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Issue 167, 7th October 2022

Harvest Festival

On the morning of Thursday 6th October, we had our Harvest Festival. Boys and staff brought in lots of food bank donations which will be going to local charities who support people within the community who need it most. Our donations will be helping families from all over Sevenoaks who are being affected by the current crisis. Thank you to all who brought in donations - a very good example of our school community coming together.

To celebrate the Harvest Festival, we had a wonderful assembly full of beautiful songs and poems performed by the whole school. From Reception performing ‘Big Red Combine Harvester' to Year 5 singing ‘The Greatest Sow’. Year 7 and 8 read us lovely Harvest Poems, all about how Harvest is a time for giving and being thankful. We also had a wonderful performance from our Chamber Choir, singing ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’. It was a really lovely morning and a good chance for all year groups to showcase their talents...

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No Pens Wednesday

As part of Dyslexia Awareness Week the school took part in No Pens Wednesday. The purpose of No Pens Day is to enable all children and adults to engage in activities that do not require writing and to explore other ways of showing knowledge and learning. 

Click below to read the range of activities across each group from Reception through to Year 8, across different subjects...

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Catering news

This week, the Holroyd Howe catering team prepared a delicious meal of Caribbean food, as part of Black History Month. Boys enjoyed jerk chicken/Quorn as well as Jamaican ginger cake. We also enjoyed a Harvest Festival themed lunch on Thursday, with harvest cobbler and orchard crumble, as well as pupils learning how to make bread in bread making workshops.

Also, as part of our Diwali celebrations, our Vegetarian Food Rep, Aryan in 5E, met with Kadine from Holroyd Howe to help devise a special Diwali menu which the whole school will enjoy next Thursday, along with Diwali workshops.

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Year 3 Trip to Lullingstone

Year 3 have been learning all about the Romans and Roman mythology in their English and History lessons this half term. They enjoyed a fascinating trip to the Lullingstone Roman Villa on Thursday morning to support this.

The boys heard all about the origins of the villa and why it was there in the first place. They learnt about the different rooms in the villa and some of the interesting pastimes the romans experienced. The boys listened really well and cannot wait to come to school to start writing their own roman myth next week! 

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Mr Coston on BBC

Our very own Mr Coston, together with his family, Tash, Abbie and dog Bailey, featured on the latest BBC1 episode of Panorama.

The programme was aired last Friday and is titled, 'Why Kids Miss School'. The episode can be viewed on BBCiplayer here. We have our very own TV teaching star!  

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Reading Reps Hold First Meeting

The Reading Reps held their first meeting and are full of ideas of ways we can have an even better library. We have Reps from each year group from Year 1 through to Year 8 and all share a love of books. Watch this space!

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A great Quiz Night

The Solefield Parents' Association (SPA) would like to extend a huge thank you to all the parents and staff who attended the Quiz Night on Friday in the school hall. The incredible generosity of those who attended raised a fantastic £2,100 for the school, bringing us closer to our £40,000 target to buy a new stylishly wrapped bus for the boys. Special thanks goes to all the parent volunteers who helped coordinate the event and Nick and Julia Auer, who took the time to coordinate and compere a superb quiz. Our donation link is here if you felt able to contribute.

There will be many more opportunities to support SPA and raise funds for the school this year, from the ever-popular music and curry night and summer party, to new initiatives such as our Christmas Jumper and World Book Day swap shops.... 

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London Marathon Thanks

A message from Duncan, Dad to Jonathan in Year 8, who ran the London marathon on 2nd October for Alopecia UK:

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the support in getting my marathon fundraising mentioned around the school. When the last pledges come through we should have raised over £2,300, which is almost a quarter of the target Alopecia UK had set for Alopecia Awareness month overall, and a large proportion of this came from people with Solefield connections.

As you may know, the charity have been hugely helpful for Jonathan in the last couple of years so it’s great to be able to give something back. So really appreciate the efforts and donations that have come via the school."

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Solefield Sport - Week 5 Autumn

Click below to watch our week 5 Autumn Term of sport.

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Year 4 & 5 Future Schools Presentation

Thank you to all our parents who attended our Future Schools Zoom presentation. The evening was led by Mrs Easton and Mrs McClure and it was very well attended by parents. 

The presentation slides from the evening can be accessed here.

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Open Morning Saturday 5th November 

Following our previously fully booked Open Days, we are delighted to be holding an Open Morning for prospective families on Saturday 5th November at 9.30 am.

Please share with family and friends who you think would like to visit our lovely school. Parents will have the opportunity to meet Mrs McClure and enjoy a personal tour of Solefield.

We expect the morning to finish around 11.00 am. 

Parents can register their interest via the link below. 

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Former Staff - Alumni News

Yesterday, Roger Boyce, former Director of Sport and sports coach (1990-2011) came to visit Solefield. He enjoyed a tour with Year 8 prefect William and catching up with current well as seeing many of his sports team photos over the years!

We have created a special Facebook group for old boys', parents, teachers and staff. Please share with any alumni you may know. Click here to join.

We have also set aside some dates in our 2022-23 calendar for Alumni to help us celebrate our 75th birthday during 2023. Alumni 'save the dates' events:

  • Saturday 4th February 2023, 6pm - Old Boys' invitation to our Art Exhibition 
  • Thursday 1st March 2023, 6pm - Old Boys' Chess Match v pupils
  • Thursday 27th April 2023, 6pm - Old Boys' Debating Challenge v pupils 
  • Friday 9th June - Golf Day for 75th Anniversary
  • Thursday 6th July 2023, 6pm - Old Boys' Cricket Match
  • Friday 1st December 2023, 6pm - Old Boys' Christmas Service - Final 75th Celebration
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October Half Term Holiday Camps - Book Now

Please see below Solefield’s list of October Half Term Holiday Camp options that will be running from 24th-28th October 2022. Camps are open to all in the Solefield Community including friends and family members:

1. Fun Zone (Multi Activity Camp) - from 9am - 4pm: Fun Zone has a range of activities on offer each day for children in Years 1-8. Click here to book Fun Zone
2. Little Acorns Camp - for ages 3-5 years, from 9am - 4pm: Little Acorns runs on each day of the camps. Here our expert team encourage the children to take on varying activities and crafts and engage through play. Click here to book Little Acorns.

We look forward to seeing you in the October Half Term.

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