Good afternoon,

This week our theme was thankfulness and the children know that thankfulness comes in many guises. Some said that they were thankful for their family and the love they shared, others said they were thankful for football! They know that thankfulness involves giving as well as receiving. This week we all came together to be thankful for harvest time. On Wednesday our youngest children demonstrated how well they could learn the new songs and sang their hearts out; it was a delightful way to begin a Wednesday. The older children celebrated harvest at the end of the week. The school officers, William, Juliet, James, Matilda, Theo L and Chidubem, accompanied Mr Soutar and me to Uplands Care Home in Streatham to deliver the fresh produce. The children were warmly welcomed and met some of the staff and residents. Their chef was especially delighted with the gift of fresh produce. The tinned and packaged food will go to the Salvation Army and gifts of toiletries to St Christopher’s Hospice.

On Tuesday Rosemead hosted the ISA London South Area Meeting which was attended by over forty heads. The formal meeting and talks were held in the newly built upper hall in Pre-Prep. For some it was their first visit to Rosemead Pre-Prep, others had seen the building change over the years. Everyone was impressed by the feeling of space and light inside the building. One of the speakers was a former Rosemead Head, Mrs Cathy Brown. Cathy was Head when Rosemead purchased Noah’s Ark and the mezzanine floor was something that she recognised in those early days would greatly enhance the appearance and provide much needed space for children and teachers; she was delighted with the results. Cathy gave a talk about her involvement with Guide Dogs for the Blind and Partially Sighted which was very well received and Ruby, her guide dog, was the star of the show. Afterwards, Rosemead caterers provided dinner in the newly refurbished lower hall.

Other highlights of the week are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

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

NEWS FROM PREP

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

ON THE BALL

Under 11 Football v Blackheath Prep: On Wednesday we played our third South East London League game, an away game against Blackheath Prep.

The A team started off with deadly intent having the first four shots at goal, troubling their keeper twice and unlucky not to score. Against this run of play Blackheath scored. Our boys dug in deep and a fantastic strike from a free-kick by Tommy levelled the score just before the end of the first half. In the second half we gambled going forward more than we should have and paid the price with an early goal to Blackheath, another one against the run of play and we lost our structure completely. We ended losing 5-1 in a game which should have been very close. The team will learn from these mistakes and look to the massively positive first half. Ollie is to be commended for his huge effort in goal. Player of the match – Tommy.

The team: Emre, Jewell, Jimi, Kieran, Luke, Ollie, Thomas L, Tommy W (captain)

The B team earned a hard-fought draw. Blackheath started well and a number of brilliant saves from Ned kept the scores level. Luke made an immediate impact from the bench with a long ball into the Blackheath area which was controlled and expertly volleyed into the goal by William. From there we dominated the rest of the half and were unlucky not to extend the lead with Joseph and James both going close with chances. In the second half, despite the tremendous efforts of Ned in goal and Rafferty in defence, we were unable to keep Blackheath out and conceded a late goal to give a final result of 1-1 which was a fair reflection of the game. A very hard-working cohesive team effort from all the boys involved. Joint Players of the Match – Ned and Rafferty.

The team: James S (captain), Joseph, Luke T, Ned (goalkeeper), Rafferty R-H, Theo H-D, William, Zachy

 Under 10 Netball v. St. Dunstan’s College: On Thursday two team of Year 5 girls played against St. Dunstan’s College. Both teams were deadly in attack and scored with an ease that showed how confident they were becoming on the court and with the ball. They played with skill and tenacity in defence also. Iris scored 2 goals and Hennie scored 6 for the Purple team, beating a stunned St Dunstan’s team 8-3. The White team also had a fantastic game with Tilly scoring a hat-trick and Scarlett also bagging a goal. St Dunstan’s levelled minutes before the final whistle to make it a 4-4 scoreline.

The Purple team: Anoushka, Florence, Hennie, Iris, Maisy, Poppy, Rose.

The White team: Jasmin, Karoline, Maggie, Scarlet K, Tilly, Violet.

MUSICAL NOTES

 Harvest Festivals: Congratulations to all the children from Nursery to Year 6 who have performed their Harvest songs so well this week and to Dance Group who performed two long barn dances. Ollie S learnt the whole drum score by heart for the Prep Harvest Festival and is to be commended, as is Elspeth who played a super trumpet solo within one of the songs.

Orchestral Day: Next Thursday some of our orchestral string and brass players have been invited to Downe House School in Berkshire to take part in an Orchestral Day alongside many other schools. This promises to be a wonderful opportunity for those young musicians.

CHARITY WORK

 Scarlett B, 6I, was very moved by a recent book she read called Refugee. She is keen to raise money to help refugee children and has come up with the idea to create a set of postcards (using her own artwork), that can be sold, with funds going to Save the Children. She intends to sell these to friends, family and as part of a yard sale and also in the Prep playground. Please help Scarlett by purchasing her postcards ‘Cards for Cause’ in the playground on Thursday 3.30pm and 4.30pm, and on the last day before the half term on Friday 19th October at 3.30pm. She has a JustGiving page too:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tara-hanrahan2. All proceeds go to Save the Children.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 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 the remainder of the term:

Monday 15th October – Dr Sachania, Headmaster of Streatham & Clapham High School
Monday 5th November – Mr Nick Hewlett, Headmaster of St. Dunstan’s College
Monday 19th November – Dr Joe Spence, Headmaster of Dulwich College tbc
Monday 26th November – Mrs Angela Drew, Headmistress of Bromley High School
Monday 3rd December – Mr Alasdair Kennedy, Headmaster of Trinity School

 NEXT WEEK

 Parents are most welcome to attend assembly on Monday which will be delivered by Mr Chris Hutchinson, Headmaster of Royal Russell School. There will be an opportunity to have coffee with Mr Hutchinson afterwards.

 Your personal copy of the calendar for next week is attached, please do take a moment to familiarise yourself with what we have planned.

Being Optimistic October, I am remaining positive for lovely weather like today; the calendar for Sunday says: Be a realistic optimist. See life as it is, but focus on what’s good. Have a fulfilling weekend.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano