Sholden Primary School
14th September 2018
Dear God, If I cannot be brilliant, let me be kind.
If I cannot change the world, let me inspire just one other to do so.
If I cannot give away riches, let me be loving.
Let me be known for kindness, for it is the greatest glory.
FOCUS VALUE THIS TERM IS KINDNESS. Ask your children what acts of kindness they have shown each week and what acts of kindness have been shown to them?
Welcome back everyone to a new term and a new school year! We look forward to an exciting term working with you to support your children and enable them to make progress and join with a range of activities to build their confidence and widen their experiences. It has been a delight to see how well the children have quickly settled back into their new classes, eager to learn and ready for their next memorable journey at Sholden.
A special welcome is extended to our new Ducklings! They are settling in beautifully and working really hard already!
A very big pat on the back for all of our Year 6 children who took the Kent Test last week. Well done for all of your efforts and hard work. We are proud of you all regardless of the outcome.
Newsletters will continue to be sent home every fortnight, please take time to read them and make a note of specific dates pertinent to your child. Please also remember to browse the website which Mrs Hawker works hard to keep updated regularly and looking fabulous! There is up to date information and also an events calendar on the home page which is always useful if you need to check events and term dates.
Kingfishers teacher – Miss Deary
Thank you all for being so welcoming! I am looking forward to the year ahead and getting to know all the children more. This term our topic is “our local area” and we will be looking at Kent’s past, present and future, what we produce and how we live/ lived in this beautiful area.
Herons teacher – Miss Brown
I’ve had a lovely first two weeks at Sholden. I’m very lucky to have such a lovely and hardworking class. I look forward to getting to know their parents better in the coming weeks. Thank you to the Sholden community for being so welcoming. Our topic this term is the Romans.
This will be up and running from next week.
Children in KS1 can take home one book and KS2 can take 2 a week and return them the following week. We have some lovely new books that were donated by Niamh and Aoife…..Thank you girls!
Can we ask that all books are cared for as their own.
Mrs Miller and the Librarians
School Council will hold their first meeting next week. We are desperate to get our quiet learning area built and are still trying to source wooden posts at a reasonable cost. If you know of any company that could help please get in touch.
Mrs Miller and the School Councillors
Homework is set every Friday and due in the following Wednesday.
Homework is set weekly with a termly theme. Each class has a different instruction re spelling and times tables testing.
Homework can be found in their homework folders and it’s available on the school website.
Termly Reviews will be available on the school website next week.
After a much deserved summer holidays the children have come back eager to learn! P.E has got off to a good start with this term’s focus on fitness and Tag Rugby. As we are no longer at Tides, we will be outside for PE until the weather becomes too wet and cold; please make sure your child has a black or navy blue tracksuit suitable for outdoor PE and please make sure PE kits are always in school.
I would also like to welcome the new Ducklings to Sholden who have settled in very quickly and enjoy playing games at lunch time.
After school clubs have been popular but spaces are still available, please ask at the office for a letter for more information.
Please remember to bring your child’s PE kit into school. They require their house T-shirt, black or navy short, tracksuit bottoms and plimsolls or trainers. PE kits are sent home at the end of every term.
Could we ask that all children with hair shoulder length or longer, to be tied back. This is for health and safety reasons. Hair must be tied back with plain simple bands in line with our Uniform policy.
Head Boy & Head Girl
Blazers for the Head Boy and Girl are on order.
Dance with Mrs Baker
An email was sent out last term to gauge interest in Mrs bakers free dance sessions on a Thursday 3.15-4pm for KS1 and KS2. The dancers perform twice a year, once at the Christmas Nativity and then again at the summer fete.
If you are interested please email: email@example.com
Any less than 6 children and the club will be cancelled.
After School Sports – Please note that these need to be paid in advance for the term in order to get the discounted price of £2.75. If you pay on an ad hoc basis then the price is £3.25 per session. Please note that clubs will not be able to run with less than 6 children in a club.
3.15 – 4.15
Young voices KS2 only
Recorders yrs. 5&6 only
3.15 – 4.30
3.15 – 3.45
3.15 – 4.15
3.15 – 4.15
We welcome any parents who would like to voulnteer to run a club, if you’re interested please contact the office. Photography/ cooking/ painting/ sewing/ cross country.
Reminder about playground equipment
We know it’s tempting but children are not allowed to climb and/ or play on the adventure playground before and after school for health and safety reasons. Thank you in advance.
Friends of Sholden School – AGM and request for new committee members to come forward. We need a Chairperson!
The AGM will be held on Tuesday 16th October in the school hall at 6.30. Please keep an eye out for more information which will follow next week.
If you would like to put yourself forward for a position on the FOSS committee please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the application.
Proposed DEALT Academisation -
Reminder - link on website to check out documentation and key dates for meetings. Parents/carers will always be notified when any new information is added to this section of website.
This is on our website - Please note that holidays should not be taken within term time and absence should only be requested for exceptional circumstances. This is a statutory regulation issued by the Government and attendance is considered in an Ofsted Inspection and can affect the inspection outcome.
Secondary School Admissions 2018
Parents of pupils in Year 6 - Please note that the SCAF (Secondary Common Application Form) is now available for completion. This form can be completed online at www.kent.gov.uk/ola or by a paper SCAF which can be downloaded from www.kent.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions. Whilst the window is open now Kent Test results are not available until the 12th October so, if your child has taken the test it might be prudent to wait until the results come in before submitting your form.
The closing date for submitting the form is midnight on the eve of 31st October and any paper applications should be sent to the KCC Admissions Team by recorded delivery to arrive no later than that date. Please note that school places are not allocated on the basis of which forms are received first, so there is no rush to get your form in.
Secondary Schools will undoubtedly be holding numerous open days/evenings over the course of the next few weeks and months and we would recommend you go to as many different schools as possible, even if it is just to rule those schools out. You may be surprised at what you find! If you should wish to take your child to one of the open days this will of course be an authorised absence.
At this time of year we usually get additional information regarding these Open days, but at the time of writing this information has not arrived. In the interim we would suggest that you look on each school’s website to see when their open days/evenings are planned.
Further information can also be found at
Useful Dates – these are always on the school calendar
- Thursday 27th September – Herons & Swans trip to Kent Life.
- Friday September 28th - School photos - Individual and sibling shots
- Monday 8th October – School Immunisation team –nasal flu spray yrs. R-5
- Tuesday 16th October – FOSS AGM @ 6.30pm – all welcome
- Friday 19th October last day of term one – School Closed – inset day.
Half Term Monday 22nd October – Friday 28th October
- Monday 25th October – first day of term 2.