Good morning,

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

 Year 1 visit to Hyde Park Education Centre: On Monday Year 1 had a successful (and dry!) visit to Hyde Park Education Centre. The children enjoyed looking at maps of London and used their own maps to navigate around the Education Centre. Afterwards they split into teams and undertook an exciting orienteering activity around the Park, finding various landmarks and answering questions. This was definitely the highlight for most of the children! In the afternoon the children had a little bit of time to enjoy playing in the park and all created a transient art piece, using natural materials that they found. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied this visit.

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

 NEWS FROM PREP

 Birdworld: Last Friday Year 6 ventured to Birdworld to examine the adaptations of different specimens. They listened to a fascinating presentation from a bird keeper who amazed everyone with great facts whilst the penguins darted and dived for their dinner! Afterwards to Discovery Show, an indoor presentation, showcasing a range of birds displaying their natural behaviour. It was a great day! Thank you to the parents who joined us and the children.

Inter House Quiz: On Monday the children at the Prep participated in a House Quiz. They were put into inter-year groups to answer curriculum-specific questions for their year, in addition to some bonus questions. Forester was victorious, as they answered the most questions correctly, earning them 5 house points. Second was Shelton, earning them 3 house points.  Blyton and Shackleton were awarded 2 and 1 House Points respectively. Most importantly, much fun was had by all!

 Young Shakespeare Company Performance: It was a thrilling, edge of the seat start for Years 5 and 6 on Tuesday this week when the Young Shakespeare Company brought Macbeth to the Prep. Cackling witches, dark sinister plots and murder had the audience gripped from the start. However, it was the nail-biting fight between Macbeth and MacDuff at the end of this play that made hearts pound and ended with an almighty cheer when MacDuff declared himself victorious! Once again Shakespeare has been brought to our present day lives thanks to the YSCo and their wonderful, captivating performance of this famous play.

 Year 4 meet Tom Fletcher: On Thursday afternoon Year 4 visited Dulwich College to hear author and singer Tom Fletcher read from his new book ‘The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch’. It was a wonderful event, with plenty of audience participation. Special treats included the illustrator, Shane Devries, drawing the Christmasaurus live, and Tom Fletcher singing a song from the stage production of his book. The fact that three-quarters of the year group put their names down for a signed copy of the book shows the enthusiasm of the children!

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

ON THE BALL

 Under 10 Football v Alleyn’s: On Thursday 26th September Year 5 went to Alleyn’s to play three matches – two boys’ and one girls’.

Purple team: Louis, Nicholas, Niko (goalkeeper), Otto, Quben, Rafa, Shea, Sonny (goalkeeper).

Alleyn’s started very strongly and caught us on the back foot scoring a number of early goals. We rallied in the second half showing a real desire to get numbers forward. Every midfielder and striker had multiple shots on goal but we hit both posts, the crossbar and the very good goalie – it would not be our day. This team of boys should feel very proud of the tenacity, attitude and the progress they made towards becoming the team we know they will eventually be. Player of the match Shea.

Black team: Archie, Charlie, Dylan, Luke M, Luke N, Niko, Olly, Rafferty, Sachin.

Rosemead played two games of differing fortunes; the first, a hard-fought match with goals galore at both ends of the pitch. We took the lead following an own goal from Alleyn’s, then they came back strongly in the second half and took a 2-1 lead. The game ended a 2-2 draw after Alleyn’s scored their second own goal of the match! The next game saw Rosemead race ahead in the first half to a 4-0 lead with goals from Olly, Charlie and a brace from Sachin. The game finished 4-0 with Rosemead controlling much of the ball and the resolute defence of Luke, Rafferty and Archie holding firm. A very enjoyable two games with all of the boys playing very well. Player of the match Olly.

Girls’ team: Amber, Annika, Ida, Isabella, Jackie, Vanessa.

Alleyn’s had the stronger start with two goals in quick succession. Play started to even out but Rosemead went 3-0 down towards the end of the first half. Due to some excellent passing and finishing by Ida, Alleyn’s finally conceded a goal meaning the girls were 3-1 down going into the second half. This was without doubt Rosemead’s strongest half with every player giving full commitment. There were some excellent examples of team play, some incredible individual runs, fair but aggressive tackling and some great defending. Ida, with the support of her team, took the team quickly to 3-3 and with the boost of an enthusiastic parent cheer squad, the girls became stronger and stronger and forged a lead of 4-3 with 5 minutes to spare thanks to another goal from Ida, supported by Amber and Isabella up front. Alleyn’s fought back well and Jackie needed to defend heavily to avoid a goal from the opposition and Vanessa and Anika did an incredible job stopping Alleyn’s at goal. Keeping up the pressure, Rosemead scored with seconds to spare, giving us a win with an outstanding final score of 5-3. An exciting game for all, full of skill from both Rosemead and Alleyn’s teams. Player of the match was Vanessa, but every girl gave an inspiring performance.

 Under 8 Football v Alleyn’s: On Monday our Year 3 children went to Alleyn’s for friendly matches. We fielded three boys’ teams and one girls’ team.

Purple team: Banks, Cayden, Elliot, Giuseppe, Oliver H, Seb

The first half was an arm wrestle where we had some fantastic passages of linking play and scored some good goals. Alleyn’s had just as many chances but were held at bay by some superb keeping by Elliott. In the second half we lost our focus and positioning for the first part and Alleyn’s pounced on this, scoring a number of goals. When we got back to stronger positioning, the improvement was immediate, and Banks scored two goals. Elliot was our player of the match for his amazing work as goalkeeper in the first half.

Black team: Erion, Felix, Joey, Oliver M, Salvador, Walter

Rosemead started strongly and dominated the pitch with Felix scoring two goals and carving up for defence the whole game. Oliver also scored despite spending much of the match in goal. The final score-line was a very satisfying 3-0 to Rosemead. Felix was player of the match for his work rate and dominating the midfield.

White team: Adam, Alex, Archie, George, Henry, Thomas

This team was incredible in defence and scored many goals; the final score was an amazing 7-0. The first half was quite tight between the two teams, however, Rosemead managed to score two goals; the first came from Archie and the second from George. The second half started with an early goal. The team continued to play with many passes and collectively managed to score four more goals from Archie, Henry and George, who scored two. George was player of the match, because he won many battles in midfield and scored three goals and gave two assists.

Girls’ team: Alanna, Amal, Diya, Isla, Ivy, Mia, Zara

The girls played three matches against three different Alleyn’s girls’ teams and improved their play with each game that passed. Each played defence and attack at least once and four girls bravely used the opportunity to practise some goalkeeper skills. All three matches were heavily fought in the opposition’s half with great forward runs from Zara, Mia, Diya and Ivy. Isla’s strengths were at the goal mouth where she applied almost constant pressure while in attack. Strong defence came from Amal and Alanna. Rosemead won the first game 5-0 with Isla scoring 4 and Ivy 1. In the second game Rosemead won 2-0, with Maya and Alanna both scoring. The last game was a 4-0 win to Rosemead, the scorers were; Isla, 2 goals, Zara and Maya also scored. Isla was the player of the match for her tireless efforts; and huge praise to all the girls for the way they played as a team.

 Under 9 Netball v St. Dunstan’s College: On Tuesday afternoon our Year 4 netballers travelled to St. Dunstan’s for a friendly training session. The children integrated well with their St Dunstan’s counterparts and enjoyed the chance to train with different children in a new setting. They looked to improve on what they have been developing on so far this term, taking part in passing, possession and shooting practices. They also competed in some short matches at the end of the session where the girls put into practice what they had worked on earlier. The afternoon was a great success for all those involved.

Netball Squad: Alma, Annabel, Chelsy, Daphne, Freya, Janelle, Lyra, Persephone, Scarlett, Sorrel, Vievie

 Under 11 Girls’ 6-a-side Football Tournament: Our Under 11 girls had their first action of competitive football this year as they travelled to Sidcup to take part in a 6-a-side tournament hosted by West Lodge School. The girls got off to a fantastic start beating Oakhyrst 5-0 which included a hat-trick from Hennie. The second game was a lot tougher against St. Olaves and it finished 0-0 as we failed to take our chances and the St. Olaves’ goalkeeper made a number of fine saves. In our last group match we faced the host team West Lodge where Rosemead ran out a comfortable 6-0 win with Hennie netting another hat-trick. This meant that we finished 1st in our group and we would play the winners of the other group who were Merton Court, in the 1st place final. From the start it was clear that Merton Court had a very good captain in their side whom they looked to give the ball to at any opportunity. Our determined defence of Vanessa and Amber, who had been brilliant all afternoon, kept her quiet in the first half and Hennie was able to score to give us a 1-0 lead at half time. Merton Court equalised soon after half time but Hennie was able to quickly respond with another goal. Unfortunately, Merton Court were able to snatch another late equalizing goal which meant the scores were tied at 2-2 at full time. Therefore, the game went into a period of 5 minutes extra time and the Merton Court captain was able to score another 2 goals to give them a 4-2 win. This was a very harsh score line on the girls who had been outstanding in every match and who were arguably the better ‘team’ in the final. However, they can be extremely proud of their efforts and achievements on the day and were more than deserving runners up out of 8 schools. Our standout players on the day were our co-captains, Hennie for her prolific scoring and Sophie who did not stop running and kicking from the first whistle. The whole team displayed terrific sportsmanship throughout and were gracious in defeat in the final game, representing Rosemead proudly.

Team: Amber, Hennie, Ida, Lauren, Maggie, Sophie, Vanessa

 MUSICAL NOTES

 Orchestra: The Rosemead Orchestra is very much looking forward to their ‘Orchestral Day’ at Downe House School, Berkshire next Thursday; despite a very early start, the day will bring such an uplifting, invaluable experience for them.

 Individual Music Tuition: There are still some outstanding individual music fees due. Please can they be transferred to your young musicians’ music teacher. We have a few places for trumpet or trombone individual tuition should your child show an interest in either instrument please contact Mrs Holmes. Potential players would need their second front teeth.

TRAVEL UPDATE

 Walk To School Month: October is International Walk To School Month. Living Streets are inviting you to help make our school routes safer – and help reduce emissions at the same time. During morning peak traffic times, one in four cars are on the school run, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions. The school run alone is responsible for generating half a million tonnes of CO2 per year. Imagine what we could achieve if we converted these rides to strides?

 FUNDRAISING

 Felix (3B) will be running the RBC Race for the Kids in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The race takes place on Saturday 12th October in Hyde Park and Felix and his family would love your support. The run raises crucial funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital helping them to continue their incredible work with some of our most unwell and vulnerable children, as well as supporting the families of the poorly children during the most difficult of times. Over the past two years Felix has raised around £2000 for the charity. This year he is aiming to run the 5km in under 30 minutes! All support and donations will be gratefully received; visit Felix’s JustGiving page to read his story.

 LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

 Action for Happiness: An Exploring What Matters course is happening in West Norwood. This is an 8-week course that gives you the chance to meet like-minded people and find simple ways to make yourself and others happy. It is organised by skilled, local volunteers on a donation basis.

 Black History Month: Across Rosemead, the children have begun finding out about Black History Month. Lambeth libraries have a whole host of events and talks which may be of interest to adults too. Other local councils celebrating Back History Month are Croydon, Lewisham and Southwark. As well as numerous events in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, some pedestrian crossings have been painted in pan-African colours.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 Open Morning: Following on from Mr Soutar’s emails, a reminder that Open Morning for prospective pupils and parents is on Saturday 12th October. It starts at 10am so we ask that our pupils arrive between 9.45am and 9.55am, entering through the playground gates at the Prep, and the Enrichment Room playground door at the Pre Prep. Obviously, pupils need to be dressed in correct, clean uniform, including blazers. They are to be collected from the respective playgrounds at 12.30pm. If you or your children are able to help please let Mr Soutar know.

 Harvest Festivals:

Nursery – Wednesday 16th October at 9.10am in the Pre-Prep.
Reception – Wednesday 16th October at 9.45am in the Pre-Prep.
Years 1-2 – Friday 18th October at 2.45pm in the Prep Hall.
Years 3-6 – Friday 18th October at 9am in the Prep Hall.

Parents’ Consultation Evenings:

Pre-Prep (Nursery-Year 2) – Tuesday 15th October and Wednesday 16th October
Prep (Years 3-6) children – Monday 4th November and Thursday 7th November

NEXT WEEK

On Friday we remember our founder – Miss Dorothy Plumridge. By tradition, the children wear a floral buttonhole on their blazers for this day. In keeping with Rosemead colours, the flowers should be purple or white.

Wishing you an enjoyable weekend.

With my best wishes,
Lesley Kastoryano