Good afternoon,

It was a very thrilling day for everyone in Rosemead as we met our new Head! No, Mr Soutar is not leaving us, but young Douglas (RW) took to his prize of Head for the Day like the proverbial duck to water! He very helpfully gave out certificates and birthday stickers in our celebration assemblies. Being especially keen on a smart appearance, our new Head awarded house tokens for smartly dressed children as he toured the classes to make sure that everyone was hard at work. He certainly seemed to enjoy his day and kept Mr Soutar on his toes!

Another successful Rosemead Lates event took place last night. I know that a number of you appreciated this enlightening parenting talk by Elaine Halligan.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Red Nose Day for Comic Relief. We will announce how much we raised next week.

Other highlights of the week are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

 Year 1 visit to Horton Kirby Environmental Centre: Year 1 children set off in great excitement this morning for a day where, as time travellers, their quest was to uncover what life was really like for children during the Victorian era. They attended a lesson in the authentic Victorian classroom. Standing solemnly next to their wooden desks, each child awaited their fate, whether that be an entry into the book for a prize at the end of term and eventually their name on the scholarship board that looms ominously over the class, or an early caning, or even complete humiliation through the wearing of the dunce’s hat in the corner of the room. A hand inspection was soon followed by the scratching of chalkboards and the drone of times tables and verses from the headmaster’s favourite poems. The children looked at a collection of artefacts and had the chance to play a variety of Victorian games on the playground. Finally, the children used a Victorian map and photos of Horton Kirby to investigate the village. Thank you to all the parent helpers who accompanied this visit.

 Year 2 visit to Wetlands: This morning Year 2 set off for the London Wetland Centre. Although this is situated only 10 minutes from Hammersmith it is an urban oasis for wildlife and people. Sightings today included a jack snipe, four chiffchaff in the sheltered lagoon and huge numbers (820) of black-headed gull in the main lake, 240 herring gull including two argentatus race in the marsh of the main lake and 56 lesser black-backed gull. The lakes, pools and gardens are home to kingfishers nesting in a bank, sand martins zipping over the ponds and wading birds searching for food at the lake edges. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied this visit.

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.

NEWS FROM PREP

4B Class Assembly: Congratulations to 4B and Ms Borny for their spectacular ‘Tudors in Twenty Minutes’. In such a brief space of time we saw the prelude to the rise of Henry VIII, his difficult matrimonial years and the inevitable executions, conflict between Mary and Elizabeth, music and dancing, plus a full sea battle! A skilful gallop through this fascinating period of history, thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.

Year 5 visit to HMS Belfast: Year 5 had a very exciting time on Thursday. They went, via train, to visit HMS Belfast for their World War Two topic. The children climbed up to the top of the ship to see the Operations Room and the Admiral’s Bridge and down to the very bottom of the ship to see the boiler room and engine room. They visited many different areas in between such as the punishment cells, sick bay and kitchen. To add to the excitement of the day a working Irish Naval ship, ‘The James Joyce’, was moored beside HMS Belfast and the children were allowed to go on board and see a working navy vessel. It was a very informative and enjoyable day and we would like to thank our parent helpers for joining us.

 TfL Presentation to Year 6: On Thursday afternoon Year 6 were visited by Victor, a Transport for London Education Officer. As some Year 6 children are beginning to make more independent journeys and thinking ahead to their journeys to their new senior schools next year, the children learnt a great deal about how to stay safe when using public transport. This fun and interactive talk covered a whole range of transport topics, including planning journeys, the zip card travel scheme, being polite and respectful of other passengers and TfL staff, what to do in an emergency, making good choices to avoid dangers and ensuring safe travel throughout. It gave the children a real insight into the responsibilities and independence that they will face in the coming months. We are grateful to TfL for providing these highly informative and extremely valuable sessions for the children.

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

ON THE BALL

 Girls’ Tag Rugby v The Whitehouse: On Wednesday our Under 11 girls played a tag rugby match against The Whitehouse.

Purple team: Bea M, Eva M, Eva P-A, Indigo, Jasmin G, Jessica K, Kohana, Maggie, Poppy.

Orange team: Daisy, Coco K, Coco I Eloise, Eloise D, Elspeth, Georgie, Jessica N, Maisy.

The matches showed off the skills and knowledge the girls had gained through this term’s unit of rugby. Both teams played amazingly well with some beautiful phases of play resulting in a multitude of tries. The purple team won 8-7 with Jessica K top scoring. The orange team won 6-5 with the tries being evenly distributed throughout the team.

CO-CURRICULAR

 Chess v Rosendale:  Rosemead hosted a friendly chess event with Rosendale on Tuesday. Our young chess players had the opportunity to play against some very experienced players, including one county player. Rosendale won 10 games to Rosemead’s 3. This was an excellent opportunity to practise ahead of the Champions’ League tournament next weekend.

 LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

Where’s Wally? Fun Run: It is the seventh annual Where’s Wally? fun run on Sunday at Clapham Common. Dress up as Wally and choose between a 5k or 10k route to help give disadvantaged children a route out of poverty. There will also be a 1k race for under 12s to enjoy. With live music, food stalls, kids’ rides and games and face painting, the Where’s Wally? fun run is always a great day for both runners and supporters. It is still possible to register on the day. For more information go to the Literacy Trust.

Senior School Open Days: St. Dunstan’s College will be open on several dates in the Summer term for parents of children in Year 5 to view the Senior School. Part of the tour includes a Q&A with the Headmaster and Head of Lower School. Book for a tour here.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 22nd March, 9.15am – Richard’s Concert
Monday 25th March – ABRSM examinations
Thursday 28th March, 7.00pm – Spring Concert
Friday 29th March – Easter Bonnet Parades
Thursday 16th May – Electric Fusion Band performing at Dulwich Festival Youth Concert

NEXT WEEK

 The summer term co-curricular activities will be available to view from Monday afternoon via the parent intranet. The link to the booking form will be sent out by email on Thursday and will go live on Saturday 23rd March at 9.30am.

This might be a good time for the children to think about making the Easter Bonnet. Have a creative weekend!

With my best wishes,
Lesley Kastoryano