JULY DIARY DATES
Wednesday 18th July
Open Afternoon, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Friday 20th July
Monday 23rd July
Tuesday 24th July
ALL MEDICATION TO BE COLLECTED FROM OFFICE BY PARENTS/CARERS
9.30am Leavers’ Assembly
LAST DAY OF TERM 6
Monday 3rd September
INSET DAY – NO CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
Tuesday 4th September
FIRST DAY OF TERM 1
ALL MEDICATION TO BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL
Thursday 6th September
Kent Test for registered Year 6 pupils
Monday 10th September
Foundation Stage new starters into school until 12pm
Monday 17th September
Foundation Stage new starters into school until after lunch
Another year draws to a close. This has certainly been an eventful one. It is hard to believe that this time last year I was sitting in my old office in the now demolished building. The view from my window may have changed but I am pleased to report that the spirit of SPS remains.
This year has lived up to the ‘rollercoaster’ ride that describes life at the school. It is an action packed adventure; no two days are ever the same, but it is always fun!
I am incredibly proud of all we have achieved this year. The transition from the old to the new building was a massive task and despite various ups and downs along the way, the move was remarkably smooth. In the middle of the process, to add to the excitement, we also experienced another successful OfSTED. It is perhaps the one I feel most proud of, as the report summed up the ethos of the school.
I will always be eternally grateful for the hard work and commitment of the SPS team, which includes the staff, parents, governors and most importantly the children. Your efforts made the journey and successful OfSTED possible and I would like to thank you all.
A mention should also be made to our fantastic builders, Bowmer & Kirkland. I cannot speak highly enough of their professionalism throughout and their willingness to ‘go the extra mile’. If I’m honest, I dreaded the prospect of having builders on site for 2 years but they have been a joy! No request has been too much – I can’t imagine too many companies delivering an outdoor stage, mountain bike track and an enormous sandpit! They have made what could have been an ordeal, into a pleasurable experience and I thank them on behalf of the whole school.
The end of an academic year is always emotional, as we say farewell to children, parents and staff.
Year 6 – My ‘favourite’ Year 6! They will always be the first and last. The first Year 6 in the new building, the first Year Group of 90 and my last! For that reason, they will always be extra special. I am proud of them all and wish them well for the future.
To quote the slogan in our entrance hall, ‘If you dream it, you can do it!’ I look forward to hearing about their many successes – make me proud, Year 6!
I would also like to offer my thanks and best wishes to families leaving this year. The family spirit symbolises everything that the school is about and we will miss you all.
Wendy has been closely involved with SPS for many years, both as a parent and as a member of the SPSA for 15 years. Thank you, Wendy, for your dedication and contribution to the school over the years. We will miss you!
We are saying ‘goodbye’ to some members of staff at the end of this term:
Anna Scordel has been a teacher at SPS for 14 years and has had a huge impact on both the children and staff. She and her family are relocating abroad and we wish them well in their new adventure.
Daisy Fearfield joined us in 2014. As well as being a teacher in Year 3, she brought cheerleading to SPS; a club so popular it had 40 children! Daisy is moving to a local Primary School and we wish her all the very best in her new role.
Tracey Webster was a parent at SPS before joining the staff as a Teaching Assistant in 2017. Tracey will continue to work in education in Sevenoaks. Good luck, Tracey!
We are also saying ‘welcome’ to a number of new staff:
In the Finance Office, we have two new members of staff: Suzanne Rodenhurst (a former parent at SPS) is our new Bursar and Megan Farmar has joined as Finance Officer.
We welcome back Hannah Ehlers, previously an SPS Year 2 teacher, who has returned from her travels around the world. From September, Hannah will be teaching in Foundation Stage.
Likewise, we are very pleased that Rowena Banks has returned to SPS as SENCo. Working alongside Rowena is Sophie Matthews, Year 3 Teacher, for one day a week.
A ‘new’ addition to the Admin Team is Katy Holmes. Katy has been a Teaching Assistant in Year 6 for 12 years and is taking on the role of Communications Officer.
