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26th January 2021

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Whole School News

Health Declaration Form

To be completed if your child/ren are attending school because they are in Nursery and/or Transition or you are Key Workers, please complete the Health Declaration Form here and submit this by Sunday 31 January.

Prep Parent Consultations

Will take place on Tuesday 9 February and Thursday 11 February.  The Consultations will all take place via Teams and details on how to book will be detailed in next Wednesday’s Bulletin.

Remote Learning Guidance

Based on feedback from teachers, children and parents, please find attached here an updated version of the remote learning document that you were issued at the beginning of January.  One main change is the publication of the Pre-Prep remote learning timetable, alongside a table detailing the optional tasks that are issued onto Tapestry each day for the children to complete, and the length of time that these tasks are estimated to take.

This document details our provision for remote learning in both the Pre-Prep and Prep sections of the school and gives whole school guidance and expectations as well as the answers to frequently asked questions.  This document can also be found on the school's website in the academic area for the Prep School.  Hopefully, this will help to support you and your child at home and answer any questions that you may have in relation to your child's remote learning.

Adam Woodward - Director of Studies

Awards in Celebration Assembly

Congratulations to the Prep Children whose achievements we celebrated in our Celebration Assembly on Monday.  Please click here for the full list of awards given.

If your child has achieved something exciting outside of school in a club or activity that they participate in, please invite them to share it with the Prep School during our weekly Celebration Assembly on Mondays by sending any information to Dr Margrett: emargrett@radnor-sevenoaks.org.

Great Kindness Challenge Week 2021

This week (25-29 January) is Greater Kindness Challenge Week.  We all need a bit of kindness right now!  Over the course of the week, kindness challenges will be posted in the Whole Prep School Team.  Please see GKC Family Edition (thegreatkindnesschallenge.com) for further details on how you can engage with this at home with your families.  Attached here is the Great Kindness checklist, filled with activities to do as a family to make the world a kinder place.  Have fun and please share with your teachers how you get on.  

Mental Health Week 

Next week (1-7 February) Radnor House Sevenoaks is taking part in a Mental Health Week and the theme this year is 'Express Yourself'.  Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity.  This could be through art, music, writing/poetry, dance/drama, photography, film, and doing activities that make you feel good.  Over the course of the week, we will be offering lots of workshops, assemblies, and lessons for your children to help support their mental health during these challenging times.  

Every lunchtime at 12.30pm during mental health week, there will be some well-being workshops for all pupils to join.  They will be about 15 minutes long and will be hosted in the Whole Prep School Team.  They are optional, but will provide, for those that would like to join in, a nice opportunity to try some new ways to help them relax and look after their well-being.  All family members welcome!  Please see below for the timetable of the workshops available.  After this week, we will be asking for some feedback to see what sessions we could continue to offer through remote learning.  

Monday 1 February:  Miss Dale/Storytime - Mrs Davey/Lego

Tuesday 2 February:  Ms Bennett/Mindfulness - Miss McNeeley/Singing

Wednesday 3 February:  Mr Kemp/Outdoor Happiness - Dr Margrett/Guided Meditation (yr3-6)

Thursday 4 February:  Miss Fulcher/Play - Mrs Platt/Dance - Mrs Spencer/Arts and Crafts

Friday 5 February:  Miss Dale/Positive Affirmations - Miss Hughes/Yoga

During this week, we will be using Place2Be's resources and guidance, they have created a helpful resource to provide families with support for their well-being during the pandemic.  Click here to find out more.

Dress to Express! 

Our lives are full of colour and we can use colour to help make sense of how we’re feeling, who we are, and the world we live in.  On Friday 5 February you are encouraged to wear your favourite colour or choose a range of colours that express how you’re feeling.  Colour can be very personal and mean different things to different people, so this is a great opportunity to encourage self-expression and celebrate a diverse range of emotions.  We look forward to seeing your expression through colours of your personality and feelings online! 

Friday Storytime 

All Prep classes will be off timetable on Friday 5 February.  

In the Whole Prep Team, Miss Dale and Mrs Lambert will be hosting a storytime session.  All pupils are invited along to this.  It is a nice opportunity to listen to some great stories, cosy up and relax at the end of a busy week.  This is an optional session.  Pre-Prep will be from 2.30pm-3.00pm and Prep (3-6) will be 2.30pm-3.30pm 

Final reminder for Express Yourself House Music Event 

Please make sure all music, singing and dancing videos have been sent to kdale@radnor-sevenoaks.org by Friday 29 January.  So far the entries have been great fun to watch, thank you to all those who have sent videos of them and/or their families having fun to music. Remember this is a house event, so for every entry, you will earn 4 dojos for your house.  

Katie Dale - Year 3 Teacher - Head of PSHEE (Prep)

Opportunities to explore nature at home!  A message from Mr Kemp

This weekend is the Big Garden Bird Watch run by the RSPB.  It is an opportunity for everyone to contribute to a nationwide data-gathering project that helps inform the RSPB's work. 

All you need to do is to sign up on the RSPB website here and follow the instructions provided.  It only takes 1 hour over the weekend so choose a time that works for you and get watching.  We hope you have a wonderful time. 

On a related note, we are launching a Wildlife Photography Collaboration in the Prep School. If you would like to take part all you need to do is get outside, and take some photos of nature.  Please post one wildlife photograph to the Wildlife Photography Channel on the Prep Teaching or Pre Prep Teaching Teams, this is the Team where your Friday assembly is held.  If parents would like to submit photos, please feel free to do so, but make it clear who is submitting which photo!  Photographs can be from the past but must be or have been taken by the pupil who posts them.  Otherwise, the only rule is that there should be something in the photo that lives or grows wild! 

The idea of this collaboration is to assemble a wonderful collection of wildlife photographs from the pupils in the Prep school.  All entrants will receive a house point and there will be a few awards presented to particularly well-taken photographs.  There are some fantastic examples online if you need inspiration.  I particularly recommend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year website.  Please be aware that some photographs depict distressing scenes of animal cruelty, so I advise adults to look before sharing with children.

I can't wait to see your photos and hear about the Big Garden Bird Watch! 

Bedtime Stories from London Zoo:

For Prep School parents who have Facebook, you may like to know that London Zoo are doing live bedtime stories from different animal enclosures every Saturday and Sunday evening at 6.30pm on their Facebook page.

NHS Fund Raiser

Following on from our news last week of the phenomenal amount of money raised for our local NHS hospitals, we are pleased to report the following:

We received a wish list from the staff at the local hospitals and at the top of the list was a request for easy to use coffee machines to be left in their staff rooms.  They really needed a simple coffee machine and one which turned off after one cup full and which didn’t need fresh milk and could also make hot chocolate and other hot drinks.  After much research, it was decided that Dulce Gusto machines were the best option.

We purchased 9 machines from Currys in Maidstone and Aaron Shepheard Business their Customer Manager donated the 10th machine and 4 boxes of capsules from their store budget.

The machines will go to 9 COVID and A&E Wards and 1 will go to the Hedgehog children’s ward which is now being used as a COVID red zone.

Paul Ebbatson of vrprint Sevenoaks, kindly printed and donated ‘Thank you from all at RH7 to the NHS’ labels to be attached to the machines

We have donated so far approx:

150 bottles energy drinks

54 lip balms (this was separate to all Nicole Beesley’s donation from Hygiene Bank)

3360 Tea bags

250 Bags of crisps

110 cup-a-soup

600 energy/chocolate bars

We have spent c. £1130 to date.

A huge thanks to all of these people.

A MASSIVE thank you must also go to Julie and Stephen Humphreys for organising for the RH7 Community to donate and support our local NHS workers. For collecting boxes of products from the Hygiene Bank, picking up the coffee machines and dropping them off for NHS collection.  You have worked tirelessly and we all really appreciate everything you have done.

Here are some of the wonderful words from the staff at the various hospitals we have supported so far:

‘Clare I wanted to say a massive Thank You for all the goodies and supplies you have sent to us at MTW. I work in ICU and I just wanted to say we really appreciate it. Thank you so much from the Nurses, Doctors, Admin team and Clinical Support Workers of ICU’.

‘Hi Clare, we work on ward 22 at Pembury Hospital. I just wanted to drop you a message to tell you how grateful we are for all of the donations we have been receiving. Today we received face wipes, lipstick and no 7 night cream, we are all now looking forward to having a little pamper evening. Again, thank you so much it really is appreciated xx Becky xx’

‘Clare thank you so so much for our care packages for Edenbridge Hospital... they were very much appreciated by us, we are all so grateful for your love, kindness and support in these difficult times. Thank you again everyone who kindly donated, we really appreciated it. Stay safe. Lots of love Dawn and all my colleagues at Edenbridge hospital xx’

(I sent a package to Edenbridge on Monday because a lot of Edenbridge residents have donated and they have Covid on their wards)

I have received a phone call from ICU, ward 20, and Sevenoaks hospital saying a big thank you and how much of a difference our donations have made to their days

More updates will follow in the Bulletin over the forthcoming weeks.  Please click here to see some of the efforts that went into this fundraiser along with a small insight into what we were able to purchase.

Year 3 News

Free Access to First News during Lockdown:

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested you can sign up here.

Year 4 News

Free Access to First News during Lockdown:

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested you can sign up here.

Year 5 News

Free Access to First News during Lockdown:

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested you can sign up here.

Year 6 News

Free Access to First News during Lockdown:

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested you can sign up here.

Parents' Association - FoRH7

Thank you – from FoRH7 and our Charities

The generosity of the Radnor House school community is incredible.  Thanks to your support we are able to make an early payment to our school charities, as they bear the brunt of lockdown number 3 to their normal fundraising plans.  The trustees of FoRH7 have agreed that we pay £1000 to our six charities, here’s what our house charities had to say. 

NIGHTINGALE – Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre

From Denise Hodge - Commercial Operations Manager

The staff and animals at Foal Farm are delighted that the pupils of Radnor House are continuing to fundraise for us in these very difficult times.  Your innovative ideas to generate funds during lockdown have been inspirational!  Releasing some of the funds to us now will make a big difference to the animals that we care for.  Thank you for your fantastic support.

FoRH7: Please don’t forget Neve B Yr6, has also requested that Prep sends in their animal poems to support Foal Farm, please ask your form teacher about this.

PANKHURST – Leonard Cheshire Disability

From Linda Addo – Service Manager, Chipstead Lakes

Thank you so much for your email.  We are very pleased to hear about the kindness and support of the Radnor House School Community during these challenging times.  We are very grateful for this kind donation.

We have had a very difficult period lately with a Covid outbreak in our service.  It is really reassuring to know that we have your support during this difficult time.  Your donation enables us to undertake projects that improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of our residents and for that, we can’t thank you enough.

We very much appreciate the efforts you make to raise funds for our home.  We hope you and your families are staying safe. 

NEWTON - West Kent Mind

From Emma Crawford – Community Fundraising Officer – West Kent Mind

Radnor House – you are AMAZING, we want to say a huge thank you for this incredible donation!  It means so much to us here at West Kent Mind as we continue trying our very hardest to keep supporting our current clients with their ongoing Mental Health challenges.  As well as being able to welcome new clients facing difficulties with their Mental Health, especially during these unusual times.  We wouldn’t be able to support the members of our local community without the generosity, enthusiasm, and dedication you have all shown with your fundraising – keep up the good work! Thank you

CHURCHILL - Bradbourne Riding for the Disabled

From Liz Wrighton – who speaks at school (she is looking forward to seeing you all)

To all our supporters at Radnor House, a MASSIVE thank you for raising so much for us in this difficult time.  We particularly appreciate it right now because the weather is so grotty and the fields are VERY muddy, without much grass.  That means we need lots of hay and your £1000 will go a HUGE way in keeping us fed, and making sure we have warm, waterproof rugs.  

With lots of love, and hoping we’ll see some riders soon . . and maybe some Radnor House students as well!!  From the Bradbourne RDA ponies.

Bradbourne Group board message:

In such challenging times with Covid health worries impacting everyone, and under lockdown not being able to welcome our disabled participants to spend time with their equine friends, it is heart-warming to know there are such generous, kind hearted and creative people busily working away organising alternative engaging and entertaining fundraising activities to generate monies for those community organisations the students have chosen to support.  The payment now is absolutely invaluable to Bradbourne Riding for the Disabled Group, to keep our dear ponies fed properly during these winter months so they are fit and ready when we can invite our riders and carriage drivers back.   Thank you so much from everyone at the Group.

We are continuing to run with pupil lead fundraising initiatives and pupils have heard about a music and singing opportunity and the AGE-ATHON.  If you wish, these activities may be sponsored and a donation to your house can be made here.  Thank you.

Please do let us know what you get up to! friends@radnor-sevenoaks.org

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