Good afternoon,

The Christmas Fair was a fantastic way to begin December with everyone seeming to have a jolly good time. If you were not there when Mr Soutar announced the prize draw, you may be unaware that the ‘top’ prize, headmaster for the day, was won by Douglas in RA; congratulations to Douglas, it should prove to be a very interesting day for all of us here at Rosemead on that day. Thank you if you helped in any way with yet another successful Fair that was enjoyed by children and adults alike. We are especially grateful to the RSA committee who worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up to Saturday, as well as on the day itself.

Highlights of the week are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

1T Visit to Uplands Care Home: On Monday afternoon the children of 1T visited the Uplands Care Home, travelling on the number 2 bus. They were warmly welcomed by the staff and residents. They had made Christmas cards for each resident in their art lesson using pointillism to create some beautiful designs. The children sang one of their Nativity songs and then asked questions such as “What do you like to do at Christmas?” and “What job did you do?” The children very much enjoyed their visit. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied them.

EYFS Nativity Play: On Friday Nursery and Reception delighted a large audience with their rendition of Oops-a-Daisy Angel. The play was truly magical: the children spoke their lines clearly and confidently; they sang magnificently; costumes were superb. A special mention must be made of Luelle’s solos, which were sung beautifully. 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.

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

NEWS FROM PREP

5W Class Assembly: The theme of the week was trust and 5W also took this for their class assembly theme. They demonstrated trust through a fake news style house quiz. They showed real teamwork from ‘whose hands?’ to ‘catching a fall’. All delivered with genuine good humour and real sense of trust within the class. Congratulations to 5W and their teacher Mrs White for a lovely start to Thursday.

House Sports Competition: All children competed in some friendly, inter-house rivalry during their games afternoons. Congratulations to Blyton, overall winners of the football and netball competitions.

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

ON THE BALL

ISA National Swimming Finals: Congratulations to our fantastic swimmers for competing so well at the National Swimming Finals at the London Olympic Pool last Saturday. Our nine swimmers from Rosemead formed part of the London South Team at this National event. These outstanding swimmers had won their regional events to qualify for this National final and compete with other top swimmers. The afternoon began with our youngest swimmers, Year 4 breaststroke race; Millie was first up to swim. She did absolutely amazingly well coming in 1st place winning a gold medal, a National Champion! The Year 6 relay team was next. Alice B and Indigo S swam the butterfly and breaststroke leg. The team did fantastically well coming 3rd, winning a bronze medal. Indigo then swam in her 50m breaststroke race; she worked so hard finishing in 4th place, just missing out on a medal spot. Alice was up next for the Year 6 girls’ butterfly race. This was such a close race between the seven swimmers. Alice came in 3rd place winning a bronze medal – another fantastic achievement. In the afternoon session our Year 6 boys’ and girls’ relay teams competed; these children have trained so hard for this event. The girls (Elspeth, Eloise, Alice and Indigo) were first to race. Amazing swimming, just missing out on a medal position. The boys – Ned, Daniel, Tommy and Ollie, followed. They also swam a great race but again just missed out on a medal. Well done to all of these swimmers. The commitment and dedication they give to their training is exceptional and all achievements are well deserved; we are very proud of them. Thank you to all the parents, especially to Mr Williams for all his help with the team. The encouragement, mentoring and support from Ms King has been a key element in nurturing a team to this standard. Congratulations!

MUSICAL NOTES

Year 1 Violin Demonstrations: On Wednesday morning Year 1 parents were treated to a demonstration of their children’s developing skills on the violin. The session was much enjoyed by all, children and parents alike.

Boys’ Choir: A reminder that Boys’ Choir will meet as usual next week. They will sing in our Friday celebration assembly – parents most welcome to attend.

CHESS

CCF Tournament: On Saturday Tobias, Emre, Emilie and Luca represented Rosemead in the 1st leg of the CCF’s school team event. All played well, finishing just outside the qualification place.

TRAVEL UPDATE

Balfe’s Bikes Checks: A big thank you to Richard Balfe for checking over a large number of bikes on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

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 next term:
Monday 14th January – Dr Savage, Headmaster of Alleyn’s School
Monday 28th January ¬– Mrs Katherine Woodcock, Headmistress of Sydenham High School

NEXT WEEK

Cake sales: Monday, at the end of the day in both playgrounds.

Christmas Jumper Day: On Wednesday 12th December staff and pupils will be donning their best, and worst, Christmas jumpers to support Save the Children UK. Children are invited to wear a Christmas jumper over their normal school uniform for a donation of £1.The funds raised by Save the Children UK help to bring essential healthcare, education, protection of food to millions of children around the world who would normally miss out on these basics.

Pre-Prep Nativity: Thursday 09.15, in the Prep Hall.

Prep Carol Service: Friday 14.00-15.15, at All Saints Church, Rosendale Road. Children collected from church. The Bible Society will have booklets available at the end of the service and also on some mornings in the school playgrounds should you wish to take one.

Clubs will not run next week but before and after school care will continue as usual.

Please consider cake making for our sales on Monday, but whatever you do have a lovely weekend.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano