Good afternoon,

This has been a glorious week in so many ways. Highlights of the week are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

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

NEWS FROM PREP

History Detectives: During half-term, Rosemead History Detectives and their families went on a special guided tour at the Imperial War Museum. After touring the First World War galleries, they went into the schoolroom for an artefact-handling session, including First World War helmets, and children’s comics from that time.

Young Shakespeare Company visit Years 5-6: ‘To be, or not to be: that is the question.’

Years 5 and 6 would like to thank once again the YSCo for bringing Shakespeare to life and retelling the story of Hamlet. It was a fantastically dramatic start to the day, that certainly engaged a very captivated audience. Audience participation was of course greatly encouraged, with many of our children joining the cast of actors to play their part as well as creating special sound effects. Although it all ended rather tragically, with some even in tears, I think we can say that it was a resounding success and the story of Hamlet will continue living on!

 3R Class Assembly: Thursday started with a fabulous class assembly, courtesy of 3R; congratulations to them and their teacher, Mrs Rautenbach for this spectacle. The children gave us a sample of some of the work that they have been doing this term, which included the witches from Macbeth and Jack and the Beanstalk; an interesting combination, all beautifully linked with first class acting, singing, rapping and dancing. 3R are the gift that just keeps giving as all the audience participated in a lucky dip as they left the hall. 25 lucky children unwrapped a ‘magic bean’. Theo L, 6L very graciously offered me his; said bean is duly planted, I await the ‘magic’!

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

ON THE BALL

Under 10 Netball v JAPS: On Monday Year 5 girls enjoyed a netball match with JAPS.

The Red team: Florence, Hennie, Iris, Maisy, Poppy, Rose M, Scarlett.

The Blue team: Anoushka, Clover, Jasmine, Maggie, Molly O’C, Tilly, Violet.

Both teams played with passion and improved massively as the games progressed, however, JAPS would prove to be too strong for us on this occasion by winning both games. Hennie top scored with three audacious goals and was named players’ player for the Red team by the JAPS opposition. Jasmine took that honour for the Blue team gaining the players’ player for her positioning and tenacity. A hard but instructive game enjoyed by all.

Year 4 Netball v St. David’s: Our Year 4 netballers got some more competitive netball under the belts as they travelled to St David’s Prep School on a lovely sunny afternoon. The girls proved much too strong on the day for their St David’s counterparts and both teams recorded comfortable victories with great play on display. A special mention to Millie who was voted player of the day for her excellent work rate and netball skills. Well done to all those who participated and who were also great ambassadors for Rosemead.

The squad: Amber, Anya, Cristina, Emily, Jackie, Maya, Millie, Morgan, Posy, Sienna, Tania, Thea.

Under 11 Netball v JAPS: On Wednesday afternoon our squad of Year 6 netballers travelled across to JAPS to compete. Always a strong opponent, JAPS played at a very high level which we found hard to match at times. However, our heads did not drop, and we continued to compete and give our best until the final whistle.

The squad: Alice, Bea, Coco K, Eloise, Eva P-A, Evie N, Georgie, Inaaya, Izzy H, Jessica N, Jessica W, Matilda, Mia, Raeia, Zara.

The A team are competing today at the ISA London South Netball Tournament at Lingfield College and we wish Ms King and the girls the best of luck.

Years 3-4 Swimming Gala at St. Dunstan’s College: On Thursday evening our Years 3 and 4 swimmers went to St. Dunstan’s for a swimming gala. Our Year 3s won the day in their year group with some individual golds. This was a tremendous achievement as many of the team were competing in their very first gala. The Year 4 team did ever so well to come 3rd with only 4 swimmers. Overall Rosemead came in 3rd place. A great showcase of our youngest swimming talent.

The squad: Ada, Alex T, Annabel, Chelsy, Daniel C, Daphne, Emilie, Grace, Joel, Katriel, Kyran, Olly D-M, Posy, Scarlett M.

MUSICAL NOTES

 Year 2 Singing: The Year 2 children started the Pre-Prep assembly with three delightful songs that they have been learning as part of their Florence Nightingale topic. They were beautifully sung and with such confidence.

Musical Instruments: There have been a few mislaid instruments around school this week. Please can you make sure that your child’s instrument is clearly marked with their name so that we can return them to their rightful owner.

Music Examinations: The Trinity College music examinations are on Tuesday 19th March offsite and the ABRSM music examinations have been confirmed as being Monday 25th March, held at Rosemead.

Concerts: Richard’s Concert – Friday 22nd March, 9.15am.

Spring Concert – Thursday 28th March, 7.00pm.

Children and parents will be notified if they are performing in these concerts.

TRAVEL UPDATE

Free Southwark Family Cycle Session at Dulwich Park: Saturday 9th March, 12.30-16.30. Please bring your bikes and helmets. No need to book, just drop in. Meeting point: the Dulwich Clock Café.

RSA SOCIAL EVENING

It was lovely to see a number of you at this event. The RSA do a sterling job providing the little extra treats for the children as well as social events for adults. If you are interested in becoming involved in any capacity, please have a word with your class rep or any committee member – every little helps.

LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

Spring Awakening Choral Concert: The performance is at 7.30pm on Saturday 16th March at All Saints’ Church, Lovelace Rd, SE21 8JY. Tickets cost £14 at the door, or £13 in advance from www.concordiachamberchoir.co.uk. Concessions half price.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 Comic Relief: We will be fundraising for Comic Relief by selling Red Noses every lunch time between Monday 11th March and Friday 15th March. The noses cost £1.25 each. This year there are eleven exciting Nose characters, all packaged in their own special boxes – nine red noses, a rare green one, and an even rarer nose designed by a UK school pupil! Comic Relief spends the money raised by Red Nose Day to help people living tough lives across the UK and internationally.

There will be a cake sale in the Prep playground after school on Friday 15th March. Bake, buy or just pay to eat lots of treats. Please bring cake donations into school on Friday morning.

Rosemead Lates: Thursday 14th March, 7-8pm with local author and parenting coach, Elaine Halligan, talking about her book ‘My Child is Different’.

Class Assemblies:

Thursday 14th March – 4B
Wednesday 20th March – Nursery

Online Safety: Karl Hopwood returns to Rosemead on Monday 20th May to talk to parents about keeping children safe online.

If you have concerns about the ‘momo’ story, you may be interested to read Momo challenge: The anatomy of a hoax https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47393510

 NEXT WEEK

 Have a lovely weekend – the beginning of Mindful March.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano

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