JANUARY/FEBRUARY DIARY DATES
1A, 1B, 5A, 5B swimming
Netball fixture vs Anthony Roper and Lady Boswell’s
9:15 SEN Awareness Coffee Morning in Dining Hall
3:30 – 5:30pm Speed Stacking at Knole Academy
1:20pm 4A/4C class assembly to parents/carers
6:30 – 8:30pm Key Stage 2 Disco
1A, 1B, 5A, 5B swimming
3:30pm Chess match vs Anthony Roper
2:00pm Parent Council meeting
Non Uniform Day to celebrate antibullying. Colours of the rainbow clothes and voluntary monetary contribution
1:20pm 4B class assembly to parents
Year 3 Ancient Egypt Day in main hall
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B
Year 5 trip to Southwark Cathedral
Monday 5th February
3:30 – 5:00pm Football fixture vs Lady Boswell’s at Knole Academy
O2 Young Voices
SAFER INTERNET DAY
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B swimming
2:40pm Class 2C assembly to parents/carers
Key Steps Gymnastics in Aylesford
Year 2 Fairytale Day
6:00 – 8:30pm Open Evening
LAST DAY OF TERM 3
I do hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break!
After years of discussions, meetings and building work, 2018 should see the completion of our epic New Build project. There has been a slight delay in the final stages with a completion date moved back but we are confident that it will be finished by the end of this academic year – fingers firmly crossed!
The Phase 1 classrooms will be linked to the new building, making a huge difference to all. The site of the old school building will then be transformed into play areas and opportunities for wildlife to return and flourish.
This would not have been possible without the tireless work of and close relationship forged between ourselves and Bowmer & Kirkland, and they will be missed!
New Year Resolutions
I appreciate that there are conflicting views on resolutions, with some people arguing that you shouldn’t require a new year to make a change but I personally find them useful and, working in a school, we have two opportunities, one in September and the other in January.
In September, I set the children (and staff) the challenge of looking after the new building. Everybody rose to the challenge with aplomb – it is difficult enough to keep a home clean with just two children, but I can declare we have been as successful as can be expected in a school of almost 600 children!
The staff hold a Secret Santa every Christmas, organised by Mrs Williams in Year 5. I received a book on birds and a variety of bird feeders. Now, I can’t claim to be an experienced ornithologist, however, my Secret Santa has given me the gift of mindfulness, and I would love for the children to join me in my resolution to be more appreciative of the world around us and to live in the moment.
This is such an important lesson that we can all benefit from. Mobile devices have become integral in our day-to-day lives, but on the flip-side, have become more intrusive than ever. Perhaps we can all agree to plan regular time away from our screens and to talk to one another face to face or to take in the beauty of our surroundings.
I can thoroughly recommend the local Wildfowl Reserve just around the corner from the school for a gentle stroll and to observe the proliferation of wildlife around us. Further details are on the link below:
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve
I can currently name approximately 10 birds with confidence and am looking at targeting at least 10 more!
Coffee Morning – Wednesday 17th January 2018
Focus “I think my child may be Dyslexic – what should I do?”
We would like to invite parents/carers to an “SEN Coffee Morning”
Wednesday 17th January from 9.15am in the Main Hall.
Come and meet our SEN Governor, Mr Ian Harby, and Inclusion Manager, Mrs Nicola Joyce. This is an informal get together to chat about SEN awareness within the school
and how we meet the inclusion needs of our children.
(Please note that this will not an opportunity to discuss individual children)
To confirm attendance, please inform Sue Thompson in the School Office
Uniform Shop opening times
The uniform shop will be open on the following dates:
15th and 29th January
5th and 19th March
The Uniform Shop is located in the Studio building, next to Bradbourne Park Preschool.
Email address for absences
To report your child’s absence from school for ANY reason, please only use the address:
The ‘email@example.com’ address is the email address for general communication to the school. Absence emails sent to this address may not be collected until later in the morning, depending on whether the secretary is in meetings.
Payments Box in Main Reception
There is a dedicated post box in the main reception area for any payments to the Finance Department.
Please use this to post any cash or cheques to the school. This secure box is cleared on a daily basis by the Finance Team, and avoids the risk of any payments being lost in transit from class to the office.
Many thanks for your understanding
26th January – A Team Non Uniform Day
All the children are invited to participate in an Own Clothes Day on Friday 26th January.
We would love the children to wear colours of the rainbow and to join the school in a celebration of all the work that our Antibullying Team do for the school.
A ‘fine’ for participation is a voluntary monetary donation towards future A Team work at the school.
Please note that all donations are strictly voluntary and all children are welcome to participate.
Cold weather, chilly children and appropriate clothing
We are pleased to find the children wrapped up warmly in their coats for outside play. However, many of the Phase 1 children, in particular, are struggling without hats and gloves.
Please could we ask that all children are provided with NAMED winter accessories to keep them warm during these particularly cold months.
Please ensure your child brings a spare set of outdoor shoes for playtimes. This should help reduce the amount of mud brought into the buildings.
LABELLING SCHOOL ITEMS
Please ensure that your child’s clothes and school items such as lunchboxes and water bottles are clearly labelled.
This will help ease the traffic of Lost Property items and hopefully send them back to the correct classes quicker.
Retiring collections from Christmas nativity performances
An incredible £625.66 was raised at the Foundation and KS1 nativities, which will be sent to the charities Shelter, and Crisis and Christmas.
We are awaiting the final figure from St Johns’ Church from the collections after the KS2 Carol Services and will communicate this to you in due course.
Thank you so much for your kind generosity towards these causes, particularly during what is a very difficult time for many people.
Midday Supervisor vacancies
The school has midday supervisor vacancies available. The hours are 1.5 per day, term time only.
FINAL CALL – deadline 15th January 2018.
Admission to Primary School – September 2018/19
If you have a child who was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 and, therefore, due to start in September 2017, you will be able to apply for your child’s place in primary school from 6th November 2017. The application period will close on 15th January 2018. 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 use the following link to submit your child’s details:
Overview Plans for Years FS-6
The overview plans and other useful information for terms 3 and 4 can be found on the school website under Parent Information – Year Group Information – choose relevant year group.
They can also be accessed using the links below:
Foundation Stage overview plans Year 4 overview plans terms 3&4
Year 1 overview plans terms 3&4 Year 5 overview plans terms 3&4
Year 2 overview plans terms 3&4 Year 6 overview plans terms 3&4
Year 3 overview plans terms 3&4
We are delighted to inform you of the classes with the top attendance figures for terms 1 & 2:
In first place: 5A 98.14%
In second place: 3A 98.09%
In third place: 2B 97.75%
162 children across the school will also receive a congratulations sticker for achieving 100% attendance during those two terms.
Thank you to both the children and parents/carers for ensuring that they are in school as much as possible.
Stonepitts Farm donation to the school
Thank you to everyone who chose to buy their Christmas tree from Stonepitts, a local farm in Seal Chart. In return, the owners donated £2.00 for each tree sold back to the school, and we recently received a cheque for £18.00 from them.
The farm also customarily chooses to donate an amount from every tree sold to a recognised and worthy charity, which was once again Help for Heroes. They managed to raise £1,250 for the cause and we would like to congratulate them on this great result.