There was much excitement and mental agility taking place on Thursday as we celebrated World Maths Day. In the Pre-Prep children from Pre-Nursery to Year 2 participated in a carousel of maths games and challenges. Some games involved a competitive element whilst others demanded teamwork and a lot of perseverance! The children worked fantastically well together and were not disheartened by the challenge of some activities. Amanda in Year 1: ‘My favourite game was time shock but the hardest was don’t rock the boat, that was really hard, we couldn’t do it.’ Despite many children not completing this challenging game, not a single child gave up trying! Cora in Reception: ‘I’m a persevering parrot!’ The Prep staged two competitions; one for Years 3 and 4, and another for Years 5 and 6. The children worked in house teams to solve a variety of problems and challenges, earning points. All the teams competed for an hour and a quarter on twelve different challenges, showing great teamwork and creativity, but in the end, there could only be one winning team. Congratulations to Jack M and Janelle in Year 3, Hadrien and Aria in Year 4, Florence and Maggie in Year 5 and Alice and George in Year 6. Overall, the winning house was Shackleton. Maths is certainly fun in Rosemead!
Other highlights of the week are:
NEWS FROM PRE-PREP
Reception visit to Painshill Country Park: Today Reception children went to Painshill Country Park – a first for Rosemead. And what a gem it was! Painshill has 158 acres of natural and historic landscape, magical follies and a crystal Grotto. The children did a Fairytale Story Walk in the morning and an arts and crafts activity in the afternoon, with both activities being led by Painshill Education Officers. A visit to repeat next year, I think!
House Points: This week Blyton gained 2 house points, Forester gained 5 house points, Shackleton gained 3 house points and Shelton gained 1 house point. Congratulations Forester.
NEWS FROM PREP
4G Class assembly: ‘Read a Book’ was the message from 4G, whose assembly fell on World Book Day. 4G are obviously avid readers and were keen to share their favourite books as well as Mr Gallagher’s childhood number one series – ‘Vlad the Drac’. Learnt by heart poems, an audience picture quiz and a foot tapping song enthused everyone to get down to their local bookshop to spend their book token. Thank you 4G and Mr Gallagher.
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
St. Christopher’s Under 11 Football Tournament: Last Friday our football squad went to St. Christopher’s for the annual six-a-side tournament.
The team: Emre, Jewell, Jimi, Oliver S, Theo McL, Thomas L, Tommy (captain).
We won two games, drew one and lost two. If we had picked up one more point, we would have gone through to the knockout stage, however, it would not be our day. The boys look forward to the next big challenge when they go to St. George’s Park for the National five-a-side Tournament.
ISA LS Under 11 Netball at Lingfield College: Last Friday our Under 11 Netball Squad participated in the ISA London South Under 11 Tournament. With a long journey down south to Lingfield we were slow starters against some early tough opposition, which resulted in some early defeats. However, as the tournament grew, so did we and our play. We picked up two wins in our final two games. Unfortunately, these wins were too late in the day and were not enough to qualify and go into the later stages of the cup competition. Special mentions go to Jessica N and Eva who were our players of the tournament on the day with their constant work rate and always giving their all against every opponent.
Squad: Alice, Bea, Coco K, Eloise, Eva P-A, Hennie, Jessica N, Maisy, Zara.
Years 3 and 5 Boys’ Hockey at St. Dunstan’s College: Taking place on Monday for Year 3 and Thursday for Year 5, the boys went to St. Dunstan’s to participate in hockey training with boys from other schools in the area; members from local club, Honor Oak Panthers, led the session. Our boys shone, with fantastic behaviour and better skills than most.
Girls’ Hockey Tournament at Weston Green: On Tuesday our Under 11 girls took part in Weston Green hockey tournament.
The Purple Team: Bea, Ceci, Eva (vice-captain), Hennie, Ida, Petra (captain), Rose, Scarlett B.
They won their first match, drew their second and lost the last one. Ida scored in the first two matches. The team came second in the group, taking them through to the cup competition, where they faced some strong opposition resulting in them coming in fourth position.
The Black team: Jenny, Eleanor (captain), Lauren, Maisy, Maria, Scarlett K, Tayah.
The team lost the first couple of matches and were placed in the plate competition for the afternoon. Although not winning any matches, the girls fought hard and enjoyed every moment of the tournament.
ISA LS Under 11 Rugby at the Mead: On Wednesday our Under 11 Tag Rugby squad made the long trip down to The Mead School in Tunbridge Wells to participate in the ISA London South Tag Rugby Tournament. In wet and windy conditions the nine boys created a very special day for themselves. Eight teams were split into two groups of four teams with the top two in each group advancing into the semi-finals. Rosemead began by facing The Mead’s ‘B’ team where, after a slow start, we gained confidence and ended as comfortable winners. Our second match was against last year’s winners Sacred Heart School. In a tight game we were able to edge out a win by one clear try. Having won our first two games we had already qualified for the semi-finals but our focus and concentration did not let up as we defeated Westward School by 14-7, the biggest win of the day from any school. In the semi-finals we came up against Steephill School who had looked strong all day. We carried on our terrific form and we played some of our best rugby of the day; our speed of play was too much for the opposition to handle and we were always a few tries ahead. For the final we faced The Mead School’s ‘A Team’, like us, a team who had won every game so far. The final started with both teams trading tries as we narrowly led 5–4 at half time. The second half could not have started better for us as we scored two early tries and some great defensive tagging ensured we kept a two try lead for the majority of the half. However, with the minutes and seconds ticking down The Mead applied lots of pressure and managed to equalise with just 30 seconds remaining. We knew however that we just needed to score from our last play of possession to take the trophy back to Dulwich and with just seconds remaining a terrific break from Tommy led to the ball being thrown out wide and high where a leaping Will gathered the ball between his fingers and scored over the line to jubilant scenes from the players, Mr Harrison and Mr Rowlands. We had beaten The Mead 10-9 in the final to claim the title of ISA London South Tag Rugby Winners (our third win in the last 7 years) and Captain Daniel triumphantly lifted the trophy during the presentation. Every single player was phenomenal in their play and attitude with all players scoring tries and contributing in defence. A special mention to Captain Daniel who was Mr Harrison’s and Mr Rowlands’ player of the tournament for not just being a star on the field with his slaloming footwork but also for being a great leader. Another mention goes to Will who was voted the player’s player of the tournament by the rest of the team and who was a constant try scoring threat on the wing. A special day to remember for all those involved and certainly one of the highlights of this Rosemead sporting year. All credit to the team who were a credit to Rosemead and who were thoroughly deserved winners.
Squad: Cian, Daniel W (c), James S, Jewell, Luke T, Ned, Oli S, Tommy W, William J.
Trinity examinations: Tuesday 19th March
ABRSM examinations: Monday 25th March. Candidates from Year 3 will have their rehearsal with the accompanist on Tuesday. Candidates from Years 4-6 will have their rehearsal with the accompanist on Tuesday 19th March.
Electric Fusion Band will be performing at Dulwich Festival Youth Concert on Thursday 16th May.
Environment Matters: You will have seen on our website that we are monitoring the air quality in both of our playgrounds.
One way in which you can help is by cutting out engine idling whilst parked outside school – not only will it improve air quality but it is also potentially a fine-able offence.
Chess: The 4th Hope Cup Junior Chess Tournament took place on Sunday hosted by Lewisham Chess Club. About 30 children participated in two sections: an ungraded section for complete beginners and a graded section for those with some tournament experience. Participating in the beginners section was Erion (2E) with five wins in the Under 7 age group. In the Under 7 graded section Timothy (3R) came 3rd. In the boys’ Under 9 graded section Emre (5B) was amongst the prize winners. In the girls’ Under 8 graded section and overall winner of the girls was Emilie (4G). Thank you to Mr Upton, chess teacher, for his encouragement on the day.
Tuesday chess club will have the opportunity of playing some friendly games with Rosendale chess club next week.
Remember there is still time to register for the Spring Term Primary School Chess – Champions’ League Chess at Unicorn Primary School on Saturday 23rd March from 1pm. This is open to all children who have some chess experience. If you would like to participate, being a member of one of Rosemead’s Chess Clubs is not a prerequisite, find more information and register at: https://ccfworld.com/Chess/Results/2019-03-23_CLC_K.htm
FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Class Assembly: Wednesday 20th March – Nursery
Concerts: Richard’s Concert – Friday 22nd March, 9.15am.
Spring Concert – Thursday 28th March, 7.00pm.
Children and parents will be notified if they are performing in these concerts.
Easter Bonnet Parades: Held on Friday 29th March, the parade at the Prep takes place at 08.45 and at the Pre-Prep at 09.15. This traditional event has been celebrated for many years in Rosemead, with all children and teachers donning a creation appropriate for the occasion. Parents are more than welcome to join us for hot cross buns at both the Prep and Pre-Prep after the respective parades.
Senior School Transfer: Parents of girls in Years 4-5 may be interested in the GSA ‘Open Your Eyes to Boarding’ event. This is an opportunity to discover what modern boarding has to offer girls. Held on Thursday 2nd May at St. Matthew’s Church, Bayswater, London W2 4LA, Benenden, among other senior schools, will be represented.
Online Safety: Karl Hopwood returns to Rosemead on Monday 20th May to talk to parents about keeping children safe online.
On Thursday we will hold our second Rosemead Lates event with local author and parenting coach, Elaine Halligan, talking about her book ‘My Child is Different’. Free tickets, are available through Eventbrite and Facebook.
Adult quiz night is next Friday, run by the RSA, all welcome. Tickets available online, please order as soon as possible.
We will be fundraising for Comic Relief by selling Red Noses every lunch time between Monday 11th March and Friday 15th March. The noses cost £1.25 each. Afterwards, the Red Noses can be recycled into underlay! Sainsbury’s and Comic Relief have partnered with Ball and Young to recycle the Red Noses, which will become Cloud 9 underlay. Simply return the Red Noses to Sainsbury’s supermarkets to be recycled. In the Prep playground after school on Friday there will be a Comic Relief cake sale. Please bring cake donations into school on Friday morning.
Have a super weekend.
With my best wishes,