1. Archive Newsletter 16.12.15
It’s Wednesday morning, two and a half days left of term (not that I’m counting) and SPS is well and truly in the midst of the Christmas season. Key Stage 2 children are putting the final touches to the Christmas Carol Service in the Main Hall and the Foundation Stage children are preparing for their Christmas lunch.
The usual school uniforms have been replaced with party clothes and we have an eclectic mix of Christmas jumpers and other festive clothing being worn by the children and staff. I have even brought in my very own, rather tasteful reindeer sweater, to ensure I am joining in the festive fun.
It is at times like this when I am grateful I work in a primary school. It is such a magical time of the year. On behalf of the children and staff at Sevenoaks Primary School, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Whilst I have enjoyed every moment (well, most of them!) it has been a rather long term, and everyone is very much looking forward to the Christmas break. I would like to thank all our staff for all their hard work. They are a truly amazing bunch of dedicated professionals who do their utmost to support your children. I wouldn’t swap them with any other team and I look forward to working with them in 2016.
I would also like to thank the SPSA and other parent helpers and volunteers for their help over the last year. The strength of SPS is demonstrated through the teamwork between the parents, governors and staff and long may it continue. With the demands of the fundraising this year, the expectations have been even greater than in previous years and I am genuinely grateful for all of your support. This newsletter would turn into a novel if I was to attempt to identify individuals by name but the sentiment is just the same.
2016 will be an historic year for SPS with numerous challenges, but I face the year with a feeling of excitement, knowing that I have the support of such a dedicated team. Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you once again.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t give a present and I have a little gift for you to enjoy! The gift comes in the form of a little light Christmas reading. If, during the festive period, you have over-indulged in the Christmas spirit and find you need a distraction, I have the perfect antidote, ‘An Introduction to the New Assessment Procedures’ (to be circulated shortly after you receive this Newsletter).
We had been hoping to circulate information earlier in the academic year but, for a variety of reasons, we failed in our endeavour. The reason we are issuing the guidance now is not in the expectation that you read the information after your Christmas dinner, but to highlight a Family Learning session timetabled for Tuesday 19th January. We are planning two sessions, one at 2:00pm and the other at 7:00pm and each will last for approximately an hour.
These sessions are designed to give a general overview of the arrangements, followed by a Year Group presentation to outline the expected standards for that Year Group.
Further information will follow throughout the remainder of the academic year and beyond and we will include the presentation and other guidance on the school website.
The children will be receiving their prizes in assembly in due course.
I will be running the London Marathon with my brother Glynn to raise money for BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Servicemen's Association), supporting our limbless veterans.
In 2009 my brother Glynn was in Afghanistan when he lost his right leg in an I.E.D explosion. BLESMA have provided him with a great deal of support and opportunities. BLESMA may not be as well known as others but have been supporting our limbless veterans since WW2.
I would be extremely grateful for any sponsorship received, donations can be made via following just giving link: