The final week of this half term has been a busy one. Highlights of the week are:
NEWS FROM PRE-PREP
School Council Representatives: The Year 2 class representatives were announced in assembly this week. They are: Alexandros, Ksenija, Leo and Phoebe T. They very much enjoyed attending their first meeting at the Prep yesterday and are looking forward to canvassing the opinions of the children at the Pre-Prep.
Harvest Festivals: It has been a week of harvest celebrations, beginning with Nursery on Wednesday morning and followed by Reception, and a finale with KS1 on Friday afternoon. Each was a joyful celebration of song, poetry, story and music. The children performed so well; many only joined us a month ago. Thank you for attending the assemblies and for your generous donations of food for the Salvation Army and toiletries for St Christopher’s Hospice.
House Points: This week Blyton gained 3 house points, Forester gained 5 house points, Shackleton gained 1 house points and Shelton gained 3 house points. Congratulations Forester.
NEWS FROM PREP
PGL: On Monday Year 5 set off for an activity holiday for three days at PGL in Liddington. There were lots of team building activities such as raft building and the Giant Swing. The children tested their skills in archery, fencing, climbing and abseiling. Everyone came away feeling proud of these newly acquired accomplishments; they certainly had a fantastic time. Thank you to all the staff who accompanied them: Mrs Grant, Mrs White, Miss Stevens, Mr Soutar, Mr Rowlands and Miss Pizzacalla.
Harvest Festival: Growing up in a city it is vital that our children understand the place of harvest in their world. The children and the very many of you who were able to join us certainly seemed to appreciate this coming together. Thank you to the Harvest Assembly band: Jazzy on trumpet, Gabe percussion, Mr Staplehurst bass guitar, Mrs Holmes keys, but a special gratitude to Felix who stepped in at very short notice to learn the drum part magnificently. Afterwards, Florence, Jack, Luke and Zishan accompanied me to the Uplands Care Home with the delivery of fresh produce. We were introduced to some of the residents and everyone was most appreciative of our visit and the food.
ON THE BALL
Years 3-6 London League Swimming Gala: Last Thursday swimmers from our junior and senior swim squads competed in the London League Swimming Gala at Dulwich College. We had been drawn in a strong group alongside the hosts Dulwich College, Dulwich Prep, Thomas’ Battersea, Garden House and Wilmington.
The Year 3s performed well in their first ever swimming gala, which can be a very daunting experience with the number of spectators and noise involved. The standout performance from them was Bella who came 2nd in the butterfly.
The Year 4s had our best results as a collective team in the evening with Alex and Chelsy coming 1st in the backstroke and butterfly respectively, Grace and Daphne finishing 2nd in their events of breaststroke and butterfly and Ada picked up 3rd place in her backstroke event. Grace also swam in one of the Year 5 butterfly races and came 1st which was a tremendous achievement against children a year older than her. They also competed strongly in the relays with a 2nd place finish in both the medley and freestyle.
The Year 5 team showed great resilience and courage in their races against very strong opposition. Shay clinched a 3rd place in the breaststroke whilst the medley relay team also claimed 3rd. A special mention must go to Millie who won her breaststroke race and who also came in a very close 4th place in the individual medley against the strongest five Year 6 boys from the other schools swimming.
The Year 6 team battled hard against the strongest year groups of the other schools. They were unlucky not to claim any podium places, but they led by example in both their efforts and behaviour around the pool, being great role models to the rest of the Rosemead team.
Unfortunately we did not manage to qualify for the next round of the competition with only the top two schools going through.
Thank you to Mr Williams for his efforts as our timekeeper for the event.
Year 3 Team: Bella, Freyja, Parisa, Walter
Year 4 Team: Ada, Alex, Annabel, Chelsy, Daphne, Grace, Jack, Joel
Year 5 Team: Daniel, Emilie, Millie, Olly, Posy, Quben, Shay
Year 6 Team: Cian, Emre, Felix, Hennie, Maisy, Max, Ronnie, Tayah
Under 11 Football v Blackheath and Oakfield: On Friday 11th October the Under 11 football team travelled to Blackheath Prep School to take on a double header against them and St. Paul’s. After the previous positive result against Alleyn’s, expectations were high that the boys could repeat their performance and top their group in the SE London League.
Unfortunately in the first match we came up against a spirited Blackheath team who took the initiative and continued to put us under pressure, finally winning the match 5-2. Goalkeeper Jack played really well despite the score. In the second game against St. Paul’s the team was determined to bounce back from their earlier disappointment. Great work by Shay and Jewell in midfield led the team to a 4-1 win, with much better play and passing from the whole team.
The team: Emre, Felix, Jack, Jewell, Jimi, Luke (captain), Shay, Thomas
Orchestral Day: At 7.30am on Thursday 10th October, Rosemead Orchestra comprising of 13 young musicians along with Mr Soutar, Mrs Holmes and Mr Staplehurst travelled to Downe House School, Thatcham, Berkshire for a Movie Themed Orchestral Day. Rosemead were joined by 22 other Prep schools as well as Downe House Senior School which amounted to 322 young musicians making up one huge orchestra. The fantastic repertoire was as one orchestra and in sectionals too. The music staff had an interesting conference where ideas were shared and this was followed by a delicious lunch. More playing ensued with a concluding concert and afternoon tea. They arrived back at Rosemead at 8.00pm, tired but inspired. Congratulations to all musicians:
Violin – Lauren, Luke, Lyra, Sachin, Sophie, Yasmin, Zishan
Viola – Tania
‘Cello – Amba, Annabel, Mrs Holmes
Clarinet – Florence
Trumpet – Jasmin, Thomas, Mr Staplehurst
Music Examinations: ABRSM – Tuesday 3rd December between 9.00-12.00.
Trinity Music – Thursday 5th December from 3.20pm.
LAMDA: A large number of children performed at the Beckenham Festival on Saturday. All the children received excellent results. Congratulations to the following children who are medal winners:
Years 5-6 Reading class
1st place Gold – Morgan
2nd place Silver – Scarlett and Mya
3rd place Bronze – Michael R and Tania
Years 5-6 Verse Speaking – group A
1st place Gold – Caitlin
2nd place Silver – Anoushka
3rd place Bronze – Jimi and Poppy
Years 5-6 Verse Speaking – group B
1st place Gold – Shay
2nd place Silver – Ida
3rd place Bronze – Archie and Olly
Years 3-4 Verse Speaking
1st place Gold – Chelsy
2nd place Silver – Persephone
3rd place Bronze – Seb G and Freyja
WWF: On Thursday the School Council Reps voted to support World Wildlife Fund for Nature for their first fund raising event of the school year. This will take place on Friday 15th November – children will be able to wear non-uniform clothes in exchange for a minimum £1 donation.
GOSH: Congratulations to Felix for successfully completing RBC Race for Kids 2019 for GOSH. He beat his target by completing the 5K race in 27 minutes, 22 seconds. Felix battled tough going in the rain and was justifiably proud of himself. He has now raised over £3000 over the three races for Great Ormond Street Hospital. It is not too late if anyone would like to donate, even the smallest amount makes a difference.
Cauliflower Cards: We hope your children will be participating in the Cauliflower Cards this year, the deadline for which is Monday 4th November. Please return all forms to Pre-Prep and Prep reception by this day and payments should be made online directly to Cauliflower Cards, the details of which can be found on the form sent home via the children.
RSA Coffee Mornings: The RSA would love to see some new faces at the meetings so please do join if you are keen to get involved.
Friday 8th November – cancelled.
Friday 15th November at 9am in Pre-Prep.
Friday 29th November at the Pre-Prep. As this is close to the festive season, mince pies will be served.
Children’s Disco: Please save the date of Friday 15th November for the children’s disco. Tickets will be on sale in the Prep and Pre-Prep playgrounds the week of the disco at £4 each. Volunteers during your child’s slot would be much appreciated. Please email Sarah Arnstein if you are able to help out.
Otto, 5G took part in a duathlon between London and the South East on Sunday. Otto was part of the London team in the Tristar 1 category (Years 5 and 6). He had a great race, finishing 7th out of 14 boys and his team won their category. Congratulation to Otto on this huge achievement in a challenging event.
LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
Senior School Transfer: Royal Russell bespoke Open Morning for Rosemead parents takes place on Wednesday 13th November and the timings are as follows:
9.30am Parents arrive at main reception (coffee and pastries in the Conference Room).
9.45am Headmaster’s welcome and Introduction to Royal Russell.
9.50am 1 Hour tour of Senior School with pupil guides.
10.50am Final Q&A with the Headmaster and other Senior Staff.
11.15am Parents depart.
Please contact Mrs Stewart before 5th November to make these arrangements for you. Kindly note children should not accompany you on this visit.
FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Remembrance Service: Our annual service will be held on Monday 11th November at the Pre-Prep. All families are most welcome to join.
Class Assemblies: The following class assemblies take place this term;
Thursday 21st November – 4B
Thursday 28th November – 4L
Thursday 5th December – 5G
Parents are most welcome to attend.
Year 5 Senior School Transfer Meetings: If you have not booked your appointment please do so as soon as possible for the Spring term.
WEEK BEGINNING 4TH NOVEMBER
Rosemead Prayer Group: This parental group will hold their first meeting this term in the Prep small dining room on Friday 8th November straight after the morning drop off. For more information please contact Chinelo Etiaba on 07952563822.
RSA Social Event: Following the success of last year’s 75th Anniversary Summer Party at the Rivoli Ballrooms the RSA have arranged another night out on Saturday 9th November, 7.30pm ‘til late at The Rivoli Ballroom. Ticket price – £35 per person or early bird ticket price £30 per person, book and pay online by Friday 25th October to take advantage of this offer. This event is open to all parents in the school, staff, alumni parents and friends – the more the merrier so please spread the word! Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the committee.
Have a lovely half term break.
With my best wishes,