Good morning,

Welcome back from the half term. The chill in the air this morning was another reminder that winter is just around the corner and, in school, that must mean we are getting very close to Christmas! Highlights of the week are:

NEWS FROM PRE-PREP

Perform Drama Workshop: On Wednesday the children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed drama workshops run by Perform, the drama company. The children made potions for the witch’s cauldron, choosing one ‘nice’ ingredient and one ‘nasty’ ingredient. They drank the potion and turned into different animals. The children had great fun!

Reception visit Painshill Park: On Friday a very excited group of Reception children, staff and parents set off in two minibuses for Painshill Park. They did a lot of walking searching for fairytale characters; they then became those fairytale characters, including our very own Aurora becoming…….Princess Aurora! ‘Ingredients’ were collected in a running game in order to make ‘gingerbread’. Finally the children enjoyed an art session using natural materials only. Those children will definitely sleep well. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied this visit.

Year 2 visit Tate Modern: On Friday Year 2 had a wonderful time exploring the various art installations at Tate Modern. They took part in a scavenger hunt and worked their way around the gallery using clues to search for pieces of art, find names of famous artists and produce some of their own art inspired by the pieces they could see. The children were completely immersed in the scavenger hunt and were inspired by artists such as Bridget Riley, Claude Monet and Olafur Eliasson. The creativity and observational skills they demonstrated throughout the day were excellent. Their behaviour was impeccable. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied this visit.

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

NEWS FROM PREP

Year 4 visit Royal Courts of Justice: On Wednesday Year 4 donned their wigs and gowns and headed off to the Royal Courts of Justice for the trial of Pete the Badger, accused of vandalising and destroying the homes of hundreds of woodland creatures. Everyone played their part wonderfully, impressing all the adults, and the thrill of doing this in wonderful Victorian courtrooms added greatly to the experience. It was lovely to hear some of the children expressing enthusiasm for a career in law. After lunch, we headed down the Strand to St. Paul’s Cathedral, before walking over the Millennium Bridge to take a look at the Globe Theatre. Many thanks to all the parent helpers.

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

ON THE BALL

Alleyn’s Girls’ Football Tournament: Our first sporting fixture after the half-term break saw our Under 11 Girls’ Football team make the short journey to Alleyn’s to compete in a round robin tournament against the hosts, Dulwich Hamlet and Blackheath Prep. We began by facing Alleyn’s in a very balanced game which could have gone either way. Alleyn’s went 1-0 up after half time and Rose made a number of excellent saves before Hennie grabbed a late equaliser for the game to finish 1-1. Next, we faced a skilful Blackheath side and again we fell behind by a goal. However, we continued to play well and our determination rewarded us with two quick goals through Hennie and Ida to take a 2-1 lead at half time. In the second half Vanessa was outstanding, blocking every shot, making every tackle and clearing every ball that came within our goal. With her efforts in defence and again supported by some great saves from Rose in goal, we were able to hold onto a 2-1 win. In our last game we played Dulwich Hamlet where, unluckily for the girls, we lost our first game of the day 3-1. We almost snatched a draw with Hennie going ever so close on a number of occasions including an almost inch-perfect free kick which cannoned off the crossbar. Rosemead came away with one win, one draw and one defeat giving us third place in a very tight competition.

Team: Amber T, Hennie, Ida, Maggie, Rose M, Sophie, Vanessa

Success for Ida: Congratulations to Ida (5W) for recently being selected into the regional ice hockey team South East Under 11 as a netminder. Ida’s debut will be at a tournament in Scotland in February. 

MUSICAL NOTES

Music Examinations: ABRSM examinations are confirmed for Tuesday 3rd December to be held at Rosemead and the Trinity examinations are Thursday 5th December to be held externally in Bromley.

Boy: Miss Holmes, our vocal coach and musical theatre teacher has just released her third single Boy which she has written under the name Sophie-Bea. It is now being played on the radio and she can be heard in interviews across various radio stations including Heart, Radio 1 Malaga this Saturday and Sunday at 2.00pm,Radio Winchcombe at 10.00am and Castle Radio on Wednesday at 11.00am.  

Success for Florence: Congratulations to Florence (3R) who came second at the Beckenham Festival on 2nd November in the violin and viola, age 7-8 section.

LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

One Hundred years of free Public Libraries: We are about to celebrate two big anniversaries in Public libraries. One hundred years ago the Government passed The Public Libraries Act 1919, reforming the old legislation to remove the ‘penny on the rates’ system and paving the way for the Public Library service in Britain to become a truly national, free service for all. Twenty-five years ago in 1994 UNESCO ratified its international Public Library Manifesto, laying out 12 key missions which put information, literacy, education and culture at the core of public library services worldwide. Over the next year Lambeth Libraries will be taking each of the 12 key UNESCO mission statements and highlighting the important (and fun) stuff that public libraries do. Lambeth want more people to enjoy libraries so why not join then in reaching out to those people who have not yet got the library bug? Share Join the Library to start spreading the love.

St Christopher’s Hospice Christmas Market: Showcasing some of the finest craftspeople and local food producers in south London. Saturday 16th November, 11am-4.00pm. Entry £3 per adult, free for under 16s. Location: Kingsdale Foundation School, Alleyn Park.

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Class Assemblies: The following class assemblies take place this term;

Thursday 21st November – 4B
Thursday 28th November – 4L
Thursday 5th December – 5G

Parents are most welcome to attend.

NEXT WEEK

Service of Remembrance: Our annual Service of Remembrance will be held on Monday in the Pre-Prep playground. All families are most welcome to join us at 10.50. Children from Reception to Year 6 will be attending.

Anti-Bullying Week: Next week is Anti-Bullying week – Change starts with Us. As part of this week we will be holding Odd Socks Day on Tuesday to celebrate individuality. Children are encouraged to wear one school sock and one odd sock and express their uniqueness.

Non-Uniform Day: Children are asked to support the School Council charity event for World Wildlife Fund for Nature on Friday by not wearing uniform in exchange for a minimum £1 donation.

Children’s Disco: This takes place on Friday. Tickets will be on sale in the Prep and Pre-Prep playgrounds at £4 each. Volunteers during your child’s slot would be much appreciated. Please email Sarah Arnstein if you are able to help out. Rose P (6C) will ensure you are well looked after by selling tea, coffee and mince pies to parents during the disco. All the profits will be sent to BBC Children in Need.

Have a lovely weekend.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano

11+

It gives me great pleasure to announce the final offers from this year’s 11+ Senior School Entrance results. We are extremely proud to say that this year is the second best set of results on the last 5 years for number of offers, after our record breaking results of last year.

More information can be found by following the link below.

Best Wishes

Phil Soutar
Headmaster

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