Good afternoon,

Today we celebrated Founder’s Day, or as the children refer to it, the school’s birthday. The children heard about Dorothy Plumridge and enjoyed some birthday treats at lunchtime.

Other highlights of the week are:


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


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


Cross Country: Last Friday afternoon, we hosted the annual Rosemead Cross Country Championship at Rosendale Playing Fields. Children from Years 3-6 from Alleyn’s, Dulwich College, Eaton House, Oakfield, Rosendale and Sydenham High competed in a series of races alongside our own cross country runners.

The Year 3 boys’ event was the first to take place and the Rosemead team got off to a brilliant start with Oliver H finishing in 2nd place, strongly backed up by the rest of the team who all finished in or around the top 10 to give their team 1st place in their first ever cross  country event. The Year 3 girls’ race came next, in which Sarah and Parisa were placed in the top 10, again in their first ever event. The team fell just short of finishing in the top 3 teams by only 2 points.

The Year 4 boys performed well to finish 2nd as a team with Josh finishing as our highest placer in 3rd position and Eliot was close behind in 5th. The Year 4 girls finished as a team in 3rd place with Grace finishing in 3rd place and Sylvie just the one place behind in 4th.

Our Year 5 boys were one of the standout teams on the day, claiming our second 1st place team result with Otto and Shay finishing in 1st and 2nd respectively. The Year 5 girls just missed out on a top 3 placing by 4 points but Yasmin and Emilie both finished in the top 10.

The Year 6 boys claimed 3rd in their team event with James the highest finisher coming in 5th place. The Year 6 girls’ team in the final race produced the best Rosemead team score of the afternoon with just 24 points (the lower the score the better!) and coming 1st as a team. Sophie claimed 1st place and Jasmine just missed out on a medal in 4th position.

All the scores were tallied up and the final top three schools were Alleyn’s in 3rd, Rosemead in 2nd and a very well-deserved Eaton House finishing in 1st place.

Well done to all our 65 runners who participated. Thank you to all Rosemead staff who helped organise and produce such a wonderful event, especially to Ms King and our cross country coach, Una, for all their commitment and hard work.

Year 3 Team: Banks, Bella, Elliot, Erion, Felix, Freyja, George, Isla, Kaisan, Liza, Oliver H, Parisa, Salvador, Sarah, Thomas, Walter
Year 4 Team: Alex, Amirah, Arthur, Charlie, Daphne, Eliot, Freya, Gabriel, Grace, Jack, Josh, Kyran, Livia, Lucy, Sorrel, Sylvie
Year 5 Team: Amber, Annika, Charlie, Daniel, Dylan, Emilie, Jackie, Louis, Millie, Olly, Otto, Rafa, Rafe, Shay, Sonny, Tania, Theo, Victor, Yasmin
Year 6 Team: Felix, Flo, Jack, James, Jasmine, Jewell, Iris, Logan, Luke, Lyra, Max, Poppy, Salim, Sophie, Tayah, Thomas

Year 2 Festival of Sport: On Tuesday a magnificent afternoon of sport for Year 2 children was hosted by Rosemead at the Rosendale Sports Field. A total of 185 children from Herne Hill School, DUCKS, The Villa, Rosendale and Belham took part in a carousel of activities: athletics, ball skills, football and mini tennis. The children were taken through their paces by a host of Rosemead staff (including Mr Soutar on the football section). The teams were made up of a mixture of children from all the schools involved and were named after World Cup Rugby teams. The energy and enjoyment was palpable throughout the afternoon and all children left happy – adorned with a specially minted medal on a purple ribbon. A huge thanks to Ms King and Mr Harrison for masterminding the afternoon. Thanks also to the parents who attended.

Under 10 Football: On Thursday our footballing boys from Year 5 played a round robin against Blackheath and Oakfield.

Purple team: Charlie, Louis, Nicholas, Niko (goalkeeper), Quben, Rafa, Shay, Sonny.