We know you will join us in thanking those members of staff leaving SPS and wishing our new staff good luck in their respective roles.
Netball Match – Teachers vs Netball Club
Congratulations to both Teachers and Netball Club on an exciting draw! Well done to all the players!
Competition Squad Success
On Tuesday 19th
June, our Year 5 and 6, Level 3 Gymnastic Team took part in the Kent School Games Gymnastic Finals at Pegasus Gym Club in Maidstone, after qualifying in February.
Congratulations go to Lucy S, Scarlett A, Jack B, Kezia OW and our reserve, Isabelle McN, who all performed really well and were placed 6th out of 16 teams from across Kent, with the majority of scores in the 8’s and 9’s.
Pegasus Gym Club is the home of some of our BG Olympic gymnasts and our gymnasts had the opportunity to perform their floor routine, body management routine (to show strength and flexibility) and vaulting, using apparatus at the gym, which was an amazing experience for them all.
Well done to all the gymnasts who competed – they all worked hard and we are very proud of them!
Alison Potter, Gym Coach
As part of our school's Heritage Project, "We're Proud of our Heritage!" supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are looking for old school photographs, reports, uniform, school books and any other artefacts that we can display in the school. We think the history and heritage of our school building and the people and memories inside it are worth celebrating. We want to share this with the children, parents and friends of the school so, if you attended the school, or know anyone that did, it would be great to hear from you.
Whether it is 10, 20 or even 30 years old, we would love to celebrate the memories you have - if you have anything that we could borrow, we would be truly grateful!
We’re Proud of Our Heritage
We are delighted to announce that Sevenoaks Primary School Association has been awarded a £10,000 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, ‘We’re Proud of Our Heritage’.
Please see below the Heritage Lottery Funding Press Release -
'We're Proud of Our Heritage' has been a project about instilling pride in Sevenoaks Primary School and a sense of belonging throughout our community. This project has preserved our heritage for posterity by capturing depictions of what has transpired on our school premises over the years. This enables the pupils to understand their heritage which may inspire them to build their own legacy.
Made possible with money raised by National Lottery players, the project focused on the origins of the school from September 1951 till 14 July 2017, the final day the building was used as a school. Reminders of our Heritage have been scattered across the premises as
- An oral history,
- Mural map of the premises,
- A timeline illustrating historic events of school, local and national significance between 1951 – 2017
- Word and image associations shaped into the school’s emblem
- Photographic evidence can be donated to decorate interior walls remembering those who went before us.
Sevenoaks Primary School will host an Opening Ceremony to celebrate the heritage of the school.
Our project has trained a minimum of 300 people (including pupils) and we thank the volunteers who contributed in a variety of ways.
As a community school, we offer the pupils an all-round education enabling them to contribute to society, learn new skills and create strong community ties.
We are thrilled the National Lottery players have enabled us to win. A win that preserves our heritage and is timely in that the building that has served as a school has been demolished in March 2018. The pupils of Sevenoaks Primary School have experienced what it is to leave behind a legacy as they prepare time capsules to be uncovered 60-70 years from now.
“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” Winston Churchill
Lost Property Notice
We are currently returning any named, lost property items to parents/carers via the children; however, any items left over at the end of term will be taken to a local charity shop.
We also have a number of lunch boxes and water bottles that need to be re-homed! A table will be outside the main office on Friday 20th July – please visit the table to reclaim any lost items.
School Book Amnesty
Message from Mrs Perkins –
Could we request that ALL school books are returned before the end of this academic year to your class teacher or main reception.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
We are recruiting ….
Staff are required for our Breakfast Club – please contact the School Office or call in, to pick up an application form if you are interested in this part-time role.
Important Information Regarding Medication in School
If the school is currently holding any medication for your child, please could you ensure that it is collected from your child's class teacher (by an adult) on the last day of term.
Over the holidays, please review that:
The information held is still current
The medication is in date
Devices are cleaned (where appropriate)
Please ensure the medication is returned to their new class teacher on the first day of term. The medication must only be handed over to an adult.
If you have any queries, please contact the school office.
May we please request that parents/carers do NOT park in the Adult Education Car Park – this car park is solely for the use of Adult Education students only and we must respect their wishes.
Fantastic Tennis News!
Russell House Doubles Competition – We are the Champions!
Congratulations to George C and Matthew C, who competed at a Doubles Competition held at Russell House in June.
George and Matthew were crowned champions following a morning of Mini Red tennis, where they won every match that they played!
The Great Maths Race
Year 5 Team Year 4 Team
Article written by Ellie and Oscar, 5B -
‘On Wednesday 13th June, eight people from our school participated in a Maths Race at Walthamstow Hall Senior School.
Several schools joined in, one of which was Sevenoaks Primary. The way it works is you have 30 minutes to answer 20 questions. At first, you are given an envelope and once the timer is started you can open the envelope to see the first question. Once you think your answer is correct, you run round to your ‘marker’ who is a sixth former of Walthamstow Hall, and give it to them. If the answer is correct, you score 5 points but if not, you have the choice of trying it again or moving on to the next question. If you get it wrong a second time, then it’s time to give up and move onto the next question.
Whichever school has the most points at the end of the 30 minutes is the winner.
Everyone receives a certificate, but the winners get a goody bag as well.’
Ellie & Oscar, 5B
Morning Drop Off
Pupils are to arrive at school from 8:40am. Parents of Years 2-6 will drop the children at the specified gate and children will then wait on the playground. The whistle will go at 8:50am. The gates onto the playgrounds and the external gates from Bradbourne Road will be closed at 9:00am. Any child arriving after this will have to go to the main entrance door via Bradbourne Park Road and sign their child in using the new signing in system.
Please be reminded that, at both drop off and pick up times, children are not to cycle or ride scooters on the school premises. Dogs are not allowed on the school site.
FS: Children wait with parents outside their classrooms
Year 1: Parents wait with their children outside their classrooms
Year 3, 5 & 6: *Parents drop off at Gate 2. Children wait on playground 3
Year 2 & 4: *Parents drop off at Gate 1. Children wait on playground 2
Breakfast club: Straight into the dining hall, door 3
Clubs before school: Main entrance, door 1
*In order to ease children’s transition into their new classes, parents will be welcome onto the playground for the first week if they feel their children would prefer.
Afternoon Pick Up
Gates onto the school site will be opened at 3:00pm. Parents from Years 2-6 are welcome to come onto the playgrounds to wait for their children.
Foundation Stage: 3:10pm - Children are collected from their classrooms
Year 1: 3:15pm - Children are collected from their classrooms
Year 2 and 3: 3:20pm - Parents collect children from their classrooms
Year 4: 3:20pm - Parents meet children on playground 2
Year 5 and 6: 3:20pm - Parents meet children on playground 3
Play 4 Ages: Straight into the dining hall via registration table, door 3.
Clubs after school: Hall – Come straight to hall, door 4, via gate 1.
Others – collect straight from playground or class via gate 2.
Kent Music – main entrance, door 1.
(See map below for further information)
Parent ‘Meet the Teacher’ Meetings
Please find below links to the leaflets that were available during the recent ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings.
These will also be available on the school website.
Links to leaflets are as follows:
Please fine these on the Year Group Information Page here
On the left-hand side, please select the Year Group your child will be going into and at the bottom of the page there will be a copy of the leaflet for you to download.
Van Cols Photography
Van Cols, our school photographers, have asked us to remind parents that purchases can be delivered to your home address.
If you have any queries, please contact Van Cols on 01206 271521.
Knole Academy Summer School Information
Knole Academy are holding a Year 5 Summer School on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 July, 9:30am-2:30pm, at a cost of £5 per child.
The last day for booking the Year 5 Summer School will be this forthcoming
Monday 16th July 2018.
Live Biking After School and Holiday Bike Club
I run the after school Bike Club at Sevenoaks Primary School where we learn to ride mountain bikes whilst having fun and keeping fit - why not book them onto our weekend mountain biking club or holiday biking (4 years +)
- click for info and booking