Good afternoon,

Today we thanked and celebrated the work our founder, Miss Dorothy Plumridge. Rosemead has greatly changed from the early days in the 1930s when she began teaching in her parents’ house in Thornlaw Road, West Norwood. It was on 13th October 1942, that Rosemead received recognition as a formal school and moved into a larger establishment in Aitkin Road, now home to the Laurels School, a little further along the South Circular from where we are today. It is from this date, as a formal school, that we celebrate our Founder’s Day, making this Rosemead’s 76th year. This week our theme has been belonging, which made today very special as we celebrated the birthday of our school and the sense of belonging with everyone in Rosemead, past and present.

Other highlights of the week are:


 School Council Representatives: The class representatives were announced today in assembly. They are: Isabella, Oliver H, Parisa and Thomas. They are looking forward to canvassing the opinions of the children at the Pre-prep in preparation for their first School Council reps meeting next Thursday.

 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.


Year 3 visit to London Museum: Last Friday the Year 3 children went on an exciting and informative visit to London Museum which aimed to support and strengthen their understanding of the Roman History topic. To their delight, the children were allowed to handle real Roman artefacts. They also took their turn to become archaeologists for the day. Equally enticing was the fact that one of the objects was a mystery object; archaeologists are still unsure of its purpose and what it might have been. The children made a few good guesses such as horse shoe and candle holder, but apparently those were not correct. The rest of their day involved the children touring the Roman section of the museum. The children were especially interested in looking at the intricate models of Roman villages and ports and a couple of the children were slightly horrified to discover that the Romans ate dead mice. Thank you to all the parents who accompanied this visit.

Year 5 visit to Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich: Year 5 had a wonderful day at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich on Thursday. They were able to learn about the building and how it was used many years ago for retired sailors. They even got the chance to play skittles using the original cannon balls (that were used for training many years ago) on the original bowling alley. The children then had a mask and drama workshop focusing on their History topic, Ancient Greece. It was a very enjoyable day and we would like to thank the parents who were able to come with us.

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


Year 6 Netball v St. Dunstan’s College: Well done to the Under 11 netball squad who played against St. Dunstan’s last Friday afternoon. Both teams showed some good passing skills throughout the game. They attacked well, scoring some excellent goals. The competition was tough with both schools showing some very good netball skills. Our White team played two matches winning their first game 2-0, unfortunately losing the next 2-1. Our purple team lost 7-5 but worked hard throughout, never giving up until the final whistle was blown. Congratulations for the excellent sportsmanship throughout the afternoon.

The Purple team: Alice, Bea, Coco K, Eloise, Eva P-A, Jessica N, Zara.

The White team: Evie N, Inaaya, Izzie, Jessica W, Noor-Bano, Raie’a.

Under 8 Alleyn’s Football Tournament: On Monday some of our Year 3 footballers went to the annual Alleyns Tournament. We played four matches in all, winning one, drawing one and losing two; notably, however, in each match we were first to score. In the first match against Alleyn’s we lost 3-2. Charlie scored and was player of the match. In the second match against St. Paul’s we won 4-2 with Affan scoring two, Charlie and Lauchie also scoring. Lauchie was player of the match. In our third match against Blackheath we lost narrowly 2-1 with Luca scoring. Elliot (goalkeeper) – player of the match. Our final match was against the eventual winners, Dulwich Hamlet; we drew this 1-1 with Lauchie scoring. Player of the match was Luca (goalkeeper). A great team effort and definite players to watch for the future of football in Rosemead.

The team: Alex, Affan, Arthur, Charlie, Eliot, Lauchie, Luca, Rhys, Sebastian.

Years 3-6 Swimming Gala at Dulwich College: On Tuesday some of the top swimmers in the Prep competed in the Dulwich College Swimming Gala. We were up against six strong schools which included Dulwich College, JAGS, DPL and Garden House. Our children came third overall. Millie, Daphne and Alice came first in their individual events as did Year 6 in the Medley Relay. Overall Year 3 team came third, Years 4 and 6 teams second and Year 5 sixth. A fantastic team effort and a great night of very competitive swimming.

Year 3 team: Ada, Chelsy, Daphne, Grace.
Year 4 team: Daniel, Millie, Quben, Shea, Stanley.
Year 5 team: Cian, Jasmine, Emre, Maisy.
Year 6 team: Alice, Indigo, Ollie, Tommy.

 Under 9 Girls’ Football v Alleyn’s: On Wednesday some of our super keen footballing Year 3 and 4 girls went to Alleyn’s to compete. We fielded two teams; the Purple team started with real intent and were the first to score, through Vanessa. Alleyn’s struck back and scored through Isabella’s twin sister on the opposition. Ida in goal stopped a number of chances and Annika and Sylvie cleared well from the back. After the first half we had the run and Isabella scored twice to gain a hat-trick. Vanessa also scored again – this one a cracking kick. Amber and Jackie stormed through the centre with ease and Avery showed some fancy footwork to dazzle the opposition. We won 5-2 against strong opposition.

The Purple team: Amber, Annika, Avery, Ida, Isabella, Jackie, Sylvie, Vanessa.

The White team were also a strong team. They dominated the first part of the game with the ball not coming out of the Alleyn’s half thanks to the hard work of the whole team. We took a deserved lead through a lovely scooped finish from Tania and quickly went 2-0 up after a great run from Grace which was then finished off by Ada to score. Alleyn’s pulled a goal back just before half time against the run of play to make the score 2-1. Once again, we got off to a fantastic start in the second half with Annabel and Katriel making surging runs from midfield. Millie at the back was a rock all game, consistently clearing away any danger. When Alleyn’s did have chances, Persephone in goal made several crucial saves, before Millie scored the goal of the game with a thumping strike into the corner of the goal to make the final result 3-1 to Rosemead.

The White team: Ada, Annabel, Grace, Katriel, Millie, Persephone, Tania.

Thank you for the great support from our parents. All the girls look as if they have played a season of football rather than having only one game!

 Year 3-6 Rosemead Cross Country: Rosemead overall winners – congratulations to all runners. Full report next week.


 Orchestral Fun Day at Downe House School: Yesterday Mrs Holmes, Mr Staplehurst and Mr Soutar took eleven members of the orchestra for an Orchestral Day held at Downe House in Newbury, Berkshire. They had an early start, leaving at 07.30 and arrived just before 10.00. The children were immediately immersed into a wonderful musical experience, learning three orchestral pieces. Rosemead became part of an orchestra of 250 children from 15 other Preparatory schools and the Downe House secondary girls. The children performed five pieces to an audience of parents at the end of the day. All the music staff also had the opportunity to be part of a conference which was very enlightening. The children loved it and were still buzzing when they arrived back at school twelve and a half hours later!

Music Staff: Good luck to Miss Holmes who will be performing in Disneyland Paris this weekend.


 The RSA disco team are getting ready for the children’s discos the second Friday after half term, see their message below:

Get set for this year’s school disco!

Taking place after school on the afternoon of Friday, November 16, tickets cost £4 and include glow-sticks and refreshments. On sale at drop-off every day of the week starting Monday, November 12 (the second Monday after half-term) as well as on the door at the disco itself. As in previous years, the children will be split into three groups: Early Years and up to Year 2; Years 3 and 4 and lastly, Years 5 and 6.

We are asking for volunteers to help with ticket sales at both the Prep and Pre-prep and also to help out on the afternoon of the disco itself. We’ve been really pleased with the response so far – but we need loads more! The more parents who get involved, the less there will be to do!


 Tomorrow Felix H (2W) will be running the RBC Race for the Kids in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity again this year in Hyde Park. It is marvellous that someone so young is committed to raising awareness and fundraise for those in need. Last year he raised an incredible amount of money for the charity and this year he is aiming to run his the 5km in 35 minutes! To read Felix’s story and donate, visit:


 Visiting Heads of Senior Schools: Parents are most welcome to attend assembly when we have a visiting Head speak and afterwards to join Mr Soutar for coffee. This is the programme for the remainder of the term:

Monday 5th November – Mr Nick Hewlett, Headmaster of St. Dunstan’s College
Monday 19th November – Dr Joe Spence, Headmaster of Dulwich College tbc
Monday 26th November – Mrs Angela Drew, Headmistress of Bromley High School
Monday 3rd December – Mr Alasdair Kennedy, Headmaster of Trinity School


Parents are most welcome to attend assembly on Monday which will be delivered by Dr Sachania, Headmaster of Streatham & Clapham High School. There will be an opportunity to have coffee with Mr Soutar and Dr Sachania afterwards.

Have a lovely 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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