Good afternoon,

Highlights of the week are: 

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

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

NEWS FROM PREP

Ye-Ha!On Thursday Years 3-4 took us back in time to the Wild West with Ye-Ha! Year 3 made up the enthusiastic chorus – singing an exciting collection of songs that had the audience foot tapping throughout. Year 4 played the characters with amazing Wild West accents!  Unsurprisingly, some were goodies and some were baddies, and these children stayed in character for the whole of the show. As with all the best stories, good eventually triumphed over evil and the residents of Splodge City lived happily ever after. A special mention to Arthur, Chelsy and Thomas who performed solos with such professionalism. A marvellous way to draw the half term to a close. Thank you also to the Years 3 and 4 teachers for supporting the children, Mr Staplehurst and Miss Holmes for technical support, Ms Sawalha for the spectacular scenery, Mrs Holmes for helping the children sing so beautifully and especially Mr Soutar, director aka Ma Hubbard for bringing out some amazing talent in these young children. 

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

ON THE BALL 

ISA Under 11 London South Mixed Hockey Tournament: Last Friday we hosted the annual ISA Hockey Regional Mixed Tournament. Fourteen teams from twelve schools competed for the coveted trophy and to be crowned champions. We fielded two teams, one in each group. The White team were in a tough group. They drew two of their matches through some excellent keeping by Cian, tenacious defending by Lauren and sheer hard work by the rest of the team. Player of the tournament for this team was Quben.

The Purple team won every game and faced a very good Westward team in the semi-finals. We hit the post early with the ball bouncing out, but minutes later they hit the post and it bounced in, putting them through to meet Lewis Old Grammar in the grand final. Rosemead finished in 3rd position overall. Player of the tournament for the Purple team was Jewell. A huge thank you and congratulations to all involved in the running of this tournament: Mr Harrison for organisation, Mr Rowlands for sorting the programs and play for the day, Mr McCafferty in charge of the scoring all day, Ms King for running the teams, Ms Clarke’s first aid duties, and Mr O’Leary and Mr Wall generally for their hardworking assistance throughout the week.

White team: Cian (goalkeeper), Felix, Lauren, Maisy, Max H, Quben, Tayah (captain), Zishan

Purple team: Hennie, Ida, Jewell, Luke, Rose M (goalkeeper), Shay, Sophie, Thomas (captain)

Year 3 Netball: On Monday Rosemead had a wonderful afternoon of netball at Alleyn’s. This was a fun training session to give them the opportunity to experience the early stages of netball. It was fantastic to see all the children involved having so much fun and learning more about the game.

Team: Ada, Alana, Anna, Chloe-May, Claudia, Darcie, Diya, Esme, Estella, Evie, Florence, Isla L, Isla SC, Lexie, Liza B, Mackensie, Margot, Maya, Parisa, Sarah

Under 7 Indoor Futsal Tournament: On Tuesday afternoon our Under 7 footballers made the short journey across to Dulwich College Sports Centre to participate in the DUCKS Year 2 Indoor Football Tournament. There were 9 teams competing from 5 schools. We fielded two teams with a good balance of boys and girls compared to most other sides playing. For the majority of our children this was their first experience of competitive football. Rosemead Albion team did brilliantly to win 3 and draw 2 of their games, including wins over Herne Hill and Oakfield. The Rosemead City team battled hard against strong opposition and were unfortunate to finish on the losing side of some of their games. The tournament was a great opportunity to play football and improve skills, whilst having fun with an element of competition. All players received a medal to reward their efforts! We are looking to include some more fixtures for this year group next term before they make the step up to Year 3 where there will be plenty more sporting fixtures to look forward to. A huge well done to the children involved in what can be a daunting experience. Thank you to Miss King and Mr Pad for coaching our sides and to Mrs Everitt and Miss Thompson for their support on the sidelines!

Team: Antonio, Archie, Ari, Ariana, Artemis, Arthur, Charlotte, Juliet, Kalypso, Malaki, Ozzy, Phoebe F, Phoebe T, Rhys 

Chess Competition: Rosemead Chess team played against Rosendale on Tuesday. This was a fantastic opportunity, especially for Year 3 players, to experience playing against an unknown opponent. The team came out victorious winning by 9 games to 7.

Team: Albie, Anna, Daniel, Emilie, Emre, Erion, Florence M, Giuseppe, Luke N, Magnus, Michael, Salim, Thomas G, Timothy, Tobias (captain), Victor

FUNDRAISING

Foodbank: Thank you for your generous contributions to the local Foodbanks. The food will be delivered in the coming week.

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Class Reps Meeting: On Thursday the Class Reps met with the Committee. All gave their support for an Eco-Easter Bonnet Parade. This means that this year’s Easter bonnet should not include anything new – the idea is to reuse, upcycle or repurpose; the Committee will be looking for ingenuity in this and house tokens will be awarded to those who have shown to have fully embraced the idea. The Committee introduced supporting Leonard Cheshire Disability on Monday 23rd March by ‘go without for a day’. On this day we hope that as a class the children will elect to go without something for a day at school – there was the suggestion of not talking! As a school, we will go without free sugar for the day; we are grateful to the RSA for agreeing to modify the traditional end of term Cake Sale to a Savoury Bake Sale.

TRAVEL UPDATE

Banner Competition: Over this half term holiday we would like to encourage the Prep children to take part in the Sustrans’ banner competition. The theme of this year’s competition is air quality. The children should have taken home a double sided poster template. This template contains instructions and ideas on one side, and space for the design on the other. The entries need to be returned to school on Monday 24th February. Please encourage your children to take part in this competition, helping to raise awareness of air quality and encourage active travel to and from school.

Anti-Idling: Living Streets have teamed up with the British Lung Foundation to launch a new toolkit that will help you put a stop to idling engines in your neighbourhood. In towns and cities, road transport is the biggest contributor to toxic air pollution. Idling causes twice as much pollution as a moving car. While some car journeys cannot be helped, pollution from stationary vehicles is unnecessary, this is where the anti-idling toolkit aims to support you. The guide not only outlines what you can do about it and why, but it also tells the stories of campaigners who are already having success tackling idling where they live. 

Try Before You Bike: The Lambeth cycle loan scheme allows you to pick the bike that suits you and borrow it for as long as you like with a full package of support including cycle skills training, a mentor and an induction session when the bike is delivered to you. If you have been contemplating getting on your bike, now is the time to find out more as well as locating your clean air route.

Healthy Streets: Consultation for Healthy Streets – Dulwich, Phase 3 is now open.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

World Book Day: This will take place on Thursday 5th March. Our Librarian, Mrs Evans, will email a full programme of events to celebrate this day.

Class Assemblies:

Wednesday 4th March – 1T
Thursday 5th March – 3R
Thursday 12th March – 3B 

5km Sponsored Walk, Jog or Run: This event will be happening on Saturday 25th April in Dulwich Park at 9am, as part of Parkrun. Rosemead will be raising money for United World Schools whose vision is to teach the unreached: where children in remote and post-conflict areas have access to basic education and improved life chances. The charity works with communities to build schools and develop local teachers, providing a low cost and sustainable way to teach the unreached. Watch out for further details soon.

Whatever you do in the coming week, have an enjoyable family time.

With my best wishes,
Lesley Kastoryano

11+

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
Headmaster

Leavers’ Destinations