Good afternoon,

Despite the very chilly weather Rosemead children have been out about as usual. Highlights of the week are:

 NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

 Reception visit Polka Theatre: Today the Reception children went to the Polka Theatre to see the production of ‘In the Winter Wood’. The goat, as storyteller, told the children a range of tales involving a possum, a lion, a cat and jungle animals. There was much talk back at school about the favourite bits; it was all very much enjoyed. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied this visit.

 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 PREP

 Young Shakespeare Company visit: On Tuesday Years 3 and 4 had front row seats to a brilliant production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This was performed by the Young Shakespeare Company who never fail to captivate their audience whilst making Shakespeare accessible and enjoyable to all, irrespective of age. As always, the audience were expected to actively participate and had a key role in the play itself from improvising and impersonating kings, queens and fairies to the more unusual task of having to provide the relevant backing sounds and songs where necessary. Overall, it would not be an exaggeration to claim that for most children it was their best two hours of learning this week!

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

ON THE BALL

 Under 9 Netball v JAPS: On Monday Years 3 and 4 girls played netball against JAPS.

Purple team: Amber, Anya, Jackie, Millie, Morgan, Sienna, Tania.

They played with real intent and won 4-3; Morgan and Sienna dominating in the middle and some excellent scoring from Millie.

Yellow team: Amrita, Chelsy, Daphne, Emily, Katriel, Maya, Poppy. Our girls fought hard and came close to scoring a couple of times – Emily and Amrita getting the ball from the back and causing a threat to their defenders; but ultimately the size difference was telling, and we lost 4-0. A special thank you to the Year 3 girls who ably stepped in at the last moment when we needed them, despite the arctic conditions! Not to forget our great coaches Claire and Ms Collins – thank you.

 Under 11 Tag Rugby v Dulwich Hamlet: On Wednesday afternoon our Under 11 tag rugby teams took to the field against Dulwich Hamlet.

A team: Cian, Daniel, Felix, Luke, Ned, Tommy, William.

This team contested a thrilling and competitive 11-11 draw. All players contributed in both defence and attack to gain a credible result against a strong opponent.

B team: George, Hassan, Jack and Max H, Theo H-D, Theo L, Zachy.

The final score was 17-9 to Dulwich Hamlet. However, despite the result, the Rosemead team performed amazingly, making decisions and passing the ball quickly to one another to score 9 tries. With a few more fixtures planned this term, the boys are looking forward to more rugby.

 Under 10 Tag Rugby v Oakfield: On Thursday our Under 10 tag rugby boys hosted a couple of matches against Oakfield.

Purple team: Cian (captain), Felix, Jack, Max H, Thomas L.

Black team: Hassan (captain), Jewell, Jimi, Max A, Zain.

Although competitive, and close in the end, it was evident from the start that Rosemead players were well drilled and worked as a team.

The Purple team won 9-7 with almost all of our players scoring multiple tries. Our Black team also won, 10-5. All Rosemead players scoring multiple tries.

 Years 3-6 London League Swimming Gala: Our performance in last term’s London League Gala meant we qualified for the London League B final. This was held on Thursday at Dulwich College, where we competed against much larger schools from across London. Year 3 team: Ada, Annabel, Chelsy, Daphne, Grace.

These children swam brilliantly to claim 2nd place. Daphne won the butterfly and the team won the medley relay.

Year 4 team: Emilie, Millie, Olly, Otto, Posy, Quben, Scarlett, Shay, Stanley, Yasmin.

These children competed well in every race. Millie won breaststroke; the medley relay team, Millie, Quben, Shay and Stanley, also won.

Year 5 team: Cian, Hennie, Jasmine, Maisy, Maggie, Max H, Ronnie, Tayah.

Enormous credit must go to this team as many competed in races where the stroke was not considered their strongest. They did this without fuss whilst competing against a very strong Year 5 field from other schools; they were a real credit to Rosemead. Maggie and Maisy achieved 2nd places in their individual races.

Year 6 team: Alice, Coco, Daniel, Eloise, Elspeth, Indigo, Ollie, Ned, Tommy.

These children were exceptional performers of the event with five 1st places, four 2nd places and three 3rd places, with the team finishing 2nd overall. Alice got us underway finishing an agonisingly close 2nd in the individual medley. Tommy and Daniel took 1st and 2nd in their backstroke races, Eloise and Indigo finished 1st and 2nd in their breaststroke events and in the butterfly Alice and Ned took 1st and 2nd. The A team came 1st in both the medley and freestyle relay, whilst the B team came 3rd in both of their relays.

In the overall result we finished in 5th place just 2 points off 4th and only 5 points off 3rd place. All swimmers can be very proud of their efforts and performances with special mentions to the Year 3 team and Year 6 squad who were very unfortunate not to win in their year groups.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Class Assemblies:

Thursday 31st January – 3M
Thursday 28th February – 3R
Thursday 7th March – 4G
Thursday 14th March – 4B
Wednesday 20th March – Nursery
FoodBank Week: Monday 11th February- Friday 15th February
What a Knight!: Years 3-4 Production; Thursday 14th February 14.00-15.30 and 18.00-19.30

On Monday, Mrs Katherine Woodcock, Headmistress of Sydenham High School will deliver morning assembly. Parents are most welcome to attend and join with Mr Soutar and Mrs Woodcock for coffee afterwards.

Have a fun weekend.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano