Good afternoon,

Welcome back to the Summer term. The children have enjoyed their three-day week; highlights are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

 Junior House Captains: The new Junior House Captains for the summer term were announced. They are:

Forester – Florence
Shelton – Banks
Blyton – Zara
Shackleton – Walter

Librarians: The new Librarians for the summer term are:

2E – Erion and Amal
2W – Anna and India

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.

NEWS FROM PREP

he World’s Largest Lesson: On Wednesday we started the term by taking part in the World’s Largest Lesson and learning about the United Nation’s 17 global goals for a sustainable future. The children worked in groups of various ages and focused on two goals throughout the morning. There was a fantastic buzz in the school, where children took part in activities such as creating a plastic wave art installation, exploring clean and affordable energy through building dynamos and understanding the impact of poverty on children living in Kolkata by making paper bags. The children really enjoyed the activities and we hope they will continue to share and encourage others to help contribute towards a healthier planet.

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

ON THE BALL

 ISA Cross Country: After 8 of our runners qualified for the ISA National Cross Country, we travelled up to Rugby School at the beginning of the Easter holiday to take part in the event. The weather was gorgeous, sun was warm and traffic kind. The children yet again did Rosemead proud with their efforts and this time they were also representing the London South team too. In the Years 3-4 girls’ race Grace came in 30th, Sylvie 34th and Yasmin 35th out of 67 runners – a great achievement from some of our youngest runners. In the Years 3-4 boys’ race, Otto came 17th and Shay 18th out of 69 runners – racing each other to the finish line – another fantastic result. In the Years 5-6 girls’ race Jessica came in 15th, Sophie 19th and Jasmine 26th out of 70 runners, showing some real class through the longer course. All of the children rose to the occasion on the big stage, beating many of the other members of the London South team who finished ahead of them in the regionals. They also helped London South to finish in a wonderful 2nd place overall.

 Dulwich Hamlet Cross Country: On Thursday afternoon we took over 60 runners from Years 3 to 6 to Dulwich Hamlet Junior School to participate in their annual cross country event; an event which we won last year. The first group to run were our Year 3 boys who competed well in their first time at the event. For the Year 3 girls, Grace ran a spectacular race, somehow managing to sprint the entirety of the final lap in pursuit of the runner in front of her, but just not quite catching her as she finished in a still brilliant 2nd place. The rest of the girls all finished strongly and Rosemead claimed 1st place as a team in this competition. Year 4 boys built upon this early success with Otto winning and Shay close behind in 3rd place. These two high placed finishers along with the rest of the boys’ great finishing positions claimed 1st place for Rosemead as a group in this category. The Year 4 girls, all running three laps of the course for the first time (2.1km), did very well and were unlucky not to claim placing as a team. The Year 5 boys’ event was a strong competitive group, which was tough, but all did themselves proud and fought until the finish line. The Year 5 girls made it three age group wins for Rosemead as they won their race with Jasmine coming in 3rd place. In the Year 6 boys’ team, Herb, Oli and Tommy managed to finish in the top 10. In the last race of the day the Year 6 girls’ team gave it their all to finish a great day for Rosemead Cross Country. When the results of all races were tallied, Rosemead were declared the overall winners! A fantastic achievement to retain the trophy from last year. An enormous thank you to Una, our inspirational coach, and to Mrs Lawley for all her hard work and dedication with the cross country team. An amazing achievement against a number of larger schools. Hopefully our cross country success will continue for many years to come. Congratulations to all.

The Squad:

Year 3 – Ada, Alex T, Arthur, Charlie C, Gabriel, Eliot, Grace, Jack L, Jack M, Joshua, Katriel, Kyran H, Lucienne, Sylvie, Sorrel
Year 4 – Annika, Charlie T, Daniel, Emilie, Jacklyn, Louis, Morgan, Olly, Otto B, Rafa, Shay, Tania, Theo, Yasmin,
Year 5 – Cian, Felix, Flo, Iris, Jack, Jasmine, Jewell, Luke, Maisy, Molly O’C, Poppy, Ronnie, Rose M, Salim, Sophie J, Thomas, Tayah, Zishan,
Year 6 – Eloise, Herb, Indigo, James, Jessica K, Jessica W, Ollie, Scarlett, Theo H-D, Theo L, Tommy.

MUSICAL NOTES

 Music Examinations: Congratulations to all the children who took Trinity College or ABRSM music examinations at the end of last term. We had some fantastic results; 8 distinctions, 10 merits and 6 passes. This term the music examinations will be at the end of June with an applicant closing date within the next two weeks. Candidates will be informed and need to start increasing their practise routines from now on in order to build on our success.

 Electric Fusion Band: For those who would like to hear our amazing Electric Fusion Band performing again, they will be playing as part of the Dulwich Festival on Thursday 16th May at 7.00pm in The Pod at Kingsdale School.

UNIFORM

 Girls should be wearing summer dresses with white socks (Reception-Year 6). Boys should be in shorts with grey socks and short sleeve shirts (Year 1-6). For PE, skins are not to be worn, but tracksuit bottoms may be worn in cooler weather. A reminder that the blazer is not an optional item, it is compulsory (Reception–Year 6). It is the expectation that children arrive and leave school wearing their blazer unless they are in PE kit. We ask that you help us in ensuring that the children look smart and tidy as they come to school and leave at the end of the day. They are representing the school in their uniform and we would like to give people the right impression of Rosemead.

 TRAVEL UPDATE

 National Walking Month:  This event is just 5 days away. Time to lace up and get ready to #WalkThisMay. It is vital that as many children as possible walk to school – not only to improve children’s health and wellbeing, but also to help tackle congestion and air pollution. Walk to School Week is 20th-24th May. Too many of the roads outside schools are congested with cars at drop-off and pick-up times, making them polluted and unsafe. Living Streets wants to change this, and the benefits to our streets, air quality and, of course, our youngest walkers could be huge. Urge your council to make the roads outside schools safer. School street closures, controlled parking zones and 20mph speed limits are all measures that can transform streets outside schools and they are all options at your council’s disposal. By using the simple online form, you can write to your councillors about the streets outside our school and ask them to implement one of these. A small step that could lead to big changes with a lasting legacy. Please take a few moments to write a letter to your local councillors. Let’s get ready to walk this May.

CHARITY NEWS

We want your Stamps: Against Breast Cancer funds pioneering research into new treatments, tools for earlier diagnosis and advice to reduce the risk of recurrence and secondary spread. This charity wants to increase the survival rates of all breast cancer patients and ultimately, discover a vaccine against breast cancer. Used stamps, whether they are British or overseas, new or used, can be recycled to raise money to support breast cancer research. Stamps are sold by weight. Please cut the stamp off the envelope, leaving approximately 1cm of envelope bordering each stamp. The rest of the envelope can be recycled. Collected stamps should then be handed in to either school office c/o Mrs Everitt.

LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

 Senior schools: In preparation for senior school, parents of girls in Years 5 may wish to be aware of the upcoming Taster Event: Monday 20th May 2019 from 4.30pm – 6.30pm for girls considering applying to JAGS for 11+ entry in 2020. The aim is to give applicants a flavour of JAGS. As places are limited, they are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Snacks and drinks will be provided but please do let JAGS know if your daughter has any allergies. Please note that JAGS is nut free. The taster will involve a carousel of three lessons. To book a taster event for your daughter, please visit: www.jags.org.uk/admissions/open-mornings-taster-days If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar, Henrietta Kiezun on 020 8299 8407.

 Congratulations to Anti-Plastic Bag Campaigners: Darcie (2E) and Ines (1Z) have been speaking to local butcher, Scotch Meats Stores, about the use of plastic bags. The butcher was keen to hear their views and said that he had experienced resistance from shoppers in changing to paper (Scotch Meats currently offer plastic and paper). So, the girls decided on their own poster campaign to try to persuade people to reconsider and change their old habits and move away from plastic. The butcher happily agreed to put up the posters in the shop. A very positive move for the planet.

Dulwich Festival: As part of the Artists’ Open House programme, Tracy Laughton (Prep art teacher), Jacks Williams (parent) and Tine Bladbjerg (former parent) will be exhibiting their work on Saturday 11th May and Sunday 12th May. For more information: http://dulwichfestival.co.uk/artists-open-house/page/5/

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 Class Assemblies:

Wednesday 8th May – 1T
Tuesday 14th May – 1Z
Wednesday 15th May – 2E
Thursday 16th May – 4W
Wednesday 22nd May – 2W
Thursday 23rd May – 6L
Tuesday 11th June – RA
Wednesday 12th June – RW
Thursday 13th June – 6C
Thursday 20th June – 6I

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

Key Sporting Fixtures:

Thursday 16th May – Pre-Prep Swimming Gala, 13.30–15.30.
Friday 17th May – Prep Swimming Gala, 13.30-15.30.
Friday 14th June – Whole School Sports Day

Other Key Events:

Thursday 16th May – Art Exhibition, 15.30-18.30
Monday 20th May – Karl Hopwood delivering online safety workshops for children, throughout the day, and parents at 18.30.
Saturday 22nd June – Summer Fair, 12.00-14.30.

Have a lovely weekend.

With my best wishes,
Lesley Kastoryano