Good afternoon, 

On a chilly Monday we gathered for our annual Remembrance Service at the Pre-Prep. Led by the school officers, this was a poignant service, uplifted by Jasmine’s (6C) beautiful trumpet rendition of Bach’s O Jesulein Suss. A poppy wreath was laid by the Head Boys and Head Girl and a two minutes silence was observed. Thank you to Mr Staplehurst for playing The Last Post and Reveille.

Other highlights of the week are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

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.

NEWS FROM PREP

Visit to Royal Observatory: On Wednesday Year 5 visited the Royal Observatory in Greenwich as part of their Science topic on the Earth, Sun and Moon. They thoroughly enjoyed looking at the stars and our own solar system. Sitting back in their chairs in the observatory, they were able to explore the various planets and discover just how vast the universe really is! The children asked the astronomers a variety of questions and found out about black holes and ‘spaghettification’ – ask any Year 5 pupil to explain! The workshop also enabled the children to really understand the different phases of the moon and why we have day and night time. We thank our parent helpers for joining us on this visit.

Wellbeing Workshop: On Thursday Year 6 were involved in a Wellness Workshop. This was an opportunity for them to remind themselves how happiness can be found in many different ways and how its effects can be so positive, allowing each to grow stronger as an individual. It was a great opportunity to learn about how the brain works, especially when exercised properly, and to think about who is there to guide and support when help is needed. The children know that they have different strengths and talents and that they must remember this and use them to achieve great things.

Roman Day: On Friday Year 3 took part in their Roman day. They were very fortunate to have some History Detectives visiting who taught them all about Roman gods, so do not be surprised if your children want to look up different planet names in a dictionary. The children also enjoyed a sumptuous Roman feast consisting of figs, dates, grapes, olives and different types of tarts and breads which they all thoroughly enjoyed eating. The Year 3 teachers would like to thank all the parents for their generosity in providing such delicious treats and for their patience in costume and shield making.

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

ON THE BALL

Under 11 Girls’ Football at JAGS: Last Friday our girls’ football squad took part in their second tournament of the week when they participated in the JAGS 7-a-side tournament with 10 teams from across South London taking part. In our first game we came up against a strong Harrodian side (who would later finish in 3rd place). After going 1-0 down, we defended well with Rose in goal making a number of crucial saves before Hennie scored a wonderful solo goal to give us a draw. We then faced Blackheath Prep who we had beaten earlier in the week 2-1 but we were unable to reproduce this result and ended losing 3-0. Blackheath went on to win the competition which shows we are able to compete with the very best teams. We then faced another school we had already played against earlier in the week at Dulwich Hamlet and in this game we recorded a 0-0 draw where we were the much stronger side and unlucky not to win the 3 points. In our last group game we faced Dolphin School and came away with our first win beating them 1-0 thanks to another special solo goal from Hennie after the defence, led expertly by Vanessa, blocked anything that came their way. This meant we finished 3rd in our group and would go into the playoffs for final placing. In the first playoff we played Hornsby House and after a close encounter the game went to penalties. Hennie, Sophie and Vanessa all stepped up confidently and scored their penalties whilst one of the Hornsby House players put her penalty wide of the goal meaning we went through to the 5th/6th playoff where we came up against Dolphin once again. Unfortunately, we were not able to claim 5th place as we fell to a late 1-0 loss but the girls can be immensely proud of their efforts and behaviour on the field all afternoon.

Team: Amber, Hennie, Ida, Izzy D-S, Lauren, Maggie, Rose M, Sophie J, Vanessa

 ISA Swimming Gala: Congratulations to all of our wonderful swimmers who competed so well at the ISA Gala on Monday evening. Some of the top swimmers in the London South Regional were swimming for a place in the National Finals at the end of November. Our children did outstandingly well, coming in the top three in most of their individual and relay events. We are still waiting for the final results but a special mention to Alex T for winning his backstroke heat, Daphne for winning both her backstroke and freestyle heats, Grace for winning her breaststroke heat, Millie for winning both her breaststroke and freestyle heats and Maisy for winning her freestyle heat; also the Year 5 girls’ team, Year 4 boys’ and girls’ teams for wining their relay heats. Thank you to Mr Soutar for his help on poolside, to all the parents who came to support and to all the amazing children for swimming so well and for showing such commitment and dedication to their swimming – we are all very proud of them. 

 ISA National Girls’ Hockey Tournament: Our Under 11 girls went to the Olympic Hockey stadium in Lee Valley for the annual National Girls’ Hockey Tournament. Congratulations to our team for achieving 2nd place in the Bowl Competition at this prestigious event. Rosemead won one match, drew two and lost two in the morning group-stage matches, which put us in the Bowl Competition in the afternoon. Improving with every match, we went on a winning streak beating Oakfield to get to the final. This was an arm wrestle of a match with Heywood Prep being kept at bay by some tenacious defending and audacious saves in goal by Rose. In the last minute of the game Hennie showed some fantastic individual skill and was one on one with the goalie but was denied by some superb goal keeping. The result was decided by penalties. Rose saved all but one of them, and when our girls bravely took their shots Heywood Prep goal keeper managed to keep a clean sheet, thereby winning the trophy. Our fantastic Rosemead team improved with every game and this is an amazing achievement. Player of the tournament – Hennie; special mention to goalkeeper, Rose. Thank you to our supporters and coaches for the day. 

Team: Hennie, Ida, Jackie, Lauren, Maisy, Millie, Morgan, Rose (goal keeper), Tayah (captain), Vanessa

MUSICAL NOTES

Success for Tania: Congratulations to Tania in her performance at the Beckenham Festival on Saturday gaining third place in the grade 4 piano category. She is performing there again this weekend – good luck, Tania.

TRAVEL UPDATE

Next week is Road Safety Week. Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road and each of these tragedies is preventable. This year the theme is “Step up for Safe Streets” and we are all being encouraged to learn about, shout about and celebrate the amazing design-led solutions that will allow us all to get around in safe and healthy ways, every day. https://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/our-theme

FUND RAISING

 School Council Charity: The committee were busy counting money today. They are delighted to announce that they will be sending £280 to support the work of the World Wildlife Fund. Thank you everyone who contributed.

 Movember: Mr Harrison and Mr Staplehurst are once again lending their support to this charity. Over the past 8 years Mr Harrison has helped to raise £1868 for this good cause. All donations gratefully received this year too.

 FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 Class Assemblies:

Thursday 28th November – 4L
Thursday 5th December – 5G

Parents are most welcome to attend.

RSA Mince Pies and Coffee Morning: Friday 29th November at the Pre-Prep.

RSA Cake Sales: Monday 9th December.

NEXT WEEK

May you all have an enjoyable weekend.

With my best wishes,
Lesley Kastoryano