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The Acorn

Newsletter of Solefield School

Issue 183, 3rd March 2023

World Book Week Adventures

We have had a roar-some week of Book Activities.  The Reading Reps led assembly on Monday with a Literary Lost Property Quiz.  Hot chocolate sessions for all of the school have been held at Library break times.   Wednesday saw a whole school 'book buddy' session with all the boys buddying up with another class to talk all things book!  On Thursday the 'Best School Dinosaur Shelf' was unveiled by Mrs McClure and the Reading Reps, with a dino-zone and celebratory Dino lunch (thanks to our caterers, Jane, Kadine & Amy).  From today, SPA are running a Book fair - please read the bulletin for details as the library can get lots of free books!

We are still accepting entries for the Extreme Reading competition and all entries will be displayed in out Library gallery, with judging next week.

Click on the link below to watch our Year 8 pupils playing Dino themed music alongside the week's adventures.

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Clay Workshop

This week we were visited by a clay artist, Sally Ebra, who helped us create some clay leaves. All the boys and staff created a leaf which will become part of a whole school artwork to celebrate our 75th Anniversary. Sally has done workshops at Solefield before when she helped create the millennium clay work in the dining hall, 23 years ago!

We will be painting our leaves in Art lessons next week and we hope to complete the final artwork next term.
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House Cross Country

Well done to all the boys for their amazing stamina for our school House Cross Country. The event was held in the stunning Knole Park for Years 3-8 on Friday 6th February.

Congratulations to overall joint winners, Stanhope and Wolfe!

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Solefield Hosts IAPS Heads

This week, Solefield School hosted 18 Heads throughout Kent for the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) District Heads Meeting. Many thanks to Mrs Koheji who gave a brilliant talk to all the Heads about wellbeing at Solefield; they were all very impressed with what we do and with everything else they saw at Solefield.

Thanks to our Year 8 boys who were fantastic ambassadors when giving the Heads a tour of our wonderful school. We weren't expecting a fire alarm, but in true Solefield style, everyone just got on with it and one of the Heads said that he thought we should all have a fire drill when hosting, to see if it is as good as Solefield's!

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A Week of Chess

There have been two chess events this week with the Year 3&4s heading to Radnor House on Tuesday for a joint informal chess session and our Alumni chess evening on Wednesday

Although this was not a formal competition, the boys played really well and for several it was their first time representing the school at chess. Particular recognition should go to Louis P (Y4) who played on board 1, getting a draw from a much more experienced player. Also to the Year 3 students in attendance who only started learning the rules of chess in September. Click on the link to read more about both events.  

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Year 5 Trip to Port Lympe

Some quotes from Year 5.

"My favourite part of the trip was being the only person to spot an Atlas Lion." – Charlie

"My favourite part of the trip was watching the cute monkeys raising their eyebrows at us." – Robin

"My favourite part of the trip was seeing the tiger up close." – Maxwell

"My favourite part of the trip was seeing the adorable, maroon red panda." - Anon

"My favourite part of the trip was seeing the lion because they creep up and they are beautiful." - Zach

"My favourite part of the trip was going on the safari and seeing the giraffes and cheetahs, it was fun." – Jake

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Our flying Spitfire

We are delighted that our second Spitfire constructed by the whole school during our Spitfire workshop last term, will be on display at our local Sevenoaks library. 

This is an exact replica of the Spitfire 'flying' in situ above our library. Both models are an exciting addition for our 75th anniversary and in honour of our longstanding Head, Mr Ridler who was a Spitfire pilot. 

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Solefield pupil wins gold in Kent decathlon team

Nicholas W (6F) performed in Track and Field on Sunday in the South East regional U11 indoor decathlon finals against Sussex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire where the Kent boys team came home with Gold.  

This is a team event with 15 boys selected from across Kent to cover the various indoor decathlon disciplines.  

Nick won all the races he was in, including winning the all important final event of the day - the boys 4 x 100 relay. Many congratulations from all at Solefield for this fantastic achivement.

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An exciting week ahead of STEM for whole school

Next week, the boys will be participating in our annual STEM Week. This year, to coincide with our 75th celebrations and to pay tribute to one of first Heads, the theme will be ‘Flight’. It will be an action-packed and fun-filled week as the boys have a wide range of talks, workshops, visits, competitions, activities, shows and assemblies to enjoy.

Flight highlights to look out for include:

  • Trips to Biggin Hill Airport (especially visiting the Heritage Hangar where the Spitfires are housed)
  • Drone Flying
  • Whole School Paper Plane Competition
  • Flight Simulators
  • Flight Club (darts competition)
  • Gyrocopters
  • Y7 and Y8 STEM Fair

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SPA Diamond Ball

Established in 1948, Solefield School invites you to celebrate its 75th anniversary at the “Diamond Anniversary Ball” on Saturday 24th June 2023 from 7pm.

To commemorate the decade the school was founded, there will be a stunning marquee on the school playground, a jazz band with welcome drinks, a fabulous three course meal, hotly-contested auction, and a DJ until late on a full dance floor. Tickets are now on sale here with all proceeds to go towards the new wrapped minibus and further enriching life at Solefield or the boys.

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Open Morning 11th March

We are offering weekly tours of our Pre-Prep and Prep on Mondays and Tuesdays 9.30am - 11.00 am and an Open Morning on Saturday 11th March also at 9.30 am, finishing at 11.00 am.

Please share with prospective families who may want to visit our lovely school. They will have the opportunity to meet Mrs McClure and enjoy an individual tour of the school.  Refreshments and parking available. To book, click on the link below.

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February Half Term Holiday Camps

Our upcoming Easter Camp will be running for two weeks Monday 27th to Friday 31st March and Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th April. Bookings are now open on the link below!

Cost: Full day camps are £50 per day (9am-4pm). Half day camps are £25 (9am-12pm or 1-4pm). There is no extra charge for the lunch hour 12-1pm for those parents that opt to do two half day camps. 

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Solefield Alumni Chess Event  

Alumni Chess Event

The Alumni chess event on Wednesday was well attended and it was great to welcome back previous students and play some games. The standard of chess was very high and it was clear that many Solefield boys are continuing to play keenly after leaving. Our Judo coach Mr Burkett was also in attendance with his hand carved chess set which impressed the group and was a lovely talking point. The event was overwhelmingly positive and as such we would very much like to run it again next year. 
Click below to find out and share the other alumni events planned.
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