Good afternoon,

This week we have been collecting for Norwood and Brixton Foodbank. Coco K and Jessica from the School Council Committee prepared and delivered an informative assembly about the vital work that food banks do for families who find themselves in need. The school mini bus is now packed and ready to deliver the food; your generosity will certainly be much appreciated – thank you.

Other highlights of the week are:

CONGRATULATIONS

 The Year 6 children have achieved some fantastic results in their 11+ examinations, with others still to confirm. Many congratulations to the children – all their hard work has resulted in some excellent offers including many scholarships and awards.

 NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

 Chinese New Year Kungfu Performance: On Friday the children and staff were treated to a performance the like of which they had never seen before. Hong, who teaches Mandarin Club, brought along two Kongfu performers. The Kongfu Teacher Master Cleber and his student, who was only 12 years old, had performed at the signature Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown on Sunday. The children were mesmerised by the performance, and many had the chance to learn and demonstrate various moves, whilst we all learnt a number of Mandarin words. The performance included Nunchaks, Butterfly Fist, Taiji Fan and Crane Fist.

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

 NEWS FROM PREP

 National Key Stage 2 General Knowledge Championship: On Monday some members of General Knowledge Quizzers took part in a regional heat of the National Key Stage 2 General Knowledge Championship at Alleyn’s School. They performed brilliantly and came seventh overall. The children enjoyed the afternoon and look forward to taking part in more competitions later in the year.

The team: Evie N, Jimi, John and Jack McB.

 Year 6 visit to Cambridge Theatre: On Wednesday Year 6 were able to sit back and enjoy front row seats at the multi-award winning ‘Matilda The Musical’ after all their hard work preparing for their entrance examinations. Superb acting, catchy tunes and stunning scenery and props meant that from beginning to end this musical had everyone smiling and captured the imagination and enthusiasm of all our budding performers amongst Year 6. The only time their eyes strayed from the stage was when it was popcorn time during the interval!  After a standing ovation, Year 6 were then able to meet some of the cast afterwards which made this visit even more special. A huge thank you to a less scary Miss Trunchball, a friendlier Mr and Mrs Wormwood and, in particular, an amazing librarian in Mrs Phelps, for their time and words of wisdom and advice, when answering the many excited questions that were asked. The return journey was certainly filled with lots of singing and a very happy Year 6!

 What a Knight: On Thursday Years 3-4 took to the stage with their version of ‘What a Knight’. These incredible 7-9 year olds captivated their audience from the beginning and held everyone spellbound throughout the show. Year 3, as the chorus line, sang with expression and passion, with Year 4 playing the characters brilliantly. The plot centred around the trials and tribulations of Camelot Castle – complete with princesses, brave knights, an evil knight, a good smattering of hapless characters and Dusty the dragon! The children put their heart and soul into every part of the show. The comedic timings, be they in actions or words, certainly kept me chuckling long after the show. We have some very talented children who came together and had a wonderful time themselves as well as delighting their audience. Thank you to everyone who helped the children bring the magic to Rosemead: Mrs Holmes – music; Ms Sawalha and children from Year 6 – scenery; Mr Staplehurst and Miss Holmes – technical support; Mr Gallagher, Ms Borny and Miss Webster – backstage; also Mrs Rautenbach, Mrs McCombie and Mrs Beadle. Last, but not least, the director – Mr Soutar, otherwise known as Kitty Cobblers, who managed to coach and coax this large troupe of talent in a night to remember – What a Knight!

 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

 Under 8 Tag rugby v Oakfield: On Monday afternoon our super keen Year 3 tag rugby girls and boys played matches against Oakfield. We fielded three teams and, just as we did previously this term, won all matches. Each team played good solid rugby with great passing and speedy play. There was a significant improvement from our last match against Oakfield in the understanding of the game and tactics used. The tries were many and shared amongst almost everyone. Congratulations to all the teams!

Black Team: Affan, Alex, Arthur, Charlie P, Elliot, James.
Purple Team: Henry, Joshua N, Kyran, Nico F, Oscar.
White Team: Atti, Avery, Jack L, Seb, Sylvie.

Year 2 Football Tournament: On Tuesday some Year 2 boys participated in a football tournament hosted by DUCKS. Two teams, Rosemead City and Rosemead Albion, played five-minute indoor matches against many tough opponents: Herne Hill, Finton House, Oakfield and DUCKS. All children displayed great technique and strength of character, having played eight matches and still smiling by the end! We won six of our matches, drew two and lost two. Cayden top scored with multiple goals, Banks scored a cracker for his team and Joey also scored a great goal. All the boys displayed great sportsmanship, focus, tenacity and good manners.

Under 10 Girls’ Tag Rugby v The White House: Year 5 tag rugby team went to the The White House to play a couple of matches.

Orange team: Cian, Felix, Hassan, Jewell, Max A, Max H, Thomas L.

Purple team: Jack C, James K, Jimi, Logan, Luke C, Salim, Zain.

We were very evenly matched with Rosemead winning one, drawing two and losing one. Everyone in our two teams scored, some multiple times. These Rosemead boys were playing against older opponents and did themselves proud with a brave, attacking display of rugby.

 Year 5 Girls’ Hockey v St. Dunstan’s College:  On Thursday Year 5 girls went to St. Dunstan’s to participate in a hockey training afternoon with other girls from the local area. Training was delivered by members of Honor Oak Panthers.

 CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 Chess: Calling all chess players! Rosemead will be entering in the Spring Term Primary School Chess – Champions’ League Chess. This will be held at Unicorn Primary School on Saturday 23rd March from 1pm. This is open to all children who have some chess experience. If you would like to participate, being a member of one of Rosemead’s Chess Clubs is not a prerequisite, find more information and register at: https://ccfworld.com/Chess/Results/2019-03-23_CLC_K.htm  With the revived interest in chess, Mr Bill Upton, Rosemead’s chess teacher, hopes that we will be able to enter at least four teams.

Some might like to get some practice in prior to this tournament – The 4th Hope Cup Chess Championship 2019 takes place on Sunday 3rd March, 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm. Event address: Lewisham Chess Club, Catford Cricket and Sports Club, The Pavilion, Penerley Road, London, SE6 2LQ (closest rail station Catford Bridge or Catford). Further information can be found here: 4th HOPE CUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 REGISTRATION This has been recommended by Mr Upton as being a well-run competition and is open for children aged 6 and above. For new chess players aged 4-9, use this registration form; this is to give them experience of a tournament without grading or clocks. Please note registration is by 18th February.

 LAMDA: Children entering LAMDA examinations next term will have all received a letter and consent form this week. Please return the consent forms to Mrs O’Mahony as soon as possible.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 Class Assemblies:

Thursday 7th March – 4G
Thursday 14th March – 4B
Wednesday 20th March – Nursery

Enjoy the winter sun.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano