Good afternoon,

Welcome back to the first full week of term.

On Thursday evening we held our first Rosemead Lates, Cathy Newman In Conversation. Cathy, current parent, was in conversation with Fiona Gorman, from The Times and former Rosemead parent. Conversation ranged from Cathy’s reasons for writing her first book ‘Bloody Brilliant Women’ and why many women who made history remain relatively unknown to this day, to her commitment to mentoring young women, the #MeToo movement and a question about Jon Snow’s socks! We are open to suggestions for future events; please contact Mrs Lock, who we thank for arranging this inaugural event.

Highlights of the week are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

Years 1-2 visit to Polka Theatre: Today the children of Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a visit to the theatre to see ‘The Wind in the Willows’. The production was loved by all, including the small number of ‘scary’ moments! It was hugely interactive with characters making their way up the aisles through the audience. The highlight at the end was the snow (foam) being squirted into the audience. The children behaved beautifully throughout the visit. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied this visit.

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

3B Class Assembly: Congratulations to 3B and Mrs Beadle for a wonderful assembly about the Romans. The children’s passion and knowledge of the topic was evident throughout. It certainly did manage to persuade Mr Soutar and I that Year 3 should keep Roman Day. After all their efforts and gaining unanimous backing from their audience, the result was a forgone conclusion. If MPs in Westminster need help with Brexit they should speak to 3B!

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

ON THE BALL

Under 8 Tag Rugby v Oakfield: On Monday Year 3 boys and girls played their first tag rugby match against Oakfield. We fielded 3 teams.

In the Black team were: Affan, Alex T, Arthur, Charlie P, James M and Henry. We drew this 12-12 with Charlie and James scoring a brace each and Arthur and Alex also scoring.

In the Purple team were: Ati, Avery, Jack L, Seb and Sylvie. We dominated this one 6-0 with Jack scoring freely; Sylvie and Ati also getting a try.

The White team consisted of: Eliot, Joel, Kyran, Luca and Oscar. Eliot scored the majority of the tries through some quick and nifty running.

All three teams developed their skills and gameplay throughout the matches with progress after just one fixture being clearly evident.

Under 11 Hockey v Dulwich Hamlet: On Tuesday our hockey club squad played a set of round robin matches against Dulwich Hamlet at Elmgreen School.

Hockey Captain Petra and Vice-Captains Eva and Ralphie marshalled their troops which comprised: Ceci, Cian, Eloise, Felix, George, Hennie, Jenny, Jewell, Lauren, Luke C, Luke T, Maisy, Maria, Max H, Otto N, Petra, Rafferty, Rose M, Scarlett B, Scarlett K, Theo Mc, Thomas L, Tommy W and Zain.

We fielded 4 teams whilst Hamlet had an A and a B team, with all teams playing each other. Their As won on the day just edging out our red team who came a very close second. Every team played with great skill and tenacity and a fantastic afternoon of competitive hockey was had by all.

MUSICAL NOTES

Music Examinations: Congratulations to over 30 children who took ABRSM and Trinity music examinations last term. Certificates and marksheets were given out in assembly today.

Ts&Cs: A little reminder to parents whose children learn individual instruments, to please send the signed terms and conditions agreement back to school.

Ukulele at Pre-Prep: We have a few more spaces for this fun, musical club where children learn to play the ukulele together. It takes place at lunchtime on Wednesday. Any children from Years 1 or 2 are welcome to join. They will need their own ukulele which can be purchased through Mrs Holmes or bought at any music shop.

STAFF NEWS

Congratulations to Ms King and her partner on the birth of a beautiful baby boy called Noah, born last Friday. All are doing well and settling into new baby routines.

LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

Parkrun: Free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

Dulwich parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9:00am.

Other parkruns nearby: Peckham Rye, Brockwell, Crystal Palace, Hilly Fields, Burgess, Tooting Common, Catford, Clapham Common, South Norwood, Beckenham Place.

Brockwell Junior Parkrun takes place every week on a Sunday at 9:00am and is run over 2k.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Visiting Heads of Senior Schools: Monday 28th January ­– Mrs Katherine Woodcock, Headmistress of Sydenham High School

 Class Assemblies:

Thursday 31st January – 3M
Thursday 28th February – 3R
Thursday 7th March – 4G
Thursday 14th March – 4B
Wednesday 20th March – Nursery

FoodBank Week: Monday 11th February- Friday 15th February
What a Knight!: Years 3-4 Production; Thursday 14th February 14.00-15.30 and 18.00-19.30

With my best wishes,
Lesley Kastoryano

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