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‘We are all equal and our teachers are all kind’ (Pupil quote)-– Ofsted 2017
Pupils are proud of their school and enthusiastic about their learning-Ofsted 2017
Pupils feel safe and said that they trust there is always an adult they can go to if they feel concerned-Ofsted 2017
Sevenoaks Primary is a fantastic, caring school, where my children blossom and flourish, both academically and emotionally-Parent
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Pupils achieve well at this school-Ofsted 2017
Although it is a large school, a real family feel is fostered - it is palpable-Parent
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2. Archive Newsletter 23.09.15

DIARY DATES
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015
Thursday 24th
Van Cols individual and sibling photographs
Friday 25th
SPSA Family BBQ 6:30 – 8:30pm
Monday 28th
Sevenoaks Literary Festival at school for Yrs 5/6
4C biking with Ollie Ireland (we supply bikes/helmets)
Tuesday 29th
2A, 2B, 6B, 6A swimming & Yr 6 water safety training
7:00pm Open Evening for prospective Foundation Stage parents
Thursday 1st October
3B trip to Pizza Express, Sevenoaks
Phase 2 Magical Maths assembly
Friday 2nd
3A trip to Pizza Express, Sevenoaks
Phase 3 Magical Maths assembly
9:00am Year 1 Parent/Carer informal Coffee Morning in Dining Hall
Sunday 4th
2:00pm Sevenoaks Family 5K Event, starting at Sevenoaks School
Monday 5th October
Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 6th
2A, 2C, 6B, 6A swimming & Yr 6 water safety training
Friday 9th
Harvest Festival
Monday 12th  
PARENT CONSULTATION WEEK – YEARS 1-6
Tuesday 13th
2C, 2C, 6B, 6A swimming
Wednesday 14th
Late evening Parent Consultations
Kent Test results emailed to Year 6 parents/carers from 4:00pm
Saturday 17th
SPSA family Race Night
Monday 19th
FOUNDATION STAGE PARENT CONSULTATION WEEK
 

Dear Parents/Carers,

It is a frightening thought, but we have been back at school for almost three weeks! Our new intake in Foundation Stage have now started full time and they have already begun to settle into the routine of life at SPS. To quote one of our Year 6 helpers, the children ‘are very confident’!

Mrs Potter, our Clubs Coordinator, is currently doing a sterling job organising the hundreds of club lists received from the children. This year we have over 50 activities on offer and the aim is for the children to participate in two or more clubs. It is a logistical nightmare, but once it has been organised it allows for the rest of the year to run smoothly.

Mrs Potter is aiming to circulate the processed club lists back to parents by the end of this week. Whilst we hope to accommodate as many children as possible, some of the clubs will be oversubscribed, so please do check if your child has been accepted for the activity and whether it is for the entire year or for a specified period of time.

A number of the paid clubs have already commenced (parents will have been contacted directly by the organiser) but the majority start on Monday 28th September.

We do attempt to run the clubs come rain or shine but there may be occasions when we have to cancel. In such circumstances, the Office (and/or external club) will send a text or email to the parents concerned and notify the children.

Supervision of the children attending the clubs

With the number of clubs on offer on each day, it is not possible for the school staff to supervise getting the children to the various clubs. If a Key Stage 1 child is attending an after school club, it is the responsibility of the parent to oversee them changing for the activity and getting to the right location. The same rule applies if a child requires help changing for an activity in Key Stage 2.

Behaviour of the children – We are extremely fortunate that the behaviour of the children at SPS is generally very good. However, if the standard of behaviour slips below the expected standard, we do reserve the right to remove a child from a session. In the 16 years I have been at SPS I can count on one hand the number of times I have had to follow through with this threat and I am confident we will not need to add to the number this year.

Sporting Success

The school has received a Silver Sports Award for our sporting provision. The award covers curriculum sport, extra-curricular activities and links with other sporting associations. Whilst pleased with the recognition, I must admit to slight disappointment that it was not gold! Call me competitive but I think our provision warrants more than silver and we will be doing our utmost this year to gain the top award.

Football – The boys’ football team have had a flying start to the season. The squad took part in a tournament at Sevenoaks School which included teams from SPS, Amherst, Russell House and Sevenoaks School. The SPS team were victorious in all of their matches, which was quite an achievement considering they were competing against older boys.

Monday night saw the start of the league fixtures and the team competed against Amherst and Churchill Primary. They maintained their winning start to the season beating Amherst 3-0 and Churchill 7-0. Congratulations to all of the team and thank you to the parents who braved the weather to support the children.

School games World Cup Rugby Mini League

Ten year 5 children experienced a two hour coaching tournament at Knole Academy yesterday. The children participated in three matches, and they learned a great deal through the course of the afternoon. Well done to all the children that took part and, in true Rugby World Cup style, they were even taught the Haka by a native New Zealander!

How do we select the children for the various events?

This is a question I am asked at least once a year. We try and engage all of the children in the numerous activities (sporting or otherwise) that we organise at SPS. This is one of the reasons we have so many varied extra-curricular activities and that we organise so many events.

Our aim is for all of the children to take part. With regard to sport, we have the clubs and activities, the visiting companies/workshops, the inter house competitions, the curriculum lessons, the visiting sports associations such as Judo, Year 4 Cycling, Hockey, Rugby, Circus Skills and much more.

However, when it come to the teams, unless it is a friendly fixture, we will tend to select the children, who at that particular point in time, are the best performers e.g. for the District Swimming Gala, we time the children and select the fastest in each particular event. For the football, I held a football trial and gave the interested children an opportunity to try out for the team. The team once picked, is not fixed for the year and there will be other opportunities for the children to show what they can do.

We do try and be as fair and transparent as possible but unfortunately we cannot please all of the children, all of the time.

Sevenoaks Family 5K Event – Sunday 4th October 2015 at 2:00pm
 
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has signed up for our big event in October - the Sevenoaks Family 5K. We have received over 250 entries just from Sevenoaks Primary to date, and there are now less than 40 places left, if anyone is still considering taking part.
 
Michael Fallon MP visited the school two weeks ago to also add his support towards the New Build and the 5K. You may have seen the article in the current issue of the Sevenoaks Chronicle.
 
 
L-R: Mrs McInerney (Governor), Mr Fallon, Mr Duffy, Mrs Williams (Parent Council) & Mrs Al-Rais (Governor)
 
The Sevenoaks Family 5K is our big event to fundraise for the New Build Fund, and we would be thrilled if we can reach a target of £20,000 with matched funding from the Hands Trust. This can be achieved with your help.
It is quick and easy to set up a Just Giving page using the following link:
 
 
You can then become a part of the SPSA Community page and see all the families and children on there!
We promise that this will be the only sponsored event this year and thank you for all your support!
 

We are also recruiting for one Midday Supervisor. Term time only, 1.5 hours per day. For further details please contact Mrs Wood in the Finance Office.

Sevenoaks Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the DBS.

Applications can be made through the website www.kent-teach.com   

Vacancies at Sevenoaks Primary School

We have some vacancies at the moment, which are also advertised on www.kent-teach.com

LSA – Key Stage 1 (pprox.. 27.5 hours per week – term time only)

We are looking to appoint a Learning Support Assistant to work with children with social communication needs and global delay. The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience working within a school environment
  • Ideally have supported a child with complex needs or, an SEN background
  • The ability to work under the direction and guidance of the class teacher and Inclusion Manager, to assist in the educational, emotional and social development of the child
  • The ability to work in partnership with other colleagues within a caring, supportive and hardworking team.
  • Salary: KR3 (equates to pprox.. £8,500 p.a)

Teaching Assistant (Full-time, fixed term November 2015 – May 2016)

(27.5 hours per week – term time only)

The successful candidate will:

  • work under the direction and guidance of the class teacher
  • have the ability to work in partnership with other colleagues within a caring, supportive and hardworking team
  • have previous experience working as a teaching assistant, or within a primary school setting
  • Salary:  KR3 – 5 £14,527 - £19,222 (equates to £8900 - £11,785 pro rata)
Closing date for LSA/TA applications: Monday 28th September 2015
Interview date:Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th October 2015
 

Midday Supervisor

We are also recruiting for one Midday Supervisor. Term time only, 1.5 hours per day. For further details please contact Mrs Wood in the Finance Office.

Sevenoaks Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the DBS.

Applications can be made through the website www.kent-teach.com

Application forms can also be obtained from the school, tel: 01732 453952 or by email: manager@sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk. Applications should be completed and returned to Sevenoaks Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LB   FAO. Rachel Sermon, School Secretary.

A plea for spare Lego

We appreciate that Lego is a precious commodity, and that there is a general reluctance to part with it, by both children and parents!
 
The school is running a Lego Club for Foundation Stage and Year 1 children and, whilst we do have a stock, due to the popularity of the Club, it would be greatly appreciated if anyone was able to donate any unwanted Lego.
 
If you can help, please could you drop it into the Main Reception.
Thank you
 
Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast
 
We have been approached by a television production company called Fresh One Productions, asking for our help. They are filming for Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty’s new series of Friday Night Feast in the local area this Friday 25th September.
 
They are hosting a small, fun filmed event from approximately 3:30 – 5:30pm to promote some local produce and they would like to invite local families to come along to take part.
 
If you would like to participate, and it would be something your child would be interested in, please email Becky Timothy at becky.timothy@freshone.tv  In your email, please include the names and ages of your family members, and specify your relationship to the child.
There are limited spaces, so people will be invited on a first come first serve basis.
 
Please note that any children coming to the event MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and cannot come along with friends of a family or family members other than parents/guardian.