Good afternoon,

As I write, preparations are well underway for the Christmas Fair tomorrow. Most children seemed to take advantage of the non-uniform day so there are some super prizes to be won on the bottle and chocolate tombolas. Highlights of the week are:

MOVEMBER

Thank you to everyone for supporting this great cause. A special message from the Master in charge of the Mo, Tim Harrison:

MOVEMBER is officially over for another year, and what a year of support and growth we have had! Once again the Rosemead Community have outdone themselves in their generosity by supporting Mr Staplehurst, Mr Harrison, Mr Rowlands and Mr Gallagher. This culminated in a fantastic last day of the month where everyone came in a rainbow of Tashes, from Nursery to Year 6, with the teachers, staff and parents all joining in to highlight this amazing cause. To date we have raised £505 on the website and £104 through the playground collection and more coming in as we speak, the good news is that won’t be all. You can still donate via our page on the MoVember website https://moteam.co/rosemead-moboys ‘til the end of term. For the first time in history more people are beating cancer and living their lives to the full. This is due to your generosity and the amazing work that foundations like MoVember are doing. From the very tips of our Tashes we thank you and your families for making this once again a fantastic year!

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to James M, 3B, for being selected to play in the Under 8 Tennis County Cup on Sunday. James was ranked second for the whole of Kent, which is a great achievement. He played incredibly well in both singles and doubles matches, with Kent coming a very close second overall.

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

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

NEWS FROM PREP

Year 4 visit to Hampton Court Palace: On Tuesday Year 4 travelled to Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence, Hampton Court Palace, to experience the beauty of one of the greatest palaces in the world. They met Henry VIII’s chief laundry maid, who guided them around the estate. They learnt fascinating facts about the lives of rich and poor at the court of Henry VIII, in the very rooms where lords danced, the servants slept and even the very spot where William Shakespeare performed. They explored the spectacular Grand Hall, the vast Tudor kitchens, the immaculate gardens and the famous red brick archway of Base Court. Year 4 had a fantastic day expanding their knowledge of the Tudor period. Thank you very, very much to the parent helpers who accompanied us.

 5B Class Assembly: Congratulations to 5B and Mrs Burden for their assembly based around their Science topic, Earth, Sun and Moon. Not necessarily an easy topic to add drama to and impart staggering facts and figures, but 5B managed this with aplomb. Adding a little audience participation, in the form of a quiz, kept us all engaged and was great fun.

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

 MUSICAL NOTES

 Music Examinations: All the best to our ABRSM examination children who will be taking their music examinations this coming Tuesday.

TRAVEL UPDATE

Bicycle Maintenance: Mr Richard Balfe, of Balfe’s Bikes www.balfesbikes.co.uk, and father of Henry, George and Alfie has kindly volunteered to check bikes over for free. He will be at the Prep on the morning of 4th December in the playground and in the Pre-prep playground the following morning, the 5th December. He is happy to provide spare parts such as cables and brake pads. For anything which cannot be fixed he will leave a recommendation for what needs to be done. This offer is open to children, parents and staff alike. We are very grateful for such a generous offer of his time and expertise. Bring your bikes on those days!

STARS Award: On Monday Otto (Junior Travel Ambassador), Theo (Chair of School Council) and Mrs Everitt (School Travel Champion) attended the STARS seminar at The Oval. The boys took part in travel related activities and participated in two workshops on road safety. The highlight was receiving the Gold Award for Active Travel.

LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

Dulwich Choral Society Concert: Haydn Mass in Time of War and Te Deum No. 2 in C. Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region. Saturday 1st December. Soloists include Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Lucy Goddard (mezzo soprano), James Way (tenor) and James Oldfield (baritone), with the Dulwich Festival Orchestra, leader Lennox Mackenzie OBE. Conducted by Aidan Oliver. All tickets £20 (£5 under 18), www.dulwichchoral.com or at the door. NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION: The Vaughan Williams Auditorium, James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich Grove. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Dulwich Village Christmas Stocking: On Sunday 2nd December, a fun-filled and free event for all the family in Dulwich Village. Highlights include carol singing, children’s theatre, art and craft workshops, storytelling, children’s disco and performances from local musical groups. Sample tasters of festive food and drink, enjoy special offers and treats and welcome the return of the Dulwich Village Christmas trees! There is a Christmas Treasure Hunt at Bell House, and enjoy free entry to the Dulwich Picture Gallery collection, or visit The Copper Beech Café at JAGS Sports Club for face painting, balloons and decoration making. Time: 11.00am-5.00pm

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Cake sale – Monday 10th December
Christmas Jumper Day – Wednesday 12th December
Pre-Prep Nativity – Thursday 13th December
Prep Carol Service – Friday 14th December
Rosemead Prayer Group – Christian parents will be meeting on Monday 10th December, at 8pm; all welcome. Please contact Katie for further details.

Visiting Heads of Senior Schools: Parents are most welcome to attend assembly when we have a visiting Head speak and afterwards to join Mr Soutar for coffee. This is the programme for next term:

Monday 14th January – Dr Savage, Headmaster of Alleyn’s School
Monday 28th January ­– Mrs Katherine Woodcock, Headmistress of Sydenham High School

On Monday Mr Alasdair Kennedy, Headmaster of Trinity School will deliver assembly. Parents are most welcome to join Mr Soutar and Mr Kennedy afterwards for coffee.

Best of luck to Millie, Alice B, Daniel, Eloise, Elspeth, Indigo, Ned, Ollie S and Tommy W who will be swimming in the ISA National Swimming Finals at the London Aquatic Centre tomorrow. These children have trained with dedication and commitment to reach such a high level and I am sure they will have wonderful experience.

I hope to see many of you tomorrow at the Christmas Fair.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano