Another very busy week in the Middle School comes to a close. Boys continue to settle into their new routines and sports fixtures have come thick and fast – well done to the U11As for winning the ISFA regional championships last week. It has been lovely to see so many Y5 and Y6 parents at the information evenings this week and I hope these were useful – a reminder to get in touch if you have any questions or queries going forward and by now, you should have received the key points from each meeting directly via email.
A busy week awaits with lots of information outlined below – do, please, read and digest carefully!
Middle School Harvest Festival – Friday, 29 September
You are warmly invited to Evening Prayer (Middle School Harvest Festival) on Friday, 29 September at 4.45pm in the School Chapel. The chapel will be open from 4.30pm for seating.
All Middle School boys are expected to attend the service and permission must be sought from Mrs Brownsdon for absence. Those boys who are sailing have permission to attend that activity should it not be cancelled due to inclement weather. If sailing is cancelled, then those boys should attend the service. Y5 will remain in school after 4.00pm and will be looked after by a member of staff until the start of the service, which will last approximately 30 minutes. Y5 should be collected from outside the Music Block and Y6 from the NBC after the service. All boys must have their blazer in school on that day.
We would be most grateful for donations of non-perishable food for your son’s harvest gifts. This food will be donated to the Sevenoaks Larder and the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank, both of which support families across the Sevenoaks District. Your son should leave these gifts on the tables at his drop-off point, or bring them to the chapel porch. There will also be a retiring collection.
Please be aware that seating will be very limited (max one seat per family), as this service involves all boys in Y5 and 6. Parents may be required to stand throughout the service and small children will be required to sit on a parent’s lap, although we will endeavour to provide seats for as many adults as we can.
We look forward to seeing you at our service.
Y5 and Y6 CATs Testing
All Middle School boys will be taking CATs test from next Monday (25 September) as part of our on-going assessment and tracking process. If your son is absent and misses a test, we will ensure he completes any missed elements of the tests upon his return. Your son must have his reading book in school every day, and he will need to bring this with him for each test in case he finishes before the allotted time. Your son does not need to do any additional preparation for undertake any revision for the CATs tests.
CPHSE in The Middle School
CPHSE is a very important subject and covers a wide range of topics regarding your sons’ personal, social, health, relationship and cultural education. Mr Bromwich delivers the CPHSE syllabus in an age-appropriate manner and has outlined the main topics taught below. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the syllabus or have any questions in general regarding CPHSE, do get in touch directly with Mr Bromwich: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year 5 Autumn Term – Relationships
- Families and friendships – Managing friendships and peer influence
- Safe relationships – Physical contact and feeling safe
- Respecting ourselves and others – responding respectfully to a wide range of people; recognising prejudice and discrimination
Year 6 Autumn Term – Relationships
- Families and friendships – Attraction to others; romantic relationships; civil partnership and marriage
- Safe relationships – Recognising and managing pressure; consent in different situations
- Respecting ourselves and others – Expressing opinions and respecting other points of view, including discussing topical issues
Y6 Senior School Interview workshop
As outlined on Thursday’s Y6 Parent Information Evening, all Y6 boys will be attending a senior school interview workshop with Mrs Brownsdon on the morning of Monday, 2 October. This session will cover the do’s and don’ts when at interview as well as many tips to make a success of this important part of the senior school assessment and entry process.
In addition, Y6 boys will be following a different prep routine until the ISEB tests are completed from Monday, 2 October. Preps will continue to be set in Maths, English and Science, but humanities preps will be substituted for additional Atom tasks in the run up to these important assessments. All Atom tasks will be set by your son’s teachers and will be available to use each evening.
Parent/son Maths Competition – Change of Date
This has now been moved to Thursday, 5 October and is now full.
Head’s Art Competition
Entitled ‘New Beginnings’, all entries must be A4 size but can be either landscape or portrait. All entries must be in by the end of half term.
“DocSquad” places still available
Mr Yeats-Brown Jnr. hosts an exciting activity on Monday evenings between 4:30pm and 5:30pm in Room 4. Educational documentaries are watched and discussed, and the boys have the opportunity to explore different aspects of the world we live in in a visual and engaging way: this term has started with ‘March of the Penguins’. Please email Mr Y-B Jnr directly: email@example.com if you would like your son to attend.
Prep and Homework reminder
Your son will be set prep every evening other than a Wednesday, and this should take him between 30-40 minutes per subject. Prep is compulsory and it is our expectation that he completes it – school work should take priority over work set by tutors, etc. If your son is spending considerably more time than the allotted 30-40 minutes on a task, do ask him to stop and email the teacher concerned directly. Such feedback enables us to adjust preps accordingly to ensure we are setting tasks of an appropriate duration.
If your son attends the afterschool prep sessions, a reminder that collection should be from the ICT Room in TNBC no later than 5:20pm (5.00pm when Friday Senior School Chapel Service is taking place – please see the school calendar.)
Snack Reminder – NO NUTS!
A reminder that breaktime snacks and any other food/drink brought into school should not contain any nuts. We have had two near miss incidents in the last week where boys brought in a snack containing nuts and were eating it next to a boy with a nut allergy.
After School Care Mobile Phone
If you are delayed in picking up your son, please phone the school office on 01732 452131 before 5pm, or the Wraparound Care mobile number (07879 427740) after 5pm, when the school office is closed.
A reminder that boarding is available for all boys in Years 5-8. Boys can board from 1-4 nights. They have a choice of evening activities from swimming and sports to films, Lego and board games, and prep time is scheduled into the evening. If you would like to know more or book a taster session for your son please contact our Houseparent, Mrs Buckner, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Minibus Routes
A reminder that we have several minibus routes in operation. The school minibus service covers three routes to bring in boys from Sevenoaks, Wrotham and Tonbridge, mornings only. If you would like further information, please visit the website using the link below.
Activate will be running a Let’s Play Hockey 3-day camp during the October half term to provide a fun, engaging hockey experience for children aged 7 to 14 years of age. Please follow this link for more information.
Head of Middle School