Good afternoon,

Welcome back to this very short half term. Highlights of the week are:

 CONGRATULATIONS

I am delighted to announce that a Rosemead child has won 1st place in the very first ISA Handwriting Competition. Congratulations to Zishan, 5G who received his certificate this morning for winning this national competition.

 NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

 Nursery visit to Battersea Park Zoo: All had a tiring but fun filled day despite the rain and lack of tigers and lions! The children saw a number of animals including monkeys, otters being fed, meerkats and more. They discovered that emus can run faster than the speed of the coach they travelled on and that they lay green eggs that can be camouflaged in grass. A massive thank you to the parents and carers who assisted on our visit to Battersea Park Zoo on Thursday. We really could not do it without your support and hope that it did not put you off volunteering for future visits!

Our House has Talent: During this week a number of children performed in their in-class house talent shows. Some children sang, whilst others danced or performed gymnastic moves. The Grand Final took place this afternoon with all children from Nursery through to Year 2 attending and cheering on the participants. Each child made a flag on Wednesday in their house colour which they used to wave in support of their house. We were very grateful to the Year 6 House Captains and Vice Captains for judging the competition. The standard was incredibly high and the decision making difficult. The individual winners were:

1st, winning 20 House Tokens – Lexie and Darcie for their fantastic hula hooping and dancing to music.
2nd, winning 15 House Tokens – Amanda, for her wonderful dancing.
3rd, winning 10 House Tokens – Aurora, one of our youngest finalists, for her heart-warming rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb (all five verses).

The winning house was Blyton, second was Shelton, third was Shackleton and Fourth was Forester.

Thank you to all children who took part in the Talent Competition, and to the House Leaders for organising such a fun event. Roll on next year!

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

 Art Scholars’ Exhibition: Yesterday the annual exhibition highlighting some of the work of our art scholars was held. This year, as we had such a large group of children entering for scholarships, we held the exhibition in the Prep hall. As we have come to expect, the standard was exceptionally high. We are most grateful to Ms Sawalha and Mrs Laughton for their ability to recognise and to be able to nurture this young talent.

 Year 6 Rangers First Aid: On Friday Year 6 were involved in a Rangers First Aid course provided by Grays Medic. The course helped develop their knowledge and understanding of basic first aid skills and what to do in the case of an emergency, helping someone who may need some form of medical attention. It was an extremely informative workshop providing the children with invaluable life skills.

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

ON THE BALL

 Years 4-6 Athletics at Norman Park: On Tuesday our athletics team travelled to Norman Park to compete in the ISA London South Athletics Competition with athletes participating to gain a place at the National Finals in Birmingham to represent London South. We had over 30 children compete in both track and field events and the wet weather did little to dampen their spirit or performance.

On the field in the cricket ball throw we found lots of success with Louis in Year 4 coming 3rd, Tommy in Year 6 finishing 2nd and Hennie in Year 5 coming 1st. Hennie will represent the London South team at the Nationals. In the long jump competitions Thomas claimed 3rd in the Year 5 boys’ and his sister Ceci also came 3rd in the Year 6 girls’ event. In the high jump, which is a Years 5-6 event, Rosemead won two out of the four events; Jasmine took gold for Year 5 girls and Ollie won the Year 6 boys. Both Jasmine and Ollie will therefore be going to the nationals after these terrific performances.

On the track the morning began with the 600m events. For Year 5 girls Sophie came in 3rd place and in the Year 6 girls Jessica K finished in 2nd place. With this 2nd place finish, Jessica has qualified for the nationals which is a brilliant achievement for her and one which is a thoroughly deserved reward for all her hard work and dedication to sport at Rosemead. The sprint events qualifying heats were in the morning. Lauren qualified for the final in the Year 5 girls’ 75m and then stormed to victory in the final finishing in 1st place and therefore qualifying for the nationals. In the Year 6 girls’ 80m both Jessica K and Jessica N qualified for the final with their morning times but unfortunately both missed out on 1st place; nonetheless this was still a great achievement for them finishing in the top 8 out of 40 girls. In the Year 5 girls’ 150m, again both our runners Lauren and Eva N qualified for the afternoon final. With Lauren competing in the 75m just before this race, she was unable to repeat her winning performance coming in 5th whilst Eva finished in a brilliant 2nd place, being so unlucky and just missing out on qualification.

In the relay, Rosemead girls’ teams came 3rd in all three year group races!

Well done to all our athletes who performed brilliantly for the school and particularly to Ollie, Hennie, Jasmine, Lauren and Jessica K who will be representing London South in Birmingham later this month at the National Finals. This is the largest number of individuals we have ever had qualify which is a tremendous achievement! Thank you to Mrs Lawley and our Athletics Coach, Patrick for all their help and expertise this year.

Squad: Amber T, Ceci, Cian, Eden, Eloise, Eva N, Felix, Hennie, Herb, Jackie, Indigo, Jasmine M, Jewell, Jessica K, Jessica N, Jimi, Kieran, Louis, Lauren, Millie, Nicholas, Quben, Ollie, Otto, Shay, Sophie J, Theo L, Thomas L, Tommy. Yasmin, Zishan.

Parkrun: Congratulations to Elspeth, 6C, for completing her 100th Parkrun during the half term. This is an amazing commitment!

 MUSICAL NOTES

 House Music Competition: Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Prep House Music Competition. Our adjudicator, Mr Philip Millward, Director of Music at Royal Russell, was kept very busy, listening to a delightful range of music. His thoughtful comments and advice to each participant was well received and much appreciated. The winners were –

Brass: Elspeth, Jasmine, Stanley, Thomas L
Guitar: Coco K, Mia G, Michael N, Tayah
Percussion: Max Mou, Rose M, William J
Piano: Annika, Tania, Thomas P
Strings: Evie N, Sonny, Sophie J
Vocal groups: Amba E and Issy de S, Georgie and Jessica W, Jessica K and Evie L
Vocal solos: Charlie S, Iris, Molly O’C, Zachy
Woodwind: Coco I, Eva P-A, Matilda P

Each house sang a song from ‘Joseph’s Amazing Technical Colour Dreamcoat’; Forester was the winning house. The overall winning house was Shackleton.

Music Examinations: June 20th is the confirmed date for Trinity Music for kit drums and singing. June 24th and 25th is confirmed for the ABRSM examinations.

Singing Showcase: Miss Holmes’ pupils will be singing on Thursday at 3.45pmin the Prep hall; all are welcome to attend.

Summer show: Next week parents of children in Years 5-6 will receive an email regarding the costumes needed for the Summer Show Shakespeare Rocks which is on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July.

 TRAVEL UPDATE

 Anti-idling Event: Together with the Environment Division of Lambeth we will be holding an anti-idling event on the morning of Thursday 27th June. Further details to follow.

 UNIFORM

 A gentle reminder that children should come into school wearing their school blazer or, on PE days, track suit top. The waterproof coat is also a prerequisite part of the sports kit and may also be worn when it is raining over the everyday uniform.

 CHARITY NEWS

 Mud Monsters Run: Matilda and Thea P, together with their younger sister and parents, will be scrambling over, under and through muddy obstacles this Sunday to raise money for The Chartwell Cancer Trust. Matilda and Thea will be just two of almost 40 people running for ‘Team Scott’ so that CCT can help other families. To read more about the Team Scott story and to sponsor Matilda and Thea, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TeamScott. Muddy stories will no doubt be recalled in the playground on Monday!

 LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

 Bell House Open Day: Bell House, 27 College Road, will be open to the public on Sunday, 11.00-15.00. The event is free, and there will be the opportunity to attend one of the workshops. For more information visit their website and also find out about other events to be held in the near future.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 Celebrations of Success:

Thursday 27th June, 09.15 – EYFS (Reception and Nursery)
Friday 28th June, 09.15 – Years 1-2
Wednesday 3rd July, 09.15 – Pre-Nursery
Saturday 6th July, 10.30 – Years 3-4
Saturday 6th July, 13.30 – Years 5-6

 RSA Events:

Saturday 22nd June – Summer Fair, 12.00-14.30
Monday 1st July – Cake Sales, 15.30

 NEXT WEEK

 Next Friday we are hoping for fair weather for Sports Day. Please refer to Mr Soutar’s email which he sent earlier this week, for full information about the day.

Enjoy your weekend.

 With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano

Open Days

We run Open Days and Show-round Dates throughout the academic year. These are a wonderful chance to see the ‘inner workings’ of our school.

Our next Open Morning is

Saturday 12th October
10:00am – 12:30pm

View our Open Days page for more information.