Good afternoon,

The end of the first half term has arrived. All of the children have made marvelous achievements in their own way. Our youngest joiners in Nursery and Reception have settled well and as have those who joined us in Year 1 and Year 2. Children who began the Prep in September have forged new friendships and become more independent. The Year 6 children are working diligently to prepare for their chosen senior school examinations and interviews, indeed some have already taken their first examinations and others have attended their first interview. Some children have tried new clubs and surprised themselves in finding a hidden talent or enjoying something which they had never imagined that they would, be it sport, music, art or even magic!

Highlights of the week are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

 Reception visit to Chessington Zoo: The Reception children had a fantastic day – as did the adults! Highlights included the magical Gruffalo Ride, the big cats in the zoo, the aquarium and the Dragon’s Playhouse. In the workshop they enjoyed meeting a giant African land snail. The children all behaved beautifully and the staff were very proud of them. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied this visit.

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

 NEWS FROM PREP

 Author visit for Years 5 and 6: On Wednesday Adam Baron, author of ‘Boy Underwater’, visited Years 5 and 6. His fun and enthusiastic talk certainly inspired the creativity and imagination amongst those who watched and listened, as together they created a very unique prequel to the much-loved story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears! A talk that may have inspired our next generation of authors.

 Elijah’s Grandfather visits Year 3: On Friday afternoon, Year 3 were very fortunate as they were given a talk by Elijah’s grandfather. He told them all about his adventures as a mudlark. The children were able to witness and touch some incredible Roman treasures and other objects that he has collected over the years. We would like to thank him for giving up his time to come and talk to us. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a great deal. Do not be surprised if the children start asking about metal detectors!

 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.

ON THE BALL

 Cross Country: On Friday 12th October Rosemead hosted our 2nd annual Cross Country competition. Seven schools were involved from Dulwich and the surrounding area – Dulwich Hamlet, Oakfield, Sydenham High, Alleyn’s, Wandsworth, Eaton House and Rosemead. This amounted to around 360 children competing throughout the afternoon, from Years 3-6; Rosemead entered over 60 children. The afternoon started with the Year 3 boys and our first win of what would be an amazingly successful day. Joshua N came 1st and Alex T 3rd.  In the Year 3 girls race Grace was 2nd and Sylvie 3rd.  For Year 4 boys, Otto won his race and Shay came a very close 2nd.  The Year 4 girls ran well against strong competition, narrowly missing one of the first three places. In the Year 5 boys’ team James K came 2nd and in the girls’ team Jasmin M, beating her twin sister from Alleyn’s, came 1st whilst Tayah came 3rd.  For the Year 6 boys, Ollie S came in 3rd place.  The last race of the day was the Year 6 girls, here Jessica K came 2nd. We concluded the event with 3 gold medallists, 4 silver medallists and 4 receiving bronze. Rosemead were the overall winners of this massively competitive day with a comparatively comfortable win as we had nearly double the points of the second placed team Oakfield, with Hamlet coming in third position. This was a wonderful achievement for our amazing young athletes. The children have trained hard throughout the year and should be extremely proud of this result. Thank you to our fantastic running coach Una English, and to Mrs Lawley for all her help and support in the training sessions and events, also to Mr Gallagher for all of his work with the scoring. The success of the event for all participants is due to the meticulous organisation of the Sports Department. Thank you to everyone who helped during the day. Congratulations runners!

 Under 8 Football v Oakfield: On Monday Year 3 played football against Oakfield.

Purple team: Affan, Arthur, Charlie, Eliot, Lauchie, Luca, Sebastian.
Black team: Alex, Atti, Charlie, Elijah, Rhys, Sylvie, Veeraj.
White team: Avery, Jack, James M, Joel, Joshua, Niko.

All three matches were very exciting and showcased a good Year 3 group of footballers.

The Purple team had a fantastic 4-1 win against a competitive Oakfield side. The game was played at a furious pace. Lauchie got a hat trick and Charlie completed the scoring, with the whole team putting together some great passing moves.

The Black team won their first match 2-0; Veeraj scoring both goals. They also won the second match 5-0; Rhys netting two, Elija, Sylvie and Atti also scoring.

The White team won their first match; James and Josh both scoring. They lost their other match, although it was a close game and almost levelled with a late goal by Joshua.

A great result and atmosphere. Thank you if you were there offering support and cheering from the sidelines. 

Year 3 Netball Skills Session: On Monday afternoon our Year 3 netballers travelled to St. Dunstan’s College for a friendly training session. The children integrated well with their St Dunstan’s counterparts and enjoyed the chance to train with different children in a new setting. They looked to improve on what they have been developing so far this term, taking part in passing, possession and shooting practices. The afternoon was a great success for all those involved.

 Alleyn’s Under 9 Football Tournament: On Tuesday Year 4 footballers went to the annual Alleyn’s tournament. We played Alleyn’s in our first match. We were 3-1 up at one stage, but had to settle for a draw at the end. Shay scored two goals, Rafa also scored. Player of the match – Max. Our second match was against St. Paul’s and we narrowly lost this 2-1 after Nicholas levelled the scores early in the second half. Player of the match – Daniel. Our third match was an emphatic win against Blackheath with Shay scoring twice, Otto also getting two and Rafa netting one. Player of the match – Shay. Our last match we lost 4-1 against the eventual winners, Dulwich Hamlet. The highlight of this game was Nicholas’ fantastic strike from long range. Player of the match – Nicholas. As a result, we came 3rd in a group of very skilful footballers. This Year 4 team is a very strong unit who already look like a team who work hard for each other! Thank you to Mrs Carval for being the assistant coach and to our parents who cheered so loudly from the sidelines.

The squad: Daniel, Max Mo, Nicholas, Otto, Quben, Rafa, Shay, Sonny.

Alleyn’s Under 11 Girls’ Football Tournament: On Wednesday afternoon our Under 11 girls’ team attended the Alleyn’s School Girls’ 7-a-side Football Festival. In our first game we faced the strong hosts Alleyn’s and pulled off an amazing 2-0 win giving the girls confidence going forward. Next, we came up against JAPS and battled to a 1-1 draw. We were able to bounce back immediately in our next game against Blackheath, with a 2-1 win, in our best performance of the day. In our final game against Dulwich Hamlet we were looking to win and therefore the tournament. We dominated the game but unfortunately, we just could not find the back of the net in game that finished goalless. This result meant we achieved 8 points finishing runners up and just one point behind the winners, Blackheath. The girls can be tremendously proud of their efforts and were incredibly unlucky not to come away as winners.

The squad: Bea, Coco I, Eloise, Elspeth, Eva M, Evie L, Georgie, Hennie, Jessica K, Rose M.

 Under 10 Football v Oakfield Dulwich Hamlet: On Thursday we hosted two football matches. We played Dulwich Hamlet A team first and were deadly with intent and purpose from the outset, beating them 6-0. Jimi scored a hat-trick, Emre two and a goal each from Thomas and Jewell. Player of the match – Jimi. Our second match was against Oakfield, which we won 5-0. Goal scorers: Jimi, Jewel, Emre, Zishan and Luke. Player of the match – Thomas.

The Purple team: Emre, Jack (goal keeper), James, Jewell, Jimi, Luke C, Max A, Thomas, Zishan.

The Black team played their first match against Dulwich Hamlet B team. This was a very tight affair to begin with, however, we gained confidence and started to assert our authority. We ultimately won 4-0 with Zain scoring a hat-trick and Gabriel getting a goal too. Player of the match – Zain. The second game was against Hamlet A and, coming off our previous victory, the boys were full of confidence and energy. We beat them 2-1. A great disciplined performance from all involved showing a great amount of tenacity and skill. Player of this match was Cian.

The Black team: Cian (goal keeper) Felix, Gabriel, Hassan, Max H, Ronnie, Salim, Zain.

A huge thanks to all of our parents who supported so vocally and to Mrs Lenz who was our very able assistant coach.

Under 10 Netball v Oakfield: On Thursday we hosted two netball matches.

The Yellow team: Anoushka, Florence, Hennie, Iris, Maisy, Poppy, Rose M.

The Pink team: Jasmin M, Karoline, Maggie, Scarlett K, Sophie, Tilly D, Violet.

Both teams were on a high from their experience at St. Dunstan’s the previous week. The Yellow team beat Oakfield. Rosemead was all over the court, scoring freely. Hennie scored six goals and Maisy also got a goal. Player of the match, awarded by Oakfield, was Rose M, who was in our defensive unit showing the depth we had all over the court.

The Pink team also won their game. Tilly scored three and Scarlett also scored a goal. Final score 4-2. A great team effort with Jasmin all over the court intercepting and Maggie a rock in defence. Player of the match, awarded by Oakfield, was Maggie. Congratulations Rosemead.

 MUSICAL NOTES

 Boys’ Choir: The Prep Celebration Assembly began with Mr Soutar’s newly formed boys’ choir singing the autumnally apt, Conkers! This was their first performance in front of an audience; an experience which they appeared to enjoy and one which was much appreciated by their audience. I am sure that this is a singing group which will grow in numbers and confidence. Congratulations to the boys, and I am sure that they will be delighting us later in the term with new songs.

Music Examinations: The ABRSM music examinations will be on Tuesday 4th December, timings to be confirmed, and the Trinity Rock and Pop Singing Examinations will be on Monday 10th December.

 UNIFORM

 All children must return to school wearing winter uniform, which is listed on the parent intranet. You will notice that the girls have a new pinafore. This is not compulsory if the older style still fits. Please label everything!

 TRAVEL UPDATE

 Travel Plan: Yesterday the Department for Transport announced a major review of the Highway Code which will prioritise the safety of people on foot and cycle. This is a big victory for active travel, and presents us with a solid opportunity to make our roads safer for everyone. For more information from Living Streets: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/blog/highway-code-review

 Parking: Sadly, we have received information from our neighbours of yet more thoughtless parking. I know that most parents do not do this and for you it is becoming increasingly irksome to see regular offenders park without due regard for anyone else, as it is for the school. Please allow a little additional time if you are travelling to school by car so that you can park further away and walk. We know that photographs have been taken and registration numbers logged by members of the public who may decide to take these to the authorities.

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 19th November – Dr Joe Spence, Headmaster of Dulwich College
Monday 26th November – Mrs Angela Drew, Headmistress of Bromley High School
Monday 3rd December – Mr Alasdair Kennedy, Headmaster of Trinity School

Class Assemblies: Parents are welcome to attend.

Thursday 22nd November – 5G
Thursday 29th November – 5B
Thursday 6th December – 5W

 WEEK BEGINNING 5th NOVEMBER

 On Monday 5th November Mr Nick Hewlett, Headmaster of St. Dunstan’s College will deliver assembly. Parents are most welcome to join afterwards for coffee with Mr Soutar and Mr Hewlett.

Thursday 8th November we will hold our Remembrance Service in the Pre-Prep playground. All welcome to join us at 10.45.

 Have a wonderful time whatever you do with the children over the half term break.

 With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano