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‘We are all equal and our teachers are all kind’ (Pupil quote)-– Ofsted 2017
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1. Archive Newsletter 16.12.15

DECEMBER/JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016
DIARY DATES
 
Wednesday 16th
Carol Practice in Main Hall
Foundation Stage & KS1 Christmas Lunch
KS2 Party – party clothes all day
Thursday 17th
Carol Practice in Main Hall
KS2 Christmas Lunch
Foundation Stage & KS1 party – party clothes all day
Friday 18th
LAST DAY OF TERM 2
2:00pm KS2 Carol Service at St John’s Church
 
Monday 4th January
INSET DAY – NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
Tuesday 5th           
First day of Term 3 – children back to school
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
Tuesday 12th
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
Wednesday 13th
8:00pm SPSA Meeting
Tuesday 19th
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
Year 3 History off the Page
Friday 22nd
SPSA Key Stage 2 Disco
Tuesday 26th
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
Saturday 30th
SPSA Beetle Drive
 
Monday 1st February
9:00am 1B class assembly to parents
2:45pm 2B class assembly to parents
 

Dear Parents/Carers,

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.

Thank You

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.

A Present

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.

Alan Duffy

Walking within the school grounds to Breakfast Club
 
We ask that, if you are dropping your children to the Breakfast Club, to escort them to the dining hall door using the pavements and zebra crossing.
Please do not wave them off from the school gates and allow them to walk through the car parking area. We are very concerned that there may be an accident in the near future, caused by children (and adults) walking on the driveway whilst staff are parking.
This will be even more important once we commence the new build next year, therefore we encourage you all to use good practice from now onwards.
 
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 now be able to apply for your child’s place in primary school through the Kent County Council website.  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.

 

SPS Bake Off Results
 
What a wonderful display of sweet treats we had for the Festival of Trees! Thank you to everyone who baked into the night for our annual Bake Off.
After deliberation by Mr Kirby, Mrs Cunnington and Mrs Wilson, the winners are as follows:
 
KS1
Small cakes – Joshua M (Lions) for his chocolate Christmas trees
Large cakes – Tianna O (1A) for her chocolate and vanilla cake
KS2
Small cakes – Charlotte H (4A) fpr her vanilla angel and snowmen biscuits
Large cakes – Ellen S (5A) for her Snowman cake
Festival of Trees trail winner
Thank you to all the children who participated in the trail last week. The winner, drawn at random, was Boris A from class 2C. Congratulations, Boris!!

 The children will be receiving their prizes in assembly in due course.

Lost Property
 
Our wonderful volunteer lost property clearers, Mrs Rowland and Mrs Evans, kindly request that you visit the section outside the main office before Friday to collect any items your child may have mislaid. Any items left over after this point will be recycled or redistributed to the Uniform Shop or a local charity shop.
 
Children bringing mobiles into school
 
A small number of our Year 6 children bring a mobile into school each day. We ask that you remind them to bring them to the school office at the start of each day for safekeeping.
 
Mobiles should not be kept in lockers. Not only are they a distraction, but also a costly item to replace should it get lost.
 
Parent Governor announcement
 
Following the Parent Governor election ballot and count on 4th December, we are pleased to confirm that by a majority of votes our three new elected parent governors are:
 
Alex Kevan
Deborah Neale
Silvia Schwark
 
ALL NEW Magical Maths After School Club for Year 1 and 2 returns to Sevenoaks Primary School!
 
Magical Maths returns for a NEW 6 week after school club for this half term that is open to all Year 1 & 2 pupils. Our aim is to make maths engaging for all children through fun activities and games.
 
Magical Maths Club starts Wednesday 6th January from 3:30 – 4:30pm for Years 1 and 2 and costs £39 for the entire 6 week programme.
 
For more information and to book your child on to the club, please go to www.magicalmathsclub.com   or contact Damian and the team at damian@magicalmathsclub.com or on 01732 808020.
 
Places are limited, so please book quickly!
 
Please Sponsor Dan McNary
(a parent at Sevenoaks Primary)
London Marathon April 2016
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:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/GlynnandDan

Thank you