Good afternoon,

This week began, as part of Anti-Bullying Week, with many children and adults wearing odd socks to show respect for differences. The children know that bullying is a choice and that at Rosemead we choose respect.

Highlights of the week are:

CONGRATULATIONS

We received the fantastic news that Tilly and Lydia (Year 6 leavers, 2018) were winners in the ISA National Art Competition. Tilly’s ‘So Surreal’ came first in the Key Stage 2 two-dimensional category. Lydia’s ‘Puppy Love’ was first in the Key Stage 2 drawing category and she received second place for ‘Pear’ in the Key Stage 2 textiles category.

 GENEROSITY

 Our theme next week is Generosity, but I thought that you might like to hear of some recent generous acts from the children. You may recall hearing about Scarlett’s (6I) fundraising for Save the Children. This week I received the news that Scarlett has managed to raise a grand total of £1,418 through the sale of her postcards and Just Giving page. The is a truly amazing achievement. There were further acts of generosity today. Daniel (4B) set up a stall in the Prep playground this afternoon to sell cakes and sweets for Children in Need – all Daniel’s idea, but he did enlist the help of his older sister and mum as bakers! If you were helping at one of the discos today you may have been served a hot drink and mince pie by Rose and Rose, Year 5 children, who thought that you deserved a little something whilst generously giving of your time. Again, their idea, thinking of others and also for Children in Need. The future is in good hands if we have citizens like these.

 SCHOOL COUNCIL

 The Committee would like to thank everyone for their support in their charity day. They have raised over £370 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Prep class reps will meet with the Committee on Thursday at 8 o’clock in the small dining room to hear the latest news.

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

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

 NEWS FROM PREP

 Year 5 Visit to Greenwich Royal Observatory: Year 5 discovered many interesting new facts when they visited the Royal Observatory. It was an excellent introduction to their Science topic on the Solar System. They were able to look at the stars in the Planetarium and find out about the different planets and see how small Earth really is in comparison. This was followed by a workshop on ‘Sun, Earth and Moon’, where they looked at models and found out about the different phases of the moon and why there is a full moon every 29.5 days. They also discovered why Leap Year is in February (because of the old calendar starting in March). The staff mentioned that on the 26th November there will be a landing on Mars which can be seen on the NASA website which is very exciting! The final part of the day was a visit to the Meridian Line (which is part of our Geography topic at the moment). It was a very successful day and we would like to thank the parents who were able to join us. The visit created a great interest in our topic.

 Year 6 Wellbeing Day: On Thursday Year 6 were involved in a Wellness Workshop. This term is a very busy one indeed for Year 6 as they prepare for their upcoming entrance examinations. The Wellness Workshop was an opportunity to remind themselves how happiness can be found in many different ways and how its effects can be so positive, allowing us to grow stronger as an individual. It was a great opportunity to learn about how our brains work, especially when exercised properly, and to think about who is there to guide and support us when we need help. We all have different strengths and talents and that is what we need to remember and use to achieve great things.

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

ON THE BALL

 ISA Regional Swimming Competition: Congratulations to our fantastic swimmers for competing so well at the ISA London South Swimming Gala on Sunday. Ten schools were competing in this gala with some of the most talented swimmers in the region. The afternoon started with the individual events. Our children did extremely well coming in the top three with Millie winning her breaststroke race and Alice winning her butterfly race. The freestyle relays proved to be even more exciting. All of our teams came in 1st or 2nd place with the Year 6 boys and girls teams finishing in 1st place. Congratulations to all of these swimmers for their continued hard work and the commitment they show in swimming. They all train so hard and truly deserve what they have achieved. We are all extremely proud of them. A special mention to Millie, Ned, Daniel, Ollie S, Tommy W, Elspeth, Indigo, Eloise and Alice B for qualifying for the National Finals where they will swim at the London Aquatic Centre on the 1st December. Thank you to Mr Williams and Mr Soutar for their help on poolside and also to all the parents for continued support and all they do to allow the children to compete at such a high level. We are truly thankful.

Year 6: Alice, Daniel, Eloise, Elspeth, Indigo, Ned, Ollie, Tommy
Year 5: Cian, Hennie, Jasmine, Maisy, Tayah
Year 4: Daniel, Emilie, Millie, Otto, Scarlett, Shay, Stanley, Yasmin

 Netball Coaching Session with Oakfield: Well done to our Year 3 netball team for demonstrating such fantastic skills against Oakfield on Monday afternoon. The children have progressed so well and we are all looking forward to their first competitive match later on in the year.

The team: Ada, Annabel W, Chelsy, Grace, Lyra, Persephone, Sorrel, Sylvie, Walter

 Years 5-6 Swimming Gala at St. Dunstan’s College: Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 swimmers for competing so well against St. Dunstan’s College on Tuesday evening. This was a non-scoring gala, however, our children did so well winning most of their induvial and relay events. These children train extremely hard in swim squad and have really progressed this year.

The team: Cian, Coco I, Coco K, Evie L, Evie N, Kohana, Luke, Maggie, Max H, Otto, Ralphie, Tayah

 Under 11 Football v St. David’s: The Under 11 football team had an away fixture against St. David’s Prep School on a beautiful, crisp Wednesday afternoon. St. David’s started off on the front foot and managed to grab an early goal, which meant that Rosemead were facing an uphill battle all game. The boys rallied well and responded with some great possession but were unable to create many clear cut chances, until the ball fell to Tommy on the edge of the area and he managed to fire it into the bottom corner. Then it was St. David’s turn to put the pressure on, and whilst their goal from a free kick was slightly fortunate, their overall play merited a goal. With the side 2-1 down at half time, the Rosemead boys showed great character and determination to keep going, basically dominating the entire second half. Theo McL scored a great volley from outside the area to level the scores, and with the momentum on our side it looked like we could seal a win. Unfortunately, it was not to be and the game ended in a draw, but it was a very thrilling and positive draw to be a part of.

The team: Emre, James, Jewell, Jimi, Kieran, Luke, Ned (goal keeper), Theo McL, Thomas L, Tommy.

 London League Swimming Gala: On Thursday, swimmers from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in the London League Swimming Gala at Dulwich College.

Year 3 team: Ada, Annabel, Chelsy, Daphne, Grace

These children were outstanding across all their events, coming 2nd in both relays. A special mention must go to Daphne who romped home to victory in the butterfly by a good couple of lengths from her nearest challenger.

Year 4 team: Daniel, Emilie, Millie, Olly, Otto, Posy, Scarlett, Shay, Stanley, Yasmin

All competed well throughout. The Year 4 team’s standout performance came in the breaststroke where both Millie and Yasmin won their races.

Year 5 team: Cian, Emre, Hennie, Jasmine, Maggie, Maisy, Ronnie, Tayah

All swam well in a very competitive Year 5 field from the other schools. Again, breaststroke was their gala highlight with Hennie and Jasmine coming 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Year 6 team: Alice, Coco, Daniel, Elspeth, Indigo, Ned, Ollie, Tommy

These children had an excellent afternoon of swimming. Tommy set the standard for the team with two back to back 2nd places in the backstroke and in the individual medley where he was just pipped at the finish. Indigo in the breaststroke, Ned in the butterfly, Ollie in the freestyle and Daniel in the freestyle all claimed 2nd place finishes. The individual performance of the afternoon however went to Alice who stormed to victory in the butterfly looking a class above the rest of the field. Then came the team performance of the afternoon in the Year 6 medley relay where Indigo, Tommy, Ollie and Alice came 1st and displayed how strong each of them is in their individual strokes with the team leading the whole way through the race.

We are still awaiting the overall results of the gala but every single swimmer can be proud of their efforts and achievements.

 ISA London South Under 11 Football Championships: Another success for Rosemead this afternoon. Congratulations to the team for coming second and getting through to the National Finals. A full report will be in next week’s newsletter.

 MUSICAL NOTES

 Music Examinations: Children who are taking an ABRSM music examination on Tuesday 4th December have today received their time for their examination. Some are after school, but those children are welcome to stay with Mrs Holmes until their examination slot. Instrumentalists who need an accompaniment will have their rehearsal with the accompanist on Tuesday 27th November.

TRAVEL UPDATE

 Road Safety Week: Bike Smart is the message at the heart of this year’s Road Safety Week, focusing on the safety of those on two wheels. Taking place between 19–25th November and coordinated by Brake, Road Safety Week seeks to raise public awareness over road safety, acting as the driver for positive change on our roads.

 LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

 Love West Dulwich Christmas Fair: Saturday 24th November
Location: Park Hall, Croxted and Rosendale Roads. Time: 11.00am-4.00pm

St Barnabas Village Hall Craft Market: Saturday 24th November
Visit over 50 independent traders selling the best in handmade crafts. Free entry. Location: St Barnabas Village Hall, Dulwich Village. Time: 11.00am-4.00pm

Concordia Chamber Choir – The Glory of Baroque: Saturday 24th November
Visit: www.concordiachamberchoir.co.uk  for details and tickets £13; £14 on the door Location: All Saints’ Church, Lovelace Road. Time: 7.30pm

Dulwich College Christmas Fair: Sunday 25th November
Location: Dulwich College. Time: 11.30am-4.30pm

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 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 26th November – Mrs Angela Drew, Headmistress of Bromley High School
Monday 3rd December – Mr Alasdair Kennedy, Headmaster of Trinity School

 NEXT WEEK

On Monday Mr Sameer Tanna, Head of Lower School at Dulwich College will deliver assembly. Parents are most welcome to join Mr Soutar and Mr Tanna afterwards for coffee.

Wishing good luck to the children who, as part of the LAMDA programme, are performing in the Beckenham Festival tomorrow.

Have a lovely weekend.

 With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano