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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
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Pupils achieve well at this school-Ofsted 2017
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6. Archive Newsletter 03.07.19

DIARY DATES
JULY
Thursday 4th

Class 1A Trip to Bat & Ball Station – 9.30am-11.00am
Class 3C Trip to Bat & Ball Station – 1.30pm-3.00pm
Parent Council Meeting – Staffroom – 2.00pm-3.00pm

Friday 5th

Foundation Stage Trip to Rare Breeds Centre – all day

Monday 8th

Meet the Year 1 Teachers – Dining Hall – 9.00am-9.30am
Class 1C Trip to Bat & Ball Station – 9.30am-11.00am
Class 3A Trip to Bat & Ball Station – 1.30pm-3.00pm

Tuesday 9th

NO SWIMMING
Meet the Year 4 Teachers – Dining Hall – 9.00am-9.30am
Year 6 Production ‘Keep Smiling Through’ – Main Hall – 7.00pm-9.00pm

Wednesday 10th

Meet the Year 3 Teachers – Dining Hall – 9.00am-9.30am
Year 6 Production ‘Keep Smiling Through’ – Main Hall – 7.00pm-9.00pm

JULY

Thursday 11th

Meet the Year 5 Teachers – Dining Hall – 9.00am-9.30am
Class 1B Trip to Bat & Ball Station – 9.30am-11.00am
Year 4 Chance to Shine Cricket Event – Vine Cricket Ground – 11.00am-2.45pm
Meet the Year 2 Teachers – Dining Hall – 2.00pm-2.30pm
Class 3B Trip to Bat & Ball Station – 1.30pm-3.00pm
Key Stage Two Choir Visit to Emily Jackson Care Home – 3.30pm-5.00pm

Friday 12th

Year 6 First Aid Training – Main Hall – all day
Wimbledon Trip (selected children) – all day
Reports out to Parents/Carers

CLUBS FINISH

Monday 15th

Children ‘Meet The Teachers’ – Classrooms – 9.45am-10.30am

Tuesday 16th
NO SWIMMING

Meet the Year 6 Teachers – Dining Hall – 9.00am-9.30am (please note revised date)

Wednesday 17th

Foundation Stage Hearing & Vision Screening – all day
Open Evening – Whole School – 3.30pm-4.30pm

Thursday 18th

Foundation Stage Hearing & Vision Screening – all day

Friday 19th

Foundation Stage Hearing & Vision Screening – all day
SPSA Year 6 Leavers’ Disco – Main Hall – 6.00pm-8.00pm

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a lovely week we have had!

It was brilliant to see so many of you at the Summer Fair and to chat with you about some of the changes in school - your positive feedback was really appreciated. A huge ‘thank you’ to the SPSA for making the Summer Fair a success. I really enjoyed the day and hope you did, too.

I visited the local residents’ Strawberry Tea after the Fair to talk about SPS and how we are moving forward; you will be pleased to hear that they were extremely encouraging and also agreed to support our ‘20’s Plenty’ campaign!

Our grounds work is moving forward, too, and I hope that you can see some improvements around the site. We aim to complete the next stage during the summer holidays.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

Best wishes,
Mrs Malone
Head Teacher

‘Team, Courage and Perseverance’

On Thursday, 27th June, children from Years 3 and 4 participated in an Inclusive Paralympic Festival at Sevenoaks School.

Throughout the day, the children took part in lots of different sports events and each one received a certificate for their efforts. Our SPS Team showed ‘Team, Courage and Perseverance’ values and we are really proud of them for representing themselves and their school so admirably.

School Play Equipment

At drop-off and pick-up time, may we politely ask that younger siblings do not play with school playtime equipment. Pathways adjacent to the playgrounds have, on occasion, become blocked with equipment which has been played with and not put away.

Thank you for your help in keeping the pathways and playgrounds safe and clear.

SPS Midday Supervisor – Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a Midday Supervisor. 1 ½ hours per day, term-time only, starting in September 2019.

For further information, please contact the School Office on 01732 453952 or manager@sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk

                              The Great Maths Race

On Wednesday, 19th June, eight children from Year 4 and Year 5 competed in the Great Maths Race which took place at Walthamstow Hall School. We left school at 1.15pm and walked up to Walthamstow Hall.

            
Fourteen schools participated in total.  The Year 4s competed first, followed by the Year 5s. The way it works is you have thirty minutes to answer twenty questions. When you first sit down at your table, there is an envelope placed in the centre of the table. Once the timer starts, you must take your first question out of the envelope. When you have answered the question, the runner in your group must run to your sixth-former marker where a correct answer scores you five points.
                          

The Maths Race was great fun, although the maths was quite challenging, but all in all we enjoyed the afternoon and then were given chocolate biscuits!

Parent ‘Meet the Teacher’ Dates

Parent ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings will be held in the Dining Hall and are an opportunity for parents/carers to meet their child’s new teacher/s, hear about what will be studied during the year and ask any questions.

Monday, 8th July: 9.00 – 9.30am                    Foundation Stage moving to Year 1
Tuesday, 9th July: 9.00 – 9.30am                    Year 3 moving to Year 4
Wednesday, 10th July: 9.00 – 9.30am            Year 2 moving to Year 3
Thursday, 11th July: 9.00 – 9.30am                Year 4 moving to Year 5
Thursday, 11th July: 2.00 – 2.30pm                Year 1 moving to Year 2 (please note revised date/time)
Tuesday, 16th July: 9.00 – 9.30am                  Year 5 moving to Year 6

A leaflet containing useful information will be produced for each year group. This will also be available on the school website after each meeting.

Idling Cars On-Site – Let’s Keep The Air Clean!

When dropping off and picking up in the school car park and surrounding roads, we respectfully ask that car engines are switched off.

As everyone will agree, we wish to keep air pollution around school to a minimum and switching off engines will help to achieve this.

Thank you for your understanding.

SPS Breakfast Club Assistant – Vacancy                              

We currently have a vacancy for an assistant to work in our busy and fun Breakfast Club: Monday to Friday, 7.50 to 8.50 a.m. This is a great opportunity to join an experienced and friendly team and to enjoy a lively atmosphere!

Please contact Sue Thompson in the School Office for further details/ an application form:
manager@sevenoaks.kent.sch.uk

                          

Parking
Please may we remind all parents/carers/visitors that no parking/stopping is permitted on the zig-zag lines on Bradbourne Park Road during the following times:
8.30am to 9.30am
3.00pm to 4.00pm

Thank you.

Free Family Cycle Rides

Throughout the summer, Sevenoaks District Council are organising Free Family Cycle Rides in the local area. For details, please visit:

https://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/info/20056/health_and_leisure/340/free_family_cycle_rides

Red Doubles Champions for the Second Year Running!

This June, Kent Tennis hosted the Kent Schools Annual Tennis Doubles Championships at Bromley Tennis Centre. SPS entered 11 pairs into the qualifying rounds, where they fought for their place in the top eight and an invitation to return to the finals.

Of these, six pairs secured their place in the finals and a chance to play the best schools’ doubles pairs in the county. Players were grouped into boxes before being placed in a two-way draw to determine finishing places and find the Championship Pair.

           
Our Red Boys played magnificently and secured a win over The New Beacon, once again winning the title for our school. Our Green and Orange boys both came 4th, while our other pairs were placed 5th, 7th and 8th in Kent. Fantastic results!

   

Once again, it has been a wonderful year of tennis at SPS with all the ups and downs of competition, lots of fun and laughter and many friendships being renewed and made. Thanks go to all the teachers, parents and West Heath Tennis Centre for the help and support to allow tennis to continue to flourish at our school.

Mrs Gwinnell
Tennis Coach

Nourish Catering – 5-star Rating!

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme operates nationally and is designed to give consumers information about the hygiene standards in food outlets.  The Environmental Health Officer carries out regular inspections of three main areas:

  • Compliance with food hygiene and safety procedures
  • Compliance with structural requirements
  • Confidence in management/control procedure

The rating is from 0 to 5, with 5 being the highest score, and this is what Sevenoaks Primary School kitchen has achieved. Fantastic!

Here is a message from Julie Watson, Food Development Executive at Nourish Catering:

‘Nourish Contract Catering are proud to be the school catering provider for Sevenoaks Primary School.  We currently provide the catering for 120 schools, mainly in Kent, and predominantly primary schools.  We also provide the catering for a few secondary schools, special needs schools and care homes.  We are committed to providing a satisfying and nutritious meal at lunchtimes to fuel the children for the day and aid their concentration in the classroom.’

20’s Plenty Petition Launched

Our parent led Road Safety Group is helping to ensure a safe and healthy journey to Sevenoaks Primary School, for everyone. This weekend, it successfully launched a campaign to reduce the speed limits along Bradbourne Road and Bradbourne Park Road, for a safe route to school for all children and their families. 

1000 signatures are needed to have this petition raised at the next Kent County Council meeting on Sunday, 8th September and, in just three days, they’ve reached 350.  With 600 children at Sevenoaks Primary School, if just one adult and a friend from each home signed the petition, the target would be reached!  To be eligible to sign, you simply have to live or work in Kent, and be over 18 years old.

If you’ve not already signed the paper copy at the School Fair, please add your signature to the online petition where you will find more information on the campaign.  You can also find more details by visiting our website School Road Safety Campaign - Sevenoaks Primary School

Thank you for your support in this important initiative.


Teaching Vacancy: Maternity Cover (Full-Time)

Sevenoaks Primary School has a vacancy for a Maternity Cover (Full-Time) ‘Outstanding’ KS1 Class Teacher: commencing October 2019.

Applications are invited from outstanding NQTs or teachers who are energetic, enthusiastic, innovative practitioners, keen to develop their teaching and inspire our children.

The position provides an excellent opportunity within a strong team of talented, supportive and caring colleagues for a candidate who:

  • is looking to plan and work as part of a team within an inclusive school, with high standards of attainment and behaviour
  • has an excellent working knowledge of the National Curriculum
  • is flexible and adaptable
  • is committed to excellence in education and would relish working with children who are lively, highly motivated and keen to learn

Sevenoaks Primary School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Criminal Records Bureau.

A school tour will form part of the interview process, should your application be successful. 
Please apply for the position via www.kent-teach.com

Pay Grade: MPS

No previous applicants need apply.

Closing date: Friday, 6th September 2019


                             

Sama Karate has spaces for new Beginners. Parents can register on line at

 https://www.samasoutheast.co.uk/trial-lessons/

Last lesson for this term will be Friday, 12th July. First lesson in September 2019 (Term 1) will be Friday, 6th September.