Good morning, 

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

Nursery Class Assembly: On Wednesday it was the turn of the very youngest children at Rosemead to perform for their parents and grandparents. The children sang a number of songs beautifully and were dressed to represent all the food that The Very Hungry Caterpillar consumed. Jess was the caterpillar who eventually became a wonderful butterfly. The children are watching the development of the class caterpillars with great interest. Thank you to the children and the Nursery team.

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

 NEWS FROM PREP

Year 3 visit to Sayers Croft: On Tuesday Year 3 went on an action packed visit to Sayers Croft. The children took part in three exciting activities: a maze, a blindfolded obstacle course and a woodland compass trail. The adults were very impressed with how they embraced the day, participating in the activities wholeheartedly despite the muddy conditions. Smiles, laughter and a couple of shrieks could be heard ringing through the air, highlighting their delight at being outdoors in the invigorating fresh air of the countryside. Not surprisingly, by the end of the day, most of the children were covered in mud and exhausted, although this did not seem to bother them in the slightest. A big thank you to all the parents who accompanied this visit.

 Year 6 visit to Education Centre Houses of Parliament: On Thursday morning Year 6 visited The Houses of Parliament. There they had the opportunity to watch a live debate in the public gallery of the House of Commons. Then it was off to tour and find out about this incredibly beautiful and historic building and why it is so important to each and every one of us. Each room had a story to tell and the children saw where the suffragettes chained themselves in their fight for the right to vote. In the workshop children learnt about the meaning of democracy and how we can have our say, whether it be through our class reps, the School Council or our local MP. This visit, which happens to be during a very ‘busy’ time in Parliament, will be one that Year 6 will not forget. Thank you to our parent helpers who also accompanied us on the visit.

ON THE BALL

Under 11 Netball at Alleyn’s: Last Friday Years 5 and 6 netballers make the short trip to Alleyn’s to take part in two netball matches. The ‘B’ team lost very narrowly 9-8 with Jasmine being our star player of the match. The ‘A’ team fought well but unfortunately lost 8-5. However, these two results against a strong, large school such as Alleyn’s shows the improvement the girls have made over the last two terms with the performance from both teams being some of our best this year despite the results. Well done to all those who played and demonstrated such a positive and sporting attitude.

Squad: Alice, Bea, Chidubem, Coco K, Eloise, Eva P-A, Evie N, Izzy, Jasmine, Jessica N, Maisy, Mia, Raie’a, Zara

Under 9 Girls’ Hockey: On Monday Year 4 girls played hockey against Rosendale.

The team: Amber T, Amrita, Christina G-A, Ida (captain), Jackie N, Millie S, Morgan F

We won the first match 3-0 with Ida and Christina scoring. Rosendale won the second match 3-2; Ida and Amber scored. We won the last match 3-0 with Amber scoring one and Amrita two. These girls are passionate about the game and seem to have caught the hockey bug.

Year 2 Football v Belham Primary: On Tuesday our super keen Year 2 footballers played a round robin against Belham. Each school fielded four teams.

The Yellow team: Elliott, Evie, George, Ivy, Oliver M, Seb
The Green team: Alanna, Banks, Erion, Henry, Ruth, Walter
The Red team: Amal, Estella, Felix, Giuseppe, Oliver H, Salvador
The Blue team: Alexandre, Cayden, Darcie, Joey, Lexie, Maya, Thomas

There were signs of jubilation, cracking goals, great defence, amazing saves and crunching tackles. The Premiership this year would wish to be half as exciting as our Year 2 children in action.

Under 9 Boys’ Hockey Training at St. Dunstan’s College: On Tuesday afternoon Year 4 boys gained some valuable training at St. Dunstan’s College. The boys were very lucky as it turned out it was to be just Rosemead and St Dunstan’s taking part in the full afternoon of hockey fun. The boys took part in a rotation of hockey training drills led by Honor Oak Panthers’ coaches, before ending the day with some competitive match play. The boys were a credit to the school and the session gave them an added thirst for more hockey next year.

Squad: Daniel, Felix, Luke M, Max M, Olly, Otto, Rafe, Shay, Ted

Under 11 Hockey v Rosendale: On Wednesday Year 6 hockey players had a last hurrah against Rosendale with a couple of mixed gender matches. Rosendale fought hard and bravely, showing some individual talent and skill, but could not keep us at bay for long. Both the orange and pink teams scored at will showing excellent passing, positioning and well drilled reactions. We won both matches by a cricket margin. A fitting end to a brilliant year in hockey.

Squad: Bea M, Ceci, Eva P-A (vice captain), James S, Jenny, Kieran (captain), Luke T, Maria, Otto N, Petra (captain) Ralfie C (vice captain), Rohaan, Scarlett B, Theo McL, Thomas L, William J.

 ISA London South Cross Country: This Wednesday our Cross Country runners travelled down to Caterham to compete in the ISA London South Cross Country event hosted by Oakhyrst Grange School. The course was a 1600m route through open fields and narrow woodland, something which a few of our runners had not raced through before, but we were to do extremely well on the day. Each age group race was split into two heats and the fastest 10 times from both heats would qualify for the nationals.

The first races of the day were the Under 9 girls. In the first heat Grace finished in 3rd, Yasmin in 5th and Sylvie in 6th. In the 2nd heat Emilie, Ada and Jackie all had fantastic finishes to all come through in the top 10 in their heat. These results meant we were placed 2nd as a team, just one point behind the school in 1st place in this age group. With both heats combined and times compared we had three of our girls finish in the overall top 10 and therefore qualify for nationals. These were Grace who finished 5th, Yasmin in 7th and Sylvie in 8th.

The Under 9 boys built on the girls’ brilliant start with six more top 10 finishes in their races. In the first heat Otto finished in 2nd place, Shay in 3rd and Josh in 10th. These boys were up against a strong field. In the 2nd heat Rafa, Eliot and Alex finished 8th, 9th and 10th respectively to have all our Years 3 and 4 finish with top 10 finishers in their heats! With the total scores Rosemead came in 1st place; Otto claiming 3rd place and a medal, whilst Shay came in 5th, meaning both had qualified for the nationals.

The Under 11 girls produced the team performance of the day from any school with another six top 10 places in their heats and they won this event by a considerable margin. Running in the first heat Jessica came 4th, Sophie 5th and Jasmine 9th. In the second heat Eloise finished 2nd, Georgie 4th and Tayah 5th.  At the presentations our score for this age group was read out to noticeable gasps from other teams and staff at just how well these six girls had done. Jessica in 5th, Sophie in 6th and Jasmine in 10th all qualified for the nationals when all the times were collected.

In the final two races of the day, and in the biggest and most competitive field, our Under 11 boys’ team consisting of Tommy, Oli, Herb, James K, Luke C and Cian all did themselves and the school proud. In the first heat Tommy came in 7th, Oli in 8th and Herb in 10th. All the children ran well despite difficult starts in a clustered field. 

In the final race of the day the three Year 5 boys ran well in a heat comprising of mostly older Year 6 boys. James came in 8th whilst Cian and Luke finished in the top third of the heat with spirited runs, especially after having to wait so long all day for their chance to compete.

Overall, we won two team events, we came 2nd in one event and we had a third of our runners qualify for the nationals. There was no overall winner declared on the day, but with 20 schools competing and Rosemead claiming two 1st places and a 2nd place it is more than likely that we were the overall winning school with all results combined. A brilliant day of running which are ourchildren thoroughly deserved after all their hard work training since the beginning of the school year. A special thank you to Mrs Lawley, Mr Balaam and Una English for all their coaching and support whose help has certainly made a significant impact on our runners. Finally, we say good luck to Grace, Yasmin, Sylvie, Otto, Shay, Jessica, Sophie and Jasmine who will be representing both Rosemead and London South in the national event on Saturday 30th March.

Team: Ada, Alex, Cian, Eliot, Eloise, Emilie, Georgie, Grace, Herb, Jackie, James, Jasmine, Jessica, Joshua, Luke, Oli, Otto, Rafa, Shay, Sophie, Sylvie, Tayah, Tommy, Yasmin 

MUSICAL NOTES

 The Richards Music Concert: Today we enjoyed an inspiring concert from our young musicians in the Prep and beautiful singing from children in Year 1 up to Year 6. This concert is in memory of Nicky Richards, a dear teacher who passed away seven years ago. Her love of music, in all forms, is celebrated in this annual event. Today’s diverse concert was expressed by solo pieces, duets, groups and choirs. Beginning with the Pre-Prep choir’s touching rendition of ‘All Kinds of Everything’, to a spectacular ending by way of ‘James Bond Medley’ from the Electric Fusion Band, there was something for everyone. Congratulations to all the children involved and we are deeply grateful to their teachers for nurturing and developing their many talents.

 CO-CURRICULAR

 Senior Hockey Club House Competition: As Tuesday was the last hockey club of the year they played a house competition to celebrate. Miss Ashton, Mrs Lenz, Mr Rowlands and Mr Harrison joined in with their houses showing their hockey skills or lack of fitness or both. The last match of the day had Forester and Shackleton on equal points. It ended in a draw, but with a superior goal difference; Forester would be crowned champions for the year. Many congratulations to the captains Petra and Kieran and their deputies Ralphie and Eva, who have all put in so much effort and diligence and have led by example all year. We hope all who are leaving us continue to excel and enjoy this great sport in the future.

 Handwriting Competition: Children have until Monday to enter this competition.

 TRAVEL UPDATE

 The Big Pedal: This year we are again taking part in The Big Pedal. Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge inspiring pupils, staff and parents to choose human power for their journey to school. For the first time, walking will be counted alongside cycling and scooting.

Sustrans Big Pedal will run for 10 days from 25th March to 5th April 2019 and is open to all primary and secondary schools in the UK. We are only able to participate for the first five days this year, so it would be great to make a concerted effort to join in for the last week of this term.

What is the challenge? On each day, schools compete to see who can get as many of their pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position. If you are planning on cycling during the Big Pedal, please complete the M Check before the first day of the challenge. Like any machine, a bicycle will work better and last longer if it is cared for properly. For those scooting during the challenge, there is an L Check to make sure their scooter is safe to ride, and pupils walking can follow the safety guidelines.

 CHARITY WORK

 Comic Relief: We are delighted to have raised £635.53 for Comic Relief. Thank you everyone for your generous contributions.

 Swimathon 2019: Morgan, 4B is participating in the Swimathon 2019 on Wednesday next week. We wish Morgan and her team good luck in this event. For donations and to read more about Morgan and her team go to their JustGiving page.

 RSA

 Adult Quiz Night: This was a huge success last Friday and it was lovely to see so many parents from the Prep and Pre-Prep enjoying both the quiz and the delicious fish and chips. A huge thank you to Orlaith Richardson who did an amazing job organising the event and to the three Year 5 dads for being fantastic quiz hosts. Well done to the Year 2 team ‘Les Quizerables’ who retain their winner’s title from last year.

 COMMUNITY EVENTS

Rosemead Prayer Group: Christian parents from the Pre-Prep and Prep will be meeting on Wednesday 27th March, at 8pm. Anyone interested will be welcomed. Please contact Katie for further details.

 

 NEXT WEEK

Do not forget the Easter Bonnet Parades on Friday – always a highlight in Rosemead’s calendar.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano