Good morning,

 International Day, on Tuesday, brought colour and curiosity as the children collected their passports and flew around the world. In the Pre-prep Nursery and Reception children climbed aboard their role play aeroplane to travel to Antarctica and Australasia. There they were engaged in a range of activities from Anzac biscuit making and fairy bread cooking to Aboriginal art, echidna woodwork and ice play. Year 1 and Year 6 children travelled around the building with their passports taking part in activities ranging from yoga to flag making and from creating toys from recycled materials to researching Australian animals on the Chromebooks. All children also participated in a dance workshop where they learnt dances including an Aboriginal rain dance, a line dance and Flamenco. This was definitely a highlight of the day for many. In the Prep, the children very much enjoyed the drumming workshop, as did the teachers. They were transported to Asia and participated in craft making and off to Australia for fairy bread, something I had never heard of, but it was a big hit with the children! South America was fun, including making a rain maker; and then there was the closer hop to Denmark, Spain and France. The day enriched the children’s appreciation of other cultures and traditions.

 Other highlights of the week are:

 CONGRATULATIONS

 Last Thursday the ISA London South Regional Art Competition was held at The Mead School in Tunbridge Wells. Rosemead artists were awarded: three first places, three second places and one highly commended. The three first place exhibits will go through to the National competition in November. Winners to be announced in assembly.

 NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

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

 NEWS FROM PRE

School of Rock: On Monday evening a very excited Year 6 watched Evie L rockin’ it as she performed in the hugely successful West End musical ‘School of Rock.’ From the minute Evie took to the stage as Katie, the bass player in the school band, we could not hide our huge smiles as she dazzled on the stage and was a true professional. Throughout this rip-roaring and guitar-thrashing musical Evie showed what a talented star she is and why we are so, so proud of her. Evie has shown us how dreams can come true. Well done Evie, you really rock!

6I Class assembly: 6I delivered the last class assembly of the year. They zoomed forward to the 100 Year Reunion for 6I! With stooped backs, a few walking sticks, some deafness and severalladies sporting head scarves, they recalled their time at Rosemead. Clearly, they have had fun and their fading memories seem to have blotted out any mention of work! However, they did recall Pre-Prep visits to the fire station and Mountfitchet Castle; Prep visits to Harry Potter World and PGL. Their former Prep teachers sent special messages to them – one particular message brought much laughter when Ms Borny alongside Bob, a hand puppet that they had loved in Year 3, appeared on the screen! Congratulations to 6I and their teacher Miss Illing.

ON THE BALL

 Sports Day Record Breakers: Congratulations to the following children who broke Rosemead records on Sports Day:

Grace – Year 3 Girls 600m
Jessica K – Year 6 Girls 600m
James M – Year 3 Boys Javelin
Lyra and Sylvie – Year 3 Girls Long Jump
Vanessa – Year 4 Girls Javelin
Hennie – Year 5 Girls Cricket Ball Throw
Felix and Jimi – Year 5 Boys Long Jump
Jasmine M – Year 5 Girls High Jump (equalled record)
Ceci – Year 6 Girls Long Jump
Daniel – Year 6 Boys Long Jump
Oliver S – Year 6 Boys High Jump 

Under 11 Starburst Cricket Festival: Last Thursday our Under 11 Girls Cricket team competed in the Starburst Cricket Tournament, hosted by Royal Russell School, in very wet conditions. Four teams took part with the girls playing each of the other three teams once and the winning overall team progressing to the next round. The girls started off brilliantly and won their first two matches convincingly which set up a final showdown against Royal Russell with the winner going through to the next round. The match went down to the very last over and unfortunately we fell just short of Royal Russell’s score, losing by just 10 runs. Thank you to Mr Kinchin who took the girls on the day and who said they were brilliant in their performance and attitude.

Team: Coco I, Elspeth, Evie L, Inaaya (Captain), Hennie, Jessica K, Maisy, Noor-Bano, Rose, Zara

ISA National Athletics Finals: On Wednesday Miss King and five children travelled up to Birmingham to compete in the ISA National Athletics Finals. In the regional event last month, Lauren in the Year 5 girls 75m, Jasmine in the Year 5 girls high jump, Hennie in the Year 5 girls ball throw, Jessica K in the Year 6 girls 600m and Ollie in the Year 6 boys high jump all qualified to represent London South at the Alexander Stadium.

Jasmine and Lauren both did Rosemead extremely proud performing excellently in their events. These two will hopefully get the chance to go for a medal next year. Jessica was outstanding in her 600m race where each region had 2 competitors and she came close to gaining a medal, finishing in 4th place. Although she did not pick up a medal, she gave her all in the race, as she has done in her years at Rosemead. Hennie competed in the Year 5 girls ball throw, an event in which she came 2nd last year. This year Hennie went one better and claimed gold with an enormous throw of 38m (8m ahead of 2nd place).

Last year Ollie won the gold medal in the Year 5 boys high jump. This year competing in the Year 6 boys high jump was going to be an even harder task with much taller boys taking part. Amazingly, Ollie was able to repeat last year’s success with a jump of 1.37m and claim a gold medal.

All five children helped the London South team to finish in 3rd place overall. To have five children represent our school is a brilliant achievement in itself, but to have two of these five come home with two gold medals is truly outstanding. Thank you to Ms King who managed the whole of the London South team on the day. We are grateful to Ms King, Mrs Lawley, and Patrick, our Athletics Coach, who have been instrumental in our athletics success this year.

 MUSICAL NOTES

 Year 1 Violin Demonstrations: On Wednesday the Year 1 children performed a marvellous programme of pieces demonstrating their violin skills. It was an uplifting performance gratefully received by the parents and Reception children. For the Reception children, it was an opportunity for them to experience what they will be doing on the violin as they move to Year 1. Thank you to Miss Cook for taking them through this journey.

El Coqui: Mr Foley, guitar teacher, took some of his pupils – Coco K, Evie L, George and Tayah to the Pre-Prep to perform El Coqui to the Year 2 children. Year 2 then sang the song that they have been learning, in Spanish, accompanied by the guitarists.

 Music Examinations: Trinity Rock and Pop examinations took place on Wednesday for our singers and drummers. ABRSM examinations take place on Monday and Tuesday. Parents whose young musician is taking an examination should have received a timetable.

Orchestra Tea: The tea will incorporate Electric Fusion Band, percussion, woodwind and brass groups as well as orchestra. The performance is on Friday in the Prep hall. All parents are most welcome to attend whether your child is performing or not.

 Summer Show: All parents of children in Years 5 and 6 should have received an email regarding costume for the forthcoming summer show ‘Shakespeare Rocks’, to be held on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July. Please note that the dress rehearsal will be on Tuesday 2nd July.

Individual Music Lessons: There are vacancies for individual music lessons on the following instruments from September: trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, saxophone, kit drums, singing, piano, guitar, violin, viola and ‘cello. Please email Mrs Holmes if you are interested in your child taking individual lessons, or collect a form from the Prep office. Should you wish your child to cease individual music lessons from September, notice must be given by 30th June 2019. Please note, you do not have to sign up again for individual lessons if your child already learns. Lessons roll on term on term as per the contract.

LIBRARY BOOKS

Please can all library books be returned on Monday. Your assistance in encouraging your child to return their library books is most appreciated. It will be assumed that any books not returned at the end of term are missing. The cost to replace the book will be invoiced; this will ensure that the library stays well stocked so that all the children can enjoy the library books.

TRAVEL UPDATE

In an effort to tackle unnecessary air pollution from idling vehicles, we are working with Lambeth Council to run an anti-idling event next Thursday. Air pollution is linked to serious respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and children are the most vulnerable to its effects, as their respiratory system is still developing. During the event, members of the Sustainability Team of Lambeth will educate the parents and the children, in a fun and engaging way, about how air pollution affects their health.

LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

 Horniman Museum and Gardens: Award-winning visual artist Claire Morgan has created stunning new pieces for the Horniman, including a dramatic installation in Gallery Square. Thousands of tiny fragments, made out of colourful waste polythene, are hanging from the ceiling, while four taxidermy specimens are sparking conversations in the Natural History Gallery. Claire’s thought-provoking works draws on the theme of waste and the impact that humans have on their surroundings. The exhibition ‘As I Live and Breathe’ is free to visit and you can find it in Natural History Gallery and Gallery Square. On now until 4th May 2020.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Celebrations of Success:

Wednesday 3rd July, 09.15 – Pre-Nursery
Saturday 6th July, 10.30 – Years 3-4
Saturday 6th July, 13.30 – Years 5-6 

NEXT WEEK

Year 6 have been working hard over the last few weeks on their business enterprises for their ‘Making Money Grow’ project. On Monday they will be holding a business fair in the playground from 3.10pm and welcome family and friends to come and buy their products. The fair will continue running after school for other year group children to come and purchase a few goodies! Expect arts and crafts, sweet treats and healthy snacks. We look forward to your support and all profit made will be going to the charity ‘Meet me at The Albany.’

Have a good weekend – the sun is set to shine on the Summer Fair tomorrow, fingers crossed! 

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano