DECEMBER - JANUARY DIARY DATES
9:30am Foundation Stage Christmas concert in the main hall
3:45pm Basketball KSG at Knole Academy. Selected KS2 pupils
Pantomime. FS to year 2 – am. Years 3 to 6 – pm
2:45pm Uniform Shop open
2:00pm 1B/2C nativity in the main hall
2:00pm 1C/2A nativity in the main hall
Foundation Stage and KS1 Christmas lunch
KS2 Christmas party
KS2 Christmas lunch
Foundation Stage and KS1 Christmas party
2:00pm 1A/2B nativity in the main hall
LAST DAY OF TERM 2
10:00am Years 3&4 Carol Service at St John’s Church
2:00pm Years 5&6 Carol Service at St John’s Church
Thursday 4th January
INSET DAY. NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
INSET DAY. NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
FIRST DAY OF TERM 3
3:45pm Football league at Knole Academy for selected yr 5&6 pupils
1A, 1B, 5A, 5B swimming
1A, 1B, 5A, 5B swimming
1A, 1B, 5A, 5B swimming
Year 3 Ancient Egypt Day in main hall
1A, 1B, 4A, 4B
Year 5 trip to Southwark Cathedral
Most unusually for Sevenoaks Primary, this Newsletter’s introduction comes to you from Miss Durkin (Assistant Headteacher), since Mr Duffy is at home feeling unwell! This is unheard of for him, although he intends to be back at the helm shortly.
The Christmas season has begun, carols are being practised and the nativity rehearsals are in full swing. Today, our Foundation Stage children performed their Christmas Concert dress rehearsal to a number of classes and to children from Acorns Nursery and Bradbourne Pre-School.
It was the first show to take place in our new hall and it was delightful. Parents, you are in for a treat!
Over the next couple of weeks, there will also be our Years 1 & 2 Nativities and the Years 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 Carol Concerts at St John’s Church. We do hope you will be able to join us for these performances.
In the same way as the children are telling the Christmas story of visitors from East, so we also had our own very special visitors last week!
On Monday 27th November we received ‘the’ phone call and the following day on Tuesday, two Ofsted inspectors came for the day.
The children did us proud, and indeed a number were disappointed they hadn’t met with the inspectors as they wanted the opportunity to share all the wonderful things about their school.
The official report will be out shortly and we will share that with you as soon as arrives.
Thank you too to all the parents/carers who gave us words of encouragement on the day.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY BIKING CLUB
Ollie Ireland, our ever popular regular biking teacher at school, is offering Christmas Holiday and February half term bike clubs.
For further details and to book, please use the following links:
Children in Need Pyjama Day – what a success!
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in Children in Need recently.
The children (and staff!) thoroughly enjoyed the day and the school was a riot of colourful outfits.
We managed to raise a grand total of £631.61 for this very worthy cause.
Cold weather and winter closures
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.
As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.
We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. We will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting pathways and clearing access points.
How will you let you me know if the school is closed?
If we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, Mr Duffy may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website. To determine whether the school is open or closed please visit www.kentclosures.co.uk.
Search for the school in the search box.
An alert will also be put on the school website (www.sevenoaksprimary.co.uk
) with immediate effect, tweeted (@SevenoaksPri) and emailed to parents.
We also recommend parents sign up for SMS/Email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an SMS or email alert to let parents know if we are closed. Parents can also listen to KMFM, BBC Radio Kent or Heart FM to hear if the school has closed.
What can you do to help?
Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/winter
for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.
If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back‐up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.
Plea for spare swimming kits
We would be grateful for any donations of swimming costumes for ages 7-10, for both boys and girls.
Any spare towels would also be most useful.
Thank you in advance
Uniform Shop opening dates
The uniform shop will be open on 11th December.
It is located in the Studio, and access is through the exit door to the building.
Pupil Premium Funding
Are you in receipt of Government benefit payments? If so, your child can benefit from Pupil Premium Funding. See below for more details:
For every registered child, Sevenoaks Primary School receives £1,320 per year which, in the 2016-17 financial year meant as a school we received £54,480.
This money is used in many different ways depending on the needs of the children, among them:
Continued free school meals for children in Years 3-6
Providing small group work with an experienced teacher
1-1 support for the child
Additional teaching and learning opportunities, either in-house or with an external provider
Financial support for swimming and curriculum visits
It is now easy to apply on-line at
Alternatively come into school, bringing just your National Insurance number and Miss Houston or Mrs Anderson in the Finance Office will be happy to go through the process with you.
Receipt of these funds plays a vital part in the education that we can provide for children throughout the school.
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 2018, you have been 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 would like some help with 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: Calling all Siblings
Midday Supervisor vacancies
The school has midday supervisor vacancies available. The hours are 1.5 per day, term time only.
Aviva Community Funding competition result
Thank you to all who voted for the school in the recent Aviva Community Fund competition.
Sadly, we did not successfully qualify as finalists as other organisations managed to gain more votes. However, we will receive a consolation prize of £100 which will be used towards establishing a garden area for the school.
Missed your Parent Consultation slot?
Were you unable to attend your child’s recent parent consultation slot, or had not managed to book one in?
Please call the school office on 01732 453952 and speak to Mrs Potter. She will be able to book a 10 minute meeting for you and your child’s teacher.
STONEPITTS CHRISTMAS TREES
Stonepitts, a farm local to the school, would like to offer a £2.00 donation to the school for every Christmas tree bought by families, friends and staff.
If you would like to participate in this generous offer, simply produce a copy of this newsletter article when buying a tree and this will count towards the final donation to the school. If you are unable to print one off, call into our office for a copy from Mrs Sermon.
Additionally, Stonepitts are continuing their custom of making a donation for all trees sold to Help for Heroes, to whom they donated £1,350 last Christmas.
For further details including directions, please see their website: Stonepitts Farm
Many thanks to Stonepitts Farm for donating the Christmas tree in our main reception area!
Primary Maths Challenge
In the week commencing 13th November, the Primary Maths Challenge (PMC) was sat across the country to test the skills of our young mathematicians. A number of our Year 6 pupils, once again, were asked to rise to the challenge and give the competition a go.
Consisting of 20 multiple choice questions, plus 5 extremely hard questions at the end where no answer options are given, the test itself was extremely demanding.
This year, schools were asked to provide the names of all pupils scoring 18 or higher. With the information, the PMC can calculate the score required to reach the final.
We are delighted to report that 22 out of the 43 pupils who sat the test here, scored 18 or higher. Of that number, nine scored 20 or above.
A special mention must go to Edward in 6B who attained a spectacular 24 out of 25!
We will update you on who of our pupils reach the final, but in the meantime, congratulations to all of our participants.
Very well done!
Key Stage 2 Choir and Concert Band Production – Sunday 10th December
You are all welcome to attend the Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band for an evening of Christmas Carols on Sunday 10th December at 6:30pm.
Our very own KS2 choir will be performing at the concert, and it would be wonderful for them to see some familiar faces.
It is a hugely popular family event that won’t fail to get you into the festive spirit!
Eat a fabulous Indian meal and donate to the school!
The Banana Leaf restaurant on Bethel Road (off Quakers Hall Lane) has offered to promote community collaboration through a donation to Sevenoaks Primary School on a regular basis. In order to participate:
- Enjoy a meal at the Banana Leaf restaurant as a group (minimum of two people)
- Advise the staff that you are with Sevenoaks Primary School, and write ‘SPS’ on your bill
- You will receive 10% off your bill
- 5% of your remaining bill will be donated to the SPSA
Please note that this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, and excludes gratuity. You may gift the full 15% to the SPSA.
We welcome the new owners of the Banana Leaf restaurant and look forward to their new seasonal menus. The community would like to thank you for sourcing locally, and continuing the popular and well-loved tribute nights!
Thank you to chef Chandar Poddar, co-owner of the Banana Leaf restaurant and parent of Sevenoaks Primary School.
Adult Cycle Training by KCC
At several venues across the county, Kent County Council are pleased to offer a range of cycle training course for adults, as follows:
Learning to Ride
Confident Road Cycling
For further information and to book, please go to:
Wednesday 27th December - Crib Trail
A Crib Trail of Nativity Scenes has being organised for third year running by Churches Together in Sevenoaks & District.
This family activity will take place from 1:00 – 4:00pm, with many churches and shops in Sevenoaks, Otford, Riverhead, Seal and St John’s taking part.
Further details will be available in December via the website: