Good morning,

Yesterday we welcomed hurdler, Yasmin Miller, and gymnast, Dominic Mensah, to Rosemead. Some of you may recall that Yasmin visited us a couple of years ago, so it was lovely to welcome her back and hear of her progress. Yasmin is full of energy and the enthusiasm she has for her sport made a positive impact on the children. Dominic, a young local gymnast was equally enthusiastic and we were all blown away watching a video clip of him in action; he even demonstrated a tumble at the Pre-Prep! These two GB athletes spent time with all the children from Year 1 to Year 6, giving each year group mini training sessions, with tips and hints for all ability levels. This was a fantastic experience and, as well as having a lot of fun, the children learned techniques to help them prepare for their Sports Day! This was an invaluable experience and I am sure the children will have told you all about it.

Children in the Prep enjoyed discussing the importance of online safety with Karl Hopwood at the beginning of the week. His evening talk was well received; Karl has provided some additional notes and links which are available on the parent intranet. Those present were also able to discover what the children do in their digital learning from Mr Gallagher and Miss Evans, our Computing Coordinators.

Other highlights of the week are:


Artist visiting Year 1: Year 1 enjoyed a day of art with visiting artist, Celina Garcia-Leoni, on Monday. The children produced some intricate and highly imaginative work based on the theme of explorers – a topic of much discussion this term. Inspired by Miss Garcia-Leoni’s installations, children used a variety of materials ranging from plasticine to acorns, recycled can tops to pipe cleaners. Their work is currently on display at the entrance of the Pre-Prep. On behalf of the teachers and children in Year 1, we say ‘thank you Auntie Celina’ (Leo’s aunt).

Year 2 visit to Parade Mews Pottery: On Monday Year 2 walked to Parade Mews Pottery. The children each created a castle from clay using a limited palette of colours for the painting. They are waiting in eager anticipation for the return of their fired castles.

Parade Mews Pottery visiting Nursery:  Melissa and Niamh from Parade Mews Pottery visited on Tuesday morning. Each child developed hand strength whilst modelling the clay into a chick shape and then used tools to create details such as eyes and wings. The clay chicks have been taken away to be fired in the kiln. These will be returned soon for the children to take home.

2W Class Assembly: On Wednesday it was the turn of 2W to lead their Class Assembly in the Prep hall. They packed in an amazing selection of cross curricular areas of their learning. They taught us scientific facts about some very unusual creatures, they sang in both Spanish and English, they acted out the story of The Kapok Tree, they wrote poems and letters inspired by this story, they told jokes, and demonstrated their skills in green screen technology. Thank you to 2W and to Mrs Westcott for a most enjoyable assembly.

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


 6L Class assembly: Congratulations to 6L and their teacher, Mr Laws, for a hugely humorous assembly. As has become the tradition for Year 6 assemblies, the children led us back through their time at Rosemead. They spoke of some truly wonderful memories, be it dressing up in Nursery, a nose bleed, falling curtains at PGL, to learning the Iguana Song in Year 3, the only mention of ‘lessons’! The warmth of affection for one another was apparent throughout – these children have found some long lasting friendships.

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


 Prep Swimming Gala: Our second house swimming gala took place last Friday with children from the Prep taking to the water at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. The children participated in a number of different races from butterfly and freestyle relays in the main pool to breaststroke and train races in the training pool. Children were placed into pools and races based on their swimming ability, so all got to take part at their level. Swimmers scored points for their house regardless of pool or event. Once all races had been completed, the overall winning house was declared as Shackleton! There were also a record number of record breakers this year. Both the number of new records and the overall quality of participation on the day really shows how Rosemead swimming continues to go from strength to strength. Congratulations to all swimmers, particularly those in Shackleton house and to the new record holders. Thank you to all staff for their efforts in creating a wonderful event and to all parents for invaluable support in the stands!

2019 Record Breakers

Year 4 Individual Medley – Millie
Year 5 Individual Medley – Maisy
Year 6 Backstroke – Tommy W
Year 4 Breaststroke – Millie
Year 6 Breaststroke – Indigo
Year 4 Front Crawl – Stanley
Year 6 Front Crawl – Oliver S / Indigo
Year 3 Butterfly – Grace
Year 4 Butterfly – Stanley / Millie
Year 6 Butterfly – Alice

Under 11 Geoff Richards Cricket Competition: On Monday Year 6 boys played in the annual Geoff Richards Cup first round at Trinity.

The team: Herb, James, Kieran, Luke (captain), Max H, Ned, Ollie S, Theo M, Tommy W.

Our first match was against Caterham. We won the toss and elected to bowl. Tommy took 5 wickets and top scored with the bat. We restricted them to 224 and posted an impressive 254 to seal the first win.

We then played hosts, Trinity. Their bowling was very tight and they kept us to 234 and were ruthless with the bat scoring 268. Tommy once more top scored for us with partner Ollie. Tommy also took a brace of wickets and Herb on his debut took two off his bowling.

The win against Caterham might be enough to put us through to the next round of games, but we will need to wait to find out.

 Years 3 and 4 Netball v Oakfield: On Monday afternoon our Year 3 and 4 Netball Squad welcomed Oakfield to the Rosendale courts. A display of fantastic shooting from Tanya and Chelsy helped their team to a 7-0 win. Tanya was awarded the player of the match by the opposition. A special mention also to Anya who started off as goalkeeper; the positiveness she showed in this unfamiliar position was excellent. The A team also put in a brilliant effort. This game ended as a 0-0 draw with the girls playing with the much taller posts for the first time and understandably their shooting will take time to adapt to this new height. Nonetheless, the rest of their play was tremendous with all players having a really strong game in different positions. Millie was given the player of the match award from Oakfield at the final whistle. Both teams displayed excellent team play, great communication skills and strong determination from all players. Thank you to Claire, our netball coach, for all her hard work with the squad these past few months.

Squad: Amber T, Annabel, Anya, Chelsy, Cristina, Daphne, Emily S, Grace, Jacky, Katriel, Millie, Morgan, Posy, Sienna, Tania, Vanessa.

 Years 3 and 4 Swimming Gala: On Thursday Years 3-4 swimmers won convincingly against Blackheath Prep and hosts, St. Dunstan’s College. Congratulations to the squad!

Year 3:  Ada, Alex T, Annabel, Chelsy, Daphne, Grace, Jack L, Joel, Kyran, Scarlett

Year 4:  Daniel, Emilie C, Millie, Ollie, Posy, Quben, Shay, Stanley, Yasmin


 Pre-Prep Music Experience: This week the children from the Pre-Prep had an exciting visit to the Prep to hear some of our most advanced musicians. The children heard the Electric Fusion Band led by Mr Staplehurst and some individual singing pupils of Miss Holmes. All of the children from Pre-Prep and EYFS have now been introduced to every instrument/voice that we teach at Rosemead and in time may become performers themselves.

Music Examinations: If your young musician has a music examination in June, please encourage as much practice as possible.


 Chess: Rosemead was well represented on Sunday at the Hope Cup Championship Tournament. Special congratulations to the following children:

Emilie – best girl in rated section
Luca – 1st in Under 8 boys rated section
Magnus – 3rd in Under 9 boys rated section
Erion – 2nd in Under 7 boys rated section
Archie – 1st in Under 6 boys unrated section and also awarded ‘Rising Star’ as the youngest player of the tournament

Thank you to Bill Upton, chess teacher, for his continued support and encouragement given to the children.


 Thames Water Disruption: Work will begin to upgrade the water pipes along Norwood Road on Monday 27th May. The project is in stages, with part of Norwood Road reduced to one line of traffic and some side roads closed until June 2020.

  • From 27th May until 2nd August the junction of Perran Road and Norwood Road will be closed to traffic.
  • From 27th May until 23rd October the Lancaster Avenue and York Hill junctions with Norwood Road will be closed. Additionally, two-way temporary traffic lights will be used to control the flow of traffic in Norwood Road.
  • From 6th July until 23rd November the junction with Leigham Vale and Norwood Road will be closed.

Further road closures expected as the work progresses.


 Nicole Walsh, mother of Jessica will be doing a skydive with photo banner for Macmillan Cancer Support later this summer. All support will be much appreciated. To read Nicole’s story and donate visit:


 Author Visit: Matt Haig will be in the Prep on Tuesday 11th June. Signed copies of his new book, ‘Evie and the Animals’ will be available.

 Celebrations of Success:

Thursday 27th June, 09.15 – EYFS (Reception and Nursery)
Friday 28th June, 09.15 – Years 1-2
Wednesday 3rd July, 09.15 – Pre-Nursery
Saturday 6th July, 10.30 – Years 3-4
Saturday 6th July, 13.30 – Years 5-6

Sporting Fixture:

Friday 14th June – Whole School Sports Day

RSA Events:

Saturday 22nd June – Summer Fair, 12.00-14.30
Monday 1st July – Cake Sales, 15.30


As the weather improves please remind the children about wearing sunscreen and giving regular top ups. The Rosemead sun hat should be available to wear too.

Have an enjoyable week.

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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