Good afternoon,

Everyone was looking forward to seeing the biennial Children’s Art Exhibition and we were not disappointed. The diversity of work never ceases to amaze, whilst the talent of some young artists delighted our senses.

Other highlights of the week are:

 NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

Artist visiting Year 2: On Monday Year 2 spent the day being inspired by artist Celina Garcia-Leoni. She taught the children how to make aliens out of recycled materials, plasticine and found objects. The children produced outstanding and highly original sculptures, which then went on to become short animations. The combination of technology and ‘junk’ made for some exciting and creative thinking. Thank you to Miss Leoni-Garcia for giving Year 2 an unforgettable art day.

Year 1 visit to Parade Mews Pottery: On Monday Year 1 went to Parade Mews Pottery Studio. They made rocket ships as they have been learning about different explorers, including Neil Armstrong and his journey to the moon. The children really enjoyed learning new skills and techniques when working with clay. To make the wings the children cut out triangles of clay using tools and attached them to the body of their rocket using slurry and a cross hatching technique.

Reception visit to Parade Mews Pottery: On Thursday both classes visited the Parade Mews Pottery in Tulse Hill.  Each made a Mr Man or a Little Miss clay figure. All of the children were impeccably behaved and thoroughly enjoyed their visit.  We are looking forward to seeing the finished products once they have been fired.

 1Z Class Assembly: On Tuesday the children of 1Z went back in time in their Class Assembly to see what it was like to be a child in Victorian times. Their teacher was very strict and life at school did not include fun! There was complete agreement that school in today’s world is far better. Thank you to the children of 1Z and to Miss Zaleski and Mrs Lenz.

 2E Class Assembly: On Wednesday it was the turn of the children of 2E to present their Class Assembly to their parents in the Prep hall. They were looking ahead to life in Year 3 and had filmed interviews with the present Year 3 teachers and pupils. They questioned them about the work, the playtimes and the visits. Film of lunch at the Prep also featured, and the assembly ended with a song. Thank you to the children of 2E and to Miss Evans.

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

 NEWS FROM PREP

 Mathematics Quiz: On Tuesday Jimi, Emre, Theo D and Jack M headed off down the A3 to Danes Hill Prep School to compete in a Maths Quiz. The event was both thrilling and nerve-wracking with a challenging mental maths round followed by a brain-bending problem-solving round. The team performed very well against tough competition in our first participation in this event.

 4W Class assembly: On Thursday 4W delivered a charming assembly where they gave everyone a taste of a typical day in their class. The children’s poems, beautifully read by the young poets, relating to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ were especially delightful as they truly captured the topsy turvy world of Alice. Some audience participation resulted in house tokens for those able to answer correctly in the geography quiz. Congratulations to 4W and their teacher, Miss Webster.

 Year 5 Yoga: This week, as part of their Wellness programme, 5G and 5B went down to the hall at the Pre-Prep for a yoga lesson with Mrs O’Mahoney. They were shown some of the main poses and enjoyed stretching and discovering how to relax and to feel calm. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the next lesson. 5W will have their lessons after half term.

 Year 5 visit to Horton Kirby: Year 5 had a very successful and informative day on Thursday when they went on a geography field trip to Horton Kirby Environmental Education Centre. They investigated and measured the river flow and found out how the River Darent was formed. The children were able to discover for themselves how erosion occurs and why certain parts of the river flow more quickly. They had more hands-on activities after lunch and looked at flooding and ways to prevent this. The visit has developed their understanding of our topic on Water immensely. We would like to thank the parent helpers on this visit.

ON THE BALL

 Year 6 Cycling Proficiency: Fortunately, the weather could not have been any more different form the monsoonal downpour of last week’s PGL. The children spent the week learning the valuable skills to navigate the busy London roads. An added benefit was having a great time in the beautiful sunshine with their friends.

 Year 3 Cricket v Oakfield: On Monday our Year 3s played a couple of mini matches alongside friendly rivals Oakfield. We mixed the teams so that they would be all together in a competitive but fun manner. Everyone got to bowl, bat and field and hopefully may have even made a new friend along the way.

 Girls’ Cricket at JAPS: Rosemead Purple team 276 – JAPS A 275

Purple team: Bea, Eloise, Eva M, Hattie, Hennie, Inaaya (captain), Jessica K, Jessica N, Mia, Noor-Bano (vice-captain), Rose.

Inaaya led her side to victory in our first girls’ cricket match of the year. Hennie top scored with the bat. JAPS’ turn to bat saw them beating us in the last over until some tidy bowling from captain Inaaya and a great catch from Rose meant we won by 1 run. JAPS awarded the player of the match to Hennie.

Rosemead Black team 222 – JAPS B 246

Black team: Coco K, Daisy, Eva P-A, Evie, Georgie, Jenny, Jessica W, Izzy, Maisy, Zara, For most of these girls it was their first competitive match. They were especially solid in the field where Maisy took the most wickets, getting five great catches. JAPS were the ultimate winners due to our gung-ho running, which cost us wickets and runs. A steep learning curve but a fun one. JAPS awarded the player of the match to Jenny.

 Pre-Prep Swimming Gala: On Thursday afternoon we held the first ever Key Stage 1 swimming gala at JAGS pool. All the children in Year 1 and 2 took part in a front crawl race, a back crawl race and a relay race. The behaviour on poolside was impeccable, the sportsmanship in the water was excellent, and the level of enjoyment and fun was high. The children earned points for their house in each race with Forester winning the brand new cup at the end of the event. Thank you to all the parents who came and supported. A big thank you to the sports department, in particular Mr Rowlands who organised this event.

 Prep Swimming Gala: Report to follow.

MUSICAL NOTES

 Electric Fusion Band: The Electric Fusion Band performed a most impressive medley of James Bond Theme tunes at the Dulwich Festival. Our flagship, unique band directed by Mr Staplehurst is always the highlight of the Dulwich Festival Youth Concert and this year perhaps even topped that! There are thirteen children in the band playing at a very high level; Ceci, Coco I, Elspeth, Evie L, Evie N, Georgie, Hattie, Indigo, Jazzy, Matilda, Ollie, Petra and William – congratulations! Thank you Mr Staplehurst and Mrs Holmes.

Gentle reminder: All individual private music fees should have reached the respective teachers by Friday 17th May.

TRAVEL UPDATE

Walk to School Week runs from Monday 20th – Friday 24th May. Check out the parents and carers page for tips and tricks on how to get walking more.

LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

 Dulwich Park Fair – Sunday 19th May, 12-5pm. To conclude the Dulwich Festival, this free event includes a Fun Fair, Vauxhall City Farm, Punch and Judy, Magician, interactive performances and a dog show. The stage by the café will feature local musicians, brass bands, choirs and dance acts of all ages. There is, as always, a huge variety of food, craft, drink and charity stalls. This is a family event that has a wonderful atmosphere enjoyed by large numbers of local people. Amigo’s Magic Shows (Simon who runs the Prep Magic club) are 1pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm and will be about 30 minutes each.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Celebrations of Success:

Thursday 27th June, 09.15 – EYFS (Reception and Nursery)
Friday 28th June, 09.15 – Years 1-2
Wednesday 3rd July, 09.15 – Pre-nursery
Saturday 6th July, 10.30 – Years 3-4
Saturday 6th July, 13.30 – Years 5-6

Key Sporting Fixture:

Friday 14th June – Whole School Sports Day

RSA Key Events:

Saturday 22nd June – Summer Fair, 12.00-14.30
Monday 1st July – Cake Sales, 15.30

 NEXT WEEK

We look forward to seeing many of you on Monday, 18.30 at the Prep for ‘An insight into digital learning at Rosemead’. This evening will give you the opportunity to find out more about how computing is taught, as well as an online safety talk by Karl Hopwood. Open to all parents of children from Nursery to Year 6.

On Thursday the Senior School Transfer evening, with over 20 schools attending, is open to parents of children in Years 4-5.

Come rain or shine – have a pleasant weekend.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano