Good afternoon,

Across the school, lights twinkle and trees deck the halls – Christmas is coming! Highlights of the week are:


 Look at Learning: Many parents took up the opportunity this morning to accompany their child into their classroom to share and celebrate some key aspects of their learning from this year. The children proudly showed their chosen pieces of work and talked about why they had made those choices. We hope that this was a useful experience for all.

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


 Year 3 visit to Museum of London: On Monday the Year 3 children went to the Museum of London to broaden their knowledge of the Romans. Imagining they were archaeologists, the children took part in a workshop where they examined real Roman artefacts and considered what their object was made from and its use. On their tour around the museum, the children enthusiastically went on a treasure hunt to find six different important artefacts. They then listened to how these played a part in furthering our understanding of how the Romans lived in Britain. Thank you to all the parents who accompanied this visit.

 4L Class Assembly: The courtroom was set and judgement declared! For 4L this followed on from their visit to the Royal Courts of Justice and culminated in a fantastic assembly; the audience were clearly enlightened about the judicial process. A huge amount of learning around the subject was evident from their presentation, as well as some great speaking. Congratulations to 4L and thank you to Mr Laws.

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


 Under 11 Football: Last Friday afternoon we hosted matches against City of London School and fielded three strong teams. This was our 5th SEL league match of the season and we were sitting at the top of a very competitive table coming into this game with huge footballing schools below us such as Alleyn’s, Blackheath, Oakfield and Dulwich Hamlet. Purple team won comfortably in the end with the scoreline of 3-1 and this could have been a much larger score if we had taken more of our chances. Louis scored in his debut match, with Thomas and Jimi also netting a goal each. This confirms our place at the top with Blackheath the only team near to us thus far. We have one more league match to play and then we must wait and see how the rest of the league plays out.

The Black team were involved in a high scoring game with neat football from both sides. Unfortunately, City of London proved to be more able in front of the goalposts and won 6-3. In the first half, the game was very tense and tight and our team managed to score 2 amazing goals coming from James and Max. The score at half time was 2-2 and a fair representation of the game. As for the second half, we started with two early goals from either side which brought the score to 3-3 with Nicholas passing to James behind the defence of City of London who took a great first touch in front of him and scored in the bottom corner. Our team began to tire, and City of London took advantage of this and scored 3 more goals towards the end of the game despite the heroic saves of Niko in goal.

The White team were involved in the closest game of the afternoon, narrowly losing 3-2. The Rosemead team were the much better side in the first half with Ronnie causing the City of London defence problems with his skilful dribbling and he deservedly opened the scoring with a lovely finish into the corner of the goal. The team were able to double their lead through an extraordinary goal from Rose. Inside her own half, the ball came her way and she shot first time sending the ball arrowing into the top corner from almost 30 yards out! The team led 2-0 at half time but unfortunately this lead was quickly cut to 2-2 with City scoring two quick goals at the beginning of the second half. With City pushing for a winner, Salim and Hassan worked their socks off to protect our goal but sadly City scored the winning goal with not long left and we were unable to find a response in time.

Purple Team: Emre, Felix, Jack, Jewell, Louis, Luke, Shay, Thomas

Black Team: James, Max A, Max H, Nicholas, Niko, Zain, Zishan

White Team: Hassan, Logan, Rose, Ronnie, Salim, Sophie, Tobias

 Under 11 Girls’ Football: On a rather wet Wednesday afternoon our Girls’ Football Squad made the journey east to Blackheath to play in two 7-a-side matches. The White team included some girls who were playing in their first football match of the season and they competed against a big squad of Blackheath players who had many subs to rely on. Rosemead took the lead in the first half with a fine goal from Maggie. However, with the rain starting to come down stronger and the light beginning to fade, Blackheath equalised and snatched a late winning goal with only seconds of the game remaining; it seemed unfair on our girls who deserved at least a draw for their efforts. A special mention must go to Isla in Year 3 who was competing against girls over 3 years older. Annilka was our player of the match in this game for her great dribbling skills and tenacious tackling.

The Purple team did not fare so well in their match, facing a strong Blackheath team who had recently won the JAGS Tournament. Mr Rowlands was refereeing the White team’s match at the same time as this game and he was incredibly pleased to see the likes of Sophie and Hennie leading a half time team talk at the break, with the girls huddled together showing great unity and listening to one another despite trailing 4-1. A physical Blackheath team went onto score 3 more goals in the second half which was an unfair reflection of the flow of the game which was much more balanced than the score line. A special mention must go to Ida who stepped up to play in goal in the absence of Rose. A disappointing result for these girls who have been brilliant in their commitment and attitude to football this term.

Purple Team: Amber T, Hennie, Ida, Jackie, Lauren, Sophie, Vanessa

White Team: Annilka, Eva N, Isla, Issy DS, Jasmine M, Maggie, Tilly

 Success for Ida: Ida has been called back to the third round of England Girls’ Ice Hockey trials, which will take place on 19th December in Sheffield. She is competing for a netminder position against players 3 years older than herself; not only this, Ida is the youngest girl to be called back. If successful, she will head off with a squad to an international match in Finland in March. I am sure you will join with me in wishing Ida all the very best in the forthcoming trials, in what will certainly prove to be a most valuable experience.


 String group: This group will be playing on Monday at 8.55am as the children come in for assembly. Parents of these players are most welcome to join us.

Music Examinations: ABRSM music examinations are on Tuesday at Rosemead. Trinity Music College examinations are on Thursday (external centre in Bromley). Please encourage as much practice in these last few days if your child is taking an examination.

Violin Demonstrations: Year 1 violin demonstration is on Wednesday morning. 1A – 9.00am and 1T – 9.30am. Parents of those children are very welcome to join us.

Christmas Fair: The Prep choirs are very welcome to join to sing a selection of carols at the Christmas Fair between 12.15 -12.45. Do let Mrs Holmes know if your young singer is able to join us.


 Success for Corie: Congratulations to Corie, 5G, whose dance group took second place in a recent Stars of the Future competition.


 NoVember: A special message from Tim Harrison, Master in charge of the Mo!

This year started off slowly but has finished more strongly than we have done in many a year. We have benefited from the amazing help and amazing moustache of Mr Adeboyeku who by himself has raised an outstanding £800. Mr Staplehurst and I have been doing MoVember officially for 9 years (unofficially 10) and this year his moustache morphed through the month, from big and bushy, to Tom Selleck, to the bright Pink of the rock star he is. We need to thank you, the Rosemead Community for your amazing generosity once more, as we have raised an outstanding £1,292, double last year’s effort! This amazing charity has helped improve the lives of so many fathers, sons and brothers over the past decade. We are proud to be strong advocates and we will continue to fight for men’s heath and cancer research and look forward to enlisting more of our dads next year. We do and are, making a difference world-wide! Donations are still welcome.

Congratulations all and especially Mr Adboyeku, Mr Staplehurst and Master Mo – Mr Harrison!


Mark Evison Foundation Carol Concert: Wednesday 4th December, 7.00pm at Christ’s Chapel, Gallery Road. Guest readers will include Helen Hayes MP, Robert Glenister, and Oliver Cotton, and Julian Ovenden will sing. There will be a champagne reception and nibbles afterwards. Tickets £15, under 16s free.
Dulwich Charity Lunch: Thursday 5th December at 12.30pm at The Lordship Pub, 211 Lordship Lane. The Dulwich Charity lunch raises much needed funds for local charity Link Age Southwark. Full details available at
Dig the Park: Saturday 7th December, 10.00am-1.00pm. Bulb planting with Dulwich Park Friends. Stout shoes and gloves essential. Meet at the Court Lane Gate ‘island’.


Monday 9th December – RSA Cake Sales
Wednesday 11th December – Christmas Jumper Day, for Save the Children
Thursday 12th December – Pre-Prep Nativity
Friday 13th December – Prep Carol Service at All Saints Church, Lovelace Road


Please do not forget that Friday is non-uniform day in exchange for bottles and chocolates for the Christmas Fair, which is of course the following day. Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the week and early on the day of the fare.

Rosemead is delighted to be part of Wild Norwood 2019. This is a Window Wanderland Winter Festival – a magical walking trail to light up streets from Friday 29th November – Sunday 8th December, 6.00-9.00pm (map attached). This unique event, lit up by displays in local windows can be enjoyed by all and, best of all, Rosemead is part of the trail.

Good luck to our swimming squad on Saturday as they take to the pool in the ISA National Finals.

Have a lovely weekend.

 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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