Good afternoon,

On Friday everyone came into school laden with gifts for the Christmas Fair – the chocolate and bottle stalls certainly had some tasty prizes!

 NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

 Nursery and Reception Nativity: For the first time this was held in the Prep hall. The curtains drew back to reveal many excited faces looking out on a huge audience. However, this was not daunting for our very youngest performers; they sang beautifully and the Reception children delivered their lines with great aplomb! It was a truly magical occasion.

Congratulations to the children for their wonderful performances. A big thank you to the entire EYFS team and to Mrs Holmes for enabling the children to start the Christmas season off for us all in such a memorable way. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who were able to join us.

 Year 1 Violin Demonstration lessons: On Wednesday morning Year 1 parents were treated to a demonstration of their children’s early skills on the violin. The children have clearly been enjoying the experience and are gaining skills in many areas as well as the purely musical ones.

 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

 5G Class Assembly: Time travelling took place on Thursday, as 5G guided us back to the Ancient Greek period. As part of their studies this term, the children were keen to enlighten their audience on the importance of the Greek period in our life today. Each member of the class performed like a true thespian! Congratulations to 5G and their teacher, Mrs Grant.

 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.

ON THE BALL

Under 11 Football Tournament: Thank you to Jimi, football captain, for this excellent report on the tournament last week.

On a mild sunny day, the Under 11 football team went off to Alleyn’s to participate in a tournament.

Jimi captained the side and on his team were Luke, Jewell, Emre, Felix, Shay, Louis and Jack. Thomas cheered on from the sideline but was ill so couldn’t take part.

In our first game we were facing the hosts Alleyn’s. Alleyn’s scored first but at the start of the second half Felix caught hold of a loose ball and Jimi calmly slotted it into the side netting.

The following game was against City of London. Louis started off the scoring but soon after they equalised and we had to wait until the last play of the game for the winner in which Jimi got the ball out of a goalmouth scramble and fired into the bottom corner. Some essential saves by Jack throughout the game.

Next up our local rivals, Oakfield, and we comfortably beat them 1-0, having all of the possession. Another goal from Jimi, a long-range strike.

Dulwich Hamlet followed, and our first meeting against the team this season. A remarkable goal scored by Jimi, who then had to hobble off the pitch with an injury. Despite cracking defensive play by Luke and Jewell, they scored twice and it was our first defeat.

The final game against Blackheath saw a quick off the mark goal by Jewell to open the match and the extended play saw Blackheath equalise.

Superb efforts by all of the team, Louis from Year 5 comfortably settling into the squad and Shay had superb energy and determination throughout the entire tournament, despite being ill all week. Emre was crucial in creating chances. We missed Thomas due to illness and that was a big loss for the tournament.

Luke and Jewell – players’ players of tournament.

Thank you to Mr Harrison for the coaching, Mr O’Leary for support and to the parents and grandparents for cheering us on.

ISA Swimming Finals: Last Saturday six of our children represented both Rosemead and the ISA London South Team at the ISA National Swimming Finals held at the London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Alex in the Year 4 boys’ backstroke, Millie in the Year 5 girls’ breaststroke and the Year 4 girls’ freestyle team comprising of Annabel, Chelsy, Daphne and Grace had all qualified from the London South regional event held in early November.

Alex came 6th in his 50m backstroke event in a very strong race, shown by the fact that the winning time was a new national record for this age group. Being the 6th fastest in the country is a brilliant achievement! The Year 4 girls’ freestyle team came 3rd and claimed a bronze medal in a very tight and exciting race finishing just ahead of the East Anglia Team and narrowly missing out on 2nd place behind the North team. A fantastic result for these four girls who will have plenty more opportunities to achieve even more success in the years to come. Millie was able to repeat her amazing achievement of winning the Year 4 girls’ breaststroke in last year’s national finals by once again winning gold in the Year 5 girls’ breaststroke, retaining her title of national champion! She finished in a time of 44.89s, considerably ahead of the rest of her competition and less than 2s off the national record time for this event.

We are very proud of not just the six swimmers mentioned above but all of our swimmers who have represented Rosemead this year. The commitment and dedication they give to their training is exceptional and all achievements are well deserved. Thank you to all the parents, especially to Mr Williams for timekeeping on the day and for all his help with the team, as well as Jonathan and Fiona for their expertise in coaching the squad. The encouragement, mentoring and support from Ms King has been a key element in our team’s success.

 MUSICAL NOTES

 The week started musically with a performance from String Group during Monday morning’s assembly. They played several pieces which sounded fantastic.

Tuesday took on a more serious note with the ABRSM music examinations. Fifteen children took an instrumental examination and were welcomed by a lovely examiner. Hopefully, the results will arrive before Christmas and Mrs Holmes will email them to those concerned.

Wednesday continued with a great dance from the Musical Theatre group at lunchtime, with an audience of interested children.

On Thursday some children had a little road trip to Bromley Youth Music Centre to take their Rock and Pop singing and drum examinations. These results too will be emailed when they arrive.

Around all these activities there has been singing from every corner of the school. EYFS sang brilliantly on Friday in their nativity performance as did Years 1 and 2 in their rehearsals. Whilst the Prep are filling the air with their beautiful singing in preparation for the Carol Service next Friday.

Musical activities next week: ‘Cello group and Boys’ Choir will be performing during the Friday assembly. Prep Carol Service at All Saints Church is on Friday at 2.00pm.

CO-CURRICULAR

The co-curricular programme will be available to view via the parent intranet by the end of the term; the booking form will be live in January. Full details to be sent by separate email.

FUNDRAISING

Christmas Jumper Day: On Wednesday we hold our Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for the work of Save the Children. Children may come to school wearing a Christmas jumper over usual school uniform and donate £1 to the fund.

TRAVEL UPDATE

Idling: A plea to all parents and carers to ensure that you are not sitting in your car with the engine running outside school. An idling vehicle releases harmful chemicals, gases and particle pollution into the air, contributing to ozone, regional haze, and global climate change.

 LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

 Foodbank: All Saints Church, Lovelace Road, is a Foodbank Collection point and generally open in the morning during the week from 10am until midday to drop off items. They are presently collecting for Christmas hampers and would welcome the following items:

Tinned ham
Chicken in white wine sauce
Hot chocolate
Christmas pudding / fruit sponge
Boxed chocolates
Christmas cake
Mince pies
Crisps / nuts
Fizzy drink / squash
Gravy
Stuffing
Cranberry sauce

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Spring term begins on Wednesday 8th January.

NEXT WEEK

Monday 9th December – RSA Cake Sales
Wednesday 11th December – Christmas Jumper Day, for Save the Children
Thursday 12th December – Pre-Prep Nativity
Friday 13th December – Prep Carol Service at All Saints Church, Lovelace Road

Have a lovely weekend.

With my best wishes,
Lesley Kastoryano

ISI Inspection

Rosemead Prep School & Nursery are delighted to announce that we’ve achieved Excellent across all areas of Educational Quality in our ISI inspection. 

Come and visit us at our next Open Morning or book yourself into a forthcoming Show-round to discover why.

The full inspection report can be found on our website using this link.