Good morning, 

You may recall reading of the success of Rosemead Science Quizzers who came 4th in an inter-school science competition last week. This week we were delighted to hear that they had indeed qualified for a place in the finals to be held in June. Now the really hard work begins in preparing for this challenging opportunity. Other highlights of the week are: 

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

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

NEWS FROM PREP 

Pedestrian training for Year 3: On Wednesday, Year 3 children took part in a practical road safety training session. Key messages such as choosing the safest place to cross were revised. The children were also asked to consider the fact that not everyone using the roads pays due attention, so when they are pedestrians they always need to be alert to different situations and think for themselves. Please do take some time to go over basic road safety tips with your child, it could save their life!

5S Class Assembly: Congratulations to 5S for their most informative assembly about World War Two which the children have been studying for history. Focusing on the affect the war had on the Homefront, the audience learnt interesting facts about evacuation and of the vital role women played during this time. Thank you to Miss Stevens, 5S teacher, for assisting the children.

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

ON THE BALL

Year 3-6 Girls’ Cross Country: Last Friday Years 3-6 girls went to JAGS to take part in a cross country competition. Over 100 children from many schools took part in this annual event. It was a great competition, keenly run by all participants. The Year 3s got off to a flying start with Parisa being the first of our runners to cross the line, finishing in 5th position. For Year 4, Grace ran well to take 4th place. Years 5 and 6 ran double the distance. For Year 5 our first finisher was Emilie, who put on a great performance in 11th position. In Year 6 Sophie led from the start showing blistering pace and was the clear winner! Jasmine came 3rd in this race. There were a number of wonderful individual performances throughout the afternoon and the Rosemead teams worked well together. Special congratulations to the Year 6 team for finishing in 2nd position and to the Year 3 team for finishing 3rd. The girls very much enjoyed the marvellous support received from teachers and parents alike.

Year 3 team: Bella, Freyja, Isla L, Liza B, Lexie, Parisa, Sarah
Year 4 team: Ada, Amirah, Freya W, Grace, Olivia, Sorrel, Sylvie
Year 5 team: Annika, Emilie, Jackie, Tania, Yasmin
Year 6 team: Jasmine, Poppy, Sophie, Tayah

Year 6 Netball: Well done to our Year 6 netball players for competing so well against Dulwich Hamlet on Monday afternoon. Our Black team started well but Hamlet scored two quick goals early on in the game. Our girls remained positive and manged to come back, scoring three goals in the first half. In the second half, some excellent play from both sides resulted in Rosemead winning the match 5-3. Our Green team had some wonderful scoring opportunities but unfortunately were unable to score; Dulwich Hamlet won 5-0.

Black team: Flo, Hennie, Iris, Jasmine, Poppy, Sophie
Green team: Clover, Ella J, Eva N, Lyra, Maggie, Maisy, Tilly, Violet

Years 3-6 Cross Country: Well done to our outstanding runners from Year 3 to 6 for competing so well in cross country at Alleyn’s on Tuesday afternoon. Over 360 children from twelve schools were involved. Our Year 3 children got off to a great start with many finishing in the top 10. Year 4s all had a fantastic race; in the girls’ event Grace came 2nd and Sylvie came 3rd and in the boys’ race Eliot came 2nd.  There was some excellent running also from our Year 5 children; Shay came in 1st place – a wonderful achievement. Year 6 children were the last to run. The girls ran this tough course of 3 laps amazing well with Sophie finishing 2nd and Jasmine in 4th place. The Year 6 boys all finished in the top 10 runners, whilst the Year 4 girls won overall. The standard of this cross country event was extremely high with some of the best runners in the area competing. Rosemead had run well all afternoon but were still unsure of the final result. We are very pleased to announce that Rosemead finished in first place. Alleyn’s had been unbeaten in the last eleven years, so this is an especially pleasing result. As individuals and as a team it was an outstanding performance. These runners show serious commitment in their weekly training sessions. They truly deserve this win and we are all very proud of them. Thank you to our amazing running coach Una, and Ms King, and also to all parents for supporting these young runners.

Year 3 team: Bella, Elliot, Felix, Freyja, George, Giuseppe, Oliver, Parisa, Salvador, Sarah, Thomas
Year 4 team: Ada, Alex, Arthur, Eliot, Freya, Grace, Josh, Olivia, Sorrell, Sylvie
Year 5 team: Amber T, Annika, Emilie, Jackie, Louis, Rafa, Shay, Theo, Yasmin
Year 6 team: Caitlin, Cian, Felix, Flo, Iris, James K, Jasmine, Luke C, Lyra, Poppy, Sophie

Year 5 Netball: Well done to our Year 5 netball players for competing so well against Dulwich Hamlet on Wednesday afternoon. Both of our teams demonstrated some excellent netball skills. The matches were extremely close with the Black team winning 3-2 and the Green team losing 6-5. The players are commended for their progression throughout the year.

Black team: Amber T, Annika, Emily, Isabella, Jackie, Millie, Morgan, Sienna, Vanessa
Green team: Alice, Anya, Aria, Cristina, Corie, Emilie, Maya, Tania, Thea

ISA Under 11 Boys’ National Hockey TournamentOur Under 11 Boys’ Hockey team made the trip across London to Lee Valley Hockey Centre to compete in the ISA National Tournament. In our first game we came up against a well-known opponent in Weston Green. We started slowly and fell behind to an early goal. We grew into the game and only excellent saves from their keeper prevented us from equalising. The next game we drew 0-0 with New Hall in another game we could and should have won, with Cian in goal being a bystander as we just could not score that crucial goal. In our final morning group game we faced a strong side in Chafyn Grove; they scored early and Cian made some crucial saves to keep us in the game. We then got our first goal of the day as Thomas broke down the left and jinked the ball past the keeper to equalise. Unfortunately, with the last play of the game, the opposition’s star player scored a superb goal into the corner of the goal. This meant we had qualified for the plate competition, where we would go into another group with 3 other teams. The first game got off to a perfect start with Jewell sprinting clear and finishing with aplomb. We controlled the rest of the game and Thomas added a second goal to give us victory over Abercorn School. Our next match was against Lewes Old Grammar School and the game finished in a stalemate with our defence standing strong against everything thrown at them. In our final plate group game we faced a strong hockey school in Lingfield. A tough physical game finished 1-0 in the opposition’s favour despite Cian’s heroics in goal. However, due to other results going our way we had finished 2nd in our group on goal difference. This meant we would play for the 3rd place plate playoff against Lodge Hill school. We dominated the early stages of the game but Lodge Hill took the lead on the counter attack. Despite this setback the boys fought right until the end. With the final whistle sounding we were awarded a short corner. This meant that this would be the final play of the game. After the ball had been passed out to Thomas who got past two defenders with his dribbling, he found Jewell who finished into the corner of the goal equalising with the last stroke of the game! This would have meant the match going to penalty flick or penalty shuffles. However, it was agreed between the two teams that the match end in a draw and the 3rd place be shared between the two schools which showed great sportsmanship from both sets of players. Well done to all boys who played and who thoroughly deserved their bronze medals which they were awarded at the end of a long day.

Hockey team: Cian, Felix, Jewell, Logan, Luke, Max H, Quben, Shay, Thomas (captain)

MUSICAL NOTES

Individual Music Tuition: Mrs Holmes was delighted to see so many at the parents’ evening on Thursday night. We have spaces for piano tuition for children from Year 3. If you already have a piano in situ and would like your child to start directly after half term, please email Mrs Holmes. 

FUNDRAISING 

Foodbank: Thank you for the gifts we have received this week for the local Foodbank. Collection continues until Friday 14th February.

Please give from these urgently needed items only

  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fruit
  • Rice pudding
  • Coffee
  • UHT milk
  • Washing up liquid
  • Shower gel
  • Razors
  • Deodorant (men and women)
  • Washing tables or capsules
  • Toilet rolls
  • Wet wipes for babies
  • Size 5/6 nappies

We cannot stress how important it is to donate just these items as they are well stocked with anything else. It is essential that everything is in date and unopened; out of date and opened items cannot be used by Foodbanks.

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Class reps will meet with the committee on Thursday at 8 o’clock in the small dining room. 

LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

Piano Duet Recital: Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins (parents of Freddie and Oscar in Year 1) will be performing music by Debussy, Ravel, Satie and more at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on 6th May, 7.30–9.30pm

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 

Wednesday 4th March – 1T assembly
Thursday 5th March – 3R assembly
Thursday 12th March – 3B assembly

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.