Good afternoon,

At Rosemead we take pride in offering a broad curriculum. This week many classes have travelled to experience art and drama outside of the classroom. Highlights of the week are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

Year 2 Theatre visit: The Year 2 children had a ‘Wicked’ day on Wednesday. It started with some workshop activities at school run by the class teachers, including casting spells and singing songs from the musical. In the afternoon Year 2 took the train to Victoria to see the show Wicked at the Apollo Theatre. They were enthralled by the lights, music, songs and acting. A fantastic time was had by all, and the experience I am sure changed them all for good. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied the visit.

Year 2 Lunch at Prep:  On Friday Year 2 children walked to the Prep for their lunch and a playtime as part of the transition arrangements for September. They enjoyed the opportunity to play with the Year 3 children.

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

NEWS FROM PREP

 Year 3 visit to Parade Mews Pottery: On Monday, Year 3 went to try their hands at making an object out of clay at Parade Mews Pottery. Whilst the children learned several pottery skills, the most essential one, ‘score and slip’, was constantly reinforced throughout the lesson (this was to ensure that none of the parts they were attaching fell off). At the end, the children had made a unique collection of miniature Viking shields, with intricate patterns and motifs, ready to be fired and glazed. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the children are looking forward to seeing how their shields look after firing.

 Year 4 visit to Parade Mews Pottery: On Tuesday Year 4 enjoyed their visits to Parade Mews Pottery to create characters from Alice in Wonderland. They modelled, painted and saw their characters come to life. They are now excited to receive their ceramic creations. We are grateful for Niamh’s and Lisa’s expertise and tuition.

 Year 5 visit to Parade Mews Pottery: Year 5 had a very enjoyable pottery workshop on Thursday. They got the chance to make pots in the style of Ancient Greek amphoras. The children decorated and engraved their pots and they certainly looked impressive.

 Year 6 visit to Harry Potter World: On Tuesday Year 6 had the opportunity to visit The Warner Brother Studios to take a closer look behind the scenes of the world of Harry Potter. During the summer term the children study set and costume design along with prop making. This was a great opportunity for the children to see what goes into the making of such an iconic series of films. They learnt about the departments involved in the production of a film, from hair and make-up to visual and special effects. Beyond the back lot, with the night bus and Privet Drive, the children marvelled at the animatronic creatures and were dazzled by Diagon Alley. There is a new permanent addition to the tour which blew the children and adults away! We were able to walk through the wonderful wizarding bank of Gringotts, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins and so much more. The tour ended with the jewel in the crown of the art department, the intricately detailed model of Hogwart’s Castle which enthralled us all. Many thanks to the parents who assisted with this visit.

 Mathematics Challenge at Royal Russell: On Wednesday afternoon Mr Laws and four pupils from Year 5 visited Royal Russell School in Croydon for a Mathematics challenge event. Zishan, Tobias, Max H and Felix were up against 19 other schools in a four-round competition. The problems involved mental, written and puzzle challenges to be completed in 15 minutes per round. All of our pupils, as well as children and teachers from other schools, agreed that the level of difficulty was very high indeed! The Rosemead team, while not finishing in the top three, performed very well, largely due to their great mental maths skills. Following the competition all participants enjoyed a maths show by magician Tony Charles. It was truly entertaining, surprising and educational. We then enjoyed a tea laid on by the Royal Russell catering team before certificates were awarded to all the teams. Congratulations to our Year 5 team for their fantastic effort and for representing Rosemead so well.

 Year 4 Residential visit to Isle of Wight: The children and teachers had a wonderful time visiting the Isle of Wight from Wednesday to Friday. The trip began with a visit to Monkey Haven where the children learnt about the conservation programme. On day two we went to Alum Bay where the children were guided through the intricate and exciting process of sweet making, before creating coloured sand patterned ornaments, a 4D cinema experience and trip up to the viewing platform to see the famous Needles. After lunch the children had great fun exploring the castle heights and grounds of Carisbrook Castle. They were particularly delighted to meet the donkeys operating the 432 year old water wheel. After a splash and a play on the beach in some glorious sunshine, fish fingers and apple crumble were on the menu for dinner. In the evening the children were enthralled by fabulous traditional stories of the island before a pre-bedtime warm chocolatey treat. On Friday we visited Godshill Model Village before visiting the hugely popular donkey sanctuary. Thank you to Mr Gallagher, Ms Borny, Miss Webster, Mrs Burden, Mr Baron and Miss Ellis who accompanied the Year group.

ON THE BALL

ISA Under 7s London South Football Festival: Last Friday some of our footballers from Year 2 went to Lingfield Notre Dame for the annual ISA football festival.

Purple team: Banks, George, Henry, Joey, Oliver M, Salvador, Seb.
Black team: Alexandre, Cayden, Elliot, Erion, Giuseppe, Oliver H, Walter.

For the Purple team, Seb scored four goals, Joey three and Banks two. For the Black team Cayden scored twelve goals, Ollie scored two and Elliot and Walter also scored. Both teams won all but one of their games. They played with tenacity and skill and, most importantly, loved every minute and behaved perfectly.

Years 5-6 Football v Rosendale: On Wednesday our Years 5-6 footballers played a match against Rosendale. Our first game was won by our A team. We narrowly lost out in the next two games.

The squad: Dan W, Emry, James S, Jewell, Jimmy, Joseph, Kieren, Luke T, Ned, Oliver S, Rafferty R, Theo HD, Theo M, Thomas L, Tommy W (captain), Will J, Zachy

MUSICAL NOTES

 Diary Dates:

ISA Choral Celebration – Friday 10th May. Twenty five singers will be accompanying Mrs Holmes and Mr Soutar.

Electric Fusion Band at Dulwich Festival – Thursday 16th May, 19.00.

 UNIFORM

 Most children have arrived this week looking very smart and in the correct summer uniform; your attention given over to this is appreciated, especially as the children have been out on several visits this week. A reminder that the boys should be wearing short grey socks and short-sleeved shirts.

LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

 Dulwich Festival: Friday10th – Sunday 19th May. A wide range of events, walks, talks and concerts; Artists’ Open House during both weekends, with several Rosemead parents exhibiting – full details: www.dulwichfestival.co.uk

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 Key Sporting Fixtures:

Pre-Prep Swimming Gala – Thursday 16th May, 13.30–15.30.
Prep Swimming Gala – Friday 17th May, 13.30-15.30. 

Other Key Events:

Art Exhibition – Thursday 16th May, 15.30-18.30 and Friday 17th May, 08.15-09.15.
An insight into digital learning at Rosemead, including an online safety talk by Karl Hopwood – Monday 20th May, 18.30.

Rosemead Prayer Group: Christian parents from the Rosemead will be meeting on Wednesday 22nd May, 8pm. All welcome. Please contact Katie for further details.

Enjoy the May Bank holiday.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano