Here at Rosemead there has been quite a buzz about Safer Internet Day. Led by Miss Evans, the children at the Pre-Prep learned about being safe online with the story of Smartie the penguin. Some children helped to act out the story of a penguin who had to make a decision about whether to tell a grown up when presented with a pop up on his tablet. The children then learnt the short song that Smartie sang: ‘Before you tap and click, you have to stop and think, and tell someone’. In the Prep, Mr Gallagher delivered a discussion-led assembly on Thursday. The children were involved in some interactive online activities throughout the week too. This year’s focus centred around online permissions, as well as familiar topics such as sharing personal information. Classes have had many invaluable conversations, with important reminders and lessons learnt. As always, we encourage families to maintain open conversations about life online as we strive for a safer Internet for all.
Other highlights of the week are:
In November last year, Storyworld ran a 50-word story competition for children aged 3 to 9. They were very impressed by the high standard of entries from all over the world. The winner will be published this week, but they wanted to send special commendations to Jack M (3M) and Chinazo (1T). ‘Their stories made the shortlist and really impressed us. Jack’s tale ‘The Zoo’ featured great descriptive language and a clear and exciting ending, when Samuel escapes with the help of flying parakeets. Chinazo’s story about a gymnast and a ballerina came with an important message – you can achieve your dreams if you work hard enough’. Congratulations Jack and Chinazo!
Congratulations to Chelsy, 3M who is the voice for two new characters on Peppa Pig – the Panda twins Peggi and Pandora. The episodes were aired on Tuesday to coincide with Chinese New Year. Chelsy is delighted to be part of this well-known British animation and is excited to see what this year has in store for her.
NEWS FROM PRE-PREP
Perform Dance Workshop: On Wednesday Years 1 and 2 took part in hip hop workshops. The sessions were lively and great fun and much enjoyed by the children.
House Points: This week Blyton gained 5 house points, Forester gained 3 house points, Shackleton gained 1 house point and Shelton gained 2 house points. Congratulations Blyton.
NEWS FROM PREP
Year 4 visit to Royal Courts of Justice: On Monday Year 4 visited The Royal Courts of Justice where a host of infamous cases were set to be heard. Not least, the trial of Puck which had been prepared by Year 4 after their study of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The court heard of Puck’s misdemeanors which included causing magical mayhem, creating love trysts and turning Nick Bottom’s head into that of a donkey. The jury took some time deliberating over their verdict, after hearing convincing cases from the prosecution and the defence barristers and considering witness statements from some prominent witnesses, including Harry Potter! Complete silence prevailed in the courtroom as the Judge requested the verdict from the foreperson of the jury. A verdict of ‘not guilty’ was returned. Puck triumphant. Justice prevailed. The courtroom was dismissed, and with many children having the opportunity to try on wigs and gowns, the next generation of The Bar were duly inspired. A fantastic visit. Thank you to all parents who accompanied the children.
Year 3 visit to RHS Garden Wisley: On Thursday Year 3 spent an enjoyable day amongst plants! Blessed by beautiful sunshine, the children had terrific fun whilst learning. They made environmentally friendly plant pots using newspaper and then planted these with spinach seeds – I hope they water them! Thank you to the many parents who accompanied them.
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.
ON THE BALL
Cross Country at St. Dunstan’s College: On Monday afternoon our Year 3 team of boys and girls team travelled to St. Dunstan’s College to compete in a cross-country team relay event.
The boys’ team: Alex T, Eliot, Jack M, Josh.
The girls’ team: Ada, Grace, Katriel, Sylvie.
Both teams performed tremendously well with the boys coming 2nd and claiming silver medals in a highly competitive race, whilst the girls’ team went one further and dominated their race from start to finish, winning gold by a significant margin. A fantastic achievement from both teams who have been rewarded after all their hard work in cross country club this term. A huge thank you to our cross country coach Una for all her efforts.
Under 11 Hockey v Oakfield: On Tuesday the Years 5 and 6 hockey players competed in a round robin tournament against Oakfield. With both schools fielding four teams each, there was much fun and competitive hockey on display. The Rosemead Orange team won three games and drew one. The other three teams all competed and fought well against strong Oakfield sides with a mixture of wins, draws and close losses. Thank you to Mrs Lenz for all her help at this event.
Orange Team: Eva P-A, Ida, Kieran, Ollie S, Petra, Ralphie C, Theo Mc, Tommy.
Pink Team: Bea M, Ceci, Cian, Felix, James, Jewell, Rose M, Thomas L.
Yellow Team: Lauren, Luke C, Luke T, Maisy, Max H, Rohaan, Scarlett B, Scarlett K.
Red Team: George, Hennie, Jenny, Lauren S, Maria, Otto N, Rafferty R-H, Tobias, Zain.
Alleyn’s Cross Country: On Thursday afternoon runners from Years 4, 5 and 6 made the trip over to Alleyn’s to compete in a Cross Country Meeting. Unfortunately the Year 3 team, who achieved great success on Monday were unable to compete due to their visit to RHS Garden Wisley. This meant our overall result was affected. However, all our runners did the school and themselves extremely proud on the day in difficult running conditions. Special mentions must go to Sophie J who came 1st and Jasmine M who came 2nd in the Year 5 Girls’ Race. In the Year 4 Boys’ race, Otto was just pipped in the closing stages to finish in 2nd place, whilst in the same race Shay came close behind in 4th position. In the last race of the day Herb competed brilliantly in a highly competitive field to finish just outside the podium positions in 4th place. A tremendous effort from all those who competed and a huge thank you to Mrs Lawley who helped out all afternoon with the team.
Year 4 Runners: Morgan F, Shay I, Annilka C, Rafa T, Yasmin E B, Jacky N, Emilie C, Otto B
Year 5 Runners: Sophie J, Poppy L, Jasmine M, Felix H, James K, Joe B, Salim , Zishan, Florence I, Cian R
Year 6 Runners: Jess K, Daniel W, Scarlett B, Georgie P, Indigo S, Herb B, Eloise D, Theo H-D, Theo L
ISA National Boys’ Hockey: On Thursday Year 6 hockey boys played in the ISA National Hockey Tournament at the Olympic Hockey Park in Lee Valley. Last year we won the plate competition, so our boys had big boots to fill, but fill them they most certainly did. The morning group games would determine if we were in the top group, the cup, or the plate group. We played Lingfield, Crackley Hall and Abercorn. We lost 1-0, drew 0-0 and won 3-0 respectively, with Kieran scoring two great goals from short corners and Tommy also scoring. This edged us into 2nd place and into the top competition of the cup, therefore, already bettering last year’s result. We played three more matches, the first against Alleyn Court where we drew 0-0 in a game which we dominated and we were very unlucky not to score. In the second game we were up against Heywood Prep, who had a national player amongst their ranks. Ollie did a terrific job man-marking him whilst Theo rose to near cult status with a brace of amazing saves in goal and we almost grabbed a winning goal in the last seconds with Tommy going close. We needed to win the last game to reach the final but we could not quite complete the fairy-tale ending and lost this 2-0 to Langley Prep who went on to win the cup competition. We came in joint 5th position, which in a national final competition of sixteen schools, is incredible. William, Luke, Otto and Rohaan were magnificent in the energy and determination they showed. James was imperious in defence all day whilst Tommy and Ollie were a constant threat going forward. Theo, in goal, must also receive plaudits for his amazing keeping with one save being described by Mr Rowlands as, ‘One of the best I’ve ever seen!’. A special mention also to the captain, Kieran and vice-captain, Ralphie who led by example, played brilliantly and put in a huge effort all day. A fantastic achievement for the boys and a big thank you to the super vocal mums – Mrs Victor and Mrs Coombs.
The team: James S, Kieran, Luke T, Ollie S, Otto N, Ralphie C, Rohaan, Theo Mc, Tommy W, William.
Karate Club: Congratulations to Caitlin, 5G and Scarlett K, 5G for passing their orange belt tests and to Charlie T, 4B and Archie, 4G for gaining their red belts!
FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Thursday 28th February – 3R
Thursday 7th March – 4G
Thursday 14th March – 4B
Wednesday 20th March – Nursery
Everyone is looking forward to the Years 3-4 production, ‘What a Knight!’ The children tread the boards on Thursday for matinee and evening performances.
Next week we will be collecting for Brixton and Norwood Food Bank. Collection boxes will be in the playground at Prep and in the entrance hall at Pre-Prep at the beginning of each day. This year, they have asked for donations of the following: cereals (any size), UHT juices and longlife sponge puddings.
I notice that the Action for Happiness Friendly February calendar suggests, on Sunday, putting away digital devices and to really focus on who you’re with – perhaps this is the time to talk to children about staying safe online.
Have an enjoyable weekend.
With my best wishes,