends, who sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2005.
 
The final figures are now in…Mrs Edwards raised £1,124 for the charity!!
 
Mrs Edwards would like to thank everybody for all the amazing support and kind contributions.
 

SPS money box returns

Thank you to everybody who returned their children’s money boxes so far. Your collections have been very generous and we look forward to adding the final amount to our New Build collection.

We would warmly welcome any boxes to now be returned to the Finance Office. They can be full, half full or even the rattle of a single coin! Every penny helps towards the New Build, so any amount, no matter how small will be very gratefully received.

PLEASE NOTE: WE CAN ALSO ACCEPT YOUR LEFTOVER EURO COINS!!

Thank you for your continued support.

World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March

A little bit of advance warning – we shall be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. As in previous years, we will be inviting the children to come to school that day dressed as a character from a book, or, if they prefer, they can bring in an object relating to a book for the rest of the class to guess the title.

Please note that this is entirely voluntary, and your child should not feel obliged to participate if they do not wish to do so.

We will also be holding a Book Sale, and, nearer the time, will contact you to ask whether you have any children’s books that you no longer use that you would like to donate to the Sale.

Proceeds will go towards replenishing the School Library.