Our first opponent was Blackheath. This was a very even match with our boys having to switch from all-out attack to desperate defence in the blink of an eye. Niko made some impressive saves and Charlie, Sonny and Louis some great last minute tackles. We conceded a goal late in the first half and again in the second half. Rosemead had the vast majority of shots and when Nicholas scored we piled on the pressure and for ten minutes Blackheath were forced to defend our barrage of shots but we could not find the target. Blackheath 2 – Rosemead Purple 1. Player of the match – Charlie.

Oakfield was our next game; with tiring legs but a sharpened eye for goal the team set about a similar attacking style. Again, we piled on the pressure; this time with so many shots and rebounds the goalkeeper must have been made of rubber. As happens so much in football, we got caught on the counterattack and conceded 2-0 to Oakfield. Player of the match – Shea.

White team: Archie, Daniel, Dylan, Luke M (goalkeeper), Luke N, Olly, Rafferty

Having had some great wins in their previous games, the team was powerful from the start. Rosemead dismantled their defence with individual skill and quick passing. Ollie scored 2 good goals, as did Daniel. Luke had a lot to do in goal but kept the opposition at bay. We won this comfortably 3-0. Player of the match – Ollie.

The next game was against Oakfield and this was more a more even affair. Luke M once again shone in goal. Luke N and Rafferty were tenacious in defence and when the time came Rosemead counter-attacked and Ollie made a great strike. The final score-line was 1-0. Player of the match – Luke M. This team of boys has once again proven the depth of talent they have in football.


CBeebies Proms: There is still time to catch Mr Kadumukasa, ‘Cello and Musicianship teacher, playing the ‘cello in CBeebies Proms – Off To The Moon until end of next week.


Chess: Congratulations to Erion, 3R who came joint second in the Under 8 category at the London Junior Championships Qualifier at Coulsdon on Saturday. This result means that he has qualified for the finals.

Other tournaments for budding chess players:

Golders Green Rapid Chess Tournament – Saturday 12th October, Golders Green
Champions’ League Chess (Primary) 2019-20 1st Leg  – Saturday 16th November, Beckenham


After School Care: A reminder that once children have been collected from ASC they are under the care of the person collecting. Children may not be signed out and then left to play outside by themselves.

Co-Curricular: Staff taking clubs need to see who is collecting the children. Please make yourself know to the club provider on all occasions.


Watercolour Exhibition: Local artists exhibition 10th – 22nd October (Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00-17:00 and Sunday, 13:30-16:00) at Jeanne Avent Gallery 14, Northcross Road SE22 9EU

Low Traffic Neighbourhood Consultation Meeting: Saturday 12th October, 9.00am-12.00pm at Alleyn’s School, Townley Road.

The Street Trees of Dulwich: A guided walk on Sunday 13th October at 10.00. £6, includes coffee. Meet: At Village Books, 1D Calton Avenue SE21 7DE.

Fungi Walk at Sydenham Hill Wood: Sunday 13th October, 2:00-3.30pm. Join the London Wildlife Trust for a foray into the weird and wonderful world of fungi. Meet at Crescent Wood Road, entrance to the wood. 


Class Assemblies: The following class assemblies take place this term;

Thursday 21st November – 4B
Thursday 28th November – 4L
Thursday 5th December – 5G

Parents are most welcome to attend.

Year 5 Senior School Transfer Meetings: If you have not booked your appointment please do so as soon as possible.


School Council Class Reps will meet with the Committee on Thursday at 8 o’clock in the Prep small dining room.

Gifts for the Harvest Festivals may be brought in throughout the week to Pre-Prep and on Friday to the Prep. We will send gifts to St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, where the staff have requested toiletries for their residents, and to the Salvation Army, where non-perishable food items would be most useful. Year 6 only may bring in offerings of fresh produce, perhaps in a decorated box, which will be delivered to the residents of the Uplands Care Home, Streatham.

I hope that the children performing in the Beckenham Festival tomorrow have a wonderful time, some of whom will then make their way to Rosemead to help in our Open Morning; their commitment is much appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend.

With my best wishes,
Lesley Kastoryano


It gives me great pleasure to announce the final offers from this year’s 11+ Senior School Entrance results. We are extremely proud to say that this year is the second best set of results on the last 5 years for number of offers, after our record breaking results of last year.

More information can be found by following the link below.

Best Wishes

Phil Soutar

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