Good afternoon,

This week began with some excellent news from the Beckenham Festival. Mrs O’Mahony, the LAMDA teacher, said that she was incredibly proud of all the children. This was a new and very different experience for many of the children and, unsurprisingly, some were very nervous, but they managed to get up and perform. All children gained merits or honours and some received medals. Congratulations to all who took part. A special mention to the following children:

Years 3 and 4 verse speaking

Gold medal – Mya S
Silver medal -Tania S and Shay I
Bronze medal – Stanley and Archie C-T

Years 5 and 6 reading of prose

Gold medal – Coco I
Silver medal – Otto
Bronze medal – Sophie J

Years 5 and 6 verse speaking

Gold medal – Zachy
Silver medal – Julia
Bronze medal – Chidubem

Other highlights of the week are:


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


Science Prep School Quiz at Alleyn’s: On Monday Mrs Burden had the pleasure of accompanying Theo L, Rafferty R-H, Joe B and Logan to the regional heat in the National Science Quiz run by Quiz Club. It was an extremely tense hour and a half for all involved. The questions were incredibly difficult and far beyond Year 5 and Year 6 level. Questions included knowledge on isotopes, nuclear fusion and elements within the solar system. Mrs Burden was blown away by the knowledge that the children showed throughout the forty questions whilst finding it very hard to sit on her seat with excitement. Rosemead came eighth out of twelve teams with a grand score of 1,425 points. Congratulations to the team!

5G Class Assembly: It was an excellent start to Thursday with the first class assembly this academic year. 5G told us all about the Ancient Greeks and particularly delighted the audience with their dramatic playlets. They learnt their lines well, delivered them clearly and were most passionate about the characters they were acting. Congratulations to 5G and Mrs Grant for an informative and fun class assembly.

 Year 3 Roman Day: On Friday, Year 3 took part in their much anticipated Roman day event. Along the school corridors, roamed fierce Roman soldiers and beautiful Roman goddesses. Their favourite part of the day was when ‘The History Detectives’, Mike Brown and Carol Harris, talked to them about how the Romans made straight roads using a clever engineering tool called a Groma. In the afternoon, the children learnt about Roman army battle formations and marching drills. The children also enjoyed a sumptuous Roman feast consisting of figs, dates, grapes, olives and different types of tarts and breads which they all thoroughly enjoyed eating. It was wonderful to see how adventurous they were when tasting the more unusual foods. The Year 3 teachers would like to thank all the parents for their generosity in providing such delicious treats and for their patience in costume and shield making.

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


 ISA London South Under 11 Football Championships: You may remember that I was able to report last week that Rosemead were runners up in the London South Regional 5-a-side football and therefore national finalists for the second year in a row. This was the ninth year for Rosemead to host the event, which brought together sixteen schools for a wonderful afternoon of sporting excellence and fun. The schools competing were from far flung Shoreham on Sea and Lingfield to home town rivals Oakfield. The top four teams, two from each highly competitive group, have now made it through to the National stage on May 3rd 2019. The four finalists are Rosemead, Duke of Kent, Oakfield and Lingfield. Our team for the day was captained by Tommy W and in his squad were Emre, Jewell, Jimi, Ollie S, Theo McL, and Thomas L. Rosemead’s first match was against the eventual winners, Duke of Kent, who beat us 2-0; they were the only team to beat us in the nine matches that afternoon. In the next games against The Mead, West Lodge, Westward, Heath House, Oakhurst and White House, Rosemead displayed superb skills, tenacious tackling and deadly accuracy. Emre, Thomas and Jimi were fantastic in the middle and Jewell and Theo in defence. Captain, Tommy and goal keeper, Ollie, who both played major roles in their very different areas, were awarded our joint players of the tournament. Getting through to the semi-finals and thus the National Finals was a huge effort as Whitehouse and Oakhurst were neck and neck with us until the last moments. Tommy scored a fantastic goal against Lingfield to get us through to the final with Duke of Kent. We fought hard and at half time the score was 0-0, but it would ultimately be Duke of Kent’s day and we took silver. A great effort by the boys and staff alike making this the best tournament to date both from an organisational perspective and our success as a footballing school of some note. We are grateful to all the staff involved in the tournament, especially Ms King, Mr Harrison and Mr Gallagher; and also to Nathan our coach.

 Under 8 Football v Alleyn’s and St. Paul’s: On Monday our Year 3 football boys went to Alleyn’s to play a round robin against St. Paul’s and hosts Alleyn’s. We fielded three strong teams.

Purple team; Affan, Charlie P, Eliot, Lachie and Luca.

The first round of games was against St. Paul’s. We drew this 0-0, with most of the play taking place in St. Paul’s half. Charlie had a brace of chances as did Affan and Lauchie but the game ended in a draw despite our dominance. It was a good performance and learning experience despite the lack of goals. Player of the match – Charlie.

Black team: Arthur, Jack, Joshua, Rhys and Veeraj.

We beat St. Paul’s 3-1 with a great free kick from the centre line by Arthur catching our opponents napping. Rhys also got a well-deserved goal and then Arthur made it number three. Player of the match – Arthur.

White Team; Alex, Atti, Charlie, Elijah, Joel and Sebastian.

We lost this game by the narrowest of margins and only due to one of our own, Sebastian, who had kindly offered to switch with Alex at half time and play for St Paul’s. Elijah – player of the match.

The Purple team played Alleyn’s next and this was a game similar to the first, with the Rosemead boys creating a host of chances but not finishing them off as well as possible. We ended up winning 2-1. Player of the match – Affan.

The Black team also had an end to end match but we managed to score twice through Alex and Elliot. Player of the match – Elliot.

Our White team finished off our very dominant performance with a 5-1 win. Sebastian continued his scoring, picking up 4 goals and Elijah also netted one. Player of the match – Sebastian.

A great demonstration of our footballing prowess and performance by all. Thank you to Mr Baron and Mr Crawford for helping, and to all the parents for the enthusiasm and support.

 Under 8 and 9 Netball v Oakfield: On Monday afternoon our Year 4 (and one Year 3) netballers tasted their first competitive action of the term against Oakfield at Rosendale Fields. The Yellow team had a hard-fought match and were unlucky to lose 4-2 in a close and exciting encounter with the girls giving their all until the final whistle. The Purple Team displayed excellent shooting to win a much more comfortable game 11-0. Players in both Rosemead teams showed great teamwork and exceptional skills which have clearly progressed since the beginning of this term. Well done to all the children involved for their continued hard work and the sportsmanship shown on the courts.

Yellow team: Amber T, Cristina, Maya, Morgan, Posy Tania, Thea.
Purple team: Annabel W, Anya, Emily S, Millie, Jacky, Sienna, Vanessa.

 Under 11 Girls’ Football v Blackheath Prep: On Wednesday Years 5 and 6 girls went to Blackheath Prep to play a couple of matches.

Purple team: Bea (captain), Coco I, Eloise, Georgie, Hennie, Jessica K, Rose M.

The score was 0-0 at half time. There were a number of very good chances from both teams turned wide by excellent goal keeping. In the second half Blackheath scored. This lead could have increased almost immediately except for some very brave and athletic saves from Rose in goal. From this strong defence we grew into the game once again, but it would not be until the final kick that Hennie would score the equaliser. A 1-1 draw and a very fair result. Player of the match – Rose for her amazing saves, keeping us in the match.

Black team: Elspeth, Inaaya, Jasmine M, Mia G, Noor-Bano, Tayah, Zara F.

Rosemead girls started off very strongly, putting a great deal of pressure on the Blackheath defence but unable to make the most of the limited shooting opportunities they created. Despite being restricted to long range efforts, we continued to control possession and it felt like Noor-Bano’s opening goal was long overdue. The pressure eventually became too overwhelming for Blackheath, as further goals from Elspeth and Noor-Bano rounded off a great victory for Rosemead.

ISA London South Under 11 Girls’ Hockey Tournament: On Thursday the girls went to the Olympic Hockey Stadium for the National Girls’ Hockey Tournament.

The team: Bea, Ceci, Eva P-A (vice-captain), Hennie, Petra (captain), Rose M (goal keeper), Scarlett B, Scarlett K.

The morning session consisted of four groups, with the first two teams going through to the cup competition and the third and fourth to the plate competition. We lost our first and third matches to eventual cup finalists Lingfield and Copthill. Goal keeper, Rose, was kept very busy and did extremely well under enormous pressure. We won our second match against Ashton House, dominating the play. Eva scored here, after some great individual skill from Hennie. We participated in the plate competition; we beat our first opponents Crescent School 1-0 with Eva scoring. The match against Oakfield was a ‘nail biter’. So close was the race between first and third that we needed a win to make it into the final. We threw everyone forward and came close a couple of times, but Abercorn caught us on the break and slipped one in against play. Player of the tournament – Petra, captain. Rosemead had a great day and the girls achieved their twin goals of being competitive in every match and improving every time they played. Thank you to the support from Mr Harrison, Mr Rowlands, Mr Mylam and Mr Lewis.


 Recorder Group: The week started with the Recorder group playing three great pieces accompanied by Mr Majin in our Monday morning assembly at the Prep. Thank you to Mr Majin for teaching the children in the Recorder Group.

Music Examinations: We are now just over a week until ABRSM music examinations and two weeks until the Trinity singing examinations. Please encourage your young musician to do as much practice as possible. The rehearsals for violin, flute, clarinet and trumpet ABRSM examinations with the piano accompanist will be on Tuesday 27th November. Please can you remind your child to bring their instrument and music that day.


 Road Safety Week: As part of this focus we have reissued our Park and Stride Map. This was created by the School Council in conjunction with the charity Living Streets in order to show suitable parking spaces that were a mere five minute walk away from our school. Not only does this bring the health benefits of a daily walk, it also makes the immediate environment of our two buildings less congested and safer. Your child should have come home with a map; do please take a look and see if you too could ‘Park and Stride’!

 Bicycle Maintenance: Mr Richard Balfe (of Balfe’s Bikes, and father of Henry, George and Alfie has kindly volunteered to check bikes over for free. He will be at the Prep on the morning of 4th December in the playground and in the Pre-prep playground the following morning, the 5th December. He is happy to provide spare parts such as cables and brake pads. For anything which cannot be fixed he will leave a recommendation for what needs to be done. This offer is open to children, parents and staff alike. We are very grateful for such a generous offer of his time and expertise. Bring your bikes on those days!


The Rosemead hat and scarf have been evident this week as the weather became chillier. Ear muffs may be worn but must be plain and can only be black, grey or purple; gloves are grey. The black waterproof (or old purple one) is compulsory for games. A further plea for everything to be named.


 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:

Monday 3rd December – Mr Alasdair Kennedy, Headmaster of Trinity School
Monday 14th January – Dr Savage, Headmaster of Alleyn’s School
Monday 28th January ­– Mrs Katherine Woodcock, Headmistress of Sydenham High School


On Monday Mrs Angela Drew, Headmistress of Bromley High School will deliver assembly. Parents are most welcome to join Mr Soutar and Mrs Drew afterwards for coffee.

A reminder that the Christmas fair is just a week away, on Saturday 1st December. Therefore Friday is a non-uniform day in exchange for bottles and chocolates for stalls that day; your generosity will be much appreciated by the RSA who have worked so hard to make this a successful event for all.

 With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano


It gives me great pleasure to announce the final offers from this year’s 11+ Senior School Entrance results. We are extremely proud to say that this year is the second best set of results on the last 5 years for number of offers, after our record breaking results of last year.

More information can be found by following the link below.

Best Wishes

Phil Soutar

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