Good afternoon,

The Easter bonnets were amazing this year. Rosemead certainly has many creative and imaginative children, and I suspect parents. Both parades looked spectacular in the lovely spring sunshine.

Other highlights of the week are:

CONGRATULATIONS

 Handwriting Competition: The results of the Handwriting Competition were announced on Friday. Congratulations to:

Runners-up – Zara F (Years 5-6 category); James M and Katriel (Years 3-4 category)

Winners – Matilda D and Zishan (Years 5-6 category); Anika and Victor (Years 3-4 category)

The winners will go through to the ISA Handwriting Competition.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: A huge congratulations to Eva, 5W for competing in the European Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition last weekend. Eva was not only a competitor, but she came first winning a gold medal.

  NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

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

 NEWS FROM PREP

 VE Day Party: Year 5 had a super ending to their topic on World War 2 with a VE day party. The children had researched war time recipes and the types of clothes worn during the 1940s. On Thursday they came dressed in their costumes and brought in a variety of dishes which they enjoyed tasting. They played traditional party games and listened to 1940s music. Year 5 imagined what it would have felt like to have peace after such a terrible war. It was an enjoyable morning.

 Computing Event at Royal Russell: On Thursday Mr Gallagher accompanied Jackie, Kaden and Stanley in Year 4 to take part in a Computing Challenges day at Royal Russell Junior School. They utilised their skills in teamwork, problem solving, coding and debugging. They enjoyed showing their skills in Scratch and Lightbot and also learnt how to use some new exciting bits of technology including: microbits, piskel, makey-makey and bloksels. Finishing in joint third place in the debugging finale, the children returned with great excitement for computing and coding, and made several requests for equipment from the school’s ICT budget!

 Year 3 Museum: Year 3 were given the task of making and then setting up their own Sutton Hoo Museum. Their teachers were astounded at the enthusiasm displayed and the children’s fabulous ideas of what they should include. On Thursday afternoon, with much excitement, Year 3 had the grand opening to their Sutton Hoo Museum. The exhibits on display were truly incredible, from intricately designed necklaces to models of skilfully crafted Anglo Saxon ships. Everyone that visited the museum commented on how much hard work and effort the children had put into making their museum artefact. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the children in Year 3 on making this museum such a success and also to thank the parents for their help with the project.

 House Points: This term Blyton gained 33 house points, Forester gained 41 house points, Shackleton gained 35 house points and Shelton gained 37 house points. Congratulations Forester.

ON THE BALL

 Year 2 Football v Belham: Year 2 played another football festival against Belham Primary on Tuesday. We fielded five teams this week – 34 children! It was a fantastic display of skill by our youngest footballers. Many goals were scored but more importantly both schools cheered each other on and enjoyed themselves enormously. Thank you to the extended PE staff, which included Mrs Lawley, Mr O’Leary and Mrs Lenz.

Red ‘United’ team: Ada, Alexandre, Cayden, Freya, George, Salvador
Blue ‘City’ team: Amal, Bella, Darcie, Estella, Felix, Henry, Seb
Green ‘Town’ team: Erion, Giuseppe, Ivy, Joey, Oliver M, Parisa, Zara
Yellow ‘Athletic’ team: Anna, Diya, Elliot, Isla, Lexie, Oliver H, Thomas
Orange ‘County’ team: Alanna, Banks, Evie, Kaisan, Liza, Walter

 Year 3 Netball v St. David’s: On Tuesday afternoon our final netball match of the term took place. We played three matches which allowed for players to experience plenty of game time and to play in a number of different positions. We won the first game, lost the second game and drew the last game. One might say, overall, a very even contest! Sorrel was voted by the opposition as our player of the day at the end of the games. The team showed great competitiveness and sportsmanship throughout.

Team: Ada, Annabel, Chelsy, Daphne, Grace, Igor, Katriel, Lyra, Scarlett, Sorrel, Walter

Netball: Following our recent Under 11 netball matches at Alleyn’s, Coco K and Jasmine M were later voted the players of the match respectively. It has been a great term for netball training and matches. Our netball coach, Claire, has given invaluable guidance, support and knowledge in this pivotal development. There are some netball fixtures scheduled for the summer term and we hope that all players can look to progress their skills even further.

MUSICAL NOTES

 Spring concert: Congratulations to all musicians who played and sang in the concert on Thursday evening to a fabulously high standard. A full range of musicality was heard from the traditional Haydn, Verdi and Mozart to the more modern Elton John, Madness and Kaiser Chiefs. Such high achievements would not be possible without the encouragement and support the children receive from Mrs Holmes and her team of music teachers and of course you their parents.

 TRAVEL UPDATE

 Cycle Confident: The London Borough of Southwark is an authority deeply committed to developing cycling and has ear-marked £4m to make the borough one of the most bike-friendly in the capital over the next three years. Not only is cycling an environmentally-friendly way to travel, especially commuting, it also promotes a healthy, energetic lifestyle. Southwark Council provides cycle training as part of its cycling strategy. All courses are fully tailored to ability and are invaluable for beginners through to daily commuters. Anybody who lives, works or studies in the borough is entitled to their services.

https://www.cycleconfident.com/sponsors/southwark/

Let’s Ride: Join a group cycle ride and GET MORE FROM YOUR BIKE. Everything from huge traffic-free bike rides through major towns and cities, to small local rides which are great for families and beginners. Trained volunteers lead and inspire rides all over the country. https://www.letsride.co.uk/

 CO-CURRICULAR

 Chess: Two teams from Rosemead played in the Champions League last Saturday. Both had good results, with our first team coming in 9th position out of 30 and narrowly missing qualification. A special mention to Luca, 3R who won all his games and received a gold medal.

The squad: Emilie, Emre, Erion, Luca, Luke N, Magnus, Timothy, Tobias

CCF have another junior tournament for qualification to the English chess challenge on Saturday 6th April English chess challenge  Also Lewisham Chess Club are hosting another junior event on Sunday 19th May space limited to 40 children – 5th Hope Championship

Little Voices Performance: On Monday the children who attend Little Voices entertained their parents with a selection of songs from musicals. These included songs from the childrens’ favourite musical ‘The Greatest Showman’. Thank you to all the children who sang so well and to Miss Evans for leading the club so enthusiastically.

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
Friday 28th June, 09.15 – Years 1-2
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:

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.

EASTER HOLIDAY

We are running a Readathon Sponsored Read for the duration of the Easter break and would like children in Years 1-6 to join in. The money raised helps the charity Readathon to regularly give brand new books and storyteller visits to children’s hospitals across the UK. For more information, check out your child’s sponsorship card and visit www.readathon.org.  As well as encouraging pupils to read for fun, Rosemead will get free books worth 20% of our sponsorship total. Your child’s been given a Readathon sponsorship card on which to list whatever they enjoy reading – books, e-books, poetry, comics, sharing books, audio books – anything goes! Please return sponsorship money by Friday 26th April.

The skiers left a little earlier today and boarded the coach with high hopes of some good snow. As usual, former pupils and parents joined current ones for the annual family event which typifies the Rosemead community. Thank you to Ray and Sue Sawyer for all their work behind the scenes to keep this traditional event going.

Enjoy the Easter festivities.

 With my best wishes,
Lesley Kastoryano