Current Newsletter 06.02.19
Year 1 Antarctic Day
5A Gamelan Workshop - Sevenoaks School - 1.30-3.00pm
Year 2 Fairy Tales & Famous People Day
2A Class Assembly - Main Hall - 2.15-3.00pm
1A, 1B, 4A, 4C swimming
2B Class Assembly - Main Hall - 2.15-3.00pm
Year 1 Phonics Workshop for parents/carers - Dining Hall - 6.30-7.30pm
2C Class Assembly - Main Hall - 2.15-3.00pm
5C Gamelan Workshop - Sevenoaks School - 1.30-3.00pm
Open Evening - whole school - 6.00-7.45pm
Year 5 & 6 Author Visit - Main Hall - 9.00-10.35am
Year 1 Phonics Workshop for parents/carers - Studio - 9.15-10.30am
LAST DAY OF TERM 3
FIRST DAY OF TERM 4
Whole School Assembly - Main Hall – 9.15-9.45am
1A, 1B, 4B, 4C swimming
Year 4, 5 & 6 Creative Education Workshop - Main Hall - details to be confirmed
It has been a lovely week at SPS! We have been busy having discussions in class about our new school values and how these will be used going forward. Watch this space, as the values will start to ‘appear’ around the school. You should see a noticeable presence by the time Open Evening arrives.
I had the pleasure of meeting the Parent Council last week. It was great to have the opportunity to review some of the school’s current practices and to look at how parents would like these to evolve.
The class assemblies are now in full swing. As you can imagine, the children have been very excited about showcasing their learning. The feedback has been very positive and these events are a real opportunity for pupils to practise speaking to audiences; they provide a real confidence boost.
I look forward to seeing you all next week for Open Evening.
What an amazing day!
The children enjoyed a range of fun activities, crêpes at lunchtime and the French café was a huge success – it was great to hear the children using their French with such confidence.
No one could have failed to have been impressed by the French art that the children produced; the response was fantastic, with every year group being represented by brilliant creations. It was a very difficult task to choose winners and Mrs Malone and Mr Kirby made their decisions after much deliberation. Here are the winners:
- Foundation Stage: Alex G, Tigers
- Year 1: Florence C, 1B
- Phase 1 winner: Aurelia R, Leopards
- Year 2: Xenia P, 2C and Olivia S, 2C
- Year 3: Luca L, 3C
- Phase 2 winner: Connie J, 3B
- Year 4: Thomas H, 4C
- Year 5: Sophia M, 5A
- Year 6: Eleanor M, 6A
- Phase 3 winner: Neve L, 6A
Overall winner: Harry T-C, 6B
‘Merci beaucoup’ to all the staff who helped to make the day such a fun experience and especially to Mr Kirby and our parent helper, Mrs Carr, for their tremendous efforts. ‘Très bien’ also to the children and parents who joined in so enthusiastically to make French Day one that everyone will remember.
Most of the children’s art can be returned via the children themselves. However, please can parents/carers collect their child’s 3D art/sculptures from the display in the main entrance, as soon as possible. Thank you!
We are fortunate to have our fantastic Uniform Shop on site for parents/carers who wish to purchase items of uniform. The shop will be open next on Thursday, 14th February from 9.00 to 10.00 am.
To ensure consistency across the school (and so that the children all look smart!), please refer to the link on our school website School Uniform - Sevenoaks Primary School which provides a full list of our uniform requirements.
Winter Planning – Kent Closures website
We have just received the following update from Kent County Council regarding parents registering for SMS (text) alerts on their Kent Closures website:
From 30th January 2019, the SMS (text) service is no longer being offered as an option. Any parents with outstanding credit will still continue to receive alerts, but no new requests for SMS alerts will be accepted. All alerts are by email.
For further information, please go to:
World Book Day – Thursday, 7th March
A reminder that World Book Day is coming up on Thursday, 7th March - costumes at the ready, everyone! Children are welcome to come in dressed as a story character, or with a simple prop or clue, if they prefer.
The theme of this year's World Book Day is 'Share a Story' and we would love to celebrate this by inviting children to bring in a photo or illustration of themselves sharing a story with a sibling, pet, teddy, or whoever else they choose! Please mount the picture onto a piece of card or paper, with a short caption explaining who the photo is, what the story is and who they are sharing it with, e.g. 'Maggie (3A) sharing her favourite copy of the Beano with her hamster Reggie'.
Please send these in to your child’s class teacher by Monday, 4th March so that we can display them in time for the day.
We are also very excited to be welcoming the author, Luke Temple, back to Sevenoaks Primary, on World Book Day. Children from Years 1-6 will hear him talking about his love of writing and his latest books. On the eve of World Book Day, information will be sent out regarding the opportunity to purchase Luke Temple books and have them signed by the author on Friday, 8th March.
Help keep our children safe on the way to and from school
Before Christmas, Sevenoaks District Council set up a new scheme aimed at making the roads around schools safer. ‘Safer School Zone’ signs are positioned around the boundary of the school site to indicate ‘no stopping’ zones, where drivers are not allowed to stop to drop off or pick up pupils. These zones generally have either single or double yellow lines in force, or school ‘keep clear’ zig-zags.
Traffic wardens carrying out regular foot patrols of the zones will issue an immediate ticket to any vehicle they see stopped on restrictions within the zones.
For more information regarding the ‘Safer School Zone’ initiative, please contact Sevenoaks Parking Team by calling 01732 227000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For information and advice on waiting and parking around schools please refer to The Highway Code by visiting:
Considerate parking around school
Unfortunately, we are still receiving reports of the following incidents occurring outside the school every day:
- Roads blocked, preventing cars getting through
- Cars driving on pavements, so they do not have to wait for a car to pass
- Cars parking on double yellow lines
- Cars parking on the zig zag lines
- Drivers conducting three point turns in the school entrance
- Cars parking on the blind bend of Camden Road
There are also repeated incidents of aggressive and abusive behaviour being reported.
If you need to park outside school, please ensure you do so considerately. We would also encourage as many parents/carers as possible to walk to school, or park slightly further away and walk the remainder.
For reporting of dangerous and illegal parking on junctions (only) and dangerous driving, please call 101 or fill in an on-line form at https://www.kent.police.uk/services/report-online/kent-police-online-reporting/
Tennis – Sevenoaks School Doubles Championships
Sevenoaks Primary School entered three Boys teams and one Girls team in the Schools Doubles Tennis Championships held at Sevenoaks School on Saturday, 26th January. The children had a lovely time, played some fantastic tennis and achieved great results!
‘On Saturday, we entered the Sevenoaks U8 Doubles Tennis Competition. We came 2nd after six tough matches. We were very pleased with ourselves when we got our medals. Our medals were very heavy! We played really well together and worked very hard. It was great fun!’ By Beatrice and Elisa
‘Last Saturday, Sevenoaks Primary School went to a tennis competition and Gregory and I played together and we came second. We just lost against New Beacon after beating them in the group matches so we nearly won! We had lots of fun.' By Christopher and Gregory
Well done to Beatrice, Elisa, Gregory, Christopher S, Nathaniel, Dylan, Nate and Christopher C for representing SPS so well!
Football Match: SPS vs Lady Boswell’s
On Monday, our intrepid team braved cold and wet conditions to play an extremely exciting match against Lady Boswell’s. Their superb teamwork and constant attacking against a strong Lady Boswell’s defence led to their first goal scored by Jack. Continued attacking and superb passing was again rewarded with Moritz extending the lead to 2 – 0, whilst a confident performance in goal by Tom prevented Lady Boswell’s from scoring. Many congratulations to Freddie, Oli, Teddy, Oscar, Moritz, Jack, Tom and Ronnie for displaying a strong team performance and passion for their sport.
Success for the SPS Chess Teams: National Primary Schools’ Chess Competition Zonal
On Saturday 19th January, the SPS U9 chess team competed in the Kent (Wouldham) Zonal of the National Primary School Chess Competition (NPSCC). The competition was against several other primary schools in Kent. It was a full day event and each player competed in five games of chess throughout the day.
Well done to Scarlet, George, Lucas, Hugo, Sebastian and Misha who played some high-quality games and all contributed to our final winning scores. They were delighted that SPS achieved first place and won the U9 section with a total of 18 points.
The team now qualify to play at the semi-finals of the national competition which will be held in May, where they will compete against approximately 50 other schools.
Friendly match v Anthony Roper
A group of 12 players from Years 3-5 went to Anthony Roper after school to play a friendly match.
It was great to see the young players getting experience across the chess boards and chatting with friends from Anthony Roper. All the children were friendly, well behaved and a credit to SPS.
Our young chess players were also in good form, as SPS won the match with the scores:
First round: SPS 7 and half v Anthony Roper 4 and half
Second round: SPS 9 and half v Anthony Roper 2 and half
Well done to Scarlet, George C, Lucas, Hugo, Fergus, Sebastian, Ben, Misha, Alex N, George G, Zoe and Luke.
Speed Stacking Event: Report
‘At the ‘once-in-a-life-time’ speed stacking event on Thursday 17th January , the Sevenoaks Primary Team walked excitedly over to Knole Academy to take part in a speed stacking event against Otford, St Lawrence, St Thomas and a few other amazing teams. The schools were split into age groups of Years 1 and 2, 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. The stacks we had to complete were the 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and the 3-6-3 team relay. Sevenoaks Primary School did phenomenally and had lots of victories over all the other schools! The children who took part were Freddie 6A, Ollie 4C, Tom 4C, Denis 4A, Amy 4A, Daniel 2B, Zara 5A, Rory 5A, Ben 5C, Henry 1B and Maria 1B. Please come and see our amazing performance at the Open Evening, next Thursday. Everyone did brilliantly, and it was clear all the hard work we had all put in at lunch times had paid off!’ By Amy (4A)
Collecting children from school at pick up time
Year 2: wait and collect children on the playground outside the relevant Year 2 classroom
Year 3: wait and collect children on the playground next to Bradbourne Park Road, outside the relevant Year 3 classroom
Year: please arrange to meet children at the small playground by the mural wall or, at the back of the main playground
Year 5: wait and collect children on the playground next to Bradbourne Park Road
Year 6: wait and collect children on the playground next to Bradbourne Park Road
Thank you for your assistance which should help speed up pick up time at the end of the day!
Landscapers: a plea!
As can be seen, our grounds are still under construction.
At the most recent Parent Council meeting, it was noted that there may be local landscapers who would be willing to help with completing the grounds; we would be very grateful for any assistance.
Please contact the school office on 01732 453952.
On a similar note, we would be very keen to hear from anyone who could supply astro turf.
Thank you in anticipation!
SPS Breakfast Club Assistant – Vacancy
We currently have a vacancy for an assistant to work in our busy Breakfast Club: Monday to Friday, 7.50 to 8.50 a.m.
Please contact Sue Thompson in the School Office for further details/ an application form: