Good afternoon,

The week began with a Rosemead styled Australia Day which was a brilliant success! All the children looked amazing – there were a fantastic variety of animals and Aussies. The children learnt a huge amount in assembly and the Year 6 children were lucky enough to have their questions answered by a serving Australian firefighter. Despite the London rain, our Aussie lunch of sausage sizzle and lamingtons kept the spirits high and the Anzac biscuits were a fantastic end to the day. We are thrilled to announce that we raised a whopping £910.56 which will all go to Aussie Ark, a charity that supports the animals and firefighters in Australia. 

Other highlights of the week are:

CELEBRATION ASSEMBLIES

Congratulations to everyone who received recognition in the celebration assemblies on Friday; they appear in the attached photographs.

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

Nursery visit from the potters of Pottery Mews: On Monday the children in the Nursery had the opportunity to create a koala from clay. They are very much looking forward to the return of their models once they have been fired.

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

Year 4 visit to Tower of London: On Tuesday Year 4 visited the fascinating (and rather cold) Tower of London as part of their Tudor topic. Highlights included meeting Catherine Parr and helping her decide whether to marry King Henry VIII, seeing the fabulous Crown Jewels and some armour belonging to Henry VIII, as well as trying out Tudor weapons via interactive displays. The visit really inspired and informed everyone. A special thank you to all the parent helpers who braved the bitter Thames wind!

Science Quiz: On Wednesday Rosemead Science Quizzers competed in an inter-school science competition with 26 schools taking part in the Science Museum. Our budding scientists, Maya, Dylan, Tobias and Logan have given up their Friday lunch playtimes since September to prepare for this quiz. Working together as a team they successfully managed to come 4th scoring 2,150 points. As Tobias 6B said, “Hard work and perseverance paid off. We are patiently waiting to hear if we managed to make into The Nationals.”  Thank you to Mrs Burden for helping the children achieve so well in this prestigious competiti

Year 6 Theatre Visit: On Wednesday the children spent a magical afternoon watching ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ at The Bridge Theatre. The children entered wholeheartedly into the world of C.S. Lewis’ magical fable – the Snow Queen’s icy winter evoked through billowing parachutes of silk and the beautiful aerial ballet for spring. ‘The actors were amazing!’ exclaimed Rose P. ‘It was so good!’ added Karoline. A wonderfully afternoon was certainly had by all. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied. 

5W Class Assembly: Congratulations to 5W and Mrs White for a fantastic start to the school day on Thursday. We knew that we were in for a treat when the children, only just recognisable, made their dramatic entrance; all had donned white coats, some wore goggles, several had grown their hair overnight, or it had turned white! These 5W scientists have certainly taken experimenting to a new level. Their scientific knowledge was amazing. On top of this they conducted a successful, live experiment! Our day really did begin with a bang! 

Year 6 Author visit: On Friday Year 6 attend a talk given by the children’s author Ross Welford at Dulwich College. They learnt how through Ross’ love of magic and reading magic books, helped inspire him to create his own magic by writing stories. The children were all treated to a few of his magic tricks and together created their very own unique story with him. It reminded children how important books are to open the mind and explore things and worlds that can only exist in dreams.

Clothes Swap: The Prep House-led Clothes Swap was a great success at lunchtime on Friday. Many children brought in one or more items and then Years 3 – 5 had the chance to pick up a new item of clothing. Everyone participated in the spirit of the event, which was to bring home the importance of sustainable fashion. It was wonderful to be able to play our small part in breaking the habit of ‘fast fashion’ and to feel empowered to help stop climate change. The event was such a success that we hope to hold another clothes swap in the future.

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

Years 5-6 Swimming Gala: Well done to our Years 5 and 6 swimmers for working so hard at the swimming gala against St. Dunstan’s College on Tuesday evening. It was a very evenly matched gala between the two schools. Our children won several individual and relay events. Although the scores were close, unfortunately, on this occasion, we just missed out and St. Dunstan’s were the overall winners. All Rosemead swimmers are to be commended for the hard work and effort they always put into their training sessions and galas.

Squad: Cian, Daniel, Emilie, Emre, Felix H, Maisy, Max Mo, Michael, Milly, Olly DM, Posy, Quben, Ronnie, Scarlett A, Shay, Yasmin

Under 10 Tag Rugby: On Thursday our boys and girls from Year 5 took part in a tag rugby match against Oakfield. We played a round robin of four matches. From the start the tries came flooding in – Otto, Vanessa, Nicholas and Eden all scoring, Shay picking up 2, Quben and Louis 3. We won two, drew one and narrowly lost one.

Red team: Daniel, Rafa, Rafe, Millie, Nicholas, Posy, Shay

Black team: Charlie, Eden, Louis, Otto, Quben, Rafferty, Ted, Vanessa

MUSICAL NOTES

Gentle Reminder: All individual music lesson fees should now have been received by your child’s music teacher. Please sign and return music contracts as soon as possible.

CO-CURRICULAR 

After School Care: Should you need to contact ASC after the school offices have closed, they can be reached on: 07538 517894.

Chess: Opportunities for individual young chess players

Saturday 8th February – Golders Green Rapid Play this includes a beginners section

Sunday 16th February – Kent Junior Rapid Play  this Kent Junior Chess Association event is part of a monthly schedule of games

Team competitions

Saturday 28th March – Chess Coach, Bill Upton, is also looking to put together at least three competitive teams for the second leg of Champions League

FUNDRAISING 

Foodbank: Collection for local Foodbanks begins on Monday and will continue until Friday 14th February. We will be talking to the children in assemblies about the lifeline that Foodbanks provide for local families who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

Please give from these urgently needed items only

  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fruit
  • Rice pudding
  • Coffee
  • UHT milk
  • Washing up liquid
  • Shower gel
  • Razors
  • Deodorant (men and women)
  • Washing tables or capsules
  • Toilet rolls
  • Wet wipes for babies
  • Size 5/6 nappies

We cannot stress how important it is to donate just these items as they are well stocked with anything else. It is essential that everything is in date and unopened; out of date and opened items cannot be used by Foodbanks. 

TRAVEL UPDATE

‘Our Healthy Streets Initiative’ Phase 3 of Southwark Council’s consultation was published earlier this week. The draft proposals are radical and, if implemented, even if only in part, would have a major impact on driving in Dulwich. Your comments/suggestions can be given via the Southwark website or by attending one of the three public consultation meetings on: Saturday 8th February (9.30am-12.30pm) at Alleyn’s School, Townley Road

Saturday 29th February (9.30am-12.30pm) at Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane Wednesday 4th March (6.30-9.00pm) at JAGS, East Dulwich Grove

Brockwell Park to Gipsy Hill Healthy Routes – Concurrently with the Southwark Healthy Streets proposals, Lambeth Council have also begun consultation on its own initiative in West Dulwich (formerly the Rosendale Road Quiet Way). More information can be found on the Lambeth website. 

UNIFORM

Please remember to label your children’s uniform, especially coats, hats and scarves. We have had two duffle coats go missing this term so please check that your child has the correct one.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

World Book Day: To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday the 5th March there will be a number of events including a visit from the author Chitra Soundar, a book swap and a book nook competition. A book nook is a “mini world created within your bookshelf”, usually as a diorama of an alley. See the pictures outside the library for further ideas or search for book nook shelf insert.

  • The book nook should have a book related theme – this can be a scene or an imaginary world from a favourite book.
  • The book nook should be able to fit on the library book shelves between the paperback books.
  • The deadline for entries is Thursday 5th March.
  • There is a prize and house tokens for the winning entry.
  • Book Nooks will be judged on creativity and originality.  All book nooks will be displayed in the library. 

NEXT WEEK

A consultation evening will be held on Thursday for parents whose children take individual music lessons. Please do take this annual opportunity to come and meet your child’s music teacher to discuss their progress.

I hope you are having pleasant weekend.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano

11+

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
Headmaster

Leavers’ Destinations