Good afternoon,

Our budding scientists thoroughly enjoyed themselves during Science Day this week. There was a fantastic buzz around the Pre-Prep all day as the scientists were busy investigating, exploring, predicting and learning. The children were all enthused and enjoyed participating in the various activities. They created magic potions, dressed up in costumes, conducted experiments and attended a Science workshop. Children commented that the day was epic, interesting, super fun and awesome. The children were also eager to share their favourite part of Science Day such as: the rocket, making potions, the big blow dryer, the scientist, the costumes and the fire experiment. Whilst at the Prep the children dressed up in the most fantastic science costumes which included: Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Elsie Widdowson, a venus fly trap, a wind turbine, protons, astronauts, dark matter, a thermometer, a comet, clouds (the list is endless). Children attended an interactive workshop run by Professor Nitrate. They made their own explosions, experimented with combustion, fired rockets and much more. The children then went to their classrooms where they carried out their own experiments. Teachers and children had a blast!

Other highlights of the week are: 

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

1T Class assembly: On Wednesday 1T delivered an engaging and informative assembly on the theme of ‘Explorers’. They impressed us with their story writing abilities as well as their use of green screen technology. We learnt many facts about explorers such as Ernest Shackleton and Neil Armstrong. Well done to the children of 1T and Miss Tullberg.

Year 2 Lunch at Prep: On Wednesday Year 2 children enjoyed another visit to the Prep for lunch; without a session in the playground this time due to the inclement weather.

 House Points: This week Blyton gained 2 house points, Forester gained 5 house points, Shackleton gained 1 house point and Shelton gained 3 house points. Congratulations Forester.

 NEWS FROM PREP

 The Wallace Collection – Talking Textiles: On Tuesday and Thursday Year 4 visited the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square; exploring and sketching the patterns around the gallery. Using their sketches as inspiration, they created a block print pattern. Beautiful repeated, reflected and rotated patterns emerged adding lots of colour to create fantastic works of art of their own. Thank you to the parents who accompanied them.

 Year 6 Residential visit to PGL: Although not always able to dodge the showers, everyone thoroughly the activities and have some special memories to cherish.

 House Points: This week Blyton gained 2 house points, Forester gained 3 house points, Shackleton gained 5 house points and Shelton gained 1 house point. Congratulations Shackleton.

ON THE BALL

 ISA National Football Finals: Last Friday Rosemead went to the home of English football, St. George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent, to play in the ISA National Football finals. This was our second year in a row qualifying for this incredibly high standard of football. Our boys stayed overnight on Thursday so they would be fresh for the next day of football. They received a tour around the hallowed turf and surrounding multimillion-pound grounds.

In the group stage we ended by winning two games, drawing one and losing two. Congratulations to Tommy and Thomas for getting us on the scoreboard. In the afternoon we did even better than the previous year by being eligible for the Plate competition. In this, without conceding a goal, we swept everyone in our path to one side on our way to the grand final. Here we had our chances but could not score, although there was a controversial moment in the dying seconds where it looked as if our opponents had scored an own goal. We went to penalties to decide and it did not go our way unfortunately, losing 4-3. The agony was heart-breaking although this was a truly memorable performance. Captain Tommy and goalkeeper Ollie were joint players of the tournament due to the effort, skill and dedication they both showed throughout. An amazing effort from a fantastic team. A huge thank you to Mr Harrison, Nathan who travelled up to coach, Mr Soutar who drove and sorted the trip, and to all the parents who came and lived every exciting moment!

The team: Emre, Jewell, Jimmy, Ollie S (goalkeeper), Thomas L, Theo M, Tommy W (captain).

 Years 5 and 6 Swimming Gala at St. Dunstan’s College: Well done to our children who competed so well at St. Dunstan’s on Tuesday evening. It was a very close gala against the hosts and Blackheath Prep. Our Year 6 children came first and our Year 5s finished in second place. Congratulations to all these swimmers for their continued hard work, commitment and dedication they show in their training sessions. They all train extremely hard and should be proud of their achievements.

Year 6 team: Alice, Coco K, Daniel, Elspeth, Eloise, Indigo, Ned, Ollie, Tommy

Year 5 team: Hennie, Jasmine, Max H, Ronnie

 MUSICAL NOTES

 ISA National Choral Celebration: On Friday, 25 singers from Years 4–5 travelled with Mr Soutar, Mrs Holmes and Miss Holmes to Maidenhead to take part in an ISA Choral Celebration. The journey there in itself was a musical extravaganza as the children entertained teachers and the coach driver with full harmony arrangements (learnt in their lessons) of songs from Hamilton, Bonnie and Clyde and Six. Miss Holmes recorded the singing, tagged some West End members of Hamilton and some Broadway cast of B&C; this was listened and ‘liked’ even before arriving! The Choral Celebration started with entertaining voice warm ups and listening exercises. The children were then taught a variety of songs in up to four parts ranging from Spirituals to George Michael. All worked really hard with only a seven minute break. The journey home was a quieter affair! It was a good experience all round.

Music Examinations: Parents will be notified next week if their young musician has been entered for a June examination.

Electric Fusion Band: The band will be performing as part of The Dulwich Festival in The Pod, Kingsdale School at 7.00pm on Thursday. Tickets are available on the Dulwich Festival website. All welcome.

Miss Holmes’ pupils’ Concert: Thursday 13th June, 3.45pm

CO-CURRICULAR

 Chess: Many of our players have been busy practising on ChessKid and gained certificates which were presented in assembly today.

We are keen for our chess players to have as much experience as possible in tournaments; local events which may be of interest: 5th Hope Cup Chess Championship Junior tournament at Catford  on Sunday 19th May and Petts Wood and Orpington Chess Tournament on Saturday 22nd June.

 TRAVEL UPDATE

 National Walking Month: It is vital that as many children as possible walk to school – not only to improve children’s health and wellbeing, but also to help tackle congestion and air pollution. Walk to School Week is 20th-24th May. Too many of the roads outside schools are congested with cars at drop-off and pick-up times, making them polluted and unsafe. Living Streets wants to change this, and the benefits to our streets, air quality and, of course, our youngest walkers could be huge. Urge your council to make the roads outside schools safer. School street closures, controlled parking zones and 20mph speed limits are all measures that can transform streets outside schools and they are all options at your council’s disposal. By using the simple online form, you can write to your councillors about the streets outside our school and ask them to implement one of these. A small step that could lead to big changes with a lasting legacy. Please take a few moments to write a letter to your local councillors.

 CHARITY WORK

Readathon: Thank you to everyone that took part in Read for Good sponsored reading challenge. So far we have raised £1195.60 which will help bring the magic of books and stories to children in hospital.

LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

 St. Dunstan’s College Experience Days: St. Dunstan’s are offering two experience days: Classroom Experience Day – RPE (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics), DT (Design and Technology), Science and Geography

Co-Curricular Experience Day – CCF (Combined Cadet Forces), Performing Arts, Sports and Art

These events are open to current Year 5 children seeking entry at 11+ for September 2020.

This will be a great opportunity for children and parents to experience life at the College.

SDC Experience Days.

Drama Workshops: Perform is a not-for-profit drama school offering a free trial session and £40 discount to pupils at Rosemead for term-time classes. To qualify sign up by 24th May, quoting RODM160919 when booking the free session – perform.org.uk/try or 020 7255 9120. Classes take place in Dulwich, East Dulwich, Forest Hill, Herne Hill, Sydenham and Tooting.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 Monday 20th May, 18.30 – An insight into digital learning at Rosemead, including an online safety talk by Karl Hopwood

Thursday 23rd May – Senior School Transfer evening open to parents of children in Years 4-5

 NEXT WEEK

A reminder that Thurlow Education Trust AGM is on the Tuesday at 7.30pm, you all most welcome to attend.

Pre-Prep and Prep have swimming galas next week.

Pre-Prep at JAGS, Red Post Hill, Dulwich, SE24 9JN on Thursday, 13.30–15.30.

Prep at the Crystal Palace Sports Centre on Friday, 13.30-15.30.

All children may leave after the galas with their parents. Children whose parents are unable to collect will be brought back to school. Please ensure that we know of your intentions.

Rosemead Art Exhibition is open for you to view your child’s art on Thursday, 15.30-18.30 and Friday, 08.15-09.15.

Have a restful weekend.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano