Good afternoon, 

Our theme this week has been Celebration, chosen as tomorrow is Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat. Lunch today was themed around Chinese style food, which seemed to go down very well with children and teachers alike. On Sunday it is Australia Day and something which we have not acknowledged previously but will on Monday, using the time to highlight and raise funds for wildlife charities. This is a sensitive issue and we are aware that some children are concerned about their future in a world where the impact of climate change is openly talked about in the media. Our aim is to redress some of this fear by giving perspective, balance and to encourage a desire to do one’s best for the whole world.

Highlights of the week are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP 

Reception, Years 1 and 2 visit to Parade Mews Pottery: This week three groups have visited the Parade Mews Pottery in Tulse Hill. On Monday some of Reception had a fantastic first visit. The children made wonderful rockets from clay. They are very excited about seeing their finished creations when they have been fired and returned to school. The second group are really looking forward to their visit to the pottery next Monday. On Monday afternoon it was the turn of 1T and on Friday afternoon, 2E. Both year groups learnt how to fix pieces of clay effectively using cross-hatching and slip. The finished models were truly amazing.

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

NEWS FROM PREP

Young Shakespeare Company visit: The sounds of drunken singing emanated from the hall on Tuesday as Years 3 and 4 were introduced to the character of Stephano in The Tempest. The two year groups were treated to an interactive retelling and explanation of one of Shakespeare’s much loved plays. Some lucky children were chosen to play minor parts and everyone joined in as mischievous spirits to tempt the various characters marooned on the magical island. This annual visit by the Young Shakespeare Company is a highlight of the year and a wonderful way to introduce this age group to The Bard.

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

ON THE BALL

Under 8s Football Tournament: Year 3 boys went to the annual Alleyn’s tournament on Monday.

The Purple team played three group matches. In the first, against Allfarthing, we won 4-0; sadly we lost the second against Eltham College 4-2; the final match was against Blackheath Prep, this we won 6-0. Many of the team managed to score: Cayden scored 6, Oliver 2, Elliot, Seb and Felix also scored. We made it into the semi-finals against Honeywell and had all the play. However, despite some amazingly athletic saves in goal by Elliott, Honeywell managed to find the back of the net twice and we could not get past their goalkeeper. Overall this was a very impressive performance from this team.

The Black team, after a quick warm up, were ready to put their skills against the other teams in the group – Alleyn’s, Dulwich Hamlet, St. Christopher’s and Honeywell. It was a tough draw as they faced the eventual two finalists of the tournament. Joey and Salvador scored two amazing goals and Edward managed to make some great runs, whilst Alexandre showed his amazing defensive skills. It was a great afternoon and the football played was at an excellent level.

Thank you to all the parents who came and supported the tournament.

Purple team: Banks, Cayden, Elliott, Felix, Oliver H, and Seb T

Black team: Alexandre, Edward, Erion, Giuseppe, Joey, Oliver M, Salvador

Under 9s Netball: Well done to our Year 4 netball teams for competing so well against St. Christopher’s on Monday afternoon. Both of our teams worked extremely hard to defend some excellent attacking play from St. Christopher’s. Our girls fell behind in the first quarter but managed to remain positive and pull things back in the second half of the game. Our Black team unfortunately lost the match 4-2; the Green team gained a well deserved draw. All of our children should be proud of their efforts. The standard of netball from all involved was excellent. Thank you to the parents who came to support.

Black team: Annabel, Chelsy, Daphne, Grace, Lyra, Olivia, Scarlett, Sylvie, Vievie

Green team: Ada, Alma, Freya, Janelle, Lucy, Serena, Sorrel 

Under 11 Hockey: On Tuesday afternoon our Under 11 hockey squad played in a round robin tournament against Oakfield School, played on the Astroturf at The Elmgreen School. Oakfield fielded two teams and Rosemead four teams; the Rosemead teams being a mix of both boys and girls. Each of the Rosemead teams played both of the Oakfield sides in one-way 10 minute matches. There were mixed results for Rosemead with wins, draws and losses. However, as Mr Harrison said: ‘the winner at the end of the day was hockey’, as tremendous stick skills and teamwork were displayed by all six teams in a competitive and fair manner. Rosemead are hosting the ISA Mixed Hockey Tournament at Crystal Palace in February, so this was a great opportunity to get in some match practice to develop skills before this big event. Well done to all those who took part and thank you to Miss Ashton and Mr Rowlands for refereeing the matches and to Mr Harrison for organising the event.

Squad: Amber T, Cian, Felix, Hennie, Ida, Jewell, Karoline, Lauren, Logan, Luke C, Luke M, Max H, Max M, Morgan, Natasha, Nicole, Olly DM, Otto, Quben, Rafa, Rafe, Ronnie, Rose M, Sachin, Shay, Sophie J, Thomas L, Zishan

Under 8 Tag Rugby: Our Year 3 rugby players travelled across to Blackheath Prep School on Wednesday afternoon. As this was the children’s first game of the year and for some it was their first ever game of rugby, the games were played in a ‘training match’ style to begin with before developing into competitive full-on tag rugby matches. The Orange team consisting of seven players were up against a Blackheath side made up of ten players and despite this three player advantage for Blackheath, Rosemead were able to win 3-2! George was the star player of this game with a brace of tries using his pace out wide. The Purple team were involved in a much higher scoring game with the standard of tries scored on both sides exceptionally high. The lead went back and forth and as the game drew to a close, Rosemead were able to take a two try lead and with the final whistle sounding they won 10-8. Seb was our star player of the match in this game, scoring an amazing six tries! Another mention must go to Estella and Sarah who played for the Orange team and Purple team respectively. The PE department would love to have more girls playing in future tag rugby matches. A huge well done to the children, with two brilliant results to kick start this year group’s tag rugby at Rosemead which looks very promising for the future. Thank you to Mrs Beadle who accompanied Mr Rowlands to the fixture, expertly coaching and cheering on her Purple team to victory!

Purple Team: Cayden, Felix, Oliver H, Salvador, Sarah, Seb T, Walter,

Orange Team: Adam, Alexandre, Estella, George, Henry, Joey, Oliver M,

FUNDRAISING

Foodbank: We continue to support Norwood and Brixton Foodbank. This year we will be collecting 3rd-14th February. More information on the foods required will be sent out next week.

 TRAVEL UPDATE

 Family Cycle Skills: Gain confidence and learn skills to cycle as a family with a free family cycling session. A qualified instructor will teach you how to cycle with children using quiet routes and parks. These sessions offer the opportunity to build on, or prepare for, Bikeability skills taught in Year 6. Whether you and your family are relative novices to cycling or you all ride already but would like advice on specific routes (to school or friends, for example), your instructor will tailor the session to meet your needs.

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 FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 5km Sponsored walk/jog/run: This event will be happening on Saturday 25th April in Dulwich Park at 9am, as part of Parkrun. We will be raising money for United World Schools whose vision is to teach the unreached: where children in remote and post-conflict areas have access to basic education and improved life chances. The charity works with communities to build schools and develop local teachers, providing a low cost and sustainable way to teach the unreached. Watch out for further details soon.

Whatever you are doing this weekend, have a lovely one.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano

11+

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
Headmaster

Leavers’ Destinations